rid1ey wrote:do you need all cards first bar mawlock's to get his (mawlock) friendship card?
You can actually get it when playing throug the game the first time. You just have to use him in battle (without dying) and talk to him after every fight. Then he will tell you the whole card doc story... and after you heard the whole story, he gives you his card.
are there any game breaking tips to speed run my second playthrough to pick up missed cards?
If you have to pick up many missing cards, you cannot really do a speed run, as some cards (like the colossus card) require that certain enemies have to be killed by certain character or that you have to use characters and listen to their full story in the HQ to get the cards. The best is to check out a guide about card locations and then you decide on your own which for you important cards are missing.
When you really just want to speedrun the game, creating a hanzou clone, make him flying and give him double turns. With this unit just fly to the leader and one-shot him via RNGA due to the instant kill feature of Hanzou's weapon.
Also farming the mage in the last battle of chapter 1 to get evil rings is also very efficient to speed up your run through the game.
rid1ey wrote:mawlock is a fun addition!
He actually is, especially the almost endless tactical possibilities he offers.
The only thing I don't like about him is how they kind-of intentional make him not fitting the design of the rest of the characters and the shining lore in general. But looking only on his worth in-game, he is great.
rid1ey wrote:are cards the only thing that carry over to a new game+? not gold or items in your storage box?
Exactly, only the cards.