Battlecards

 

I see that you interested in Battlecards. To give you a taste of what these are about let me quote the text on the very first card:

"As if mirroring its war-torn history, Vangoria's geography portrays a landscape deeply scarred by rivers and mountains. Years ago, the land was ruled by the mighty Sorcerer-Emperor Vangor from his Palace at Constantia. Though he was not a merciful man, it was a time of relative peace. But Vangor's jealous heirs - triplet sons - schemed for the Emperor's throne. Each sought his own power base by aligning himself with one of the dominant forces in Vangoria: Justice, Evil, and Chaos. Vangor's death lit the fuse of war as the various factions battled for power. Order broke down. Each of the triplets was forced in to hiding and took on new identities. Constantia was reduced to rubble. Vangor's crown was flung contemptuously into Lake Mhingus by rampaging Battle Orcs. Vangoria's natural boundaries have subsequently divided the land in to four provinces. Cut off from the southern lands by the Towering Jharn Peaks, The Darklands are dominated by the Lord of Darkness to the east and the wild Hill Goblin tribes to the west. South-west of the Darklands lies Quaine, where the noble Prince Gallant continues his crusade against Lord Vengeance and his creations of evil. The eastern plains are home to the Barbarian Warriors who remain locked in continual tribal wars. The Barbarian Territories are a wilderness of demonic creatures and savage warlords. And in the south, Zittonia is a province of malice, ruled over by Zheena Nightshade, High Priestess of Gargantua, god of evil. But Aaragon Trueblade's forces of truth have begun to weaken her hold. Welcome to Vangoria. The Conflicts, Creatures, Quests, and Sorcery which will shape its future are now yours to command."


This game is a game played in many parts of Titan. It is an ancient game, if the records are to be believed and I cannot trace its precise routes.

Some say that Vangoria is another sister-world of Titan. However, the theory to which I subscribe is that it portrays an event or events that happened deep in the past of Titan. Certainly, the characters you meet and adopt in the game are all very similar in type to those found here on Titan and the games greatest advocate is the great Salamonian scholar Steve Jackson.

Also, it should be noted that of the eight Wondrous Treasures featured on the cards the Orb of Shantos is one. This same Orb is found in the story of "The Tasks of Tantalon" thus further adding weight to the argument that Vangoria resides somewhere in Titan’s past.

There are a great variety of card types including artist profiles, quests, tactics, advanced game rules, checklists, spells, and shields, but the main cards were Fighters. Each Fighter card has a series of 25 silver scratch panels around its illustration to represent locations of the body. Under the basic rules, players take it in turns to make an attack by scratching away a panel of their rival to reveal the symbol underneath. When enough 'wound' symbols were found, one of the fighter's 'life' panels would be uncovered and a skull symbol signified his defeat. The dead fighter card would then be given to the winning player who could use the card's 'purse' (an amount of gold listed in the corner) to purchase 'Wondrous Treasure' cards by mailing a Salamonian address (Merlin, from memory) with gold equal to the price agreed on a Trading Post card. Thus, finding unblemished cards is not an easy task.

Quest cards normally required collectors to study their cards carefully then send the correct ones to Merlin so they could claim a reward of gold.

The BattleCard artwork includes work by several of the greatest artists of Titan: - Peter Andrew Jones, Alan Craddock, Gino D'achille, Les Edwards, Iain McCaig, Terry Oakes, and Waldmeister.

How Many Cards In the Set

There is much disagreement over this. First, it should be made clear that there are two distinct sets. The first, known as the UK set, is most heavily used in Allansia, the second, known as the US set, is more widely used in the Old World and Khul.

The UK set:

There are 150 cards in the set. Card 150 being The Emperor Card, which you could only get from Steve Jackson himself. These cards are a bit bigger and the numbering system is different from the US set.

The US set:

In this set all of Alan Craddock's art was replaced by Martin McKenna.

There are 139 cards in the basic series; eight treasure cards (T1-T8), and the card #140 (The Emperor Card). There are also Silver Leafed Treasure Cards and Gold Leafed Treasure Cards (the same eight), making the total number of cards 164.

Definitive lists

I have created definitive lists of the Battlecards both US and UK, as well as conversion lists, to help clarify the matter:

UK Battlecards
US Battlecards
UK to US conversion
US to UK conversion

These are a rare treat nowadays, and if you get the chance to play them anywhere in Titan, jump at it.