New TCG 'Final War' to debut at PAX South

Promotional artwork for the trading card game 'Final War'. Promotional artwork for the trading card game 'Final War'. GAMES LAB

A new trading card game is set to make its public debut at PAX South, a popular gaming and geek culture convention taking place in late January in San Antonio, Texas.

The game is called Final War and it's being put together by the Australian indie game studio Games Lab.  Final War is a turn-based tactical card game for two to four players.  It's set in the magical world of Gloren shortly after the end of an uneasy truce has sent the land into chaos.  Warlords from different races now vie for The Gem of Making, this is an orb of immense power.

Ben Ellis, the card game's Lead Game Designer, says the prospect of Final War being brought to the general public fulfills a lifelong goal of his.

"I always had a desire to produce a fantasy TCG that would use a dice moderation and communal deck moderation, being very different mechanisms to games that only make use of individual player decks," says Ellis.  "The lore behind the game sprang entirely from my tabletop campaign, with Gloren and its intricacies, including the Elder Days universe, developing over a 25-year period.  Suffice to say that there is a wealth of lore yet to be revealed."

The game's first edition consists of more than 400 cards with three gameplay variations.  Play continues in each game until the "Final War" card is drawn, which pits the players into a duel-to-the-death struggle.

Special for the PAX South debut, Games Lab will be giving the first 100 people at their booth each day a free exclusive Legendary card.  They will also be doing giveaways throughout the convention.

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