I had planned on jumping onto Magic: The Gathering Online tonight to escape a bit of the stress I’ve been under at work of late, but I found that once I had finished my work up I felt less like playing and more like writing a little bit.. So, here I am; headphones on, music cranked. This is me escaping.
I’ve been a casual Magic player for a long time now. I feel like sharing the story of how I started, so let’s go for a little ride. In college I befriended my future brother-in-law. Actually, it’s more like he befriended me. See, one of my few jobs was working the weekend graveyard shift at the dorm desk. Working 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights was a lonely way to pass weekends. Good for getting homework out of the way, but bad for the social life. It was one of these nights where I met him. I woke up (yes, asleep on the job) to hear a group of guys knocking on the door, so I pulled myself together as quickly as possible and buzzed them in. Much to my suprise they stopped next to me on their way in instead of merely passing me by. One guy dropped a couple burritos on the desk for me, telling me something to the effect that I looked like I needed them. I did, and he made a life long friend from a simple act of kindness on a poor college student. Turns out he was in my major, two years ahead of me, and I found an awesome group of friends to hang out with thanks to him. It was in one of our many late night GPA-dropping group gatherings where I first saw a Magic card. I was a sports card collector when I was young, so seeing a box of trading cards in his room piqued my interest. I poured over those cards for a long time, asking him a bunch of questions. The biggest questions I had were how do you play, and why haven’t I ever seen these before. Apparently he hadn’t played in a while, and as other things were going on I put them away and forgot about them for a while.
Jump forward a year or so and somehow the game came up in a casual conversation. He promised to show me how to play and roped another guy into gaming with us. We went by the local cards store where I picked up the 7th Edition Infestation deck. I think he and the other guy picked up the Way Wild and Armada decks. We spent hours out in the backyard shooting the breeze and slinging spells at each other. I’ve been a casual player ever since. Magic to me is a social engagement, not unlike board gaming. I like to win, but it’s more about the fun and the people for me. Good memories.
My brother-in-law really has pulled me into, willingly, the world of Magic. So, it makes me proud to know that I finally pulled him into something wonderful within that world, as he’s recently started building his own cube. I’m looking forward to see what he puts together and how it will evolve over time.
Thanks for reading a bit of my history. I’m tired. The next day is already starting the slow steamroll that will leave me flat and exhausted in the evening, so I’m going to bow out and get some sleep.