Guardians (card game)

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Guardians cardback.jpg
The card back to Guardians CCG
Designer(s) Keith Parkinson and Luke Peterschmidt
Publisher(s) Friedlander Publishing Group
Players 2-4
Playing time Approx 45 min
Random chance Some
Skill(s) required Card playing

Guardians is an out-of-print collectible card game created by Keith Parkinson and Luke Peterschmidt, published by Friedlander Publishing Group (FPG) in 1995.[1] In it, two players build armies led by powerful leaders called Guardians. Unlike many CCGs, there is a 4x3 "map" where armies maneuver; each player has strongholds on their "row", and the middle two rows are disputed. There are three potential victory conditions: a player can either defeat the enemy Guardian, conquer all 6 "disputed territories" in the middle two rows, or exhaust their opponent by depleting their armies ("shields").[2]


Guardians was marketed rather crudely, emphasizing scantily-clad women in cards and sex appeal. For example, there was a card called "Super Model" which "Destroys any creature which can be bribed by Babes",[3] and an article/advertisement in Inquest written by designer Luke Peterschmidt featured a caption saying "Six of the... uh, three of the best things about Guardians" next to artwork of three large-chested women in little clothing.[2]


The game was reported to have a strong following in Philadelphia, Ohio, England and France.[4] Peterschmidt mentioned that a "secondary game" (in relation to Magic: the Gathering) needs at least "three cities" to make money publishing a trading card game and these large areas could "support a lower-end game without a lot of overhead."[4]


Guardians was most renowned for the quality of its artwork. Artists include:

Expansion set list[edit]

  • Guardians Revised Edition
  • Dagger Isle
  • Drifter's Nexus (120 cards) [5]
  • Necropolis Park [4]


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (2003), Scrye Collectible Card Game Checklist & Price Guide, Second Edition, pp. 211–214.
  2. ^ a b Peterschmidt, Luke (May 1996). "Basic Training: Simple Strategies and Deck Designs for Beginners". Inquest. p. 59–62. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  3. ^ Inquest May 1996, p. 71.
  4. ^ a b c Varney, Allen (September 1996), "Inside the Industry - Reports on Trading Card Games", The Duelist (#12), p. 73
  5. ^ Varney, Allen (May 1996), "Reports on Trading Card Games", The Duelist (#10), p. 8

External links[edit]

  • Chez Phil, Fan de Guardians - Set information and ruling summaries, card database, background information on cards and other collectible items, storyline information, Seven Seas: an unofficial set cards...
  • Guardians at BoardGameGeek
  • Guardians CCG - A blog detailing Guardians Solo Adventures, which is a single-player adventure-type rules variant, and including new user-generated cards specifically made for this variant.
  • C. J. Burke's Guardians page - Guardians rules and trivia