Cardfight Vanguard Online Idea
Hey Bushiroad. With a member of your legal department shutting down Cardfight Capital, Vanguard's primary unofficial source for playing Vanguard online, there is a large void that needs to be filled ASAP. That is, we need an official Vanguard Online product. I don't think it's a stretch to say the top for TCG's right now, in no particular order, are Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon and Vanguard. The first three all have official online version. However, the first two have online versions that really aren't a good model, in my opinion. This is the online age, and the fans of your game would love an online version, especially for those living in areas where they either can't get the real cards or have no place to play. While the upcoming Ride to Victory video game would help, not everyone has a 3DS, plus no English version has been announced yet.
Here's my idea. Feel free to play around with this. Any extras such as in-game avatars, in-game card sleeves, in-game mats, cut-ins, etc. would be nice, but aren't needed.
Players start with a Trial Deck. I propose Trial Decks 1-4, with only Set 1 being available to start with, with you having to gain a certain amount of "Levels" earned from cardfighting to unlock the rest. Alternatively, all Sets are released the moment they are out, and you can choose from any of the Trial Decks to start off with.
You would earn in game currency, enough to buy one pack for a win, or 1/5th the amount of a pack for a loss. Additional Trial Decks would cost about the price of 5 packs. For the impatient players, they can choose to spend real money to buy in-game packs, trial decks or if you use the level based system to unlock Sets, they can level themselves up to unlock Sets faster. Players would be able to face random opponents, or enter Events, either tournaments or gunslinger type of events, at certain times. For doing well in the Events, players could get promo cards as a reward.
This is similar to the "free-to-play" model that many MMO's are using these days. The model gets players into the game, including those curious about the game, and then they end up spending money to build their decks faster. And it can get those on the fence about playing Vanguard to try it out, get a feel for it, and then buy the real cards. I know I will still be buying the real cards, as I've done despite using Cardfight Capital frequently to play when I'm not at Locals, especially since it allowed me to play with friends in the Vanguard Online Community that I had met that don't live near me.
To me, this is the best model that keeps things fair to the consumers while it doesn't shut them out from having to choose between virtual cards or the real ones like Yugioh Online does (I'm not as familiar with Magic's online version, but I hear it's just as bad as Yugioh online).
Anyways, that's all I can do for now. I hope to see an official online product in the future that will continue to allow me to play Vanguard with my friends.