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Its a gathering of PA MTGO players. The goal is to congregate in a private chatroom 'Pendelhaven Arcanum' to chat, play, trade and try not to be dicks. The name is temporary unless everyone likes it.
Aren't there free versions of this?
Yes, and we aren't talking about them. Nothing against them, but this thread is for MTGO. Please keep that kind of discussion to another thread.
I've never tried Magic Online/Magic the Gathering, is there a demo?
If you are truly fresh blood (no Magic the Gathering experience at all) then I'd start with the flash tutorial on the Wizards site. Skip the intro and click "Learn to Play". After the tutorial I'd download the client from their website (or torrent) and install. At the login page there is a FREE TRIAL option. It is unlmited play with VERY limited card selection. All you can play with is 10th ed theme decks. Basically you get to try out the interface with some basic cards. Not a bad way to start learning the game either whether you plan to play online or not.
The full game offers much more game options (draft, leagues, constructed, tournaments, multi-player, Vanguard, etc.) along with the ability to buy card packs/decks from Wizards and trade cards with other players. Wizard's prices are all standard with no bulk discounts, though with the drafting scene it is very easy to buy bulk singles at very cheap rates from other players. You can't use cards you don't own digitally (like cards you own IRL) and you can't get real cards for your digital ones unless you own a complete set (ex. All cards from Torment) and if you redeem them for real cards they are removed from your digital collection.
Big plus to playing this online game over other "MMO's" is that MTGO does not have a monthly fee. Its FREE to play, the only thing costing money is buying more cards or paying admission to events/tournaments. Buy what you want, play games, leave for 2 years (I did this) and come back. Your cards and acount are exactly as you left them and you can begin playing immediatly and for as long as you like with no $$ or reactivating accounts.
I could go on for hours talking about the actual game of Magic, but going to their site and/or just hitting the tutorial in the client is going to serve you better then anything I could say.
Good question. We need a chat room name. I'd like to stay away from "Penny Arcade" as most PA guilds (even though we aren't a guild) stay away from that. So I've gone with Pendelhaven Arcanum. If we want to change it that's fine. Join it by typing /join Pendelhaven Arcanum
First order of business is to get a list of players. Post your account name and I will update the OP.
Dr. Face - robbercheh
JeffH - moontouched
Iolo - Iolo or lukewarm
Neelix - c.knight
Zalbinion - zelbinion
ArcanisTheImpotent - Destrieth