The Young Podawans Ep. 21 – Geek 101: Magic the Gathering!

We’re back with our second Geek 101 episode and this week we’ll be talking about Magic the Gathering! You’ve heard us chatting about this on previous episodes, but now we’ll take a deep dive into the lore and gameplay of Magic, with plenty of helpful links and reference material! All that, plus we talk about new Batman comics and a little thing called Pokemon GO (you may have heard of it).

Segment 1: What Are You Geeking Out About? (1:01)

Every week in the opening segment we discuss what we’re currently geeking out about! This week Kristin is geeking about Pokémon GO (with bonus complaining about how we’re old and today’s games are too complicated), and Brian is geeking out about Batman / Detective Comics Rebirth (with bonus Brian talks too long about the history of Batman comics).

Segment 2: What Are We Drinking This Week? (14:28)

Another regular segment where we discuss – you guessed it – what we’re drinking. Kristin’s drinking Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) and Brian’s drinking Anchor Brewing Mango Wheat Ale!

Segment 3: Magic Discussion (21:00)

  • History of the game
  • Magic professional players and their particular skills set
  • Our history with the game
  • Basic overview of The Game and The Rules
  • Magic lore / Planes / characters
  • Card types:
  • Colors:
    • White: Lifegain, small efficient creatures, taxing effects, protection
    • Blue: Card Draw, Counterspells, Tap effects, Copy/Cloning
      • Creatures: Merfolk, Wizards, Sphinxes
      • Signature Card: Counterspell
    • Black: Lifeloss, Pay life for benefit, creature destruction, discard
    • Red: Fast creatures, direct damage, gamble effects, land/artifact destruction
      • Creatures: Goblins, Dragons, Elementals
      • Signature Card: Lightning Bolt
    • Green: Mana ramp, big creatures, token creation, pump effects
      • Creatures: Elves, Druids, Beasts, Hydras
      • Signature Card: Llanowar Elves
  • Sexism in the game & openness to new players
  • Prevailing attitudes in the game
  • Finding your own playing style based on your personality
  • Formats:

Segment 4: Outro, Contact Info & Outtakes! (90:30)

Helpful Magic the Gathering Links:

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