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I looked at Star Wars: Galactic Files and it says it has 350 character cards, and interesting stat on the back. When they say stats, do they mean combat abilities, like Ahsoka Tano :Jar Kai, Force push, etc?

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closed as off topic by CaulynDarr, bwarner, user1873, Pat Ludwig Sep 27 '12 at 16:53

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Hi, Max, welcome to the site. I think that this question qualifies as off topic. Star Wars: Galactic Files is a Topps trading card set and not an actual Trading Card Game. You can take a look at the faq for a list of on topic criteria. –  CaulynDarr Sep 27 '12 at 12:33
    
The questions is also mis-tagged. star-wars-lcg actually refers to the upcoming fantasy flight game –  CaulynDarr Sep 27 '12 at 12:36
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You've sentenced the guilty before the trial. It's asking for generic information as to whether something is a game or not. You can't say "Because it's not a game, the question isn't allowed here" when the question is "Is this even a game". As a fundamental tenet of SE, the actual correct answer to the question has no bearing on the validity of the question; only the classification of the sort of answer sought. Who better to identify whether or not something is a game then self-professed board and card game experts? –  corsiKa Sep 27 '12 at 14:52
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@CorsiKa but he's not asking "If it's a game." You have to do a logical back-flip to get to that question. It's not a good question. –  CaulynDarr Sep 27 '12 at 14:58
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Hey Max, welcome to B&CG. As the other comments indicate your question isn't clearly about a game, can you clarify what you are looking for here? Even though the question is closed, you can edit it, or comment on it to clarify. Think of the "closed" state as a holding pen. It can be reopened at a moments notice if needed. Feel free to "flag" the question for moderator attention after you have clarified things. Thanks again. –  Pat Ludwig Sep 27 '12 at 16:54
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Because the set isn't released (or even spoiled, in the vein of MtG sets) it's difficult to make any hard guarantees.

By clicking some of the links on the site you linked, I find entries in the Star Wars Encyclopedia. These entries have 'stats' listed for the characters.

Consider Ahsoka Tano:

STATS

Appearances: The Clone Wars

Species: Togruta

Gender: Female

Height: 1.7 meters

Weapon: Paired lightsabers

Affiliation: Jedi Order

Vehicle: Jedi starfighter

There doesn't appear to be enough information to form a game around these sorts of biographical stats. It also wouldn't be in Topps' typical realm to do so. They have created and marketed card games in the past, and might even have a couple in active production right now, but their Star Wars line has always been strictly 'show and tell'.

Further evidence against the idea of a game is the fact that the art is on one side and the stats are on the reverse. This would make it impossible to have any hidden zones. You would always know what cards were in your opponents hand and on the top of their deck. If they searched their deck, you would see a great number of cards. This isn't to say it would be impossible to have a game with such cards, it would just introduce challenges that would need to be addressed.

It's an intriguing question nevertheless, and I stand to be proven wrong when the set is released.

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