Star Wars Trading Card Game

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This article is about Wizards of the Coast's Star Wars card game. For the card game published by Decipher, see Star Wars Customizable Card Game.
Star Wars Trading Card Game
Designer(s) Richard Garfield
Publisher(s) Wizards of the Coast
Players 2
Age range 6 and up
Setup time under 1 minute
Playing time 10–40 Minutes
Random chance High
Skill(s) required Deck manipulation,
deck optimization,
planning

Star Wars: The Trading Card Game was a collectible card game produced by Wizards of the Coast (WotC). The original game was created by game designer Richard Garfield, the creator of the first modern trading card game, Magic: The Gathering. After its initial release in 2002, the game was 'put on indefinite hold' by WotC in late 2005. The Star Wars Trading Card Game Independent Development Committee was created by a group of fans to continue development of the game. They design new cards that are available as free downloads at their website.[1]

Game play[edit]

The Star Wars: TCG focuses on gaining control of in-game arenas. In this two-player game, each player controls units which battle in the arenas. The main way to win is to take control of two of the three arenas. Some cards also add new win conditions for the game.

The three arenas are Space, Ground and Character, and feature units from the Star Wars films, such as Star Destroyers, starfighters, AT-ATs, armies, and characters like Luke Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker, Padmé Amidala, Mara Jade, and Darth Vader. There is also a build zone, a draw pile (for your deck), and a discard pile. The two sides to the game are the Dark side and the Light side, representing the two sides of the Force. There are also neutral cards, which can be used by either side.

There are several types of cards. They are:

  • Units: these can control arenas and are the most plentiful card in any deck. Each unit can only be placed in a certain arena designated by color and subtype. All units have several statistics including: build cost, speed, power, health, alignment. Units must be built.
    • Space: These units have a blue border and represent the space ships throughout the Star Wars films and books.
    • Ground: These units have a green border and represent the ground forces in the Star Wars films and books.
    • Character: These units have a purple border and represent the people and aliens found throughout the Star Wars films and books.
  • Battle: These cards have special one time use effects and can only be used while your units are doing battle. They don't need to be built and some can be enhanced for an extra cost to give the user a better effect.
  • Mission: These cards are like battle cards, but must be built. Their effects differ and must be played in the build step.
  • Location: This type of card affects its arena until it is replaced with another Location card. Most location cards are colored like units and can only be placed in specific arenas. Some locations can be placed in any arena and are not colored like any normal unit.
  • Equipment:This card type represents the weapons and vehicle upgrades in the Star Wars universe. These cards have a silver border and enhance the unit they are equipped to.

Abilities[edit]

  • Activated Abilities

These are abilities that units have on them and are used by paying a cost (usually force).

  • Static Abilities

These abilities are on as long as the unit is in its arena (e.g. A unit has "Each of your other characters get +10 speed", as long as that unit is in its arena, all your characters gain 10 speed).

  • Triggered Abilities

These abilities contain a "when" or "whenever" (e.g. a unit has "When this unit is discarded draw three cards." "When this unit is discarded" is the trigger, and "draw three cards" is the ability).

TCG Sets[edit]

Sets produced by Wizards of the Coast:

  • Attack of the Clones[2] (April 2002)
  • Sith Rising[3] (July 2002)
  • A New Hope[4] (October 2002)
  • Battle of Yavin[5] (February 2003)
  • Jedi Guardians[6] (June 2003)
  • The Empire Strikes Back[7] (October 2003)
  • Rogues and Scoundrels[8] (March 2004)
  • The Phantom Menace[9] (May 2004)
  • Return of the Jedi[10] (October 2004)
  • Revenge of the Sith[11] (March 2005)

Sets produced by the Independent Development Committee:

  • Fall of the Republic[12] (June 2006)
  • Scum and Villainy[13] (October 2006)
  • Battle of Endor[14] (June 2007)
  • Clone Wars: Republic at War[15] (April 2008)
  • Invasion of Naboo[16] (May 2009)
  • Battle of Hoth[17] (September 2009)
  • Legacy of the Force: Bounty Hunters[18] (December 2010)
  • Legacy of the Force: Mandalorians[19] (April 2011)
  • Legacy of the Force: Sith[20] (September 2011)
  • Legacy of the Force: Smugglers[21] (February 2013)
  • Legacy of the Force: Jedi[22] (December 2013)
  • Rule of Two[23] (July 2014)
  • The Old Republic[24] (December 2014)
  • Clone Wars: Separatist Offensive[25] (September 2015)
  • Rogue Squadron[26] (October 2015)
  • Empire Rising[27] (November 2015)
  • Empire Eternal[28] (December 2015)
  • The Clone Wars: A Galaxy Divided[29] (March 2016)
  • The Dark Times[30] (May 2016)
  • Clones and Droids[31] (July 2016)
  • The Force Awakens[32] (September 2016)
  • The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime[33] (November 2016)
  • The Old Republic: Tales and Legends[34] (January 2017)

Playing the game[edit]

This is a two-player game. The following is recommended for each player, but can be shared among friends and opponents in casual play:

  • two sixty-card decks (one Light side, one Dark side)
  • several dice (six sided)
  • a method of tracking Force points (counters, pen and paper, or a twenty sided die)
  • damage counters
  • build counters (can be the same as damage counters)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  2. ^ Attack of the Clones
  3. ^ Sith Rising
  4. ^ A New Hope
  5. ^ Battle of Yavin
  6. ^ Jedi Guardians
  7. ^ The Empire Strikes Back
  8. ^ Rogues and Scoundrels
  9. ^ The Phantom Menace
  10. ^ Return of the Jedi
  11. ^ Revenge of the Sith
  12. ^ "Fall of the Republic". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-01-27. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  13. ^ "Scum And Villainy". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-01-27. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  14. ^ "Battle of Endor". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  15. ^ "Republic at War". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  16. ^ "Invasion of Naboo". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  17. ^ "Battle of Hoth". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  18. ^ "Bounty Hunters". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  19. ^ "Mandalorians". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  20. ^ "Sith". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  21. ^ "Smugglers". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  22. ^ "Jedi". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  23. ^ "Rule of Two". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  24. ^ "The Old Republic". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  25. ^ "Separatist Offensive". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  26. ^ "Rogue Squadron". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  27. ^ "Empire Rising". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  28. ^ "Empire Eternal". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  29. ^ "A Galaxy Divided". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-03-19. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  30. ^ "The Dark Times". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-05-31. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  31. ^ "Clones and Droids". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-07-18. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  32. ^ "The Force Awakens". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-09-26. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  33. ^ "Vector Prime". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-10-20. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  34. ^ "Tales and Legends". Star Wars Trading Card Game: Independent Development Committee. 2016-12-13. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 

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