I was immersed in simplifying radical expressions for school last week, so I am just now catching up. Having now read last week's column (after reading this week's Serious Fun), I can understand why there are dozens of posts replying to last week's article. Admittedly I did not read them all. This week is graphing quadratic equations, so there is little time to post everything I want to say regarding this article or last week's.
In a nutshell, read the title of the column. Serious FUN. Fun is subjective. We all want to win, but you should enjoy the journey as well.
My nephew (then 21 years old) and I started playing in 2004, around the time Mirrodin was released. He came up with a wicked Isochron Scepter/Counterspell deck that locked me out with Arcane Laboratory and killed me with Traumatize/Haunting Echoes. After the third session of getting trounced by it, I told him I didn't want to play against it. Next time we got together, he pulled out the deck and got the Isochron Scepter online. I told him to pick another deck, that I wasn't playing against it, that I wanted to have fun.
Sheldon Menery, Godfather of EDH, said a play group should impose social control from within. A good example I read was when someone played with the judges after hours, comboed out and killed everyone in short order. They congratulated him and continued to play the game and have fun. The combo player sat and watched for a while. He watched everyone else playing. He watched everyone having fun.
Many people last week complained R&D is dumbing down the game, making red and green the best colors in Standard. I see it as a chance for aggro to have its day in the sun. For a year or more you couldn't swing a dead Vizzerdrix without hitting Fae and Five Color Control, why not give Bloodbraid Elf a chance to have fun? If Standard is unfun for you, maybe you should try Pauper or Limited. Maybe test Legacy Counter-Top. There are enough cards out there where everyone should be having fun.
Well, there went a previously excellent column in the dumpster. Can't wait until Adam is thrown out by Wizards.
Face it, you're pretty much here as a meat shield.
If you are at Georgian Court Univeristy or Monmouth Univeristy PM me. If you are out by York College of PA, I can help you reach the group there.
I don't have a problem with people who think Bloodbraid is fun. My issue is that I, however, think it isn't fun. Even when I play it myself I feel cheaty, kind of like the article describes feeling, I guess. It was fun for me when it was new to me, you know "oh cool, I get a neat thing!" but by this point it's just "not this AGAIN" to me. Honestly BSA annoys me less and I don't like her either.