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Title: Solforge Steam early access available now
Post by: Ginaz on July 01, 2013, 07:59:39 PM
This is a new online TCG from some of the people who made Ascension and Magic: The Gathering.  Its available now through the Steam early access program for $19.99.  I guess that means its still in the alpha/beta phase.  Still, it looks pretty good and has a few differences from predecessors.  Between this and Magic 2014, it might hold me over until I can play next in a month or two.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/232450/

Edit: Seems it had its own successful Kickstarter awhile back.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1965800643/solforge-digital-trading-card-game/posts


Title: Re: Solforge Steam early access available now
Post by: schild on July 01, 2013, 08:01:11 PM
I have it. It's not very good. Unless some major things have changed.


Title: Re: Solforge Steam early access available now
Post by: Goldenmean on July 02, 2013, 03:22:28 PM
Backed it on kickstarter. It would be fine if it were just a one time purchase and you got all the cards, but it's got a CCG pricing scheme, and for that money, it feels highly lacking.

It's lane combat with a mildly interesting card-leveling gimmick. It has none of the depth of a traditional TCG. Every turn you get a new hand of five cards, play two of them, and your creatures attack any enemy creature in their lane, or the opponent if they're unblocked. Whenever you play something, a higher leveled version of it goes to the graveyard to be eventually reshuffled into your hand. If that sounds worth 20$ to you, bearing in mind that you'll still need to spend money on additional cards above and beyond that, knock yourself out.


Title: Re: Solforge Steam early access available now
Post by: Ginaz on August 13, 2013, 10:42:41 PM
This is now in open beta and f2p on Steam.


Title: Re: Solforge Steam early access available now
Post by: Flood on August 24, 2013, 12:11:25 PM
I have it. It's not very good. Unless some major things have changed.


I wasn't a kickstarter but - yeah it's not so hot.  I found Duel of Champions (http://www.duelofchampions.com/en/index.aspx) pretty decent in the pre-Hex interregnum.


Title: Re: Solforge Steam early access available now
Post by: Maledict on August 25, 2013, 08:37:02 AM
I like Solforge, but their pricing is significantly out of wack. I kick started for a fair amount because I trust the designers thanks to Ascension, so received a fair amount of packs but still don't have anywhere near a set. The number of legendary ultra-rare cards is significantly above normal for these games (18% of the first set compared to 6% for a magic set), and you can buy a full 4 card set for Magic for significantly cheaper than a 3 card set of Solforge.

I would say its better than Duel of the Champions though. It has, like Ascension, more depth to it than first meets the eye and isn't so wildly unbalanced as Duel is.


Title: Re: Solforge Steam early access available now
Post by: Ingmar on August 31, 2013, 11:24:34 PM
HATED this game as far as I took it, which was not far. It seems shallow as fuck, kiss of death for a CCG. Also no form of limited play is not smart.


Title: Re: Solforge Steam early access available now
Post by: Scold on September 03, 2014, 06:18:26 PM
Anyone playing this currently? I'm having a great time with it currently. I came to it from Ascension, which I've had tons of fun with. It repulsing the MtG/Hex crowd is a major positive sign in my book, since to me any game that requires significant time/money invested is incompatible with my life priorities.


Title: Re: Solforge Steam early access available now
Post by: schild on September 03, 2014, 11:02:47 PM
It repulsed the MTG crowd because it was bad. It had nothing to do with time/money investment. A game can still be good without those things.


Title: Re: Solforge Steam early access available now
Post by: Scold on September 08, 2014, 01:33:16 PM
It repulsed the MTG crowd because it was bad. It had nothing to do with time/money investment. A game can still be good without those things.

Funny, I've read lots of experienced/pro MTG players praising it heavily recently. Have you looked at it since the most recent expansion came out?


Title: Re: Solforge Steam early access available now
Post by: schild on September 08, 2014, 01:41:20 PM
MTG Pros fucking love Kibler. Also they thrive on being overly nice. They don't want to look like the rest of the MTG community. Yes, I've seen pros praise it. No, I don't believe them.


Title: Re: Solforge Steam early access available now
Post by: Scold on September 08, 2014, 02:59:43 PM
MTG Pros fucking love Kibler. Also they thrive on being overly nice. They don't want to look like the rest of the MTG community. Yes, I've seen pros praise it. No, I don't believe them.

What's your main objection (or is there an article out there by someone that shares your objections)? The game seems plenty deep with a ton of room for meta, ingame strategery, and new mechanics. The way they're doing drafts/dailies seems a lot friendlier to new players than Hex or Hearthstone. The four factions each have really great starting identity and means to expand.


Title: Re: Solforge Steam early access available now
Post by: Scold on December 11, 2014, 04:41:05 AM
Bump to announce that Set 4 of SolForge is absolutely amazing. The game has a huge amount of depth and high skill ceiling these days, draft is vibrant and the constructed meta is very dynamic, life is pretty grand. If you haven't checked out SolForge (or only checked out the fairly vanilla Set 1), now is definitely the time to hop in.

The new 'Sharing' system is a huge leap forward for digital TCGs, too -- when you get 'unbound' copies of a card, and you can split them into two functionally identical 'bound' copies, one for you, one for a friend. It's like trading, except you don't lose your original card. You can also forge 4 cards of a given rarity into another card of your choice in that same rarity, which has the nice effect of setting an upper limit on the price value of any card and attracting players who are here for the game, not for the 'investment'. Extremely player-friendly.


Title: Re: Solforge Steam early access available now
Post by: Scold on December 17, 2014, 03:07:34 PM
Bump because set 4.1 dropped today, and it's got some excellent new tools that should further diversify an already very vibrant meta.

Also, a new pricing scheme for the .1 sets (which are generally used to give new tools to underserved playstyles) -- long story short, you can F2P the cards at your leisure, but $30 will get you a complete set. Combined with the introduction of Card Sharing in set 4, this radically alters the game's level of expected financial commitment downward -- I'm a decent player with a completed account sets 1-4 and I've spent maybe 250 tops now, and I've got friends who've invested more F2P time who've either been talented enough to complete an account for free or have mixed time and money to complete an account for under 100.