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Eminence: Xander's Tales An MMO/RPG Trading Card Game Coming Soon

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Eminence: Xander's Tales is a very interesting looking game that came across my inbox recently that is a mix between an RPG and a trading card game and it looks like the battles are quite good too. There aren't many good online RPG games for Linux, and WoW in Wine for me doesn't really count although there's some good guides at KillerGuides.net for you Wine drinking Wow players.

I love the fact that trading card games are making a slow come-back as some of them are really quite good.

The difference in Eminence: Xander's Tales to other games in its class is that you can actually explore the world, it's not just a game that you go from battle to battle. Another little twist is that you gain cards from beating opponents and taking their cards! I'm not entirely convinced that will work out well if it's not balanced, but it sure would make the actual battles a bit more edge of the seat worthy.

I hope that is balanced enough to allow crap players to still enjoy the game. I am sure they will have mechanics in place so you cannot lose all of your cards.

You can see a preview of a battle here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwyWuTGxH9I

The cards themselves look quite beautiful with the art inside them don't you think?

You can also see a preview of how the over-world will look like below:
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That's some great looking art.

Features
- Collect Them All: Collect hundreds of beautifully designed cards drawn by award winning designers. Trade with friends or unlock exclusive cards from story based quests.
- Card Steal: Conquer your opponents in a strategic high risk card game where the winner can take the loser's cards. Build a collection of uniquely designed cards.
- Evolving Story: Immerse yourself in a progressive storyline. Take up Xander's quests to reveal the tales which unfold within the grand storyline.
- Exploration & MMO: Explore a real time virtual world. Meet with real people in real time and traverse a continuously expanding environment and story.
- Character Creation: Customise your character. Choose from a wide variety of different looks and hairstyles. Upgrade your gear and create a look which separates you from the pack
- Online Multiplayer: Participate in ongoing events and tournaments which offer rare cards, exclusive armour/gear, prizes and bragging rights.
- Unique Guild System: Join forces with other heroes and build a team to battle cooperatively against other teams. Invite your friends to make your team even stronger.

The game is heading to Kickstarter in August of this year, so it really is one to keep an eye out for. I certainly will be as I love trading card games that do things a bit differently like this and the chance to steal someone's rarest card by kicking their butt is a fun idea indeed.

What do you think to this one then guys? Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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5 comments

Nezchan 30 Jun, 2014
I haven't played trading card games, what are the better ones for Linux so I can maybe try one out?

Aside from which, I like the idea of more MMO for Linux, especially ones that aren't tied down to AAA-style graphics. I like something a bit more cartoony, which is why I enjoyed WoW back when I played it.

Looking at the video, the card system resembles Triple Triad from Final Fantasy VIII.
mentorious 30 Jun, 2014
I'm not really interested in trading card games, although i've never played any kind of them, but it looks great and maybe i'll try this one.

QuoteI like the idea of more MMO for Linux, especially ones that aren't tied down to AAA-style graphics

By the way, know somebody "Loadout"? (a fun cartoon-style shooter) Is there any chance for a native version?
rustybroomhandle 1 Jul, 2014
KelsI haven't played trading card games, what are the better ones for Linux so I can maybe try one out?

It's single player with no additional card purchases, but Card City Nights is pretty decent.

KelsAside from which, I like the idea of more MMO for Linux, especially ones that aren't tied down to AAA-style graphics. I like something a bit more cartoony, which is why I enjoyed WoW back when I played it.

Wakfu is on Linux, soon being added to Steam. It has interesting an unique classes, turn-based combat and player-driven economy/politics.
Nezchan 1 Jul, 2014
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KelsAside from which, I like the idea of more MMO for Linux, especially ones that aren't tied down to AAA-style graphics. I like something a bit more cartoony, which is why I enjoyed WoW back when I played it.
Wakfu is on Linux, soon being added to Steam. It has interesting an unique classes, turn-based combat and player-driven economy/politics.

Wakfu is finally out of beta? Sweet! I'd been watching for it a long while back, but I kinda gave up on it when I moved over to Linux (although I have a Windows 7 partition that I rarely use any more). Once it gets on Steam, I might have to check it out.
scaine 2 Jul, 2014
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You can try CardHunter too, which is browser-based, but better than any other card-based game I've ever played. It's free to play, but there is a slight pay-to-win element, which is unfortunate, but doesn't affect the single-player game, so it's still worth checking out.

Sadly, it requires a version of flash greater than the one currently supported on Linux, so you have to use Chrome, or use one of the tutorials out there to extract pepper-flash from Chrome and apply it to Chromium.
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