- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Running Press (October 23, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560254432
- ISBN-13: 978-1560254430
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 7.6 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Encyclopedia of Magic: The Gathering: The Biggest, Most Comprehensive Book About Magic: The Gathering Ever Published Paperback – October 23, 2002
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The editing team didn't review the old individual card sets' text, and it shows. The text covering the card sets has been lifted straight from the corresponding separate volumes. For example, the new and useful layout used for volumes 5 and 6 appears *only* for card sets first documented therein; the older sets' text haven't been revised even to fix page number references and "latest version of the basic set" material, let alone to utilize the cleaner layout.
An ordinary index is included, but *no* deckbuilder's index as such, and the related boilerplate at the beginning of the volume has been simplified accordingly - not such a bad thing, since that material dates very badly. (All 6 volumes' standard boilerplate has been combined, as far as how-to-use-this-guide and Collector's History material goes. As for the frills added for volume 5, see below.)
The "Misprints and Oddities" section from volume 1, ironically enough, has had errors inserted: of the 10 cards shown, only *one* has the correct card image matched with the accompanying text. The text itself remains identical - and in the same order - as in volume 1. (I didn't notice cards being transposed or messed up elsewhere.) Volume 1's "Overlong errata" was dropped.Read more ›
The bad news is that this latest Encyclopedia doesn't cover any Magic expansions issued in the last year (Odyssey, Torment, and Judgment). This seems particularly strange since fall is usually the time when an additional volume of the Encyclopedia is released to "update" collectors and players. This anthology stops with the summer of 2001.
The Complete Encyclopedia also drops the helpful card attribute lists found in the back of the first few volumes. It does not contain Vanguard 3 and Vanguard 4--belying its claim to be "the most comprehensive book about Magic: the Gathering ever published".
Finally it has no new text and is, quite clearly, a cut-and-paste job which splices together Volumes 1-6, which were released annually over the last half decade. These leads to some ludicrous statements such as (p. 16): "Released in February 1995, Fourth Edition is latest version of Magic: the Gathering basic set." Since we are now using 7th Edition and moving towards 8th, this is clearly a case of sloppy reprinting of old text, which is no longer accurate.
I would also like to have seen a list of cards added between Alpha and Beta.
I give the book 3 stars in spite of all of these faults (and these are only after a preliminary reading), because it is so convenient to have so much of the Magic library at one's fingertips in one volume. And so cheaply.
If the editors can address these concerns in a 2nd edition, ...
They didn't bother to update the earlier parts, for starters. Thus, many of the erratas are out-of-date. Also, many times it'll make references to page numbers--but the things are no longer there. To top it all off, it says that 4th Edition is the newest set...then it says that 5th Edition is the newest set...then it says that 6th Edition is the newest set...then that 7th Edition is the newest set. Also, I would have liked to see Odyssey, Torment, and Judgment in here.
Still, despite all these problems, as I said, this IS a good book. But don't bother buying it if you have all the other volumes.
Still, I am delighted to have this book. I already had the card encyclopedias from all the more recent sets that come with the fat packs, and with this book I now have a complete reference for all the cards in the game. Yes, the information is all available through the online data base on the Magic website, but I am the sort of person who likes to just sit down with a book and browse to get ideas.
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Great for collectors. It is a compilation of all other editions released in 6 volumes. If you're a Magic fan, you must have this book.Published 19 months ago by Igor Martins
great book if your a fan of the card collecting game...MAGIC. this book has truly the best times of when magic had an interesting storyline. Still, its a good purchase.Published on July 1, 2014 by Ervin
Only goes up to the Apocalypse series, but still is a good look at the history and story of MTG.Published on June 10, 2014 by Trevor William Jones
It's was an ok book when I bought it, now many series have come out and it will not be hlpfull, unless you bought all the fat packs from the series that cam out after this book...Published on December 8, 2013 by Jimmy Menard
This book was ordered for my son who told me it was everything and more than he expected it to be. He is very happy with the purchase.Published on June 16, 2013 by Margo L. McGrath
It took me a while to find this book, I know nothing about it, but I am sure my grandson will get hours of enjoyment out of it.Published on December 8, 2012 by Keith Jones
I ordered this book early one evening, and it promptly shipped out the next day, arriving in time for Christmas, which was one week away. I appreciated the prompt fulfillment. Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by Eileen