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Chronicle: Runescape Legends

Chronicle: RuneScape Legends Takes The Iconic Game Into The Digital Card Realm
by Daniel Tack on Mar 16, 2016 at 06:20 AM
Publisher: Jagex
Developer: Jagex Games Studios
Rating: Rating Pending
Platform: PC

The digital card game market is exploding on PC and mobile, and old-school MMORPG RuneScape isn’t falling behind. Next week on March 23, everyone can get in on the action with the launch of open beta. Progress won’t be wiped for official launch, making this a soft launch.

The game attempts to do something markedly different than many others available today by incorporating board game elements into the mix, and having players essentially build their own decks to beat. While a dragon or massive monster might be difficult to defeat, including them in your deck can confer massive rewards to your character as well over the course of a match. In essence, players are building decks for their own champion to beat, not a deck to defeat the opponent.

There’s still plenty of room for interaction with the enemy though, and that can take place in a number of ways, both directly and indirectly. Perhaps you’re the type that wants to fight the opponent directly with battle cards, or maybe you just want to buff enemy monsters – making it harder for the opponent to fulfill their plans. If you’re playing as the thief, maybe you’re focused on stealing enemy resources to hinder their progression and resource acquisition. A multitude of playstyles are available to explore.

As many trading card game enthusiasts know, draft mode is one of the big draws. RuneScape Legends will be adding a draft mode soon that will allow players to cut their teeth in a limited format. Instead of a single player campaign mode to help players get used to the game, Jagex will be using single player challenges to get players tackling difficult achievements. These achievements confer special titles and unique cosmetics that will give players the opportunity to add a bit of signature flair to their champions.

While the digital trading card game market almost feels like it’s bursting at the seams right now, RuneScape Legends is doing some things that should help it stand out, by embracing new forms of gameplay that combine board game elements and creating your own deck to defeat. We’ll see where the cards fall next week!