This is the second time I've started a gaming blog. The last attempt was
several years ago, and life wound up such that I drifted away from it.
A little bit about me. My name is Barrett. I've been a game player of
one type or another since I was 4 and my grandfather started to teach me
how to play checkers and chess. When I was six, I got thrown into the
world of videogames with the brand-new, totally high-tech GameBoy Color
(complete with Donkey Kong Country 3 and Frogger!).
My first foray into card games came with Pokemon, around the same time.
While my friends simply wanted to collect them all (a feat several of us
invested all of our then-meager funds on), I wanted to play with them.
Unfortunately, I was never able to find someone to play with, but the
concept intrigued me. Fast forward a few years, and Yugioh! hit the U.S.
Here, I found a game that I was looking for. My friends and I had
watched the show rapturously, and the idea of getting to duel with our
own Dark Magicians and Blue Eyes prompted us all to run to the Wal-Mart
and buy decks.
Throughout high school, I dabbled in both Magic: The Gathering and
Yugioh!. However, Yugioh was my first love, and it quickly became the
game I played above all others. By 2006, the tournament scene was
decently established for the game, and I began my forays into
competitive tournaments. While you won't find my name on any SJC
champion lists, I was well-skilled and a good competitor, and was able
to play on the level of many of the old pros. I found a love for
out-of-the-box decks, and for playing against the meta.
By the time I came to college, my playing days were behind me. My cards
were all in my closet at home, and they were nothing more than good
memories. However, the love for the game never dies, and freshman year
of college I discovered Yugioh again with the help of a hallmate. I
ventured back into the competitive scene (although not on the level I
once committed to it) and over the past two years, have shifted from
Yugioh primarily to Magic. I've fallen in love with much of the game I
hadn't seen as a teenager.
This blog is a compilation of both of these loves. While it currently
will be much, much more Magic focused, Yugioh will be mixed throughout
with decent helpings. Anything and everything is up for discussion,
whether it be a metagame article, dech techs, tournament reports, or
just life in general. I hope to help the Magic community and be a
resource for people both new and experienced with the game. Welcome to
Poke For Game. Enjoy the ride!