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Based on the TV hit, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer CCG hit the scene in late 2001. Each deck is built around a main character, either Hero or Villain: Buffy, Giles, Willow, or Angel on the good guys side, and Spike, Drusilla, The Master, or Collin, the Anointed One on the dark side. The cards in the Pergamum Prophecy set are taken primarily from the 12-episode first season of the show, though some elements were borrowed from season two to round out the set.

The object is to be the first to get 10 Destiny Points, earned by either defeating the other player's characters, or by fulfilling the requirements of challenge cards. Characters are rated on four scales — Butt-Kicking, Smarts, Weirdness, and Charm — and each challenge requires that players bring enough characters to the location of the challenge to beat its requirements. Both players get to play additional cards to change the parameters or participants of the challenge. Fights are straight-up comparisons of two character's Butt-Kicking values (unless a card changes the deciding attribute), as modified by even more cards.

The game is easy to learn, but there are many different strategies that can be used, based on the strengths and weaknesses of the various main characters. The use of locations in specific positions on a playmat, and rules for moving stacks of character cards from place to place, give Buffy a bit of a boardgame feel — but the gameplay is die-hard CCG all the way.

The cards are attractive, featuring shots taken directly from the show (and in the case of some character pictures, publicity portraits). Each main character has an Essence card, printed on translucent purple plastic with gold ink highlights. Each starter set gives you one Essence card and a matching main character card, a packet of semi-random rare cards designed to go with the character, and a larger deck of more common cards that are the same in all sets (actually, two decks - one for all-evil sets, and one for all-good sets).

— Scott D. Haring
(Scrye Checklist and Price Guide 2nd Edition)

Expansion: Angel's Curse

Based on events of season two of the TV show, Angel's Curse features four new main characters: Xander, Cordelia, and Kendra on the good guys' side, and Angelus (Angel turned evil) on the bad guys' side.

Because the set was available in booster packs only, rather than seeding the cool plastic Essence cards inside (where people could flex the packs to find out which ones had them), players had to mail in proof of purchase points ("stakes") from packages to get the Essence cards. Angel's Curse also introduced "Event" cards, which added a condition or changed a rule for at least one turn and sometimes for the remainder of the game.

— Scott D. Haring
(Scrye Checklist and Price Guide 2nd Edition)

Expansion: Class of '99

Based on the events of season three of the TV show, Class of '99 abandons the purple plastic Essence cards in favor of cards printed on the same stock as the others.

New to this set are Episode cards, which come in Part I and Part II. "The Wish" theme decks are another new feature introduced in this set, based on the season three episode of the same name.

— Scott D. Haring
(Scrye Checklist and Price Guide 2nd Edition)


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