Back in 1993, an employee of my then comic and game shop showed me these new gaming cards called “Magic: The Gathering”. His name and the name of the store are forever lost to the haze of being an elder geek, but it was in Great Northern Mall just north of Syracuse, New York. I was a huge geek, being a Role Playing Gamer and comic collector, but I was a little skeptical over these cards. I played D&D since I was in elementary school, progressed to Rifts (and others Palladium games) and knew all about the fantasy genre but I was not sold on a collectable card game.
Magic was the first that I can remember to try and do this, card packs are randomized, you never know what you will get, and there were different levels of rarity. At first I turned down the game but I started seeing it everywhere. It was all over college and my friends finally won me over. I got my first set of cards and I was hooked. I was one of the few that started with the Alpha release (well, I am damn sure they were, black borders and all). (more…)