Many of you may not know about a new "living board" card game on Steam called Faeria. Faeria enters a market dominated by Hearthstone and Magic and seems to effortlessly drop itself in the middle to make a very rich and unique experience. Faeria improves on the formula that Magic The Gathering started and Hearthstone enhanced digitally while weaving in a unique game board. In Faeria you start out with mana and a handful of cards and can make choices to play land, gain mana or draw a card. You start the game with a deck of 30 cards and 20 life and the goal is to defeat the opponent by reducing their life to 0. You need to summon minions, use spells and other tricks to gain board control and defeating your opponent requires you to use strategic land and minion placement.

Faeria Is For Players Frustrated With The Hearthstone Grind

Faeria improves on Hearthstone's free to play grind by doing two things. Firstly it's easier to grind your daily quests for gold. Many of the quests are play to win, which means regardless of if you win or lose you can get usually get your daily gold. Also, you can skip the grind entirely and pay $50 to unlock the entire card set. So either play the game for free to win gold to open packs OR simply pay $50 to unlock all the current set of all cards. I really like this model as I don't honestly mind grinding to open packs and so far, haven't found that to be a bad way to go. Sure lots of people have better decks but I am winning a bit less than half the time and sometimes I have the enemy down to a couple health before they eek out a win. I'm OK with these odds as I've only played about 5 hours and I still haven't unlocked all the basic cards in story mode yet. I imagine i'll get better over time as I unlock more so the free to play grind seems to work for me.

Faeria Ditches RNG In Favor of Mostly Pure Strategy

With any card game you have the random element of drawing the right cards at first but if you play Hearthstone you know it's much more random than getting the right cards. Faeria drops all the random elements from individual card mechanics and features a very strategic experience. The game seems more like a refined game of chess than the often frantic and hilariously frenzied Hearthstone matches I've played. I really like both styles of games but if you want to play a game that's more strategic Faeria is for you.

How Do I Play Faeria?

Currently you have to buy into Faeria early access for $25 but if you wait till August 24th the game will go free to play for everyone. Currently Faeria is on Windows and Mac but the developers have plans to bring the game to Linux, XBOne, iOS, PS4 and Android.

If you are looking for a new digital card game and find the typical grind to be no fun at all Faeria might be something you should try .

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 08/14/2016 at 01:46am

Does it have a single player mode? If so, is it bigger than Hearthstone's? My disappointment with Heartstone was that it's almost strictly PVP. The video (in your post) looks good, I like the animations and card designs (which I think look a lot like Hearthstone cards). I'm not too sure about the actual game play, it may be something I'd have to try out that I might perhaps enjoy.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/14/2016 at 05:34am

> Does it have a single player mode?

Yes. It has 5 prologue missions that get you acclimated to the game and grant you the basic cards. Then you have the 3 different color mission sets in Red, Green and Yellow. Each mission set grants you the basic cards for that color and is pretty fun/challenging on their own. As you play them you learn the game more and it's all pretty cool.

They are going to add more single player content when the game goes Free to Play in August.

"With every big version release comes important features, and v0.8 will be no exception. Brand new single player content will be added to the game for the first time since Early Access launched. "Solo" mode will grow from being an important but small part of the game to becoming a full blown single player experience. It will not only help new players learn how to play Faeria, but offer a variety of challenging scenarios to complete. We aim to have around 20 hours of solid single player content to begin with, and plan to steadily increase that amount over the coming months and years."

Looks like the game might have some kind of story campaign or something, which should be really cool.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 08/24/2016 at 12:10am

Now Free-to-Play!

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/24/2016 at 01:32am

Awesome. Love to hear your thoughts on the game!

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 08/24/2016 at 02:35pm

I like it. It's definitely a lot like Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering, but a different game on it's own. I think if someone likes one or both of those games, they should definitely give this one a try, especially since it's now Free-to-Play, there's nothing to lose.

I can't quite decide if I like it better than those other two games. One thing I like about it more than Hearthstone is it seems to have a much bigger and easier to access "Solo" mode. This is something I really wish Hearthstone would expand upon. A lot of Hearthstone's single player mode is locked and you have to pay for it either with real money or in-game currency, which you can get by doing dailies. The problem I have with dailies is that they often require you to win a few matches and Hearthstone's PVP style is pretty much the majority of the game, which is seriously brutal on my self-esteem or self-confidence.

I have an old '92 version of Magic: The Gathering that I really love. Unfortunately, it crashes a lot in Windows 10, but performs nearly flawlessly in a virtual machine that runs Windows XP. I have the 2012 MtG version for the PS3 and enjoyed it. There are many more versions available on Steam. So far, I've only downloaded their demos and played some of them. They're enjoyable and it's tempting to buy at least one of them.

Back to Faeria, I've definitely run into some bugs, so I need to remember to take screenshots so I can report them. The game does crash often. Still, it's fun. It's somewhat difficult to explain how it works, or how you play it, but it's not that difficult to play. Actually, so far it's been pretty easy, at least easier than Hearthstone. It does have it's challenges like Puzzle mode, although those haven't been extremely challenging yet. I think I also ran into an "Epic" quest, which I haven't been able to win yet.

Deck building seems somewhat different than I'm used to. it seems that you choose from categories instead of individual cards. Maybe you can choose them and I just haven't messed with it enough to figure that out yet.

I've pretty much stated my thoughts on it right now already. Although, I may still write a post about it, especially since we should let everyone know that it's now Free-to-Play and an enjoyable game.

I saw on the Steam forums that someone posted a topic that says something like, "stop trying to be Hearthstone." I think the developers should ignore that kind of thinking and continue with what their doing. I think it's different enough from Hearthstone to stand as it's own game. Again, I really wish Hearthstone would get influenced by this game and expand their single player game, at least by making it easier to access at least. Perhaps Heathstone could do that by including wins in it's "Practice" mode more often as dailies, that would make me happier and play it more often.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/24/2016 at 03:05pm

It does have much more single player content, which is really fun. It's difficult too, which is nice. They are going to release more so it will be interesting to see what that will be.

You can choose to select individual cards OR select by category/type if you don't want to pick individual cards.

The game really doesn't seem like Hearthstone to me but there are some card similarities which is pretty unavoidable I think.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 08/24/2016 at 04:07pm

I'm really enjoying it so far! I just hate the bugs, especially when it crashes. I've started taking screenshots and reporting them. I have one already, but I'm sure I'll collect more.

Thanks for the deck tip, I'll see if I can figure that out. I thought I got some card or cards that give health, I think I need those for the Epic Quest. I started using those Mountain cards like he (Seifer, the AI) is using. His creatures keep killing me because they deal damage to me when they do any combat, it's difficult. Also, I don't know what the numbers below the decks mean. I have a 3.0 deck and some 3.5 decks. I've tried tinkering around with some decks, using the categories so far.

Yeah there are card similarities. If this game gets to be more like Hearthstone that's cool with me as long as it adds to Solo Mode, I don't care about the PVP stuff.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 08/25/2016 at 03:36am

Steam says I've played Faeria for 8 hours. Some of that time is minutes where I ran into issues. Immediately, I couldn't get in, it gave me some error like, "could not find steamid." Then I read on the forums that was due to the fact that they were doing maintenance. It was resolved quickly.

I'm enjoying it, but the frequent crashes suck. I've read others are getting the same error I've seen when they try to click "retry" on a puzzle match. The last one I did, I swore I won, but somehow it said no and therefore restarted, but gave me this error when it did that.

Anyway, I hope it gets resolved soon, so far I think it's a good game.


jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/25/2016 at 03:46am

Greg that sucks you are running into errors. I haven't seen one. I must be pretty lucky.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 08/25/2016 at 04:44am

Wow, considering you've played an earlier version of the game than I have.

I think I'm going to see about looking up some deck building stuff. Most recently I pretty much went with all the red (mountain) stuff and included "Blessings" or one other codex. I think that number at the bottom of the deck is how strong it is, I'm not quite sure yet.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 08/26/2016 at 10:57pm

Ugh, now the game is kicking my ass lol.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/27/2016 at 11:06pm

> Ugh, now the game is kicking my ass lol.

Yeah, it took me a bit to get enough cards and do well against the AI. I still lose but it's not as bad anymore but I had to cross a threshold for sure.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 08/27/2016 at 11:52pm

I have had a couple of Epic Quests and one Puzzle Quest on my Solo list. I'm not high enough in levels to do the Puzzle Quest and the Epic Quests were kicking my ass. However, I was finally able to defeat Aurora after the game gave me a new Daily, which was to play x number of yellow cards. So, I crafted a yellow deck and managed to beat her. Now I'm trying to beat the forest guy, I can't recall his name at the moment.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/28/2016 at 01:15am

Yellow is my most played deck color right now. Apparently I love Aggro decks smile

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 08/28/2016 at 02:38am

:) I played it cool and patient at first and it worked out, but then the game stepped up its game, so I had to do the same.

I recently noticed an issue I've seen that others are having, too. One of my Dailies says something pretty much like "lure him out. Fight in Solo Mode until Seifer returns." I've done that, but the daily still shows. I thought I read that a recent patch fixed that though.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 08/28/2016 at 03:07am

:) I played it cool and patient at first and it worked out, but then the game stepped up its game, so I had to do the same.

I recently noticed an issue I've seen that others are having, too. One of my Dailies says "draw him out. Fight in Solo Mode until Seifer returns." I've done that, but the daily still shows. I thought I read that a recent patch fixed that though.

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