This Week in Card Games – April 29, 2016

Wow.  This week has been a major blur for Card Games.  I want to talk about two companies in particular for this week:

1) Hasbro
2) Force of Will Inc.

There’s a lot to talk about, so I’ll get started right away.

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Friday Follow-Up: The Disingenuous Separation

Welcome 9th CX, and welcome everyone else, to Friday Follow-Up!

Today’s article, or rather…podcast, comes from 9th CX.  Here’s their podcast.  Give it a listen if you haven’t already, this post utilizes their framework and builds on it.

9th Hour – The Waifu Effect 1

In the first few minutes of the podcast, Melanie begins to frame reasons why to play a “Waifu” deck.  I won’t get into the definition of a “Waifu” deck here, but I’ll probably cover this at another time should I revisit (or continue) the issue I’ll be bringing up.

It’s definitely a good argument, and brings up a lot of good points.  But, I do have a problem within these first few minutes, as there is one point I want to highlight.  How you look at that point can completely change the narrative and the context of the rest of the podcast.  There is actually nothing wrong with their general viewpoint; I agree with a lot of what they have to say.  But I believe Melanie and Michael have fallen into a trap in trying to explain that viewpoint to others.  And that trap is something I’ve been fighting in my life for a long time.

To further this along, let me ask a question in response to their podcast.  What a player is competitive, what does it mean?

(Before I move on, it’s really important I make this clear: neither Michael nor Melanie are who I refer to when I say Disingenuous in the title.)

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Friday Follow-Up: What Makes a Card Expensive?

Hey there, Emmanuel, and everyone else.  Welcome to Friday’s Follow-Up.  I tend to use this section to highlight a blog post and just comment on it with my thoughts and ideas.

It’s good to see someone else from our circle do a blog post, and which is why I wanted to highlight Emmanuel’s post before delving into the meat of the article.

Indeed, is she?  It’s said that people will price a card at the cost a player is willing to buy them at.  So, this begs the question, what makes a card expensive?  There’s a lot more factors than just playability, and those players that build decks based on what is the most expensive cards in a set are in for a real treat.

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