What’s up, designers, and welcome back to Rempton Games. If you’ve played trading card games for a while, you’ve probably seen an overpowered new card burst onto the scene and totally wreck the entire meta, to the point where it seems like everybody is using it. On the other hand, you’ve probably opened entire packs…Read More
Why are Trading Card Games So Expensive?
In July 2021, Youtube Logan Paul spend nearly $5.3 million on an extremely rare Pikachu Illustrator Pokemon card. This is the most expensive Pokemon card ever sold, and among the most expensive trading cards in history. But what in the world could make a simple piece of printed cardboard worth such an insane amount of…Read More
TCG Design Academy 2: How to BREAK a Trading Card Game
Everybody loves powerful cards, but how do you know when something is TOO powerful? In this video I look at the 5 most common categories of broken cards to see why they are so powerful, and see how to learn from past design mistakes.Read More
The Many Faces of Gwent
What’s up designers, and welcome back to Rempton Games. Today I want to take a look at Gwent, the fictional card game from the Witcher universe that was turned into a standalone TCG. I’m going to be talking about the inspiration behind the game, the various different versions of it, and giving my thoughts on…Read More
How To Solve the Queen’s Problem – TCG Design Academy
Welcome to a new series, where I will be looking at the design challenges behind Trading Card Games, and how to solve them. Today’s episode looks at one of the most fundamental issues that can affect any TCG – the Queen’s Problem. How do you stop players from just filling their decks with all the most overpowered cards? Let’s find out!Read More
What Would Happen if Magic: The Gathering Added a Sixth Color?
Hey everybody! Today’s topic is one that I am extremely interested in talking about. What would happen if Magic: The Gathering added a sixth color? Color Me Interested Before we jump into it, let’s start with a little background. Magic: The Gathering is a trading card game – actually the world’s first trading card game…Read More
Paying the Price: Drawing Cards in Magic: The Gathering
Hey everybody! Nearly two months ago I wrote an article about evaluating different creatures in Magic: The Gathering (which you can find here). Today, I plan to do the same thing, but with spell abilities instead. If you are interested in designing your own trading card game, or simply want to learn more about…Read More
How Good is it? Basic Tips for Evaluating Magic Cards
Ever since I started playing Yu-Gi-Oh with my friends in middle-school, I have been trying to design my own cards. I started out making new cards for the characters on the show to use (what if they made a fusion of Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Red-Eyes B. Dragon?!), and then moved on to making my…Read More
A Re-Source of Pride (Repost)
I know I promised a continuation of last week’s article this week, but unfortunately I will have to postpone. I will also not have any article next week due to Thanksgiving, but should be able to resume regular posts the following week. Instead, I hope you enjoy this article from a few months ago about…Read More
Putting the ‘C’ in ‘CCG’: Does Being Collectable Help or Hurt these Games?
Collectible card games are some of the most divisive types of games out there. There are those that love them dearly, and amass huge collections consisting of thousands of cards. On the other hand, there are those who refuse to touch them with a ten foot pole. While there are many reasons for this divide,…Read More