hi good people.
it may be that i've directed you to this site / forum / address because i've seen you on lackey and was unfortunately busy at the time and didn't have the room or text space available to let you know what we're trying to do within the program.
which is, build a community of friendly and non-competative people who would like to use the program to:
A ) learn the game !! this is the most important goal, to introduce new players and have more experienced players on site to guide these people through both the site itself and the interface interaction, as well as help them with deck building and playing the game. it's a fantastic game, and a lot of us that are lurking around really have no-one to talk to about the strategies and deck building involved, or anyone local to play and trial our new decks against. this is a crying shame, but through this program, especially when in conjunction with SKYPE, it becomes the ideal setting for new players to both watch games in progress and ask questions, and sit down with someone familiar with the game and have a tutorial ( my first was this morning at 4am and lasted 4 hours !! ). during the process, we can patiently help you develop an understanding of the game itself, the interaction between cards, and slow play you through some of the more popular decks you'll come across, and also show you a few very interesting interactions between cards that will really get you're mind thinking on the possibilties within the game, that you won't see within your common 'meta' decks. suggestions can be made about what cards might work well within the deck you wish to play, or which cards can counter the ones you'll face that are within your faction's choices. all in all, a way to get some new players and get them really excited about the game, as its far too easy to play a game, get crushed by some ridiculous combo that you'd never even dreamed of or some super powerful 'meta' deck, without knowing there are certainly ways of preventing this hidden within the cards, and never play again. we certainly don't want this !! yes, you will be surprised, and perhaps a little daunted by the power 'hidden' within some factions, and the virtually unlimited combinations that can be made, but with patience and the ability to 'ride the newbie storm', you will yourself become an experienced and ( although i hate to use the word ) 'competative player'
B ) for those who are more experienced, a place to bring a deck and start the long process of trialling and refining. it is virtually impossible to build a deck and have it running at peak performance straight away, and sometimes it's just interesting to see if an idea works without having to throw it up against something like a 'destruction deck' which will give you no time to grow the strategy and finally build it to a place where it might beat such decks. i would hope that the decks within this community will be 'non-meta' decks, which are so standard that they really require none of this deep dedication to build, grow and refine. it's a wonderful time when one of your ideas is slowly coming to be realised, and equally as wonderful when an opponent plays a combination or a deck style that surprises you and excites your mind with new thinking. i believe myself that to make a deck that is worthy to call your own, it takes a period of weeks if not months of playing many games against many styles, so with each new success / defeat, you can adapt and grow your deck to be a tough opponent in any situation.
C ) and then there are the strategy talks !! while playing in a non-competative, friendly environment ( again much aided with SKYPE ), it is wonderful to talk to other players about what you're doing, what they're doing, and at the end of the game perhaps offer some non-preachy advice on what cards might help in a certain situation that has happened during the game, especially when new players are facing a more experienced players deck. we hope to have an environment that does not gloat over it's victories, or rage over it's defeats, but instead carries on in a humble manner and with the focus on trialling decks and either throwing the idea away, or realising that the deck has potential and simply requires a few modifications to go back and trial again ( as i said this can take quite some time !! ).
i will leave it at this for now, but may add some more details about our community at a later date. as stated, if you have been directed here from lackey, then it may be that it was somebody elses turn for the 'welcome to lackey' cthulhu introduction, but your's will definately come soon if you are patient enough to stick around. at the moment there are only a small few of the 'experienced players' using the site, but as we grow, and new members become more experienced members, the ball will be rolling along nicely. as stated, if you have SKYPE, it will certainly make the process much, much easier, and with time we hope that many languages will be catered for.
at the moment it is most times very quiet in the cthulhu lackey world, but even in the space of a week, a few people have joined together and started really enjoying both the game itself and the opportunities to test new decks, but most importantly make some like-minded friends. a couple of new players have enjoyed the chance to have an introduction to the game, and gone away with a mind full of possibilities and a 'glimpse' into what the game has to offer. with some patience and sometimes just 'lurking on lackey', there will come a time we hope when a lot more people will be involved and games / tutorials will be available at all times.
thank you for your time, i hope you decide to stay and enjoy the offers that have been mentioned above, and see you on lackey !!