What’s a Mana Pool?

Hello again and welcome to the About Us page! Chewie here. I’m the creator of all this wonderful nonsense that is The Mana Pool. We here at The Mana Pool are dorks. As such, we play, write about, and talk about Magic: The Gathering. That’s a collectible card game by Wizards of the Coast (a subsidiary of Hasbro).

We play Magic for fun. I know, I know, that’s a little weird when it comes to Magic websites, but that’s the way it is. Because of the proliferation of Magic strategy sites and Magic tournament sites and Magic card-selling sites, we’re not doing any of that. We wanted to focus on the reason we play, and that reason is FUN! We like nothing better than sitting around a table playing a big game of multiplayer Magic, laughing and joking and generally being dorks, so that’s what we’ve decided to do here.

Of course, we have The Mana Pool, our long-running weekly podcast devoted to casual Magic and all the fun you can have with it.  We’re planning a lot of other fun stuff as well!  Since we’re just starting up (don’t let the post dates fool you), we’re going to be getting into a posting groove, but I’m hoping to have something new and non-podcast up at least once a week until I manage to get everything flowing smoothly.

If you’d like to keep track of all the fun stuff we have going on here, you can subscribe to our RSS feed.  Feel free to take a look around first, there’s a handy little button over there on the right marked Subscribe so you can do that whenever you like. Or if you prefer, you can find us on iTunes to subscribe to the podcast by itself.

To get an idea of why people listen to us, allow me to direct you to some funny audio montages created by Jungle Rat Rob, one of our listeners. The great thing about these is that there’s very little Magic-related content, it’s just a barrage of us being dorks and having fun.

The initial idea for The Mana Pool came from several directions at once.  I had just discovered podcasts, and had a friend who was podcasting pretty successfully.  Oddly enough, I didn’t even know there were Magic podcasts at the time.  I also noticed that a post-college gulf was forming between my Magic dorks and I, and it really really sucked.  So I consulted with my friend on the technical stuff podcasting stuff and talked to the dorks about being on the show, and it just went from there.  After our first year, we joined up with MTGCast and got a crapload of new listeners.  We’ve been doing the show for over 3 years now, and it’s still a lot of fun.  I figured it’s about time we expanded to our own site and applied our warped senses of humor to the game we all love.

If you want to keep track of us, we’re all over the place.  We have forums, a Facebook page, Twitter, MTGCast page, and I’m sure there’s more coming.  If you want to contact us directly, then send us an email!