This is a thread dedicated to playing Magic with people over the internet by posting your moves. Specify what kind of game you're looking for and then wait for some time, or answer to another person's request. Unfortunately, 20-30% of the people asking for a game don't stay here and don't come back, and other people leave during the game. Once you have found an opponent, don't leave this thread and post your next turn within the next minutes. Note that a game can last for 2-3 hours, depending on what decks are being played.
If you don't know your opponent, make sure that your decks have similar power levels, because people have different opinions on what casual play is. Viewing other people's games or their profiles in the introduction thread should give you an impression if they're playing with funny decks that aren't very strong and make for a long match or if they're playing with pretty effective and competitive decks that win after few turns.
HOW TO PLAY:
Always post your life totals, the number cards in hand, and tapped + untapped permanents. Post other things if they're important, for example your untap step + upkeep step + draw step (U, U, D) together with effects that trigger during these steps. Ask for responses when it's important how your opponent reacts, for example when you're attacking and combat might become exciting because of possible blockers or possible combat tricks. Most of the time, it's a good idea to say that you're done with your turn if your opponent doesn't have any responses.
One possible example on how to post a turn:
You: "U, U, lose one life and draw one card, D. Swamp. Grasp of Darkness your Birds of Paradise. After that, attack with my Headless Horseman. If you don't have any responses, go."
18 life (or) L:18 5 cards (or) CiH: 5 , (or) T: 2 x Swamp, U: 2 x Swamp Unholy Strength@Headless Horseman (4/3) Phyrexian Arena (or) U: Phyrexian Arena
Other player: "As response to your grasp, I'm going to cast a kicked Vines of Vastwood on the birds, does that change your turn?"
You: "Oh, then I won't attack you. Headless Horseman remains untapped, and it's your turn."
HOW TO AUTOCARD:
[c]Lightning Bolt[/c] = Lightning Bolt [c=Lightning Bolt]L-Bolt[/c] = Bolt
If you don't know which cards the other player is familiar with, you should auto-card so that your opponent can read your cards. The basic lands and famous cards don't have to be auto-carded, but even if your opponents also knows your other cards, he or she may want to read them another time every once in a while. It's nice to auto-card some complicated permanents when you list them at the end of your turn.
TAP / MANA SYMBOLS:
tap symbols [mc]t[/mc] =
untap symbols [mc]q[/mc] =
colorless mana [mc]1[/mc] = , [mc]2[/mc] =
colored mana [mc]w[/mc] = , [mc]u[/mc] = , [mc]b[/mc] = , [mc]r[/mc] = , [mc]g[/mc] =
phyrexian mana [mc](wph)[/mc] = , [mc](uph)[/mc] = , [mc](bph)[/mc] = , [mc](rph)[/mc] = , [mc](gph)[/mc] =
hybrid mana [mc](gw)[/mc] = [mc](wg)[/mc] = , [mc](wb)[/mc] = [mc](bw)[/mc] = , [mc](bg)[/mc] = [mc](gb)[/mc] =
Specify how many people you want to join and wait for some time. Once there are enough players, explain possible extra rules, divide teams and set the turn order. Such games often take 3-7 hours, and people not knowing that might leave after some hours. Unfortunately, that's how most of the multiplayer games end, be aware of this problem!
* Cards that allow you to look at your opponent's library require them to post a decklist and then adjust numbers. * Cards that care about graveyards force players to post lots of stuff every turn, especially when facing milling decks. * Cards that force opponents to post responses and decisions again and again can make the game take forever. * Cards that select "at random" might require lots of trust in your opponent, even more so than most other things.
THE NEXT THREAD:
Remember to create another thread when this one has 900 - 1000 posts. Simply quote this opening post and copy everything, then delete the quote tags. Don't forget to mention a very bad card in your thread's title, otherwise you're breaking with traditions!
Enjoy your games.