Delve into classic turn-based strategy gaming with elements of table top miniatures, fantasy RPG and TCG style gameplay all wrapped into one.
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Mostly Positive (413 reviews) - 72% of the 413 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 15, 2014

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October 19

Boon's Eve 2016

Greetings Everyone,

We are here to warn all of you of a great darkness that is once again looming upon the lands of Poxanthuru. The border between the realms of the living and dead is weakening. Once again the Blood Owl has escaped it's prison. Stop this dark force before it can truly disrupt the world of Poxanthuru.

If you are skilled enough to beat back this dark force the Blood Owl can be bound to you in servitude!

From October 19th to November 2nd the Boon's Eve campaign will be available on the Pox Nora Marketplace. Completing this campaign on Legendary difficulty will result in being rewarded a Limited Edition Blood Owl rune. On November 2nd the campaign will be removed from the Marketplace but anyone who purchased it before then will still be able to play and earn the Limited Edition rune. This Limited Edition rune can not be traded.



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September 21

Poxtoberfest 2016 & Megabox Final Days

Greetings Everyone,

Once again summer has reached its conclusion and fall is looming. To celebrate this transition of seasons in the world of Poxathuru it is our pleasure to bring back Poxtoberfest!

With this year's Poxtoberfest we are bringing back the Limited Edition Desert Brew and a Poxtoberfest Maiden in the Poxtoberfest Pack. If you missed theses highly carbonated brew powered runes the first time now is your chance to get them because who knows what next year will bring. Don't miss out on the fun these earthquake inducing belches create!

The Poxtoberfest Pack will be available on the Marketplace from September 21st to October 12th. This pack also includes the runes mentioned above along with 1000 Shards and 10 Platinum Tokens.

Megabox Final Days

Upon the conclusion of Poxtoberfest on October 12th the Planar Disturbances Megabox will also be removed form the Pox Nora Marketplace.


Join the merriment!

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Spirits Beyond Midterm Released

The Spirits Beyond midterm is now available! For more information, please check out the Steam announcement.

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
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
53.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Massive paywall. Low population. Pass.
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257 of 269 people (96%) found this review helpful
874.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
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.
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85 of 91 people (93%) found this review helpful
112.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: December 27, 2011
This game is basicly chess on steroids. It has a learning curve that will break your neck and is played over a long run and there are many things to learn about it because it has a lot of tactical depth. But if you do stick around for all that, it is very rewarding in the end. Unfortunately we live in an age where people are used to instant gratification, and games are not perceived as food for brain anymore. Do I recommend it? Yes I do, but not to everyone.
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69 of 76 people (91%) found this review helpful
1,285.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
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.
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34 of 35 people (97%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: December 27, 2011
If you're into fast action, don't play this game. If you like strategy, in any form at all, play this game. I don't really like how limited the "free" of this free-to-play game is, but the mechanics are sound and thoughtful.
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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 3, 2015
Ah, Poxnora...This game has all the potential in the world and at the same time the potential to fail at any moment. Poxnora is not a game that you will open for the first time and instantly love, but rather after you climb the learning wall you will see a game that rewards real tactical play and creativeness with its own unique features and lore. In pox, you can talk directly with the devs and high ranking members of the community which is great for expressing your opinions and thoughts on the game. The hearthstone-like system allows you to craft runes, but in the end you will most likely need so spend a small amount of money on the game to get rolling. I love this game, and I hope that many more people will find it and take the time to learn and enjoy it.
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59 of 78 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
38.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 5
Edit: Based on the game many years ago, so some of this changed since then.

PoxNora has a special place in my heart. I played it for hundreds of hours prior to steam when the game was still young and they had just changed the game to remove all random numbers (no "hit chance" or "dice rolls" - pure strategy without random numbers). Back then it was a revelation and since then most other strategy games I play ended up being disappointing when I compare them to PoxNora.

Why did I quit and don't recommend it?

It's a digital trading card game. You needed to invest significant money and trading to get a competitive deck. There were limited edition cards that were being sold for several hundred dollar. Then suddenly previously limited cards were suddenly sold on a "first come" basis without a warning, increasing in price the more frequently they were bought. Powerful legacy cards that rarely saw action got picked up for a dollar or two -- yet the price jumped very high within a day and most people missed out making the matches very unbalanced suddenly.

Then the new expansions kept adding insane epic cards (powercreep...), while completely devaluing other cards. In the end I had to sell my cards because I had spend significant cash on them and the company kept devaluing them with each update.

Moral of the story:
There is a reason classic trading card games are being replaced by living card games (fixed expansions instead of booster packs) because people rightfully think trading card games are robbing their wallet. A game where you buy digital cards for insane costs yet the company only changes a database entry and at any point in time can make your investment worthless? Great idea. Thumbs down.
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33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
439.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Pox Nora struggled through a long and arduous phase of being owned and subsequently undervalued by Sony Online Entertainment. A menagerie of bugs and balancing changes would go unresolved for months, it was extremely difficult to break into the game as a new player, and the the game had a distinct pay-to-win model unless a player was savvy enough to take advantage of third party resources like PoxBox and the like.

And then it all changed.

No, the fire nation didn't attack, Desert Owl Games came to be, and took over PoxNora for the better (far, far better). With the advent of DOG's game revamp, the entire collection of more than 1,300 cards were redesigned and retuned, the maps were uppdated, mechanics and the engine were retuned, the player rewards system was completely reinvented, and the free-to-play model was resdesigned to eliminate the necessity to spend money.

Now, it is extremely easy for new accounts to break into the game, receiving dramatically more gold per day from new challenges in addition to the daily skirmish, a new, highly expanded and more rewarding tutorial system has been implemented, a new skirmish mode has been implemented that dishes out free runes, and now all runes are available for purchase with gold rather than cash with the exception of the most recently released expansion pack.

The revamp is still in swing and changes still need to be made, but Desert Owl Games are really putting effort into making PoxNora a good game again, and are very public and open with the changes they make. They have implemented a new player council to aid them in development and provide an officiated voice for the players, and are just generally cool dudes.

Whether you're brand new or you long abandoned the game, this shiny new construction is definitely worth giving Pox a chance.
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36 of 44 people (82%) found this review helpful
736.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Good to see PoxNora back on Steam, download it and get started. My best advice for beginners is not to look at rarity as terms of power, a combination of commons and uncommons can take down a poor group of exos and legs. is a 3rd party deck building site so you can theorycraft a bg while looking for games (DOGz needs to get a web developer and make a similar module WITHIN their website or buy out poxbase, but for now the system works) is also a 3rd party trading system, it shouldn't be taken for gospel, but is the best place for pricing and acquiring new runes.

Another good suggestion is goin on the forums and reading the combo threads within each faction, you will see a majority of battlegroups focused around these type of gimics so don't cheat yourself by not reading them. This is not a game of who has the more expensive runes (DOGz is making a good effort to make them all obtainable) rather a game of skill (through knowledge/experience) and whoever better knows their own battlegroup.
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
68.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2015
In many ways I am and will always be searching for my next Pox Nora. This game to me was what World of Warcraft was to many of my friends. I eventually burnt myself out on this game but it took over 1,000 hours and YEARS of playing many hours every week. In the end the disaster that was and is Sony Online screw it up royally and I finally bowed out.

Since SOE lost the license things have been improving. Over the last few years I have checked in here and there and I am happy to see the product is returning to its former glory. I doubt I will ever find another game I loved as much as this one.

If you are a stategy, ccg, fantasy, tactical, or gamer period you owe it to yourself to give this a try. The dated UI is not getting better but the game mechanics and depth more than make up for it. The game is now truly free to play and worthy of your time.

10/10 suck it objectivity
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sir eel
143.1 hrs
Posted: October 17
it's reel good
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142.0 hrs
Posted: October 10
Good game Kind of like D&D with cards. I have been playing on and off for awhile. It's quite addicting.
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27.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
Still Leaning a Little. But its a Fun Game to Kill free time if you got any. If you like Tic Turn based Games of Stratigy. Sorry for the bad spelling.
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91.0 hrs
Posted: August 25
If you ever wanted to take the next step from a card game and actually control the spells and creatures you play on a tactical map this is the game for you. Would recommend for every CCG enthusiast and everyone that likes tactical strategy games like C&C, FF Tactics and/or Wakfu.
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206.8 hrs
Posted: August 19
I played this game for a long time and I love it. I just wish it was more popluar, and have a feeling it will become popluar sometime soon.
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45.1 hrs
Posted: August 18
Classic, quality, turn based game.
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3.5 hrs
Posted: August 16
Very fun turn based card / RTS hybrid game. Been playing this since July 2007 and with any other game it has had it's up and downs but continues to stay fun. Not hard for new players to get into but not easy enough for everyone to become masters.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: August 14
very slow game. Like even for a rpg turn base
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