BELLOWS FALLS -- The Rockingham Free Public Library plans to hold a Magic: The Gathering card game tournament on Saturday 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Though there is no entry fee or ante, there will be prizes for first, second, and third place. Local tournament organizers will serve as judges and mentors for players new to tournament play. Sign-ups are encouraged, but players may join on the day of the tournament. Players should bring their own deck with a list of what it includes.

The tournament is an extension of the Rockingham library's gaming programs. According to Youth Services Librarian Sam Maskell, gaming teaches young people problem-solving skills, experience working in groups, and several forms of literacy. The library has for more than 10 years hosted a weekly night of role-playing games for teenagers. The library also has a collection of tabletop games available and now hosts a weekly chess club on Thursday afternoons.

For more information about this program or to register for the tournament, send an e-mail to sam@rockinghamlibrary.org, call 802-463-4270, or go online to http://rockinghamlibrary.org/magic.html.

Magic: The Gathering is a trading card game created by Richard Garfield and introduced in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast. It now boasts more than 12 million players around the world.


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Each game consists of a battle between characters who use spells, items, and creatures depicted on individual cards to defeat their opponents. The format for the tournament at the Rockingham library is "Vintage," and information about tournament rules and registration is posted on the library's website at rockinghamlibrary.org/magic.html.