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Tabletopgame: Magic: The Gathering
The standard Magic card back. Its design is meant to represent 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.

At the core of each deck is a duel between god-like wizards - the players themselves, who are described in game parlance as "planeswalkers." These 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.

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alternative title(s): Magic The Gathering; Ptitleavm2017y; Duels Of The Planeswalkers; Magic The Gathering Online; Duels Of The Planeswalkers; Magic The Gathering
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