|LCG Player's Guide
We break down the differences between the new LCG and CCGs
|A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 14 October 2008|
What is an LCG™?
A Living Card Game (LCG)™ is a game that breaks away from the traditional Collectible Card Game (CCG) model by offering a new fixed card distribution method that still offers the same dynamic customizable, expanding, and constantly evolving game play that makes CCG’s so much fun, but without the blind buy purchase model that has burned out so many players. The end result is an innovative mix that gives you the best of both worlds!
The LCG™ format is distributed in two phases:
The first phase is the release of a LCG Core Set. Every LCG™ will have an amazing, high quality and widely available entry point packed with content, including high-quality game pieces and immersive game aides to enhance the game. Core Sets are completely self-contained, with multiple decks included, providing a great game experience right out of the box.
The Core Sets are followed by monthly installments of expansion packs, each a set of forty fixed cards, providing an ongoing and regular addition to the available card pool. These expansion packs add customization, variety, and an ongoing “story” to everyone’s experience with the Core Game.
The LCG™ format will be outstanding for players in many ways:
The value of the game compared to the traditional CCG is exceptional. Instead of the hundreds and hundreds of dollars spent each quarter on the boosters required to keep a competitive cardpool, ten dollars a month will get a player at least one copy of every card, and thirty dollars a month will provide an entire tournament playset of cards.
The constantly expanding cardpool provides more frequent additions to your cardpool, with the potential of new decktypes and strategies to explore in every release. Instead of waiting four months for new cards to play with, you have the excitement of getting new cards for your decks every month.
Exciting organized play programs are available for all LCG™s, with online support and content, and fun surprises for players, keeping the game fun and interesting. These programs will include everything from year round league play, with prize support offered for winners and participants to high level tournament play featuring regional, national, and world championship level events.
LCGs have no rare chasing to worry about, insuring that games are determined by a player’s deck building skills and play strategies, rather than by who spent the most money in pursuit of those hard to find ultra rare chase cards. The fixed format insures that every player has equal access to any card he or she would need to build a deck.
The non-random format makes it simple to play multiple LCG™s without breaking the bank, dramatically increasing the chance to find opponents that play the same game you do.