Story & Photo by MC3 Dugan Flynn

The thrill of “Magic the Gathering” card game can now be experienced on board Stennis this deployment thanks to a club started by a group of Sailors and MWR.

The club is intended to bring together isolated players from around the ship and help new members interested in playing to get started in the game.

“The purpose of the club is to get everyone together in one place,” said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Jason Clarkson. “There are so many small groups around the ship that play in their work centers and berthings. With the club, we can get people involved with the game itself and more time playing with someone different and get more experience as well as teach new people.”

“Magic the Gathering” is an interactive card game where players use cards to cast “spells” on their opponent in attempt to eliminate them from the game.

“Some people collect baseball cards,” said Yeoman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jeremie Lucia, president of the club. “It’s like that but there’s a game with Magic cards. You start with 20 health, and you try to get your opponent’s health down to zero.”

For those who have never played “Magic the Gathering”, the club will teach members who are interested, give them their first deck of cards, and give them the opportunity to expand their deck.

“Anyone interested can come in and sign up for the club and get a 40 card intro deck,” said Clarkson. “To add to your deck, we have drafts where you can get booster packs to help you build up your library of cards. The cards you play with are the cards you get to keep. It’s all free because it’s sponsored by MWR and Wizards of the Coast, the creators of the game.”

The game and the club are meant to give the crew something fun to relieve stress and get their minds off work.

“It’s something that you can do on the ship that’s fun and free,” said Operations Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Brent Cole. “It can transfer over if you ever want to play it when you’re not on the ship.”

To keep the game fun for all players and maintain MWR sponsorship, there are a few rules in effect for the club, said Cole.

“There’s absolutely no gambling or betting of any kind whatsoever,” said Cole. No racial slurs of any kind or poor tasteless jokes allowed. Check the nerd rage. Don’t get mad, yell and storm off when you’re playing the game. It’s supposed to be a calm game where everyone plays nice.”

Lucia would like to express his gratitude on behalf of the club to MWR for all the support they have provided.

“We greatly appreciate the support MWR has given us,” said Lucia. “We look forward to their continued support.”

Magic the Gathering Club meets in the training complex Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 1900 for open play. Tuesdays are open play night, Thursdays are new players night, and Saturdays are Tournament nights.

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