Tabletop Game: Magic: The Gathering

aka: Magicthe Gathering
The standard Magic card back. Its design is meant to resemble the cover of a Spell Book.

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:

For a more complete analysis of gameplay (which is, of course, the heart of any game), we wrote a Useful Notes page for your enjoyment.

The game spawned several Video Game adaptations. Some of the more prominent ones:

The official Magic website can be found here.

Due to length, the trope list for this work has been split across several pages:

Alternative Title(s):

Magic The Gathering, Magic The Gathering Online, Duels Of The Planeswalkers