If you’ve tuned into the gaming world, you’ve heard of Magic: The Gathering. It’s easily one of the most successful and popular collectible card games ever made. It’s been around since 1993, after all. Few collectible card games can make such a claim. Often when a new deck of cards hits the market, it can fall apart. In some cases, however, a collectible card game is successful enough to continue, such as the lesser-known Flesh and Blood TCG.
Disappearing in the background is, unfortunately, a fairly common fate for video game-based card games. There are plenty of collectible card games that go unnoticed despite coming from a popular video game series (and even TCG heavyweights like Pokemon have plenty of completely obscure cards).
Final Fantasy Trading Card Game: Use Crystals to Cast Summons
Based on the popular Final Fantasy games, this TCG brings you your favorite characters and monsters in card form. From Tifa Lockhart to Zidane Tribal, they’re all here. Two players battle it out and battle it out until one of them fulfills one of three victory conditions: inflict seven points of damage on your opponent, your opponent is unable to draw a new card, or damage your opponent when their deck is empty. These requirements are met by collecting Crystal Points (CP) to play your cards, using elemental attacks, character abilities, and summons.
The Final Fantasy TCG is a fairly popular card game and sees a fair amount of competitive play. You have the choice between different formats, according to your preferences. You can build your own deck with your preferred style of play in mind, or you can experiment with ready-made decks that are available for purchase.
Final Fantasy Trading Card Game on Board Game Geek.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions – Using Blessings and Covenants to Conquer
Warhammer 40k has been seen in a variety of media, from board games to video games. Its most popular iteration is the tactical tabletop game which can be quite an investment. His lesser-known TCG, however, didn’t have such a high price tag. Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions was a collectible card game created in 2018. You could play as one of four alliances representing the different factions of the Warhammer 40k universe (not to be confused with Total War: Warhammer and its races) and battle your friends one-on-one.
Each player had to build a deck of 38 cards, but only 30 of the cards would be shuffled. Meanwhile, the remaining eight cards remained on the battlefield. These cards were the champions, as the title suggests. Each faction had their own unique cards and their own champions. Beneath your champion would be a blessing card. Blessings were powerful spells that activated after certain conditions were met. From there, it was all about getting your opponent down to zero health.
Warhammer Age Of Sigmar: Champions on Board Game Geek.
.Hack//Enemy Trading Card Game: where your creatures count as points
.hack//Enemy TCG booster box displaying three different characters from the series
The .hack franchise was a massive project that spanned multiple forms of media. It had an anime, a PlayStation 2 video game series, and its own TCG. Its storyline was reminiscent of Sword Art Online (before Sword Art Online was a thing), following a character who was trapped in a massive online role-playing game. The TCG placed each character from the different properties into their own maps, and players battled it out to be the first to seven points to earn. Even the creatures that had to be fought in the video game had cards and played a role.
There were six different card types in .hack//Enemy, which helped all players achieve their goals. Monsters, PCs, Items, Events, Actions, and Fields. The monsters attacked and the PCs defended themselves against the monsters. Each time a monster successfully attacked, you received victory points. The first to seven victory points won the game.
The .Hack//Enemy Trading Card Game on Board Game Geek.
Plants Vs Zombies AR Trading Card Game: The Timeless Battle Continues
Perhaps the least well-known of these TCGs is the Plants vs Zombies AR trading card game. It is also the most interesting because, associated with physical cards, it requires downloading an augmented reality application on your smartphone to play. You would place a card down with your phone’s camera pointed at it and watch a plant and a zombie get away with it.
Each card has a set attack and defense stat as well as a cost to play. Coins, as a resource, would be collected to play each creature. This can be played solo or with a friend. It’s exclusive to China, though you can find the physical cards online for purchase.
MegaMan NT Warrior: Blast decks one card at a time
Mega Man has been around since 1987 and has spawned a huge string of Capcom titles (and memorable bosses). With the growing popularity of collectible card games, it was only a matter of time before this robot became one. MegaMan NT Warrior decks contained sixty cards. One was a NetNavi map, while the rest consisted of resources, battle chips, and events.
Unlike most of these TCGs, players had no health. Instead, each time damage has been successfully dealt, the defending player discards cards from the top of their deck, equal to the damage taken. The first person to run out of cards in their deck loses.
Megaman NT Warrior Trading Card Game on Board Game Geek.
Age of Empires: Expanding Card Game – Advance Through the Ages
Booster boxes for different sets and card backs for Age of Empires TCG
It might seem strange to make a card game out of a strategy game like Age of Empires, but it makes a lot of sense. Strategy is important with collectible card games, as you need to know how to conserve resources and when to withhold cards. Although it was designed to be played by two people, some rules allowed multiple people to play simultaneously. Many map types mimicked the gameplay of PC titles, such as Civilizations, Buildings, Upgrades, Technology, Ages, Wonders, and Relics. The object of the game was to advance through the different ages of humanity.
Paths to victory included destroying your opponent’s “downtown”, destroying your opponent’s villagers and preventing them from creating new ones, collecting five relics, or advancing to the Imperial Age while by completing the construction of a Wonder and protecting it for six turns. Some methods were easier than others, but together they offered several approaches to gameplay. Unfortunately, only one expansion was released.
Age of Empires: Expanding Card Game at Board Game Geek.
Digimon card game: Digimon, physical monsters
The Digimon series has made several attempts to create a card game that can achieve worldwide success. Although they have been mostly successful in Japan, they may struggle to find a foothold in North America. However, this new TCG attempt seems to hold.
The Digimon TCG has a new expansion planned with a release in April 2022, and another soon after in May. To play, each player chooses a Digimon to help them fight an opponent with a deck of 50 cards. These decks are made up of Digimon, Tamers, and Option cards. Your Digimon grows stronger as it evolves throughout the game, and you win by reducing your opponent’s life to zero. Keep an eye on your “memory meter”, as it determines the end of your turn.
Digimon card game on Board Game Geek.
Universal Battle System: Cross Map Compatibility
From Street Fighter to Soul Calibur, Universal Fighting System is a collectible card system that adapts existing video games and other properties into a card game. The best part is that you can pit your favorite character from one series against your friend’s favorite character from another. It’s consistent.
As in Magic: The Gathering, the Universal Fighting System requires players to build decks of 60 cards with no more than 4 copies of the same card in a deck. Players use five different types of cards to zero out the vitality of their opponent. Unlike other TCGs, there are no resources to collect and spend to play a card. It’s a unique system, which could very well keep this game in the market for a while.
Universal Battle System at Board Game Geek.
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