The Magic collectible card game has always fascinated me. I used to play, back when they didn't release expansions every week and you didn't have to spend a small fortune to get a decent collection of cards. Even though I don't play, the game that interested me so much is still there. There is a bit of preplanned strategy, a bit of luck, and some skill. Hopefully your strategy and skill are good enough to make up for bad luck, and occasionally good luck will help out those that lack the rest.
I've been going through a lot of my old cards now that we've moved and I have a place to keep them. I was hoping to find that they were worth a fortune, but they are still worth about what I paid for them. Over all it has gotten me to read up on how the game works again, and while a lot has changed the basics are the same.
I don't plan to start buying cards again so I can spend hours building a deck. Then get owned by some 12 year old; then spend hours tweaking my deck again. That part of the game, while fun, doesn't interest me as much anymore. I'm more interested in the preconstructed decks. They are already made so you don't have to spend a lot of money collecting cards. You don't have to spend a lot of time to find out which cards work well together. They are all about equally powerful when played against each other. You simply get to sit down and play, and thats cool to me.
Also, while reading up on Magic again, I found a neat little open source program that lets you create your own cards. And to think, I used to do that in MS Paint!