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      14.10.2013 17:55

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      A great card game, but be ready to pay more for the most expensive Yu-Gi-Oh! products

      Yu-Gi-Oh! was originally a manga written by Kazuki Takahashi in 1996 and finished it's run in 2004. Originally, Yu-Gi-Oh! was about all games (Yu-Gi-Oh! meaning 'King of Games' in Japanese) including chess, several fictional strategy games, and, eventually, Duel Monsters, a trading card game. The manga was moderately successful when suddenly, people clamored for Takahashi to write more about this
      'Duel Monsters' trading card game. Eventually, Bandai decided to make trading cards for Yu-Gi-Oh! in Japan, bringing out the first set of physical Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise. Toei Animation, famed for producing anime such as Dragon Ball Z, started to produce the first anime series of Yu-Gi-Oh! It was considered very violent and scary, and only lasted one season, with no companies outside of Japan picking it up for syndication. They also released one movie, centering around Yami Yugi playing a Duel with Seto Kaiba, Yugi's bitter rival.

      In 2000, another Japanese company called Studio Gallop produced a second anime series, as well as introducing brand new trading cards, which looked more professional and stylish, and were distributed and made by Konami. Konami licensed the English version (the TCG) to Upper Deck Entertainment. The second series focused completely on the trading card game and ignored the other aspects of the manga, based loosely upon it. The series also spawned several spin offs, including
      Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. Konmai now makes and distributes all merchandise to do with Yu-Gi-Oh!, including releasing booster packs, structure decks, t-shirts, toys and accessories (e.g. a Duel Disk)

      I highly recommend that you purchase a starter deck to get you started on your way to becoming a duelist, visit sites such a eBay and Amazon to truly gain an understanding of the trading card game, I would suggest the Saga of the Blue Eyes White Dragon structure deck, as the Blue Eyes is an iconic Yu-Gi-Oh card, and well worth the money.

      Whilst Yu-Gi-Oh! can become an expensive hobby, it is not only worth it but many combinations can be had in the way of booster packs and boxes. Booster packs are usually around $1.99 to $2.99, whereas some booster boxes, which contain around 24 booster packs, cost more around $55, but you will get some rare and powerful cards, also in tins, which can retail from $10 to $60, again depending on the tin.


      To conclude, Yu-Gi-Oh! is a great franchise that will entertain people of all ages, including collectors and tournament participants, which are held locally, nationally and even internationally. Fans may enjoy either the anime, the manga or the card game, personally I enjoy all three, being a collector from Legend of the Blue Eyes White Dragon to Shadow Specters, and creating a deck that I have culminated within almost 11 years of playing Yu-Gi-Oh! and becoming a fanatic.

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      19.10.2010 22:10
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      I love this xD.

      Well, what can I say about yugioh?

      It's a game of strategy and foresight unlike any other, me being an avid player of the game for about 8 years, you would be hard pushed to find another person of similar experience.

      The game revolves around the idea of reducing your opponent's LP from 8000 to 0. This seems like a somewhat daunting task, but if you know what you're doing, you'll find it relatively easy to inflict 8000 damage or more in a single turn.



      The basic game mechanics are as follows:

      You have a deck comprising of 40-60 cards, it's better to run 40 cards as you have a better chance of getting the cards you need without drawing unusable things. When the duel starts, you draw 5 cards. On each of your turns (unless a card effect dictates otherwise) you draw one card. Upon drawing that card, you can place cards on the playing field. An example of a playing field can be found here http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Field .

      There are 3 Main types of cards in the game, monster cards, spell cards and trap cards. These can be further sub-divided into 7 different types.

      Normal Monster Cards - Hold no special effects, are effectively there to defend you with no special abilities. They have unique Attack and Defence points shown at the bottom of the card, and a type (in the text section of the card) and an Attribute in the top right hand side of the card (next to the name). These cards are always yellow.
      Effect Monster Cards - Are like the above but these let you change the boundaries of what you are allowed to do as dictated by the rules, these are probably the most used in decks. These cards are always orange.
      Spell Cards - These can be further divided into categories listed below. Unless you are using a quick play spell, you cannot play them during your opponents turn. These cards are always green
      Trap Cards - The majority of these are designed to do as the name suggests, surprise your opponent and generally make them squirm. These can also be divided into different categories, which I will list below. You cannot activate these cards straight from your hand, you have to set them face down on the field and wait till your opponents turn, from then on out you can activate it at nearly any point. These cards are always pink.
      Fusion Monster Cards - These are stored in the extra deck section of your playing field. These are normally summoned using the spell Polymerization, using 2 (or more) fusion material cards listed on the fusion card. These can sometimes have effects much like the Effect Monster cards listed above. These are always purple.
      Synchro Monster Cards - These are the newest edition to the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. These involve sending a Tuner monster and 1 (or more) non-tuner monsters from your side of the field to the graveyard to get a superior monster in both strength and effect. They are always white.
      Ritual Monster Cards - Always summoned through using the designated Ritual spell card (see below) listed on the Ritual monster's text and sending monsters with level equal to the level of the ritual monster from your hand or side of the field. Some of these monsters have an effect, and they are always blue.

      So, now we get onto subdivisions of the spell and trap cards:

      Normal - The bog-standard card, can be activated to gain an effect.
      Quickplay - Does not apply to traps, but these cards can be activated in response to a card from your hand or face down on the field (But cannot be activated on the turn they are set!)
      Continuous - These stay on the field indefinately until they are either sent to the graveyard or returned to your hand or deck (yes there are some effects that do that ;)
      Counter - These only apply to trap cards. These can be used to negate the effect of another card on the field. You cannot activate any other card in response to this unless it is a counter trap as well.
      Equip - This only applies to Spells. These can be equipped to monsters to increase the power in either attack points or defence, or just giving it another ability or card effect.
      Ritual Spell Card - These can be used to summon a ritual monster from your hand to the field. You normally have to send cards from your hand or field to the graveyard to summon the monster, but some cards dictate otherwise.
      Field Spell Card - These affect the whole field. Normally these increase the attack and/or defence stats of monsters on the field but there are others that do many other ingenious things.

      Now we move onto actual game mechanics.We start chronologically, with the Draw Phase.

      Draw Phase: In the draw phase, you pick up the top card of your deck, which should be on the bottom right of the playing field. Once that has been achieved, you move to the...

      Standby Phase: With this, it is basically allowing any cards which should activate at the start of the turn. Then we move to the...

      Main Phase 1: This involves being allowed to activate any Spell card and summon any monsters. There are 3 ways to play monsters, they involve:
      a Normal Summon (playing a monster in face up attack mode), Setting a monster in face down defence (from which there are many benefits) and Special Summoning a monster to the field (normally face up and by card effect). You can only Normal Summon or Set 1 monster per turn, but you can special summon as many times as you like (as long as you have a perfectly fair reason and effect to go with each one). Then, we move to the...

      Battle Phase: This is the main way you inflict Battle Damage. Normally you only inflict Battle damage from attacking an opponents' Attack Position monster with one of your own Attack Position monsters, with a higher Attack stat. This would involve in your opponents' monster being destroyed and send to the graveyard, and the difference between the 2 attacks being depleted from the owner of the destroyed monsters' Life Points. You can also destroy opponents' monsters by attacking defence mode monsters with a monster with higher attack points, whether it's face up or down. When you attack a monster that is face down, it will be flipped face up and remain there until a card effect flips it back down. Be warned though, if you attack a monster with higher defence, you will lose Life Points equal to the difference between your monsters' attack and your opponents' monsters' defence. Do remember that there is a type of effect that can activate when flipped face up, sometimes resulting in them drawing an extra card or destroying a card you control. After the battle phase, we have...

      Main Phase 2: Here, you can activate some spell cards or set some trap cards to surprise your opponent next turn. This is useful because a lot can change after the battle phase, and it lets you prepare. You do not have to do anything during this phase, you can skip it if you wish. After this you have the....

      End Phase: This is where your turn ends, and your opponents begins. They repeat the same phases you did, and have the chance to attack you with equal force! So make sure you're prepared. You do have the opportunity to activate traps to make life a bit difficult for them, and remember, show no mercy for you shall receive none.

      Of course during the many years of yugioh, there have been some cards released that have a somewhat negative effect on gameplay for people. These cards are of course limited as to how many you can have in your deck (you can have up to 3 copies of a card in your deck, unless the banlist dictates otherwise) or they are banned completely! A full list of cards that can be played in your deck and how many can be found here http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/September_2010_Lists.

      You receive cards by buying them in many different ways. You could buy them in booster packs, which are released every few months, or buy a starter deck (which is probably the best place to start.) A starter deck costs around £8-10 for 40 cards and a booster pack is around £3.50 from your local store for 9 cards (including 1/2 rares, pending on your luck :))

      I hope you've learnt something from this review, I'd be somewhat disappointed if you didn't, but I'm sure it's clear enough, if it is not then leave a comment and I'll change something at request.

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        09.07.2010 22:57
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        Great fun

        I don't really know where to begin with Yu-Gi-Oh. It seems to have had a bit of a bad reputation and has been labeled, it would appear as a bit of a nerd game. In fact, that's really of no surprise. Trading cards aren't cool. They were never cool, but I'll be damned if they aren't just a load of fun.

        I started getting into Yu-Gi-Oh way back, probably around 2002 when the anime started showing. Strangely fascinated by what was happening, I bought a starter pack very soon after and got right into the game.

        The rules are a bit complicated to get really into, but the aim of the game is to reduce your opponent's life points to zero throughout the game by summoning monsters and having them attack your opponent's monsters or (if they lack monsters on the playing field) their life points directly. the game is heavily influenced by the usage of magic and trap cards which can alter the outcome of the game. You use the magic cards to power up your monsters and your trap cards to lure your opponent into a false sense of security.

        While the game might have gone through some changes since I stopped playing a few years ago, I remember it being a great laugh, pretty challenging in a lot of ways, too, as there are so many cards (probably way, way more now) that no deck is similar. You don't know what your opponent has and you have to plan your strategies well to win. While it started off as quite a basic card game, it quickly evolved into something a lot more complicated, with loads of opportunity for all kinds of strategies and plans. There are cards which work better together, and cards which are created just to take down a certain type of monster.

        With seemingly endless possibilities, it was a great game to play. There were always the guys who seemed to have the much better cards than me, who got all the luck and had the rare cards, but the game is made so that even if your opponent has some rare and powerful cards, there's always a strategy that can beat it.

        Yu-Gi-Oh might have had some questionably funny plots and ideas in its show, making it ridiculous in some places (although still greatly enjoyable) but the card game doesn't bother with all of that, standing out by itself. In fact, hardly any elements from the show or the manga actually have made it into the game, so its great as it is

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        20.06.2010 20:00
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        A great game!!

        The Yu-Gi-Oh Trading Card Game was developed from the anime and manga series, where the characters battle each other using monster cards, magic cards and trap cards. The cards from the anime and manga are featured in the real life card game. Other accessories from the TV series is also available.

        ~~~AIM~~~
        The official rules state that each player's deck should consist of 50-60 cards which could be monsters, traps and magic cards. The premise of the card game is that each player starts with 8000 life points, and the player who loses all their life points first loses the game. In order to do so, players take turns to draw cards, summon monsters and deal damage to their opponent through their monsters' attacks. Some people will wager a card and the winner keeps it.

        ~~~TURNS~~~
        The two players start the game by picking up five cards each. Each player takes turns to play. Players begin their turn by drawing a card, and can summon monsters, play trap cards or lay magic cards. Monsters can only attack once per turn, and has to attack opponent's monsters before attacking their life points directly. Damage is dealt to opponent's life points calculated by the difference in ATK between monsters. For example, if I attack with Blue Eyes White Dragon (ATK 3000) on a Blue Magician (ATK 2500), then the damage dealt will be 500LP. However, if the opponent's monster is in defence mode, your monster's attack has to be higher than their defence in order to destroy it, but no damage is taken.

        The game ends when either player loses all their life points (loses) or players run out of cards to draw from their deck (loses).

        Terminology Explained~
        *Life Points (LP)- Number of points you have representing your "life". When this reaches zero, you lose.
        *Monster Cards- These cards have a yellow background and can deal damage to the opponent. They may also have special effects when flipped. Attack and Def points are located at the bottom marked ATK and DEF.
        *Magic Cards- A green background.These can boost your monster's attack, change the field to a specific type and contain special cards that can "steal" an opponent's monster (Change of heart) orbring a monster back from the dead (monster reborn).
        *Trap Cards- A purple background. These are played face down and can be triggered by opponent's actions. An example includes Trap Hole, where if the opponent summons a monster with ATK > 1000, trap hole sends it to the graveyard immediately.
        *Fusion Cards- Blue Background. Two monsters can be fused together using Polymerisation to create stronger monsters. These are kept in a separate pile.
        *Graveyard- where all monsters, traps and magic cards go when used or perished.

        ~~~ENJOYMENT~~~
        I personally really enjoy playing this game as it requires lots of strategy (and luck!). Sorting out and balancing your deck is equally important, and a lot of time is spent thinking what cards compliment which monsters. I personally love collecting the cards as well, as they look very cool, especially the holographic ones.

        I think this is the best trading card game out there and contains much depth and intrigue... I think watching the anime definitely helped me find this ultra enjoyable!

        ~~~OBTAINING CARDS AND PRICE~~~
        Cards can be purchased in decks or booster packs. Decks cost around £6-7 depending which you get, whilst boosters are generally £2.50. I would recommend buying a deck to begin with and then buying boosters if you have the cash, otherwise just buy a couple of decks and begin forming your own...

        Of course there is an element of trading aswell, which will be fab if you have other friends interested in the game... you can perfect your deck in no time! Otherwise look online as certain websites sell cards individually which will obviously save time and money buying boosters and trying your luck at a certain card, but be warned, they cost a lot!!

        ~~~OVERALL~~~
        The card game may be difficult to grasp to those looking on in the game, but is actually really easy. I think this is the best trading card game ever released, better than Pokemon by far, and the cards are beautiful to collect as well. I think this is perhaps the only card game where it is not only for collection but makes a great game.

        The only problem is obtaining cards as they are very expensive for a hardcore collector. I have a couple of decks and even bought a booster once which was great fun but I couldn't sustain it because I didn't have enough money... My deck was far from perfect but allowed me to play a good game nonetheless.

        For those who are interested in playing the game but not collecting the cards, try your hand at the many video games released (I would recommend Nightmare Troubadour for DS). However, the cards are super, so get some to play and collect!!!!

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          12.10.2008 13:55
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          Worth playing and collecting, and they're even a good investment.

          Yu-Gi-Oh is a trading card game, which began its life in Japan, it also has several successful TV series' which are based on the card game, as well as manga. The card game is very addictive and the cards in themselves are extremely collectible. There is a big market for Yu-Gi-Oh cards with prices per card ranging from a few pence all the way up to £50 or more. For this very reason Yu-Gi-Oh cards could be considered a potential investment.

          You can buy pre-made decks of 40 cards that will help beginners start the game, booster packs which have 5-7 cards in help players advance their decks and eventually build decks of their own. There are also tins and boxs which contain an assortment of booster packs and rare promotional cards that cannot be obtained anywhere else.

          The card game in itself is very addictive. It comprises of two players pitting cards against one another in order to reduce each others "Life Points". The first player to reduce the opponents Life Points to zero is deemed the winner. There are regular tournaments all around the world for Yu-Gi-Oh veterans and amatuers alike, rare cards often being offered up as prizes. The game requires great skill, especially to achieve the best results with the cards in their hand and to make the best deck in order to have cards which will work well together. It should also be noted that 2 vs 2 duelling is becoming more and more popular with it having featured in the Yu-Gi-Oh TV series. However this is much more difficult to master than conventional 1 vs 1 duelling.

          Yu-Gi-Oh is a card game that is based around 3 main types of cards. Monster, Spell and Trap. Monsters are the basic components of Yu-Gi-Oh, generally the stronger the monsters a player has the bigger chance a player has of winning a duel. Spell and Trap cards work in relation to monster or to one another. For example certain traps will deal damage to your opponent, or spells might make your monsters stronger.

          There are also 3 more types of card that are available, but aren't as central to the game, and are by no means necessary for those hoping to play the game. There are Fusion monsters, Ritual monsters and the latest edition to the Yu-Gi-Oh team Syncro monsters. These three types of monster are summoned by combining or "sacrificing" other monsters, in addition to using a spell card.

          Overall Yu-Gi-Oh is a very addictive game to play, and the cards are very different and collectible, with over 6000 different ones! The main disadvantages of the game are that it is hard to master and that it can be very expensive for collectors, and realistically the average person can never hope to own every different type of card. For children from 8 upwards though it is definately worth playing.

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            16.06.2007 18:25

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            I think the battle city tournament is great because there were new monster and new people but i did not like it when the duel is so long.It gave me a great mood that made want to watch it more.I hope the next battle city tournament is better.

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            This review is about the Yu-Gi-Oh cards, a very expensive hobby mind you. There are many cards that you can get, and loads of different types of Booster packs. You can get 4 different types of decks, Kaiba's Deck, Yugi's Deck, Joey's Deck and Pegasus's Deck.

            TV Series
            There are 3 different Saga's and Im going to give info about each one. Starting off with Duelist Kingdom, when Yugi is new to proper Duel Monsters.

            Duelsit Kingdom
            This Saga is when Yugi and his mates get invited by Maximilum Pegasus, hes this high rich person, who re-created the Yu-Gi-Oh cards, when they first use to be in the ancient times where it was decided who went to the Shadow Realm or not. I bet your probally wandering what the Shadow Realm is all about, well ill tell you in a seperate section later on in the review. Yugi's Granpa gets captured by Pegasus, when Yugi looses a duel against him. Which gives Yugi the reason to beat Pegasus in a duel to get back his Granpa. They have to get Star Chips, well 8 to be exact, to get into the castle, only 4 people can get into the castle, out of like 100's. Star Chips are like tokens, you need 8 of them, so you can unlock the castle gate. Joey tags along, even though he was not invited, Yugi gives him one of his star chips, as you need to have a star chip to get on the ship to duelist kingdom, everyone has 2 star chips who was invited. So Yugi was at a disadvantage on Duelist Kingdom. Here are the characters from this Saga:
            Yugi
            Maxamillion Pegasus
            Yami Yugi
            Joey
            Te'a
            Weavel Underwood
            Tristern
            Mai Valentine
            Seto Kaiba
            Mokuba Kaiba
            Grandpa
            Bakura
            Bandit Keith

            Battle City
            This is the second saga, and Seto Kaiba sets up this tournament so he can win the 3 legendary god cards, which when all 3 are put together, they have the power to destroy the world, thats why they have protectors. I have not seen all this Saga, and I have not seen much of the 3rd either, so i cant really do more on this section. There new characters for this section are:
            Marik
            Yami Marik

            Yu-Gi-Oh Game Rules
            The aim of the game is to destroy the opponents life points, which are like you life, and when it goes down to 0, then you have lost the duel. You have a 50 card deck, and you draw 5 cards at the start of the duel. You then decide who goes first, depending how you want to do that. There are many ways how you can lay down cards, there is defense mode and attack mode, defense mode is that, if your monster dies, it will not do damadge to your Life Points. But in attack mode, if your monster dies, then you loose a certain amonunt of Life Points. You also have Magic and Trap cards in your deck, which allows you to do, well like destroy a monster in one go, reborn a monste etc etc. You place these cards below your monster cards, if you need anymore info on the rules, just leave a message, and ill help you out. Dont worry, i dont bite... much lol!

            My Favourite Cards

            Blue Eyes White Dragon - this card is one of the best, it has 3000 attack points, and 2500 defense points, I think thats a good card... dont you? You get this card with the Kaiba deck, it is his main card.

            Black Luster Soldier - this card is a ritual, ritual means, that you need the magic card to summon him, sometimes you need to sacrafice your monsters, or deduct some of your life points. Sacrafice is, well you have to destroy some monsters, any monster of you choice on the battle field. His attack points are i think anyway 3500 and defense 3000, i think anyway. You can get this card by hoping you will find it in a booster pack, or buy it seperate of the internet, which will cost quite a bit.

            This is a strategy game, so you need alot of skill, you dont just need a strong deck to win, say that you dont know much about the game, and you have a strong deck, and your dueling me, and I have a weak deck, there is alot of chance I will win.

            I give this game a 5star * * * * * because it has alot of wicked cards, and I like it so much.

            PRICE FOR BOOSTER PACKS: 3.50 quid
            PRICE FOR DECKS: 7.99

            Need any more info, just let me know, and ill update, or answer your questions.

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              Well, on one level, this is all very complicated stuff. On another, far more significant level, though, this is all very simple stuff. On the one hand, we have an extremely complex card game inspired by an extremely complex TV cartoon. There are many characters ? all with magical powers ? and lots of sub-plots and complicated inter-relationships. On the other hand, we have a very simple deprive-parents-of-every-penny-possible fad, like all the other fads targeting the underage consumer. Gah. Yu-gi-oh is a very popular cartoon series for children, shown on Sky One. A young lad manages to solve a puzzle that no one else has been able to solve. It is a bit like the Gordian Knot though ? all very easy when you know how. This gives him magical powers and he transforms into an ultra-duellist, fighting ? of course ? on the side of truth, justice and all that jazz. And, what do you know? He duels his enemies, always having been placed under some unjust disadvantage. Over several series ? although I think only two have been shown so far in the UK ? he duels to save er? his sister, his grandfather, the world. You get the drift, right?! I have the basic idea, but I really think you need to be under twelve to appreciate all the many nuances. You can buy a PSOne game based on the programme. You can buy a PC game based on the programme. You can buy a GBA game based on the programme. You can buy the books of the series. You can buy the DVDs of the series. A PS2 game is in the offing, as is a movie. As if this were not enough, you can buy a trading card game with Yu-gi-oh branding all over it. I am just waiting on the lunch boxes. Sigh. To be able to play the Yu-Gi-Oh trading card game, you will need to buy a starter pack. This will set you b
              ack ? depending on where you shop ? between a fiver and nine quid. Ebay is the cheapest place to look and here you will pay five or six pounds for brand new packs. High street shops such as WH Smith and Woolworth's charge eight pounds. I bought from probably the most expensive place, Amazon, but that was because I had some vouchers to use. There are four different starter packs available but only two on the high street. From what I can make out, the second pair of starter packs are not yet officially released in the UK, but have found their way into the online shops. It is all so darned involved, though, do not quote me on that! For your five to nine pounds, you get a pack of game cards ? 43 "normal" and 3 "foil". The foil cards are obviously the super duper or, in Yu-Gi-Oh speak, the rare ones. Of course, they are not rare at all, just expensive. You also get a rule booklet and um? er? something optimistically called a "game mat". The game mat is a fold out piece of paper. Not card. Paper. Yes people: you too can fork out the best part of a tenner for a pack of playing cards. The cards are not even of top quality; they are less sturdy than a Top Trump card for instance, and about on a level with those Soccer Shoot Out cards you may have seen. The game itself is like any other trading card game. You begin with a set number of "life points" and you duel with them using the character attributes on the various cards. The aim is to reduce your opponent's life points to zero, at which point you have won the duel. It is all like an incredibly complicated Top Trumps. And when I say incredibly complicated, I mean INCREDIBLY COMPLICATED, in capital case. There are so many
              rules, so many exceptions, so many tactics and counter tactics it is ? frankly ? ridiculous. The Yu-Gi-Oh packs recommend their game for children of eight and upwards, but I do not think many eight-year-olds would be able to play it correctly. My two children, at seven and eight, certainly cannot. Neither can I, at forty. Conor, in particular, is a bright child; he whups both his parents at chess. Yet the intricacies of this card game are utterly beyond him. Observation of my two and their pals tells me that each gang of children simply make up their own, pared down rules, and I imagine the game is played in thousands of different ways up and down the country. Annoyingly, to begin a duel, you are supposed to have a deck of fifty cards. That is interesting, is it not, given that the starter packs contain only forty-six cards? Never thee fear, oh parents of bottomless purses, though, for there are booster packs available at almost every retail outlet near you. These will set you back an absolutely shocking two to four quid, and contain six or nine cards. You are beginning to see what an expensive fad this is, aren't you? Amazon Marketplace and Ebay are probably your best places to save your overdraft a hammering. As a parent, you may have trouble distinguishing which are the best cards to buy ? some cards carry a great deal more kudos than others, y'see. I find it all a total nightmare. I think the older fan of Yu-Gi-Oh trading cards uses them in a more geeky, trainspotter-y collector fashion and this pushes up the price of certain cards on the auction sites. One imagines the manufacturers control release of certain cards too; it's all about creating demand, sadly. I resent these corporate tie-ins. I resent being asked to pay such an amount of money for what is no more than a pack of playing cards. I resent still furthe
              r buying a starter pack only to find that I will need at least one booster pack even to begin to play a solitary "proper" game. It is difficult to explain to a seven year old that one booster pack of Yu-Gi-Oh cards costs the same amount of money as seven packs of football stickers, for to a seven year old, the one equates to the other. And in reality, the seven year old has it right, does he not? The Yu-Gi-Oh trading card game mounts an exorbitant assault upon any parent's purse. It would not be quite so bad if the cards were of high quality, but they are not. It would not matter so much if the game mat was sturdy, but it is not. It would not matter so much if there were a finite number of cards and packs to collect, but the releases are seemingly unending. And in the end, what has the child received? A game made so complicated simply to allow its manufacturers to force more and more purchases and a game far too complicated for its target consumer. I have bought one full-priced starter pack, one full-priced booster pack and made several second-hand purchases from Ebay. Altogether, on this Yu-Gi-Oh game, I have spent around twenty quid. Frankly, I feel raped. It has to be said though, that Conor and Kieran play with these cards for hours upon hours ? they duel between themselves using their own, made-up rules, they compare their collection with those of their friends, poring over details for more hours upon hours. This particular fad has lasted two or three months in these parts, and shows no sign of dimming. And much as it irks me to admit it, both my sons have probably had more than twenty quidsworth of enjoyment. It sticks in the gosh-darned throat though. Bloody tie-ins.

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                03.04.2004 23:31

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                Yugioh cards - Advantages: It makes you think., It's a good long term hobby. - Disadvantages: none

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                03.04.2004 21:33

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                Errrrrm, no. - Advantages: Good for yugioh fans, Nice cards - Disadvantages: Boring for others, Expensive, Confusing

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                03.03.2003 19:15

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                No yu don't - Advantages: Nice Cards - Disadvantages: Need two starter packs, Complex Rules

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