The purpose of this group is to create a friendly, safe place for ladies to learn and play Magic the Gathering. Newcomers as well as long-time fans of Magic are welcome to this group. This group is intended for women 18 years and older.
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Why Learn Magic the Gathering?
Magic the Gathering is one of the best games in the world! The game itself has been around for 25 years. It could not have lasted this long if there wasn't something to it, right? The game has really great artwork from professional artists, so when you buy Magic the Gathering cards, you are helping to support artists. Look up some of the artists like Seb McKinnon and Rebecca Guay and you will see for yourself. Furthermore, the game can transport you to another world rich in lore where you can cast spells and create magic. Maybe you want to imagine yourself as Chandra Nalar being able to command flames or perhaps your more like Liliana, a bit of a rogue mage who dabbles in the dark arts. Finally, this is a really good time to get into playing Magic the Gathering. The game has MTG Arena that lets you practice on your computer at home for free. Also, a set friendly for beginners comes out in July, and is a once-a-year type of set.
Why a Ladies Only Group?
It can be intimidating possibly for many women to just go to a local store and sign up for a Magic event. It's a bit nerve racking for just about anyone to go to an event where he/she doesn't know anyone there, now add to this the fact that 98% of the attendees are the opposite sex and that can add even more social awkwardness. Another thing is a lot of guys in the Magic community have terrible social skills. Yes, there are some great guys who play Magic in Austin, but there are also some bad apples in the bunch. Finally, no stores in Austin do a Ladies Magic Night for new lady players or veteran lady players to meet, hang out, and jam some games. So here we are, a Meetup group created for this purpose.
How Will This Group Work
I plan on doing two meetups a month for this group. We will meet at a restaurant close to where I live that has good food as well as lots of space for us to play Magic. The format we play will probably be a budget format called Pauper. Pauper is a great format and I play it all the time at Pat's Games here in Austin. We may also do special events when new sets come out like drafts or sealed events. I'm a natural teacher so this kind of thing is right up my alley. Sometimes it is easier for me to teach others how to do something than it is for me to do it myself, strange as this might be. I play a lot of Magic and I have been playing for over two years. I play against a lot of hard core, competitive players and I have learned a lot about competitive play. I also hosted board game meetups for five years in both Little Rock, Arkansas and here is Austin, TX. I will teach everyone in this group everything I know. Magic is an easy game to learn, but hard to master, which is probably why I like it so much. If you come out to an event, I will not only teach you how to play, I can also try and help you figure out what type of player you are. Magic is a very deep game. When I first started playing, I thought I wanted to be a Blue player. After playing for awhile, I quickly determined that Blue was not my favorite color. Aside from colors, there are many different formats of Magic. I started playing draft when I began playing Magic. I learned that I'm not the world's best draft player. I'm decent, but not great at it. Over time, I learned that I prefer constructed formats over limited formats. At any rate, I can help any new players out with all of this. It might sound daunting, I know, but don't worry, I will do my best to help out the best I can. I've been playing Magic for two year and I'm still learning things. I will probably learn a lot from the members of this group I expect. Magic is more of a journey than a destination.
The Elephant In The Room
You might be thinking, "A ladies group hosted by a guy?" Yeah, I know, this might seem a bit strange, but it's not that strange I assure you. I personally want more people to play Magic the Gathering. At stores in Austin, there are times when events for my favorite formats are unable to be held because of a lack of players. It happens probably 10% - 15% of the time. If I can get more people to play Magic, then events at stores will be held with success more often. If a lady in the group wants to help organize the group, I'm all for it! Second, I want to do what I can to get more women to play this great game. I have a couple lady friends in the Magic community. I don't get to play with them much, but occasionally I will run into them and it's fun for me because it's like catching up with an old friend. When you compete, you will find there are some people you don't like playing against and there are some you are amiable with. Most of the ladies I've competed against have been friendly, honest, and fun to play against. Third, I've talked to people in the Magic community about the idea for a Ladies Magic Night at stores. My idea got pretty much shot down. The thing is, the way things currently are, there isn't really an avenue, open to the public, where women as a demographic are encouraged to come to the game. Finally, as a guy, I know how guys operate somewhat and as an experienced Magic player I can teach you what to expect from male Magic players and how to deal with various situations that might arise. If you want me to, I can even go to your first store event with you and be there for moral support. For all of the above reasons, this is why I decided to create and organize this group.
I know this was a lot of information, but I had a lot of ground to cover and Magic the Gathering is not a simple topic to cover. I feel like I've scratched the tip of the iceberg. In closing. I'm very excited to do what I can to help women of Austin play Magic the Gathering. Let's grab some decks and throw down!