Sell me on Keyforge

Chikahiro

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#1
So, I'm seeing stuff about it, and thought it was sort of gimmicky until I read a review on Ars. So, now I'm actually interested.

I like Magic: The Gathering but hate "the chase." I like deckbuilding games a lot, like DC, Puzzle Strike, Ascension, etc. I don't mind buying sets for my friends to get us started. I like variety.

Uhm... not sure what else to say! If its kid friendly (like, kids under 10) that's a massive huge awesome plus.
 

Aspeon

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#2
Are you thinking KeyForge? There's a thread on it further down: https://forum.rpg.net/index.php?threads/keyforge-and-deckbuilding.832214/

As far as kid-friendliness, I'd be more worried about rules complexity than anything else. (art has demons and monsters and stuff, but no gore I think?) It's less complicated than Magic since you don't have decisions on your opponent's turn, but maybe you could pick a deck that's simpler to play.
 

Robert A. Rodger

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#4
It's fun. It's pretty cheap. Try it.

It is not deck building though. It's in fact anti-deck building. You buy one deck and you start playing. Then you want to buy more.

Depending on the kids... 10-ish sounds about right to me. But that depends on the kid.
 

Chikahiro

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#5
I've got to find it first. Nowhere here sells it :(

Part of trying it also means selling other players here on it too, and since it looks like I've got to order it...
 

Robert A. Rodger

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#6
It's just sold out because it's become quite popular. The guy who runs our local FLGS says he hasn't seen anything like it (sales and stocking-wise) since Magic.
 

Alter_Boy

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#7
There's no deckbuilding to the game, but like a game of Golf, you have to be good at choosing the right decks. And I don't mean buying a $2000 Horseman deck! If you have 2 or more decks, you should plan beforehand which deck you want to play against a certain person or deck. If you're playing against a Shadow deck or someone who loves to disrupt your AEmber, go with a deck that develops a strong board presence, and fight away their board presence. If you're playing against a deck full of Taunt and Elusive, favour heavy removal and big creatures. You can't make your deck, but you can choose a deck for preferred outcomes.

But the biggest feature of Keyforge is play during a match. The game is specifically designed to avoid "winning before you start" by bringing the better deck to a match.
 

Tyrmatfrage

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#8
If you want to play with kids, the starter set is a good buy as it includes 2 fixed "teaching" decks - fewer mechanics, and more reminder text on cards. Otherwise, you can give the starter set a miss, get the rules online and just use components from other games as your tokens.

After you've gotten a couple games under your belt - and you should definitely try out the game first to see if you like it before buying anything - a good way to expand your deck collection, IMO, is by joining the Sealed Format tournaments - everyone buys a new deck and then uses that deck during the tournament. I like the format a lot - you get a brand-new deck to play with, get to play a couple games with it to figure out what makes it tick, plus you have the chance of winning some prizes.
 
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