Welcome to the Guardians CCG Page

This is a site dedicated to the Guardians collectible card game released by FPG in the mid '90s. This was a great game featuring beautiful artwork and a complex battle system. The game is now out of print and some cards are extremely difficult to find.

Here you will find alternate rules and game mods (including solo play), homebrew cards, and links to other Guardians sites.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

C. J. Burke's .sig card #80: Y2K Bug

Not much good artwork for bugs, there were a couple of good ones but they were snagged up in the Seven Seas set. This will have to do. It doesn't fit the card much, although I remember when the Y2K bug was forecast to be The End Of All Things...for awhile it did seem to sit on a throne and be more important than many other things.

C.J. Burke's .sig card #79: Peanut Gallery

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Header for Halloween

Hope you enjoy the new header, inspired by the humor in the Guide to the Mid Realms and on the backs of the cases. Keith Parkinson would always remind us that humor is important in Guardians and that we not take the game too seriously...


Events: single border or double border?

I'd like to take a brief break from card creation to talk about Events. I have scoured CJ’s blog & website, Phil’s website, and the Yahoo! Group, and one thing I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere in the creation of Event cards is whether they are single border or double border on the back. So which is it? In my opinion they should be double-bordered, and here’s why…

Single-bordered cards are represented by Terrain, Shields, Stronghold Upgrades/Downgrades, Creatures, and Accessory & Creature Magic Items. These are all physical items that either move around the playfield, or in the case of Upgrades/Downgrades and Accessories, are permanently attached to Strongholds or Guardians.

Now consider the double-bordered cards: Spells, Bribery, and Hand Magic Items. While it’s true that Hand Magic Items are a physical item, they do not move around the playfield, nor are they attached to something on the playfield. Like Spells and Bribery, they are effects that change conditions in the game.

When considering Events, the very name itself suggests that these are also effects. The definition of an event is either an occasion/happening/incident, or it is a result/consequence/outcome. Either way it influences or has an effect on the game, rather than being physically attached to something on the playfield or moving around the playfield.

I have therefore concluded that Events should be double-bordered cards. This has little impact on the game, other than the fact that it goes into your Storage Depot instead of your Creature Pen. Some cards do affect the Storage Depot or Creature Pen, or affect cards based on whether they are single- or double-bordered. They fact that Events are double-bordered is very important if you are going to print your own cards, however.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hiatus - From Heartbreaks to Healing

As many of you loyal readers know, back in April I lost my grandmother to a stroke. I appreciate the condolences that were offered by all. This loss led to something profound - I decided to seek my birth father, whom I had never met. The result was an instant family that was thrilled to meet me, including a half-sister who I adore, another set of grandparents, and even relatives in France!

I have spent much time with my new family lately and think about them often. Unfortunately this has led to less time devoted to the blog. Still, I will find time to post when I can, and will try to post at leat once a week if possible. Look for more .sig cards later this week.

My best regards to all of you and your families,


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

C.J. Burke's .sig card #78: Fallen Elf

Still having trouble managing my time. This was the best I could do in limited minutes. I removed the Elf class from a couple of cards in my set, and C.J. has debated the thought of including Elves in Guardians, but he didn't let it stop him from coming up with a few. This is one of my favorites. Enjoy!