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The conversation starts with the guys’ recent experience at their respective game stores, and Dave plans to adjust his Standard deck a bit. Then the discuss why any parent ought to be thrilled that their kid were playing Magic. Dave has been playing with his son, and Aaron looks forward to introducing his girls to the game in a few years.

Dave’s deck adjustment

After playing his Abzan Reanimator Standard deck a bit, Dave is going to move his two Reclamation Sages to the sideboard, and replace them with a pair of Banishing Lights. The thought being that the Sage is best against a deck that’s heavy on enchantments and artifacts, while Banishing Light can give his deck a bit of time to kick off.

Kids and Magic

The guys talk about Magic and kids. There’s math, planning and thoughtful turn-taking. A great video from Tolarian Community College about this very topic got their attention, and Dave and Aaron liked it quite a bit.

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Dave is joined by guest Scott McNulty of the Random Trek podcast to discuss some of the fictional games that appear in Star Trek. From the original series to Voyager, we’ve got you covered.

Honorary mention goes to Anbo-jyutsu, the space martial art that was invented just so Will Riker could beat up his dad with a Q-Tip.

The Original Series

1. Fizzbin. Captain Kirk invents this fully weaponized card game on the spot.

2. Three-dimensional chess. The classic Star Trek game, and a favorite of Mr. Spock.

Deep Space Nine

1. Dabo. Yeah, you can’t trust those Ferengi and their crazy space roulette wheels.

2. Tongo. The Dabo wheel not complex enough for you? Toss in some cards for added “fun.”

The Next Generation

1. Dom-jot. “Play Dom-jot, hu-man!” Space billiards is just the ticket for anyone who wants to get stabbed in the chest.

2. Strategema. A tw0-player game in which players wear sensors on their fingers which they must manipulate to make a display turn a solid color.


1. Kadis-kot. This colorful board game for two or more players was a favorite of Seven of Nine.

2. Kal-Toh. A Vulcan game of great complexity.