A Tale of Summoners and Digimon

#1 Posted by Omanyte_Jackson (29 posts) -
Bears With Backwards Caps? Yes.

Story time:

Okay so, Digmon World 3 was my first rpg, It was my first exposure to grinding, equipment management, inns that cost money( Like what the F-), basically defined my taste in gaming. But most of all, it introduced me into card games. Oh my god that card game, the card battles got so damn hard that I had to painstakingly build my deck and optimize my builds against the cheapest ass AI opponents, from specialty attack decks, crusher decks, white decks, brown decks. It blew my 12 year old mind. But I loved the challenge, discovering new curse words in defeat, and perfecting my hammer dance in victory. So just around that same time Yugio blew up, and that was the game that was played in our nerd circles from middle school till the end of high school, which was fun, but I never got invested. Then collage happened, and there was this game called Magic The Gathering. I had no idea what this game was or how it played, tapping? manna? Clearly this game was for strange folk from a different world or something.

But now, 10 years and one 33 minute quick look later. My mind was fucking blown. I've basicaly known how to play this game. Building decks of the same color, the phases, 4 card deck limit, building a pool to summon stronger monsters. This was the same game and it has existed all this time and i never realized it. Fuck. Guess I better get a deck then.

tldr; On the off chance you possibly ever played DW3 did you realize the card game was strikingly similar to Magic? or if not, have you ever been introduced to another existing game series by a game that was influenced/inspired/rip-off'ed from it?

#2 Posted by believer258 (11048 posts) -

I've never played either, but I'd imagine that most card games like Yu Gi Oh, Magic, Pokemon, and this all have enough similarities amongst each other that, after learning the ins and outs of one, it wouldn't take anywhere near as long to learn the ins and outs of another.

Also, I had some Yu Gi Oh cards and I played with them for a little while in Elementary and Middle School, but not often enough to really "get into" it. The local Books-A-Million used to hold card game tournaments every Wednesday, and that place was damn packed with people of all ages so my lack of interest definitely wasn't due to lack of exposure.

As for Yu Gi Oh, and Pokemon to some extent, influencing me to go out and try to get into card game series? Not really, but something similar indirectly happened. See, the minute I heard of turn-based combat, I turned my nose up at the very idea and refused to buy anything that had the word "RPG" labeled on it. As you might imagine, this robbed me of many experiences I could have gotten otherwise. My brother, on the other hand, didn't have any such misconceptions, and after playing the Yu Gi Oh card game, he found himself interested in the games and bought one on PS1 despite my insistence that it was a bad idea. Crazy enough, I spent enough time playing that game - something like ten hours - to introduce myself to the idea that maybe it wasn't so bad. I slowly warmed up to the idea and now I find myself enjoying RPG's from both sides of the big blue ocean.

So, yes, Yu Gi Oh did indirectly influence an interest that I currently have. Of course other games helped me get used to the idea of numbers and inventory management - Kingdom Hearts 1 and Chain of Memories and the Mega Man Battle Network series come to mind - but I never would have found an interest if my brother had never gotten an interest in Yu Gi Oh games in the first place.

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