Legends of Norrath: Oathbound went Live on September 5th, 2007
|Introduction: What Is Legends of Norrath?|
by Paul Dennen, Sr. Game Designer
Greetings, fellow gamers. My name is Paul Dennen, and I'm lead designer for Legends of Norrath. It is my privilege to be able to introduce the game with this article. I'll briefly describe the overall game, and then I'll talk a little about the Terin the Fighter Starter Deck, one of four starter decks in Legends of Norrath's first set, which is called Oathbound .
What Is Legends of Norrath?
There is a What Is It? section on this website, but I'll give you my take on what it is and a little bit of insight into how it was designed. Legends of Norrath (or LoN for short) is a trading card game designed especially for Everquest and Everquest II players. It was designed specifically to make sense as a game that residents of Norrath would play. It's even possible for your EQ or EQII character to find LON cards while adventuring. The material on these cards will make sense from that perspective. For example, you might find a card called "Dain Frostreaver" based on the legendary Lord of Icewell Keep. Conversely, you would not find cards named from out-of-character perspectives such as "Train to Zone".
It is also very easy for your character to challenge an opponent on your server to a quick duel. The same LON server is accessible from any EQ or EQII server, and thus it is possible to play with other gamers who aren't even on the same server.
We designed the game to play quickly, so that it can serve as a distraction during downtimes. But it's not just a minigame that you'll play a few times and get bored with -- it is a full-fledged trading card game with over 350 cards. This translates into many strategies and styles of play, so that you and your friends can explore the game for a long time. We also plan on introducing expansions from time to time to mix things up.
One of the best things about a trading card game is the ability to customize your deck to your own liking. However, your first experience should really be with a starter deck. A starter deck is a deck that is pre-configured specifically for new players. These may not be the most powerful decks in the world, but they are balanced for play against each other and they don't contain any cards that are difficult to understand.
Legends of Norrath is an online-only, or virtual, trading/collectible card game (CCG), based on the world of Norrath from the massively multiplayer online role-playing games EverQuest and EverQuest II. Playable from within the MMOs and separately, Oathbound, the first card set for Legends of Norrath, features 370 digital cards and is available in both a 55-card digital starter deck and 15-card digital booster packs.
If you were a current subscriber to EverQuest or EverQuest II when Legends of Norrath launched, you got a complimentary random Starter Deck.
Each booster pack has a chance to contain a loot card, which is redeemable in EQ and EQ2 for special objects. Likewise, all monster encounters in EQ and EQ2 have a small chance to drop Legends of Norrath cards, starter decks and booster packs.
Legends of Norrath Oathbound Card List @ EQ2-Daily.com
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