Tagged Magic: The Gathering

Role-Players Can Wander the Streets of Ravnica with the “Krenko’s Way” D&D Adventure

With 2018 being Magic: The Gathering’s 25th anniversary, fans of the long-running game have been treated to a lot of new formats, products, and events. Some have been well received, such as the Dominaria expansion. Others have been more limited in their reach, like the Battlebond draft set. One of the major changes that Wizards of the Coast made to their product release and Wizards Play Network in 2018 was to eliminate support for local game store championship tournaments,...

Twin Cities Game Stores Welcome Guilds of Ravnica

For anyone who has ever considered learning to play Magic: The Gathering (MTG), there are few ways that are better than to attend a prerelease. Every year, Wizards of the Coast releases at least two or three expansions to its 25-year-old collectible card game and sponsors events both online and in person at game stores across the globe. These events are designed to show players how to use the new mechanics that are being introduced into the set, give...

Casual Grinding Is Now Possible with Magic: The Gathering Arena

For me, it all started six years ago when a Canadian sketch comedy team called Loading Ready Run (LRR) was hired by Wizards of the Coast to produce an online web series. Called Friday Nights, the series instantly became a fan favorite with the LRR audience, even those people like me who had heard about Magic: The Gathering but never played it before. A year later, I found myself at Universe Games in Minneapolis participating in my first ever Friday...

Magic: The Gathering Celebrates Its 25th Birthday with a Year of Special Releases

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Magic: The Gathering, which was first revealed at the 1993 Origins Game Fair, held on Independence Day weekend in Fort Worth, Texas. For an entire generation, the trading-card game has kept a huge following, and now it’s time for veteran players to relive the fond memories they’ve had surrounding Magic and for new players to join the Magic community and see what all the fuss is about. It’s been known for a while now...

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...
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