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Matthew Low on Score's Dragon Ball TCG

Dear Matthew

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: tyler whitehead
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2005 21:01:12 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Matthew
I'm a player of the DBZ CCG and DBGT TCG and would like to thank you for your contributions to the small groups that still exist.

>> You're very welcome. I try, but lately time has been scare along with lack of motivation to do so. The problems don't only stem from the lack of premier events and people to play though, so don't worry on that. Life/college can be complicated as I assume you well know.

Recently, at my local
card shop, people restarted DBZ. This may be due to the fact that the store owner lowered the prices to a 1$-1.50$ a pack and 30$ a box, but it could do with the fact that we loved the game and missed it, and now that GT is out of the way, ( we were never really big fans of it, I mean a common that does 17 life cards?
Don't think so).

>> On the internet and at conventions, you can find boxes for like $12-$15ish, sometimes even cheaper and sometimes just a tad more expensive. No joke. It’s sad thinking about it that way because it means the value of my cards have gone down. I was one of those people who bought 2-3 boxes and expansion, so I obviously have way too many cards I don’t need.
The demand for old sets is really low, with most people only needed select cards for decks in spread out expansions. A lot of the power cards in DBZ are either Ultra Rares or promos/subsets, and those are either hard to pull in packs or not attainable in them. In those situations, Ebay or just buying from another fellow gamer is the solution used.
Personally I have something like 5 decks, but I honestly could care less about my other ones, competition wise. I’ll keep them around for nostalgic value, but only my main deck, LowAlly.dec, really gets updated as time goes by. I don’t really put work into my other ones. Reason is that I only get to play DBZ/GT 6 times or so a year, and if that’s the case, I’m going with my best deck, not one that is for fun value with no competitive value.
I love the game, of course. It will be hard to make a card game that could replace it in my heart. Key there is card game. It’s a game, and as you can tell with the prices dropping, the game is fading fast. So don’t take it too seriously.
GT was great, but it lacked in some things. The big energy attacks doing 17… who really cares? I’d honestly take Orange Stare Down over Orange Proximity Blasts. It’s not about the big damage; it’s about the secondary effects. You know that right? However, complementing big attacks with infinite endurance attempted to level the playing field but I honestly don’t think it did. Focused explained that.
Though you can’t play DBZ without GT anyway. You really can’t. Everything is about Expanded now.

We also got back into because the "
good players " who all lived with their parents, were in their mid 20's and spent their entire pay checks on DBZ and GT. They would buy box after box gathering all they needed for decks some one else came up with the idea for .

>> Not really following here. So the older gamers spent tons of money on
>> more cards they already had? Before, I’d buy boxes to get a sampling
>> of the pool, and have trade as well. Nowadays, I only need like 5 or
>> so cards from a set, sometimes much less. I don’t need to buy boxes
>> when I have everything I need. I’d be able to help my friends before,
>> but with no local environment, I’m basically on my own except for the
>> internet. <<

We have decided to have tournaments,
unfortunatly for us deck-zone has shut down, and with it all the errats for the cards in expanded, and the sub-sets. I was hoping that you knew of a site where I could find info on the cards from the past Z sets.

>> Deck-Zone was awesome, and I’m still sad that it is gone. I used it for research for Pojo frequently. What I do now is just use the old dbzcardgame.com. Seriously. It’s a poor substitute, but it has a good selection of the cards (with no pictures…). I wish it had everything, but that’s not true. I rely a whole lot on my memory and my personal collection… I still have my sets of Z in 3 ring binders in my closet here in my dorm apartment at college. When I need an idea, I will sometimes pull out the binders and look up things. They’re organized for quick reference.
You’ll still find the errata on dbzcardgame.com, so print it out and memorize… well, the key cards that everyone uses. You can always go to other websites like dragonballtoptier.com to get ideas from other pro players. But as for a database… I dunno. Deck-Zone was awesome, and I honestly believe that it would be close to impossible to reconstruct it with every single DBZ/DBGT card ever released. Simply because of the promos that came out that no one remembers, and the amount of cards there are.
I’ve wanted to reconstruct it, but without every single card picture out there, a better knowledge of how to program that big of a database (I’m a computer science major in college, but that’s beyond my scope), and a whole lot of time, it will basically be null and void. It’s a whole lot easier if you start at the beginning, as in with set 1 and build from there, so you don’t have something like 10,000 cards to add -_-.

Thanks for any info in advance

Tyler Whitehead

>> Sorry I’m not of much help. But remember, above all… this is a card
>> game. Games are meant to be fun. Have fun with the coming months of
>> DBZ/DBGT randomness until Re-Z hits us like… I was going to say a ton
>> of bricks but I think Earth’s Spirit Bomb sounds better. <<

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