This is a hot new CCG that uses a very different type of card mechanic and play area layout. One very interesting side note about Cardfight!! Vanguard, is that they are sized like a Yu-Gi-Oh! card, so smaller size... finally another use for those smaller sleeves!
The game is designed around having a card in play that is your Vanguard or avatar that you use to attack and defend. You start with a level 0 Vanguard, and can give it a Rider to increase the level. You can also play Rear-Guards, but they must be equal or lower level then your Vanguard. When your Vanguard is hit in combat, look at the critical score on the attacker, and you take that much damage. When you take 6 damage, you lose... or if you have no cards to draw!
Here are some examples of the larger creatures... and in a very cool foil pattern! Notice that they have a number of powers: constant and activated. They also have some serious increase in power level.
The starter comes with a full deck ready to play right out of the box! It is geared toward a clan and makes it easy to start learning the game.
This CCG is based on a TV show with the same name. The starter is really cool as it allows 2 players to get involved right away with 2 different options for the starters. It also comes with a booster so that you can customize your deck right out of the starter. Below is a picture showing off the Monsuno cards for one of the starters: Core-Tech vs Eklipse!
The decks contains Monsumo cards and Strike cards. Your deck most contain a minimum of 40 Strike Cards and exactly 3 different Monsumo cards with a launch total of no more then 15. Each deck may contain up to 3 of any given card, but only 1 of a card with keyword Unique.
The game is broken down into turns and each player may do one of three different things: Launch a Ready Monsumo, Attack, or Recover. Combat is broken down into 3 steps: Draw a card from the Strike Deck, choose a card and play it facedown, and both cards are reveled and players check to see which card Dominates.
If you want to learn more, then stop in and give one a try! I hope you stop in and want to give a new CCG a try. These games look great and I can't wait to play both so that I get some more experience with each!
Sean "Striderlotr" Banks