I've become a real fan of the Living Card Games from Fantasy Flight Games. What started out as a small foray into something different last summer turned into a major focus for me recently. I've tried just about all of them, and so far they've been great. My favorite of all the games right now is Warhammer: Invasion.
The game plays similar to other competitive card games. You have a card pool from which to build decks. You have "unit type" cards to attack your opponent and other cards to interrupt or interfere with their plans. Resources must be managed to pay for cards.
WH:I has really taken this model and done some interesting things. It's based on the Warhammer universe. There are six races represented: Chaos, Dwarfs, Dark Elves, The Empire, High Elves, and Orcs. Many of the other Warhammer races, such as Lizardmen or Undead, serve as neutrals. Just about everything is represented. Each player has a capitol with three zones. The goal is to destroy two of your opponent's zones first.
I've been playing this a lot and have collected all the "battle packs." The living card game means that there are no collectible cards in the game. Everyone who buys a pack gets the same cards. So you can actually complete the collection of all the cards in the game. FFG releases new packs regularly, working in "Cycles" that change the game in some ways.
With so many cards to accumulate, it has taken a while to get here. But this week I got my last order of cards, which brings me to the most recent packs of the current cycle. I don't know how many cards I have, but I have a lot!
You don't need this many cards to play. The starter box gives everything you need for two players to have fun and can last a while. Frankly, I just like collecting this stuff and love the art. I now have a bit of a problem, in that there's so many cards to choose from that I'm in "analysis paralysis."
I haven't lost sight of my minis, but LCGs have been big on my horizon recently. I'll spotlight a few more games as my collections grow. But I'll be right back to the miniatures in my next post.