Kids Couldn't Afford Pokémon Cards, So They Made These

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Never underestimate the resourcefulness and creativity of kids. On Reddit, user ‘one23abc’ shared photos of a card game he and his brother created over a decade ago.

“When I was little, my brother and I loved card games like Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh, but we were too poor to buy them,” the user wrote. “So we made our own card game.”

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According to the photos, the kids went all out, creating a large number of cards and sparing no detail. Each card was fashioned after the popular Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh cards, featuring the names of imaginary creatures and their strengths.

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Characters included Cheese Boi, Bullengore the Minotaur and Dyson (named after the vacuum).

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The game’s rules were also just as intricate as you’d expect. According to the Redditor, there are three types of cards: creature, evolution and item.

“At the start of the game you start with three creatures, one evolution and one item. Play is divided into player turns. You can think of each turn as having five phases: draw, item, summon, attack (or evolve), then end. Most items can only be played during the ‘item’ phase. However some items can be played on your opponents turn under certain conditions (think of them as ‘trap’ cards from Yu-Gi-Oh).

“If you do not have enough MP to attack, you have to ‘struggle’ (roll a die). 1 or 6 = 20 damage 2 or 5 = 10 damage 3 = 10 damage to yourself 4 = reroll,” the user continued. The list of rules goes on, but you can find the full explanation here.

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The Redditor estimates that he was about 10 years old when he made the cards with his then-12-year-old brother. “Half the fun was in making the cards and colouring them,” he explained.

Since being posted on Tuesday, the Reddit thread has garnered a lot of attention from users in awe of the childhood creation. In the comments, one user applauded the kids, saying: “As children you probably thought you had an inferior version, but this is priceless. What a memento of your youth and creativity.”

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