Ok, so first off, after playing the tutorial and an npc match, is the game easy to pick up? Yes. Yes in that it just flows. As long as you keep clicking things you're able to click, the game will progress whether you understand what's going on or not. That's sort of the point of the tutorial I guess, although it's somewhat opaque in that it doesn't really teach the mechanics. It shows you how the game progresses. I had to experiment a bit in an NPC match to figure out what I could or couldn't do.
So here's some things I learned, not mentioned in the tutorial or this video:
You may as well play all your cards in your hand. Gold resets and power turns into prestige when you end a turn, but your remaining hand also gets discarded to the cool down pile and you draw the next 5. With few exceptions, you don't want unplayed hand cards.
Since you basically only have 5 cards to play each turn, unless you get a draw card, you want to either buy higher gold card from the tavern or treasury.
But don't go too much on one type, otherwise you'll only be drawing gold cards when you need powers.
Top of card number is gold price, only matters when buying it off the tavern. Left side is what you get, effects or resources, for playing the card. Right side descending is additional stuff you get for each additional card from the set you play, order does not matter.
That's the basic answers to questions I had after my first play through. I hope it helps someone out. For me the game, just isn't all that interesting for a first impression. I may or may not play it again, only time will tell.
I found that video really good - comprehensive and that is why I made a thread about it, because I thought, many might just miss it, if it is just mentioned in the launcher news somewhere - many don't read it or start up ESO without the launcher.
In my mind Brahgas does a pretty good job explaining the board setup (with his awesome accent and ways to put it), but I think this introductory first match should be longer and explain a few things more, not just end at 10 points, where the first thought is "wth was that?". And after that we are basically pushed into a novice match, where no help is available. This is overwhelming for some and leads to unnecessary frustration. It might even make them hating the game.
This game reminds me a lot of Witcher’s gwent game, though figuring out exactly how I needed to earn prestige took me a while. Still working on the agent cards and better gameplay than seek higher cards and ‘turn all the patrons’ but I’m enjoying the puzzle so far. A second tutorial later on to explain more of the nuance of the cards would be helpful once you kind of get the gist of the game.
i just click wherever i can and then turn the timer when im done, just moving cards around without knowing what im doing... managed to win 1 game out of 10 against a NPC - game of tribute goes to my Top3 things a dont like to do in ESO, next to fishing and PVP... next challenger please?