Warriors (trading card game)
Warriors was an online website devoted to the trading card game (TCG) or collectible card game (CCG) Warriors. It offered card lists, rules, updated rulings, and helpful answers.
According a post added to the website on February 4, 2008, the website “is no longer being supported.” It does however offer a link to further “all Warriors related content” available at the website of designer Cerulean's Games.
As described on the website:
Warriors is a card game where two or more players, using separate decks, do battle as fighters. The contestants then equip weapons, spells, and other cards to their fighter. Warriors differs from other card games in that game play does not actively use the hand directly. Cards in play almost always have controlling power over win or loss. Victory comes not in surprises, but in the wise use of what a fighter has equipped, and in making clever decisions during combat.
According to the website, Warriors combines the fantasy and creativity of Role-playing games, “with the portability and compatibility of poker.”
Players build individual decks using their cards, and use their decks to compete against other decks. By having a large card pool to draw from for construction, there are thousands of strategies that could lead to victory, giving the player a sense of personal touch to the game.
And unlike role-playing games, CCG's can be played in one sitting, without tedious long hours of preperation. Popular CCGs today include Magic: the Gathering, Pokémon, and Deadlands: Doomtown.
History of Warriors
Warriors was created by Ryan Hackel in 1992. The prototype deck consisted of about 40 different fighters, weapons, and such. After positive playtesting, Hackel decided to add more complex rules and new cards to balance the set.
Since then, Warriors has been a work in progress, with new features and ideas being added frequently. Hackel hopes that this game will see professional mass production and flourish as other collectible card games have. He expects the game to debut with at least 200 cards.
Unique features of warriors
According to the website, Warriors is unique to two ways:
- First, game play focuses almost exclusively on combat. “No more waiting turn after turn for a player to risk an assault. It's sword to sword, spell to spell, face to face.” Players choose a fighter, the weapon of choice, and pit their champion against all takers.
- Secondly, winning a game of Warriors takes far more planning than with other games. Game play focuses less on your hand, and more on the cards already in play. A successful player develops a deck that can handle a wide variety of challenges, and uses their equipped cards wisely.
Ryan Hackel is a CCG enthusiast and high-school graduate from Middlebury, Indiana, United States. He attended the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture at Glen Cove, New York, and is now an engineer in Virginia.
Hackel first experimented with game design at the age of ten. The first concepts for Warriors were created in 1992, and within a year, fifty homemade prototype cards entered casual play testing among Ryan's friends.
As the years past, Ryan continued to expand the card list, and evaluated the game rules as development progressed. Warriors today represents 14 years of casual development.
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