Fantasy RPGs are not only available in video game formats. A long time ago, before the onset of modern technology, fantasy lovers all over the world used cards and their imagination to embark on epic adventures. Yet, with the visually pleasing aspect of modern video games, numerous old card players have shifted toward modern video games and have completely forgotten about fantasy cards. Nonetheless, there are still people out there who are interested in card games, especially those who have fantasy elements.
Thus, if you are a beginner who wants to enjoy fantasy the old-fashioned way, check out our guide to kick start your adventure!
1. Tabletop and digital games
Before you start playing fantasy card games, you have to be aware that there are two distinctive formats of these games: tabletop games and digital ones. Tabletop games contain colourful physical card decks that have fantasy characters depicted on them. Because you will be holding your cards for a long time, they can get damaged pretty fast, which is why you need card sleeves or cardholders to protect them. Do not fret though; they do not have to look boring, as you can also customise these products by printing your favorite photos on them. You can even get customised mats to match for a more aesthetically appealing game.
On the other hand, there are also digital alternatives that are similar to their tabletop counterparts, but customised to be played on computers or smartphones. They use the same mechanics without needing physical decks. Although most players would agree that this game is best played with an opponent in front of you.
2. Number of players
If you plan on getting a tabletop game, you must know how many players you want to include. Most card games are mainly made for only two players. However, you can find multiplayer ones on the market as well. So, if you like hosting a game night every week for a large group of friends, opt for multiplayer games. However, keep in mind that the more players the game needs, the more complex its rules and story will be.
3. CCGs vs. Common-Deck Games
Collectible card games (CCGs) are games that depend on building your deck from scratch. All players start with the same deck, but continue to acquire new cards down the road by buying them or trading them with other players. Therefore, this type has hundreds of unique cards. The purpose of such games is to build a superior deck that can help you beat your friends, and tournaments are even held every year where players challenge each other. On the other hand, common-deck games do not focus on collecting or trading cards, because all players have to use the same deck.
4. Storyline and rules
Just like standard video games, both tabletop and digital fantasy card games have stories and rules. Before you buy any game, make sure to first familiarise yourself with its story and rules. Most tabletop games come with a guide that tells you snippets of the story and details the rules of the game. Digital ones do the same, but through tutorials and voice acting sometimes. For beginners, go for a game that focuses on the story, rather than the rules. Playing a game that has strict rules when you are just starting out can be off-putting. Once you master the easier games, you can move to the more complex ones.
Things you will need
When you settle on a game, you will need a few things to start playing. If you opt for a digital game, you will only need your computer or smartphone. However, for tabletop card games, you need the following:
- Your game box that includes your cards, guide, and, maybe, dice as well
- A gaming table or playmat
- Card display cases to showcase your unique cards
- Card sleeves and a storage box to protect your cards
Why not create your own game?
The good news is that you can always create your own fantasy card game in case you don’t find a game that strikes your fancy! It sounds crazy, but it is not overly complicated. You just need to settle on the type of game you want first: collectible or common-deck. Then, you can determine the number of players, the story, and the rules. After everything is ready, you can design your cards and characters and print them. This way, every aspect of the game will be to your heart’s content, and you will enjoy sharing it with your friends even more.
In a nutshell, fantasy card games can be a great outlet for your imagination and creativity. When you are a beginner, you will need to consider the medium of your game, its rules, storyline, and number of players. After you gain some experience, you can always create your own game; the sky’s the limit!