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By: Seamus T
I’ve been invited to write about my experiences with a card game I play called “Yu-Gi-Oh”. First I’m going to talk about the game itself and then I’ll talk about why I decided to play it instead of more popular games like Magic: The Gathering or Pokémon.
Here we go!
Yu-Gi-Oh! is based off of an anime show with the same name. You assemble a deck from packs of random cards or a starter kit. Personally, I recommend a starter kit since it’s a better deal and you get a pretty decent deck that works well with its other cards instead of throwing some random ones together. You can normally find these at stores like Rite Aid, Meijer, or Target. The booster packs cost around $5 for ten cards. This might seem like a lot, but most of the time one card is the determining factor of the game. The starter packs are about $20 for a pre-assembled deck that is pretty solid.
After that you just find an opponent like a friend or go to a card store during some weekly mini-tournament event. The point of the game is to fight using your creature cards to battle opponents. You use your monsters to attack your opponent’s life points. The first player to zero life points loses the game.
The format of playing with the creature cards is similar to Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering, but what I like about Yu-Gi-Oh! is that you also have spell and trap cards which assist your monsters in many different ways and add a lot more strategy. That makes the game much more fun for me. Some examples are that the cards could give 500+ attack to all Pyro cards or make it so that a certain monster can’t attack. For this reason, it has settled ahead of Pokémon for me. That and the fact that I wasn’t into the idea of having to fuel monsters with energy (like in Pokémon), I’d rather just get them out there to fight right away.
I really got into Yu-Gi-Oh! by watching the cartoon. When I found out there was a game I went for it. The funny thing is, now I play Magic: The Gathering right along with Yu-Gi-Oh!
Well there you have it, I’ll write again soon in part two where I’ll talk about actually getting into and playing, the game.