Originally Posted by JDragon
I wrote a PHP script (now stored somewhere on my old computer) that would automatically pull sets from the old card list, download all the pictures, and generate a set for MWS (with just the card names to map to the appropriate art).
If anyone wants it... make me care enough to go pull it. That's the closest there's ever gonna be to an online Naruto game (and still better than anything Alex Bykov made!).
I have done a similar script about an year ago and puts all card data in XML format, but someone would still have to come up with a format for the effects and mechanics of the cards, and to enter each card's info manually. There is simply not enough consistency in terms of wording in the cards text to have a parser do it automatically, not to mention longer effect texts are cut off in the card's generated web page. Bandai obviously has all that already made into a database of some sort, so they can easily use that.
In my opinion a single person with sufficient Flash coding knowledge and experience can do the whole thing. There are thousands of Facebook games made by individuals that are much more complex than what is necessary for this. It's not necessary to start from scratch, there are some great free game engine platforms that can be used. It's more about it being time consuming rather than difficult, especially to implement all the rulings, if they should be automated and not left in the hands of the players themselves (which could work OK as well and would be much easier to do).