Tabletop Game: Magic: The Gathering
You are a planeswalker...Magic: The Gathering is a Collectible Card Game, produced in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast (eventually the owners of that other great geek game, Dungeons & Dragons). It was the first true Collectible Card Gamenote , the Genre Popularizer, and even today it is one of the most popular card games in the world.Each game is a duel between powerful mages (the players) known as "planeswalkers." Planeswalkers deploy a wide array of spells, creatures, artifacts, and enchantments (all represented by cards) as they vie to dominate entire realms ("planes")—or, if you prefer, to reduce the opponent's life total to zero. Notable gameplay elements include:
- The "Color Pie": The game features Color Coded Magic in five different elements: White, Blue, Black, Red, and Green. Each represents a different philosophy or ideology with their own strengths and weaknesses, and there are complex interrelations between them. (For more on the colors, see our Useful Notes and Analysis pages.)
- The Mana system: To play their cards, players need the correct amount and color of mana, gained from land cards. At a stroke, this brings the Awesome but Impractical and Limited Move Arsenal tropes into the game (more powerful spells cost lots of mana, and decks with too many colors risk drawing the wrong lands and being unable to play any of their cards).
- It's "collectible": You assemble decks out of your personal collection of cards. This gives you a chance to create a deck that no one else on earth has. (And of course, it encourages you to buy more cards.)
- Magic: The Gathering: A 1997 Card Battle Game by MicroProse. It contained both a free-dueling mode, allowing you to build decks and battle them against AI opponents, and a campaign mode, where you could travel across the land of Shandalar exploring, dueling enemies, collecting cards, and eventually battling a Big Bad.
- Duels Of The Planeswalkers: A more modern adaptation available on The Playstation Store, Xbox Live Arcade and Steam, originally released in 2009. It has received Numbered Sequels in summer of each succeeding year, coinciding with new Core Set releases, and Wizards are deliberately positioning it as their Gateway Series to new players.
- Magic The Gathering Tactics: A 2011 Turn-Based Strategy for PC and PlayStation 3 inspired by Magic. The gameplay bears little to no resemblance to the original card game, but the flavor of it is retained.
- Magic The Gathering Online: The official program for playing the game online.
- ...And more.
Due to length, the trope list for this work has been split across several pages:
- Gameplay Tropes
- Flavor And Story Tropes
- Color Tropes
- Individual Character Tropes
- Audience Reactions and YMMV
- Additionally, the pages for individual Magic novels and comics can be found here.