CCGs

We’ve examined Magic: the Gathering, we’ve checked out the range of Living Card Games from Fantasy Flight Games, but what other exciting collectible card games are out there competing for your dollars and satisfying your urge for high adventure, set collection and trading with your friends?

Two very different but both incredibly popular game worlds are the subject of these two games: the high fantasy of World of Warcraft and the crazy video-game antics of Pokémon!

World of WarcraftLots of gamers probably spend many hours adventuring in Blizzard Entertainment’s online world of Azeroth, but when there’s no computer nearby, and you crave for some ‘old school’ face-to-face card gaming, then Cryptozoic’s World of Warcraft Trading Card Game allows you to enter the world of Azeroth wherever you are. Players can fight against each other one-on-one, or can join others in order to defeat raid bosses such as Onyxia, Ragnaros, Magtheridon, The Betrayer (Illidan), Kel’ Thuzad or the Lich King. The game is closely linked to the online experience, letting players take a specific class and faction, cast spells, equip items, fulfill quests, recruit allies, and even play Master Heroes—but you won’t have to spend hundreds of hours slowly leveling up!

War of the ElementsThe World of Warcraft Trading Card Game is now in its fifth year of production and features the best art in the industry. It’s also a ‘modern’ trading card game, in that you can always play a resource from your hand on every turn, allowing you to always play your cards. Loot cards offer unique, exclusive cosmetic upgrades to your World of Warcraft character. Beginner-friendly products like Class Starter Decks and the Assault on Icecrown Citadel four-player game make it easy to jump into the action, and there’s a worldwide community of players and collectors to join!

Games Paradise keeps you up to date with the latest World of Warcraft Trading Card Game releases. The newest release is War of the Elements—paths to the Elemental Plane have been ripped open, and players can now access the power of earth, fire, wind, and water!

ReshiramAnd now for something completely different: Pokémon! The trading card game based on Nintendo’s popular video game series about ‘pocket monsters’ has been around since 1998; first published by Wizards of the Coast and now by Nintendo.

There are five types of Pokémon cards: Pokémon (each depicting a Pokémon from the video games), Energy (attached to Pokémon to allow them to attack), Stadiums (locations that stay on the playing field), Trainers (that perform various functions affecting the game), and Supporters (like Trainers but more powerful and only playable once per turn).

Of course Games Paradise has the latest Pokémon releases to keep your decks beating your opponents! The new Black & White expansion brings players a legion of over 70 new Pokémon from the newly explored Unova region, including the legendary Reshiram and Zekrom, both featuring never-before-seen art that covers the entire card.

So whatever your favoured world, there’s an addictive collectible card game for you. Whether battling giant elemental creatures in a rich fantasy world, or training up lovable monsters for head-to-head battle in the Pokémon stadium, check out these well-established and popular games and start collecting today!