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LoMCD: Deckbuilding and Sample Decks

June 13th, 2022 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Seikens

Over in the Legend of Mana Card Duel section of the site we have some new content going over the very basics of deckbuilding in the one and only Mana collectible card game. I hope to eventually add various sections discussing useful strategies, but for now this will have to do.

Head over to the Deckbuilding page to check it out.

In addition to that, I’ve also put together two sample decklists that people can play with:


Red Sample Deck

SalamanderJinnWisp

Blue Sample Deck

UndineGnomeAura

The first deck was detailed in Making of Mana, published by Famitsu Bros. on July 29, 1999 (ISBN4-7561-3148-4). It’s a very basic deck, but it gets the job done. The second deck is one I put together myself, and I tried to keep it as similar to the first deck as I could in terms of power level and card selection while branching out into three different elements.

I had a chance to play the tcg with a buddy of mine over the winter holiday. It was really fun! The two decks seem pretty evenly matched and there are a lot of fun interactions. We both ended up winning one game, but we’ll have to run a tiebreaker next time we meet up.

On the deck pages linked above you can find a lot of details about each deck, including strategies to consider if you end up trying to play on your own. Don’t forget, I’ve got all the cards scanned in and translated, and the entire Rulebook is available as well!


Just for fun, I made some late 90s style deck box covers for these two decks. If you ever played with Pokémon cards back in the day, these should jog some memories. The names of the decks “Firestorm” and “Floodwater” come from spells you can cast in Legend of Mana. I thought they seemed pretty fitting given the elements involved in each deck! The names even fit what the decks aim to do; the Red deck wants to wipe out everything their opponent controls while the Blue deck wants to flood the field with Monsters.

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Echoes of Mana – Countdown

April 24th, 2022 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Seikens





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Secret of Mana – Items and Equipment Scans

February 6th, 2022 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Secret of Mana, Seikens

In an update that is 13 years overdue (I scanned and cleaned these images in 2009), I have added all of the Secret of Mana Items and Equipment to the Gallery. These images are really great, and I love the amount of work that went into them for something you never see in game.

You can also head to the Items page or the Equipment page to check them out with context! It’s fun to see how the little sprites match up with the actual drawing.

It’s also fun(ny) to imagine the three heroes actually wearing some of these getups.

These images came from the official “Fundamental Knowledge Compilation” released by Square when the game came out. You can read about it and other guides over at the Secret of Mana: Redux Collectibles section.

Who knows, maybe in another 13 years I’ll finish cleaning up the Weapon scans.

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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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Dawn of Mana – Gallery Update

November 24th, 2021 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Dawn of Mana, Gallery Updates, Seikens

We’ve got some nice new images up in the Dawn of Mana Gallery!

You can check out new Character Art, Monster Art, and Scenery Art.

There are a lot of fun images in here, like Needlebirds sleeping by poking their beaks into the ground, weapons for a few of the main characters, and some beautiful images of landscapes.

I found all these images in a zip file on an old hard drive, I think they’re dated to around 2012 or so. I have no idea where they came from, but it seems they may have been ripped directly from the game.

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Merchandise Section Revival

October 22nd, 2021 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Merchandise, Seikens


The Merchandise section, which has been dead for close to a decade, has finally been restored!

You can currently read about:
Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana (1993), Seiken Densetsu 3 (1995), Children of Mana, Dawn of Mana, Heroes of Mana, and general World of Mana merchandise!
Wow! Aren’t you lucky?

Well, maybe just a little bit anyway. You see, the Merchandise section is kinda ugly and quite outdated. I have plans to add more content in the future and spruce the place up, but for now it’s better than nothing! A few details may be wrong or out-of-date here and there, but still, it’s good to have it back! I found the old merch section files on the FTP, and it seemed a shame to let it sit there unknown and alone! After all, I created 232 individual images of Mana merch to put the section together. I must have had a lot of time on my hands back in the day.
Ah, good times.

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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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Legend of Mana Card Duel – Artifact and Land Cards

August 5th, 2021 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Legend of Mana, Legend of Mana Card Duel, Seikens

In the first of six major updates coming to the Legend of Mana Card Duel section, we now have Artifact and Land Cards scanned and translated!

The translations are done by me, and for the flavor text of each card I’m just using the in-game Encyclopedia entries because they are close enough. I may go back in the future and change those up, however.
The page also includes some rudimentary rules and information up top, but there will be a much more fleshed out Rulebook page in the future.

Stay tuned, as in the future I’ll get sections for the rest of the cards added along with those rules!

Special thanks to Deques, for working hard on getting the CSS for the translation info set up how I wanted and putting up with my tiny nitpicks!

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