I don't play much Magic anymore, but mainly because the price to play has gotten too high for my blood. I spend most of my time and money on board games and RPG system material these days.
Recently, my neighbor and fellow gamer, got the Magic bug and his co-workers play at lunch so he tried out the Duel Decks: Heroes vs Monsters boxed set. He likes the game, but isn't interested in investing any cash-money or time beyond the boxed set, and I totally get it. While i love deck-building, the time-consuming nature of the process, combined with the cost of cards would crush any new player's soul these days.
What I AM trying to get at, is that Magic doesn't HAVE to be an expensive hobby. Whether you are just tossing around the newest Duel Deck product, or are playing Big Box with a giant pile of commons and basic land, Magic can be, just another board game, and not crush your soul or your wallet.
If you are the type who is unwilling to try a CCG, you probably aren't reading my site, but if you are, give the game a fair try as JUST a game, and then if you like it, buy a Duel Deck set. The game doesn't HAVE to be the infinite time and money sink it is perceived to be by most hobby gamers that don't do CCG's
Moderator of WOOBERG.net, the Encyclopedia of Magic Variant formats, Shoe has been playing MTG since mid to late 1994, He acquired the nickname ‘Shoe’ through a stupid joke made during a MTG game about the Chimpokomon episode of South Park. He loves MTG and gaming in general and hopes to work designing games one day. He plays mostly with his 6 year old daughter these days, but multi-player, and weird formats are his preference.