And now for something completely different. Kinda.

Playing cards have been a fascination of mine since I was young. Another thing that I have been fascinated with since it was released is Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game.

I have been playing this game off and on since the first packs of The Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon boosters were released along with the Starter Deck’s Yugi and Kaiba.

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Alright, so for those of you who have never played Yu-Gi-Oh! or watched the television show or even collected cards besides playing cards, I’ll give you a rundown on what Yu-Gi-Oh! is and what the game itself is all about.

Yu-Gi-Oh! is an anime television series localized from Japan for North America and many other regions around the world. It was created as a manga series by Kazuki Takahashi. The series stars Domino City high-schooler Yugi Muto and his friends. Yugi is introduced to a card game called Duel Monsters (which was originally an homage to the game Magic) and is taken through many adventures.

Interestingly there were no real rules for the first season of the television show but once the first series was finished the trading card game had been created and clear rules set out. The show followed these rules for the most part from then on.

Yu-Gi-Oh! has been going pretty strong since and is still one of the most popular trading card games out there.

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My favourite Duel Monster, Dark Magician.

 

 

As with any kind of collecting for the most part there are strict collectors and players that also collect. While I don’t play professionally or anything like that (I have a terrible deck when compared to those that actually play seriously) I do collect and keep a deck (sort of) up to date.

The game itself revolves around summoning monsters and enhancing them and trapping your opponent with spell or trap cards. There are more advanced things in the game now that I won’t bother going in to now but if you are interested there’s a ton of info on YouTube and on the official Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card website.

Recently, after a hiatus of really paying attention to Yu-Gi-Oh!, I was sucked back in after the release of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links on Android and now PC. This led be to buying more cards and rebuilding my deck.

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Another one of my favourite Duel Monsters, Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon.

Buying Yu-Gi-Oh! cards can be a lot of fun. They are not as cheap as buying a deck of playing cards. Typically, a booster pack of cards consists of five to nine cards and costs around $5 CAD a pack. So you can see how this can start to add up.

While I find a lot of enjoyment with picking up different custom decks of playing cards I still receive a lot of enjoyment from customizing a deck of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards with new and old cards alike. This game is the only battling card game that I was ever really in to. I did play some of the Pokemon trading card game when it came out but I never really cared for it. I never got in to Magic the Gathering. There were several other game released trying to ride on the success of Yu-Gi-Oh! like the Digimon trading card game, Duel Masters, Chaotix and many more but this one has had staying power.

When it comes to collecting it’s always exciting to open a pack and find a fancy foil card. The art is always great to look at as well.

Have you ever collected other types of cards? I’m curious to see what other’s have collected of played.

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