I used to play magic in 90's, but since that I've only played a few random games with my friends' decks. This post gives you a view to the game from a magic player after getting back to the game after a long, long time. While the new rules felt intimidating to me first, they actually make perfect sense and are much simpler. I'll also write a bit about what you should know if you get back after a long break and what should you be getting. I say straight away that currently random packaging puts me completely off, so I'm getting my cards in non-random packs or as singles.
If you didn't guess it, I'm talking about Eclipse. I don't have the game but my friends have a few so I don't think I'll ever need to buy one, but I might end up buying one - just because. When they become available again , that is - it seems like the first print is sold out here in Finland.
I've now been able to play 2 games of Eclipse, and I can tell it definitely feels like Master of Orion! This game, which is currently #12 on lists of boardgamegeek, is not a board game for everyone, but for those who like it it's really excellent! It may be a bit too heavy to be casual fun game, especially because of it's setup time - but it's still really lightweight to be a game it represents. There are plentys of reviews of the game if you google for such, so I'll mention about the game basics only briefly.