Faëria seemed to have a lot of interest in the Kickstarting and Screaming thread, so I thought I’d pull the discussion over here.
The developers of Faëria describe it as a “strategy card game” or “SCG.” It essentially adds an adaptable board to the deck building and drawing mechanics from a traditional TCG (trading card game). Resources are actually played on the board, terraforming tiles while allowing you to play your more powerful cards. There are two additional resources of gold and faëria (read: mana) that must also be managed in order to play creatures, structures, and spells (“events”). Each turn gives you three actions that you must split between gathering gold, drawing cards, terraforming lands with resources, or creating a new tile on the board.
Have I mentioned the morning, noon, and night cycles? Yeah, there’s a lot going on.
Faëria just began a Kickstarter and, as an interesting marketing tool, will give anyone who pledges $15 or above a key for the closed beta that is going on right now (note: $15 gets you beta access only; you have to pledge at least $25 to get Faëria when it’s released). The game is browser-based and is primarily 1v1 multiplayer at the moment. There are a few single player tutorials but a lot of the learning curve will be trial by fire. Fortunately, there is a ranking system so that you can get slaughtered by relative novices instead of experts. If you don’t like it, cancel your pledge before the last 24 hours of the campaign.
One last thing: even though the “T” is missing in the game’s “SCG” acronym, you can still trade cards with other players. However, there is no way to buy cards. You can only gain cards by playing matches, which gives you “memoria” (you get more for winning) that you trade in for boosters. No money sink here.
Some random thoughts:
[li]The aesthetics might be a little precious for some. It’s still an attractive game, even when most of the card art is placeholders. [/li][li]The tutorial “Quests” don’t come close to properly introducing you the game. I recommend reading the beginner’s info on the forums at some point before trying to play a human being. [/li][li]Even then, some things aren’t entirely clear (e.g. the rules for placing tiles), so it will take some trial and error. [/li][li]You apparently only have a single deck, so experimenting with new builds means dismantling your old one. Boooooooooooooo. [/li][/ul]
PS For anyone who cares, ë = ALT+0235.