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Tuesday, January 15, 2002
Magic: The Gathering Online for Mac?
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Could a version of Magic: The Gathering Online be coming to the Mac? According to a FAQ on Magic Online, the answer is yes, if there is enough demand. Here's a quote from the official FAQ:

Q: Does this game run on a Mac? Linux? Windows 2000? Will it ever?

A: Linux and Windows 2000, yes. Mac, no. We might extend it to Mac if the demand is high enough.

The FAQ also notes that Magic: The Gathering Online uses TCP/IP as its networking protocol, which bodes well for a Mac version. Magic: The Gathering Online is currently in beta testing and will be launched sometime in the spring.

In the Magic game, players become the game designers, choosing from thousands of creatures with unique battle abilities, building their decks and crafting strategies. At the launch of Magic Online, the Seventh Edition, Invasion, Planeshift, Apocalypse, Odyssey, and Torment card sets will be available, totaling approximately 1500 cards. New card sets will be released approximately three times a year.

Magic Online will offer 24-hour access to other players in an official Magic environment. A wide range of game rooms will allow players of different levels to find just the right environment for them, from casual pick-up games to highly competitive tournaments. To ensure the best human-to-human competition, the Magic Online game will feature fully integrated, enforced rules. Wizards of the Coast plans to host official tournaments and other Magic Online events on a regular basis.

IMG reader Ryan Fritsch, who alerted us to the FAQ, encourages Mac gamers to send a friendly note to questions@wizards.com and ask them to bring Magic Online to the Mac. We'll be sure to keep an eye on Magic Online and let you know if there are any further developments on a Mac version.

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