If you have been following my posts at all here on BTGN, you will have seen numerous posts I have made on LCGs, or Living Card Games, made by Fantasy Flight Games. I have given out some information on the games, about how it works and so on, but I’ve never really explored the depths of the progression of the games on here, though I have looked into it myself. So this article is about the LCG Call of Cthulhu, by far my favorite of the LCGs.
Fantasy Flight Games recently put up an article about Call of Cthulhu, not advertising a new product as such, but giving players options on where to take their game, what packs of cards to go for and even what the different sets of cards are about. It is quite an informative article.
It is a bit of a coincidence really, that this article comes about now, listing some of the things that is does when it comes to competitive play and cards associated with that. In all my gaming history, I have never been a very competitive player, preferring more of a casual style. I mostly play games for fun rather than as part of a competition, or if it is, it is a very casual competition, such as League play. Recently, a small dispute came up at my LCG about a certain Call of Cthulhu deck, generally known as Yithian Mill, that (pretty much) came in The Key and the Gate deluxe expansion. The competitive section on the FFG article lists two cards, Snow Graves and Master of Myths, one of which happens to be a key component in taking down the Yithian Mill. This to me says that FFG knows about the very hard to beat Yithian Mill deck and is giving out information with which to take it down.
There is a nice amount of information in that article for players, including suggestions for which expansions to buy depending on your level of interest, and even a general overview of the themes behind each cycle of Asylum packs. But in addition to that, there is a good section below that that is good for event organizers or shop owners. It is the experience of an event organizer named Matt Lippay. It tells of his experience with building a player base so he could run a large event. It is quite enlightening.
Throughout the whole article, the website cardgamedb.com is mentioned regularly, and this is because FFG owns cardgamedb. Which is fine, FFG is just trying to increase its player base and community.