I loved the Doomtown CCG.
I think the original release of Doomtown expansions was a system they called "Rolling Thunder" ... and you can almost think of it as a hybrid between CCG and LCG. Each month or quarter, a new expansion would come out, and it would only contain ... like ... 120 cards, I think. And the rare cards are typically very focused, so their "usefulness" is not as high as the more-common cards.
Anyway... I personally think it would fantastic if Doomtown was re-released under an LCG format.
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As someone who play the game when it was released and still has a fair collection, i can honestly say it was one of the most innovative CCG's out there, and hasnt been surpassed in this probably since.
Once you look past the setting, you realise that its appeal lies in the fact that you can choose to play a faction that suits what appeals to you as a CCG player.
Like to play a fast paced aggro deck, then you can choose to play the Law Dogs (The Sherrif and his men) If you like resouce denial decks then you go with the Blackjacks (a straight up gang of bad guys) If on the other hand you like the idea of playing a bunch of Mutant Hillbillies that use the power of undeath to batter your opponent then you have a faction for you as well (all hail the Whatley's)
And it goes on, because the game takes every genre and sticks it all in one coherant setting, using really innovative rules for deciding combat and has storylines that take the game foward.
All of which probably do make it perfect to bring back as an LCG.
Problem would be that the game is owned by another company and is FFG going to want to add another game to its range with all the costs associated with licencing etc, as well as the future developmental costs. Given the current economic climate it might be too costly a gamble to take.
FFG has some of the most major licenses I have seen a company with. Blizzard, Disney, Games Workshop. I am sure they could convince Pinnacle to let them release the TCG in LCG format. All they would need to do is agree to advertise the RPG in the card game in my opinion. Just like they do for Games Workshop.
All they need to do is buy the rights to use the system. They can get new art and such if they want. Heh I make it sound easy with the words "all they have to do".
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I loved Doomtown (still have all of my cards!). It was a very unique CCG in terms of setting (no generic sci-fi/fantasy here!) and mechanics (playing poker to resolve shootouts). I think that with the myriad of factions and playstyles, it could be a good fit for a LCG, especially since Doomtown was friendly for 3+ players.
I think that rebooting the story would work the best. It would give FFG a chance to clean up the rules (movement and jobs were clunky) and revamp dudes and locations to fit the new rules. A core set with Law Dogs, Blackjacks, Collegium, and Sweetrock would be interesting. Add in the spell using factions after the first expansion block.
I would buy it!
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I'd play this. Kennon and I were joking about it the other day. And I was totally telling my girlfriend about the game a couple days ago. I miss that ccg.
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I am also a fan of the Doomtown CCG. I would love to see it done in the LCG format with the FFG touch.
Gotta say, I'd definitely be all over this game as well.
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I'm hugely in favor of it. I still own a large collection of the original game (I was pretty unstoppable in tournaments with my Texas Rangers shootout deck) but I'd be ecstatic to have the plot furthered, new characters introduced, and maybe even refined game mechanics.
Go for it, FFG, as a fan of the series since the first day of the original release, I'd be stoked to buy Doomtown as an LCG.
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I just want to add my support for this game being re-released in the LCG format. I have thought it would work really well for a while, and with the announcement of Netrunner returning my hopes have been greatly increased. It would be really wonderful, and I think the theme would appeal to a large group especially with steampunk being more popular these days.
I would be extremely excited about a reimplementation of doomtown. It was easily my favorite game from mid 90's, narrowly beating out netrunner, and in my opinion, blowing magic the gathering and pokemon out of the water. The poker-based combat, call-out dude movement, and other mechanics made the Weird West flavor so immersive. An awesomely enjoyable game, to be harrowed back as a living card game, would make it all the more flavorful and convenient.
How about the gameplay? Does it adequately reflect the setting, to make you feel like you're acting out a Western adventure?
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Sounds great!! I hope to see any Deadlands or weird western/steampunk horror products from FFG in the future.