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Published on March 17th, 2009 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

BattleForge Hits Open Beta

If you’re a PC gamer that happens to enjoy the occasional card-based game like Magic or Pokemon and real-time strategies, you just might enjoy a game of BattleForge.

Don’t know whether you’d be down for a PC-based trading card game? Now’s the time to get in on it, because BattleForge is in Open Beta until it’s launch on March 24th.

Here’s the official word:

With just 8 days left before launch, the BattleForge beta is open for all players to try the game before March 24th.  Recently patched in, players will be able to get a full flavor of the unique RTS which has all 200 cards and maps in the game and a just added, replay function.  To get started simply follow the steps below.

  1. Download and install the BattleForge client.  This can also be downloaded from www.battleforge.comThe EA Downloader is not need for downloading or installing the BattleForge client.
  2. Launch the game.
  3. Log in into BattleForge.To log in, give your entire e-mail address and password that you used to create an EA account. If you do not have an EA Account, you will need to create one by pressing the Create Account button or use this link.
  4. Agree to the BattleForge terms of service.
  5. The BattleForge launcher will make any necessary file updates. After this is done, press Play.
  6. When prompted for a Serial ID, leave the field empty and select Accept. This is not needed for the beta.
  7. Create a character name, choose an avatar portrait, and select Accept.On this screen you have the option to skip the introduction map and deactivate UI hints. We recommend that you play the introduction map and utilize the UI hints.
  8. Play the game!

Everyone who takes part in the beta will receive the special upgraded Firedancer when BattleForge goes live on March 24th.  Pre-order customers will also receive exclusive cards to help jumpstart their decks.

Team up online in real-time-strategy in BattleForge, where players can build their own armies, play with up to 12 players co-op, and battle in the action-filled PvP modes.  Units, buildings, and spells are represented on digital cards and players will make decks of 20 cards before entering battle, giving players the freedom to create unique armies to command.  Expand you army as you go – no base building means you stay focused on the action – by playing units, buildings and spells around anything you control.  Take your stack to the marketplace where you can buy, sell, and trade your cards with other players or purchase booster packs and tournament decks to expand your collection.  BattleForge ships March 24th, 2009.

Nice. Free gaming for a week? If I had a PC that could play it, you can bet I would be!

What do you think? Have you played BattleForge? If so, leave a comment to let us know what you think!

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Deejay has been a gamer since the Atari 2600, has wrestled–and defeated–alligators with only his toes, and once aligned all the planets in the Solar System by uttering the words "Coo Coo Ka-Choo". In his sleep. He currently bides his time behind the scenes here at, streaming at and teaching.

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