Posted Tuesday, 10-Mar-2015
There’s something massively appealing about a collectible card game. The dynamic artwork. The excitement of waiting to see the next expansion. The endless novelty of a game that keeps on growing.
Until recently, these games used random expansions. Not knowing what was in a pack could make collecting frustrating and expensive. But a new approach has put that in the past.
Living Card Games, or LCG’s, are Fantasy Flight’s take on collecting cards, including the Game of Thrones and Star Wars card games. They’ve built a wide range of games, many using popular settings.
So why might you want to get into LCGs?
By repeatedly adding new cards to an existing game, expanding card games keep your experience fresh and varied. Having a new deck is nice, but when you can combine it with previous ones you get hundreds more options.
These are games that keep evolving, so don’t get repetitive or stale.
Most expanding card games let you design the deck you play with, picking the cards to include. If you get into a game like cyberpunk hacking game Android: Netrunner, you get two interesting challenges – tactical play and deck design.
This means that these cards provide entertainment between games, as you design your deck. Many also have thriving online communities, where you can discuss deck design and upcoming expansions with other fans. The most popular, like Netrunner, even have their own tournaments.
If you don’t want to tax your brain with deck design, there are expandable games you can just pick up and play. Smash Up sees classic archetypes from TV, books and film clash, and all you need to do is shuffle together two decks.
Want to see ninja wizard fight zombie pirates? Or shapeshifting dinosaurs grapple with steampunk time travellers? Smash Up is a fun, simple way to play that out.
Published by BoardGamePrices.com
Can we fit all the photos we took at Spiel into this article? No. But we’ll sure try! Here’s your last look at the last day of the biggest board games show in the world.
The tiredness starts to take hold; but we press on toward Day 3! We’ve got dice! We’ve got minis! We’ve got mechs! It’s Spiel!