I made the suggestion a couple of months ago. However, I’m not into trading card games. Please don’t confuse the fact that I work anime and sci-fi and horror conventions also meaning I am into that stuff. It didn’t seem my idea was good then. I didn’t think it was good then either. But, people wanted to do fantasy battles and I piped in with the idea of making it like a trading card game. I was summarily ignored, which tells me my idea was really bad.
First, the trading cards as is are not going to be suitable for a game. It lacks information, which could be compiled and added, even if done as an after-market thing. However, now you have to carry around charts or stat pages and that can get a bit cumbersome. You can put these in a binder full of sheet protectors(yeah, let’s get nerdy on this!). These stats would be updated after major tournaments through a centralized database on a web site that can be downloaded as needed.
Second, after the above is done, since I don’t know anything about the trading card games, I’m assuming that it’s a straight up numbers game. I have no clue if dice are involved. I am sure rules can be adapted to accommodate.
Third, I think the relatively small community would lead to a shortage of players, not just featured, but also playing the trading card game. Plus, the lack of cards(38 player cards for 2011), it would make games go much shorter. Since we’re basing it on REAL people, we have to compile a LOT of stats regardless. This is why fantasy football and baseball(and basketball and hockey) work a lot better. Stats are compiled and are readily available. Cards can even be bought by the “year” and distributed among the group doing the fantasy leagues. And even if the stats aren’t on cards or if cards even exist, the stats are readily available.
For me, I have like 10 still sealed 3 packs of 2011 cards from my last 3 YYE orders, and 9 2010 cards. I just intend to get some card holders and make a binder that contains these cards, some holders that have CD’s and/or DVD’s in it, and maybe some sheet protectors that have my collection database printed out for reference, and any “documentation” I need handy. It would be mostly for show anyways. I just like to keep need and organized.