A couple of weeks back, Cart stumbled upon a Magic the Gathering tournament and asked me a long to take have a look. Cart used to play MTG card games, I didn’t. But I thought that it would be interesting just to see what was going on.
Here we are at the Palazzo Dei Congressi where major exhibitions and conferences are held. There were people all over the world in the expo. The moment we reached there, I heard two Americans having a conversation with each other. And as soon as we entered the tournament hall, practically everyone was speaking in English.
We decided to take a look at the contestants at work.
I’m not too sure how the game goes, but I noticed that as they were playing, they’d scribble in a little notepad to tally up their scores.
There were SO many people playing. It was impressive. The hall, which was large by itself was full of contestants. And yet, there were other halls and levels that we did not manage to explore into. So many participants! A rough estimate would be about 4 thousand contestants in all.
As you see, the contestants came from all over the world. Which makes me wonder. Considering that many of the contestants are in their teens, and live overseas, how do they earn the money to come to Rome and stay here for about 4 days or so.
They could be rich, or according to Oharlie, earned a lot of money from these tournaments.
Exploring a little bit more, we came across a section where you could play Magic the Gathering Online.
Walking a little bit more, I saw this very nice conference hall. Cart postulated that this was the area where the winners will be announced. I really liked the place. It reminded me of the past conferences that I’ve attended like Interesthink and Nexus. I thought that it would be the perfect place to go to for a blog conference.
Not too far from the conference hall, we came across a long queue of people wanting to get their items signed by two of MTG’s artists – Jeremy Jarvis and Aleksi Briclot. Looking through some of their illustration online, I thought that it was gorgeous and something to be appreciated.
Towards the end of our exploration, Cart and I came across a small area where contestants could challenge the creator of MTG, Richard Garfield himself.
Personally, I think that Richard Garfield is a genius to have created a game out of something that he enjoys doing and made a lot of money at the same time. It’s hard to ignore the presence of MTG in daily life. It has been around since I was in school and even during my stint as an educator the past years, you’d see kids playing it.
Anyway, if you’re interested, here is a video about the event :
To end this post, I will put up something completely irrelevant.
Apparently Italy doesn’t sell the Gold red bull. But I don’t like the blue ones!