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Cards Of Not-Card: The Hearts Of Iron CCG

World War II-themed grand strategy game as digital collectible card game? It's both a deeply weird idea and rather an ingenious one, seeing as it encourages thinking extremely tactically about the all-too-slim military resources you have in a bitter battle against an enemy general. I suspect I'd be rubbish at it, as my only considered tactic would be "play the tank card! And again! And again! The tank card! Again!" Fortunately, Paradox have put out some tutorial videos, so you can hear from far wiser minds than mine.

The free-to-play (funded by booster pack transactions, of course), browser-based game is now open to any and all players, but unfortunately the site seems to be having a bit of a wobble at the moment, so you may need to remember what patience is. What is patience? It's a virtue. It's also FOR THE WEAK. F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5...

Update: site now working fine, I'm told.

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There's much more in the way of rules and guides over on the HOICCG site, when it's working. You'll obviously need to spend real-Earth money to expand your deck, but on sign-up you get this much:

3 starter deck, one for each faction
3 booster packs with 15 cards each
10 tickets for participating in tournaments with

And if you join before Oct 17, you get three bonus cards: Zavod No. 38, Panzer Repair Shop and Plentiful Ammunition.

I like my ammunition like I like my women: plentiful.

(I am 99% sure my girlfriend will never read that gag. And 1% absolutely terrified.)

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