Well, some unicorns can fly…
So, rummaging around the house I found an ancient artifact from the late 90’s, a “Portal” demo pack for Magic: the Gathering. This was from a trip to GenCon UK, where I was part of a team tasked with demonstrating the basics of the game using this mini-game crammed into a booster pack. For that weekend we sold our souls and had, if truth be told, quite a lot of fun being the “Portal Pixies”.
The pack contained two mini Magic decks, each of 12 cards and containing land and creatures only. One was red-while-green and one black-blue. The game was a quick 5-life duel which worked pretty well overall.
So, we cracked the cards out, Miss B chose to play the red-white-green deck, and we were off. She got the hang of playing land and summoning creatures. The intricacies of attacking and defending (trying to work out what happens when a 2/3 creature meets a 3/2 creature) resulted in an “I’m a bit confused!”, but we got through the game with Miss B’s massed goblin (well, two of them plus a minotaur) attack finally finishing me off.
Back in the 90’s I had a mixed relationship with Magic. I felt it was a good game, but where most people I knew were wanting to track new expansions and play in sanctioned tournaments, this left me and my casual approach to play way behind, with my two-colour, theoretically fun-to-play, kitchen sink deck that quickly lost every time. I gave up on that and dabbled in a couple of lower profile CCGs and, until now, haven’t played Magic in well over a decade. It’s still a decent game, though I gather that the official releases have steadily got more and more complicated. Maybe we’ll pick up an intro pack or two and play within the family a bit, but I don’t know. Miss B certainly enjoyed this play through, and we can always limit ourselves to using the simplest available cards for now, and then introduce more challenging stuff later…
The verdict from Miss B (aged nearly 5½): “I liked it but it was a bit confusing.”
The game: Magic: The Gathering “Portal” mini-promo decks (Wizards of the Coast), 2 players, aged dunno.