What Does LCG Stand for in Card Games?

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By Valerie Becker

If you are a fan of card games, you might have come across the term ‘LCG’ at some point. LCG stands for Living Card Game, a term coined by Fantasy Flight Games, a popular publisher of board and card games. In this article, we will dive into what LCGs are and how they differ from other card games.

What is an LCG?

An LCG is a type of collectible card game that is different from traditional collectible card games (CCGs). In CCGs like Magic: The Gathering or Pokémon, players purchase randomized booster packs that contain a set number of cards. These cards can vary in rarity, making it difficult for players to complete their collections or build competitive decks without spending a significant amount of money.

In contrast, LCGs follow the living card game model. Instead of randomized booster packs, expansions are released in fixed sets with known contents.

This means that players know exactly what they are getting when they purchase an expansion pack. Each expansion contains the same number of copies for each card in the set, making it easier for players to complete their collections and build competitive decks without breaking the bank.

How Do LCGs Work?

LCGs typically have two types of cards: core sets and expansions. The core set contains all the basic cards needed to play the game while expansions add new cards and mechanics to the game.

Unlike CCGs where new sets are released every few months or so, LCG expansions are released on a regular schedule (usually monthly). This allows players to stay up-to-date with new content without having to constantly buy new booster packs.

Examples of LCGs

Fantasy Flight Games is well-known for its selection of LCGs. Some popular examples include:

Android: Netrunner

Based on the cyberpunk-themed world of the Android board game, Netrunner pits a corporation against a hacker in a battle for control over data.

Arkham Horror: The Card Game

Set in the Lovecraftian world of Arkham Horror, players must work together to investigate mysterious events and battle eldritch horrors.

A Game of Thrones: The Card Game

Based on the popular book series by George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones: The Card Game allows players to take control of various houses as they vie for power and control over Westeros.

Conclusion

In summary, LCGs are a type of collectible card game that follows the living card game model. Unlike traditional CCGs, LCGs release expansions with fixed sets of cards instead of randomized booster packs.

This makes it easier for players to complete their collections and build competitive decks without spending a lot of money. If you’re looking for a new type of card game to try out, consider giving an LCG a chance!