Posts Tagged ‘Card Hunter’

The RPG Scrollbars: The Damned DM Delusion

The most dangerous ideas are the ones so compelling, nobody wants to admit they’re bad. Also the atom bomb was pretty nasty, but that’s a bit out of a weekly RPG column. Instead, let’s pick one of the chocolate teapots that people keep mistaking for the Holy Grail – the idea that RPGs can hope to offer anything close to a classic DM experience. It’s a terrible idea. It’s not going to work. Stop wasting everybody’s time.

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Wot I Think – Card Hunter (Steam Edition & Expansion)

Card Hunter [official site] is a free to play D&D-themed CCG/boardgame for one or more players, originally released two years ago as a browser game. It’s now been re-released on Steam, with a new, System Shock 2-inspired paid expansion. I jumped at the chance to go back.
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Card Hunter Is Now On Steam, With Sci-Fi Expansion

Card Hunter [official site] is available on Steam right now. It will be one of the best games released on Steam this year just as it was one of the best games of 2013, when it launched as a browser-based free-to-play CCG/RPG hybrid. The development team includes former Irrational, Popcap, Looking Glass and Magic: The Gathering folks and the game is every bit as good as their combined back catalogue suggets it might be.

Go. Play it now.

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Card Hunter Coming To Steam With Co-op And NotShodan

Hot damn, Card Hunter [official site] is coming to Steam. I enjoyed the card game simulation tremendously when it first came out. From the little details to the cast of geeks, it all works for me. There were only two things I really didn’t like about it: the fact it wasn’t on Steam, and the fact I couldn’t trap my friends on the board with me. WELP. GUESS WHAT HAS CHANGED.

(Card Hunter is coming to Steam, and will allow co-op goodness. It’ll also soon receive a new expansion, Expedition to the Sky Citadel, introducing a not-wholly-unfamiliar AI.)

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Cardboard Receives Grim Reminder: Attack of the Artifacts

This might be the first anime reference in RPS title-joke history

See the little guy in the bottom left of the header image there, excitedly throwing his arms in the air about bits of (digital) cardboard? That is exactly how good new cards being introduced to your favourite game feels. While my personal crack Magic goes through yet another spoiler season for its next release, extraordinarily generous free-to-play RPG/CCG hybrid Card Hunter is conquering new shores as well. For the unfamiliar, it combines a D&D style board game with a paper cut-out aesthetic and collectible elements to create an experience both Adam and Alec have sung the praises of. This first addition promises to bring “tough new campaign battles, bizarre new monsters and powerful new cards” along with some other sweet deets you can find below.

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Wot I Think: Card Hunter

Unless you’re reading these words on a device that doesn’t allow you to play Flash-based browser games, there is absolutely no reason for you not to toddle into another tab and start playing Card Hunter right now. If you have a terrible time, you can always come back, read the rest of this post and then jump straight into the comments to tell me how incredibly wrong I am. The rest of the post, you see, is made up of paragraphs of praise for one of the finest games of the year.

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Be Better Than Alec: Win At Card Hunter Right Now

Dragon plays 'is a Dragon, is basically impervious to axes'

Remember when Alec played Card Hunter’s multiplayer? Back when he couldn’t even beat the game’s own creators on his first go at it ever? What a joke, right? I mean, practically anyone could do that. I would, but I’m too busy decimating the world’s most sophisticated chess-playing computer with both my brains tied behind my back. You, though – you should absolutely brush up on your Card Hunter skills, as a) Alec still lurks in the shadows, waiting to suck all potential victims into the black night of his vengeance and b) it’s a really great game from former BioShock developers. The free-to-play pen-and-paper/TCG game fusion is now available in easily accessible browser form. Go slay dragons with a vicious series of paper cuts!

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Card Hunter Releases September 12th, Brings Joy

There’s something entirely infectious about the whimsy with which Card Hunter presents itself. There’s absolutely no attempt to be cool, it’s an unapologetically, ridiculously geeky game designed to play off the decades of history surrounding the hobby. Alec echoed as much in his preview back in June and now we can excitedly reveal that you can all get your mitts on it on September 12th via any web browser you care to mention. While the inevitability of my own endless fascination presses heavy, you may require further convincing. Read on.

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Cardboard Cretin: Witness My Defeat In Card Hunter

I am speaking to you from beyonnnnd the graaaaaaaaaaaave. Said grave being ‘exhausting 24 hour child care’ and said beyond being ‘the sabbatical I am supposed to be on until October.’ While the tiny beast is distracted by a brief milk-daze, I shall seize the opportunity to quickly share with you this video of me playing upcoming TBS/CCG/boardgame delight Card Hunter (which we last wrote about here) against the developers. I’m roundly beaten, naturally, but at least I very nearly manage not to sound bitter about it. Myself and Card Hunter dev Joe McDonagh also quasi-interview each other as we play.
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Impressions: Card Hunter Beta

Ah, that’s the stuff. I couldn’t have wished for anything more stabilising during a week when the games industry seems of the verge of eating itself. A game about games, a game where all this came from, a game about the purity and the silliness of escapism, a game about boardgames, card games and pen and paper roleplaying games. Console scenesters might have their Monster Hunter; on PC, we have Card Hunter. Card Hunter, I heart you.
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