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Legend of Mana Card Duel – Starter Deck Opening Video Two (Filmed in 2011)

August 6th, 2022 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Legend of Mana Card Duel, Videos

In this video, filmed in 2011, I continued my efforts to complete my Legend of Mana Card Duel collection by opening up another Starter Deck. Make sure to watch the previous video if you have not yet for an introduction to the game’s cards. I had some misconceptions about the number of commons, uncommons, rares, and holofoils back when I was trying to complete my collection. I have only found three Japanese sites that actually detail the game, and two of them are only card lists! The list I had found at the point of filming this video had some serious errors, leading me to make the wrong assumptions in some of these videos.


Again, you can read details about the card game, including the translated rule book and fully translated cards, here.

A special thanks to Sevon (Twitter, pixiv) for the awesome “Card Master Sheexy” art included in the video!

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Legend of Mana Card Duel – Introduction and Starter Deck Opening (Filmed in 2011)

July 30th, 2022 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Legend of Mana Card Duel, Videos

Over a decade later, I finally edited and cleaned up some videos I recorded for the site. In this video I give an overview of the types of cards in the Legend of Mana Card Duel trading card game, talk briefly about Boosters and Starter Decks, open a Starter Deck, and finally sort through my collection at the time. This was the third Starter Deck I ever opened, the first two being opened in 2004 and likely 2006. This video was originally filmed in 2011, along with a handful of others where I open more Starter Decks.


You can read details about the card game, including the translated rule book and fully translated cards, here.
Of specific interest to this video is the page where I detail the Starter Decks for the game, here.
On the Opened Starter Decks page you can look at the details for all of the Starter Decks I have opened, here. This video goes over the Third Starter Deck specifically.

A special thanks to Sevon (Twitter, pixiv) for the awesome “Card Master Sheexy” art included in the video!
There is even a specially designed card that Sevon made, check it out below.

Card Master Sheexy
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LoMCD: Starter Deck Functionality

July 1st, 2022 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Legend of Mana Card Duel

Perhaps the most esoteric page to ever grace this website, Starter Deck Functionality takes a look at how playable eleven of the Legend of Mana Card Duel starter decks I’ve opened up actually are.

I thought it might be interesting to look at what an introduction to the card game would look like from these starter decks that function as very large and poorly randomized boosters. As it turns out, it would not have been very fun.

Maybe someday in the future I’ll put some of these decks back together and give them a whirl.

If you’ve got a penchant for the pedantic, check it out.

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Legend of Mana Card Duel – Collection Complete

April 14th, 2022 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Legend of Mana Card Duel, Merchandise

I have finally done it!
I have one of every piece of merchandise related to Legend of Mana Card Duel.

Just look at that beautiful collection right there. At least one of all 150 cards and the mysterious turn order card; I still do not know its origin. I have sealed booster packs, sealed starter decks, a plastic wrapped booster box, and I finally got my hands on a box of starter decks. As far as I can tell, the starter boxes were never plastic wrapped but all 12 starters inside are. If there are any other Legend of Mana Card Duel items out there in the world I’ve never seen nor heard of them, so I am calling this 100% complete.

It has been a long time coming. I first bought some of the cards back in 2004, completed my collection of individual cards in 2015 (you can read about that journey here), and finally in 2022 my collection is at a point that I am very satisfied with it.
18 years after I learned about the card game, it’s finally done. Children have become adults in that time (not me apparently).
23 years after the card game’s release, it’s finally done.

Well… I still do want a few more copies of cards like Rosiotti… send me an e-mail if you’re selling.

You can head to the Gallery or to the Starter Deck and Booster Pack pages to check out images of them.

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LoM Card Duel Advertisement

March 30th, 2022 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Legend of Mana Card Duel

Just a neat little thing to show off here. It’s an advertisement found at the end of the September 1999 issue of “Game Gather” a Japanese magazine focused on Magic the Gathering and other card games. The issue is for September, but it would have come out on shelves a month or two before.

The red text on the right side of the ad is noteworthy, as it essentially translates to “Square’s First Entry into Trading Cards,” which I had not really thought about. So yeah, it turns out the first trading card game Square ever released was for the Seiken Densetsu series. Very cool. Now, I’m only talking about the Square side of things here, as Enix launched a Dragon Quest Monsters TCG in April 1999, predating this by a handful of months.

Here is the ad:

Isn’t that fun? I honestly never thought I would get to see something like this, considering how few people know about this game.

This ad is specific to this magazine, as far as I can tell, as it appears on the inside of the back cover using the magazine’s fonts and visuals. Whether the game was advertised anywhere else we may never know, unless I start buying random Japanese magazines from around that time. This issue also has a two-page spread about the TCG that I will post about sometime in the future when I get more time to look at it.

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LoMCD – Rule Book Translation

December 1st, 2021 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Legend of Mana Card Duel, Seikens

I finally got around to finishing my translation of the Rule Book to the LoM TCG.

With full rules, scans, and translations this game is finally fully posted online. There is actually a Japanese site out there with its own rules write-up (text only), but besides two other card listing pages (neither have images, one even gets details wrong) those are the only sites out there about this game besides here.

I tried to document everything I can about this game, so it finally has something comprehensive online about it.

I plan to put together some more pages on the site in the future, including strategy discussion and translation of other materials related to the card game (passages from a book, a few comics).

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Legend of Mana Card Duel – Item Cards

September 8th, 2021 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Legend of Mana Card Duel

EDIT: Special thanks to Sevon for helping me get the Item names in line with forged weapons in the game. Check out Sevon’s nifty Legend of Mana pages (which helped me a lot in this process), as well as the intensely immense SaGa pages!

The Legend of Mana Card Duel section now has all of the Item Cards, which means that all 150 cards in the set have been uploaded and translated!

Yeehaw!

Items are equipped by Characters in battle to help them square up against Monsters. There is one card for each weapon type, and two of each four instruments resulting in one for each of the eight Elements. As mentioned with the Character cards, there are some limitations as to who can equip what. The abilities offered by Items are all based on Special Techniques and Magic Spells, so that’s pretty neat. I used a mix of PSX and Remaster translations for these, based on what I felt was best.

The 2H Sword and Fire Flute were both “Dragon” weapons, which doesn’t give much hint in Japanese as to their actual material (Scales or Skin) so I just assigned one to each.

All that is really left for the Card Duel section is the Rulebook translation, but I’ve actually got a number of other updates in mind for it. The Rulebook and other content will take a bit of time, but look out for them in the future!

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Legend of Mana Card Duel – Character Cards

August 29th, 2021 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Legend of Mana Card Duel, Seikens
Legend of Mana Card Duel Character card back.
Card backing for Character cards.

Inching towards the final big updates to the Legend of Mana Card Duel section, you can now check out the Character Cards!

In the game you have a special deck just for Character cards, so they all have a different backing than the cards in your main deck. You must put 8 Characters into the deck, and you are not allowed any duplicates.

At the start of the game you draw 3 Characters to make a party, and at the beginning of your turn if you have less than 3 Characters in play you replace them from the Character deck. When all 8 are disposed of, you lose the game!

Characters do battle with Monsters, and you use them to keep your Lands clear so you can complete Land Make and win the game.

There are some really interesting choices for “playable” Characters in the card game, so make sure you check them all out! These are the last of the cards with NPCs or Monsters on them. If your favorite NPC or Monster didn’t make the cut here, you’ll just have to wait until Square-Enix decides to make another set… 22 years after the fact.

Only 19 cards left, and they’re all equipment that these Character cards can use. Look forward to it soon!

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Legend of Mana Card Duel – Support Cards

August 22nd, 2021 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Legend of Mana Card Duel, Seikens

For the third of six big updates to the Legend of Mana Card Duel section, we’ve got the Support Cards!

These are essentially spell cards from other card games, and each one has an NPC from Legend of Mana featured on it. Unlike the Artifact/Land Cards or the Monster Cards, which just use the names directly from the games, the Support Cards have some neat flavor to them with titles such as “Sage Tote’s Mediation”, “Professor Mephianse’s Dangerous Experiment”, “Florina’s Teardrop Crystal”, and my personal favorite “Useless Putty”.

You will notice, once again, some faces you might expect to see represented among NPC characters seem to be missing here. They’ll show up as Character cards in the next update!

To represent the “attribute condition” of each card, I made little images using sprites from in-game. I think it came out nice.

 

 

 

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Legend of Mana Card Duel – Monster Cards

August 17th, 2021 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Legend of Mana Card Duel, Seikens

Here comes the second of six big updates to the Legend of Mana Card Duel section. It’s Monster Cards!

It is quite interesting to see which monsters were chosen, and for which element as well.

I’ve got a brief rundown of the rules for Monster cards on the page, and I’m still working on getting the full rulebook done as well (that’s likely the final of the LoM Card Duel updates). The images I use (such as the one below) to show the parts of cards are actually my updated and translated version of the images from the rulebook.

You’ll also notice that our little buddy the Rabite does not make an appearance on this page. Quite the oversight? Actually, no! Rabites have been promoted to full Character status for this game, so you’ll get to see one when I post all the Character cards. 

 

 

 

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