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  1. Ricco
    August 31, 2012 at 6:39 pm — Reply

    I played Pokemon long ago on gameboy, eventually I realized what Rodrigo said. I played my friends in high school and it came down to who figured out what the other guy had chosen for his team. No skills, just random chance. I even tried running a “farm” capturing 50 of a pokemon and leveling the one with the highest base stats, no difference all up to chance…

    The card game is incredibly complex, more so then Magic actually, I tried making a viable deck for a friends brother, think 3+ mana color decks with *you need this summon to get this other summon out* and add control, party tricks and such. You think mana screwed is bad? Energy jammed is nightmare…

    Its a card game geared towards kid that is too complex for most kids… Yu-Gi-Oh on the other hand is the simplest of the highly popular ones, but that makes it so the amount of money you put in your deck literally translates on how powerful it is, because with no “energy/mana” getting that particularly powerful (and often expensive) card in your hand is all you need to shift the game in your favor.

    The card game I got most invested in was Chaotic, every card had semi random stats meaning no matter how rare the card it may actually be crap or again a run of the mile common card may be beast.

    This meant an army made of the same monsters may be geared completely different based on a different stat or element. You also had a lot of control on what your deck had, only the attack deck and location deck where up to chance everything else was an available resource you had to time right.That’s the plus side, the bad side was that you may want a monster for a particular ability but even if you get it, it may not have viable combat stats making Chaotic a tough card game on ones wallet.

    • DC
      September 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm — Reply

      I wouldn’t say that competitive battling in Pokemon is random chance at all. I’ve played in a tournament or two and the meta-game comes down to prediction and risk assessment.

      Also Rodrigo, we’re up to 649 pokemon.

      • Ricco
        September 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm — Reply

        Meant the gameboy video game.

        • DC
          September 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm — Reply

          Me too.

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