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Cougars & Mustangs: Nerds of a feather



I’d like to take a moment to address a phenomenon occurring over the past couple of semesters at Cuesta College that visitors to the school cafeteria may have observed. A mass of Magic the Gathering collectible card game players has been crawling about the room, playing countless matches, trading cards, and just having a good time in general. At one point toward the end of last semester there were so many that nearly half the cafeteria was covered in Plains, Mountains, Swamps, and Grizzly Bears, and as a member of the offending group I feel it my responsibility to go on public record as saying, “Y’know, we’re basically an unofficial club, so if you wanna like join us for a match if you play already or just wanna come learn or watch, that’s totally cool so feel free.”

Part of the reason I’m bringing this up now is that Cal Poly’s Fall Quarter is just about to start and I’d like to make a certain point to new students from out of the area. Starting a new school, even in a town you already live in, isn’t easy—and finding a group of people you feel comfortable socially interacting with is important. Friends, as I’m sure you’ve heard countless allegedly-heartwarming television programs announce, help you make it through the hard times, and to be frank playing games with friends is a great bonding experience.

The just-as-often hyper-competitive as hilariously-laid-back world of Magic, especially bearing in mind its occasionally complex mechanics, may not necessarily be the best sort of introductory game to play with a new friend, but it’s a start

For Poly students, though you are arguably welcome in our little group, it’s a bit out of the way, so there’s not much point driving over just to take up residence in someone else’s cafeteria. Never fear, though! You have options. For example, you’ve got a great club that in practice allows more than just Poly students to take part (some of us Cuesta-goers go too) in Cal Poly Game Theory Chapter 2. Game Theory, which meets every Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. in Building 8, Room 122 of your school, is a free club offering far more than just Magic the Gathering. It’s a great place to try all sorts of new games and meet new people! Food is available to purchase while you play, though the second week of every quarter pizza is free!

If you’re already a player of Magic and have been wondering where you can get your fix, you can also visit Captain Nemo’s, a local game and comic store, every Monday and Friday to participate in a special style of play, (there’s even a neat promotional event this very weekend!) but usually these events cost money (just like booster packs do in the first place) so, as always, play sparingly. There are lots of great clubs at your school, and always the opportunity to put together one of your own, so just have a great first week!

Intern Chris White-Sanborn writes Leotau and Thundermares—err, Cougars & Mustangs, and hopes you send your collegiate news and questions to

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