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Introduction to Magic: The Gathering -> Tues. 4-5:30pm starting Jan 26th!!!

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Spring 2010
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About the Course:

CLASS WILL MEET TUESDAYS FROM 4PM TO 5:30PM. ALL INTERESTED STUDENTS SHOULD SEE ENROLLMENT INFORMATION BELOW. PLEASE CHECK THE COURSE WEBSITE FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON THE COURSE.

 

FIRST CLASS MEETING IS IN GPB 107 ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 26TH!!! 

 

In this course we are going to focus on building decks  around certain fantasy themes and the imbedded  power struggles therein. We will explore a different broad theme each week and every student will be asked to make a deck within the restraints of that  theme. The student is encouraged to consider  themselves as a wizard with certain characteristics  when building a particular deck. For example, if the  student was building a deck as a necromancer it would  make little sense for them to include healing spells in  their deck — they would instead want to focus on  how to make an effective deck with the living dead  and cards that evoke disease. We will still cover the  mechanics and strategies of the game but within the  context of thematic deck construction. We will discuss  balance and imbalance within the game and questions  such as whether it is possible to make a beast-master  summoner as powerful as a fireball wielding pyromancer  or a mind control wizard. Theme decks are required to  be playable and students will be asked to describe how  their deck functions. Game play is encouraged but not  require The goal of this approach is to explore Magic: The  Gathering™ as a strategy game while expanding on its  role-playing and fantasy aspects. We hope to also  discuss why people play Magic, what their intentions  are and where they derive enjoyment. Imaginative  creativity and analytical tactics will be delicately balanced.  This approach will hopefully be appealing to those that  usually play competitively and especially accessible for  those who have never played before.   Students cannot miss more than two class meetings and receive a pass.The class will meet once a week for 90 mins.The reading is mostly from websites and that which isn't will be supplied.You will be required to submit deck lists once a week starting the second week of class.A brief paragraph about each deck is also required.The class concludes with each student presenting a 2-3 min monologue from the perspective of a wizard.

How to Enroll:


Note: In the case of over-enrollment the first two weeks of class will be mandatory and students who do not come will be dropped. If the number of students enrolled remains too large, seats will be given to those students who enrolled first.


Course Contact: mtgdecal AT berkeley.edu

Website: www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~nidia/decal/

Faculty Sponsor: Abigail DeKosnik

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