Walking through Cancon, Canberra’s now 40-year-old tabletop gaming convention, I was blown away with how many stalls were on offer. It was a sensory overload of merchandise, and I watched as my friends quickly gathered up board games they’d had in mind for weeks, as well as few impulse purchases. I wasn’t looking to pick anything up as we walked between pavilions, but my eye was drawn to a small stall adorned with artwork and card games. Invincible Ink describe themselves as a group of independent artists and game developers whose work focuses on inclusivity, diversity and cute anime junk. I stopped for a chat and found out that it was the launch day of their newest game, LFG, a card game based on building a team of heroes in an RPG setting.
LFG, or Looking For Game, is simple enough: the aim is to draft the best team and score the most points by the time all the cards are dealt. The cards fill the roles of damage dealers, tanks, and healers. Damage dealers are key to getting one up on your opponents, as damaging each other’s cards drastically effects the score. Each card has an amount of points associated with it, which changes based on whether there is a damage effect in play. Upon taking damage, the score is generally lowered. But there are hero’s that become more powerful when they take damage. Certain cards can also be used to sneakily win the game by having less points than your competitors. It becomes a truly competitive game in its late stages, with players targeting each other and trying to deflect attention onto others. What caught me off guard was the amount of heroes on offer in the deck. At 23 unique heroes, each with their own brilliantly realised art style, traits and special abilities, the game is markedly different from session to session.
The art style really stuck out to me as we played. Anime in nature, the characters are all well-realised and unique enough to set them apart. With such a large roster of heroes, it’s nice to see classic RPG classes being represented so uniquely and diversely. The heroes are refreshingly all female, and what would often end up being a conversation on the portrayal of women in pop culture, it’s nice to see them fully dressed, armoured up, and occasionally flexing ripped biceps and abs.
LFG can be played from 2 to 7 players, making it an accessible game for any board game night. With an electronic rule book, everyone can have their own set of rules on their phone, leaving little in doubt in as to how the flow of the game works. I had a lot of fun playing LFG, a sentiment shared by everyone I’ve shared the game with since. If you get the opportunity to pick up a copy, you’ll be doing yourself and your mates a favour.
For more information or to buy the game, head to the Invincible Ink website.