Since 1993, the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering has garnered more than 12 million players in more than 70 countries. Unfortunately, for one player, someone was playing at murder.
Thirty-year-old Sean Dugas was brutally beaten to death by two players who were looking to obtain his extensive collection of Magic cards. An active player in the Pensacola area, Dugas had a collection that was valued between $25,000 and $100,000.
William Cormier and his twin brother, Christopher, are the two facing allegations of murder. Apparently William slayed Dugas on Aug. 27 before burying the body in nearby Winder, Ga. It was on Oct. 8 that Dugas' body was discovered in a plastic container.
Magic Players in Pensacola are understandably upset that the life of one of their own was cut short over a card collection. "He was a dominant figure in the Magic community. When news came of his death, it shook all of us," said Calvin Rarie, president of the Gathering, the University of West Florida's Magic club.
No doubt some will claim that being obsessed with any game can lead to dementia and violence, but, for those who are a part of the Magic community and ones like it, this kind of extreme attack is virtually unheard of.