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Yeah, I totally remember being a kid in the 80's, having to scrounge around for information on cool things like Akira. I remember when I finally got a 2400 baud modem and logged into several local BBSes, and discovered what seemed like a treasure trove of information about anime, which was oh so obscure back then! Man, those were good days. Good days... *blink* What the...? *BOOM!!!* AAAUGH!!!
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Back in the late 90's, I had managed to piece together a very, very annoying red/blue deck that had no creatures in it. Every blue was a counter-spell type, and every red was a direct damage type. It was tied together with four each of chaos lace, thoughtlace, red elemental blast and blue elemental blast. In retrospect I was probably already deep in the depths of despair by then!
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I was originally introduced to Magic the Gathering in 1994. I never played in any official tournaments though, because I certainly could not afford to buy new cards as often as that demanded. I was able to buy maybe one or two boosters a month, and that was it. I had to construct my decks out of whatever I was able to get from that, and card donations from my friends, who were trying to help! Bless them. But that escalating requirement to get more cards took its toll on me, and I stopped playing in 1999. And I hadn't played the game at all for ten years, until this year! Now the game is fun for me again because I have more income than I did back then (though it's not disposable, mind you!). But now I can do things like, well, use spreadsheets to construct decks beforehand, and find out how much they cost to build, and then slowly buy each card and mark them as I get them on the spreadsheet. Yeah, spreadsheets. To construct Magic decks. I guess that makes me pretty geeky. But you know, constructing decks can actually be even more fun than playing them sometimes! You should see the dragon/thallid deck I've planned out. Nearly every card adheres to that dragon and/or deadly fungus theme. It's awesome. :D
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This sounds entirely familiar! Like, when Usenet was deluged with spam, and became a wasteland approximately twelve years ago. Looks like Twitter's the new Usenet!
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