Well, slap that stigma on my forehead because I learned how to play Magic last night! AND I now own two decks of cards!!
At Mercer, I had a colleague that was a Magic enthusiast. He never brought it up unsolicited, and he never went on and on about it, but despite him being as normal as he could about it, the fact remained that he liked Magic, and that meant that some people overlooked his good qualities due to the stigma of being a Magic guy. And let's face it. It's easy to do. I myself had a certain perception of Magic players. Because I've met some in my day and they were...interesting. But, as I reasoned to myself, chess club members also tend to have a certain eyebrow-raising reputation, yet most of us can agree that chess is a respectable game and that not all people who enjoy chess are strange. So it would only be fair if I gave Magic the benefit of the doubt until I learned it with an open-mind.
Last night, Gary and I did just that. We invited my former colleague and his wife over for a game night and they taught us how to play Magic. Then I asked all sorts of questions because, regardless of your opinon of it, the Magic phenomenon is facinating. At the end of the evening, they gave us two sets of cards to play with. How nice is that?
Although I highly doubt I'll fall in love with Magic or ever be able to hold my own against any Magic gamer, I'm glad we learned how to play, and I'm sure we'll have a fair amount of fun with our little basic decks.