SolForge is a free-to-play digital collectible game in which players construct their own decks to challenge their friends or battle against the computer. The current open beta version includes deckbuilding, collection management, online play, AI opponents, tournaments, drafts, and more.
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“SolForge is now in open beta! Play for free and start building your collection now. Your feedback will help shape the development of the game!”
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March 30

Reign of Varna: Rising Darkness Released

SolForge 5.1.0 Patch Notes (Released 3/30/2015)

The “Reign of Varna: Rising Darkness” release brings with it 8 new cards, including 1 Legendary and 1 Heroic card for each faction. These cards can be found in all packs that contain Reign of Varna cards as well as two new preconstructed decks. These preconstructed decks will replace the Onyxium Twlight and Umbruk Uprising decks in the store. Also, all Reign of Varna cards released prior to this patch will have their crafting prices reduced to the standard crafting prices.

Players may participate in a special event that allows them to compete with one of the new preconstructed decks, without needing to purchase a deck. This event will be available until April 1st, at 11:59pm pst.

Card Changes

Herald of Destruction will now also damage the opponent when it triggers.
Text changes for clarity.
Campaign

New campaign missions will be unlocked on April 1st.

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March 28

Golden Gauntlet II Starting soon!

The Golden Gauntlet tournament will be starting in less than 30 minutes!

If you'd like to see some of the best SolForge players face off, you can check out the stream coverage of the event at: http://www.twitch.tv/zwaxor

If you have purchased entry to the event, be sure to head over to http://www.solforgeladder.com/ to register your deck for the event! Deck registration closes 10 minutes before the start of the event.

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Reviews

"...one of the best demos on our showfloor."
Penny Arcade

"To say I’m excited for the game would be a dramatic understatement."
5/5 – Game Informer

"SolForge is visually stunning. The art is glowing and beautiful. Casting your creatures and spells is smooth."
Legit MTG

"With deck building, draft tournaments and multiplayer raids, I think SolForge is going to set a new trend in online mobile card gaming."
Geeks With Juniors

"Looks fantastic...I was able to jump in and start playing right away"
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About This Game

SolForge is a free-to-play digital collectible game in which players construct their own decks to challenge their friends or battle against the computer. The current open beta version includes deckbuilding, collection management, online play, AI opponents, tournaments, drafts, and more. Players can customize their decks with cards from their collection that they can earn through gameplay or purchase from the store. Try it now absolutely free!

The full release of SolForge will feature all of the strategy and tactics of a full-fledged CCG, including a single-player campaign mode, co-operative raids, and more. Unlike other online collectible games. SolForge was designed specifically for the digital space, with smooth game play and an intuitive interface.

The core mechanic in SolForge is leveling. Whenever you play a card, that card levels up into a new, more powerful version. As the game progresses, you level up, and gain access to your more powerful higher level cards. Some cards start off weak and level up into powerhouses, while others start off strong and don't improve much as they level, presenting strategic and tactical choices that will challenge even the most seasoned gaming veterans.

Key Features

  • Challenge your friends or play against AI opponents with multiple levels of difficulty
  • Simple to learn, difficult to master.
  • Tutorial to get you playing right away
  • Unique leveling mechanic transforms your cards as you play
  • Online Play
  • Deck Customization
  • Tournaments and Draft Mode

Planned Features

  • New Cards
  • Card Forging System
  • Campaign Mode
  • Cooperative Raids
  • Animated Cards
  • And more!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256MB DirectX 9.0c compatible video card
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 8
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512MB DirectX 9.0c compatible video card
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
241.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Early Access Review
SolForge may seem like just another online card game but there's more here than meets the eye, with apologies to Optimus Prime and his cohorts.

These days, the online TCG market doesn't offer much elbow room, with competing products all over the place, the most notorious of which is the 800-lb gorilla called "Hearthstone." I'm happy to say that SolForge doesn't really compete with Blizzard red-hot card game in quite the same arena - SolForge has far more gameplay depth and a much more clever design while still offering very easy-to-learn rules and a similar level of accessibility to what Hearthstone provides. It's this combination of depth with simplicity that puts it above its chief competitor, in my opinion. Also, much like Hearthstone, SolForge doesn't offer card-play opportunities during your opponent's turn and this is the main way that complexity is kept at a reasonable level during play.

Yes, the usual elements are all there - excellent card art, a clever gameplay twist (cards level up as you play them, becoming more powerful over time), and a solid back-end system to help players want to play just one more game as they strive to collect full sets of cards. That's where SolForge shines compared to even Blizzard's generous card game - it has - bar none - the most generous free-2-play model I've seen yet. All players have to do is log in once each day to get Silver and booster packs while winning your first game and then another 2 games (easily done against the weakest level of AI) grants players even more rewards (Event tickets and more silver & booster packs). The community, also, is one of the best I've seen online - very friendly, helpful, and generous even.

There are a few blemishes on what is otherwise a top-notch online TCG experience. The PC version's UI is still somewhat clunky, not going full-screen nor offering many modern UI elements and features. For example, I can't push the game up into high-res graphics despite owning a very nice partial-4K monitor. Still, SBE claims that it's in the pipeline to be fixed and I have little reason to doubt them at this point. Sound is basic but acceptable and the game's 4 factions all seem unique and balanced among themselves. Players can choose from Uterra (Big creatures of nature, Buff Spells), Nekrium (undead and kill spells), Tempys (Aggressive creatures and fiery damage spells), and finally, Alloyin (the control faction composed of robots and cards that level up other cards). New sets have been coming out fairly reguarly and nothing has really broken the game, yet, and if something did, the Devs are very quick to jump on the issues, so I'm not terribly concerned about that issue.

I'd rate this a hearty 9 out of 10 if you love card games and a 7.9 out of 10 otherwise. Highly recommended and a great value for the cost (which is free)!
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20 of 29 people (69%) found this review helpful
3,693.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Early Access Review
I love the game and still play it everyday. I still can't recommend it to others though, for the many reasons already listed in the negative reviews. I really only draft myself, and running into players that run the clock down so often kills the experience. Having to to wait 15+ minutes to be able to move on to the next draft game about 1 out of 8 games is very frustrating.

I'm a free to play player, and they time the new releases to come out just as the last release finally comes down to the regular silver (in game currency) price. So if you want to try and play with the big boys you either have to pay double silver for the newest Legendary cards or spend money. I'm not sure if it's power creep or not, but the top decks always have the newest cards in them.

They recently lowered the tournament payouts again to make it nearly impossible to go infinite in draft as well.

It's free to check it out, and if your personal play style (expectations) might fit with the game, so it's probably worth the time to take a look, but I wouldn't feel right recommending Solforge in its current state
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Early Access Review
At the moment I dont see how any new player could possible be competitive in this game without spending huge ammounts of money, also its very clear that this game is in early access as its missing some really important features. Unless alot changes this game should be avoided.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Early Access Review
SolForge is a F2P (don't stop reading, trust me) trading card game. It sets itself apart by being made by ex Magic and by having a unique take on things. As an example. You have some lanes and each card can take up one lane. Once that card is in the lane, you cannot move it (unless it has movement) until it is destroyed.

It is unique in that sense. The game revolves around a hand of 30 cards, cards come out each turn and stay for the duration of the turn. You have no mana costs so you can throw down any card in your current hand in any free lane (or no lane depending if it is a spell card (up to 2 cards per turn)). But each card does have a level. As you level up, so do your cards. And each level makes them stronger.

As said it is F2P, so you'll be expecting the costs of the game. Well there really isn't any. You can play and enjoy the game "as is". Each day you login, you get free silver and a free booster pack of cards. You can spend silver to get boosters or misc items. And if you really start to feel the vibe, you can lay down some actual money on gold. Which is not needed to enjoy the game. I have been playing for a few hours and I have to say, I log in each day, and claim 3 victories against the computer for my goodies and enjoy every minute of it.

Enjoy the game for what it is, a F2P game that wont rip your purse from you.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Early Access Review
Interesting take on the CCG where you don't have resources to play, just limited number of plays per turn. I wanted to like it, especially since it has an Android port which meant I could play it on the go. Something Hearthstone has just recently added. The single player vs AI is smooth and decent for trying out new decks and getting daily rewards. However, the problem, and why I have to say not recommended, comes from the abyssmal responsiveness and overall laggy feeling of any actual multi-player game. I have a feeling since it has an Android port, even on the PC it doesn't stay connected to game servers and only periodically communicates. In multiplayer games that seems to be when you finish your turn or your opponent finishes theirs. Occasionally I've seen part of an opponent turn, then wait 30 seconds, then the 2nd part of their turn. I guess they needed to think. It feels very rough and unfinished and doesn't stand up to Hearthstone or MTG. I wanted to like it. But I don't.
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