Yu-Gi-Oh: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the Card Game
If you are a parent that feels left out when your child plays Yu-Gi-Oh then read this. If you are a person that wants to get into playing the game but want to know a few particulars this is great for you as well.
First let me clear up a few misnomers so to speak, for there are things that people believe that are untrue. This game is in no way shape or form evil. It does however use terms such as "summon" and "magic" but these are just ways to express the particular nature of the game itself. But it is just a game and no one gets hurt or any other silliness you may have heard. About the game: As you may have noticed the game is a two-player game. In order to win you reduce the opponents "Life Points" to zero. Each player starts out with 8000 and they use a specially made deck to reach the intended goal.
The Cards: When a player makes a deck it usually comprises of three different types. These cards are Monsters, Magic (Spell) and Traps. Monsters are used to attack the opponent or rather his life points. Some monsters have effects; these are abilities the card has in order to change how the game is played in some way. Spell and Trap cards do this in a more drastic way but most do not affect player's life points and others are made to do just that.
Value of Cards: Yu-Gi-Oh has a very unique way of showing value and rarity to cards. Cards are generally valued at a high price because of the rareness or playability of the card itself. There are three normal states of rare cards and they can be easily identifiable in their own special way.
1) Rare: This is the lowest level of rarity. You can identify the card by its name. The name of the card will by highlighted in silver. The rest of the card will appear as normal.
2) Super Rare: This is the next level of rarity can be identified by the picture. The Picture will appear holo-foil. It will be bright and shiny.
3) Ultra Rare: These cards appear shiny all over. Its card name will appear in gold not silver.
There are a few other forms of rare cards but those three are the most common. If you find an odd looking card it may just be one of these extra special cards, Secret Rare and Special Promotional cards.
Counterfeit Cards: Yu-Gi-Oh is so popular that people will counterfeit cards to make a buck. Some are easy to detect others are harder. The more you play the game the easier it will be to spot the fakes. But if you have any Yu-Gi-Oh cards that look strangely different from others it is most likely a fake. If you are unsure find an expert or someone that may have knowledge of this.
Playing Yu-Gi-Oh is fairly simple but it can get complex the better you get. There are tons of strategies that can be used and most are pretty fun. Playing the game of Yu-Gi-Oh requires simple math skills so it is a good way to keep sharp. Buy a started deck for yourself and read through the rulebook. Play a few games with your child or friends just to get the hang of things. You can also find places that host Yu-Gi-Oh Tournaments. This will increase your understanding of the game. Have fun and keep playing.