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Magic: The Gathering (Shandalar)

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Magic: The Gathering
Magic The Gathering box
Developer(s) Microprose
Publisher(s) Microprose
Release date February 28, 1997
Genre CCG
Mode(s) Single player / Multiplayer
Age rating(s)
Platform(s) PC
Input Keyboard/Mouse
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

World map
View of the world map
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This PC version of Magic: The Gathering is the only adaptation of the tabletop CCG that has no reoccurring fees (unlike Magic: The Gathering Online) but largely keeps the same structure and gameplay (unlike Magic: The Gathering Battlegrounds. The full game and patches can be found at Computer Card Game Headquarters

Containing, with expansions, most cards from Fourth Edition, Unlimited, Antiquities, Legends, Arabian Nights, Astral, and The Dark available for play through the single player version of the game, one-on-one AI duels, multiplayer, and booster pack tournaments. In addition to these there are some cards that were created specifically for the PC game, all have randomized abilities like "tap X random creatures in play".

Deck edit interface
Deck editing interface
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Single PlayerEdit

The single player version of the card game takes place in the world Shandalar, a large island dotted with towns and buildings. The area is randomly generated and throughout it is covered by the five terrains that the card game draws it's magic from (Forest, Island, Mountain, Swamp, Plains). Each terrain is controlled by a wizard of the same color and their minions. While traveling over each land type you are attacked by those that control it. These minions will chase you but once you are powerful enough they will begin to run from you. They are bound by laws. Not unlike the old belief that crossing state lines you'll get away from Cops, no minion can go far into another area. This is one of the best way to avoid fighting early in the game. As you travel you consume food. Once you run out of food you starve much like Real Life.

Once you come into contact with one of the minions a duel will begin. A visual representation of the table top version comes up complete with deck pile, graveyard, and play area for both players. The game begins and is subject to exactly the same rules as MTG, so I'll leave it at that.

There are towns to visit throughout Shandalar. In these towns you can buy new common or uncommon cards, edit one of three of your decks, buy food, or speak to a wise man. By speaking to wise men you can gain quest that award jewels, mana links (Extra start life), or new cards. Quest vary from taking a message to another town, taking a spell to another town, or defeating a local minion.

MTG Combat SS
You're alive because the kobolds allow it
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On September 30, 1997 the expansion Spells Of The Ancients was released and brought 138 cards from the Unlimited, Arabian Nights, and Antiquities sets. On January 31, 1998 the standalone Duels of the Planeswalkers was released.

MTG Spells Of The Ancients box
Spells Of The Ancients
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MTG Duels of the Planewalkers box
Duels of the Planewalkers
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