After two games of Artifact I'm left with a splitting headache and an exhausted grin. Before tonight, all we really knew about Valve's Dota 2-themed card game was that it would use three lanes and that the announcement received a famously rough reception at The International last year. After tonight, it feels like I have more information than I can fit into my skull, but I'm certain Artifact is going to be the new card game hotness when it goes into full release later this year. The easiest way I can describe playing it is to imagine managing three games of Hearthstone at once, each of which can affect the other in multiple ways which are changing from moment to moment. Or, to put it another way, if conventional card games are like chess (which I know they aren't), then Artifact is the 3D version which Spock plays on the Enterprise. Which, I guess is exactly what I should have expected from Valve.What is Artifact's release date?At the beginning of August, Valve announced that … [Read more...] about Artifact: Everything you need to know about Valve’s digital card game
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It's hard to overstate the impact Magic: the Gathering had when it came out back in 1993. Its publisher, Wizards of the Coast, printed 2.5 million cards, expecting that amount would last them through the entire year. They sold out in less than a week. And that success was contagious, with multiple competitors and spin-offs already announced by the time the first reviews hit print.One of those reviews ran in Dragon Magazine #201, and it's an interesting time capsule—a set of first impressions that contains foresight like calling Magic "the trailblazer in what may become an entire industry category," a comment that turned out to be on the money. It also praised Magic's "low entry price, simplicity, and quick play", which seem less on the money, but it's worth remembering in the early days when 'casual' was the only playstyle that existed you really could get by with just a basic deck. Once collectible card games went digital, Hearthstone set a new standard for all three of … [Read more...] about How will Artifact change the card game scene?
While at PAX West, I had the chance to play Artifact and speak with programmer Jeep Barnett and Lead Designer Richard Garfield. PAX West was the first public showing of the game, and the first time that most press had the opportunity to check out the game as well. Artifact is more or less complete, releasing November 28th on PC, but there’s no doubt the feedback from the event will make some small changes. I spoke to Richard and Jeep mostly about how Dota was translated into a card game, but we also get into what exactly sets Artifact apart from other card games on the market right now, particularly digital ones. Before that, I’ll give you a quick overview of how Artifact works so you have a better understanding of the interview below. If you have a good idea already, feel free to skip straight to the interview. Quick Artifact Gameplay Description The above image shows a single lane, or game board if you want, out of the three you’ll have to concern yourself with. At … [Read more...] about Artifact Developer Interview – Why They Chose Dota, How It Influenced A Card Game, and Artifact’s Standout Features
Valve’s next game is Artifact. It’s a Dota-branded take on digital trading card games that has gathered its fair share of detractors since its unveiling. There’s no escaping that fate for any Valve game that doesn’t have a ‘3’ in the title. But those early reactions had nothing to do with the game itself, and on its public debut at PAX West this weekend, Artifact has shown itself to be a card game of notable depth and complexity. We got the chance to talk with two of the people responsible for bringing the game to life: programmer Jeep Barnett, who’s been with Valve for over a decade, and game designer Richard Garfield, who came to the company with an idea for a digital card game that could capture the scope of his own Magic: The Gathering in a new format. Together, they addressed the reaction to the game, how it will integrate into the Steam Marketplace, and how the team plans to build future expansions. The pair also told us the story of how … [Read more...] about The full Artifact interview – the future of Valve’s card game
Board games and tabletop games have evolved so far beyond the classics like Monopoly and Life - now providing a plethora of experiences from quick, ten-minute long games to lengthy strategy adventures with various, carefully structured areas of play to consider. There are also dozens of video game adaptations, and games which require a mobile phone to play! Board games are a great way to socialise with friends, and can often be combined with [insert your drink of choice here] to create a brilliant evening of entertainment.Once seen as slightly nerdy, there's no longer a stigma around board games, card games, or tabletop gaming, so it's a great option to have ready for a party or family gathering. But with so many options and loads of different games to consider, you might be wondering where to even start. Hopefully, I can address some of that today. And if you're looking for more recommendations, here are the best board games you can play in 2018.What are modern board games and … [Read more...] about How to start with board games, tabletop, and card games (and what games are best)