Yes, I am making ANOTHER Magic thread. Because MtG is awesome.
Bucketman, I have no idea what Magic is. Enlighten me.
I will do just that. Magic is a strategy card based game where you take the role of a Planeswalker, a powerful wizard/sorcerer who travels through dimensions and battles other Planeswalkers using the resources of the planes to power spells and summons creatures to do your bidding.
Ok, that sounds rad. But I don't know how to play!
Thats fine, just head to http://www.wizards.com/Magic/TCG/Default.aspx
and click on "New to Magic" to learn the basics. Also if you have Steam, an Xbox 360 or a PS3, then you can get the demo of one of the two Duels of the Planeswalkers games (which are good and I would suggest buying just to play) and they have a tutorial built into the game. Long story short you control different colors of 'mana' and use it to cast spells. Usually the color of the card (or colors) has different kinds of effect. Not always, theres going to be cards that don't follow the norm, but usually:
Destroys creatures, causes your for to discard cards, puts negative counts on creatures.
Small cheap creatures, enchantments, life gain
Big expensive creatures, regenerating creatures, and elves. Those god damn elves.
Counters, board control, mind control, and makes me hate you
Direct damage spells, fire, and lots of it.
Sweet. I'm all ready, but my friends all think I'm weird and won't play with me.
Well thats fine. Any local comic shop or game store will be running Friday Night Magic, a time where Magic players can flock together, play in tournys, trade cards, or just play casual like.
Also, theres the previously mentioned Duels of the Planeswalkers game, which lets you use the premade decks they have to fight against the AI or others online.
Or, if you hate money, theres Magic Online. Its basically Magic the trading card game, but you buy virtual cards and play people.
There are tons of ways to play, one v. one constructed deck, draft, two headed ogre, five headed dragon, Elder High Dragon, Arch Enemy. Look some up, they are interesting and a great way to use some of the old legacy cards you can find for ten cents a box (warning some legacy cards cost upwards of $100 each)
Someone told me this game has this long established lore and is hard to get into. I don't know if I want to tangle with that.
You know some awful people. Just a heads up. There is lore of a sorts, and books based around the current group of Planeswalkers. The lore is all optional, and while I love it, you don't have to follow it at all to enjoy the game.
Oh and that brings up the Planeswalkers. Basically you can ally yourself with these powerful allies, whome also traverse the planes for various reasons. They range from ancient time traveling golems, to dragons, to magic cyborgs, to vampires and everything in between.
So thats all you need to know. What are you waiting for? The new set: Dark Ascension comes out in a couple of weeks. So get shufflein.