I took a long time to warm up to gaming cards. But, when trading cards became exceptionally difficult to reasonably collect, gaming cards provided a pretty cool option. And it can be a more social collection than trading cards! So, I began collecting and selling gaming cards and that made me an ideal reviewer for them!
Before you check out the reviews, I heartily recommend understanding how I review in general. While all of the gaming card reviews are in my blog, W.L. Swarts Reviews The Universe, as is my overall standard - My Reviewing Philosophy - I figured I'd take a moment to run through my criteria for how I review gaming cards.
All gaming card sets I encounter are evaluated on a ten point scale where 0 (zero) is absolutely abominable through 10 (perfection, every fan should play it!). I start at zero and gaming card sets work their way up to ten. What are the criteria I grade on? Here are the standards:
3 points - Theme/Images - Is the card set interesting, well-assembled, of a subject matter worth collecting?
3 points - Playability - Does the game make sense? Is it easy to play? Are the rules reasonable and easy to follow? Does the play allow for creativity?
3 points - Set Cohesion - Is there good balance to the set? Is the set necessary in the larger pantheon of the game?
1 point - Collectibility - Is the value of the set going to hold up over the years? Were there any rares that were disproportionately rare?
My gaming card standards are a little less strict than some of my other reviewing categories, but it's still good to have guidelines!