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Tragic the Garnering
Value$ 50
Prototype ID00000304
Message FilePRO ITEM.MSG

Well, Tragic the Garnering isn’t just a game -- it’s an obsession. Not a cologne, either. Some think that the way it changes a person’s life is tragic, but they just don’t understand.


Tragic the Garnering is a pre-War collectible card game.[1] The cards are quest items in Fallout 2.


Like many collectible card games, the buyer must collect an number of cards that our bought from boxes of cards or traded with other players.[2] and then assemble a deck to battle against another player.[3] Wooz, the Gecko bartender is probably the only person left who knows how to play it.



  • Known cards are Vox Muby, and Black Dahlia. One of the kinds of cards in the game is called Earths.
  • Tragic players are not looked kindly upon, both in pre- and post-War society.[4]

Behind the scenes

  • Tragic the Garnering is a parody of Magic: the Gathering. Even the names of cards are similar - Vox Muby is an equivalent of Mox Ruby, Black Dahlia of Black Lotus and 'Earths' are the equivalent of 'Lands'.
  • Wooz's remark that it's 'not a cologne' is a reference to the Calvin Klein brand of cologne: 'Obsession'.[3]


  1. Fallout 2 item description: "{30400}{}{Deck of "Tragic" Cards}"
    "{30401}{}{This is a deck of cards for a collectible card game. Looks like it could be an expensive hobby if you got hooked.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2))
  2. The Chosen One: "{143}{}{I want to trade.}"
    Wooz: "{150}{}{Trade? I’m always ready to trade Tragic cards. I’ve got a couple of old Vox Mubies, a Black Dahlia, and some Rare Earths.}"
    Wooz: "{151}{}{I suppose you just want to trade stuff, huh?}"
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Chosen One: "{212}{}{Tell me more about this Tragic the Garnering.}"
    Wooz: "{340}{}{Well, Tragic the Garnering isn’t just a game -- it’s an obsession. Not a cologne, either. Some think that the way it changes a person’s life is tragic, but they just don’t understand.}"
    The Chosen One: "{341}{}{Uh huh.}"
    Wooz: "{360}{}{No, really. It’s wonderful. You should play. Just once. The first box of cards is free. A little something from me to you.}"
    The Chosen One: "{361}{}{Thanks. Hey, these look great. (you tear the wrapping off) Mmm, I just love that smell.}"
    The Chosen One: "{381}{}{Sure, but you’re going to have to show me how.}"
    Wooz: "{390}{}{Well, it’s simple, really. Even someone dumb can understand it. First, you build a play deck out of the cards that you have, and then you…}"
    The Chosen One: "{391}{}{Uh, huh. You say you deal to the third player unless it’s Thursday? OK, I think I’ve got it now. Let’s play.}"
    Wooz: "{400}{}{You won? Fuck you! I need a ruling on that. You just got lucky, this time. This deck of mine just didn’t work. I’ve got to build a better one.}"
    The Chosen One: "{401}{}{Thanks for the cards, Wooz. And I thought you knew how to play this game? I guess you’re dumb.}"
  4. Suspicious Terminal, HR E-mail 11/08/2023