Hello Grayskullers, Colin here. This is the first entry into a new series of articles I will be releasing that will chronicle my feelings and experiences with some of the biggest check marks on my list of nerd credentials. Seeing as most of this stuff currently finds a home in my closet I felt the title of this segment was appropriate. Having Magic the Gathering be the first entry was an absolute no brainer. No other hobby even comes to close to touching the amount of time and money I have spent on MTG over my lifetime. As you can see in the photo to the left my collection is quite extensive, containing somewhere over 6000 cards. First introduced to the game in later elementary school, it became a massive part of my life through jr. high and high school. The trio of myself and my buddies Adam and Jeff spent countless hours locked in battle and putting together new decks to try to counter an opponent’s deck we just had no answer for. The endless variety of cards allowed for and endless variety of possible decks, creating a level of strategy like no other game I’ve ever played. Similar to many strategy video games (which I am also a big fan of) the actual battle is only part of the equation. The outcome of the match has as much to do with the design of your deck, as it does with how you put it in to action. Though my MTG heyday is in the past, with only minor resurgences over the last decade, I still hold on tight to those fond memories and my collection. Until next time!