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Faeria is truly one not to miss out on, not only is it a good answer to not having Hearthstone on Linux, but it's also healing my wounds over Scrolls never officially coming to Linux and then getting shut down.

The hook in Faeria is that you build the board as you play. So you place tiles like plain land, forests, lakes, mountains and deserts. You then place creature or structure cards down and make moves and attacks. There's a lot of strategy to it rather than basing lots on random numbers, but the games don't take too long so it's really quite fun.

I've been playing it on the highest graphical setting at 4K resolution without a problem, but it's not surprising as there isn't always much going on. I don't mean it's boring to look at though, far from it. It's very engaging!

It has very few negative reviews, and I'm really not surprised as it hooked me in right away.

I fear this game is going to suck my life away, as it's really awesome. The boards look incredible:
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It takes some ideas directly from Hearthstone like cards with "Taunt", but they have their own spin on it. Any cards next to it must fight that card first.

Once the game leaves Early Access it will be free to play, but buying into it now gains you a ton of booster packs. This is one of the few times I am okay with microtransactions, as it very much emulates how real card games work.

I think this guy knew what he was doing with his deck:
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I lost that game

I look forward to playing against your decks.

I will be extremely surprised if this game doesn't become massively popular, as I think it's fantastic.

About the game
Faeria combines the core values of Strategy Card Games together with a Living Board, giving you the ability to shape the board as you play to create mind-blowing strategies. Each game of Faeria is not only unique, beautiful and fast-paced but also highly competitive.

It doesn't have a Linux icon just yet, but don't let that stop you. It has a Linux version on Steam right now, and it's great.
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frostwork 15 March 2016 at 2:41 pm UTC
not my genre (online MP in general) but does
" It doesn't have a Linux icon just yet, but don't let that stop you." mean it is already working on linux?


Last edited by frostwork at 15 March 2016 at 2:42 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 15 March 2016 at 2:48 pm UTC
frostworknot my genre (online MP in general) but does
" It doesn't have a Linux icon just yet, but don't let that stop you." mean it is already working on linux?
Yes.
frostwork 15 March 2016 at 3:15 pm UTC
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neowiz73 15 March 2016 at 4:56 pm UTC
yep it's one of those "not good enough for SteamOS" but it works perfectly fine on Linux in general. it even shows up as active in the steamdb website.
After 9 hours of playing I'm pretty addicted already. Blizzard can stick it now i've played hearthstone since beta and when I seen this game and it supports Linux, that was a sure deal. Now i can officially say I no longer use wine for anything after playing this. I find this a lot more enjoyable than Hearthstone, because Hearthstone has become way to heavily based on the "RNG" aspect as they call it. where literally matches can be simply won or lost based on how the random aspects of that game fall in or out of your favor.

At least for now, Faeria seems to be geared toward more strategy rather than random rolls. there are some random aspects to Faeria but they by no means effect the game in such an extreme as Hearthstone currently is.
scaine 15 March 2016 at 5:48 pm UTC
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Looks great. Like a decent Magic:The Gathering digital version. A quick note though - it's £18 in the UK, but my understanding is that you're paying a slight premium to play the EA version. As noted in the article, it will be Free-to-play (estimated around September this year) but your £18 will buy better gear at that point than the tenner's worth you're getting now.

Not sure how accurate that is, but it seems to be the summary I got from reading the updates and reviews.

[EDIT: forgot to ask - is it Multiplayer only? I'd rather just do single-player campaign play, ala Card Hunter]


Last edited by scaine at 15 March 2016 at 5:49 pm UTC
Mountain Man 15 March 2016 at 6:21 pm UTC
"Once the game leaves Early Access it will be free to play..."

If it's anything like Hearthstone then people who don't spend big bucks on booster packs will be at a significant competitive disadvantage, so the "free to play" portion is more like a limited demo than a viable, long-term way to play.
Liam Dawe 15 March 2016 at 7:19 pm UTC
You earn booster packs every time you level up, you can also earn extras by playing against the AI in at least 9 single player battles too.

Buying into it now gives you access to 20 booster packs.
Mountain Man 15 March 2016 at 8:18 pm UTC
I understand they need to make money, so I don't begrudge their business plan. I just wish someone would release a game like this that doesn't try to nickel and dime you at every turn. I want a fun collectible card game with a one-time entry fee.
neowiz73 15 March 2016 at 8:58 pm UTC
Mountain Man"Once the game leaves Early Access it will be free to play..."

If it's anything like Hearthstone then people who don't spend big bucks on booster packs will be at a significant competitive disadvantage, so the "free to play" portion is more like a limited demo than a viable, long-term way to play.

like any TCG, it will cost money if you want to be competitive to any sort of degree. you do get a lot of gold from various aspects of game early on and you are able to craft cards from destroying excess of 3 of any one type of card because that is the max per deck.
In my personal experience it is by far the cheapest to date even compared to Hearthstone. as it stands, Hearthstone runs a deal now for $50 to get 50 packs of cards during special promotional pre-purchase for upcoming expansions. after that the same amount runs $60.

In Faeria you spend $50 and you get the entire basic set of cards plus you get reimbursed all of the gold you've spent on packs if you have done so. I really like how cheap it is for level of entry to be honest.
From what I have read they plan to promote this for esports competitive tournaments.

In Magic: The Gathering competitive decks could cost you anywhere from $500 to $1500 (sometimes more) in buying boxes of cards plus some individual cards if you have bad luck in finding the ones you need, per year because of the frequency of the expansions.


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