The Bazaar is set in an intergalactic marketplace where a bunch of different cultures, species, and people are coming together to trade and barter.
You start off with a very small deck full of weak cards. You can buy different cards that make it more powerful and kill monsters that drop rewards, and eventually, you’ll try and use the powerful deck you built to kill your opponent.
You create a brand new deck from scratch every single game you play. Every turn, you draw 5 cards. Those cards are going to give you shopping money to make your deck better, or they’ll be weapons that give you attack value.
You can send that right to your opponent’s face, or you can choose to kill a monster that will drop a reward and improve your deck even more. It’s not all about making your deck better. It’s just as important to make your opponent’s deck worse.
There’s a lot of different classes in the game that have completely different playstyles game to game. The player is going to be confronted with different monsters, spells, and items that are all unique to the class they picked.
Even if you’re playing the same class over and over again, every single game, you’re building a completely different deck with a completely different strategy.
Take a look at some of the classes we've fleshed out:
The Wizard is a spell-heavy class that relies on tempo and efficiency. By using cost-effective spells and crafting potions that give temporary boosts in power, the Wizard can bring down opponents very quickly. In a more drawn out game, the Wizard can lean on the power of his Legendary Spells and Weapons that scale in power based on how many spells he has cast.
The Vampire is a flexible class with many different playstyles. By using HP as a resource, the Vampire's Weapons, Spells, and Items can be extremely cost-effective. If the player opts into an aggressive playstyle, the Vampire can build a hyper-efficient deck or bring both players' life totals down extremely quickly. Against faster classes where the Vampire's life total is precious, the player can take advantage of the class' powerful attrition tools. By filling the opponent's deck with Leeches and converting the opponent's cards into an army of Servants, the Vampire can bleed the opponent dry of resources.
The Merchant is unique among classes. Instead of trying to acquire bigger and better weapons, the Merchant focuses on winning through his economy. The Merchant is fantastic at getting very rich, very quickly. He gathers currencies from all corners of the world, mines an endless stream of gems, and upgrades his coins and equipment along the way. He always gets the better end of a trade- but not through honest means. The Merchant can bury his opponents in an avalanche of useless counterfeit coins and tariffs. Mercenaries are the main offensive tool in his arsenal, but they don't come cheap. Once the Merchant has built his wealth, he can pay for an army to wipe out the competition, or end the game through his alternate win condition- building a massive and extravagant deck of cards.
The Bazaar is neither Pay to Win nor Pay to Play. The Bazaar is truly Free-to-Play. The biggest pain point I wanted to solve for card game players is the pay-to-win model. In my game, you start the game with a couple classes unlocked. Those classes have all the cards in the game for them. Your class is just as balanced as any other. As more classes get introduced to the game, you’ll have the option of unlocking them, either by spending money or in-game currency. If you feel like giving The Bazaar a try, you won't have to feel like you're starting over from scratch and giving up the investment you've put into other card games. The game board itself will also be customizable with themes and contraptions, and all cards will have golden or alternate art versions. Most of the revenue will come from cosmetics- think of it monetizing like a traditional MOBA.
We’ve been creating hundreds of cards, working to make our art style unique, then changing and honing them until we're happy that we've created something worthy of the game.
Here are some of our favorite cards: