The Simpsons Trading Card Game

Maintained by: Don Del Grande

In September, 2003, Wizards of the Coast (makers of the Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon collectible card games) released The Simpsons Trading Card Game. (For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a "trading card game" is a game where each player plays against the others with their own deck of cards, usually constructed from purchased "starter" and "booster" packs. Some cards are rarer than others, so you are expected to trade some of your cards for the cards that you want to make what you think will be the best deck of 40 cards, hence "trading card game". The term "collectible card game" means the same thing, although the term usually applies when the cards have a collector's value as well...then again, all of the rare cards, except for the "star" cards, have both foil and regular versions, which are the same as far as game play is concerned, so there is some collectibility involved.)

The object of the game is to score points by assigning characters to scenes from the show. There are three kinds of cards:

  • Scene cards, which depcit a scene such as "Krusty Burger". Each scene (with a few exceptions) has a "complete" value and a "trash" value, as well as a number of character traits and a special feature.
  • Character cards, which depict a character such as "Jasper". Each character has a list of traits. Character cards are played onto scene cards in order to "complete" or "trash" the scene.
  • Action cards, which let a player perform a certain action or affects all of the players somehow. Some can be played at any time, while others can only be played at certain times (usually during the player's turn). For example, "Kid Stuff" can be played during a player's turn; it causes all Characters in play without the "Kid" trait to be discarded.
The object is to play a scene card, then to play characters onto scenes (both your own and others) in order to score points. You may only have one scene in play at any one time, and cannot remove it until it has been either completed or trashed. A scene may be "completed" when the number of character cards on the scene that have at least one of the scene's traits on it is greater than or equal to the scene's completion value, and may be "trashed" when the number of character cards on the scene that have none of the scene's traits on it is greater than or equal to the scene's trash value. Note that a scene does not have to be declared completed or trashed at the first opportunity, and that any player may declare a scene completed or trashed on their turn if it has enough of the appropriate cards.
For example, a player plays the scene Krustylu Studios, which has a completion value of 5, a trash value of 4, the traits Idiot and Celebrity, and the feature that if it is completed using Krusty, whoever played the scene gets one extra point. The character Poochie has the traits Oddball, Idiot, Cartoon, and Animal; Idiot is one of the scene's traits, so Poochie counts toward the scene's completion value. The character Comic Book Guy has the traits Fat, Brainy, Bitter, and Oddball, none of which are either of the scene's traits, so Comic Book Guy counts towards the scene's trash value. Note that not all of the played cards have to match the same trait (for example, Krustylu Studios can be completed with three Bleeding Gums Murphy cards, which have Celebrity but not Idiot, and two Lenny cards, which have Idiot but not Celebrity), nor do all of the traits on the scene have to be present (the scene can be completed with two Bartmans, two Dr. Marvin Monroes, and one Brad Goodman, none of which have Idiot). There is also no limit on how many of each card can be played at any one time.
When a scene is completed or trashed, the player who placed the scene in the first place scores a point, and all other players who have played at least one character counted toward the completion or trash score a point (regardless of the number of cards played, and note that the player who placed the scene does not also score for having characters on it). In addition, if a scene is completed (but not trashed) and one player (including the player who placed the scene) has more counting characters than any other player, this player scores an additional point. The game ends when someone has seven or more points (or has six and plays the "Game Over" action); whoever has the most points wins. If there is a tie, then, in the words of Troy McClure, "they're all winners" (that's from "A Streetcar Named Marge"...and I don't remember anything wrong with there being a "tie" in "Lisa on Ice").
What's meant by a "counting character"? Well, remember when I said that you do not have to declare a scene completed or trashed as soon as there are enough cards? This is because if there are more completion/trash cards than the scene's completion/trash value, whoever declared the scene completed/trashed selects which cards are counted, just as long as the player counts at least as many cards as the completion/trash value. (Obviously, if it's a completion, the player would want to count all of that player's own cards, in order to try to get the bonus point.)

Here is the list of cards, at least in the original starter and booster sets. There are four starter decks in the original set, each with 40 cards: Homer, Bart, Lisa, and Mr. Burns. (All Homer decks, for example, contain the same 40 cards.) Each booster pack contains 11 cards, none of which are in any of the starter decks.

* indicates a rare card; all rare cards have foil as well as regular versions, except for the Star Cards, which only have foil versions. All other cards are "common" cards, and do not have foil versions. (There is no third level of rarity, like the "Uncommon" level of Magic: the Gathering.)
Letters indicate cards in the starter decks: (B)art, (H)omer, (L)isa, (M)r. Burns. Each common character or action card in a starter deck appears three times; each common scene card in a starter deck appears twice; each rare card in a starter deck appears once. (There are three different Marge Simpson and three different Maggie Simpson cards; one of each Marge card appears in the Homer deck, and one of each Maggie card appears in the Lisa deck.)

STAR CARDS - All star cards are rare and (only) foil

  1 B * Bart
  2 H * Homer
  3   * Krusty
  4 L * Lisa
  5 M * Mr. Burns


  6 H   Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
  7 H   Barney Gumble
  8   * Bartman
  9   * Bleeding Gums Murphy
 10     Blinky
 11     Bobo
 12     Brad Goodman
 13     Bumblebee Man
 14     Captain McCAllister
 15 M   Carl Carlson
 16 M   Chief Clancy Wiggum
 17     Cletus Del Ray
 18   * Comic Book Guy
 19   * Dancin' Homer
 20     Disco Stu
 21   * Dolph
 22 L   Dr. Julius Hibbert
 23     Dr. Marvin Monroe
 24 H * Dr. Nick Riviera
 25 H * Duffman
 26     Edna Krabappel
 27   * Fat Tony D'Amico
 28   * Future Burns
 29     Gil
 30 H   Grampa Simpson
 31   * Groundskeeper Willie
 32   * Hank Scorpio
 33     Hans Moleman
 34 H   Herb Powell
 35   * Itchy & Scratchy
 36 L * Janey Powell
 37     Jasper
 38 B * Jimbo Jones
 39   * Kang & Kodos
 40 M * Kearney
 41     Kent Brockman
 42 M   Lenny
 43     Lunchlady Doris
 44   * Lurleen Lumpkin
 45 L   Maggie Simpson (crying, sucking, bag of groceries)
 46 H   Marge Simpson (listen to your heart, Fox, cookies)
 47 L   Martin Prince
 48 M * Mayor Quimby
 49 B   Milhouse Van Houten
 50 H   Moe Szyslak
 51     Mojo the Helper Monkey
 52   * Mr. Teeny
 53     Helen Lovejoy
 54     Ned Flanders
 55 B   Nelson Muntz
 56     Number One
 57 M   Officer Lou
 58 B   Otto Mann
 59     Patty Bouvier
 60   * Poochie
 61 L   Principal Skinner
 62 L * Professor John Frink
 63 B * Ranier Wolfcastle
 64 L   Ralph Wiggum
 65     Reverend Lovejoy
 66 L   Rod & Todd Flanders
 67 B   Santa's Little Helper
 68     Selma Bouvier
 69 B   Sherri & Terri
 70   * Sideshow Bob Terwilliger
 71     Sideshow Mel
 72 M   Waylon Smithers
 73 M   Snake
 74     Snowball II
 75     Squeaky-Voiced Teen
 76   * Stampy
 77     Superintendent Chalmers
 78 B   Uter
 79     Wendell


 80     All Creatures Great and Cheap
 81 B * The Android's Dungeon
 82     Barney's Bowl-A-Rama
 83 B   Bart's Treehouse
 84 M   Burns Manor
 85   * Christmas
 86     The Couch
 87 H   Hullabalooza
 88     The Itchy & Scratchy Store
 89 B   Kamp Krusty
 90     Krusty Burger
 91     Krustylu Studios
 92     Krusty's Clown College
 93 H   Kwik-E-Mart
 94     The Leftorium
 95 H   Moe's Tavern
 96 M   Mr. Burns's Office
 97     Noise Land Video Arcade
 98 B   Phineas Q. Butterfat's 5600 Flavors Ice Cream Parlor
 99 L   The Playground
100 L * Science Fair
101     742 Evergreen Terrace
102     Springfield Church
103 L   Springfield Elementary
104 H * Springfield Isotopes Game
105 L   Springfield Library
106     Springfield Mall
107 M * Springfield Nuclear Power Plant
108     Springfield Retirement Castle
109 M   Springfield Town Hall
110     Whacking Day!
111   * Who Shot Mr. Burns?
ACTION CARDS - Each one has a character on it (although anyone can use any of them)
112   * Guilt by Association
113     Kid Stuff
114     Losers Pay
115 B   Bait and Switch
116 B   Search and Destroy
117 B * Trading Up
118     Take a Peek
119 B   Slimy Tactics
120 B   Sneak Attack

121 H   All Mine
122 H   Parental Control
123 H * Dumb Luck
124     Taste of Victory
125   * Game Over
126     Check the Rules
127     Come from Behind
128 H   Off Limits
129 H   Parade of Idiots

130     Share the Wealth
131     Everyone's a Winner
132     Helping Hands
133     Wipe Out
134     Star Power
135   * Smoke 'Em if You Got 'Em
136     Misalignment
137     Back to Square One
138     Trapped Like a Rat

139     Bonus Play
140     Same as it Ever Was
141   * He Ain't Heavy
142 L   Trading Places
143 L   Know-it-All
144 L   Exposed
145     Save the Animals
146 L * Butting In
147 L   Healthy Choice

Mr. Burns
148   * Stand and Deliver
149 M * Poison Pill
150     Knocked Down a Peg
151     No Eggheads
152     Melt Down
153 M   Fine Print
154 M   Executive Privilege
155 M   Staff Review
156 M   You're Fired!

Either somebody knew in advance that Dr. Marvin Monroe was still alive after all, they didn't get the memo that Dr. Marvin Monroe was (supposedly) dead, or they forgot to include Maude Flanders. (Also notice that for whatever reason, the only character not in anything resembling alphabetical order is Helen Lovejoy.) Speaking of forgetting, while they managed to find room for one-time characters like Mojo the Helper Monkey and (Stonecutter) Number One, there are no cards for regulars like Miss Hoover or Sanjay. (It's possible that there could be an expansion set in the future, but there don't seem to be that many characters left out to make it feasible.)

Note that some traits, like "Duo", appear on multiple cards but not on any scenes; however, the action cards "Guilt by Association", "Losers Pay", and "Wipe Out" can affect cards of any selected trait.

Until Wizards of the Coast comes up with some additional rule clarifications, here are some I thought of:

  • If a scene says "If this scene is completed using ______" (for example, Bart in Bart's Treehouse), that character does not have to be the last card played on the scene before it is declared completed; however, it must be one of the cards chosen to complete the scene.
  • All points for completing or trashing a scene are scored simultaneously. Interpret the "Share the Wealth" action card as saying, "If you otherwise would not have received any points, you get 1 point."
  • Once a player has seven or more points, no more action cards (such as "Knocked Down a Peg" or "Game Over") may be played.
  • Despite Old being listed three times on his card, each Hans Moleman card counts as one character at all times.

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Last updated on October 5, 2003 by Don Del Grande (