Tag Archives: CCG

What Game is For Me??

Who has heard some one say in their friendly local gaming store (FLGS) ‘What Game is For Me?’ or some variation of the theme that they have no idea what to get to play.

42598-largeWell to be fair it’s not actually a bad question to ask, especially if you think that miniature games such as Dropzone Commander, anything from Games Workshop or Mantic are going to take an deal off effort to get sorted and that’s before you even start to play. So today am going to look at a few games and types of games that are available, although this will be by no means a comprehensive list.

 

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The UK gets a Victors’ Curcuit

The Spoils Tournament – the Victors’ Circuit

Our favourite TCG, The Spoils, is holding Regional events across the pond, and we decided it wasn’t fair of the Americans to have all the fun – we are planning our very own event over here! Full details are still to be confirmed, but we expect to be holding our own Victors’ Circuit Regional event in Kent in early March. The main event will be sealed format using Seed Saga boosters, and there will be a side event of an ‘XGF‘ Constructed tournament, as well as, if time and space allow, the time to play casual games!

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Micromajig Mayhem!

As I type this I am still awaiting the arrival of my FFG stuff, though it must be said I’m less eager about those releases than I was when I pre-ordered them!  Since they haven’t arrived and my tripod is still at Amazon I figured I get to writing up a Spoils decklist using a suggestion found on the Spoils Facebook page from John Pacheco who asked “for a micromajig spam list for a friend who wants to get into the game”.

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Too Little Time, Too Much CCG…

Hello again loyal (or accidental) reader.  Now that the Spoils nationals have been and gone I’m caught in two minds.  On the one hand I love playing the Spoils but on the other I’d really like to get my teeth into some more of the living card game stuff…

So what I’m going to do is highlight my favourite things about the two games I’m playing the most and then give a quick heads up about a couple of things that are coming really soon that I’m very excited to get my grubby little cardboard addicted fingers on!

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Team Mostly Not There at the UK Nationals (again)

Well here we are again; preparing ourselves to take part in the Spoils UK nationals for the second year in a row. Last year Stephen and I felt a little like we were diving in at the deep end having only started playing a few months beforehand; in fact we were still learning the rules in the car on the way to Folkestone! We needn’t have worried though as everyone was in the same boat and we came home with two of the top four spots. This year our goals are quite different from just going to have a good time. I ‘m going to try and be crowned National Champion and Stephen is preparing to make top four again. I anticipate a much higher standard of play this time around though so those goals may elude us but the world loves a trier!

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The Spoils Game Play

So after my unboxing review I packed up and went down to my local FLGS where I had arranged a demo game.

1st question was ‘have you played #@!’ (a different game) which I have. The response was good this will confuse you for the first turn then.

He wasn’t lying.

So after a brief description of the different cards and general rules and we were off me sitting pretty smug on 25 life him on 20.

Now I am not going to try and teach you how to play (I’m not that good yet) it’s also still a fairly new way off playing it took me three turns to figure out the basics by which point he was on 20 life and I was on 15 although I had scared him enough with some of my plays. At this point it really did look like it was game over. Then it clicked.

Gushing praise to the designers over at The Spoils in just twenty minutes I had gone from a stage off ‘oh my god this is so stupid it doesn’t make sense’ to ‘where has this game been all my life’. Once you get your head around it (which is easier with someone who knows the game) it flows beautifully and the tactical options are immense. I will give you an example.

You can play any card face down as a resource, useful if you are lacking actual resource cards. Now some cards can ‘flip up’ meaning you can pay a cost the card is turned over and brought into play as if it had come from your hand. Now while that may not sound impressive imagine you are sitting across from your opponent he has a load of resource cards restored or untapped including for face down resources one off those face down cards could be a powerful spell that will break your next killing blow attack.

Back to my demo game. After I got the hang of the game I started punishing my opponent but my poor start was really hurting me, I had 10 resource to his 15+ so I was constantly on the back foot. However I did get him down to 6 life the same as me.for several turns I was done for. Only to flip up a card with a special rule like ‘target a card if that card has less life than cards in its owners discard pile, discard the card’.

But as the saying goes all good things must come to an end and eventually one turn before finishing the game, I swear I would have one, my opponent came out with a dirty trick of his own that I had no answer for cue me loosing my last 6 life.

But I hung in and drew the game out and made it hard for him to win and learned a lot about the game, so I will claim a moral objective based victory.

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One of the cards that kept me going. Read it all I dare you not to chuckle.

All in my first game was a steep learning curve but fun the bug has definitely bitten. If you can I strongly recommend you find some one to show you this game as it’s a gem. If you don’t know anyone drop me a message I will see if I can help. But if you do nothing else this weekend have a look at it.