January 28, 2007

Try to understand; he's a Magic man...

Tinker's Toy!

Among my favorite pastimes is a card game called, Magic the Gathering. I’ve been playing for a number of years now and have managed to assemble a rather fine collection of individual cards and an almost equally impressive collection of play decks.

To me, one of the most enjoyable aspects of the game is sorting though the numerous individual cards, selecting those which focus upon a particular mechanic and then building a deck around a particular theme.

Although there is no maximum limit on the number of cards you can have in a deck there is a minimum limit of sixty cards. I have never built a deck containing more than sixty cards. I prefer speed as my primary weapon of choice and I like to increase the chances of drawing a critical card at the critical moment by keeping my deck small.

Now, I am not sure how many of my readers play the game, Magic the Gathering or have even heard of it. I have a group of individuals who visit my home once a week to play group games and it is always a rousing evening of entertainment. This past Wednesday night I played a new deck I call, Tinker’s Toy.

Those of you familiar with the game will recognize this as an, Artifact Deck. Every card in the deck is an artifact with the exception of the basic swamps and the three paralyze spells. The deck proved to be lightening quick and defeated four other opponents in under ten turns. In subsequent duels it proved to be even more formidable.

If you are a reader of this blog, and play Magic the Gathering, I would enjoy hearing your comments about the deck or any suggestions you might have.

Artifacts, spells and creatures

1-Zuron Orb

1-Crown of Ages

1-Feldon’s Cane



3-Puppet Strings

3-Jester’s Scepter

4-Cranial Plating (Equipment)

4-Bonesplitter (Equipment)




3-Brass Man


4-Phyrexian Walker



4-Vault of Whispers

4-Mishra’s Factory


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Blogger Kati said...

Though I do recall some of my fellow students playing this at lunch in HS, I must say that I've never played. I'm not huge on card games, and as much trouble as I had learning to play Uno, I figured this one wasn't worth my time. LOL

Wishing you lots of fun at your chosen pass-time, though. ;)

January 28, 2007 4:28 AM  
Blogger Imran said...

Ooh the first to comment.

Unfortunately I have no idea what either of the card games you are playing, so... I am here to just wish you an enjoyable time with your buddies and enjoy the weekend with your wife.

January 28, 2007 5:05 AM  
Blogger Craig D said...

Wow! I guess I don't feel quite so bad now about inflicting my record-collecting interests on our "neighborhood!"

You may want to ear-mark today's post for future reference...

Oh, and each and every one of your cards will end up in the spokes of your son's tricycle. Just thought I'd give you a head's-up.

January 28, 2007 7:29 AM  
Blogger paris said...

I just love your hat where can i get one?

January 28, 2007 9:52 AM  
Blogger Wizened Wizard said...

I am so NOT a games person... except maybe charades or strip gin rummy. But this does sound like a fun group thing. Then again, I am so NOT into group things... ; )

Will this be one of those things that you've never heard of, and then all of a sudden everywhere you turn you run into it. I will keep my eyes and ears open...

January 28, 2007 11:56 AM  
Blogger bardouble29 said...

I am with wizened wizard on this one...I love gin rummy.

I have never heard of the other game, I will have to check it out.

January 28, 2007 12:42 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

That is one I have never heard of.

January 28, 2007 1:42 PM  
Blogger Officer Gary said...

I've been interested in this for awhile but can't seem to find the time to learn the rules. I've visited the website and tried to download the playing instructions with no luck. Thanks for making it okay for middle-aged men to play fantasy magic games.

January 28, 2007 2:20 PM  
Blogger Chucky said...

Oh damn, I don't even think I remember HOW to play that. It's been years!

In fact only most ten yers since the last time I played this game.

I never really got into it. Only had one deck, that I think is put away in a box some place.

January 28, 2007 3:40 PM  
Blogger Roger said...

Hi Eddie, nice place you have here I never played the game but play a lot of no limit Texas hold em I notice that quite a few good players have a good attack strategy and learned it from playing the Gathering. Maybe if I had learned it I wouldn't lose so much money lol!

January 28, 2007 4:14 PM  
Blogger notfearingchange said...

ummm....i'm very very lost.

January 28, 2007 9:12 PM  
Blogger Citymouse said...

umm never got into the game the way alot of my friends did, but when i saw the picture, all i could think of was the fact that I was going to order a tarot deck... but wasnt sure if I wanted to... this may be a sign

January 28, 2007 9:26 PM  
Blogger Citymouse said...

stange days... I was thinking of ordering a tarot deck...something i really dont do anymore, but think maybe i should to spite my true faith (being a christian) and I saw your blog and that was all I thought of when I saw the picture...
most of the really smart kids were into magic... i wasnt really smart i guess i drank too much

January 28, 2007 9:28 PM  
Blogger annie said...

i don't know from cards...
but i wanted to drop by and say "hey."
in this house, the collecting obsession is music. more than we will ever listen to in our lifetime.
have a good week.

January 28, 2007 10:08 PM  
Blogger whimsicalnbrainpan said...

I have heard of Magic for years but have never played it. I'm more of your old-school D&D type gal. Wish I could be of some help but I know absolutely nothing about this.

January 28, 2007 10:47 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

I have never heard of this game. I will have to Google it and find out about it. It looks like fun. I love games.

January 28, 2007 11:21 PM  
Blogger Lydia Cornell said...

We have 28 huge boxes of Yugioh cards and Pokemon cards (if you have a boy you'll know what I mean)

Now that these trends are over, I think I'll get Magic, the Gathering.

Sounds much more fun.

Great picture of your wife's belly. I have a few pictures like that sitting around the house.

Dirk you rang a bell at Christmas ring-a ling. Now i'm back to the real writings, which keep the trolls at bay.

January 28, 2007 11:44 PM  
Blogger Pixie said...

I have never heard of it, but it sounds a lot of fun (with the right mix of people of course)

January 29, 2007 11:57 AM  
Blogger Thomas said...

Dirk, you just made my links list.

1) I haven't played MTG in years, but have thousands of cards and several nasty decks in the closet. I love you man, in an acceptable kind of way.

Your Tinker's Toy sounds fun. My old favorites for one on one duels were my Kobold Deck and my No Monster Damage only deck. Both were FAST, but the Damage deck was brutal.

Ever play multiple players? Say five or six people at the table, with you only being able to attack those to the right or left of you? It was fun in the old days. I have a nasty Vampire deck for that. These games were slower, and brutal. Last man standing wins.


January 29, 2007 1:46 PM  
Blogger Cinderella said...

Sorry, I am lost when it comes to card games or anything to do with cards, except Uno!!!

Wanna play UNO?

January 29, 2007 1:49 PM  
Blogger Em said...

I'm more of a backgammon sort of guy, but the kids have gone through the Pokemon card phase and one did graduate to Magic for a while. The others drifted to video/computer games for their entertainment.

January 29, 2007 4:58 PM  
Blogger Meander said...

i will have to ask my son about this...he loves to play magic.

January 29, 2007 5:00 PM  
Blogger Paul F. said...

It sounds fantastic!

January 29, 2007 5:57 PM  
Blogger Meander said...

well my twelve year old son says it is a very good deck! he likes the orni...uh...whatevers.

January 29, 2007 6:40 PM  
Blogger Pepper said...

I haven't heard of this game. Sounds like fun though.

January 29, 2007 8:02 PM  
Blogger C-dell said...

Hey I thought I had commented. i did leave a comment, but my internet is acting funny and froze up as I left a comment. I don't know about this game. I don't think that the Koran is a war mongering book. I think it all lies in the interpetation. The same thing could be said about the Bible. The Crusades were taken out against muslims with out provication. At that time the Muslims were a peaceful people. When European Christian were conquoring each other and carring out wars in the name of christ. The Muslims were pursuing knowledge. If it were not for them there most likely would have been no scientific advancement. All I am saying is it is in interpetation.

January 29, 2007 8:52 PM  
Blogger sarala said...

I'll have to put my son on. He is 14 and is a serious Magic Player. He goes to a tournament most Fridays and often wins even though he is one of the youngest (except that his 9 year old brother who always tags along isn't such a bad player himself).
I'm sure my son could spend an hour or two critiquing your deck except he is stuck doing homework. I'll ask him another day if he is interested in "meeting" you.

January 29, 2007 9:25 PM  
Blogger SoulButter said...

Well I guess I don't deal well with change well because I had been obsessed with the game and the logic behind creating a perfect deck up until the card-image format changed. Or perhaps it was peer pressure... a young man's gotta be cool to get the ladies! Or perhaps it was the five player free-for-alls we used to play and the fact that all my friends refused to buy any cards past the Tempest expansion. Great game, and I'm glad they keep it going because there's so much creativity and strategy that go into not only deck-building but also playing the game. Draft-deck tournaments also seemed the most appealing to me...

well I found 10th graders LOVE buying cards for crazy amounts. especially the vintage ones!

I still have a good-sized box-full. My red & white angels deck should still be collecting dust, calling my name in some far off place.

January 29, 2007 11:22 PM  
Blogger SoulButter said...

by the way very cool deck. I Love the orb. And the sceptor. And the Factory. Classics
seems like a pretty cheap deck too. not just the casting cost but in relative card-rarity as well

January 29, 2007 11:26 PM  
Blogger SoulButter said...

whoops i think i confused the sceptor with a certain older part of the jester's general attire

January 29, 2007 11:29 PM  
Blogger Asara said...

MAGIC! OMG. My friend got me into that game when I was in high school.. I had a pretty good collection of cards too. Unfortunately, after college was done, I didn't really have anyone to play with, so my cards got put into storage. And due to one thing and another, I ended up losing my storage, and they auctioned off all of my stuff. Including my cards. I had some good rare ones too.. Leviathan was the one I remember most. I also remember I had one three-color card, and I tried to build a deck around it for a tournament. All I won was a prize for having the biggest deck there.. 123 cards. Eh, what can you do. I got better at deck building after that.. I built myself a killer blue weenie deck. My favorite was my Thallid deck though. I'd run out of counters because of all the saprolings I'd generate, then I'd just mass attack with all of 'em at once.. it was so cool. *sigh* My hubby has some cards still, and we've played with them a couple of times. I could reminisce for hours about that game. Thanks for the memories!! :)

February 02, 2007 11:15 AM  
Blogger skeet said...

I'm much too old to learn the new language this game seems to require. I do have several friends who play, though.

February 05, 2007 3:42 AM  

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