Thursday, September 6, 2012
So the little LCG that could (at GenCon) sell out in a matter of minutes, not only once, but twice is trickling into FLGSs around the country. To tell you the truth, I am intrigued. I would love to get my hands on a copy of this and take it out for a spin. A huge fan of the LCG (living card game) design, I think Fantasy Flight has found a very cool niche in the gaming market that continues to grow upon its own successes (Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Blood Bowl, Netrunner, Star Wars [to be released later this year], Call of Cthullu) and leads itself to sustainable gaming.
If you are unfamiliar with a Living Card Game, the premise is simple, the entire pool of cards are available to everyone. No randomization, no rarities to chase down, if you decide you don't have money for a few expansions, you can pick them up at a later time. With Game of Thrones or Call of Cthullu, one person can make the purchases and distribute the various cards for the various factions out to the playgroup and if the group decides its time to change games, the next person can pick up the responsibility for the next LCG. Definitely a HUGE improvement over most tCG (collectible games) in which everyone must invest a lot of money going after a small pool of playable cards in multiple rarities.
If anyone wants to run demos of Netrunner with me, I'd really like to sit and give it a try, I know I am already looking forward to the release of Star Wars later this year (slated for the fourth quarter of 2012, probably just in time for the holidays!)
Netrunner is $39.95 and available now from Fantasy Flight games; A Game of Thrones base set is $39.95 and expansions ranging from $9.95 to $14.95; Call of Cthullu base set is $39.95 with expansions ranging from $9.95 to $14.95; Lord of the Rings base set is $39.95 with expansions ranging from $9.95 to $14.95; and finally Warhammer Invasion's base set runs $39.95 with expansions ranging from $9.95 to $14.95. The Blood Bowl Team Manager card game is $34.95 with it's first expansion due out soon.