Thursday, September 29, 2011

Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?

I started playing Magic: The Gathering in 1994, took a break for a few years and got back into it in 2004. Every year the creators produce a new block of cards consisting of three sets with a large set in the fall and two smaller sets in the winter and spring. The new large fall expansion just came out called Innistrad. The theme for this year's block is gothic horror, so vampires, zombies, and werewolves abound. They came up with tropes from classic horror stories and movie and designed cards to fit. Cards like this inspired by The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

For those who don't know, Magic is the original collectible card game with well over 10,000 unique cards. Imagine a chess game where the pieces don't start on the board, you don't know what pieces your opponent is going to play, and you each get random pieces from your pile to add each turn. Or imagine poker with over 10,000 possible cards rather than 13, and you're each playing from a different deck. Even in the most limited formats to play Magic, there are over 200 unique cards that an opponent could play. It's a little mind-boggling and incredibly fun.

I love this time of year when a new block is released because the possibilities for building a deck are wide open. The full card image gallery for Innistrad is here: They put a lot of work into the art style, creating names, and writing flavor text to bring the world to life. They also love to hire English majors if you ever wanted to work in the Seattle area.


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