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Boardgames with Nurgleprobe #10 – TOP 5 Games for new players (PODCAST)

Time for another TOP 5 list. This time I’m talking about 5 games that I think you should use to introduce new players to the hobby. So they’re not for groups made completley out of new players, but for a mix.

Hope you enjoy the list, and I will see you next week with another review!


Until next time, take care.
Cya soon!

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The biggest Trading Card Game tournament ever held is…

Hello Nurglings!

Yea I know that you’re all excited, sitting at your computers, or with your Ipads or phones on the buss thinking: well isn’t this obvious?

Magic The Gathering must be the game that held the biggest tournament in the TCG category. That would be the obvious answer from the top of any gamers head I think. Some may take a step further and see it as a trick question and quickly jump on to:

Pokémon. It’s a popular game and plenty of kids still play that around the world. Tournaments still seems to be doing best in the US and Japan though. Pokémon is indeed one of the best selling card games on the market. That is strengthened by the fact that it keeps going together with a cartoon for kids plus a series of games that are popular for people in all ages.

But no. Neither of the above is the correct answer.

Yup… you guessed it.

The correct answer is Yu Gi Oh! And the tournament:
100th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournament!
So how many people joined the tournament Nurgle? Well let me start by telling you this, they made 3,500 play mats for the tournament to give out to the players… they ran out of play mats. The final player count:

So now you know.

Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon!

Ignorant gaming communities, and how to join them.

Hello Nurglings!

Warning: This is a very long article!

I thought I would share something that has been… not bothering me, but it’s a thought that has been twirling around in my head. Lately there have been a lot of articles posted about the female players of Magic, how they are looked at by 90% of the players who are male. And thankfully also their accomplishments in Magic.

I was thinking about this at the same time as I was sitting down at my local hobby shop, looking through my Yu Gi Oh collection. At the same time I was talking with a few of my friends that plays Magic the Gathering. The room was crowded with players playing different card games. A World of Warcraft TCG tournament was taking place in the room, some Yu Gi Oh players took up a big table discussing the game and playing it, and in front of me my friends were sleeving The Spoils decks to demo the game at an event here in Gothenburg the next day. A huge mix of games and players of all ages, it was a good day for card games.
In the past I was very active in the Yu Gi Oh community, as a gamer and collector. I’m still a moderator at the biggest Yu Gi Oh forum in Sweden, and I try to stay somewhat up to date so I can join the discussions or at least understand them. A year or so ago I switched my focus to other card games and haven’t really been active with Yu Gi Oh.

Recently the Yu Gi Oh Swedish national was announced, and I thought I would join in. Meeting with the people again and doing something that I actually enjoy more than gaming; going to events and experiencing the social side of card gaming. When sitting with the cards I was met by skepticism from the other Yu Gi Oh players. Mainly because I wasn’t active anymore, and they questioned why I would start with it now instead of just keep playing Magic the Gathering.

This onetime thing didn’t really bother me too much, I know the Yu Gi Oh players around here and shortly after I was offered to borrow cards for Nationals if I really wanted to join. I KNEW this, but what if I was a new player, sitting down for the first time, building a deck for a tournament that is way over my head (and still is to be honest). Just to hear: why are you even trying?

Yu Gi Oh is a constant eternal format just like Magic the Gatherings Vintage or Legacy. All cards are allowed in tournaments except for a selected few on a banlist. These types of formats and games usually costs more than games focused around new cards and sets. This is because of a simple thing: supply and demand. The older the set gets, the cards from it gets harder to find and fewer and fewer cards keep rotating between players. The prices go up and it becomes less interesting for new players to join that type of game because of this.

But not only is the cost a problem, but the community that plays these eternal formats are usually players that have stuck with it for a long time. What I’ve noticed with these players is the fact that not many of them allow new players to “join in”. New blood is considered players without skills and without decks and cards that are interesting to play against. And that may be true, new players don’t have the decks or skills yet, but why shut them out just because they aren’t at your level?

I think this is one of many things that are happening within Magic right now, discussing the female players. The male demographic is having issues with the fact that this smaller group of players that haven’t really been successful before, are starting to become worthy opponents. If a smaller group of Legacy players have issues with new players without skills or decks. The male gaming community as a whole has been having this issue with female players. It’s time to become more accepting of new players, especially if we want our gaming groups or games in general to grow.

We can’t let the new players be shut out just because they don’t know everything from the start. If we talk about the game with them, play it with them and discuss things that they may want to think about. They will find that once you become a part of the community, the community is awesome. The social aspect of card games is a huge thing, blogs, forums, gaming groups, these are all huge and important things for a card game to have. But as a social game, we also need to respect each other and people we meet through gaming. No matter the gender, what they’ve played before, how much they’ve played or even what their names are.

Learn the basics:
If you’re a new player, or someone that wants to try a new game out. Try and look at the rules before you head down to your local hobby or gaming store. The more of the basic rules you know, the easier it will be for the older players to respect you as a new player.

Be social:
Even if the gamers there may a bit nervous with you being new. Talk to them, they are not as dangerous as they look.

Put your hard skin on:
As the new player you will realize that there is a lot of “friendly bullying” going on between players. And this is nothing to be afraid of, this is something that is very common within any type of gaming, online or offline.

Ask other players for help (even if you don’t really want it):

People that think they are good at any game, love to talk about their skills. Ask the other players for help, about your deck, gaming style or whatever. They love to share what they think is best. This way it’s easier to talk to them afterwards and that is a huge positive side effect of asking a simple question.

Well that was it for now everyone.
Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon!

Magic The Gathering – Great female minds and players!

Hello Nurglings!

Do you know what’s really trendy right now? To talk about female Magic the Gathering players, but not just any of course, rather the few that lately has been appearing in top 8’s at bigger tournaments like various Grand Prix’s.

I tend to root for them when they are reaching a position where they can end up in the finals, but I always root for the underdog, and I’m not saying that the female players are worse than the male players. I’m just saying when it comes to numbers = they are outnumbered. So it’s always fun to see them punch a hole in a very male dominant game.

I lift my hat to these women and I really hope they will stick with the game to show the world that it’s okay to be a lady and play card games like Magic The Gathering. From what I’ve read and seen, it’s a very intimidating thing to be a female magic player, mostly because the younger guys are not used to seeing girls at their local hobby shops or tournaments. Staring… is not okay guys. Really.

So I wanted to make a small tribute and show you the women that have been slowly (and some rather quickly) made their face known in the Magic community.

Lissa Jensen

The latest woman to make a huge top 8 finish. This happened just this weekend at Grand Prix Nashville. She managed to get an amazing record, ending day 1 with eight wins and a single loss. And going 3-0 and 2-1 and in the day 2 drafts. A hard achievement for any Magic players.

Mary Jacobson

Not only was she a lady; she also had some swag with that awesome hat when she managed to top 8 at Grand Prix Lincoln 2012 with her “Infinty” deck (Modern Format). Deciding to play the deck just days before the tournament she managed to collect the whole deck on site. And she was able to say that she owned every single card in her deck (borrowing being something very common when going to bigger events).

Jackie Lee

As many others on this list Jackie had no previous Pro Tour or Grand Prix top 8s before going to Grand Prix Baltimore 2012. She managed to kick some ass all the way to the top 8 with a Red/Green agro deck (Standard Format).

Melissa DeTora

Melissa has been playing magic for some time now, and is a familiar name for most Magic players. So it was all happy news when she managed to top 8 at Grand Prix Santiago 2011. She even won the quarter final game against one of Magic the Gathering’s most skilled players: Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa.

So here are just a few inspiring female Magic the Gathering players. If you have more stories, players or something else to share about female players be sure to leave a comment.

Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon!

E3 – What it was all about this year – Social Gaming

Hello everyone and welcome to this lovely little post about E3 and what we saw and what it meant and so on and so on. First of I just want to say that it was a slow E3 this year, everything was leaked or talked about beforehand and the information on the things we wanted to know more about was short. A few examples of this being…

WiiU – console or controller? Well it’s a console, but they didn’t really show it. If you looked in the back of the videos though you always saw a small white box and that’s the console! So the main focus was on the controller and well I’m not really sure what to think about it yet. But I’m willing to wait and see where this takes gaming. Another thing that was really exciting was the new depth of collaboration between EA and Nintendo, awesome! Below… yea that is what the new WiiU looks like.

Exciting Nintendo, exciting.

PSP Vita – even if I loved the look and style of it. I will not lie, it’s just a new PSP with new features. But to be honest, I rather buy this right now then the WiiU. Hell I would rather even buy a 3DS over the WiiU. Well, hell there will be some awesome titles for this little machine so I’m looking forward to it!


But you know what, the thing that got me more excited than anything else this year, was not the fact that they will release a lot of new games, new game systems and updates. What I loved about this year is the fact that they are working hard when it comes to social gaming. PSP Vita for example, where you could see when friends were online, talk with them while playing, see where they were, it became a social gaming tool. I’m a bit behind on the subject though, never had a PSP or the new 3DS, these consoles may have implanted several of these things as well, but the way the portrayed it for the PSP Vita was awesome.
WiiU was the next thing that really tried to tell us: Play together in a new exciting way. Nintendo has always been great for families and casual players. They’ve aimed their marketing towards everyone (except the hardcore gamers) and I must say they’ve succeeded in doing many awesome things for social gaming. The Wii being a huge part of that, it is fun to play together and it’s an experience for everyone that joins in. The controller, Wii remote, even if somewhat ridiculous to a gamer, is a great way to show of gaming to new people.

“Look all you have to do is this, and this and like that.” – You say this while showing simple movements and everyone can understand it. Moving your arm around doesn’t need more explaining then actually showing it. Saying things like: “You need to make a dash forward and do a high jump,” will not make the casual player very excited. What do I press to Dash? What it is a high jump exactly?

Many games shown on E3 were either mentioned to have multiplayer or some type of share feature that would let you and people all over the world connect to each other. I love to see this, and I’m still waiting for that single player game that isn’t single player. Everything changes in the game depending on the actions of other players in the world, you can still play the story created for you, but all players can have a piece of the action. Not a huuuuge fan of MMO’s yet, but I’m watching and waiting for that MMO that takes the genre one step beyond what it is right now. If social gaming can have a break through, I believe it will be a mix of the MMO game feel, and tools that go beyond the game and system it’s connected to.

Thank you E3 for showing a small step in a direction that gaming should take. Never forget the player that likes to play alone, but always give him the option to reach out to other players.