Comparing Living Card Games
- Tim MooreUnited States
Fantasy Flight Games has been doing with their Living Card Game format...what's not to like about being able to easily get a playset of cards. That said, I've often wondered how the LCG's stack up against all the other games we play. So I started pulling together a bunch of information related to each one. Each of the games has the following information:
Designer: The people listed as designer of the game at BGG (with links to their designer pages).
BGG Rating: That's the whole tweaked out average rating that BGG uses to rank games
AVG Rating: That's the average rating of all ratings on the game at BGG (untweaked)
Other Games with the same AVG Rating: I was curious which games came out with the same rating as the LCG in question (looking at similar quality).
Bracketed Games: Another look at similar quality by comparing the LCG to the game directly above and below it's rank in the BGG database.
And finally, because I've been playing these games for a long time, I was curious how the games stacked up against the quality of the first generation of CCG's.
I'm not sure what I find here, but there does seem to be some connection when you look at the whole picture as to the perceived quality of the LCG's. However, I think there are some problems when comparing the newer LCG's to 1st generation CCG's, as I don't think the games are as strong as the originals (Not that they are bad by any means). This could be an artifact of the cult of the new.
Edit: After looking a little bit deeper, I really think there are some issues related to comparing the newer LCG's with the CCG's. I really disagree with the rank order of the first gen games (These ranks come from the customizable game category, not the board game category):
#13 Magic: The Gathering
#23 Deadlands: Doomtown
#26 Legend of the Five Rings
#32 Legend of the Burning Sands
#36 Vampire: The Eternal Struggle
The only game I haven't played on this list is Shadowfist, and I really think that Vampire and Middle-Earth should be up higher on the list, but again,the cult of the new might be the cause of this.
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