What we're about
This is a meet up for folks near the downtown Houston area who are interested in Magic: the Gathering, especially the Commander (EDH) format. Come sling some cardboard, drink a pint, and make some friends!
What's the group like? We're mostly guys in their mid 20s to mid 30s who like to drink and play non-competitive Magic. We're laid back and friendly, and we welcome adults of all ages, genders, backgrounds, etc who want to be equally chill, have a drink, and sling some cardboard.
What should I expect when I show up? Games are almost always of the pick up variety. Where three or more are gathered, let there be Magic. When you show up to the bar, grab a drink and find the tables with people shuffling up cards. If you show up late, please wait until more late-comers have arrived and start your own game, or else pull up a chair and wait for the existing game(s) to end.
What do you mean by "show up late?" If the event is booked to start at noon, and you show up at 12:02, you are late. Folks who play in the first game that starts usually get there at least 10 minutes early. Being late isn't a crime, and no one will be offended (unless you make a big deal about it), but being late might mean you have to wait up to an hour or more to jump into a game depending on how many people are attending.
Is this a good place for me to learn to play Magic? Not really. We have had people who are new to the game join us, and a few have stuck it out. Magic has a pretty big learning curve, though, and it can be challenging to learn the game in an environment with people who have been playing long-term. If you're interested in learning Magic, or relearning if you've been away from the game for a while, contact the group Organizer for assistance.
What formats do you play? We play Commander (EDH) almost exclusively. If you're coming to a regular game session, Commander is the format you should expect to see. That being said, we play other formats from time-to-time. Tiny Leaders, Cube, 2HG, and random limited events are all on the table.
How long do games last? A four or five player game typically lasts between an hour to an hour-and-a-half. Some games go shorter, and some games can go a lot longer. It all depends on who is playing and what decks are on the table.
I love Magic, but I've never played Commander. Are there rules I should know? If you know the basics of Magic, everything you need to know about playing the Commander format can be found at http://mtgcommander.net/rules.php . Please pay special attention to the banned list, as this may have changed if you've been away from the format for a while.
Do you have a judge? How do you resolve rules disputes? We do not have a registered judge who plays with us. Rules disputes are usually resolved through judicious use of Google. If an issue arises that cannot be resolved in that way, the event host or group organizer is right. If you get home and discover that the event host or group organizer was wrong, well, you got to play cards and drink alcohol with some great people - we'll all know better next time. If you're the kind of person who gets salty about rules issues in a non-competitive environment, or who measures his or her personal value on the idea that you can't be wrong, this isn't the group for you.
What should I bring? We recommend bringing your own Commander deck(s) and dice at a minimum. Since we play at tables with beverages, sleeving your cards and bringing a play mat are also really, really good ideas. Also, bring money for whatever you want to drink (tip the wait staff!), and a solid plan for getting home in case you have a little too much fun.
Is this an all-ages group? No. There a lots of places that will welcome children to play Magic, but this isn't one of them. We play in bars, and we drink while we play. If you show up with your kids in tow, we'll ask you to leave and we'll question your basic parental values when we do it. Seriously, no kids.
Can I bring my trade binder? Absolutely. We have folks who bring their trade binders every week. Just remember that this is a drinking environment, and no one associated with the Meet Up or with whichever bar we're at is in any way responsible for lost, stolen, or misplaced cards. Also, please don't show up to be a trading troll (you know who you are and you know what I mean).