I'm back from Hyper Japan and one of the things I've done there was a demonstration game of Yu-Gi-Oh! I had no idea what the game is about, other than the thing Magic: the Gathering players make fun of.
They gave away free demonstration deck and one booster. I am going to open them right now as I'm writing this post, and describe my impressions.
Just a reminder - I have no idea what I'm talking about. This is a first impression post. I'm posting this without even checking Wikipedia, so hilarious misunderstandings are very likely to ensue.
It's 20 cards. Surely you must play "real" Yu-Gi-Oh! with more than that right?
There are 12 monster cards, 3 spells, and 5 traps.
They have types in upper right corder and different colored borders. For spells and traps there seems to be 1-to-1 correspondence between frame colors and card types.
For monsters the symbol says dark/earth/light, but frame color seems to be unrelated to it. It seems that one color is for vanilla creatures, other for non-vanilla creatures. I bet there are more types, just like with Pokemon.
There don't seem to be any rarity indicators, no idea yet if it's also true for cards from the booster.
Art is pretty crappy, and there are no artist attributions. It's probably drawn by Chinese prisoners or something like that.
One thing I really like about it is very high numbers it uses. First card has attack 2500, defense 1200. I thought they're all multiplies of 100, but there's another with Attack 450, defense 600.
Magic really suffers a lot from not being able to use fractional numbers for power, toughness, life, mana and so on. The chasm between 2 and 3 is just too vast, and forcing Thragtusk to have toughness 3 while every single first striker in Standard has power 2 at best is part of the problem with current meta. If Thragtusk had toughness 2.5, and at least some of these first strikers had power 2.5 - it would have been a very different story. Or if Snapcaster had only power 1.5. Now fractions look silly, but if Magic started alpha with all numbers x10 (or otherwise wider scale), it would have saved itself a ton of problem.
Here's contents of demonstration deck:
- Summoned Skull
- Dark Blade
- Gene-Warped Warwolf (yes, that's exactly what it says)
- Man-Eater Bug
- Hayabusa Knight
- The Fiend Megacyber
- Marauding Captain
- Exiled Force
- Des Koala (featuring literally a koala, meanwhile Magic creative is too much serious business to get even one squirrel...)
- Majestic Mech-Ohka
- The Calculator (I so fucking hate cards with "the" in name, like The Mimeoplasm, nothing about card names get me more annoyed than "the Something" cards)
- Upstart Goblin
- The Warrior Returning Alive
- Mask of Weakness
- Secret Barrel
- Threatening Roar
- Rising Energy
- No Entry!
- Does Yu-Gi-Oh! have anything like magiccards.info (or even its crappier official equivalent Gatherer - which I'm not going to link to because it sucks too much)?
- Does it have anything remotely like Comprehensive Rules? I've noticed a few people with real decks play, and it seemed pretty thoughtless as well, but then this wasn't exactly a high level tournament.
- Templating on Yu-Gi-Oh! cards sucks so hard. I'm a huge fan of legalistic precision of modern Magic templating. What I see here reminds me of alpha's "let's vaguely describe what it does" templating style. But then if Yu-Gi-Oh! is so much simpler than Magic, maybe that's enough.
- Madolche Chouxvalier
- Amores of Prophecy
- Damage Mage
- Chronomaly Mayan Machine
- Madolche Lesson
- Lucky Punch
- Chronomaly Pyramid Eye Tablet
- Generation Force
- Spellbook of Power