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Somehow I’ve been a geek and a gameplayer all these years without getting sucked into a Magic: The Gathering type collectible card game. Welp, I’ve done it now — I’ve been playing Blizzard’s Hearthstone, which is currently in free beta (and it had better stay free to play, because I’m enjoying it, but not enough to pay money for it).

If you have no effing idea what I’m talking about, these are strategy card games based around fantasy (and sometimes scifi) type themes. I suppose they’re derivative of the old pencil-and-paper type D&D games (which I also never got sucked into). They’re easy to play and hard to play well. If you hit the link above, you can see a video example of gameplay. Though, if you have no effing idea what I’m talking about, you probably could not possibly care less. And that’s okay.

Anyhoo, the part that I don’t get is the appeal of rare or legendary cards. People pay big bucks for rare cards with unusual attributes (this is possible to do with both physical cards and virtual ones). I mean, I can understand wanting them as works of art, but not for gameplay. What’s the fun of a strategy game, if everyone doesn’t have access to the same deck?


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 25, 2014, 1:00 am

I have no idea what you’re talking about so where’s a picture of a Weasel with a pancake on her head?

Comment from MikeW
Time: February 25, 2014, 2:09 am

Inside a game is just like out in the real world, it’s tough when you have to deal with people who aren’t playing with a full deck.

Comment from AliceH
Time: February 25, 2014, 2:35 am

Is this like “Yugi-Oh” then? Blue Eyes White Dragon! Or something.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 25, 2014, 4:19 am

I prefer the card game where I take valuable tokens away from the other players who are arithmetically challenged, have poor physiological self-control, and/or weak planning skills. You know, poker.

Comment from drew458
Time: February 25, 2014, 4:54 am

In a way rares are BS. In another way, they add a bit of spice. But if you’re the only guy with some rare, and it works in a killer combo, you’d better not play that deck every week. Do it once, fine, cool, now put it away. Or else.

Yeah, I went through the MtG thing. It’s a cardboard crack addiction.

Comment from mojo
Time: February 25, 2014, 7:27 pm

Card Player: ” “Is this a game of chance?”
Cuthbert J. Twillie: “Not the way I play it, no.”
— My Little Chickadee (1940)

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: February 25, 2014, 7:56 pm

I guess its a lot of fun, I haven’t played it because I’m still busy with Skyrim but it looks nifty.

Comment from surly ermine
Time: February 25, 2014, 11:10 pm

Oooo, loved playing D&D back in the day. Never tried Magic.

Thumbs up on the Skyrim C.T., still playing that one myself. Although currently back into Rise of Flight, WW1 biplane sim.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 25, 2014, 11:43 pm

I’ve gone through Skyrim with three different characters now (and I still don’t think I’ve seen everything).

I wish I could start it again like I’d never played it through 🙁

Comment from Can’tHarkMyCry
Time: February 26, 2014, 1:10 am

Oh, there are some books I wish that about, Swease. Granted, everytime I reread them I see things I didn’t see the first time; but what I’d give to re-experience a first time!

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: February 26, 2014, 4:50 am

With the right mods it can really be a different game. Wyrmstooth and to a lesser extent Falskaar player-made expansions are great. And the official expansions are a lot of fun, too (although the Hearthfires one was all RP).

Comment from Paula Douglas
Time: February 26, 2014, 6:09 am

“What’s the fun of playing with a stacked deck?” Did I hear that right?

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