President’s Pick of the Week - Magic the Gathering

Posted 1 April 2014
So, after a long elections induced hiatus in the early months of the year, President’s Pick of the Week is back!
So, after a long elections induced hiatus in the early months of the year, President’s Pick of the Week is back!

So, after a long elections induced hiatus in the early months of the year, President’s Pick of the Week is back!


This week’s was an interesting one.


The vine was back, as was the element of surprise. For the first time ever, I opened the envelope, and found that the words I read had no meaning to me.
They said ‘Magic the Gathering’. Which meant nothing.
 
I usually get sent to a club or society that is Union led to find out what it's about and speak to new groups of people. This week was different, I was getting sent to a new group of people, but they weren't a society and had no interest in being one. They were simply a group of guys that have a hobby and like to play it in their spare time in the retreat area. The retreat happens to be next to the staff tea room, and my pick of the week organiser was intrigued, so went over to ask if they wouldn't mind me tagging along.
 
It soon transpired that I was to go to Wilberforce to meet the gang almost immediately, in order to join in.
Now, Magic the Gathering turned out to be a board based battle game. For a point of reference, look up Warhammer, gang.


Now is the point I admit something. As well as being a full time stud as a pre-teen, I dabbled in Warhammer. Specifically, the Lord of the Rings version (I was always Elves, my twin was the forces of Mordor/Orcs)
Therefore, I had a point of reference. I joined the guys, and basically started making a nuisance of myself, asking stupid questions and playing with dice.

Battles/Games can last for anything from 30 mins – if you’re awful – to 3 hours. It’s a highly tactical, engrossing game, where you have to use your wits, tactical acumen and a fair bit of luck to win.
The main thing I’d say about Magic the Gathering is; don’t knock it till you try it. It’s an incredibly friendly atmosphere, a lot of fun and with a bunch of nice people doing something they enjoy. If this sounds like your kind of thing, then head on over to Wilberforce on a Wednesday afternoon.

Your friendly neighbourhood President,
Richard