Gary Games and Dr. Richard Garfield team-up for All-New Digital TCG: Solforge

Over the last few weeks, Gary Games has been teasing us about the upcoming new game only known as “Solforge.” But today, that all changes with the official announcement that had my jaw drop:

Gary Games is working with Richard Garfield to make this. How awesome is that?

Described as a digital card game, Solforge will offer something new and unique that physical games just can’t do: change. Debuting with an innovative shift in the way games are player, Solforge makes transformation a core mechanic which means artwork and powers of cards will change as you play.

“I’ve been thinking about making an electronic trading card game for about 20 years, and the technology has only just now caught up. And I knew that Justin and Gary Games were the right team to make the game after I played and fell in love with Ascension,” said Dr. Garfield. “I’m really pleased with how SolForge is developing and am very excited about the opportunity for fans to get involved in this development phase through Kickstarter.”

Keep reading for the full press release and a collection of artwork from the upcoming game.

Gary Games and Magic: The Gathering Creator Partner for All-New Digital TCG

SolForge will combine the best of both physical and digital games; Kickstarter campaign launches today

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA August 1, 2012 – Gary Games, the gaming company behind the popular board game and iOS game, Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer, is partnering with Magic: The Gathering creator, Dr. Richard Garfield, to develop a revolutionary new digital collectable game (DCG), SolForge. Gary Games and Dr. Garfield launched a Kickstarter campaign on August 1 to help fund the development of this brand new game.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Dr. Garfield, who is such an inspiration and legend to the industry. He was the reason why I got into professional gaming,” said Gary Games founder and CEO, Justin Gary. “I couldn’t be more proud and excited about SolForge.”

Combining the strategy and depth of a traditional TCG with the convenience and ease of use of an online and mobile gaming platform, SolForge will utilize the best of both to create a brand new gaming experience. In a major shift from traditional digital trading card games, the core mechanic of SolForge will be card transformation, where players’ cards will actually change and level up as they are played. The card’s powers will grow, the art will change, and players can watch the transformations happen in game.

In addition to transforming cards, SolForge will offer players a robust single-player campaign where their actions in game can directly impact the story of the world. In SolForge’s fully-featured Player vs. Player (PvP) mode, players can challenge friends to matches in a variety of game play formats. There will also be tournaments that will feature different deck building requirements to test the mettle of even the best players. SolForge will launch initially on the iOS with plans to launch on other platforms (Android, PC, etc.) in the future.

“I’ve been thinking about making an electronic trading card game for about 20 years, and the technology has only just now caught up. And I knew that Justin and Gary Games were the right team to make the game after I played and fell in love with Ascension,” said Dr. Garfield. “I’m really pleased with how SolForge is developing and am very excited about the opportunity for fans to get involved in this development phase through Kickstarter.”

As part of Gary Games’ Kickstarter campaign to fund SolForge, Gary Games and Dr. Garfield will be providing supporters access to the game’s beta test, a unique Kickstarter-only Avatar to show off support in-game and five free booster packs to start off the card collection when the game goes live to all backers who pledge just $15 toward the release of the brand new game. Supporters who contribute $2,500 or more will have the rare opportunity to have dinner with Dr. Garfield and the Gary Games team, as well as join them for Gen Con Indy 2013.

“We have a lot of ambitious goals with SolForge and with our Kickstarter. One of our main stretch goals is to bring SolForge to other mobile platforms, opening the game to as many players as possible,” added Gary.

All Gary Games designs feature high quality art and in-depth game strategy that offer a dynamic and fast paced play experience where players can react and adjust their strategies accordingly. SolForge will be the next evolution of the Gary Games brand, offering players a truly unique digital trading card game.

For more information about participating in the Kickstarter campaign to help fund SolForge, please visit Kickstarter.com.

About Gary Games
Headquartered in San Diego, Gary Games is a top industry gaming company whose staff has over 30 years combined industry experience working with top brands. After selling more than 40,000 copies of the fast-paced deck-building board game, Ascension since August 2010, Gary Games offers one of the highest quality gaming experiences stemming from their passion for the industry. In August 2012, Gary Games introduced a brand new digital collectible game, SolForge. For more information about SolForge, visit solforgegame.com.