Way back in the days of yore1, my at-the-time boyfriend was an avid player of the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game. He was obsessed with it (very in-your-face) to the point that, for me, it was a little off-putting. Because of that fact I refused to play, buy him cards, or even just watch him while he dueled. It also put me at odds with his mother who I suspect bought booster packs and gave them to him in front of me2 just to get under my skin. Of course it put us at odds for a while, and I developed an intense hatred for the game and all things Yu-Gi-Oh! (yes, including the show).
Thankfully (for me), there was a lack of dueling partners for my ex and he soon stopped playing the game. Shortly after I got him hooked on Magic the Gathering, which is a game that I had been playing since middle school, and we played that all through college.
But this isn’t a post about Magic…it’s a post about Yu-Gi-Oh!
Fast forward to two months ago. I haven’t been with my ex in almost two years, haven’t thought about Yu-Gi-Oh or any other card game for that matter in just about as long, and I meet my now-boyfriend, Seto. Not only does he play Yu-Gi-Oh!, he’s actually really good at it and is even an admin on Dueling Network3. At first I go with my old reaction: Yu-Gi-Oh!? Eew! But the more he talks about it4, the more intrigued I get. And so I start poking around on my own, seeing if I can figure the game out.
Of course, I can’t keep my big mouth shut, and end up telling Seto that I’m looking into the game. So he takes it upon himself to teach me. It’s slow and (probably) painful (for him) at first, but I start to get it. I tried putting together my own deck, and then let him see it and make suggestions as to what should be swapped out. I ended up going with Fairies and Fiends, which is the TCG5 equivalent to OCG6 Angels & Demons so that I could pay homage to my old Magic deck which was all angels.
And so I start trying to learn to actually duel. I bounce back and forth between Seto and our friend Az, both of them teaching me things along the way. Along the way I also manage to duel (and subsequently crush) my ex. It’s always a learning process though.
However today was the first day I decided to host my own duel in hopes of getting someone that I didn’t know to duel me. The first duel I get into ends prematurely after the kid, who I can only assume must have been about 12, calls me butt hurt when I call him on an illegal move and quits the duel. But finally I got someone in who was willing to stick it out and I’m happy to say that I won!
Insert happy face!
- AKA high school ↩
- All while including a smirk in my direction ↩
- A site that lets you play online for free ↩
- And yet never in an overly-obsessed or in-your-face way ↩
- American version of YGO ↩
- Japanese version of YGO ↩
- Because honestly, would I ever really volunteer myself to be filmed while playing that horror show? HELL NO! ↩