Collectible card games

WarCry - game

Sample card from WarCry
Players 2+
Age range 12+
Playing time Approx 40 min
Random chance Some
Skill(s) required Card playing
Arithmetic
Basic Reading Ability

WarCry is a collectible card game set in the world of Warhammer Fantasy and published by Sabertooth Games. The base game cards were released in 2003, with newer expansions introduced in the months since. A video game adaptation, titled Warhammer: Battle for Atluma, was created for the PSP in 2006.

Gameplay summary

In WarCry the opposing players become generals of vast armies and wage battles for control over the Old World. Each game is divided into three segments called battles. The outcome of each battle is determined after both players pass consecutively. Their Victory Points totals are compared and the player with the highest total wins the battle. The player who wins two out of the three battles is the winner.

To begin playing the game each player needs two decks - the Army Deck and the Action Deck - containing a minimum of 30 cards each.

The Army Deck consists cards representing units that will fight for you, the heroes that may fight alongside a given unit and magical weapons, armor or other items that can somehow help swing the tide of battle in your favour.

The Action Deck has cards that represent special strategies, powerful attacks and other tricks that every leader has to know in order to win.

Each battle is divided into two phases: the muster phase and the combat phase.

In the muster phase players take turns placing unit or equipment cards on the table. Each such card has a cost in Gold points. In the first battle both players can muster units for up to 20 Gold, in the second - up to 25, and in the third - up to 30.

When both players are done mustering units the combat phase begins. The opponents take turns issuing commands (a command can be an attack, a move or playing a special card from hand). After they both pass successively the battle ends. The player with the most Victory Points (calculated by adding the strength of the surviving units) wins.

Card types

WarCry includes cards for the Grand Alliance (featuring blue marble backgrounds), the Hordes of Darkness (featuring black backgrounds with bones or fire), and neutral cards (featuring green backgrounds with leaf vines). The cards are further broken down into the following types:

Card sets

WarCry cards are released in sets each containing 120 unique cards (with exceptions noted below). They can be purchased in randomized booster packs of 9 playable cards and one redeemable "Gold Piece" card. On July 1, 2006, the Sabertooth Games redemption program officially ended, with newer boosters no longer containing any redeemable cards. On December 12, 2006, Sabertooth announced that Veterans of Battle would be the final WarCry product release.

Standard card sets

Special pre-constructed decks of 2x60 cards ("battle boxes")

Special sets

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