Craven’s Musing of the Week: The fantasy MTG dinner party.
At some point most people have thought about, or been posed, the question of who would they have at a fantasy dinner party. People alive or dead who might provide amusement or intelligent conversation, etc. You know the drill. I was thinking on this the other day when I thought to myself, who would I like to sit down and play Magic The Gathering with using the same thought process.
Now, of course, my regular group are obviously far superior to any historical or current personalities, but for the purpose of this musing I will neglect to include them. They will understand, Im sure.
So, let us introduce the guests at my 8 player throwdown, and look at what sort of deck they might turn up with.
Dr Brian Cox
Immediatley setting the bar high for the quality of banter round the table, Brian Cox also wouldnt object to 80′s tunes being put on in the background. I imagine the Dr would rock up to the table with a multi coloured blue/green deck; reflecting his obvious interest in the natural world with the tricksy mind bending ability of a world class physicist.
William H Bonney aka: Billy the Kid
Almost certainly coming to the table with a mono red deck, Bonney would probably prove to a dangerous thorn in the side of one or two people before eventually succumbing to someone elses long term game plan. For entertainment during breaks, he could put a hole through the flavour text of all the myr cards I hate using his six shooter.
An obviously enteraining guest, Bill would share Brians appreciation of 80′s music and would bring his own home brewed mono-green deck. All the big monsters would be removed and the deck would consist mainly of woodland animals.
Yes, a bit of a mental case but relax, I could have said Hitler. Stalin’s ability to organise a decent game plan whilst being completely bat shit crazy would probably result in an all or nothing deck with plenty of graveyard mechanic going on. Known for his violent outbursts as well as his political manouvering, I think he would have created a red/black/blue deck that becomes suprisingly strong in the late game.
Ruby the African Grey Parrot
(click here to see Ruby in action)
This is a parrot, yes, but for one the banter at the table would be hilarious and from the multiple videos I have seen, a bird that can speak and shout abuse in multiple languages could probably handle a game of magic. If not, her owner could take care of the actual playing but leave Ruby at the table. A full, mono white flying deck here.
He’d take losing on the chin and would give a fair game until the moment he inevitably gets beaten by someone using a deck full of trickery. There are a lot of wolf cards out there, so I reckon Eddard would build a green deck with a splash of white and probably have multiple copies of this card in his hand at all times. Shame it isnt modern legal, but depending on whether he turned up with Ice to hand, Id probably give him the benefit of the doubt.
Would probably turn up with a deck of Pokemon cards and a few odd top trumps, so would have to buy an Event Deck before he started. He would then no doubt coast his way to an inexplicable near victory.
Obviously arriving with a blue deck, Derren Brown would provide excellent conversation and would win the game hands down using his natural ability to scry and force you into drawing cards you dont want and probably didnt even put in your deck in the first place.
So, there you have it. As I wrote this I thought how many other options there probably were – Brian Blessed (mono red), Bravestars horse “Thirty-Thirty” (colourless artifact deck); David Cameron and Nick Clegg (Cameron with a white/blue deck and Clegg just “doing the lands” for him); Batman (Black/white); The Predator (Green/artifact). I could be here all day…
Got you thinking? Who would you invite and why?.
Until next time,
Craven @ ROTDOG.
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