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http://www.playgwent.com Originally a diversion in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the standalone version of Gwent is currently in Open Beta! Download from the PS4 or XBox One stores, or register for the PC version at playgwent.com. https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-gb/games/gwent-the-witcher-card-game-–-public-beta/cid=EP4497-CUSA08234_00-0000000000000002 https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/p/gwent-the-witcher-card-game-game-preview/9nblggh51qt4 The fuck is this Gwent is a free-to-play 1v1 card game in The Witcher universe. How do I Gwent There's a nice little how-to-play on playgwent.com, and a good tutorial video below: https://www.playgwent.com/en/#/howToPlay/board What sets this apart Gwent's main mechanic lies in its round structure, and persistence between rounds. A match of Gwent is played as a best-of-three; to win a round, you need to have units on the board that have more combined strength (the number at the top left of the unit) than your opponent. The catch is, you're given ten cards to do this with, and other than a small top-up between rounds, won't draw any extras. Do you push for a big score in the first round at the cost of having fewer cards available for the remainder? Goad your opponent into playing more cards to start the next round with a surplus? Success in Gwent relies on planning and decisiveness. Once you feel you've amassed enough of a lead (or are too far behind) you can pass the turn without playing a card. At this point you are out of the round and leave your opponent with free rein to complete the round as they see fit, with no danger of further interaction. At present there are five factions to choose from, each with their own cardsets and special abilities: Monsters: Big dumb creatures, and/or several little dumb creatures. Ability allows one unit to remain between rounds Northern Realms: Buffs, healing and resurrection. Ability makes your gold cards more powerful Scoia'tael: Ambushes and cards with no restriction on placement. Ability lets you choose who goes first at the start of the game Skellige: Units that benefit from having their strength reduced. Ability makes all your base units stronger in later rounds of the game Nilfgaard: Spies! Subterfuge! I have no idea what their ability does and should probably find out
Ok, I think there's probably enough of us at least having a go at this now and I know someone in the general thread had posed the idea of splitting it off. Just a thread to discuss the game and complain about the lack of booster packs Anyone new to it that wants to know more, here's a good 'how to play' vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gPu9pp2WOM&t=2s