As Pokemon reaches another anniversary and Magic the Gathering launching yet another expansion to it’s massive list of card archive, we look at some of the others up and coming tabletop trading card games that is giving Pokemon and Magic The Gathering a run of player’s money.
One of the best feature of Ascension trading game game is it’s ability allow up to 6 people to join in the fun! And another greatest part is, it’s very very easy to learn. Get your friends and viola, within minutes you are all ready to go. Ascension’s Card design is readily like Magic The Gathering, where hand art styling rules. No time to gather around a table? No problem, online version of Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer (for IOS, Andriod and PC) is available too!
Warhammer has made the successful expansion from it’s famous tabletop boardgame into the card gaming arena. Remember to get the expansion series: Hidden Kingdom, where you are in for a treat. Get to play the various familiar races in the Warhammer galaxy – Skaven, Undead, Wood Elves and Lizardmen. If you like me who loves Warhammer’s legendary figures, go for Warhammer: Invasion – Legends Expansion. Vampires and undead fans will find more comfort in the Warhammer: March of the Damned set.
Epic Card Game
Also the creator of the popular Star Realms card game, Epic Card Game is one of the most successful kickstarter back card game around. Design by the famous White Wizard Games, it boosts a huge follower group and even held a $100,000 world Championship game tournament. Epic is overall less serious and complicated than your usual Magic the Gathering game cards, and isn’t as expensive if you want to get serious over building your deck.
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
I’m a big fan of The Lord of the Rings series, so sorry games, this may get slightly personal. The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is more of an adventure type rather than Player-vs-Player. It has questing (just like Dungeon and Dragons), but card based rather than miniatures. Although the Middle-earth’s era is not your familiar Lord of The Rings books and movies, it brings you to corners of the world that you have never imagine before. Just hang in there while learning the rules and complexity of the game.
Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game
A very different card game from your usual fantasy magic knight genre. Rather than just to beat up your opponent with overwhelming magic or blows, you actually get to enjoy the suspense and story crafted as you play through Call of Cthulhu. Strategies involving the use of event, character, support and even conspiracy cards need to be implemented in order to win the game. Need something else for your card game collection, Call of Cthulhu is just the one for you.
Summoner Wars: Master Set
Slightly tilted towards the board game version, yes, Summoner Wars: Master Set does include a board, and is able to support up to 4 players in a game. But kudos to the designer, it’s a joy playing cards on their well established rules and game plays. The one thing that i wish for, is a revamp on the graphics drawing for their cards. Magic The Gathering level, Summoner Wars is not.
A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Second Edition
Rejoice, Game of Thrones fans! All your iconic characters allow you and up to six players to battle will and wit against each other. I particularly like the latest War of Five Kings cycle, where various Kings rise to challenge for supremacy, akin to Romance of the Three Kingdoms where lords conquer to control the land of China. A Game of Thrones: The Card Game is a highly technical game to say, if you like a challenging card game, this is it.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game
The manga that started it all. Started off from Japan, Yu-Gi-Oh started the whole generation of card trading game and in the process took the whole by storm. The only short for I have with Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game is that the card game still depends too much on their first generation legendary cards such as Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician as well as the Egyptian God Cards – Slifer, Ra and Obelisk. Hopefully their expansion sets can produce new iconic characters.
Star Wars Trading Card Game
Even if you are not a Star Wars fan, you have to try this out. Star Wars Trading Card Game is a hugely successful porting of the Star Wars galaxy into the card arena, as expected when you are under the same producer, Wizards of the Coast, that houses the incredulously popular Magic the Gathering as well as Pokemon Trading Card Game. The list of different cards is massive as well, so picking them to form your 60 card deck is going to cause a migraine. Amongst the expansion sets, Star Wars LCG: Between the Shadows Expansion is my favourite of them all, mainly because I’m a big fan of Luke Skywalker and Yoda, then again, who isn’t?
World of Warcraft Trading Card Game
It will be funny if Warcraft doesn’t get into the trading card game business. Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft is HUGE in the world of gaming. Watch your favourite gaming characters in card format. World of Warcraft Trading Card Game also has a huge and comparable expansion list to match Magic the Gathering, be prepared to be blown away as like it’s MMO game.