From CoolNerdGames comes a new self-contained, spell-drafting combat game, Duel of the Magi. It would be very easy for me to call it a merging of Dominion and Magic: The Gathering, but I cannot call something a duck that doesn’t walk and talk like one despite what appearances and article tags would lead you to believe. CoolNerdGames have detailed what makes their product different, and their confidence oozes from each piece of finished art and guarantee to potential Kickstarter backers. Before I get to the nitty-gritty of what’s on offer, here’s the description straight from their campaign:
[…] Players take turns choosing spells to include or exclude from the game…Staged face-up, the cards are drafted one at a time from the board as each player builds their own customized deck of spells. Once deck building is complete, the game board is flipped over to the dueling ground side and players engage in a spell casting fight to determine the winner.
From that description, it can be easy to see how it’s different from it’s parts. Duel of the Magi is more of a living card game where the players get unique character powers and are allowed to choose their market or card pool, creating a different drafting atmosphere each game if so desired. This allows the game to have the drafting longevity of a Trading Card Game without the need of buying booster packs and at the same time avoiding the quickly drying card economy of a Living Card Game. Combat is designed to be informed and fast, due in part to the open draft all players take place in and an encouragement towards negotiation and alliances.
I wrote above that CoolNerdGames has a lot of confidence in their product and I wasn’t joking. In an absolutely impressive show of trust, they are offering a full money back guarantee to anyone who isn’t pleased with the game during the first month of owning it. That is not something a lot of funding campaigns are willing to promise! To entice potential backers even further, the community is allowed to choose the art for the final 30 to be added to the game. So if you’re at all curious about a game that’s been carefully brought to the table with artwork and business model that screams integrity, be sure to check out their Kickstarter page to find out more!