Suddenly, it feels like the 1990s and I’m playing Magic: the Gathering again, because the idea of collectible card game RPGs seem to be making a comeback. Between Witcher 3‘s Gwent, the Exploding Kittens project and (sort of) Cards Against Humanity, it’s starting to seem like the idea of tabletop card battling is coming back into mainstream vogue.
Whatever the case, add one more to the list, since Obsidian just created a Kickstarter hoping to fund the launch of their own Pillars of Eternity themed card game.
It makes sense, given the amount of time they spent building the world’s lore. It also shows how serious they are about growing the new IP:
- Lords of the Eastern Reach is a strategic card game of adventure and empire building based on the Pillars of Eternity video game from Obsidian Entertainment. You must protect and build a city. Hire heroes and troops for defense or to delve into dangerous dungeons for loot and glory. Build towers, blacksmiths and other buildings to gain the advantage and go for the win.
- Lords of the Eastern Reach is for 2-4 players and takes about 20-30 minutes per player. This is an Officially Licensed game designed by veteran game designers Chris Taylor (Lead Designer of the much loved Fallout 1), and Scott Everts (Designer on many well known computer RPGs like Fallout 1&2, Fallout: New Vegas, and Planescape: Torment). The original video game development team was actively involved in its development. It includes everything you need to play.
The good news is that they’ve not only managed to meet their planned goal already, but also hit their first four stretch goals as well. The next stretch goals haven’t even been updated yet since it appears they hit funding for them before the website could even be changed to show the new funding tally. Goes to show you how badly people want this sort of thing.