When I first learned about Magic the Gathering (MTG), I did what any good OCD person would do. I researched it. I researched the heck out of it. But, as it turns out, I got confused beyond belief. And then I met my local MTG warehouse owner. I asked probably about a gazillion questions, until finally he said, “Now, AE, here. Just take this.” And with that, he handed me one of his decks of cards and we headed to a table.

From that first match, I understood the game. The reasons you might want to play MTG are very different. I liked it because it was as easy or as challenging as I made it. Remember how I said in Magic Comes to Geeks Unleashed that cards are kind of like chess pieces and that they each have a specific function? Well, you can choose whatever “pieces” you want. I wish I could explain how fun it is. If I could sit down with each and everyone one of you, hand you a deck and teach you, I would.

Now, I had a wonderful post planned out and written, but I’m afraid I won’t be nearly as concise or as wonderfully explained as the rest of the sites that I found. I’ll tell you which site is good for which, but first, a bit of advice. Don’t be overwhelmed by the jargon, just focus on the steps. The goal? Kill your opponent.

So for a step by step guide, Ehow does a decent job, so click here.
But, around Step 4 on that link, they start introducing some terms that you may want to know more about. So, check the official site for better definitions: click here.
But, if you are more of a visual person, you should check out the official videos on the MTG site: click here. I must warn you though, those videos are kind of cheesy.

The important thing is to not let yourself get overwhelmed. These links will show you how to play the game, and next time, I’ll talk about how to build your own deck.

Published by Mark Brassington

Father and Husband. Works in Corporate Banking. Loves Books, Comics, Cycling, Music, Games, going to the Gym and Writing.

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