Chaotic Trading Card Game
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|Illustrator(s)||Khary Randolph (original illustrator unknown)|
|Publisher(s)||Chaotic USA and TC Digital Games|
|Setup time||Varies depending on size of game (Automatic for the Online Game)|
|Playing time||Varies depending on size of game|
|Skill(s) required||Card playing
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Chaotic is a Danish trading card game brought to the United States by Chaotic USA and 4Kids Entertainment, and distributed by TC Digital Games. It was released along with the open beta version of the online game on October 24, 2007. The card game is also featured in the animated series of the same name. As of 2015 the website is currently closed and the cards are no longer in production.
- 1 History
- 2 Gameplay
- 3 Card Rarities
- 4 Series Expansions
- 5 Online Game
- 6 Organized play
- 7 Product information
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The Chaotic Trading Card Game is based on an earlier game called Chaotic: Now or Never! which in turn is based on another game called Grolls & Gorks. Each of these have characters from Dracco Heads, an earlier collectible product.
Both players begin with an equal number of creatures on the board - the most common configurations are 1, 3, 6, or 10 creatures for each player. The objective of the game is to eliminate all the creatures of the opposing player. There are five types of cards in the game, each with unique abilities. These types are Creature, Attack, Location, Battlegear, and Mugic.
Creature Cards are cards that players choose to make up their armies. These cards have up to six possible background colors based on the "tribe" with which creature is associated. The tribes are listed as "OverWorld" (Blue), "UnderWorld" (Red), Danian (Brown), Mipedian (Yellow), M'arrillian (black), and creatures unaffiliated with any tribe, called "Tribeless" (White). Certain creatures have abilities that are either active at all times ("Innate"), activated at will, triggered by certain circumstances or events, or activate when specific creatures are on the field ("Brainwashed"). Unlike the actual game, the animated series depicted creatures having to manually carry all of their Battlegear and their Mugic with them.
Each creature in an Army is permitted to be equipped with one Battlegear Card, as opposed to the animated series, where players may equip their creatures with spectral viewers and one additional Battlegear. Battlegear are often depicted as weapons, equipment, or vehicles that the equipped creature can utilize. Each creature can only use their own Battlegear in a battle. When a creature is defeated, both it and the Battlegear card are sent to the discard pile. At the beginning of the game, Battlegear is set underneath your Creature Card, face-down. When the creature engages in battle, the Battlegear Card is flipped face-up and revealed, where its effects will activate.
Each player builds a 10-card location deck. At the beginning of the game, each player's location Deck is shuffled and placed face down on the table. At the beginning of a player's turn, that player flips over the top card of their location deck. Location cards are used to determine Initiative (who attacks first in battle), either by Tribe, Element, or Discipline. If both creatures in battle are from the same Tribe or have the same score for the Discipline in question, then the attacking player has the initiative. Location cards also have a second ability which will modify the game (usually during combat) in some other way.
Damage is dealt through the use of attack cards. Each player must have a 20-card attack deck, which is shuffled and placed face down. Players draw 2 attack cards at the beginning of the game, and always have at least 2 attack cards in their hand at all times. When it is a player's turn to "strike", they draw a third attack card and select one of the 3 attack cards to play. A player must play an attack card during each of their turns. Damage to creatures is calculated by the following equation.
- Total Damage dealt with 1 attack card = Base Damage + Elemental Damage + Attack card Text Box Damage + Creature Card Text Box Damage + Battlegear Damage (If applicable) + Location Damage (If applicable)
The players then alternate striking each other creatures in a battle, starting with the creature that has the initiative. A Creature is defeated when it sustains a damage greater than or equal to its current energy.
Each attack card also has a build point value, which is used when building a deck. These values range from 0-5, and cards with higher build point totals being more powerful. Players have 20 build points to allocate as they see fit over their attack deck.
Each player selects the same number of Mugic cards as creatures that they are using. Mugic cards are held in the player's hand with the three attack cards. Mugic cards will either be tribe associated (meaning only one tribe can use them), and have the tribe color in the caption boxes, or they can be generic (meaning any tribe can use them). Creatures must have Mugic counters greater than or equal to the required cost on the Mugic card in order to use it. Generic, Overworld, Underworld, Danian, and Mipedian mugic cards cost 3 or less mugic counters. M'arrillian mugic cards can cost up to 10 mugic counters. Sometimes mugic cards are affected by the location, for example, in Wood Pillar, Overworld mugic costs 1 extra mugician.
In the game of Chaotic, each player sets out their creature cards at the start of the game. This is called their Army. Armies can be set up in one of seven different sizes: 1, 3, 6, 10, 15, 21, or 28 (although it could be bigger provided that the players have enough cards). The different sizes correspond to different degrees of difficulty. The smaller sizes provide an "easy to play" match, suitable for new chaotic players. The larger sizes are used for advance matches, as the players would have to decide the positions and battlegear for the large number of creatures, and the equally large number of mugic cards to be played, as well as having to decide which opposing creatures to attack. The players place these creatures face up in the formation of an inverted triangle (with the 'base' of the two triangles formed placed against each other). Though not an official Army size, the animated series featured a 105-versus-105 size, with each side using 105 creatures; consequently, this battle was never finished in the series, as both players were undeniably exhausted.
A player can only move any amount of creatures per turn(unless a creature is in battle then you would be fighting) but only have one battle per move turn creature per turn. Creatures can move into another space on the playing mat, except to those occupied by a creature belonging to the same player. When a creature's card is moved into a space already occupied by an opponent's creature, a battle occurs. Creatures can only be moved to the spaces closest to them. Some creatures have effects on their movement or are able to attack creatures multiple spaces away. Bursts occur when a player plays an attack card, mugic card, or a Creature or Battlegear's trigger abilities are activated. Once a burst has started players alternate adding to the burst with their own abilities or effects. Once both players agree to stop adding to the burst, the effects are resolved starting from the last card effect or ability down to the card that started the burst.
Some cards have been labeled 'unique' and only one can be in the player's deck. Certain cards may not be put in a mixed army.
There are very little differences between the official rules and the rules of the OCG. The OCG had a deck composed only of cards with the discipline symbols on them called the "Discipline Deck". The attacking player turns over the top card of the "Discipline Deck" to determine the type of contest between the opposing creatures. The creatures's discipline stats are enhanced or reduced by the battlegear attached, or the location. The players then draw "Power Cards" that have multiples of five printed on the cards. The players take turns to draw power cards which reduces the stat of the selected discipline of the opposing creature. The first player to reduce the selected stat of the opponent's creature to zero is the winner of the battle. These battles continue until one player has defeated all of his or her opponent's creatures. At the end of each battle if engaged creator's have gained elementals during battle it loses that/those elements.
The introduction of the ChaoticCoins allows members to get points for the cards that they upload, depending on their rarity.
- Common: This is shown with a black Chaotic symbol. Worth 10 ChaoticCoins.
- Uncommon: This is shown with a green Chaotic symbol. Worth 20 ChaoticCoins. As of the Alliances Unraveled expansion, uncommon is no longer a rarity.
- Rare: This is shown with a gold Chaotic symbol. Worth 40 ChaoticCoins.
- Super Rare: This is shown with a silver Chaotic symbol with the word "Super" written under its lower half. Worth 80 ChaoticCoins.
- Ultra Rare: This is shown with a silver Chaotic symbol with the word "Ultra" written under its lower half. Worth 160+ ChaoticCoins.
There have been a total of 3 expansions to the card game including the original. All of the expansions feature different sub-sets or series.
- Dawn of Perim: The initial expansion of the card game that had cards that were directly tied in with the first season of the show.
- M'arrillian Invasion: This expansion fell in line with the release of the second season of the show and introduced a fifth tribe, the M'arrillians.
- Beyond the Doors: This set introduced the new Minion title for the Overworlders, Underworlders, Mipedians, and Danians and the Chieftain title for M'arrllians.
- Rise of the Oligarch: This set introduced Fluidmorpher and Kha'rall titles for M'arrillians. Unlike the Chieftain M'arrillians, these types of M'arrillians can not make minions use brainwashed text.
- Turn of the Tide: This set didn't introduced anything new, but it did showcase newer iterations of previous creatures and new creatures without brainwashed text.
- Forged Unity: This set showcased new and redesigned creatures with a focus on abilities for armies consisting of multiple tribes.
- Secrets of the Lost City: This is the last expansion and lies with the 3rd and final season of the show and introduces the Tribeless.
- Alliances Unraveled: This set introduced new Past titles for characters from Perim's past as well as other cards such as locations. It even included characters without any tribe affiliation from the past.
- Fire and Stone: This set included few cards as the show was coming to a close.
|Developer(s)||4Kids Entertainment, TC Digital Games, Chaotic USA|
|Distributor(s)||4Kids Entertainment, TC Digital Games|
To Be Continued LLC
|Genre(s)||Fantasy, Science Fiction, Trading Card Game, MMOTCG, TV tie-in, Campaign/Battle Card Driven, Hand Management|
There was an online version of the game, which is in sync with the material card game. Each physical card has a 12-digit alphanumeric code to upload it to a player's online deck. It allows you to trade, battle, build creature armies, read the lore of the game and more. However, some promotional cards are not allowed to be uploaded.
There are three ways to participate in Chaotic TCG tournaments. The first one is somewhat traditional, as it involves going to the retailer and playing using the physical cards. The second method is going online and participate in the online tournaments. The third is a combination of both, where the certain retailers offer their own online tournaments that can only be played at the retailer's store. When players win in tournaments they receive "tournament points" that allow access to special features in the online game.
When going to a retailer's store to participate in a tournament, there are two types of tournaments that will be organized for the event: Organized Play and Sealed Deck tournaments. Most tournaments follow the traditional Swiss format.
Organized Play Tournaments are when players must bring their own cards to the event, and build their deck with nothing but their own cards. They must build their decks accordingly to the chosen format the event has decided to run (e.g. 6v6 Masters) and then play other players in order to earn a spot into the top players. After a set number of rounds, matches become single elimination, until the top four. After top 4, a winner will have been declared and wins said prizes(*).
Sealed Deck Tournaments are when players must pay an entrance fee in order to get into the tournament, always. After the sign-up, each player is normally given 1 starter deck and 5 booster packs, which then they must build a deck (using only those cards) accordingly to the chosen format the event has decided to run and then play other players in order to earn a spot into the top players. After a set number of rounds, matches become single elimination, until the top four. After the top four are decided, a winner will be declared and wins said prizes. Prizes are given to all players; however, the top players are awarded more prizes.
Like most trading card games, booster packs are sold to distribute cards. The booster packs of this game contain nine cards per pack, which includes two foil cards. The current MSRP for the booster packs is $2.40. Two covers were originally made, one with Blugon and Khugar on it, and the other with Ibiaan and Siado. The covers for the Zenith of the Hive set are Kelvedran and Illexia, while the covers for Silent Sands feature Melke and Gnarlus. All the Dawn of Perim and Marrilian Invasion booster packs contained two rare cards in every pack, but as of Alliances Unraveled there are three rare cards in each pack.
Two starter decks were released alongside the initial set, "Dawn of Perim: Overworld" and "Dawn of Perim: Underworld". As their names suggests, the decks contain only one type of creature card. Each starter deck contains: 52 cards (although only 48 cards would actually be used to play the game), with two non-game cards within the 52 cards; rulebook, and game mat. Three new decks (one for each tribe) were released with M'arrilian Invasion set in September 2008. Unlike Dawn of Perim and M'arrillian Invasion, Secrets of the Lost City does not show the tribe of the starter deck on the box. Each starter deck contains three rare cards and one super rare card, chances being a one out of five that the super will be replaced with an ultra rare card.
Chaoticgame.com announced that two demo decks, playmats, and a rulebook can be provided free at the Chaotic Website in PDF format to give players a chance to learn and play the game before purchase. The demo cards have no chaotic code- thus cannot be submitted online- and have a "DEMO" watermark over each card's image.
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- "Zenith of the Hive" (PDF). tcdent.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 20, 2008. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
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