Living Card Games From FFG Catch-All
I know we have quite a few players of the LCGs from Fantasy Flight Games. If you're not familiar, a "Living Card Game" is a collectible card game from Fantasy Flight games. Instead of the traditional model of buying starter decks and supplementing the starter decks with booster packs, a player buys the core game and then FFG will release monthly expansion packs that give players a complete "play set" of all the cards in the expansion pack. It's a much more affordable model since there are no "blocks" that get phased out. Expansion packs are $15 and usually the core set is around $30. For competitive players, they'll usually want 2 core sets but it's still pretty reasonable when compared to other CCGs.
The current games that are out are: Star Wars, A Game of Thrones, the Lord of the Rings, Netrunner, Call of Cthulhu, and Warhammer Fantasy. If you're not interested in playing with real cards, there is a system called "OCTGN" (http://www.octgn.net/) that allows players to play the game for free and is fully supported by FFG. The only downside to the online play is that they require expansions to be out for six months before being added to the online game.
I was thinking maybe we could get a little community going here of players either online or if we're in the same area in person. i know i'm not theo nly one who plays.