Steve Jackson Trading Card Games

Play solo, cooperate with a group, or attack your fellow players with trading card games from Steve Jackson. Create new worlds, uncover a Pentagon conspiracy, or be the zombie who attacks your friends. Steve Jackson trading card games or SJGames offer many possibilities for trading, collecting, and playing.

What are Steve Jackson trading card games?

Steve Jackson is considered creates role-playing, card, and board games for many. In 1980, Jackson launched SJGames and developed several gaming experiences, such as Car Wars, GURPS, and Illuminati. Jackson and his company’s designs have influenced RPGs, video games, and many other gaming domains for decades since.

The games SJGames developed in this genre use pieces similar to baseball and playing cards. These pieces are often dealt, held in players hands, and drawn from a pile. These experiences can be solo diversions, cooperative exercises, or competitive matches. SJGames has developed dozens of titles in this category, and some of the titles it continues to release include:

  • Hacker
  • Car Wars
  • Munchkin
  • Illuminati
  • Illuminati: New World Order
Are all SJGames card games collectible?

While the term "trading" usually implies collecting, in this case, it references the format rather than the distribution model. In fact, most SJGames titles that use cards, including the Illuminati card game, are sold in complete sets. The company does expand some of its titles with the updated expansions it releases, typically on a yearly basis. Munchkin is an example of this. Its expansions include:

  • Munchkin Apocalypse
  • Munchkin Conan
  • Munchkin Cthulhu
  • Munchkin Zombies
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Munchkin
How are SJGames trading cards sold?

Jackson’s company sells several different formats. Whether a particular format is available for your favorite title will depend on its collectible nature, playing style, and other factors. For many of the titles, you’ll be able to purchase:

  • Complete sets: Are standalone and provide everything your group needs to begin playing.
  • Starter sets: Provide a complete basis, which you can expand at a later time.
  • Expansion sets: Let you add themes, mechanics, and more.
  • Starter packs: Provide a starting basis for a single player.
  • Booster packs: Let you add to your collection a dozen or so cards at a time.
  • Singles: Are available from opened booster packs.
  • Lots: Are mixed groups of singles from open booster packs.
Is Illuminati collected?

SJGames released two distinct versions of the game. The original Illuminati is purchased as a complete set that can be expanded through expansion sets. A second version titled Illuminati: New World Order or INWO is a collectible card game or CCG that is available in starter sets and booster packs.

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