I absolutely learned how to play magic with this video. I think I only recently threw out the vhs. My mother learned how to play from it and then she taught me. It was about 6 years before MTG became popular in my town and a local opened up a gaming shop
The weirdest part of Portal to me wasnâ€™t the limited ruleset, it was that they actively added or changed some terminology. Why would they call blocking “intercepting?” Why do that? How does that help someone learn the game?
I can understand removing instants and limiting when cards can be activated at least a little bit (even if I think it was a mistake, because they ended up having to add a few bizarrely-worded cards to fill the gap), but renaming blocking was this bizarre head-scratching thing that would do nothing but cause confusion for Portal players when they tried to move on to the main game.
This is how I learned to play Magic. A bunch of my friends had some cards and I thought the art and general idea of this fantasy card game was amazing. I ended up buying the starter box from a 7-Eleven of all places. If I remember correctly it had a simple computer game along with this video played that actually taught you how to play and walked you through a game or two before letting you battle on your own?
Here I am looking at magic so entirely differently. Loved this video and also the Trained Orrg Comercial that aired around the same time on TV.
I learned to play from this video as well (along with the guided game on the cd that was basically you playing this exact sequence). When I teach people Magic I generally try to follow this game (with newer but similar cards), as I think it actually does a great job of teaching the basics and a bit of strategy. Obviously you have to branch out into things like instants and artifacts, but for a foundation, this video does it very well.
i had this starter pack when i was a kid. This is what got me into magic around 2002. I remeber being grounded for a whole summer with my brother and we played the hell out of those starter decks. I still have the big ass trained orc card that came with the box.
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