Final Fantasy Card Game Detailed

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Final Fantasy Card Game Detailed

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Square Enix's upcoming card game sounds like it's going to make trading card game fans in Japan pretty happy when it comes out in February.

Almost a month after it was first announced, Square Enix has revealed a lot more information about the trading card game that will be competing with the likes of Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh. The game's basic information, that it's a one-on-one game featuring characters and summons from the Final Fantasy series, is already common knowledge; now, the publisher is explaining just how the card game will work.

According to Andria Sang, the game will feature basic card types:

Forward
The basic card. These are used to attack and also block enemy forwards.
Backup
These cards don't take part in battle. They provide the Crystal Points that are required for using cards, and also provide support to forward cards through abilities.
Summons
These are used just once, but have powerful effects.

The cards feature six basic elemental properties: earth, fire, ice, snow, water, and wind. On top of that, two other elemental attributes, light and darkness, will come into play. Additional details on these elements have yet to be revealed.

The card game is coming to Japan on February 25. Square Enix is currently planning to sell the cards in booster packs of eight cards and starter decks of 50 cards (the starter decks will be sold in both Black and White themes, respectively). At the moment, there are 160 standard cards and 162 premium cards planned for the game, as well. Whether or not the game will come to territories outside of Japan remains to be seen.

Source: Andria Sang

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Another card game I won't have the time or money to play. :(

I'm really hoping this can stand on its own as a game, and it's not just a quick cash-in.

Also, how are water, ice, and snow not all the same element?

If this isn't triple triad, it is utterly worthless.

RandallJohn:
Also, how are water, ice, and snow not all the same element?

Ice and water are distinct elements in the Final Fantasy universe. I don't know where snow comes from. Maybe it's a translation error?

Why can't we just have Triple Triad? That game was awesome!

Snow seems pretty redundant as it would be covered by Ice. Why can't we just have fire, water, wind, earth, ice, lightning, shadow/dark, light/holy and unknown or non elemental. Although Ice and Lightning could be easily cut. As much as I love trading card game I can't see myself having money for this if it does come out. I do hope as well that they do make a decent game and just for the cash although Square probably needs it after FFXIV.

Kinda hope it comes it in the us, would give me something to play in between round of magic the gathering (seeing as how no one I know plays warlord :( ), sounds simple enough to be something that would be easy to pick up and play.

Cloud I choose you!! Actually looking on the website their also including Kingdom Hearts BBS and The 3rd Birthday. Can't help but think that these cards will be most useful for a Eye of Judgement-esce PSP game of some sorts...seeing as most cards so far focus on three major Square-Enix PSP titles...That or they think people will by the games just for a single Final Fantasy card... Well they do it for Pokemon movies...

I also think it would have been cooler if they had re-drawn all the characters in exclusive art for the cards, rather than just use old promo shots and concept art from the games.

http://www.square-enix-shop.com/jp/ff-tcg/card.html

NotKyle:
If this isn't triple triad, it is utterly worthless.

I agree with you. Brilliant game that really should just be released already.

blalien:

RandallJohn:
Also, how are water, ice, and snow not all the same element?

Ice and water are distinct elements in the Final Fantasy universe. I don't know where snow comes from. Maybe it's a translation error?

Oh, I know. I just mean naturally. And now they throw snow in the mix. I think Square just really likes water-based spells or something. :p

Yaknow what Square-Enix, I gave up Magic the Gathering. I now have disposable income again (this is only a partial truth). What I don't need is a new card addiction! UGH! >_< Nooo... must... get... Buster Sword for... Cloud...! Materia!!

RandallJohn:

blalien:

RandallJohn:
Also, how are water, ice, and snow not all the same element?

Ice and water are distinct elements in the Final Fantasy universe. I don't know where snow comes from. Maybe it's a translation error?

Oh, I know. I just mean naturally. And now they throw snow in the mix. I think Square just really likes water-based spells or something. :p

Makes me wonder why they haven't capitalized on Fire Lava and Soot. ;)

Fail its not triple triad from final fantasy VIII

Huh, well I really would have expected an official card game to come out of the Final Fantasy francise years ago (or have I just missed them). It's not like there has been numerous versions of a card game in many final fantasys or anything...>_>

Pity it wasn't triple triad though. That was fun.

Sorry, still sticking with magic, no matter how many times i have stopped playing I can never really stop, getting a groups of friends together for drinks and magic really cant be beat.

everyone in the thread:
Triple Triad

Triple Triad SUCKS that was one of the worst Mini-games I ever had to endure not to mention all the stupid ass rules that if I wanted to prevent them from changing because god knows the AI's a cheating dick, I have to go everywhere to freaking fix it.

Regardless Yu-Gi-Oh's been my on again off again card game system and I'm unlikely to buy FF cards if I wont buy cards for that game.

Pretty sure "snow" and "ice" are the same thing and there's been a problem somewhere down the translation pipeline. Lightning would make the most sense there, as that's a universal of both a 3-primary-black-magics (Fire, Ice, Bolt; aka Fire, Blizzard, Thunder) and the 4-primary-black-magics (same as before, plus Water). Water and Ice are usually separate, as are Earth and Wind (which are opposed). Dark and Holy should be appropriately infrequent and powerful, except for healing, which should either be Holy or Neutral and do damage to undead.

Ex-YGO player here, hoping they don't cock up the balance early in the game's creation like they did with that.

as long as its got the guys from final fantasy 4 im happy :)

So would hair gel be a water card?

The problem with starting a card game is having someone to play against.

The good thing about new trading/collectible card games is that nobody really has an advantage at the very beginning. Everyone is more or less a novice and there are no super rare cards that are extremely effective but demand outrageous prices.

The bad thing about new trading/collectible card games is that it is much harder to find people to play with than with a established game. Plus, there is no telling whether or not the game will actually survive in the long run. The TCG/CCG business is very hard to get into (Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokémon and possibly World of WarCraft are preety much the only ones that have managed to establish themselves in the long-term). As a result, most games end up being discontinued not long after their debut, which happens even to games with a popular and established franchise behind them (Harry Potter, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer...).

We will see how Square Enix's attempt at making a TCG/CCG holds up in the long run. It certainly wouldn't hurt if they managed to succeed.

Got 1 card that came with 3rd Birthday! Looks like a fun concept, I`m gonna look into it more.

I wont be playing with these, collecting them, yes.

Firia:

RandallJohn:

blalien:

Ice and water are distinct elements in the Final Fantasy universe. I don't know where snow comes from. Maybe it's a translation error?

Oh, I know. I just mean naturally. And now they throw snow in the mix. I think Square just really likes water-based spells or something. :p

Makes me wonder why they haven't capitalized on Fire Lava and Soot. ;)

How about darkness, shadow, and totally-not-light? :D

I'm still rather irked that the card game doesn't seem to have a consistent art style which would make it look a lot more professional and just overall better. Yea you save time by just taking stock images and plastering em on the cards and that would be fine for just collecting. But for playing cards it would be nice for something more universal.

Ever since Dissidia, I loved the art style character design Normua did and that would have been a GREAT art style for a card game and seeing all the characters and summons and junk drawn in that style would give consistency and be very pleasing. But I guess he's too busy for that and there aint anyone else they can find that can pull that off...oh well.

BobisOnlyBob:
Pretty sure "snow" and "ice" are the same thing and there's been a problem somewhere down the translation pipeline. Lightning would make the most sense there, as that's a universal of both a 3-primary-black-magics (Fire, Ice, Bolt; aka Fire, Blizzard, Thunder) and the 4-primary-black-magics (same as before, plus Water). Water and Ice are usually separate, as are Earth and Wind (which are opposed). Dark and Holy should be appropriately infrequent and powerful, except for healing, which should either be Holy or Neutral and do damage to undead.

Ex-YGO player here, hoping they don't cock up the balance early in the game's creation like they did with that.

Your right about the translation error, there aint no Snow, it's lightning.

Siliconera had an article about this too and they detailed a little more in regards to the properties of each element.

SpaceMedarotterX:

everyone in the thread:
Triple Triad

Triple Triad SUCKS that was one of the worst Mini-games I ever had to endure not to mention all the stupid ass rules that if I wanted to prevent them from changing because god knows the AI's a cheating dick, I have to go everywhere to freaking fix it.

Regardless Yu-Gi-Oh's been my on again off again card game system and I'm unlikely to buy FF cards if I wont buy cards for that game.

A million times this, that game was a total pile of shit and how anyone could enjoy it is mind boggling. If it were FF9s Tetra Master I could understand a bit, but Triple Triad is one of the worst mini games in the entire series, and having it tie into the actual game somewhat mad it worse.

I'd rather stick to Magic: The Gathering, at least if I can find anyone to play with...

It better not be like Triple Triad, that was the worst part of FFVIII

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I would like to see a card game that the rules start out fairly easily learnable much like how magic the gathering was during its initial release and the does not continually keep adding new rules and mechanics that convolute the game to the point that it ends up only accessible to the hard core.

I know the core game of magic I was able to teach my at the time 8 year old sister and she was able to understand it. Now its almost like you need a masters in accellerated particle physics to keep up with all the various rules and conflictions.

Basically a card game with the accessibility of poker with a little more depth and complexity to it would be nice. The way to do it is to create a simple balanced game then stop trying to expand it. 50 years from now I find it unlikely that anyone will be playing Pokemon/YuGiYo etc, but 50 years from now there will still be college kids using poker as a drinking game or the like.

So.....how do you play this game?

seems intresting, I might try it out, but why is snow an element, shouldn't be earth.

You silly people stopping at two dimensions with your collectible games. I'll stick with Heroclix, thank you very much.

This sounds exactly like Magic the Gathering:

Forward/Creature
The basic card. These are used to attack and also block enemy forwards/creatures.

Backup/Mana/Artifacts
These cards don't take part in battle. They provide the Crystal/Mana/Artifacts Points that are required for using cards, and also provide support to forward cards through abilities.

Summons/Spells
These are used just once, but have powerful effects.

blalien:

RandallJohn:
Also, how are water, ice, and snow not all the same element?

Ice and water are distinct elements in the Final Fantasy universe. I don't know where snow comes from. Maybe it's a translation error?

I'll grant you water and ice but yeah... snow wtf.

NotKyle:
If this isn't triple triad, it is utterly worthless.

Is that the one from Final Fantasy IX? That would be sick in real life.

NetherNox:
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