The Happy Hearthstone 1 – What is Hearthstone?

I love collectible card games, and we don’t get nearly enough of them on the PC, where we can find infinite friends to play with and not arouse our spouse’s anger by cluttering up the living room floor with deck piles.

That’s why I was so excited when Hearthstone, an online collectible card game, was announced by Blizzard last week at PAX East. You already know that I enjoy playing Magic: The Gathering and World of Warcraft, so Hearthstone is kind of a perfect game for me. That’s why I’m jumping in and launching a new podcast dedicated to Hearthstone, a game that’s been in the public eye for less than 3 days and won’t be released for several more months.

I’m starting off with a simple question: What is Hearthstone?


  • The basics of Hearthstone
  • The goal of this podcast
  • Where are the co-hosts?

Hearthstone Announced at PAX East

  • What they showed at the panel
  • 3 defining aspects: charming, WoW TCG, and free to play
  • Gameplay basics: Heroes, classes, creatures
  • Cards: 300 currently, different quality levels
  • Devs: 15 people, fast release schedule

When can you play Hearthstone?

  • Playable at PAX
  • Beta in the summer
  • Release in 2013

Why I’m excited for Hearthstone

  • Star Wars TCG
  • Magic: The Gathering
  • World of Warcraft
  • Getting my wife interested in it

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