A miraculous thing happened at game night in the north end the other day. There were an equal number of boys and girls, (this is thanks to Melissa’s sister Laura being home from the Holidays and Jess being sick)…but none the less it was man vs. woman, snakes and snails, vs. sugar and spice, but most importantly Emperor vs. Empress. With six players and an even split between men and women we couldn’t resist a boys against girls emperor game.
I’m talking about Magic the Gathering. It’s a fan favorite, and point of contention, in my circle of friends. We’ve got Joel with his bird deck. What does it do? It makes birds, and if you kill those birds it makes more BIRDS!! Or his equally annoying merfolk deck. Not so much about spewing multiple merfolk, but the one’s he has will likely be +10/10 before you know it. My girl Melissa is possibly the most creative deck maker I know. She manipulates mana like a landslide and consistently and successfully can get out those 7 casting cost creatures while your still attacking with a 2/2. Jon has Goblins. Goblins do what Goblins do but with Jon it’s all about the delivery. Casting the Goblin Balloon Brigade? It would go something like this: “Gobrin Barrooon BrigaaAAAADE!!!!!” Walker is our Magic tactician. It’s not a game with Walker it’s a science and whether he’s got goats or artifacts he knows the ins and outs of all the cards, rules, orders, and he combines them masterfully.
Last but not least: ME. I’ve got a couple decent decks but it all comes down to my vampires…that sparkle. Why do they sparkle? -you wonder. Well that’s simple, I was drinking and decided it would be funny to order my new cards in foil. They’re more expensive sure, but I like the irony. But what I also did was order the most over the top powerfully crazy strong vampires available. Everyone hates my vampires unless we’re playing a team game which brings me back to my original point: Emperor.
For those of you that play magic this is one of my favorite games. You need six players. Roll to see who gets emperor and then they pick two generals. Teams sit across from each other with the emperor in the middle. You’r cards only effect the people sitting on either side of you. This includes status effects, enchantments, and even attacking. The goal is to kill the other emperor, (or empress), before yours is killed. This means you have to get through one of the generals first. The emperor can also pass creatures to his generals so if your deck is all about making your opponent discard you probably won’t make a very good emperor since your generals will soon be out of cards.
Our boys vs. girl game did just what my headline points out. My vampires wiped out Walkers general and then intimidated his goats to death. (Yes you heard me correctly his goats. He has a goat deck. It makes goats. Lots and lots of goats.) But luckily for me My sparkly vampires found them quite tasty. The game was actually pretty uneventful. It happened rather quickly but GIRLS WIN!!! WOOOOP!! So if you’ve got a group of six friends wanting to play Magic, because that happens all the time I know, then give emperor a try. It can be drawn out at times, unless you’ve got some gangsta bloodsuckers on your team.