'The Hunger' Card Game is a New Deckbuilder from Richard Garfield

Magic: The Gathering creator Richard Garfield has designed a new deckbuilder. "The Hunger" has vampires trying to hunt humans and complete quests before sunrise — and you can pre-order it right now.

Published: June 8, 2021 4:04 PM /


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If you're looking for a good Richard Garfield deckbuilder, a brand-new option has just been revealed — The Hunger card game is a new tabletop game where vampires have a single night to hunt humans before the sun rises.

In The Hunger, each player must race to build and optimize their deck within a time limit. The vampire players have to hunt humans, complete secret missions, and ultimately acquire a rose before the sun comes up.

Deckbuilders tend to be inherently self-balancing — adding more cards to your deck also means that you need more turns to draw cards, simultaneously increasing your options and reducing the likelihood of getting a particular card. The Hunger card game apparently adds an additional "sunrise" mechanic that puts all players under serious time pressure. It takes around 60 minutes to play a game with 2–6 players.

The Hunger has been designed by Richard Garfield, a man with a fair amount of experience in making card games. You might have heard of another little title he worked on called Magic: The Gathering. Garfield has also moved into the digital space, working on games like Valve's Artifact and Roguebook — the latter of which surprisingly had its release date moved up a week earlier.

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Pre-ordering The Hunger will net you 6 variant player sheets.

The Hunger Card Game Pre-Orders Are Open Right Now!

Aside from today's announcement of a new Richard Garfield game, The Hunger card game pre-orders are now open according to a press release. You can pre-order The Hunger for $50 or your regional equivalent on Renegade Game Studios' website.

When is The Hunger Release Date?

The Hunger release date has not yet been specified; that said pre-orders of The Hunger card game should be arriving at your local retailer by or before August 10, 2021.

What do you think of this new vampire deckbuilding game by Richard Garfield? What's the best deckbuilder you've ever played? Let us know in the comments below!

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