Gwent, for those wondering, is the game of chance that you play in The Witcher: Wild Hunt – Collector’s Edition – Xbox One (there’s a reason why I put up the Xbox One link: keep reading).  It’s basically a digital CCG that is simultaneously absurdly anachronistic and sweating-blood engrossing.  Which is why Tycho at Penny Arcade is going nuts over it; and why he wrote this:

I was going to say that, unlike many digital card games – ones that play with the mutable data of the cards themselves, or “summon” cards from a superset you don’t own – there’s no reason why this game couldn’t be played on a table.  Except we know it can be, because the Xbox One version I never considered for a fraction of a second includes physical decks in its collector’s edition.

Indeed, there is currently one – one – available on Amazon right now (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt *2 Gwent Card Decks* from Collectors Edition Xbox Version), and if I had eighty bucks to throw at it I would.  They absolutely must sell these decks.  Absolutely.



  • Luke says:

    Let me get this straight…
    The part of Witcher that people are finding the most interesting is a minigame?

    I guess it beats the gratuitous nudity of the last one, but…

  • Heftyjo says:

    I have to say that Witcher 3 is a fantastic value as far as games go: Immersive story, endless hours of gameplay, and a minigame that is really just a whole “Magic the Gathering” game inside of a RPG game. With that said I’ve only played Gwent twice. I played the tutorial and then accidentally hit the “Let’s play Gwent” link when talking to Baron. And he proceeded to spank my ass. Oh well, too busy grinding levels to let a silly card game get in the way.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Once I got the point of it – largely because of Tycho’s observation on the unique features of it – I’m pretty much playing it whenever possible. Plus, you get XP for playing.

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