Stargate Online TCG Enters Open Beta

The Stargate Online Trading Card Game has been turned loose to you ravenous, beta-hungry folks.  It's a digital/retail, virtual/real trading card game from my friends at Sony Online Denver.  They're getting progressively better and turning up the quality for these online TCGs and it makes me happy.  I'm still not much of a player of TCGs but I know the outs and ins well enough to get good enjoyment from their games.  The other games they've made have gotten great reviews from people who know better than me, so maybe that's worth more than my rather biased "my friends rock!" approach to the subject.  Anyway, here's a blurb from the press release:

Public beta is now open for the STARGATE(TM) Online Trading Card (TCG) Game. Based on MGM's popular sci-fi television series, the game will be released in conjunction with a physical version of the card game from Comic Images on April 18. Available via digital download, digital starter decks of the STARGATE Online TCG will be $10.99 and digital booster packs will be $3.49.  Once the game launches in April, players collecting full sets of digital cards can redeem them for physical cards via the game's "Through the Gate" redemption program.

The STARGATE Online TCG immerses players in the vibrant STARGATE universe as they assemble their favorite characters into teams and send them on missions throughout the galaxy. Breakthrough gameplay allows characters to "learn" from their successes and enhance their abilities as the game progresses. With three unique ways to win, and nearly 300 cards in the initial set, players have an endless supply of strategies available as they take on alternating roles of both heroes and villains of the STARGATE television series.

Each 60-card starter deck includes four team character cards based on the main heroes of the show, such as scientists Samantha Carter and Daniel Jackson, Air Force officer Jack O'Neill, and the alien warrior Teal'c. Each 11-card booster pack contains additional characters, in-game obstacles, new adversaries, and gear for your squad.