Now is a good time to check-in with Card Hunter. Blue Manchu just released its first expansion, Attack of the Artifacts, and it includes new adventures, cards, weapons, and monsters.
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Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons’ snappier offspring, Castle Ravenloft, had a wee babe. They named it Card Hunter, a hybrid tabletop RPG/collectable card game (CCG) that’s packed with great deck building and some dungeon crawls that are almost as good as the real thing.
What do game developers do when they get tired of making immersive, big budget first-person shooters? They make digital card games. Card Hunter is being developed by Blue Manchu Games, led by Jon Chey, Ken Levine's former producing partner at Looking Glass and Irrational Games. Jon previously worked on Thief, System Shock 2, and BioShock, and he's joined by Farbs (indie developer of the Captain Forever series), fellow Looking Glass vets Dorian Hart and Ben Lee, and the creator of Magic: The Gathering.
Right now, information about how the game plays is fairly thin on the ground, and the above trailer is described as "awesomely inaccurate." We do know that it'll be free to play, primarily singleplayer, and that they're striving to avoid anything that could be described as "pay to win". There's an ongoing Card Hunter blog, if you're thirsty for more.
Thanks to Jay Kyburz - another Irrational vet who now makes similar games like Neptune's Pride and Jupiter's Folly - for pointing this game out to us.