Re: What is "Magic"
Jeff Claggett (jclagget@BELLSOUTH.NET)
Sun, 24 Aug 1997 18:36:13 -0400
On Sat, 23 Aug 1997, Jan Mussler wrote:
> Jeff Claggett mentioned that Scouts played "Magic" and "AD&D" before there
> was a chess board at camp. What are these two games?
AD&D (Advanced Dungons and Dragons) is one of the original turn based
dice rolling Role Playing games from a company called TSR. Players create
characters based on the roll of multisided die (up to 20 sided usually)
and then they play usually in a midevil setting going up against all kinds
of foe. Game play is controlled by a "Dungon Master."
Magic is still (In the over all scheme of things) a relativly new game.
It is card based and plays based on the values of the cards. One example I
have heard used is a new style of War. (I don't play so I cannot really
give much more)
Magic can also be a semi collectors type deal as it is card based.
The original D&D got alot of bad press in the 70s as it was sometimes
tied into satanic stuff. (No experiance here either :) AD&D on the whole
is a decent game.
AD&D, Magic, Star Trek, Star Wars... All of these are great games and can
actually benifit a kid socially (I made numerous friend playing AD&D)
however as has been mentioned they can get out of hand and disrupt overall
scouting functions. Howver I still beleive that any regulating of the
games should be on a troop to troop basis as not all kids let it become a
Hope my quick and from the hip explanation helped :)
(Also there is alot of resources on the net related to these game for any
leader that wants to learn a bit about them so they know what their scouts
are playing... best place to start is
http://www.yahoo.com/text/Recreation/Games/Role_Playing_Games/ there are
links for the card based and others...)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City