State of Pokemon
February 23, 2001
I have been playing Pokemon for two years now. My (then 9 year old
daughter) got me started into it. I have always liked games but was not
big card game fan and never played a TCG game before this. Snxx Snxx.
OK OK I will move on. What I wanted to say is that a friend of
has taught me to play Magic recently since I asked him to for the sole
reason that I constantly heard these comparisons between the two. And I
honestly thought that Magic was going to be more complex, more
strategic,more... just more. I knew going in that I would not be taking
up because I could not invest the funds and time as I have playing
Still, there was the interest.
As we have been playing for the past 3 weeks I found that I prefer
the strategy in Pokemon more. I find less strategy in Magic and a lot
luck. You basically have to play the hand given you and have no option
improving it. There are only certain things you can do with the cards
you. And in the cards I am familiar with there is little card drawing.
card drawing may influence the game but it does not allow you to
and start a new attack.
I have been fortunate to win 2 out of every 3 games played and I do
not know if it is because my 'black' deck matches up favorably with his
'red' deck or if I am just luckier with the cards I get but I KNOW it is
because I am a better player. That just feeds my prejudice that more
"chance" is involved and less skill. (A feeling that I never
got when I
first started playing Pokemon and was getting my brains beat in by
between the ages of 6-60). We just finished a L O N G
game where I beat
him most accurately stated by using all "trainers" and no
"pokemon". It is
impossible to play a game of pokemon so decidedly unbalanced and win but
'Enfeeblement' and 'Life Drain" and ' Lava Axe' allowed me to
polish him off
and not put but 1 ineffectual creature into play. That was not a veddy
interesting way to win.
I think the fact that there are shaman, zombies,g iant spiders and
the like make the game more appealing to a teen crowd (as opposed to an
of 'puffs, 'fairys and pikachus) but I think not enough credit is
the skill level and strategy involved in a game of Pokemon.
Thank you for your letting me have my say. I welcome all
intelligent, constructive criticism and opinion. Late gator