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This week we shall focus on a single question involving the etiquette of offering advice.

If you missed our initial column, you may peruse it at your leisure at this location.

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Dear Mizz Mizzet;

I want to have friends over to play Magic but I’m really concerned about hosting a regular group where not everyone can afford the same level of available cards. In college our dorm group got involved with an arms race real quick and we were playing what would be equivalent to CEDH real quick so I’d also like to avoid that if I wanted to invite newer players who had a learning curve. I don’t want anyone I invite into my home to feel like they have to spend money just to enjoy their time there – even if it’s indirect spending it still feels rude.

Is it rude for me to supply decks or cards?  Is there a way to cap spending if I invited a friend or two from my old college group?

Kindest Regards.
Cacophony Scamp 

My dear equity oriented Scamp

Let us begin with a very clear statement:  as the host of a home event it is a wonderful idea for you to provide decks or booster packs as required for play.  As a matter of fact many of your concerns can be addressed simply by supplying all the materials and setting the “menu” of gaming for the event.

Doing so will allow you to control power levels, preempt any conversations about usable cards, most construction based house rules, and of course,  create the expectation  that your  guests will not be required to provide supplies.

It also allows you to set the tone through invitation. “I’m having a gathering where we’re going to play all the New Capenna pre-cons I’m supplying all the decks – they’re gonna be unaltered from the official build – we’re just taking them out for a spin and playtesting them – are you interested?”

It can work the same way with drafting. The most common form of hosting a limited format event without additional cost to your guests is creating an MTG Cube but you may not want to invest that much or your personal time, or may want to specifically participate with the current release rather than design a cube.

I would like to propose two different options then – one is based on your purchasing the sealed product in advance the other is a quick way to create a “draft box” possibly using cards you already own.

And finally if you are inviting friends who are bringing their own decks while also inviting someone new to either the game or your group, you can extend the invitation and offer to supply decks under the cover of play balance rather than the declasse concerns of unfair costs.

“I’d love it if you joined our group on Thursday – I’ve got a few different decks I can loan you so that you can just enjoy yourself rather than worry about being over or underpowered for the table- also there’s a house rule that if someone’s really dominating the table with a deck or level of play that’s higher than most of us we all vote on which pre-con or one of my library decks they are going to have to play next -so I’ve got plenty to choose from. You’re also welcome to bring your own”

This allows your guest to determine for themselves if they have things they would like to bring but also reassures them that accepting the use of one of your decks is a standard practice at your table. This form of invitation also helps open discussion of power and proxies so you may express your house rules regarding those.

I wish you and your guests the most enchanting and equitable  entertainments!


Thank you to Adrienne Reynolds, for her interplanar transcription services.
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Her tireless efforts to expand the understanding and exercise of etiquette beyond the stereotypical terror of too many pieces of silverware, and whether to use poisons or explosives at celebratory conquest dinners, have not escaped official notice.

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