making history by
attending the first Magic
: The Gathering ® joint
Pro Tour / Grand Prix !
Paris, local and foreign
this short guide.
We hope it proves useful
and allows you to enjoy
even more your stay in
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Language and communication
The official language is French. A lot of French people can speak English, especially the
Obviously, it is not their native language so if you need to talk to them, you should try to
speak slowly and without accent.
French players can understand most Magic words in English, such as tap, untap, instant,
stack, damage, mulligan, life, and so on. You can normally play a game with a French
player without having to say anything in French. However, you might want to know some
French sentences used by local players. Here they are, along with some other useful
0 — zero
11 — onze
1 — un
12 — douze
2 — deux
13 — treize
3 — trois
14 – quatorze
4 — quatre
15 - quinze
5 — cinq
16 - seize
6 — six
17 – dix-sept
7 — sept
18 – dix-huit
8 — huit
19 – dix-neuf
9 — neuf
20 - vingt
10 — dix
Pompidou Modern Art Museum, full of mana colors
Nice to meet you. — Heureux de faire votre connaissance.
I play first. — Je joue en premier.
I play second (I draw). — Je joue en second (je pioche).
How many cards in your hand? — Combien de cartes en main ?
What’s your total life? — Combien de points de vie ?
Please wait a second — Un instant s’il vous plait.
I concede. — Je concède
Thank you. — Merci
Notre Dame de Paris, Kilometer starting place
for all roads in France.
The Euro (€ symbol) is the French
1 Euro roughly equals 110 Japanese
Yen - 1,31 US Dollars - 0,85 British
Most shops accepts credit cards such as VISA and Mastercard – AMEX is less popular
and recognized. Therefore you shouldn’t have to keep a lot of cash in your pocket.
However, sometimes, a minimum amount (10-15€ depending of the store) is required for
using a credit card to pay.
You can ask for an invoice/receipt for any amount.
Where is [Louise michel] Station? — Où se trouve la station [Louise Michel] ?
Is it near here? — Est-ce proche ?
Can I walk there? — Puis-je y aller à pieds ?
Does this train stop at ~? — Ce train s’arrête t-il à ~?
What’s the next station? — Quelle est la prochaine station ?
How long does it take? — Combien de temps cela prend ?
I’d like to buy a return ticket. — Je voudrais acheter un billet aller-retour.
Please take me to [Espace Champerret] —
Emmenez moi à [Espace Champerret] s’il vous plait.
How much does it cost to go to [Espace Champerret]? —
Quel est le prix pour aller à [Espace Champerret]?
Where are the toilets ? — Où sont les toilettes ?
There is no tipping habit in France. Service is already included in the invoice. At
restaurants, taxis, hotels, etc. you never need to provide any tip but if you do so,
it’ll be likely accepted if a special attention or a particular service has been
In comedy theatres and concert halls, you usually tip the staff member who led
you to your seat. Most of the time, tips are his/her only salary.
Paris is a safe place but it doesn’t mean there is no crime. It depends on the time and
the place, and your luck. Police forces are permanently placed on terrorist alert level so
please do not leave your baggage unattended in public places and transportation.
Smoking is prohibited in public spaces (bars, restaurants,
stations, transports, hotels) but not outdoors.
In Paris there are convenience stores in almost
every corner that are open with extended hours.
They tend to have not only a great array of hot
and cold snack foods and drinks, but also things
like battery packs for phones, toiletries, and
Yes, you can buy beer and wine in convenience stores. Drinking in public space is
not prohibited in France, but it’s not recommended.
If you’re looking for a cheap takeaway meal, you can easily find a cold one in a
convenience store. There are lots of sandwiches and take away stores open late at
night in Paris main streets.
The Town Hall, close to the
1) From Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris
Most visitors will arrive at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and can easily go to Paris
and get a connection to the tournament venue by public transport
The Paris-Charles de Gaulle SNCF station is located between terminals 2C-2D and
The RER line B links Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Paris and its suburbs.
Frequency: every 10 - 15 minutes on week days.
Journey time: 40 min
Fare: € 8.40
You can find timetables and details here: http://www.ratp.fr/fr/ratp/c_21904/aeroport-roissy-
There’s also an express bus to the Opera area (Paris IInd district).
Frequency: every 20 minutes.
Journey time: 40 min
Fare: € 9.40.
You can find timetables here:
2) From Orly airport to Paris
The Paris-Orly airport is linked to the RER B station « Antony » by the ORLYVAL
Paris-Orly South: entrance K
Paris-Orly West: entrance A, Arrival level
From « Antony » towards Paris and its suburbs take the trains heading for "Mitry-
Claye" or for "Airport Charles de Gaulle".
Frequency: every 20 minutes.
Journey time: 25 min (RER) + 8 min (ORLYVAL)
Fare : € 6.10 (RER) + € 7.90 (ORLYVAL)
You can find timetables and details here: http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/r_28066/rer-b
There’s also shuttle service between Orly airport and Place Denfert-Rochereau.
Frequency: every 15-20 minutes.
Journey time: 30 minutes.
Fare: € 6.60.
You can find timetables here: http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/r_28017/orlybus
3) From both Airport to Paris by car
From both airports, you can also travel by car. Of course you can take a taxi, but it is very
expensive. You can order a shuttle company and share the fare to get an average and
competitive price : during booking, ask Jean-Michel and mention the Magic word.
3) Within Paris
In Paris, the main ways to travel are by
considerable amount of people living in
Paris without having a car. Tourists would
be advised to travel in the same way.
Sure, you can take a one way-ticket: 1 ticket 1,70€ or a book of 10 tickets (standard
fare http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/c_21158/ticket-t ) 12,00€ but you can also buy The Paris
Visite travel card.
This is perfect for those wanting to visit
Paris and make unlimited, unrestricted trips
around the Île-de-France region !
The Paris Visite travel card is valid for 1, 2,
3 or 5 consecutive days in zones 1-3 or 1-6
(Please note: each day begins at 05:30 and
ends at 05:30 the following day).
Depending on which zones you select, Paris
Paris travel on your mobile
Visite allows you to travel on subway (or
Train subway and bus:
excursion and Air France networks; the
RATP Lite is the free version of RATP
Orlyval line (linking Orly Airport to the RER
Premium. Paper maps are outdated,
B); the Montmartre funicular.
thanks to this application: view maps of the
transport networks in the Île-de-France
Check condition and fare:
region, on- or offline!
Of course, this app is also available on
6 rue Jean Ostreicher
Tél. : 033.1.40.68.22.22
- Subway (Metro) : Porte de
Champerret station or Louise
Michel station (line 3).
- RER : Station Pereire (Line
C) and Métro (line 3).
- Bus : N° 84-92-93-163-164-
165 et PC (Station Porte de
The Fact Sheet
First of all, have you checked the event fact sheet
webpage? It’s got lot of information about the main
tournament, the public events and the hall
attractions. You should take a close look at it and
decide which things you wouldn’t like to miss:
Did you check which artists are attending?
Yeah, it’s on the webpage mentioned above. In
Paris, Magic artists Aleksi Briclot, and Igor
Kieryluk will be attending.
You should start gathering all the cards you want to
get signed at the event. By the way, here are a
couple of tips about artists that you should keep in
Be understanding: artists make long trips to attend these events and spend days signing
cards. Please don’t ask them to sign your full basic land collection – bring piles of maximum
10-15 cards. If you really want to get more cards signed, join the queue again, so other fans
get the chance to get their cards signed, too.
If you want something special done to your cards or another item (like a binder), ask, don’t
assume, and accept what the artist is willing to do.
The best way to show your appreciation for their work and time is buying a print or an artist
proof from them. This is especially true if you ask them to sign a lot of cards: be grateful and
buy something from them.
Magic in Paris
There are several game stores in Paris. Some stores have play space where you can
play booster drafts, EDH, etc.
WotC’s own store locator is a handy tool for finding them:
Main shops are:
(22, rue Hector malot 75012 Paris - http://news.troll2jeux.com - 33 1 43 40 90 46, Subway/Metro Station :
Gare de Lyon)
(13 rue Amelot 75011 Paris - http://www.magiccorporation.com - 33 1 48 05 02 06, Subway/Metro
Station : Bastille)
Game Center Paris
(41-43 rue Linné 75005Paris - 33.146330298, Subway/Metro Station : Jussieu)
(25 rue geoffroy saint hilaire 75005 paris - http://parkage.com/boutique.php - 33 9 52 40 75 22,
Subway/Metro Station : Saint-Marcel or Censier-Daubenton)
(61 rue Letellier 75015 Paris - http://www.uchroniesgames.fr - 33.145798693, Subway/Metro Station :
Cambronne or La Motte-Picquet-Grenelles)
Le Repaire du Dragon
(44 Boulevard de Magenta 75010 Paris - http://www.lerepairedudragon.fr - 33.144847069, Subway/Metro
Station : Gare de l’Est or Jacques Bonsergent)
There is a French magazine about Magic
since 1994 ―Lotus noir‖. Last summer, a
new company took back this newspaper
published on a bimonthly base.
Some writers are well known in the Magic
world: Guillaume MATIGNON – 2010 World
champion, Guillaume WAFO-TAPA – World
European Championship finalist and Kevin
DESPREZ – DCI level 4 judge.
The new website http://www.lotusnoir.info is
going to be developed in the near future.
Be sure that they will attend this first joint Pro
Tour / Grand Prix to bring you a nice
There are lot of choice at various prices but I will recommend to you :
Close to the tournament location, 12 minutes walking, a special price has been
negotiated for you in the Novotel Paris 17 Porte d'Asnières
During booking, ask Foued and mention the ―Magic‖ word.
In a very pleasant district and with good connection to public transport, a special
price has been negotiated for you in the Novotel Paris Gare Montparnasse
During booking, ask Carole and mention the ―Magic‖ word.
Paris is a fascinating city, with a rich historical background. There are a lot of
highlights. Of course you can find plenty of guides and mobile
applications that can help you to organize your journey and find
things to discover in Paris. Here are 3 proposals :
DA VINCI CODE WALK
I propose you to discover Paris through
Robert Langdon’s eyes with the Da Vinci Code Walk.
This trip will take us through the pages of Dan Brown's
sweeping novel that has engulfed the world with intrigue.
We will follow the adventure of renowned Harvard symbologist
Robert Langdon as he searches for the hidden clues that lie throughout Paris.
Beginning at the famous Hotel Ritz where the novel opens with Robert Langdon fast
asleep. Walking through the Jardin des Tuileries and enjoying the beautiful gardens,
we will enlighten you to a few of the author's liberties that he took in the writing of this
book. We will enter the Carrousel du Louvre, where Silas murdered the museum
curator Jacques Saunière, to see the inverted pyramid believed to house the Holy
Grail itself before crossing the Pont des Arts on our way to the gallery district of the
Left Bank. This walk will take us to the Church of St-Germain-des-Pres before closing
the tour at our final destination; St. Sulpice (may be closed on Sunday for Mass). View
the infamous Rose Line and take a look inside this dramatic church as you follow the
Rose Line to the towering obelisk where Silas mistakenly believed the Holy Grail
Duration: 2 Hours (approximately) Distance: 1.65 miles or 2.65 km
Ritz Hotel, place Vendôme
The story opens with Robert Langdon fast asleep in
his room and the police knocking on his door.
He is being summoned to the Louvre to help solving
Jacques Saunière's murder. Robert is not aware that
he's actually a suspect in the crime.
The Louvre Museum
The book begins with the murder of
Jacques Saunière in the Grand Gallery
and later, the inverted pyramid hides an
important secret. This is also the place
from where Robert Langdon makes a
daring escape from the French police.
St. Sulpice is located in the Latin Quarter
and is still a functioning church today. In the
book, Silas broke through the floor looking
for the keystone in a hollow space of the
floor at the base of the obelisk. The so
called "Rose Line" can also be found here.
Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu drive
their car through the gardens and comment
that it's the one place in Paris from which
one can see the Musée D'Orsay, the Louvre
Museum and the Pompidou Center
Pont des Arts
The Pont des Arts bridge is not included in the book, but we'll cross the pedestrian bridge during our walk.
The bridge offers wonderful views of the Seine river, the Île de la Cité, the Académie Française and the
And so on…