“Retro” Game Review: Wyvern

While visiting my dad a few weeks ago he gave me this starter deck I had there and forgot all about.  It is a collectible card game fairly similar to all the other ones.  The dragons all have a strength and a power number.  Instead of tapping land for mana to use to pay for creatures and items to take away your opponents life points, you start with 25 gold pieces you use to pay for everything.  You use your dragons to attack the other player’s lands.  The first person to lose all of their land and dragons is the loser.  However, matches are usually decided by several games with scoring in between.  

The score is decided by counting the amount of gold you have left so it behooves each player to manage their resources of gold wisely.  You do earn gold in various ways such as certain lands that hinder or even damage the attacking dragons.  There are some cards that represent dragon slayers that can damage your opponent’s dragons AND earn you some gold.  When my friends and I would play this game we’d use pennies to represent the gold.  You can use anything like paper clips, poker chips or scraps of paper but the pennies look a tiny bit like gold coins…

If you’re looking for a good, old card game to play this would be an interesting one to dig up, find, and play.  The rules are more simple than Magic the Gathering so it would be easier to get the younger ones started on this game.  Or your friends that need to start on a simpler game can start with this THEN once they are hooked you can reel them in to the more hardcore card games like Battle Tech or RIFTS.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

To read more about the game check out it’s wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyvern_(card_game)

To find the game to buy it for yourself and/or a friend: http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2166/wyvern


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