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Magic, the Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers

Reviewed by: Herb Levy

(Wizards of the Coast/Hasbro Games, 2 to 5 players, ages 10 and up, 60 minutes; $29.99)

magicarena1Over 20 years ago, Magic, the Gathering burst onto the scene and the reaction was, to put it mildly, PHENOMENAL! The game flew off the shelves! More importantly, that Richard Garfield design put a small company, Wizards of the Coast, on the map and created a whole new genre of gameplay: CCGs also known as Collectible Card Games. (We featured the game back in the Winter 1994 issue of Gamers Alliance Report.) When a game meets with that kind of success, spin-offs are inevitable and more and more decks of Magic cards appeared throughout the years to fuel the frenzy. But not a BOARD game. Although it took over two decades, that gap in the array of Magic, the Gathering offerings has been filled. Now there is a boardgame set in the gaming universe of Magic, designed by Joseph D’Alosio, Ethan Fleischer and Craig Van Ness: Magic, the Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers.

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