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[Something] Re: Something Digest, Vol 16, Issue 3

  • From"Carlton Noles" <carlton.noles@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateFri, 17 Nov 2006 15:26:48 -0500
Well that is certainly a bonus! I didn't mean to sound like I don't like Magic I do. I love it. I just don't try to keep up any more. My kids and I some times play with decks we make from my 3000 or so cards. I also have the microprose computer game with its expansion on our two computers at home. I just found it too expensive to stay competitive with the type II tournaments with so many folks buying out complete sets. Aside from which I was always more of an experimenter and theme person. I had a lot of fun playing all rat decks or all bird decks or other themes. I didn't necessarily win a lot with those  but they were a lot of fun to play. We also would shout phrases like "death from above!" or something related to our cardplay during the game. 
    I like periodic updates and expansions (like...ummm...say...FLUXX) But magic at the time I stopped buying was 1 big and 2 small expansions a year with sets going out of standard after two years. I think that was when I started to taper off. When most of the first cards I had (Visions series) started to no longer be usable in type II tourneys (type 2 being by far the most common in these parts). New players didn't want to play against older cards they didn't have access to and I didn't want to keep buying new cards. (especially since I only got to play once a week or so). I enjoyed Magic a lot (and still do) And I was sorry to more or less drop out. But I couldn't justify the expense when I got to play so little.

Carlton "Kermit" Noles
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   1. CCG Money Hole (was: Demoing at otherRabbit's turf?)
      (Elliott C. Evans)


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Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2006 14:19:00 +0000
From: "Elliott C. Evans" <eeyore@xxxxxxxx>
Subject: [Something] CCG Money Hole (was: Demoing at otherRabbit's
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Moved this off the rabbits list, because I am taking it far off

Carlton N. wrote:
> I did fall into the money hole that is CCG's  well actually just
> Magic. I stopped when I saw it for the money hole that it was.

The only consolation is that the creators of Magic never really
anticipated that it would become the money hole that it did. They
figured people would buy a starter deck and a few boosters, and
then just play from there. They were truly astounded when people
started trying to get complete sets and when the first print run
sold out in a month.

The real shame of all this is that (at least while I was playing)
Magic is a darn fine game. It's fast, with a good combination of
luck, strategy, and tactics. Some of the problems that cropped up
in the long term simply didn't exist back then. For instance, the
game wasn't a money pit when it was impossible to buy more cards.

Also, to be fair, I know a number of people who have managed to
pull more money out of the hole than they put in. I think the
first printing of Aquarius was funded this way.

Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans


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