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August 5, 2008 / jadettman

Behind the Info Curve

I used to play C?Gs (collectible card/miniatures/whatever games) and, to be honest, I miss them. Fortunately, I have no one to play them with in the area, unless I want to start playing Magic again, and there is no way that I’d be willing to spend that kind of money.

To get my C?G fix, I’ve been playing Jyhad Online a free program that allows me to play Jyhad/Vampire: the Eternal Struggle for free on the internet with a large group of similar users (but mostly with people I know from Ithaca).

This, I think, is pretty cool. The software being on the internet means I don’t have to download anything and, it being free and kept up to date, also means that I don’t have to buy anything to play.

The problem, for me, is that V:tES is still a living game. White Wolf is still producing card sets which eventually make it onto JOL and make me insane because I don’t know what any of the cards do.

Now, back when I had disposable income and people to play with in person I was a total Mr. Suitcase. I wouldn’t hesitate to drop $50+ on cards when a new set came out and that kept me on top of things.  These days, I just don’t have the incentive because playing V:tES has ceased to be a significantly social activity for me.

So, unlike the past where I would buy packs of cards, sort them, trade them, and learn what they do through a steady social process of play and planning, now I have to go find a list of the new cards on the internet and go through a more intentional, and less fun, process if I want to stay up to date.

I’m just not sure that it’s worth it.

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  1. Zach / Aug 5 2008 11:30 am

    I miss playing Vs. also.

    In my Opinion, I hardly ever recommend people to get into Magic, especially with all the new rules/changing rules. If you want to try however, you can get Magic Online, which is free to download…but the cards cost $$, and you can buy some packs and a theme deck, which is what Ben Stein did. This way…it FORCES you to “get hip” with the new rules, or else. You can also play with (Blank)th Edition/Core Set theme decks for free, if you know how.

    I just learned how to play Vampire…might give this V:TES Online a try

  2. J.A. Dettman / Aug 6 2008 5:21 am

    Vs. was a great game.

    If you want to play JOL, email Peter and he’ll make sure to invite you to some games, Zach.

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