SolForge is a digital card game, released by Stone Blade Entertainment on August 13, 2013. Its first expansion, “Rise of the Forgeborn,” was released on March 22, 2014. The game is available on PC and iOS, and an Android version is in development.
The game is a head-to-head creature battle set in an epic fantasy-meets-tech setting. The gameplay is light and quick; players’ decisions matter but they will only have a couple of them to make each turn. You can play untimed (with notifications when it is your turn, on iOS) or timed (with 20-minute “chess clocks” for each person).
SolForge uses a free-to-play business model, but purchases are basically-required for serious tournament play. All cards acquired are tied to a player’s account across all platforms, so you can buy on a PC and play on your iPad against other players, and vice-versa.
There is a story to SolForge, about the world of Solis and the four factions that fight for sport these days (the technical Alloyin, fiery Tempys, earthy Uterra, and underworldly Nekrium). There is some concern about a foreboding evil lurking beneath the frozen ice… but really the story is basically irrelevant at this point. Players cannot impact it, and player actions don’t feel like one is telling a story through play. Players aren’t coming to SolForge for the creative aspects, in my opinion.
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- Gameplay: Describing the rules, a bit of the strategy, and the lessons designers can take from the innovative game design.
- Business Model: A complete overview and frank opinions about the rarity structure, pricing model, and “forging.”
- Software and Interface: The look-and-feel of SolForge is distinct. It isn’t without problems, though, and we’ll talk through the pros and cons of the interface.
- Organized Play: What is there is great, but I’d love to see more.
- Closing Thoughts and Updates: Where does SolForge go from here?