Collectible card games

Conan Collectible Card Game

Players 2-9
Age range 12+
Playing time Approx 30 min
Random chance Some
Skill(s) required Card playing
Basic Reading Ability

The Conan Collectible Card Game is a collectible card game set in the fictional Hyborian Age of Conan the Barbarian. The game was designed by Jason Robinette, and produced by Comic Images and released in 2006.

Game summary

Each player in the Conan Collectible Card Game takes on the role of Conan, attempting to earn renown throughout the land for his deeds and adventures. While each player has his or her own Conan, they are considered to be in parallel dimensions, so each exists only when it is the respective player's active turn. During this time, the opponent takes on the role of Conan's foes, attempting to defeat Conan. Victory is achieved either through earning 40 renown for one's own Conan, or through defeating the opponent's Conan.

This mechanism, where a player controls the hero forces during their turn, and the enemies during the opponent's turn, is also used in games such as The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game.

Card types

Turn sequence

Players alternate turns with each turn consisting of the following phases:

Since players earn renown by defeating foes, it is in their best interest to do so as quickly as possible, without getting their Conan killed. Hence, the ability to press on represents a calculated risk, where one does not receive an opportunity for prowess or hand replenishment. Players also have the option of playing more conservatively with their own Conan, and hoping that they are able to kill the rival Conan during the opponent's turns.

Deck composition

Each player must provide two decks which meet the appropriate requirements. The Draw Deck must contain at least 34 non-foe cards. No more than 3 copies of any given card are allowed, with no more than 1 copy of any unique card. The Foe Deck must contain at least 21 foe cards. No more than 3 copies of any given foe card (or 1 copy of any unique card) are permitted. The total renown of the foes in the Foe Deck must total from 91 to 105 points. This brings the total cards to 55, as reflected in the 55 card starter decks, made up of a 34 cards "Draw Deck" and 21 cards "Foe Deck".