Heh .. my latest obsession/addiction.
I played some around 3rd & 4th ed. after a kinda-friend got me and some of my friends into it. I amassed a pretty good collection, but then my Magic-playing friends were all scattered to the four winds, and I lost interest, especially after the disappointment of The Dark, Fallen Empires, and Ice Age.
Then I became a born-again Christian and became convinced that stuff like wizardry and sorcery and occultish imagery were Satanic/demonic strongholds, and the proper thing to do was to get rid of them. So I tossed the whole lot of it. Dual lands and all.
Then a few months ago I found one of my old decks, a green mana-ramp deck featuring lots of mana-generating elves and enchantments, and lots of big fat green guys, and I became curious. I did some research and quickly became very interested again. I took the plunge, and now I'm totally into it. I'm a regular at Friday Night Magic (and other in-store thingies), I keep up to date on the latest trends(I've got 2 Lotus Cobras
, and I'd love to get 2 more), and I'm trying to become more competitive. It's a LOT of fun and gets me totally excited and worked up. It totally clicks with so many different parts of my brain... gaming, creativity, collecting, social interaction ...
I spend a lot of time thinking about deck-building strategies. I'm about ready to retire my Devour deck, built around Dragon Broodmother
. It was hella fun, but not very competitive. Aggressive strategies (currently Vampires is in vogue) destroy me. I'm thinking of building a green mana-ramp deck or a green/blue deck of some kind.
Yeah ... I recognize that all this makes me a MAJOR FUCKING GEEK
, and so be it.