INDIE TCG SERIES – Animal Kingdom

Welcome to our Indie TCG Series! Let’s review Animal Kingdom, a TCG created by Monster Channel in the UK. If you’re interested in TCGs, you’ll love this city-building card game, where you become the mayor of a fantastical city and aim to create the most reputable settlement in all the land! Fill your city with weird and wonderful buildings that express the type of place you’d love to create. Use the resources they generate to hire diligent workers, recruit daring adventurers, play cunning stratagems, and more! But beware, you’ll face stiff competition from fellow mayors, who are in charge of their own cities, with sights set on the prize! Animal Kingdom is suitable for 2-4 players, but we highly recommend 4-player games.It’s quite different from other TCGs, as you’re not killing opponents with creatures or warriors. Don’t worry, though; the game is entertaining enough without the violence.

If I have caught your attention, don’t waste time! Click here to be notified when the Kickstarter campaign is launched. It is planned for May 9th.

As always, it’s a good idea to join the Discord server to learn more about the game and its community. You can join by clicking here, where you’ll find plenty of information, including rules and print-and-play decks. This is my best recommendation, as it’s an easy and inexpensive way to try the game. If you enjoy it, you can then consider becoming a part of the Kickstarter campaign. If you’re looking for something even easier and cooler, you can play the game in TTS. The creators frequently run demos, and I’ve joined a couple myself. It’s always nice to see the gameplay in action.

I will briefly explain the main rules of the game. The players compete to accumulate 50 points of Renown before their opponents. The game includes three decks: the Expansion Deck, Adventurer Deck, and Quest Deck. Each player needs an Assistant Mayor, an Expansion Deck, an Adventurer Deck, and a Quest Deck. At the beginning of the game, players place a basic building card face down in their city, shuffle the decks, and draw a starting hand of 7 cards. Players take turns in a clockwise order, with the player who rolls the highest going first. Worker cards toil buildings for effects, be used to support your city, or can gain renown for you. Buildings generate Sola; the resource used to play other cards, and many have additional effects when toiled. Adventurers have three primary statistics and are hired to send on quests. Quests can be attempted by all players, using the adventurers they’ve hired. Quests are one of the best ways to gain renown! Stratagems provide powerful effects and many can be played at any time to surprise opponents and disrupt their stratagies. The game ends when a player reaches 50 points of Renown.

All of the characters and locations depicted on the cards exist within a wider story, and the prologue to that story is being released in pieces on the weeks up to the Kickstarter. «Tales from the Animal Kingdom» is the name of the story, and you can check it here.  This first part is made up of 6 chapters, one of which will be released every Thursday until the launch of the Kickstarter.

In the future, I plan to publish a quick interview with the game creators to learn more about this game. I also intend to do a gameplay review. In the meantime, feel free to check out their official website, Instagram, and Facebook pages. I hope you enjoy it!

As always, stay tuned to our magazine and YouTube channel for short videos and content on the world of indie TCGs. Until next time, keep playing!

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