I took up Magic the Gathering from my sister. She was an avid Magic collector and had books of cards behind plastic. She was familiar with the names of the artists and read Inquest Magazine; we even wrote in a letter complaining about the lack of attractive men on Magic cards. I’ve met up with Magic artists Phil and Kaja Foglio a few times here in Seattle and each time gotten her a signed copy of their work, which she is thrilled to have. She taught me how to play, I built a deck from her sets of cards, and was only interested in playing long enough to figure out how to beat her. This was cause for many family feuds. Even though the fad has faded, you can still see players all over the floor at many gaming and comics conventions; it was a common sight in the lobby of my dorm at art school.