Parents & Opinions: Andreas from Kassel

23.09.2018 | 11:45 |
At the parental area we spotted Andreas from Germany. He drove all the way from Kassel, Germany with three of his children to play at the 200th YCS. We were curious to find out what made him come here, how he feels about his children playing Yu-Gi-Oh!.




Hi Andreas, what made you come to Utrecht?
We are from Kassel and attended the WCQ in Berlin. It was our first big event and we had lots of fun there. The kids wanted to come here again, because we enjoyed our time there so much. They are having great fun and I’m happy to spend time with my kids, as long as they still want to. The Game Mat and all the other merchandise was a big incentive for us to come here. My son saw the Game Mat on the internet and was craving to get one. Other than that, my children are always looking for new opponents to test their skills. The children at school are no challenge for them anymore.


How do feel about your children playing Yu-Gi-Oh!?
I’m very proud and very happy that they found a hobby outside of playing video games. They get in touch with other children and don’t spend their time in the house. Furthermore, they have to learn how to use formal language and logic loops. All the cards have effects and something happens when you activate it. As soon as they understand the effects, they try and find out different combos and work on their own Decks. I feel like that is very important for them.


How do support your kids?
First of all, we spend a lot of time together playing the game. That is very valuable family time to me. A few months back, I started to organize Yu-Gi-Oh! events at our local youth club. I want to draw more children to the card game. We head to locals every now and then, to get them to play against grown-ups. In order to prepare for bigger events like his, we go to Kassel to a local store. Of course I help them to get the cards for their Decks, since some of them are quite expensive. My son Paul won Dark Magician and Blue-Eyes White Dragon promo cards at an event! We traded those away to get new cards for their Decks. I feel like it is hard to get into the game for the younger players. It’s hard to get the right cards to start.


Have you ever tried to play Yu-Gi-Oh! yourself?
Our children taught us how to play. They got in touch with the game at school and at a rainy holiday they taught us. I even entered the Main Event! I’m not that good, but I had great fun. In fact I had a few very close games, that could have gone the other way round if I was a little bit luckier. Overall, I learned a lot, laughed a lot and had a good time!


Impression from the event?
What I noticed is the sheer number of young guys being hyped for the event and keen to win. I wished there were more children to play at the Dragon Duel. There were far more players in Berlin. I also think that it is hard to get into the game, especially for younger players. The last Structure Decks ware rather weak and no help for beginners. So, I guess it would be good to release better Decks for kids in order to get their hands on strong and playable cards. Another thing that would be helpful to draw more attention to the game is a better explanation of how the game works and what Deck building is all about. My son started with Performapal and it was a really good introduction to the game.
Do you have any final words
Shoutouts to my SKF club in Fritzlar, to Umut Serin for his help and tips, to "die Haspel" in Melsungen and Nexus Club.