Magic is a welcoming community for the most part. With few exceptions, Magic players are socially tolerant and inclusive and it's very easy to be a part of the community. You don't even have to be particularly skilled at Magic to make an impact on the community, which is handy, because it's allowed me to have a career. Yes, this community is truly great.
However, we can live in Magic Christmasland all the time. Eventually the GP ends and we have to go home and back to our lives. What do you tell your family and coworkers about what you do all weekend? This was the subject of a great discussion on reddit this week.
I've always wondered what people think of magic players especially relatives. I'm in my early twenties and my family think it's a bit strange that I play "kids card games" I've tried explaining to them that average age of my play group is early twenties to mid and they still insist it's a kids card game. They've now stopped bothering me about it and just come to accept that I love playing magic and sometimes ask me how I got on in tournaments which is alright. so I was wondering
Tl;dr What does your family think of you playing magic?
The responses range from "my mother wouldn't let me play because she thinks the game is satanic" to "they mostly laugh at me" and everything in between.
What about you? How do you break the news to your friends and family? What do you tell them about your hobbies and what do they say?