Anyone ever have a problem with playing card games like Magic the Gathering?

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Anyone ever have a problem with playing card games like Magic the Gathering?

I'm getting this wierd feeling in my chest that somethings wrong whenever I even look at my magic cards. MY sense is that it's addictive and at times I catch myself looking at it for no reason.

I recognize that there are many aspects of Magic that relate with gambling, however, I wonder if that's been an issue for other members.

So has anyone had any problems with playing a card game like Magic the Gathering?

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me to be realistic about the challenge I'm facing and to take good care of myself. If you need help PM me! I will gladly offer you whatever aid I can.

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I have enjoyed my time

I have enjoyed my time playing the game. For me, the most time consuming part is looking at all the cards, and familiarizing myself with what they do. Also thinking of strategies, combos, and defenses based on what cards are in standard. I remember one time I was doing this, I had actually spent about 8 hours doing such research. It was at my job, and I was the only one working for the day. All the work for the job was done before I arrived, as is usual for a Sunday. I knew this, so I brought a box of magic cards with me into work, planning to pass a few hours, and ended up spending the entire shift looking at all of them and making deck lists. By the time I had finished I noticed I only had 20 minutes of work left. I had even skipped over my lunch break without realizing it. Boy was I lucky the boss didn't come in and see me with all the cards laid out on the desk! Needless to say, that was an eye opener.

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Interesting. My sponsor at

Interesting.

My sponsor at the time I quit suggested to me that if something bothers me I should refrain from doing it.

I look at non-computer, offline gaming as different than online gaming addiction. I was never addicted to real cards, card games with family/friends, Scrabble, etc. But I haven't tried any of those since quitting online gaming. Not because I'm afraid they would also be addictive, just because I never thought about it. I probably would play cards if my family came over to play.

But if it made my stomach or body twinge, then I'd not play. If it bothers you don't do it.

The best guide in all of this is what does your stomach tell you? queasy? then don't.

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I don't worry when my kids

I don't worry when my kids want to play the Game of Life on the kitchen table or if someone wanted to play spades or gin with me. That would be okay. That ends, we pack it up, and put it away.

I do get that little twinge when they want help passing a particular part of an online game on the PC or ipod. I decline that invitation almost all the time. Daddy doesn't play computer games.

I'd say, listen to your gut closely.

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It depends on how often you

It depends on how often you are playing or how often you are thinking about it when doing other things. It is not good to be addicted to anything, in general. There needs to be moderation in all aspects of your life. Everyone has their own things which may be more addicting than others. I was never addicted to board games, so their usage is okay for me, in fact, even therapeutic during the recovery of my video game addiction.

The true fact is, everything is meant to get boring after a certain amount of hours invested into it. If not, there is definitely some jerk psychologist behind the scenes thinking of ways to make people continue buying and using their products. It's best to just stay away from those type of "cult fads" as much as possible. There is a list of games on this site that are known to be heavily addictive and you should avoid at all costs if you value your life.

Honestly, though... I just want to smack those social psychologists...

It's time to make up for lost time!

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ChrisMix26 wrote: there is
ChrisMix26 wrote:

there is definitely some jerk psychologist behind the scenes thinking of ways to make people continue buying and using their products. It's best to just stay away from those type of "cult fads" as much as possible. There is a list of games on this site that are known to be heavily addictive and you should avoid at all costs if you value your life.

Honestly, though... I just want to smack those social psychologists...

Agreed. Interesting how the game corporations employ these people to help design programs we want to go back to, yet deny there could be a probablem with some of us going back too often.

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Another Gamer wrote: I have
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I have enjoyed my time playing the game. For me, the most time consuming part is looking at all the cards, and familiarizing myself with what they do. Also thinking of strategies, combos, and defenses based on what cards are in standard. I remember one time I was doing this, I had actually spent about 8 hours doing such research. It was at my job, and I was the only one working for the day. All the work for the job was done before I arrived, as is usual for a Sunday. I knew this, so I brought a box of magic cards with me into work, planning to pass a few hours, and ended up spending the entire shift looking at all of them and making deck lists. By the time I had finished I noticed I only had 20 minutes of work left. I had even skipped over my lunch break without realizing it. Boy was I lucky the boss didn't come in and see me with all the cards laid out on the desk! Needless to say, that was an eye opener.

Woof, that's happened to me before, spending a large portion of the day hypothysizing various card combonations, however, I lost interest because I was repeatedly searching through the same cards. I think my gut is telling me not to play magic because I now have access to money which can easily enable a torrent of card buying.

I have a pathological desire to win so eventually I will lose because I do not have strong enough cards. At which point I will feel an immense compulsion to buy more cards and improve my deck. It leaves me disgusted in the end because after all the work I've put into making the decks and improving my gameplay I'm left unsatisfied and still searching to play more.

I usually end up giving the horrible things away.

Yet, here my rationalization sets in that right now it's excusable to be playing magic again because...

a) My friends are playing magic too

b) I'm bored

c) This is something to focus on in my free time instead of gaming

C in particular because the same friends/dorm mates also play videogames next door. Which can be really difficult to ignore, particularly as I'm still unconnected from my HP.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me to be realistic about the challenge I'm facing and to take good care of myself. If you need help PM me! I will gladly offer you whatever aid I can.

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I don't play magic online

I don't play magic online because i find it addictive

I do however play friday night magic from time to time (IRL). This, I think is acceptable.

No I don't collect the cards.

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Looked up Friday Night Magic

Looked up Friday Night Magic and Magic the Gathering on Google and found they were just a lot like my ex-game. No thank you. Cards or no cards, it's too similar.

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My best friend who moved to

My best friend who moved to Kansas was literally a fanatic about that game.

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It became a bit of a problem

It became a bit of a problem for me (not too serious, I quit before it got troubling) when I discovered cockatrice (a software that lets you play online).

I wouldn't get too much into tabletop MTG because I don't have the amount of money to spend. I just have a cheap deck and that's about it. However, playing online, where the cards are free... It pretty much counts as an online game at that point, with the associated risks.

I guess it depends on the person. I've met people that don't spend that much time playing MTG, but they waste tremendous amounts of money on it.

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SheeshMode wrote: I'm
SheeshMode wrote:

I'm getting this wierd feeling in my chest that somethings wrong whenever I even look at my magic cards. MY sense is that it's addictive and at times I catch myself looking at it for no reason.

I recognize that there are many aspects of Magic that relate with gambling, however, I wonder if that's been an issue for other members.

So has anyone had any problems with playing a card game like Magic the Gathering?

Hi SheeshMode,

The only online card game I ever got into was that one Facebook one..and maybe Yu-Gi-Oh for GBA a while back.

I have to admit though, when I play League of Legends and pull off an especially well-executed combo, I literally shudder as my body pumps out adrenaline, and I have spent and wasted dozens and dozens of hours at work thinking about which Champions would be most viable for a 5v5 ranked match, which rune/champion/teammate/mastery/spell/item combinations, etc, etc, etc.

good luck man.

I'm definately an addict and a RPG addict...hoping this site will help me out.

-braden

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I never played MTG, since I

I never played MTG, since I was raised in a very sheltered home where it was "evil." But the collectible card games always appealed to me. (I collected baseball cards, and I loved games).

I know that if I ever got into it, that I would have a problem with it. What I do have a problem with is Dungeons and Dragons. Again, this was something that I never did as a kid, but tried in college, never quite got into it. Recently, though, I started playing D&D on an online forum, and it monopolized my thoughts. Coming up with characters, campaigns, immersing myself in books and other material. But I rationalized that it was okay because I was just using it as a "creative outlet." What's wrong with coming up with stories and adventures?

Reality was leaving me behind. I'm in another 12-step group, and lost my sobriety there, in large part because D&D was preventing me from engaging in my recovery. So, that's why I'm here. I've had problems with video games in the past, for sure, but we don't have a TV, so that makes things easier. But as this latest episode with D&D shows, I will keep looking for something to help me escape from reality and prevent me from recovering. I relate to the posts about always looking for the combinations. I'm drawn to addictive, immersive things, where I feel like I can lose myself inside of it.

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MTG is my additction, my drug

MTG is my additction, my drug, my black hole, my money pit...  I need help.  I'll just stop buying cards.  I'll just stop buying whole boxes. It's okay if I'm playing with others... A shoplifting charge was my rock bottom.  I can't play and I can't stop.  Forget days, I'm trying to take it a minute at a time...

Inhale, exhale, repeat as necessary.

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Magic is a symptom of my disease

I last relapsed by googling the new Magic set at work, printing proxies at work, going to the store when I had other responsibilities, hiding where I was, spending money on credit cards, and lying to my wife. This went on for months before I got caught.

Magic the Gathering is a symptom of my disease. When I get near it, I lie, I steal, and my life becomes unmanageable. I risk losing my family, my job, and my freedom.

One day at a time, I have to pray that Magic and my addiction don't take everything away from me.

Sam.

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