This past weekend, a couple friends and I had a small kickback. Basically an ode to the time when we all used to play TCGs heavily.
Two to three years ago, we started playing a trading card game called Weiss Schwarz. It was mainly of Japanese origin, you had to use translation sheets to figure the cards out. To me, it was like Super Smash Bros (or any crossover video game), since the whole point was to take your favorite anime or video game characters and duke it out with your friends’ favorite characters. Bushiroad, the company that created the game, has been slowly localizing the card sets to the states; this eliminated the need to translate the cards on your own. However, if you wanted access to all of the cards, or be eligible for most of the regional placement tournaments, Japanese was the way to go. Some examples of the sets include: Sword Art Online, Kill la Kill, Idolmaster, Love Live, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
It was pretty fun back when our whole group played. We created an online chat where we would talk about strategies, organize meet ups, and research where to buy our supplies. We would spend hours play testing and theory crafting, then bring our skills to local and regional tournaments in the area. We would have small road trips to play at distant card shops. We even made our own YouTube channel and uploaded content devoted to the card game.
Since then, most of the group has stopped going to tournaments. Some players have splintered off onto other TCGs, others quitting or playing much more rarely. I myself sold most of my cards due to a bunch of reasons, two of which were: I was no longer able to travel long distances for tournaments, and I couldn’t justify the financial burden of owning so many cards.
But damn was it a great time.
One of my favorite decks (sadly it was never too consistent, and is basically obsolete at this point in the meta), is pictured below. It was from Suisei no Gargantia. I gave the deck to one of my friends as a gift, but he still lets me use it from time to time.
Have any of you ever played trading card games? How was it for you?
That’s all for now. Till next time!