Highlander: The Card Game

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Highlander: The Card Game
Designer(s) Mike Sager
Publisher(s) La Montagnard Inc., SAEC Games, Thunder Castle Games
Players 2 (or more in some variations)
Age range 12+
Playing time Approx 20 min
Random chance Some
Skill(s) required Card playing
Arithmetic
Basic Reading Ability

Highlander: The Card Game is a collectible card game based on the Highlander franchise of films and television series. Players build decks from a 400+ card set, taking on the persona of one of the Immortals depicted in the franchise. The core of the game takes the form of a sword duel with players alternately playing attacks and defenses. Other cards are played to affect the basic rules of the game. You win when your opponent is reduced to 0 ability or cannot avoid a "headshot" attack (i.e. decapitation, the only way to permanently kill an Immortal within the franchise canon). La Montagnard Inc. is the current publisher.

Card types[edit]

Basic attacks[edit]

Nine attacks, one to each space on the attack grid.

Basic blocks[edit]

Six blocks, four each covering four areas of the attack grid, two covering just the upper and lower rows.

Guards[edit]

Defense cards which can stay in play multiple turns, but must be discarded if the player wishes to attack.

Special cards[edit]

  • Events: happen once and are discarded.
  • Edges: modify other cards they are played with; not considered "Special Cards" for game play purposes, multiple Edges may be played in a single turn.
  • Situations: stay in play and change the basic rules of the game.
  • Locations: like situations, but only one location can be in play at once.
  • Allies: introduced in later expansions, earlier they were treated as situations.
  • Illusions: introduced in later expansions; not considered "Special Cards" for game play purposes, and may only be played from an exertion.
  • Plots: formerly a subset of Situations and Events in older versions, these also stay in play and change the basic rules of the game, often adding up for a greater effect.

Pregame cards[edit]

  • Persona cards: rare cards featuring established characters from the films and television series, allowing players to use persona-specific cards, or enhancing the abilities of standard persona cards. Most personas also grant a special ability to the player, such as dealing extra damage per attack or granting extra attacks per turn.
  • Quickenings: rewards for winning tournaments and sponsored events, granting abilities to the user similar to those of certain personas.
  • Weapon of Choice: allow players to use special weapon-specific cards.
  • Watcher: affects the basic rules of the game.

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