Seikens

Trials of Mana - Triangle Story Card Games

In 1995 before Seiken Densetsu was released in Japan a special guide entitled “Seiken Densetsu 3: Prologue” was released. The guide came packaged with a sheet of stickers and a white folder filled with twenty four cards. The guide itself was an introduction to the game’s story, characters, and gameplay. The first twenty two cards are meant for play and the other two contain instructions. In addition to these cards, two holofoil cards were included in a Seiken Densetsu 3 guidebook printed later. There are two different games that can be played, described on the Instructions cards: Triangle Bout and Triangle Connection.

The Cards

  • Instruction Cards
    • 1. Sticker Instructions
    • 2. Game Instructions
  • Character Cards
    • 1. Duran
    • 2. Angela
    • 3. Hawkeye
    • 4. Riesz
    • 5. Kevin
    • 6. Charlotte
  • Event Cards
    • 7. Duran
    • 8. Angela
    • 9. Hawkeye
    • 10. Riesz
    • 11. Kevin
    • 12. Charlotte
  • Motif Cards
    • 13. Grassy Kingdom Forsena
    • 14. Magic Kingdom Altena
    • 15. Sandy Fortress Navarre
    • 16. Windy Kingdom Rolante
    • 17. Beast Kingdom
    • 18. The Holy City Wendel
  • Special Cards
    • 19. Flammie
    • 20. Boosekaboo
  • Illustration Cards
    • 21. World Map
    • 22. Image
  • Additional Cards
    • 23. Flammie (Foil)
    • 24. Fairy and Elementals (Foil)

Game One – Triangle Bout

This card game is very similar to that of the game War. It should be played by an even number of players with cards divided evenly among them into individual decks. Each turn consists of both players revealing the top card in their deck. Cards are compared to one another based on the rules described below and whoever has the winning card collects everything and adds them to the bottom of their deck. In the case of a tie, both players leave the previously played cards in the middle, set down one additional card as a sacrifice, and play the next card on top of their deck. This process is repeated until someone wins.

The game is won when one player controls all of the cards.



Character Group Cards

The Character Group cards all defeat each other in a certain order:

Duran and Angela defeat Kevin and Charolette, Kevin and Charolette defeat Hawkeye and Riesz, and Hawkeye and Riesz defeat Duran and Angela.

Female group cards can be defeated by Flammie and male group cards can be defeated by Boosekaboo.


Motifs

Motif cards are the only cards capable of defeating Illustration cards. Against any other cards they are treated as Character Group cards.


Flammie

Female Character Group cards can be defeated by Flammie. Any other cards except Boosekaboo will defeat Flammie.


Boosekaboo

Male Character Group cards can be defeated by Boosekaboo. Any other cards except Flammie will defeat Boosekaboo.


Illustrations

The Illustration cards defeat any cards besides Motif cards.


Additional Cards

The two special holofoil cards can defeat any other card.

Game Two – Triangle Connection

The gameplay of this card game is very similar to Crazy Eights or Uno. Two to five people can play. The deck is shuffled and everyone is dealt four cards. The remaining cards are placed in the middle of everyone and the top card is set aside into a new pile, face up. Play order can be decided any which way you please. Depending on the face up card in the new pile, the active player must place down one of his or her cards into the pile based on the rules described below.

If a player has no legal card to play they must draw a card from the deck and pass their turn. If there are no cards left in the deck they must pass their turn. The first player to empty their hand is the winner.


Characters

If the top card is a Character card another Character card or an Event or Motif card of the same color / character group may be played.


Events

If the top card is an Event card another Event card or a Character or Motif cardof the same color / character group may be played.


Motifs

If the top card is a Motif card another Motif card or a Character or Event card of the same color / character group may be played.


Flammie

The Flammie card may only be played after a female character card or a card related to a female character is played. After Flammie any card besides Boosekaboo or an Illustration card may be played.


Boosekaboo

The Boosekaboo card may only be played after a male character card or a card related to a male character is played. After Boosekaboo any card besides Flammie or an Illustration card may be played.


Illustrations

Illustration cards may be played after any card except Flammie or Boosekaboo. After Ilustration cards any card besides Flammie or Boosekaboo may be played.


Additional Cards

The two special holofoil cards may be used in any situation and have any card played after them.