Magic: The Fathering – Experiments On Raising Planeswalkers, by James Allen
As a father of 3 boys and an older ambassador of the game, I feel it’s my job to try to get at least one of them to share the passion for this fantastic game we all love. And so, to you my peers, I present my findings thus far…
Subject One is a 13 year old red human pilot.
Subject One has resisted all form of indoctrination into any form of card game. Blankly refuses to even look at a Magic: the Gathering card. Moved onto board games, at first Subject One was resistant to multiple people sitting around the same table for anything that didn’t involve some amount of ketchup. But once this subsided, Subject One showed high levels of interest in euro style board games with ‘Ticket to Ride’ and ‘Alhambra’ being amongst his favourites. Another of Subject Ones’ interests is cars, heavily into cars. Personally I have never really had an interest myself, I nod and say wow whenever the latest 2 point something 17 bazillion cylinder 7/7 vehicle rolls past. To this end I searched for a board game that has a theme around this and I found a game about cars & racing called ‘Formula D’ which subject has declared is his new favourite.
Conclusion – Not going to play Magic, ever. Disappointing though subject is a keen board gamer especially when matching a game with an outside interest.
Subject Two is a 5 year old water type rabbit thing.
Subject Two showed high levels of interest early on in the experiment, playing with unused commons’ & uncommons’, in his own games, encouraging I thought. When subject was shown a simplified version of Magic: the Gathering; just lands & creatures, he was interested though hadn’t fully evolved to a stage where he could comprehend the movement of phases through a game.
Upon a weekend visit to the local Pokestop toy store, the subject noticed the Pokemon TCG and remarked how much it looked like your ‘Magic cards daddy’. Moved to a new tactic swapping out one card game for another. Subject enjoys Pokemon TCG with both his reading and maths skills have improved tenfold.
Tangent: Pokemon TCG Online
Discovered Pokemon TCG Online through the first pokeproducts purchased. The online client is a superior product when compared against MTGO, though the game is not as in-depth as MTG it is still a good solid game. “What does Pokemon TCGO have over Magic: the Gathering Online (MTGO)?” I hear you ask. Well…
1. It’s a ‘Freemium’ product, this means it’s free to play and download. You can grind the game and ‘unlock’ every card if you wish, or if you have the means then you can purchase more of the cards if you’d like.
2. Client is slick and doesn’t break. There is a very in-depth tutorial and levelling system which shows you the game in progressive steps, this is not available on MTGO. It is also available on several platforms including PC, Mac, Android and App Store.
3. Most important of all, when you purchase any sealed pokeproduct, you get a code card which unlocks this same pokeproduct in the game. If WOTC did this alone then MTGO numbers would go through the roof. I know how many boosters I have personally opened and if this feature was available on MTGO then I would be playing it more, even with its glitches.
Anyway, Pokemon TCG has given Subject Two a more strategic approach to games in general, and has also taken an interest in other broad games like ‘Takenoko’ and ‘Hey that’s my fish’. One issue that has come up is that subject has developed a very competitive streak and does not like to lose.
Conclusion – Subject Two progressively nicely, is developing a strategic approach to games and a love of competing. Aiming to move up to cardboard crack by the end of the year.
Subject Three is a two year old hybrid blue/green beast that id difficult to get the skin off though quite tasty if you do.
Conclusion – Too early to tell but hopes are high, through may need more Islands.
So to my peers, these are my findings so far, though this is an ongoing process I feel a level of success has already been achieved.
Please let me know if you have any suggestions, and all feedback welcomed!
Thank you for reading,