Riku’s Hanging at My House. At My House.

2017 was nonsense. I switched states, switched jobs. Left old friends behind (though not completely, never completely) and made new ones. I hit my goal of publishing here every two weeks, and I pushed myself to launch a new blog and self-promote a bit more.

Meanwhile, the world did what it does. Spun faster, got crazier. But Magic did what it does, too. It gave me a place to meet new friends in my new city. It gave me new ideas and new inspiration. It gave us all new worlds to explore (I would like to back to Amonkhet now please). By and large, our community is great, encouraging, and inclusive. It’s been fun to get a little more involved.

2018 promises to be a heck of a year. I’m excited to attend GP Seattle in April, alongside friends I haven’t seen in nearly a year. I have thoughts on how to ramp things up even more here on the blog.

But first, an aside.

In November, I bought myself a birthday gift: new art. The “Dick Grayson as Batman” print hanging to the left of my desk was lonely, so I bought some Magic art to accompany it. I figured there was no better piece to own than a print of my favorite Commander.

Izzy's Riku Print - Matt Plays Magic

This is the first piece of Magic art I’ve bought. It likely won’t be the last. The print’s another reminder that, to a lot of us, the game is more than just a game. It’s an avenue for self-expression. It’s a way to create memories. It’s a way to make new friends.

And, sometimes, it’s a way to help transform some random place you moved into a home.

I’ll be back in two weeks. In the meantime, I hope y’all have a happy start to your new year.

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