Tagged Magic: The Gathering

Minnesota-Based Magic the Amateuring Is a Podcast for the Hardcore Players

Magic: The Gathering has had a solid following for decades. It has carved its own niche in the world of geek; people sink thousands of dollars into this wonderful game, pour their heart and soul into tournaments and conventions, and have created a community. There are many different outlets that cover the complicated aspects of Magic, and the podcast format is no stranger to the subject. Enter Maria Bartholdi and Meghan Wolff, the hosts of Magic the Amateuring. Both...

Minnesota’s Magic the Amateuring Podcasters Spill on Turning Their Love of Magic into a Full-Time Venture

Trailblazers. Entrepreneurs. Pioneers. Generally, these types of traits assigned to people indicate a certain amount of premeditation. But what if you’re in the middle of your groove before you truly know you’re setting a trend? What if you’re humble Minnesotans, content to eat doughnuts and graciously answer a fledgling reporter’s questions—even though you’re two of the biggest names in the worldwide Magic: The Gathering community today? Well, then you would most likely be Meghan Wolff and Maria Bartholdi. These...

The Gods Battle It Out in Magic: The Gathering’s Hour of Devastation Prerelease

Magic: The Gathering fans waited with bated breath leading up to last weekend: it was the prerelease event for Hour of Devastation, their first chance to get their hands on the newest Magic card set. Hour of Devastation features planeswalker Nicol Bolas, the most powerful of the five Elder Dragons to have survived the Dragon War. Basically, Bolas comes to the party, looks around, and says, “Nope!” According to lore he has an “obsessive need to regain his god-like...

The Planes of Magic: The Gathering Come to Life in VIZ Art Books

As I’ve described in an earlier article, Magic: The Gathering has undergone a dramatic shift in recent years. The story of the game has moved front and center on the cards themselves, depicting key moments in the plot via the cards’ art, gameplay mechanics, and brief lines of story text in a concerted effort to deliver a cohesive narrative to all players. Lately I’ve put off reading the online fiction in order to see for myself how well this process is...

The Gaming Goat Is Coming to Eagan!

A few months ago, I spoke with the owner of a shop called the Gaming Goat that would be opening in my hometown of Woodbury. This chain of stores sells board games along with products for other hobbies like Magic: The Gathering and even accommodate to roleplaying gamers as well. Recently, I caught wind of another shop in the chain opening in Eagan, so I looked up the owner of the new store, Dino Minutolo, to ask him about...

Beat the Heat and Play Games at Your Local Library This Summer!

For years, gaming has served as a bridge between libraries and the community, attracting underserved populations and drawing in people who might not normally frequent their local library. This summer, Twin Cities libraries have come up with some exciting and innovative gaming programming; in almost every corner of the metro there is a gaming event to attend. There are many different options—video games, board games, card games, and role-playing. Whatever your interest, there is a game for you! The...

Magic: The Gathering Has a Story?!

The PAX West gaming convention (formerly PAX Prime) in Seattle took place earlier this month, and it hosted the 2016 world championship for the popular trading-card game Magic: The Gathering, a major hobby of mine. Magic has established itself as one of the most successful franchises in tabletop-gaming history, both for its collectible aspect and its ability to evolve over time. Each semiannual expansion, or “block,” brings the game to a new original fantasy world, with gameplay designed to...

River Quest: A Welcoming Environment by the Beautiful Mississippi

Last summer, I evolved from a console gamer to a dabbler in table top gaming; this is due to discovering River Quest Games. There are plenty of small comic book shops and board game businesses in the Twin Cities, but I want to direct your attention to Winona, two and a half hours southeast of Minneapolis and St. Paul. If you haven’t been to this beautiful town, I recommend making the drive, particularly in the summer. Located in the heart of...

The MN Hip-Hop Scene is Full of Geeks Making Really Cool Music

After I wrote about a certain Star Wars boom-bap joint on some other blog, I got to talking with an editor here at Twin Cities Geek about writing it up here as well. Then I got the notion that we could go further, and look not just at this lone song but at the greater sphere of geek culture within the Twin Cities’ hip-hop community. My editor asked something along the lines of, “How many hip-hop artists are geeks?”...

Things to Do While Your Friends Are at CONvergence

Another year, another CONvergence. If you’re not attending, this is the time when all of your geeky-minded friends suddenly disappear for four days (or more, depending on recovery time). Maybe cons aren’t your thing. Maybe your significant other finally put their foot down on your board-game budget. Maybe you’re feeling too under the weather to gallivant around in your form-fitting Melisandre cosplay. Or maybe you’re like me and are stuck going to a wedding smack-dab in the middle of...
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