Online Card Game a Chaotic Experience
Byline: Joseph Szadkowski, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
A fantasy universe bridges a cartoon with a collectible card game, adding a sort of free online component to give players another way to take part in the action.
In the finest traditions of Pokemon, Digimon and Yu-Gi-Oh, Chaotic (from 4Kids Entertainment and TC Digital Games) is a weekly animated series on the 4Kids network as well as a tabletop card challenge that uses armies of creatures loaded with magical powers.
The card game also can be enjoyed readily in the physical realms (a 52-card starter deck runs $13.99 and booster packs are $3.99) but for the purpose of this column, let's focus on the virtual experience.
Players simply register through the Web site (www.chaoticgame.com) and can choose a 36-card starter deck from any of the four tribes - Overworld, Underworld, Danian or Mipedian - each with its own special powers.
Those new to Chaotic then should move to the Collection section to view their cards and the quantity of each and look at the in-depth encyclopedia of creature mythology under the Portal to Perim area.
Next, a video tutorial will adequately prepare the player for a match - it actually is more complicated than required for any of the Web battles.
Here is where the physical and virtual games merge for players who own the actual cards. A numerical sequence at the bottom of each card can be entered into the Web site, which immediately unlocks the online version of the card into a player's collection.
A total of 370 cards can be added that combine the Dawn of Perim and recently released Zenith of the Hive series, so players should consider buying booster packs and even a starter deck to supplement their online collection.
Players then randomly find others to fight in the Chaotic online universe or can send out a challenge to specific opponents. Beginners should use the simpler apprentice rules, as opposed to the master rules, which use another level of action card called Mugic. …