Category Archives: Card

Players in our community really like Zach Gage's Sage Solitaire and Really Bad Chess, so every time he comes out with a new game, our readers pay attention. Today, Flipflop Solitaire [Free], the sequel of sorts to Sage Solitaire, is out, and it looks like another interesting take on the classic card game. The twist in this one is that you can stack both up and down, but you can only move stacks of a single suit. These two simple changes to the rules change the way you approach the game and turn it into a Zach Gage game, where traditional rules are slightly tweaked to offer a whole new experience...

Ludosity's Card City Night is a very fun card game with cool mechanics and charm to spare, and now Card City Nights 2 [$4.99] is here to bring even more of what made the first one successful. Card City Nights 2 has reworked the gameplay system to make it even better and is bringing a brand new adventure that involves a mysterious flying city called Starship Frivolity (love the name) whose inhabitants are all into The Card Game. And, of course, you'll have to use that card game to find your place in Starship Frivolity as you go from city location to city location. The game comes with 200 cards, so there's already plenty of content to go through...




Hello again from BlizzCon 2017. We have some cool news today straight out of the Hearthstone [Free] Q&A panel, but it wasn’t the Q&A part that was the most exciting. What the developers did for the first time was let the attendees vote for 1 new Arena card per class to be added to the game, and it was great fun seeing both which cards were the people’s choice and which ones didn’t make the cut. For each class, we got to see 3 picks with a short (usually very short) explanation behind each of the cards. These new cards won’t be making their way to Arena right away, but they should be coming in a not-to-distant patch...

If you’ve been watching the news coming out of BlizzCon 2017, then you probably know by now that Hearthstone [Free] is bringing us a new expansion, Kobolds and Catacombs, in December, but, what’s more interesting to most players, Hearthstone is also getting a single player mode called Dungeon Run, and I got to play it earlier today. First, a few quick words for those who haven’t read the earlier stories we’ve posted. Dungeon Runs is single player content that emulates roguelike dungeon crawlers using the Hearthstone recipe. You can read more details in our earlier story...

The Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free] continues to expand, and this time next month it will get a brand new story expansion called Return to Clockwork City. As you can guess from the title, this expansion brings all kinds of mechanical creations to the game and a locale first introduced in The Elder Scrolls III Tribunal expansion. The Clockwork City was built by the tinkerer god Sotha Sil, but the city later became his tomb. And now the question is, what secrets are hidden there? You'll be the first mortal to enter the city in centuries, so expect great secrets (and a ton of dust)...

Frodan Interview, Marin the Fox, BlizzCon News, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #116

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of all things Hearthstone [Free]. Last week was quite a fun one as Blizzard is gearing up for this weekend's BlizzCon, so there were plenty of interesting stories and expansion hints. You see, by this time next week, we'll know what the next expansion is, and I'm personally very interested to see the direction the developers are planning on heading. There's talk of more pirates, but I'm not sure the players would be too happy to see that. In general, this past week was a fun one, partly because the Halloween celebrations have also commenced. Enjoy our roundup, and if you see me at BlizzCon, come and say hi. And, because of BlizzCon, we won't be posting a roundup next week...

Card collection elements in sports games aren't new; EA's FIFA games have made Ultimate Team, the mode where you build your teams by collecting cards, into an essential part of sports games. And, after Ultimate Team became a huge cash cow for FIFA, EA went on to add similar modes to other games. Now, Konami is taking the card collection craze to its PES franchise, but this one is different from EA's take on the formula. In PES Card Collection [Free], which has just launched today, you collect player cards from both national teams and leagues across the world and build the strongest team you can. However, you don't actually play the sport, like you do in FIFA; instead, you build the team and see the game played in 3D, a bit like sports manager games...

Supercell continues to give us new, fun ways to play Clash Royale [Free], and this week's King's Cup Challenge is among the most interesting, at least for me. The King's Cup Challenge is a blind deck style Challenge where you get a deck created by the teams competing in the King's Cup Tournament. Specifically, YouTubers and pro players worked together to create each team's "Signature Deck" for this Challenge. There's the "Viva La Sparky" Deck, the "Tower Tornados" Deck, and many others, which we can check out here to prepare in advance for the Challenge. Some decks felt more powerful than others, but overall all of them are well-built...

It's almost Halloween time, and Blizzard is bringing us a pretty fun Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl to celebrate Hallow's End. Headless Horseman Rides has you picking the best "costume" and going to war against a boss in a match that will remind you of solo adventures. Once the round starts, you get to pick one of three costumes: Witch, Pirate, and Cat, each of which completely switches your hand and deck and gives you a passive power. The Witch costume gives you a taunt- and spell-themed deck with a passive hero power that allows you to pay double to mana for a spell and cast a second copy, provided you have enough mana. The Pirate costume gives you a pirate-themed deck with a passive hero power that makes all minions count as Pirates, which allows for plenty of synergy...

It's the scariest time of the year in Hearthstone [Free] as the Hallow's End celebrations have officially commenced, and they have done with a special dual-class Arena mode, the first of its kind. As we've talked about in an earlier story, in this special Halloween Arena you get to pick a Hero and then a Hero power, and the cards you'll get to build your deck will come from both of those classes (in addition to neutral cards of course). As you can imagine, reddit has been trying to figure out the best hero combo to rule the Arena, and so far Warlock/Priest seems to get plenty of votes as does anything with Rogue. Mage/Shaman isn't too shabby either apparently. And, of course, you got many players complaining about this Arena not being balanced, which is probably the most obvious observation ever...

Best Decks, Hand Waves, Dual-Class Arena, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #115

Hello everyone and welcome to another Hearthstone [Free] weekly roundup of the best news and videos. We are back after a week off, and it's good to be back. We had some fun stories and videos last week, ranging from silly videos, controversial hand movements, fun new features coming to the game, and—of course—various takes on the best decks you can play right now. The community seems to be pretty happy with the state of the game right now, especially after the latest round of nerfs, but I know that everyone is waiting to see what Blizzard is bringing to the game next. Not too long to wait for that since the announcement should drop November 3rd during BlizzCon. Without further ado, let us begin...

The time to get all spooky is drawing nearer, Hearthstone [Free] players, because the Hallow's End celebration update is live on mobile now (although it might take a bit for everyone to get it). First of all, we are getting an all-new dual class Arena Mode where all nine Heroes attend in costume. How does it work? You start an Arena run, pick a Hero and a Hero Power, and then you get to pick from cards belonging to both of the classes (and, of course, neutrals too). And we are all getting a free Arena ticket during Hallow's End, so everyone can check out this new Arena. Additionally, we are getting a special Tavern Brawl, The Headless Horseman Rides, where we get to "disguise" ourselves by using a deck of cards from several classes as well as a passive Hero Power...

After many months of competition, Clash Royale's [Free] Crown Championship World Finals have been announced, and they will take place on December 3rd at the Copper Box Arena in London. The competition was a huge one, with over 28 million unique participants at the start of it and only 16 competitors remaining. And now, the one who will manage to grab that golden crown will also earn $150,000, which is definitely not bad at all. If you're planning on attending the event in person, you can buy tickets now, which are just over 40 British pounds and come with 4 mystery items (which seem to be a figurine, a beanie, a tote bag, and something else)...

Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99], the popular card game with a thousand heroes and villains and a billion expansions (only slight exaggeration), is celebrating its 3rd anniversary this week, and as is to expected, it's dropping prices and offering deals for all those who either haven't bought the game yet or haven't bought the zillion expansions (again, only slight exaggeration). So, the base game is now at its lowest price ever, $.99 cents (down from $6.99), Season 1—which includes 7 expansions, 11 new heroes, 19 villains, and 11 environments— is 40% off ($14.99), and all standalone expansions are cheaper by a dollar. As you can see, this anniversary is the perfect time to either grab or expand the game for pretty cheap...

Hearthstone [Free] is famous for having some crazy card interactions, but it's also infamous for having some of those interactions resolve in unpredictable ways, which often messes with player decisions and frustrates players (and might even affect the outcomes of matches). Players have been calling for these interaction issues to be fixed, and it looks like the developers are finally starting to remedy those issues. In a video today, Josh Durica, Hearthstone Gameplay Engineer, talked about some improvements coming to the game. The first rule change is in order for "after" triggers to activate, the card needs to be present for the original action. So, when a Wild Pyromancer is summoned by a spell, it won't trigger because it wasn't present at the beginning of the action...

'DropMix' Review - Music and Cards Make for An Awesome Board Game

With the physical instruments scene long past peak popularity, the folks over at Harmonix, in conjunction with Hasbro, have moved on to something that’s quite a bit different from the Boston developer’s previous games. DropMix [Free] is a physical board game that’s a delightful mix of approachable card-based gameplay combined with amazing music the Harmonix pedigree. Sure, the gameplay is a little basic, and like music games some of your enjoyment is based on your love of the music included, but damn if it isn’t simply fun to play with other people...

Civilization building intersects collectible-card gaming in Age of Rivals [$3.99], a two-player game that is, for my money, one of the best games of the year. Age of Rivals is a card-drafting game where you must choose your path to victory. You can seek military prowess, economic dominance, cultural supremacy, or a more balanced path and one of the virtues of the game are its many routes to victory. The game is well worth a try, especially now that it has its first content expansion. The Conflict of Faith expansion brings 18 new cards, a brand new campaign, 6 new challenge levels to conquer as well as various gameplay improvements. Check out our forum thread for the complete list of additions in this awesome additional expansion for Age of Rivals...

At long last Smash Up [$4.99], a unique card battler, has arrived in the Apple Store. Nomad Games has been steadily working on a digital version of tabletop hit for some time and you can now play the results. In Smash Up there are nine playable factions including zombies, ninjas, pirates, dinosaurs, and robots. Each faction has its own deck which boasts cards with unique abilities and a distinct play style. You start the game by taking turns drafting two of these factions into service and shuffling the two decks together into what is hopefully a powerful 40-card alliance fit to take down your opponents. We wrote about Smash Up's impending mobile launch last week, but the game has finally released onto the App Store today...

Clash Royale's [Free]Touchdown, the recently added new mode, is really fun to play and offers a very different tactical challenge than the normal mode. If you've been having trouble figuring out how best to play it and how to get those Crowns, read on for some very useful tips from the Clash Royale Arena website. First, let's clarify those rules. In this mode you have to get troops into the opponent's endzone. Each time one troop gets into the endzone, you get a crown, and whoever gets to 3 crowns first wins. The first 2 minutes of the match are x1 Elixir and the rest x2 Elixir. And some cards cannot be placed past the middle of the field because they would pretty much break the game...

After teasing for a few days, Supercell has finally released the latest Clash Royale [Free] update, and it's a really big one. First of all, we are getting a brand new mode called Touchdown that completely changes the way you play the game. Gone are the towers, the river, and the bridges. Now it's all about getting your troops in the opponent's endzone; do that three times, and you win the match. I haven't had a chance to try the new mode yet, but I'm all for any idea that changes Clash Royale's usual flow. In addition to Touchdown, we are also getting new Gold Rush and Gem Rush events, which give you gold and gems respectively for taking down towers. And Mirror battles have you take on an opponent with the exact same deck...

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