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Subject: Origin of factions or spheres rss

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Ryan E.

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I played Star Realms and DragonFire at a game con last week and got to wondering where the idea of factions or spheres (ex. LotR:LCG) or teams (ex. Marvel Legendary) or whatever they might be called in a particular boardgame originated. I couldn't find anything with some basic Google searches. Was it a D&D idea that was picked up by board game creators at some point? I don't have a long history or broad knowledge of the field so this may be an elementary question.
 
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Ryan Keane
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I feel like wargames from the 70’s were probably the first to bring the concept of asymmetry to tabletop competitive games. Then games in the late 70’s/80’s like Dune, Civ, Cosmic, and Magic Realm (as well as RPG’s) promoted variable player powers as more of a standard mechanism in (Ameritrash) board games. I think it wasn’t until the mid-2000’s or so that this mechanism started to become common in Euros/German family games but I’m sure there are likely earlier examples.
 
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The way it is used in the card games you mention was popularized by the first collectible card game Magic the Gathering.
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RingelTree wrote:
The way it is used in the card games you mention was popularized by the first collectible card game Magic the Gathering.


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Early D&D doesn't really have factions in a general sense unless you count Law and Chaos. (Which it obviously nicked from Moorcock).
 
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Probably just be a variation on suits from a deck of cards
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