We were all over Shadow Era [Free]. In a nutshell, it's a cross-platform free to play collectable card game which still has a decent following in our forums. Well, a while back the guys from Wolven put up a preorder page for a physical version of the game, and so far demand has been fantastic. They've already even received a few of the decks and they look great.

If you're a big enough fan of the iOS game to want to delve into the physical version, there's tons of pre-order bonuses to be had. Anyone pre-ordering now gets a ton of shadow crystals to use in game, foil cards, and they're on the cusp of offering free play mats with every order. That's a pretty sweet swag haul, if you're into Shadow Era.


  • http://twitter.com/Rage_boi Vince

    lol ..this article brought to my attention the "Shadow Era - Get Physical Cards For Free!" mail in my spam folder !

  • http://twitter.com/r618 A

    I didn't know there's iOS version, I played mac version from the MAS I guess some time ago.
    I guess it's unity based judging from its size )

  • http://clickplow.com/ John

    LOL people still play with magic cards?

    • Anonymous

      Yes. Just like people still play monopoly

    • http://twitter.com/booch138 Booch138

      I still play with your mom, and I was doing that back when I was younger. 

      Nah but seriously, some people, quite a few people actually, still enjoy TCG/CCG games from time to time. I still prominently play them, but a lot of my friends whom I used to play with aren't as heavy into it, but won't pass up a chance to get the guys together and play like we did back in the day with the cards we /still/ have and slam a few beers back from time to time. *shrugs*

      • http://clickplow.com/ John

        I remember it being popular in the mid 90s, but mostly with umm well.......

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Magic is actually bigger than it's ever been right now.

  • Anonymous

    The article mentions "Wolven" but it's actually "Wulven".

    • Kyle Poole

      I think El Hodap did that on purpose, in the original Shadow Era review he spelled my name wrong too! 😛

  • Simon Janich

    Shadow Era is nice and stuff (though the game isn't really adapted to the rather small iPhone/iPod touch screen), but I'm still wondering why WotC still hasn't released an official MtG game for iOS. Given the ongoing popularity of Magic that would be like printing money...

    • izzynobre

      Two reasons:

      1) They don't give a fuck about the Magic in a digital format (look at Magic Online and tell me that's not the most poorly design UI ever)

      2) Magic would absolutelly SUCK in a mobile platform. It sucks pretty bad on computers as is.

    • https://me.yahoo.com/rekzkarz#a0df5 rekzkarz

      If you play the PS3 version of Magic, that'll answer you question.  It sucks!

      • Simon Janich

        Actually, I play the PC version of DotP (which could be better) and tried out Magic Online (which is one of the worst pieces of software I've seen...). Still, none of the faults of these programs stopped them from being pretty successful – and that was my whole point.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/rekzkarz#a0df5 rekzkarz

    Shadow Era -- isn't really adapted to the rather small iPhone/iPod touch screen <-- agreed. This is the main reason I uninstalled game.
    Turns take a long time, hard to zoom into opponent's cards, game no the most fun (IMO), and the animated views on the virtual game table was an annoying GUI for me. If the game had another 'view the cards' GUI mode that just has a game table and I can zoom in/out of the cards (to read the abilities), I'd probably still be playing.

  • Benjamin Keiter

    They are now over $60,000 in backing, with a whole bunch more rewards, boy i'll be getting ALOT for only giving them $20 in crowdfunding. 

    Even if you only give them $10 you still get everything listed in the rewards. I'm really hoping they hit the $80,000 mark.
    I really really want the counters and tokens. they will make the physical game SO much easier to keep track of while keeping the play area looking attractive (as opposed to using penny's or something to keep track).

    do people still play these games? yes, they are very good ever changing strategy games.

    I remember playing Yu Gi Oh in the army, oh boy what boredom drove us to. however, it opened the door for me to realize that these CCG's are very well done, and a lot of fun. 

    I agree, it isn't the easiest to play on a small screen phone. however, if you touch an individual card on the screen it will pop up towards you making it easier to view, however still not very easy to read. Once you click it and bring it up, this is where they should add a zoom button to look more closely at the card. 

    Try playing on your PC (download version or web browser version). remember, this game is still brand new and i'm sure they'll fix the issues for android and iphone.

    I'm sure their main goal up until recently was to just watch people play, basically free testers to help them ensure the cards are balanced before they print the physical cards.

    I'm sure that once the physical cards come out, their focus will return more heavily on the portable versions, as this is a HUGE selling point for this game.