Walking into Room 107, about 15 players can usually be seen gathered around a table in the corner of the room, playing throughout the duration of lunch. Even though some of the players around the table are part of Mesa’s Gamer’s Club (formerly Magic Club), they say there is no affiliation to the club. The group has a sense of casualness as players make a move and then take a bite from their lunches.
The level of experience among the players varies, from starters like Drake Martinez and Michael Panh who have only been playing for 6 months, to veterans like Matt Morgan and Richard Carmody who have been playing for around 8 years.
Competitiveness also varies among the crowd. Jahir Lopez said “I play tournaments all the time,” while other players around the table stated that they only played recreationally.
Large decks and boxes of cards sit on the table beside the players. Tin Truong, who has been playing for about 2 years, has amassed a collection of more than 500 cards, but Joe Williams is generally accepted as having the most cards.
When asked about how the group started, Richard Carmody, remembers originally playing during their Freshman and Sophomore years with a much smaller group that included Joseph Rouintree, Matt Morgan, Joe Williams, and Jamon Chalberg. Eventually more and more people got interested in the game and joined. In all, the group welcomes anybody who wants to sit down and have a good time playing a game of Magic.