So, I’m a pretty big Transformers fan, and I thought an Autobots vs Decepticons CCG could be a fun idea. I based the design of the cards on the original Transformers toys’ box designs from 1984-1987, with the red or puple gradients, yellow “explosions,” and grey grid overlaying everything. The text boxes are based on the Transformers’ “Tech Spec” profile cards that you can clip out of the packages, right down to using the same font.

The basic premise would be that each player gets a deck of 50ish cards, made up of either the Heroic Autobots (red cards) or the Evil Decepticons (purple cards). Neutral cards (blue) could be used by any player. You can have up to either 3 or 4 of each card unless otherwise noted (there are fewer Decepticon characters overall, so Insecticons and the like would’ve allowed for more copies if you wanted), and each player draws some number of cards to start the game — Somewhere between 5 and 7, which seems to be the standard CCG hand size. Start your turn by drawing a card, and placing one Transformer and one Neutral card into the battlefield. The first player isn’t allowed to attack, because there are no opponents on the field. Play continues until the deck is depleted, probably? Maybe once a designated Commander character was destroyed? I had a few ideas.

Combat would be figured out by each Transformers’ Attack (ATK) number — Higher number wins. But in addition to the ATK, each Transformer would have Energon Abilities, which would require a player to pay a certain number of Energon Cubes to use, as listed in the box below the character image. I’d try to balance it so characters with higher attack had less-useful abilities, and characters with lower attacks had more-useful abilities, so that every card would be appealing to some player.

Anyways, I never got around to finishing the game, and now there’s an official Transformers Trading Card Game by Wizard of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, who created and owns the Transformers brand —, so I don’t have any real reason to continue with these. But I still like the design of the cards, so I’m keeping them up here.

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