In my journey to archive a list of all the arcade cards in the world, I came across this rather interesting series called Sangokushi Taisen. Sangokushi Taisen is a game that references the Romance of Three Kingdoms, a 14th-century historic Chinese novel that is part history, part legend and perhaps even containing an element of fantasy.
As with most arcade games with a collective card element, you can scan your cards and use them in-game. Of course, the rarer cards you have, the stronger your in-game character is going to get.
Interestingly enough, in addition to the arcade game machine, Sega decided to develop a trading card game. Possibility to have some crossover and entice players to collect both editions of the cards. Judging from the number of series and editions of reprints, Sangokushi Taisen was quite a well-received game.
Unfortunately, there are only so many characters in the Romance of Three Kingdoms. In addition, there is an upper limit in the number of cards and iterations that Sega can come up with. When you have limits like these, it won’t be long before the audience gets bored and moves on to something else.
Since the original publisher, Sega, has removed all traces and images of this game, there is no resource online to share the beautiful artwork that these cards present. As such, I have decided to take up the mantle and showcase these stunning illustrations for the world to see.
Now, the problem with collecting a series that is not ongoing is a difficult one. Due to the significantly reduced demand for the game, you will not fetch a pretty penny for your cards. Even my local game store has thrown away most of their Sangokushi Taisen cards to use the precious real estate for something else. Like Pokemon.
Although I managed to pick up some cards on the cheap, finding the rest of them isn’t an easy task. Thankfully, my buddy over at Sanctuary Gaming managed to reach out to some of the old players who happened to donate these 2 boxes.
Trading card games are always about the community. And local game stores are an excellent avenue for the community to gather, trade and play these games. So please support your local game store whenever you can, and again special thanks to Sanctuary Gaming for this coordination. Meanwhile, I am still missing a ton of Sangokushi Taisen cards. If you think your cards need a new home both online and in the hands of a cardboard archivist, feel free to contact me!
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