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Jabba’s Palace Expansion Set for Decipher Star Wars Customizable Card Game

May 2, 2010

I don’t play the Star Wars Customizable Card Game (CCG) and don’t really plan to start, but I understand the basic concept behind it. You buy packs of randomly packed cards that you can use to make up your deck. When you play, each card (which can represent a character, weapon, location, or even a concept) has special rules that you must follow as you try to defeat your opponent.

Released in 1998, the complete expansion set consists of 180 cards (90 “light side” cards and 90 “dark side” cards), but you’re unlikely to have the whole set at your disposal unless you buy a complete set from someone, or do a lot of trading with people to fill the gaps in the cards that you found yourself.  I bought a lot of 125 packs of unopened cards on ebay for what I thought was a pretty good price. There are 9 cards per pack, so I figured going through 1125 cards would give me a full set of 180 for sure, but no such luck. The problem is that the cards are divided into “common” (5 cards per pack), “uncommon” (3 cards per pack), and “rare” (1 card per pack). It’s the “rare” ones that get you, since there are 80 rares in the whole set, but only 50 common and uncommon cards. After opening all 125 packs, I was still 20 rare cards short of a full set (and of course I had mountains of the common and uncommon cards). It was kind of fun opening them up, though.

The set has most of the characters you would expect, but by no means all of them (there’s no Luke, Han or Chewbacca character cards, for example, although these characters are pictured on other cards). I don’t know enough about this game to be able to say, but this may be because those characters appeared in other sets and it wasn’t necessary to have them in the Jabba’s Palace set as well.

One of the interesting things about the set is that about every obscure character from Jabba’s Palace is here, including many that I had never heard of. Although there is no Sy Snootles for some reason, even though Max Rebo and Droopy McCool do make an appearance. But there multiple named jawas, for example, and several human characters that have no lines in the movie and very little screen time, but still manage to have complex backstories. So even if you don’t play the game, the pictures and short bits of trivia make them interesting to look through. There’s also a fair amount of humor. For example:

All in all, an interesting set. I also have a couple of large uncut sheets for the game that could be used as posters.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2011 8:45 am

    I was big into these back when they first released, and had a large number of cards. Though, I didn’t get around to playing the game too often.

    To answer a few questions:

    Two other sets released around the time of Jabba’s Palace. There were Endor and Death Star II which rounded out ROTJ. The Endor set had “General Solo” and “Chewbacca Of Kashyyyk” (the names were like this to differentiate them from the ANH and ESB character cards) and the Death Star II set had “Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight”.

    Sy Snootles appeared in the Special Edition set of cards, which spanned all three movies and featured a number of Special Edition movie changes/additions as cards. So CG Sy Snootles was given a dark side card:

    I’d recommend checking out the Special Edition set, as there is a Jabba card (albeit the fugly CG model) and a number of other Jabba cards including the odd Jabba’s Space Cruiser, which is like a Sail Barge with space travel abilities. Full SE card list can be seen here:

    • icruise permalink
      April 29, 2011 8:53 am

      Thanks for the info! Too bad they don’t have a Sy Snootles that’s not based on the CGI model. (By the way, I changed the link you provided to an image hosted by me, since the site you used apparently doesn’t allow hotlinking.)

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