I love board games and I also love Magic The Gathering. It is a card game that I play alongside with my board gaming friends and one that has created many great and happy memories.
Two years I ago, my friend introduced me to Magic The Gathering where I went to my first prerelease.
There, I made a multitude of new friends and a whole new world opened its doors to some many great memories and times ahead.
I remember feeling quite anxious about constructing a deck at a prerelease event for the first time without too much knowledge as to how the game worked and now having a lot more experience I realised that it would have been cool if there were a few tips I could have gone into the prerelease with as a newbie.
The aim of this blog post is to reach out to any newbies out there that want to delve into the world of Magic , but may have experienced the same anxiousness that I felt when I went to my first prerelease.
Much like the board gaming community, the Magic community is such a friendly, welcoming place. One I'll never forget.
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:04 pm
Two years ago I purchased my first board game, Mice & Mystics. After watching it played on Tabletop I just absolutely fell in love with the lore, minatures and gameplay. It was my first ever modern board game purchase that just spoke to me and drew me into the hobby. It was a nostalgic moment and memories of creating board games of my own as a kid. Instantly, I knew that board gaming was back bigger than ever.
Unfortunately, the copy of the game that I got had its corner crushed (possibly during shipping to the game store & it was the last one) and because it is a beloved game of mine, have always thought about game as being a box of fun memories waiting to be opened and explored again. (Think of the movie / book The Indian In The Cupboard). Also due to many plays, the cards are now worn, torn and look like they need replacing because they have been used so much for each campaign and due to being overplayed.
In reflection, if I had known, I would have been a bit more careful with the board game so that it would last long into the future. So since then every board game I have purchased I have tried to respect the creative process and time that went into creating it.
I have come to appreciate that modern board games are like pieces of expensive artworks. They need to be 'respected' 'loved' and 'cared' for. A lot of very talented game designers and illustrators have spent hours working tirelessly to produce and create a product that brings people so much joy. It certainly has provided me with some great family moments and long lasting gaming memories.
This thought inspired me to film a vlog about introducing others to ways they can look after their board games with care, love and respect.
7 Reasons Why Everyone Needs To Start Playing Modern Board Games
Board Gaming is such an inclusive, interesting and engaging medium which has distinctively stood out on its own and survived especially in a world driven by communication technology, console and computer gaming. Over the last ten years the number of board game ideas being produced and coming to fruition has increased exponentially. More and more people are being drawn towards the nostalgic and social value of board games.
I pondered the other day about why I love board gaming and how board games are a hobby that needs so much more attention. Here's a few reasons I came up with.
Top Benefits of Board Gaming
1. There are a plethora of alternative modern board games to the classic ones most of us played as kids.
2. Board games foster great social interaction and help strengthen our relationship with our family, friends and peers. Board game designers have used this social dynamic as a mechanism in many modern board games.
3. Board game design has improved significantly. With more play testing and better game mechanics, modern board games are much more intuitive.
4.Board games are more immersive. They are now being sold as unique experiences much like when you buy a ticket to see a concert, sports game or theatre show.
5. Board games have immense educational value.
6. Art in board games are now both collectable, functional and now inclusive towards particular gamers of different gender, cultures and backgrounds.
7. Quality Time with the ones you love. Enough Said.
Magic: The Gathering
Two years ago, my friend introduced me to Magic: The Gathering. It sounded scary at the time but sounded really fun. Til this day, I'm still loving the game, uncovering its secrets and most importantly it allowed me to make some life long friends.
Recently, my friend and I decided to make a video to give people who are new and really keen on playing Magic: The Gathering some tips on how to start building their first deck as it can be extremely daunting. The video addresses some of the questions I had 2 years ago as a beginning Magic Player.
What I discovered over the past 2 years was that Magic, board gaming and card gaming were simply just great ways to get to know people without having the awkwardness of thinking of things to talk about.
Its the memories of the experiences shared playing with friends is what makes it so much fun.
Magic the Gathering made me realise that there was a whole community out there of like minded people who were welcoming, fun and sociable.
Without great gaming communities, families and friends to share the gaming experience with, life would be very different... especially in the age of modern technology.
I couldn't imagine a life without it.