What I WPR’d #6 Goal Setting
On our forums we have a dedicated thread devoted to “goal setting”. In fact, if you haven’t you should go check out the forums. We all hang out there and generally have a good time. I like to think of it as the “study group” from “Community.” Most demographics are represented. Anyways, I digress, I mention that we have this goal setting thread because it is that time of the year when people start making “New Year’s Resolutions.” I’m usually not one to make these kinds of lists. At least not in the traditional way, I mean, I feel I have a comfortable weight, my job is OK, not great, but not worth trying to find a new one, and in my personal relations, I feel I’m doing pretty good in that department, especially compared to just half a year ago. My resolutions are different. Here is what I plan to do in the coming year.
First, I want to get back either the majority of my MTGO collection, or a good chunk of the decks I used to have. This I actually started working on. I have a few nagging payments on student loans (don’t we all?). But after that, I really want to put forth the effort into rebuilding the collection that I felt I was “on the cusp” of completing the first time. How am I going to accomplish this? Well, I want to start playing again. I mean “really” start playing again. Not only will this open up things for me to write about (which you would think would be easier since I have absolutely no restrictions), but as many of you know, Magic is a major part of my life. I felt the first time I sold all my online cards and then seen them triple or even quadrupple in value (well, not really, but after my intial investment they did). I was crushed. I spent probably 3 or 4 years playing almost exclusively online. Collecting little knickknacks that make card games so much fun to play, all those decks I built in my spare time lost, and a lot of friends lost due to time away from the game.I plan on spending roughly 80 dollars a month building decks and getting back into the picture in a big way. I’m also hoping to at least document it on the blog as part of a monthly or bi-monthly series. This past week I spent about 50 dollars on a deck and a lot of those cards will be used in many decks to come. That is my goal is to slowly invest in cards that build upon previous purchases so my collection is more of a “player’s collection” rather than just a random assortment of what ever I may have cracked in packs or bought from dealers.
Another reason why I’m trying so hard to get back into the game is that I really want to play the Commander format. I’ve talked about Commander before when Wizards announced a product that is coming out in the summer (see link below). But for those who may have missed it, Commander is a casual multiplayer format. It uses a 100 card deck where the restrictions on it is that the color(s) can only be of that of a legendary creature you pick out to be your commander. The other restriction is that you can only use 1 of any given non-basic land card. It is more commonly referred to as “Elder Dragon Highlander”. The name “Elder Dragon” comes from the five tri-color dragon legends from, appropriately enough, Legends. The term “Highlander” is a reference to the Sean Connery movie in which the line “There can be only one” is derrived.
So far, I think I’m doing pretty well on the MTGO front. I’ve actually loaded up the program a few times this month. I’ve actually participated in a few matches and actually had a lot of fun finding cool cards for my on going “wish list” of MTGO cards. One of my favorite parts of the game is actually collecting cool cards. Magic is such a deep game that you can find fun in almost any aspect of it, even finding new and different cards for your decks.
Another goal of mine for the coming year is to be a much better writer on our site here. I feel like I always talk a good game, but I may not always bring my “A” game when it comes to content on the site. A lot of my influences on writing for the blog comes from people who write their content from a “lifestyle” point of view. I always enjoyed those kinds
of things and kind of hope to bring that kind of atmosphere to my writing. I felt like I have when I started “What I WPR’d” but it happened at a time when I had a lot on my plate already and I barely found enough time in the day to really write that regularly. I plan on coming back to that series soon, but I don’t want it to feel like a chore, so it may not be as regular as I would like it.
My other goal is to try everything in my power to grow and be a part of this great community we have here. I tell everyone I meet that I am a writer for this website. It has been one of the few places where I feel my opinion is always valued, regardless if it is shared by the majority of the minority of the users. I am genuinely interested in persuing this and hopefully eventually do this more as a full time endevour (the dream for all of us I believe.)
As for some of my last year’s goals? My main goal for a while has been to finish my degree at college.
And while right now it is only a 2-year degree, I feel much more accomplished for having finally finishing something that I started a while ago. I had a lot of trials and tribbulations on my road to finally becoming a “college educated” indivual. Many know my story, but really it boils down to being really young when I started and a lot of growing up in the last 7 years.
I hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend and is safe and enjoying the company of friends and families.