Games foster creativity, but the absence of games also prompt creativity as well. Once upon a time, Reddit user “one23abc” and his brother couldn’t afford to feed their Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh habit. Where other kids might save up to buy a pack or simply mooch off friends’ collections, these two opted for a more clever fix. They created their own game with pens, markers, and a whole lot of paper.
After spending ten years tucked away in a box, this ultra-rare set of Creature Cards has finally been unearthed. Hundreds of individual cards, each devoted to an exotic beast or an off-beat hero.
Look closer at some individual cards below. The brothers lavished detail into every single one. Each card sports battle stats, unique special effects, two primary attacks (with clearly measured MP), and even some character factoids. There’s an Ax Cop-style whimsy to the creatures’ design. Classic beasts like Bullengore the Minotaur compete against Biotoxic Viruses and Dyson Fafita, a double for the Simpsons‘ Troy McClure (?) who runs on vacuum power. Even the special attacks are delightfully random. Look at Peija the Tree Monster’s “Violent Vowels,” which punish opponents for the very spelling of their names.
It’s hard not to grin when looking at these cards. I didn’t create a game at age ten, but I did make plenty of my own comics when I got bored re-reading my collection. They were in a marker/pen style much like these (and highly derivative of X-Men, natch). Few things inspire like seeing creativity at its earliest stages, and one23abc obviously had a prodigious talent for game design. He and his bro ought to link up with the guy who forged his own dice, tighten some play rules, and update this game for a proper release. After ten years, the rest of the world should finally be ready to handle Creature Cards.
If Creature Cards got spruced up, would you play it? Or is it fine, as is? Did you ever make up your own games as a kid? Deal out all your memories/feelings below.
Photo Credits: one23abc