Unlock the World Of E-Game Card Games with a Community
By Tom Seest
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Card games are an engaging pastime that provides learners with a fun learning experience and can even serve to disguise role-plays, add social interactions and build community.
To become involved with these communities, start by finding where your game can be found and then attending events and meeting people who play your game.
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If you are new to card and electronic game communities, it is essential that you understand exactly what you’re getting yourself into. There are numerous ways you can participate, but the first step should be identifying which kind of community you would like to create and its desired size; some games like Arkham Horror: The Card Game are ideal when played with only a small group, while other titles, like Magic: The Gathering require much larger communities for enjoyable gameplay.
Starting off your event planning at your local game store can be an ideal start. They should have experience in running events, providing prize support, or offering an online system to post league results and pairings.
If you’re interested in joining a tournament, find one that best matches your style of play. First-person shooters such as Counter-Strike and Special Force II often host their own tournaments, while fighting games such as Tekken or Street Fighter may have tournaments as well. Real-time strategy games like Starcraft II also hold competitions, while card games such as Magic: The Gathering Arena have their own competitions.
Start small by streaming your games with friends on YouTube, or join a LAN tournament for some experience in battling others and potentially winning some cash. As you gain more experience, gradually work up to larger tournaments by streaming and winning local competitions.
Step four is to determine how you will interact with players in your community. If you are running a tournament or league, make sure each person in it receives an email address and inquire about how best they want to be reached out. When creating a large community, establish an effective communication system so everyone gets equal amounts of information and knows who they’re playing against.
Creating a group is an effective way to foster a greater community around your card game, providing forums, chat rooms, and other tools that enable players to share their interests within the group. But before beginning this endeavor, it’s wise to assess if your game actually requires such an active presence – if in doubt, focus on other areas instead.
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