Currently Runic is in need of playtesters to check for balance and rulebook testing. Any constructive feedback would be greatly appreciated. You can help Runic gain XP and level up!
Runic is a 2 player card game with a relatively small component footprint for the base game; each player has the same 6 distinct playable spells. It also has a lot of modularity; there are 18 additional spells to mix with the base 6, there are also 3 different modules which can be added in if desired.
Li’Magish vo varunyr, Magish vo neth’ti varunyr.
(The apprentice knows how to cast a spell, the master knows when to cast a spell)
In Runic, you take on the role of a Magi and will duel against an opponent. Each of you start with 6 unique spells in your hand. You will play those spells in order to cast them so you can gain magi points or to add other spells to your hand. In addition to gaining these rewards, spells have specific effects that depend on their level; each time a spell is cast it levels up making it more powerful the next time you cast it. The game lasts until a player gains 6 magi points or one of the libraries which holds a stack of spells runs out. When this happens the player with the most magi points wins. Beware though, if you ever run out of legal moves your opponent automatically wins!
● Number of Players: 2-2
● Time to Play: 20-40 min
● Suggested Age: 12+
● Type of Game: Card
● Mechanics: Hand Management
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As someone who is blind playtesting the game (and have been for a while) I think it is a great substitute for players that are used to a game as complicated as Magic: the Gathering. But minimal options on a turn each decision becomes more and more important.
North Richland Hills
I've been working with Bill to test this game for the last several months. In addition, I've helped with some of the card layout and art assets as well as some preliminary printing efforts. I have to say that, although abstract games are not my favorite genre, Runic has struck a deep chord with me and has become one of my favorite card games.
It's strategic, there are thematic elements to it, and every game plays differently. I would guess that we've tested them game close to a hundred times and I still enjoy playing it every time. With the addition of the expansion cards and the modular cards, this game has a ton of variability and replayability and, if you like strategy games, I can see you enjoying this one as well!