You might have noticed that there are many instances in Xenogears
where people challenge you to a really cool card game. The first
place where you will be formally challenged is in Thames, and
you'll get a rare item if you win. You'll also hear some real-time
game voice overs after each card set (like for example, Fei will
say "Is that all?" if he wins, and "..
tsk, it's not over yet" if he loses. The funniest is
Bart's --- whenever he loses, he'll say "Jerk!!").
where you can play:
1. In Thames' Beer Deck/Hall. Talk to the woman surrounded by
2. Thames still, go to the place where the salvaged items are
retrieved. Talk to the kid in one of the corners (he seems like
facing the wall).
3. Later in Disk 1, find Big Joe hitting on a woman on the Yggdrasil's
top deck (Yggdrasil's main exit).
4. In Disk 2, fallen Shevat, enter the doorway behind the main
hall's counter (doorway behind a counter where a woman is standing).
Find a room where you can find Hans, and then talk to his step
You and your opponent both get a deck of playing cards (52 in
set.) The cards are the same as any playing deck... with aces,
number and the royal cards (king, queen and jack). There are
For your connvenience, please
refer to the numbered image below.
The numbers correspond with the following details.
1. Opponent's "library"
(unplayed cards) shuffled face-down
2. Opponent's "hand" cards (cards currently in your
hand) facing up
3. The middle part is the playing field. It is divided into two,
the right and the left playing cards.
4. Your "hand" cards facing up
5. Your "library" shuffled face down
You and your opponent must
always have 4 cards in your hands. If
a card from your hand is played, you must pick a new card from
library to fill in the needed number of four.
The first person to
get rid of all the cards in his library (deck)
and hands wins.
the Game works
Ok, so you can't throw your
deck and yell "I win!". You have to do
it in a legal way: according to the rules. Here are the mechanics:
1. Both parties start off with
4 cards in their hands. The arbiter (middle guy) then calls the
start of the game, takes one card each from both player's library
and places it in the two card slots in the middle playing field.
These cards are now in "play".
2. Using these two cards as
your starting point, choose a card from your hand with a value
succeeding or preceeding the ones currently played. Place the
hand card you chose on the respective middle played card it followed
or preceeded. For example, if the middle cards are 2 and 5, and
you have a 6, 8, 3, 9 in your hand, then you play 3 and put it
on the middle card with the value "2". You can also
choose to play 6 instead, and place it over the middle card "5".
In such case you play a card from your hand, you must draw another
one from your library.
3. There are no halts or rests in between. Once the "start
game" is called, each player must successively empty his
hand using the method above, and there are no turns called. It's
basically free-for-all whenever the games starts, so it means
your opponent will aggressively play his cards even if you have
the correct cards to
play from your hands. This is a game of speed, take note.
4. Sometimes, both players
have no cards in their hands that well correspond to the current
middle played cards. This means that you and your opponent have
no cards to continue on the value chain... so this leads to a
deadlock. The arbiter (middle man) then calls the event "One-Two"
(he shouts the exact words), and then he picks up the topmost
card from each player's library and places it in the middle playing
slots. Both players then disregard the last played cards, and
starts the value chain again using the newly placed cards.
5. In the case of another deadlock
after the "One-Two" event, the
arbiter then calls for another "one-two" until somebody
finds a card in his hand to play.
6. In case there are no more
cards in both players' library and a "one-two" event
is called, then the arbiter will take the leftmost card from
each player's hand to be played in the middle field.
7. The first person to empty
his library and hand wins.
You must use the directional
buttons to make the character you are
using walk to the specific hand card you want to play. If you
to place the card you're currently stepping on on the right middle
playing slot, press the R button. If you so choose otherwise
(if you want to place your hand card on the left middle playing
slot), then press the L button.
Pressing the X button while
walking makes the character run. You can't quit the game unless
you reset the game (press L+R+start+select) or reset the whole
PSX system by pressing the reset button.
Game Tips and Strategy
Speed is essential, thus Citan
is your best bet. To get the best speed, try running (press the
X button while pressing the directional buttons). Also try to
stay in the middle when the game starts. This way, you
can easily run to any card.
Sometimes, running right and
left and pressing the L or R repeatitively will luckily put the
cards in play. Hey, call me a non-thinker, but I usually win
this way!! I run left and right, playing cards randomly as fast
as I could -- hey, it worked for me!