Games Workshop continues to branch out and this time it is with a digital and analog trading card game called Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions. Champions is a two player card game where each player will be fielding four champions from their chosen faction, and then spend the game trying to take each other down. From the start you will have four factions to choose from; Order, Chaos, Destruction, and Death, each with their own different units, spells, and blessings to use. At the start of the game you will put our your four champions and then hidden blessings for each champion. Each of your champions has specific quests associated with them, like bringing out certain units or damaging your opponent, and when those quests are achieved you get to activate their blessing. Blessing effects are pronounced and will have a big impact on winning, so ignoring them isn’t the best plan, and getting them activated is always a good one. But you will have more than just these champions, you will also have a deck of 30 cards consisting of units, spells, and other actions you can use to win the battle. The winner will be the one who takes out their opponent first.
At launch in August there will be a campaign deck available for each faction which will have everything you need in order to play the game with that deck. There will also be booster packs of 10 cards which will contain 6 common, 3 uncommon, and 1 rare card, plus of those cards 2 will be champions or blessings and 1 will be foil. You can pre-order a Founder’s Pack from the Champions website which includes all the campaign decks, 10 booster packs, playmats, tokens, and even more goodies for a collector. You can find out more on the Champions website.
I mentioned this was also a digital game as well, and so the app version of the game will launch at the same time as the physical game on both iOS and Android, and then later on Steam. So whether you like your cards in hand or on your computer, Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions has you covered.
“Tiny Ninjas is a two-player, dice-rolling, head to head card game that’s designed to play right inside of the box!”
Currently live on Kickstarter, Tiny Ninjas, by 2niverse Games, lets you battle on the go from the comfort of your very own board game box. Roll the custom engraved shuriken and kunai dice to attack and defend the varied selection of whimsical ninja characters; the Ninja Panda is my personal favorite.
As of right now, Tiny Ninjas plans to be a Kickstarter exclusive. Check out the other ninjas and the how-to-play video over on the campaign page.
Fantasy Flight Games has announced plans to release a Revised Core Set for Android: Netrunner The Card Game. Along with a revised core set will come significant changes to tournament play.
Based on the original card game by legendary designer Richard Garfield, Android: Netrunner The Card Game remains an asymetrical two player card game set in a dystopian Android future where subversive netrunners face off against the monolithic megacorps in an effort to control data.
The more things change, the more they stay the same
The concept of Android: Netrunner remains the same. one player assumes control of a monolithic megacorporation and it’s near infinite resources. A second player take on the role of a “runner,” a cybercriminal attempting to bypass the megacorporation’s defenses and steal data. Corps gain points by advancing agendas, while runners steal points by stealing agendas from the corps. Both sides attempt to gain their points through clever card play and use of hidden information.
What cards are available to you and to your opponent set the stage for this showdown. The Revised Core Set will include 247 player cards, 133 Corps cards and 144 Runner cards to do battle with.
While the Revised Core Set creates a new entry point for Android: Netrunner, it does not introduce any new cards into the game. Players who own the original Core Set along with the Data Packs available in the Genesis Cycle and the Spin Cycle will already own everything available. While card art and quantities of cards vary from those in the Core Set and Data Packs, the actual card abilities and text will remain the same.
Changes to Tournament Play
With thousands of cards now in the Netrunner universe, the incredible growth of the game has also created a card pool so large it has created a barrier to new players and in developing new strategies. Similar to other LCG and CCG formats, Netrunner Tournament Play has introduced a system refresh system that will mean older products will no longer be tournament legal as new cards are introduced.
For Netrunner Standard Play, five to seven cycles of Data Packs will be the limit to what is now legal. Whenever an eighth cycle would be added to the standard pool, the two oldest cycles are rotated out of Standard Play.
The new changes to legal play take effect October 1st. Effective October 1st tournament play will consist of the new Revised Core Set and the following expansions:
- Creation and Control
- Honor and Profit
- Order and Chaos
- Data and Destiny
- Terminal Directive (player cards only)
- Lunar Cycle Data Packs
- SanSan Cycle Data Packs
- Mumbad Cycle Data Packs
- Flashpoint Cycle Data Packs
- Red Sand Cycle Data Pack
5 Years of Running
Android: Netrunner the Card Game has only been around for the past 5 years, released in 2012. While a reimplementation of the original 1996 Netrunner game by Richard Garfield, the 2012 edition proved much more popular. Award for the new game included:
Dice Tower Top 10 lists that have featured the revised game over the past 5 years include: