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Ben Roome


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Get em hooked

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When I was in college I lived with my best friend Nick.  We lived in a sweet apartment in Pacific Beach, and we had a lot of extra time to spend on chillaxing.  I started painting Warhammer miniatures in High School, and by college I was spending more time doing that than playing Magic.  I brought my cards to San Diego to trade them in for Warhammer miniatures.  The night before I was going to sell my cards, my friend Alex came over and said "Sweet! Magic cards! We should play."  Alex and I build a couple of quick decks while Nick watched us.  After 2 games Nick goes "This looks pretty cool.  Can I try?"  "Of course!" I said.  Nick shuffled up and drew seven, and Alex explained to him how to cast spells, while I played some elves.  Nick caught on pretty quickly, but the most important thing was that I neglected to cast my big 6 drop bomb.  Instead I gave him a couple extra turns, and he was able to pull out the W.

He was hooked instantly.  I would have gone to sell my cards the next day, but by the time I was out of bed, Nick had already been to the game store and was busy building his first deck!  I guess I got hooked again as well because we spend hundreds of hours playing magic in that house.  Maybe the person I really hooked was myself!

Change their minds

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One morning I was hanging out with a couple of friends and we had been awake all night partying.  One of my buddies was looking at my magic cards and laughing. "Dude, why?" he said.  

"Dude," I said "because its the greatest game ever invented! Have you played it?"
"No" he admitted "but isn't it a bit childish?" he asked.

"I mean yeah, a little," I said "but the same could be said of Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings and a bunch of other great stuff that you love."  "Also," I continued "this game is one of the most complex games in the world.  Sure you can teach it to kids, which is great, but it goes so much deeper.  You have to be really smart to play competitively."

"Cool," he said "So what do you do exactly?"

"Let me show you" I said, picking up my standard deck, which was Mythic Conscription at the time.

"Basically the goal of this deck is to generate a bunch of mana so you can cast a really nasty spell on your opponent early in the game."  I pulled out my foily Sovereigns of Lost Alara and showed it to him in the rays of the sunrise.

"Pretty" he said. "Then what happens?"

"Once you get this guy in play and attack with him, you get to search up this huge enchantment, put it on your guy, deal a bunch of damage and make them sacrifice permanents!"  I said, with a gleam in my eye.

"Well that sounds really fun.  Thanks for showing me.  I get it now."

"Let me know if you ever want to play."  I said. "I'll teach you any time."

Help a noob

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I have given a lot of magic cards away in my time.  I have given some to cousins, to friends, kids at the local game store who are just getting started, but this most recent story is my favorite. 

There is a woman at the game store who just learned to play magic a few months ago and only plays modern.  She is stoked on the game and is getting good.  A couple weeks ago I went to the LGS to play modern, but it turned out it was Born of the Gods game day.  She only had a modern deck, but wanted to play magic.  She bought an event deck and as she was sleeving it up I walked over and asked if she wanted to borrow anything from my binder to spice up the event deck.  She ended up selecting a couple of Fabled Heroes and Angelic Skirmishers.

After the tournament she walked over to return the cards.
"Thanks" she said "Your cards definitely won me a couple of games.  I had a lot of fun today.  I really appreciate it. Here are your cards back."

"You know what?" I said "I want you to keep those.  Standard is a fun format, especially if you have a good deck.  You should come play Standard next week too."

"Awesome" she said "I might just do that."