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Magic the church gathering} ?> Ever since one of my friends hauled out a huge cardboard box filled with Magic the Gathering cards, I’ve been intrigued by the game. The creativity required with each new set, each new mechanic, and how they interact with everything that has gone before is pleasantly overwhelming. While I cannot possibly play every set that comes out (because… money), I love analyzing the creativity with which others craft their decks and strategies.
So like any artist, my imagination sometimes works in overdrive (usually when I should be sleeping). After a series of game-related thoughts involving Smash Up and A Game for Good Christians, I began pondering: what if there was a themed Magic the Gathering deck based off of a biblical story? What story would I pick? What colours would they be? Would I be cast out for heresy for even considering it?
Throwing caution to the wind and deciding this was an equally good and terrible idea, I recruited help. I ventured down to a local board game shop known for their care and support of the gaming community, A Muse N Games. I sat with Brian, one of the owners of the store, to begin our journey.
I selected four stories that I thought might be good plausible starting points and, armed with a Bible (yes, I brought a Bible to a gaming store), I told these four stories and together we started crafting the decks. A few loyal customers who happened to overhear our quest piped up with some suggestions.
We jumped off the deep-end by starting with the story of Noah.
“Noah and the Flood” Deck
The theme of this deck is based mainly off of three verses around the Noah and the Flood story:
Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die. —Genesis 6:17
Bring a pair of every kind of animal male and a female into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood. —Genesis 6:19
After another forty days, Noah opened the window he had made in the boat and released a raven. The bird flew back and forth until the floodwaters on the earth had dried up. He also released a dove to see if the water had receded and it could find dry ground. —Genesis 8:6-8
Behold, the results of our labour: