LackeyCCG – A more visual option for online gameplay

The quality is a little bad, but I hope all can get the idea. It’s pretty detailed I think, took me about an hour to make. Please ask any questions and I’ll answer them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lYIgskURzc

Jason’s note: I tried to play on LackeyCCG a bit before I had left the game, 5 years ago. I remember a lot of dedicated fans were working on it then. Apprentice was great and all (and Redshark had not come out yet), but the big problem was that we could not play with Japanese players, who had a tenuous grasp of the language and English card names. We got a few games in, but it seemed a bit slow and clunky at the time. Perhaps since then it has improved – anyway, it’s another great gameplay option if you require the card images for some reason.

One concern I have is with the growing number of platforms for online gameplay – Apprentice, Redshark, Lackey, and potentially a new social-networking type one, it will make it more difficult for people to find compatible testing partners and to maintain decklists on all such programs. But each one suits the player’s different needs and it may be worth thinking about which one would work best for you.

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54 replies

  1. Kenny Wisdom

    I'm not a big fan of Lackey, so I don't really have much to say other than thanks for contributing and the video was obviously a lot of work, good job!

    About Jason's last paragraph though: I would be very interested in someone coming up with a program that would convert decklists across platforms. Turning an Appr list into an RS list into a Lackey list etc would be amazing.

  2. Fresko Wyrtzen

    Im the same way with lackey, not too much of a fan. I used it for previous games as an easily filtered offline library. I just dont like the UI.

    If I play online with pics, IMO it has to be Magic Workstation. I know cards by picture first, name second, and it makes gameplay feel more real when you can see it. It uses the appr system, but the UI looks a bit nicer, and it has card pics. It's literally appr on steroids. Sadly it doesnt have much support anymore, as the ones coding it have all but stopped, and it can have minor problems with XP. Only real problem Ive seen is that some XP users cant use the resource editor, to make custom themes. It just crashes. My desktop cant use the resource editor, but my netbook can, both being on XP.

    In the end, Lackey has one of the most well made search filters out of all online gameplay programs, but I really think the UI is highly lacking, and being that Im looking at it the whole time, I cant play on something that isnt easy on the eyes.

    And the final problem being the same that OCTGN had. Pokemon is pretty big on canning online play programs that use pics. I dont really understand it, since I think online playing is good for the game as it allows more players to playtest if they dont have a local. if they cant playtest online, they may decide to drop the game altogether and pick up something they can play. All they have to do is find the patch author, which is often not that hard to do. And I know Lackey is big on having the cards on their site to download straight to the program. Wont happen with Pokemon, once it becomes popular, they will contact Lackey and tell them to take them down. MWS would probably be the easiest, as after you get the initial sets, it's one file per set (Technically 2 if you dont learn how to make a new Master Base, which is easy.). It probably wouldnt be hard to get someone to make an MWS patch to be passed around with no dedicated site. Id do it, but Ill admit that Im not only lazy (I had started working on one for myself and my roommate, but I only got 2 sets done.), and my desktop was recently fried, and my netbook is only good for travel. It's laggy, slow, and just overall sucks.

  3. Brandon Bittinger

    I have used Lackey before, I liked it but the big problems were there was nobody to play landged sometimes while it lag

  4. Brandon Bittinger

    Yes it does go to the Lacky site and right below the Windows download there is a link to click on for a Mac download. There is also a Linux download as well.

  5. mewuk85

    That one seems nice and well put together personally I think Tradecardsonline.com is the best site you can subscribe to, play all the popular card games. You can make decks, comment, rate and interact with everyone. and theirs “NO” need to “DOWNLOAD” anything:):)

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