My family is huge into card games and I grew up in the midwest, where Euchre is a thing, so I’ve grown up loving cards and card games. They’re social, they’re cheap, and once you’ve invested in a deck of cards, the possibilities are endless. I even know a few card magic tricks, though I’m terrible at them. My dad’s a huge fan of Cribbage, which we play all too infrequently, but whever I’m home for the holidays, we always get some Euchre in, or perhaps some Gin Rummy.
Fun fact, I actually collect decks of cards. I have a deck from just about every casino I’ve been to, I have several movie themed decks (Despicable Me, Star Wars, James Bond, Jurassic Park, TRON), and lots of others about animals from various national parks & zoos, Coca-Cola decks, etc.
All of these decks have Kings and Queens, and Aces and Jokers, but there are no elves, goblins, griffons or most importantly, fireballs. When you combine a love of fantasy and sci-fi with a love of playing cards, there’s a rather obvious conclusion: Magic: the Gathering.