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1-19-2012 @ 3:15PM
Please take this in the spirit of ignorance, rather than a bad trolling attempt:What's the appeal for trading card games? I've never participated in one - not collecting baseball cards, not pokemon, not even the new Skylander cards (although my kids & I love the game). Is it one of those "you have to do it to understand" things?The only reason I'd buy those cards is to get cool things. I have a bone-deep hankering for a foam sword rack :)
1-19-2012 @ 3:28PM
Oddly enough, some people play the TCG because it is fun, not because of the extra loot.Try playing sometime and maybe you'll see.
1-19-2012 @ 3:32PM
Well, that's kind of my point. I don't even know how you "play". It is like poker, and by trading cards, you're getting a better hand? Is it like marbles, and you pile them all in the middle and whoever knocks the most out gets to keep them? Edumacate me!(the first person that references LMGTFY is gonna get a smack)
1-19-2012 @ 3:35PM
I really want to get the etheral portal (it replaces your hearthstone).And its one of those things where if you have friends who play it, it can be fun. A good chunk of my friends got into yugioh for awhile, and then they went back in to Magic the gathering. Also extremely fun to go to a hobby shop and participate in tournaments :)
1-19-2012 @ 3:44PM
Okay - that's something I didn't think of. The social aspect, combined with the competitiveness. I mean, that's why I love WoW after all. I love me some socializin'
1-19-2012 @ 3:46PM
I'm not sure of the appeal either. I've had a friend try to get me interested in random TCGs, needless to say his attempt to get me interested was an abysmal failure. Some of them are pretty popular but i couldn't honestly tell you if the WoW TCG is popular at all. I have purchased a large quantity of individual starter packs and a couple of the Starter boxes, but my reasons for doing so are for the loot cards. I've been to comic book stores that have Magic/Pokemon tournament nights and not much else.Again, i'm making generalizations but i assume most of the people who do buy the WoW TCG cards are looking to get a loot card to either use ingame or to sell for an exorbitant amount on ebay.
1-19-2012 @ 3:48PM
It depends on the game and what mechanics they use. Pretty much, it's similar to the Final Fantasy turn based battle system. You'll have one or more creatures/people on a side, usually with attack and defense points. You'll get support cards that boost your stats, reduce your opponents stats, or perform an action(spells, attacks, defense, traps). Your goal is to defeat your opponent's team.
1-19-2012 @ 3:58PM
Well, it's not dissimilar from most TCGs, so the mechanics of the game, and the competitive aspect in general, make it enjoyable to play.An interesting feature not present in some other systems is the raid deck. You and 5 other friends can take on Onyxia or the Black Temple with 5 "hero" decks versus a "dungeon" deck. I always found that to be a lot of fun. A big portion of it is the personalization. When you build your own deck, assuming you're not just looking at a suggested list or whatever the last world champion played, you're putting a bit of yourself into the game. There's luck of the draw, of course, but the success or failure rides on your ability to create an effective deck, and it can be a lot of fun to see your strategies pay off. Cryptozoic has a basic "how to play" section on their website:http://www.wowtcg.com/how-to-play
1-19-2012 @ 8:04PM
I'll tell you one thing, people at my local hobby shop don't even play the online game. Yeah, they enjoy the card game so much even though they don't have a clue about what's going on the game and they could care less about the loot cards (apart from the fact that the mounts worth over 100$).They love the social aspect, they love the competitiveness of the game and they even love it's lore and when I'm around, dropping the lore-knowledge bomb to them, they are very eager to listen to me. But no, almost none of them plays the online game.
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