The bluffs, the plays, the heart of the cards; any collectible card gamer knows the thrill, and with the release of Magic: The Gathering’s newest set, Journey into Nyx, Team LoveHate’s Otakubeat had to get our fix. When we heard of The Mage’s Realm in Sacramento doing a sealed tourney for release, we had to make it. And we were not disappointed in any aspect of the night.
|"The Gathering" for tournament sign up|
We arrived around to see the large gaming room already well populated; a good 20-30 people in the room for the tournament. The majority of us had not played for years, or had not played official tourneys before. This is where the staff of The Mage’s Realm was AWESOME. Everyone there seemed to truly enjoy what they were doing, and were more than happy to get “the noobs” up to speed. “The Mages”, a fitting title for the employees of the Realm, were more like wizards, think Gandalf style. Infinitely knowledgeable, good senses of humor, and a desire to see others succeed were the premier qualities there. The Mages had plenty of insight into much more than just card games. Almost any Geek related topic from video games, to anime, to theoretical matchups (combat or otherwise), seems to be well within their repertoire. All geeks are welcome here. It should also be noted that this is not your standard dark gaming den. The Realm is open, well lit, clean, and most importantly, doesn’t have that overwhelming claustrophobic aura to it. It is in no way boring inside, but it doesn’t have that sort of “dark back alley” feeling many comic and game stores do. It seems like they have struck the perfect balance of running a professional business while still being personable, and carrying that geek friendly vibe.
|LET THE GAMES BEGIN!|
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