Diligent watchers of the sitcom The Big Bang Theory will have heard of "Mystic Warlords of Ka'a", a fictional collectible card game featured in the series. The rules are never elaborated on, but it appears to be based loosely on Magic: The Gathering, if it were played in a Uno-like manner. Obviously not wanting to waste a golden opportunity to cash in, a Facebook rendition was put together and released last year on Facebook.
If, like me, you're only just hearing about it now and wouldn't mind checking it out, well, that galley sailed today.
A fairly expansive post over at Lutopic contains the message from MWOK's developer, Dire Wolf Digital, announcing the closure of the game and its removal from Facebook. It posits reasons as to why the game was axed, including poor delivery of the games rules to new players and the inability to easily find instructions.
Those curious about the game's inner workings will also find a lengthy breakdown of the rules and a number of screenshots.
All things considered, it looks quite interesting at first glance. Sure, it included several Facebook staples like an in-game currency purchasable with real dollars and daily challenges to keep you coming back, but the impression I get is that Dire Wolf did an OK job of injecting MWOK with actual gameplay.
In the end, it's all about revenue -- especially with an IP like this -- so I'm going to hazard a guess that it was a simple case of the figures not adding up.
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