TactDecks, self-published by Eric Etkin, is a skirmish based war game, using cards in place of miniatures. The cards come in collectible packs of known cards, so it is also a LCG.
One pack is enough for a mini-version of a two-player game, but each player should preferably own their own pack.
$22, plus $5 per booster.
Interesting… reminds me in more than one way of Battleground Fantasy Warfare of which I’m a huge fan.
Certainly not knocking Battleground, but the main similarity between them is “wargaming on cards.” Clearly, both share a cost and convenience advantage over traditional mini-gaming.
TactDecks is more squad-based, where the idea is to create a synergized “party” of diverse Characters and terrain. The emphasis is more on the combination of unique combat skills and/or powers each opposing squad possesses, and how that interacts with your particular gaming style(s). The starter deck and series 1 boosters casts a wide net, trying to feature somethign for every type of tactical gamer – hard-hitting knight types, spell casters, ranged attackers, skulking rangers, and even trap-setting rogues.
Rather than fielding legions of troops, TactDecks is more of a “zoom-in” microcosm, where the play favors world heroes and archtypes over rank and file.
I understand your point and one of the main things I think BGFW lacks are individual Hero’s and Lords. For me it’s more like Warhammer Fantasy lacking those two elements. That said I prefer the bricks of units in Battleground, rather than an all individual character creates a unit based game.
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