is a customizable card game
for two players. It was created by Greg Porter, and published in 2005
by Blacksburg Tactical Research Center
. It follows on the success of the collectible card game
genre, but establishes its own niche by focusing more on card and deck customization. It breaks from the traditional collectible card games by allowing players to fully design and customize their own cards. Players do not even buy cards, but print their own. Whether this is a viable business concept is still being tested, as most card games rely heavily on sales of cards and the continued publication of new cards.
The heart of the game is a PDF
file called iArmy Builder
, which uses the functions of the Adobe Acrobat
program to allow players to create and print their own cards using any graphics files they like. The first versions focused on traditional modern armies, with tanks
, etc. But in theory, a player may base their cards on any idea they like, such as spacecraft
, cartoon characters
, or even photos of friends and family.
- 2006: Origins Vanguard Award for new gaming concept. It is the first PDF-only game ever to win an Origins award.
- at Blacksburg Tactical Research Center website