B n’ D Card Game
You will begin at Rank C, with only the basic amount of cards available to you, but you can pickup more by defeating other card players in the Gambling Hall. Flip a coin to decide who plays first, and choose your card deck (you can customize up to three card decks). Each player lays six cards on a grid, and whoever has control of more territory by the end of the match (or when both players no longer have cards available) wins.
Cards will have bright-green colors that represent the territory they can occupy on the grid. Special cards, like job cards, are extremely useful cards with special additional effects. A character card is even more special than a job card; these cards are permanent until overridden by another character card.
Tip: To go over the tutorial battle again, speak to the player located at the bar in the Gaming Hall in Savalon. You can also view these rules in the Travelogue in the Tutorials menu.
You can view the details of a card by pressing X, and you can view any active permanent effects currently on the map by pressing R.
How to Win A ‘B n’ D’ Card Game
There are a few methods to claiming territory on the grid:
Look at the green squares on your selected card. If one of the green squares can be placed so that they overlay an enemy square, your card will revert to unoccupied status when the card is played.
Tip: When a square containing a token indicating an extended effect is neutralized, in addition to the square reverting to unoccupied territory, the effect will also be removed.
By surrounding opponent-occupied squares horizontally, vertically, or diagonally between your own in order to make the opponents tiles your own. Use flanking to occupy a lot of territory all at once.
Tip: Neutralization will override flanking. When neutralizing and flanking effects come into play on the same square, neutralization will always take precedence.
Once you’ve claimed all cards from an opponent, you can set rules when facing that particular opponent, allowing you to dictate the terms of engagement next time you play. You won’t be able to claim any additional cards by defeating an opponent that you’ve already claimed all cards from.
NOTE: You *can* defeat Shirley at Rank C early-on in the game, but save your gave before attempting. If you win, she’ll likely mop the floor with your party if you’re not prepared.
Some rules will offer an additional points bonus if utilized correctly, so it’s well worth giving the extra challenge a try!
Additionally, once you’ve graduated from Rank C to Rank B, card battles will begin having pre-made rulesets that you should pay attention to. You can view these rulesets before attempting a card battle with an NPC by viewing them (press X to view the rules) on the initial B n D encounter screen (the “Do Battle!” screen). This screen also includes information such as your Rank, overall win/loss/draw record, and the B n D points you’ve accumulated, as well as a summary of win/loss/draw results with the selected NPC.