Hi folks, as the title suggests I'm looking to get into MtG after spending some time playing the video games these last couple of years. I have a couple of questions before taking the plunge though that some you guys might be able to help out with.
First is money. I don't mind the expense of tabletop games usually as long as I'm getting plenty of mileage out of them. Basically, I'm wondering if dropping the ~€130 or so on a booster box every expansion would be enough to keep me current and competitive? If every expansion comes with a few must-buy €50 ultra-rares to be able to play effectively then I'm not going to bother picking up the hobby.
Second, there's the scene around Dublin. Are there many groups/Friday night places that run in the city centre? If so, what are the demographics like? Will I be the only 20-something in a room full of teenagers and 50-year-old DnD veterans? I'm also a postgrad in TCD so I might look into joining the card gaming soc there this September. Are they any good?
This might be a little more subtle, but I've had experience in the past with neeeerd cultures wherein people are defensive, overly-critical, hostile, have poor interpersonal skills... you know, neeeeeeeeeerds. In general, is the MtG community in Dublin mature/friendly/welcoming or the opposite?
Thanks for reading and thanks for any help!