Delve into classic turn-based strategy gaming with elements of table top miniatures, fantasy RPG and TCG style gameplay all wrapped into one.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (117 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 15, 2014

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"A strategy card combo with a dedicated community, which took a trip down the p2w slope under SOE but was reclaimed by the old devs and has been revamped"

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October 15

Pox Nora Is LIVE!

Thanks to all of our players, new and old, for your interest and support. If you haven't already, please check out our forums when you have a chance to become part of our close-knit, thriving community!

We'd love to hear your thoughts about what works and what doesn't. Pox Nora is constantly evolving with frequent updates and expansions so your feedback is critical. In the meantime, if you have any problems, please contact our support team.

Also, don't forget to login and redeem your Limited Edition rune!

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October 15

Pox Nora Is Almost Here!

We're close to flipping the switch and welcoming the Steam community to Pox Nora! We just need to make a few final tweaks, run some tests, work some dials, and all the other things that go into launching on a great new platform like Steam.

We hope everyone enjoys this new way of experiencing Pox Nora!

See you on the battlefield!

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Pox Nora Returns to Steam

Pox Nora is back! Desert Owl Games acquired the game from Sony Online Entertainment in the Spring of 2014 and have revamped, re-skinned, and improved it for new and old players alike.

All 3,000+ runes have been revamped to make deck themes more fun and champions less bloated with abilities. The in-game lobby got a make over to make it easier to navigate and more visually pleasing. Check out our latest content release, the Revamp Midterm! It introduces brand new champions, some that are good at countering certain themes.

Latest Release

The Revamp Midterm pack is available now in the Marketplace! Each pack comes with a 100% chance to get an exotic from the Midterm content update.

About This Game

Pox Nora is an online, collectible, turn-based strategy game. Players can take their deck of Runes (cards) and go on an adventure in the many single player campaigns, skirmish against the AI, or battle against other players in player vs player matches. Public decks are available to unlock with gold or by playing the faction walkthrough campaigns. If you like Pox Nora, you can expand your deck options by purchasing additional rune packs that will give you access to more Champions, Spells, Relics and Equipment.

Key Features

  • Completely free to play with additional content available for purchase
  • Wage war against opponents through exciting player vs. player gameplay
  • Adventure with iconic characters in single player story campaigns
  • Play the game with Public Decks you can unlock with gold and by playing the game
  • Build decks from 8 unique factions through full or split faction play
  • Build your collection of runes over time and customize your decks with the Rune Manager
  • Trade runes with the community or build them with the Rune Forge
  • Join in draft tournaments to win prizes
  • Save up and spend virtual gold that you earn by playing the game to get additional characters and more in the Marketplace

    To find out more visit the Pox Nora website

System Requirements

    Windows XP/Vista/7/8 or Mac OSX
    500 MHZ CPU or Greater
    512 MB of RAM
    NVIDIA or ATI Video Card with 64MB of VRam, with current video drivers
    200MB of hard drive space
    56k Modem or Better
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
I remember when this game first came out. Back in the days when you had to launch it from your browser. It has evolved quite a bit in its accessibility [for the better, of course!].
As many reviewers have already said, this game is easy to learn, hard to master. It is turn-based strategy meets collectible card game, and it is done in a masterful way.
If you like turn-based strategy and/or cc games, give it a try. It is a quick download, and it will run on a toaster, so you have nothing to lose.
I am so happy to see this game back on Steam.
Posted: October 20
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Great mix of tradional trading card games and strategy gameplay! Recommend for all who likes turn based strategy games and don't like the luck factor to have significant impact on the results. I liked the idea of the game, having a choice between single player campaigns and PVP battles! Hope the project will be constantly progressing and we could get a new content!
Posted: October 19
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
25.1 hrs on record
evryone who like tabletop games must play this. its a deep strategy game with lots of possibilitys and except the 1 new runeset u can grind all from the shop via playing
Posted: October 19
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
37.0 hrs on record
This game is so deep and they have so many addictive champions! I am a single-player fan, I have been doing it for several years. I have not found any similar game that has the depth and pull that this one does to me. Now they have increased the chances to get gold and win free runes, including the Rune Forge, things can only get better. The Skirmishes have been a God-send. Every player, new and old, every player that has left the game and are debating coming back. Log in and try the Skirmishes! You will not be disappointed!
Posted: October 18
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
this game is kinda good, only held back by some minor bugs (like the music cutting out)

still if you like TBS you will like this
Posted: October 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
This game was one of the first Multiplayer Strategy Games I've ever played. This game is Addicting, Fun, and down right Amazing. I totally Recommend this Game to anyone Looking for a Turn Based Strategy Game.
Posted: October 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Although it has one foot in the free to play and the other in the pay to win, it is fair to say that you have enough control on your type of games that you are going to be able to compete and have fun without feeling forced to empty your pockets.

The game itself is really one of my favorite turn base strategy board game, where both positioning and deck construction matters. I don't mind the outdated graphics myself, but don't expect much in that area.

Overall, I give it a 7 out of 10. The game balance still has too much cheese in it to be a game I would consider playing at a competitive level on a regular basis. But it's definitely worth the time if you are into occasional skirmish.
Posted: October 24
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
I've played this game a long time ago and it was the best strategy game ever.
Posted: October 19
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
I found it fun. Then again I'm A simple man who doesn't need much to make happy.
Posted: October 20
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
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3 of 19 people (16%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
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0 of 20 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
I guess changing my password AND trying to create a new account just to log into the game wasn't enough. Don't bother if the game won't even let make a new account if you have one, but they won't let you log on with the old account becuase of updates.. If they can't get that straight it makes me wonder how many other things they've dropped the ball with.
Posted: October 18
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3 of 28 people (11%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Might recommend this game but I can't play it. I downloaded the game and installed. I set up my account and confirmed my e-male. But everytime I tryed to log into the game I got an error. I e-mailed there tech support with the error and searched there forums. I found nothing on the forums and no responce to the E-mail so I uninstalled the game after 48 hrs and never got to play it. There loss, not mine. It cost me nothing but my time.
Posted: October 17
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1 of 35 people (3%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
game initially released at 2006 yr

i have tryed it few year ago - it was looking really bad and outdated.
Posted: October 18
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1 of 37 people (3%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Looks bad .... got bored in 5 mins!
Posted: October 19
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7 of 66 people (11%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Play Dota 2 normal but can't run this game WTF ??!
Look like it's a good game but I won't recommend, very sorry :(
Posted: October 21
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1.0 hrs on record
Deep, deep depth to the game and so much lore. So many runes (cards) to unlock and so many diffrent races and factions you can be. You can even "level up" your cards to get new skills and such just by playing them in games (takes quite a bit of time) or by using coins, which you get through doing the tutorial or through the marketplace I have many more hours then what Steam says I have because I play it mostly on my Mac through the orginal client. I really enjoy this game and the only downside is in multiplayer games, the timer can be a bit short for new players. But the devs have said they are looking into a way to fix that. I would definitaly give it a try and see if it is your cup of tea. Certainly is mine :D
Posted: October 25
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120 of 124 people (97%) found this review helpful
852.6 hrs on record
I am going to give you the good the bad and the ugly of this game and let you make up your own minds about whether you are going to enjoy Poxnora or not. To sum up this game quickly, I would say it's a cross between a collectable trading card game like MtG, a tabletop minatures game like Warhammer Fantasy and turn based tactics games like FF Tactics and Advance Wars.

Where to start?
One thing I am going to stress to anyone considering this game is that at it's heart this is NOT a casual game. Veteran players have learned an encylopedia of knowledge about this game. Cards are divided into 4 types, Champions, Spells, Relics and Equipment. There are hundreds of abilities and conditions that can used in this game, from the basics like block, dodge and stealth to the obscure like planarbound and encouraged. What does this mean? As a new player you are going to be confused while you slowly learn what all the hundreds of different cards do and how they interact. What this also means however is that if you enjoy deep strategy there is simply nothing else like Poxnora. Once you learn the game the sky is the limit as far as how many strategies you can employ.

Is this Pay to Win?
The short answer is yes, but not in an evil gimmicky cash grab way. Like I said above this game is very much like MtG or Warhammer. It is a hobby and a collection you build over time. Almost everything is available to purchase with in game currency but there is a HUGE library of cards to be had. This isn't going to appeal to everybody, but the people who it does appeal to will enjoy this game immensely because it is such a deep tactical game. This is a skill game and a well made deck of low value cards can easily outplay a poorly made mash up of expensive power cards. So it is certainly possible to find success relatively quickly without dropping any money on this game at all. You build your collection over time with free cards you earn from playing and then you can bolster your collection by buying cards with real money as you see fit.

How do I enjoy this game without spending a lot or any money?
I recommend all new players go through the tutorials and the new player guides that were recently added. These will reward you with free training decks and in game currency that you can use to start building your collection. You can use in game currency to purchase packs and boxes or individual cards, so you can get the best cards for free. There is also a PVP format that restricts to pre-made training decks so that you aren't facing opponents with lots of strong rare cards right away. There is trading in this game so anything you earn with in game currency can be traded away to other players for something different you may want.

My final advice would be to get to know the game and seek out help from the community whenever possible. People will be more than willing to help point new players in the right direction if they ask. There are community run pools of extra cards to help new players get started and a lot of resources on the forums and fansites to help you learn the game.

I highly recommend this game for it's deep gameplay and rich tactics.
Posted: October 15
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41 of 44 people (93%) found this review helpful
858.8 hrs on record
Fantastic game. A new company, Desert Owl Games, have really reinvented the game, in a brilliant way. Its has a very similar "free to play" feel akin to Hearthstone imo with its daily income of ingame gold, but without the current "Arena" draft system. Drafting wil hopefully be reimplemented in the near future. The game has great depth and variety with thousands of runes to choose from when building your decks or just your collection. The artowrk is excellent and the lore is detailed and tells a very interesting story. 8 factions to choose from all with hundreds and hundreds of runes unique to that faction. Almost all content is able to be purchased in the marketplace with in game gold aswell as real money. A loyal and still active community is nice to see. The game caters for both PvE and PvP players. A really good game that combines elements of TCGs, CCGs, RPGs, F2P games, and turn based strategy games to create an excellent and very addictive experience. Highly recommended. Give it a try and have fun battling the denizens of Poxanthu.
Posted: October 15
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
937.4 hrs on record
Ever since Desert Owl took over this game and annouced that they were going to launch this on Steam, I have been awaiting for them to annouce the date. They announced yesterday that today was the day. Now I can look foward to playing on steam again (yes this used to be on Steam about a year ago, but under Sony). I have been playing since 2007 and have seen this game change vastly since that time, lets see where Desert Owl will take this game.
Posted: October 15
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