Every Thursday night at 9:30, Webster University students converge at the same table in the lobby of Sverdrup Hall to play the card game Magic: The Gathering. First played in 1993, the Magic trading card game has a strong following worldwide. In it, players pit their card decks against each other in hopes of destroying their opponents’ warriors and life points.
Combatants are known as planeswalkers, and they summon the creatures on the cards to fight for them. As of 2011, 12 million people play the game.