For the past couple of years, the folks at Cryptozoic Entertainment have been making a lovely array of physical trading card, board and deck-building games, everything from the official World of Warcraft TCG to The Big Bang Theory: The Party Game. Now they're going digital with Hex: Shards of Fate, the first free-to-play massively multiplayer online trading card game for PC and Mac, and my wallet's already getting itchy.
Hex is an MMORPG, with all of the social interaction, player-versus-player battles, adventuring and raiding such a game entails. It's also a trading card game, where combat is waged with a deck built from starter decks and booster packs — with more than 350 cards in the starter set alone.
Cryptozoic is using the game's digital format to do things that normal paper trading card games could only dream of. Equipment that changes card appearance and stats, complete with set bonuses; socketed items, similar to Diablo III's runes; achievements that unlock extended art versions of each card — these are the sort of features I've always wanted in my online trading card games.
Plus there are rabbits...
...and the strangest Kickstarter video I've ever seen, in which president and chief creative officer of Cryptozoic Entertainment, Cory Jones, robs a bank, gets a tattoo, snipes a clown and then dresses in drag and sells his body in the street.
Yes, it's a Kickstarter, and they are looking for $US300,000, but most of the reward tiers include digital card packs, which I was going to be buying anyway.
Check out the game's official website for an exhaustive overview of Hex: Shards of Fate, and then join me in the fall when I complain about how much I am spending on fake cards.