[DWJ] witches in fiction, and exploiting children (was

Roger Burton West roger at firedrake.org
Mon Jun 19 04:56:30 EDT 2006

On Mon, Jun 19, 2006 at 09:40:42AM +0100, Belben, Philip (Energy Wholesale) wrote:

>I must admit that I don't know the specific game being cited here, but I
>agree with Minnow about trading-card games in general.  Even without the
>random-pack scam, they are bad.  The idea seems to be that you buy cards
>with real money; and you play games with the cards, in which the cards
>change ownership.  Kids gaming with real money, by the back door!  And
>as Minnow says, the odds are slanted in favour of those who spend more,
>which would be big-time illegal in a real casino.

The changing-hands of cards is not essential - when I briefly played
(with donated cards), we didn't use it - but it _is_ listed as part of
the rules. The primary problem, as Minnow points out, is that anyone
below a particular level of disposable income (enough to select all the
cards one wants) is essentially uncompetitive with anyone above it. The
continuing run of "special expansions", each of which contains new more
powerful cards so that anyone without them is uncompetitive with anyone
who's bought them, only exacerbated this.

(As a role-player I deplore the things because lots of role-players
started buying them and could no longer afford to buy role-playing
games, thus putting a number of companies out of business - and they'd
been producing things that interested me. When everyone and his dog
produced a game on the back of Magic, and the bottom fell out of the
market, that took down even _more_ companies.)

>I failed to see what the fuss was about.  If they'd been fussing because
>trading-card games seem to be designed with the sole purpose of
>enslaving children to money, I would have been far more sympathetic with
>the adults.
>As I see it, the Christians are fussing over meaningless "fiends",
>totally missing the real evil, and Satan (or whatever you call the Evil
>One) is laughing all the way to the bank.

As with any organisation, it's the loonies who are noticeable.


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