Meet the Yu-Gi-Oh! Moms

Reading Feature Matches or articles revolving around decks all day can become a little tiresome at some point. I decided to try something new and took a short walk around the venue. I came across Eveline Scharloo and Magit Cordes, two of the mothers that were accompanying (and driving) their (or in Mrs. Cordes’ case: Their sister’s) kids to the event venue who are all participating in the Dragon Duel event for junior players. You have probably never read an interview like this before…

Mrs. Cordes explained that it is quite an overwhelming experience for them. While they expected quite a large number of Duelists showing up (their kids are rather well-informed and knew about the fansites that featured lots of information about these kind of events), but 1300 participants beat all their expectations. For a non-player, it can be extremely confusing to enter a venue and have next to no idea what’s happening, so the mothers suggested a “information booth” – not specifically for parents, but for players who don’t know too much about these events as well.

 

And you thought 'Hockey Moms' were tough...
And you thought 'Hockey Moms' were tough...

 

A mother has a unique perspective about an event like the YCS. Proof to that statement has been the second thing Mrs. Cordes remarked; the lack of toilet paper in the men’s rooms. I have to admit that this would have probably been the last thing that would have been brought up to my attention if I wouldn’t have asked them about their opinions.

While it’s “not Mrs. Scharloos’s world”, she’s still amazed by some aspects of the game. “The kids have to talk to each other and I prefer that over them sitting in front of the computer all day.” It’s a little confusing if they’re complaining about the “Graveyard” of their opponent; just try to imagine what it sounds like to somebody who’s never played Yu-Gi-Oh! if you tell him: “I will send your Mystic Tomato to the Graveyard!” – the first thought that came to some parents’ minds were: “I don’t see no Tomatoes… and there isn’t even a garden near, so what are they talking about?”

One thing Mrs. Scharloo found quite impressive was the fact that her son’s collection is ordered in a very neat way. “Usually, he’s not that tidy and I have to take care of that.” It seemed like I hit a nerve when I was asking about the way her son’s financing his collection. “Usually, he’s approaching his father and asking him to look for the cards on the internet. After we ordered 3 cards, he can come up with 3 more and 3 more after that and so on. At some point, he has to use his own pocket money. However, at some point he’s always done and has his ‘deck’ together, so it’s not a never-ending process.”

I pointed out that the kids learn how to work with money and how to trade some of their goods with those of their friends. Both parents quickly agreed and said that they like the fact that the kids learn in a very practical matter how to use their money. “It’s a lot better than them spending it on alcohol and cigarettes”, Mrs. Cordes remarked.

Both mothers got something out of the day other than making their kids happy: A new friendship. A lot of players are attending Yu-Gi-Oh! events to make new friends, but I don’t think that this is something that the parents had in mind when they made their way here. However – if you’re a parent – while your kids are playing against other Duelists, you have a great opportunity to find other parents in a similar situation and have a pleasant conversation.

To sum it all up: In some ways, Yu-Gi-Oh! can “prepare you for life” and this is one of the facts that parents really like about the game. It can be rather confusing if you’ve never been at a bigger tournament, but you would be surprised how much you can get out of your visit.

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