5/7/2013 SF: "A Unique Prerelease"

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This thread is for discussion of this week's Serious Fun, which goes live Tuesday morning on magicthegathering.com.
This was a refreshing article to read and reminds me of when I first started playing. It's fun watching young players learn the game.
Thanks a lot for sharing this Bruce! This was wonderful to read. As someone that started magic in '98 as an 8 year old with oh so little idea of how to actually play it's great to see you guiding these kids into the fantastic fun that Magic can be.

I always enjoy it when we get new and younger players at FNM - seeing which cards they get excited about is a nice way to see the game from a different perspective for a while and it's fun to be able to point out game play options they hadn't realised were possible and see them have that 'aha' moment.
I hate to be a jerk, because this is a really awesome idea --  but isn't the TO helping the competitors a clear breach of the rules?  Not like a minor one either, but serious stuff.
Great read Bruce! Definetely worthy of the column's name. And: "I am of the Selesnya Conclave!" (or maybe just an evil Dimir spy..)
This is a great thing that you do. Those are some lucky kids.
I hate to be a jerk, because this is a really awesome idea --  but isn't the TO helping the competitors a clear breach of the rules?  Not like a minor one either, but serious stuff.



Probably, but we are talking about young kids here where the goal is not so much winning as it is having fun. I think it's more beneficial to the player and the game if we take the time to make sure that younger players among us have fun with the game. It seemed that the goal of this pre-release was more about helping players learn than anything else. Laughing
Today, Bruce reminds us that playing is more important than winning and that he has a heart of gold.
I loved this article.  My business partner and I have talked on and off about how to encourage young players, given that our store attracts a lot of really good Limited players and it has to be discouraging for newbies, and I have to say this is a great way to do it.

And I think for a pre-release filled with pre-teens and vary little variance in prize support between the best and worst players, helping them out is probably OK, and frankly good for the game in the long run.
That looks like a lot of fun.
I also wish my store had lunch breaks. The hardest strategic decission to make in every prerelease for me is when to go and grab something to eat.
Nice article!
I hate to be a jerk, because this is a really awesome idea --  but isn't the TO helping the competitors a clear breach of the rules?  Not like a minor one either, but serious stuff.

At a Prerelease level event it is allowable for players to work with others on deck building, whether that is other players, judges or a TO.
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Great to see this, I wish I could find a group that truly values having fun like these kids (though with folks closer to my own age). 


But as for that forest with Contaminated Ground, I seem to recall a similar card from years ago that worked so that the new land type was added, not replaced. I would have made that same mistake. What am I missing? 
Proud member of C.A.R.D. - Campaign Against Rare Duals "...but the time has come when lands just need to be better. Creatures have gotten stronger, spells have always been insane, and lands just sat in this awkward place of necessity." Jacob Van Lunen on the refuge duals, 16 Sep 2009. "While it made thematic sense to separate enemy and allied color fixing in the past, we have come around to the definite conclusion that it is just plain incorrect from a game-play perspective. This is one of these situations where game play should just trump flavor." - Sam Stoddard on ending the separation of allied/enemy dual lands. 05 July 2013
The difference is it does not say it is a swamp "in addition to its other land types." Compare to Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth.
Today, Bruce reminds us that playing is more important than winning and that he has a heart of gold.



^All of this

Those who fear the darkness have never seen what the light can do.

I've seen angels fall from blinding heights. But you yourself are nothing so divine. Just next in line.

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All I'm saying is, I don't really see how she goes around petrifying swords and boots and especially mirrors. How the heck does she beat a Panoptic Mirror? It makes no sense for artifacts either. Or enchantments, for that matter. "Well, you see, Jimmy cast this spell to flood the mountain, but then the gorgon just looked at the water really hard and it went away."
This article made me happy! I remember when I was that age... Good times!
That looks like a lot of fun.
I also wish my store had lunch breaks. The hardest strategic decission to make in every prerelease for me is when to go and grab something to eat.


I do Pre-releases at a pub. I have food brought to my table while I play the first round, and I have a pint while I play the side draft afterwards. :D

~ Tim 

I am Blue/White Reached DCI Rating 1800 on 28/10/11. :D
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Not bad. But what happens flavor wise when one kamahl kills the other one?
Zis iz a sign uf deep psychological troma, buried in zer subconscious mind. By keelink himzelf, Kamahl iz physically expressink hiz feelinks uf self-disgust ova hiz desire for hiz muzzer. [/GermanPsychologistVoice]
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57799958 wrote:
That makes no sense to me. If they spelled the ability out on the card in full then it would not be allowed in a mono-black Commander deck, but because they used a keyword to save space it is allowed? ~ Tim
Yup, just like you can have Birds of paradise in a mono green deck but not Noble Hierarch. YAY COLOR IDENTITY
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56888618 wrote:
Is algebra really that difficult?
Survey says yes.
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57799958 wrote:
You want to make a milky drink. You squeeze a cow.
I love this description. Like the cows are sponges filled with milk. I can see it all Nick Parks claymation-style with the cow's eyes bugging out momentarily as a giant farmer squeezes it like a squeaky dog toy, and milk shoots out of it.
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And no judge will ever give you a game loss for playing snow covered lands.
I now have a new goal in life. ;)
Bruce, thanks for sharing! I'll second the comment about your generosity. This was a joy to read and having it in the local library is a win-win for the store and it. That the library was willing to have it speaks volumes about the staff and their dedication to the community.
"I am part of the Selesnya Conclave." :D I also liked the "Honk" t-shirt.

How did you get that cool land box? Was it bought or handmade?
Bruce,

Great story for great times...Keep it up...I'm 52 years of age, started in 1995 when my son was young.  We still both play a lot, I want this game to never end (even though my wallet would like it...:-). 

My daughter and son-in-law now run a LGS and food is important...so for the midnight pre Donuts and Coffee, for the other 5 events through the weekend my daughter throws a BBQ and pot luck for the players...Yea makes the day/weekend longer for my kids...but the players love it.

Keep it up and I think I will talk to my kids about starting up a Jr new players club.
This was awesome. I love the community that Magic can foster when done well. And Bruce is most definitely doing it well. 
Late to this party but just wanted to say that I appreciate your approach to the game and the events. I love designing decks and even like actually playing now and then...always saddens me a little to play an FNM where others are hostile and angry about their losses. 
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