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Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby MacBooey87 » Jul 13th, 2010 @ 1:13pm

I wanna get into both of them! I used to play Magic a lot actually and have all my old decks still. And I've always wanted to do table top just can't find anyone to play with. So my question is how can I find a group? Is there a way to find a group or somewhere to meet up online? I tried searching through Google and everything just kept pointing to LA, which I don't live near. I am near Santa Barbara, CA.

Just wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to break into these.
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby cool_wizard » Jul 13th, 2010 @ 1:59pm

go to a decent comic book shop and ask when they have "game-nights". Or ask around on craigslist, .. .or hang out on Wizards of the Coast forums. i dunno. If you want to try, I would be up for playing you over skype.
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby Bobloblaw » Jul 13th, 2010 @ 7:19pm

Have you considered playing the XBLA versions of the tabletop games and MTG? I've found I don't have the free time to go to game nights at my local comic book store. That and I generally feel a little old playing against a bunch of kids. The other issue I ran into is most of my cards are old and out of the Standard and Extended blocks and I don't want to spend a bunch of money to stock up my library again.

Playing MTG on XBLA is a little limiting (very limited deck building) but you can always find a game at your convenience. You might want to also check out Catan, Carcassonne, and Risk: Factions. All arcade versions of popular board games and all support multiplayer.
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby Raine » Jul 13th, 2010 @ 8:42pm

Table top RPGs. . . thought about getting into it for a while, but I just can't suspend disbelief enough to be in character while sitting around a table with friends. "Goddamn it Bill, your Scottish accent sounds like shit, and so help me god if you steal this treasure I'm never buying you lunch again!"

I tried to get into Magic really hard during middle school, but the problem was I lived in a small town in SC. To find someone to play with I had to teach them to play and then let them use my cards. Hell, ain't like now where you can buy cards at Wal-Mart, closest place that sold them was over 50 miles away.

So best of luck to ya!
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby cool_wizard » Jul 14th, 2010 @ 1:47am

Raine wrote:I tried to get into Magic really hard during middle school, but the problem was I lived in a small town in SC. To find someone to play with I had to teach them to play and then let them use my cards. Hell, ain't like now where you can buy cards at Wal-Mart, closest place that sold them was over 50 miles away.


wow? how small? I used to live in Asheville in NC which is a kinda small town, but we never had to drive 50 miles to get magic cards. Didn't you have a shopping mall or any comic book shop at all within a 50 mile radius? And how did you come in contact with magic in the first place then? Oh, and now I just got thinking about it, but when did they start selling magic cards in video game stores (like eb games)... hmm.
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby Raine » Jul 14th, 2010 @ 5:25am

cool_wizard wrote:wow? how small? I used to live in Asheville in NC which is a kinda small town, but we never had to drive 50 miles to get magic cards. Didn't you have a shopping mall or any comic book shop at all within a 50 mile radius? And how did you come in contact with magic in the first place then? Oh, and now I just got thinking about it, but when did they start selling magic cards in video game stores (like eb games)... hmm.


Asheville might as well be a metropolis compared to where I was, which was MT Croghan, SC. Closest mall was the Monroe mall, no Magic cards or comic books anywhere in it. Had to go all the way to Charlotte for that. This was pre-internet(at least for me), so if there was anywhere closer to buy them I had no idea of it's existence, and in any case my mom definitely wouldn't make a special trip for me to buy them. My parents really hated driving anywhere over 10 miles.

Way it worked was that I found out about the game through magazines of some sort, Wizard or a video game mag, or hell, might have even been Inquest. It looked really cool so I was always keeping my eyes open for the cards, but no place had them. I was so excited about this game I even ordered the official book that had reproductions of all the cards from the Scifi Book Club even though I still had no idea how to play it. Finally during one of our annual visits to Charlotte I spotted some, and bought two starter decks and a booster. Next trip I bought a few boosters, but after that I gave up. I still have all my cards.
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby lemon-fresh » Jul 14th, 2010 @ 8:38am

Would highly recommend getting into xbla magic over the real thing.... This all because of the rather large financial investment that stupid game ropes you into.

I've never spent so much money on colored cardboard.
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby kenzo » Jul 14th, 2010 @ 11:01pm

lemon-fresh wrote:I've never spent so much money on colored cardboard.

I'm struggling to think of other situations where, as a consumer, you'd spend a lot of money on colored cardboard.
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby Bobloblaw » Jul 15th, 2010 @ 6:54am

kenzo wrote:
lemon-fresh wrote:I've never spent so much money on colored cardboard.

I'm struggling to think of other situations where, as a consumer, you'd spend a lot of money on colored cardboard.


Baseball cards or any other card collectibles.
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby LiQuid » Jul 15th, 2010 @ 7:11am

Motherfucking greeting cards.
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby IRL_Troll » Jul 15th, 2010 @ 9:19am

I want to get into them more....but the extent of my incursions into any RPG type thing this is Munchkin....if that even counts
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby Bobloblaw » Jul 15th, 2010 @ 10:37am

LiQuid wrote:Motherfucking greeting cards.

I LOATH greeting cards and all of their degenerative inter married cousins (thank you, save the date, announcements). Has anyone else ever had to try and put down the "new" valentine's day, sweetest day in October?
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby lemon-fresh » Jul 15th, 2010 @ 11:41am

Bobloblaw wrote:
kenzo wrote:
lemon-fresh wrote:I've never spent so much money on colored cardboard.

I'm struggling to think of other situations where, as a consumer, you'd spend a lot of money on colored cardboard.


Baseball cards or any other card collectibles.


At least you don't need to continually buy large quantities of them semi-annually to stay current. Wizards knows how to milk their nerds.
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby kenzo » Jul 15th, 2010 @ 12:43pm

Bobloblaw wrote:
LiQuid wrote:Motherfucking greeting cards.

I LOATH greeting cards and all of their degenerative inter married cousins (thank you, save the date, announcements). Has anyone else ever had to try and put down the "new" valentine's day, sweetest day in October?

*Slaps head* why didn't I think of this?? I hate greeting cards!
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby MacBooey87 » Jul 15th, 2010 @ 6:34pm

Lol thanks for the replies guys. Nearest comic book store is an hour away, but I guess that's not to far for some fun. Thanks for the suggestion about the MTG XBLA game, I've always seen it but been to chicken to buy. I'll have to pick it up when I get more points.

Munchkin sounded like a lot of fun. Heard about it on TRS.
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby flufflogic » Jul 16th, 2010 @ 5:36am

Recommended card games:

*Anything by Chepass Games, notably Kill Doctor Lucky, Unexploded Cow and Secret Tijuana Deathmatch
*Ninja Burger
*Frag
*Pimp: the Backhanding (if you can even still get it)
*Lunch Money

TTRPGs is a MUCH longer conversation, and massively relies on your personal tastes in media, ie not all sci-fi games are the sort of sci-fi you'd like, etc, and the level of mechanical complexity you want to deal with. For instance, the Games Workshop ones are HORRENDOUSLY rules driven, whereas I used to love the White Wolf ones for how much you could strip the rules back. Basically, try and find a group locally or a shop that runs tasters/demos, try a variety of stuff, build yourself a set of limits, and then ask the staff to recommend something around those.

Man, this is an area where I feel I could probably have a 15+ page conversation on it, and I'm sure Patrick will be here any time now...
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby MacBooey87 » Jul 16th, 2010 @ 4:17pm

flufflogic wrote:Recommended card games:

*Anything by Chepass Games, notably Kill Doctor Lucky, Unexploded Cow and Secret Tijuana Deathmatch
*Ninja Burger
*Frag
*Pimp: the Backhanding (if you can even still get it)
*Lunch Money

TTRPGs is a MUCH longer conversation, and massively relies on your personal tastes in media, ie not all sci-fi games are the sort of sci-fi you'd like, etc, and the level of mechanical complexity you want to deal with. For instance, the Games Workshop ones are HORRENDOUSLY rules driven, whereas I used to love the White Wolf ones for how much you could strip the rules back. Basically, try and find a group locally or a shop that runs tasters/demos, try a variety of stuff, build yourself a set of limits, and then ask the staff to recommend something around those.

Man, this is an area where I feel I could probably have a 15+ page conversation on it, and I'm sure Patrick will be here any time now...


Thanks. Yea, actually hearing him talk about his TTRPG experience is what really got me interested.
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby Callan » Jul 17th, 2010 @ 1:53am

Since I live in the middle of nowhere the service doesn't help me, but it might help you find a group.

http://nearbygamers.com/

As for MTG, I would suggest XBLA or MTG Online might be a better way to play. It's cheaper and far easier to find someone to play with.
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby TopHaZZard » Jul 25th, 2011 @ 5:17pm

I liked the dow2 games but warhammer 40k stuff is mad expensive to play.
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby wesburt » Jul 27th, 2011 @ 8:52pm

i played 'Bang!'(http://www.fairplaygames.com/gamedisplay.asp?gameid=433) a few weeks ago at a party with a big group of people and it was super fun. great game for large groups, 6+ people or more. mild roleplaying if you're inclined, or just a fun drinkin' shootin' game

catan and carcassonne were mentioned earlier too and have great XBLA ports
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby totoro » Jul 29th, 2011 @ 9:17am

Bobloblaw wrote:
kenzo wrote:
lemon-fresh wrote:I've never spent so much money on colored cardboard.

I'm struggling to think of other situations where, as a consumer, you'd spend a lot of money on colored cardboard.


Baseball cards or any other card collectibles.


Baseball cards and accessories paid for my college education, but that's not from a consumer side of things.
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby Konanda » Nov 13th, 2012 @ 10:03pm

Recently tried Magic, bought the Selesnya Surge intro pack from the recent Return to Ravnica release and played with some friends. Bummer is right now that aside from visiting them in the city the current place I'm at is about 40 minutes (50 from work) from the closest store that runs Friday Night Magic events so basically it means to make it in time I have to head straight from work (typically I out at 4:30) to the store if I want to join in. Thinking of trying this week, hopefully the group there isn't just kids.

On the other hand it seems pretty popular at cons which is cool and I suppose there is always skype or w/e to play it with some of my friends when I'm not visiting them semi-regularly like in the winter months.

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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby Lord_Xv » Nov 14th, 2012 @ 3:24pm

TopHaZZard wrote:I liked the dow2 games but warhammer 40k stuff is mad expensive to play.

extremely true
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby Konanda » Jan 26th, 2013 @ 6:31pm

Got back from the Gatecrash prerelease (newest MtG set) at the local board game shop a couple hours ago. Went 4-1 and placed 4th of 28 people, also placed 1st among Simic players. (of which I think there was 8)
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby Bobloblaw » Jan 28th, 2013 @ 9:54pm

Konanda wrote:Got back from the Gatecrash prerelease (newest MtG set) at the local board game shop a couple hours ago. Went 4-1 and placed 4th of 28 people, also placed 1st among Simic players. (of which I think there was 8)


Grats.
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby Konanda » Jan 31st, 2013 @ 5:23pm

Bobloblaw wrote:
Konanda wrote:Got back from the Gatecrash prerelease (newest MtG set) at the local board game shop a couple hours ago. Went 4-1 and placed 4th of 28 people, also placed 1st among Simic players. (of which I think there was 8)


Grats.


Thanks, I was pretty happy for my first time playing the Sealed Deck format, especially because the top 3 were all Dimir. I didn't play against one during my games but played the top guy for fun while waiting for the final results and the mill from Dimir is real mean in Limited at least.
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby Karakand » Jan 12th, 2014 @ 3:55am

Carried LiQuid! with my (Magic) waifu so hard in a Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 Two Headed Giant match that he popped the chieve for winning a game without doing any damage. :lol:

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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby LiQuid » Jan 12th, 2014 @ 4:59am

Man I was IN that game and even I don't know what the fuck you're talking about. Magic pisses me off so much.
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Re: Magic The Gathering and Table top RPGs.

Postby Karakand » May 18th, 2014 @ 2:36am

So RobotGoggle what's this Modern deck you're brewing?
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