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Sunday, September 23, 2012

The first two words 桃园 means "garden of peaches", so make a guess what the PEACH GARDEN card does? When this card is used, every player that is still alive in the game recoups 1 unit of health. Everybody happy? Not necessarily. In fact most players that draw this card either uses it with care or choose to discard it altogether. That is because it also heals the bugger whom you wanna kill. Therefore this card usually brings more headache than smiles.

What it does:
Heals 1 unit of health for every player still alive. Note: this card cannot be used to rescue a player at the brink of death. Plus, this card is a tool card and, therefore, is susceptible to NEGATE 无懈可击.

How to use it:
During your action phase, you can use PEACH GARDEN on all players (including yourself). All injured target players regain 1 unit of health each. The effect is resolved one by one, starting from the user, and then the player on the user's right, and so on.

Historical basis:
Right at the beginning chapters of Romance of the Three Kingdoms is the story of how Liu Bei 刘备, Guan Yu 关羽 and Zhang Fei 张飞 met by chance. Seeing that all three have the same goal of accomplishing something great for their country, the three of them decided to become sworn brothers. Thus a ceremony was performed in Zhang Fei 张飞's backyard, which so happens to be a peach garden. It is at this ceremony that the famous phrase was spoken:

"We seek not to be born in the same day, month, year. We merely hope to die in the same day, month, year."

This phrase is often used today in soap operas/dramas in the Chinese society.

Though this oath-taking is a very small part in the entire Romance of Three Kingdoms story, nonetheless the brotherhood of the 3 characters play a very pivotal part in as the story progresses.


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