Style: Collectible Card Game
Mechanics: Hand Management
Publisher Description: In the Magic game, you play the role of a planeswalker—a powerful wizard who fights other planeswalkers for glory, knowledge, and conquest. Your deck of cards represents all the weapons in your arsenal. It contains the spells you know and the creatures you can summon to fight for you.
This is the grandfather of the collectible card game (or CCG) genre. Cards are categorized as common, uncommon, rare, and mythic rare. Players collect cards and build decks out of their collection.
Players build a deck of cards and duel against an opponent’s deck. The first player to reduce his opponent to 0 life (or meet another set win condition) wins the game.
Deck building is major part of the game. There are over 17,000 different cards from which to build your deck!
Players randomly draw spells to see what they get and can play each turn. Although this limits your choices, there is a lot of strategy in how you play those spells. A robust list of game mechanics, including intricate rules for reactive card play called “the stack,” provide for rich tactics and tough choices each turn.
Adam’s Thoughts: Magic: the Gathering has been a huge part of my gaming and social life for nearly two decades, now. I was in 7th grade when I bought my first starter box of the Ice Age expansion, and I haven’t looked back since. I introduced friends and relatives to the game, and to this day I still play with my younger brothers and cousins at family gatherings.
But ultimately what I love the most about Magic are the cards themselves. Opening a new pack and finding a mythic-rare card which would fit perfectly in an existing deck, or becoming the basis for a brand new one, is an experience like none other. That feeling is one which I simply cannot wait to share with friends, new and old, at the Days of Goo.
Prize: Assuming proper funding is attained, if you are the winner of the Magic Sealed Box Tourney, or come in second to Adam, you will walk away with the entire collection of Magic cards used during the event ($160 MSRP)!
BGG Entry: Magic the Gathering