One of my favorite authors, Brandon Sanderson, occasionally will post on his blog that he'll be going to a game store to play Magic the Gathering with people. I've never gone, but I imagine the place gets packed with the best kind of nerds: fantasy readers and Magic players. I used to play, years ago. The last time I played a game was against Shawn, and I got my ass beat; it wasn't even funny, the slaughter he laid out. Again, that was years ago, when he lived out just north of the Capitol.
So I've picked up Magic again. I dropped a small chunk of money on some cards, and spent a few hours geeking out, looking at cards and giggling to myself. The geekery was so deep that the only way it could have been better is if I'd put on the new Star Trek movie (you know, to get ready for the newer one). I geeked out hard, scanning every card, coming up with rudimentary strategies and constructing a deck in my head with what few cards I had. It took me some time to realize it, but for the first time in nearly two weeks, I was happy. Then I had to go to work, but even that wasn't so bad.
This morning, at about four thirty AM, I built the deck over the course of about an hour, and wished people were awake to play against. It isn't complete, I'm missing a few cards that I'd like to run to tighten and speed it up, but... I guess the point I'm trying to make is this: If anyone reading this plays Magic, and is down for a game and a conversation, I have rediscovered my long-repressed geek, and am looking for a game.