Mini-Guide: The Elder Scrolls: Legends

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Elder Scrolls-Legends
Game Type: ESRB Rating: Teen Platform/Console: , , , , LWK Recommended Age: 13+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

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Elder Scrolls: Legends is a strategy card battle game similar to Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The game takes place in the popular Elder Scrolls (Skyrim) universe. The player’s deck is made-up of attributes and the attributes work together to determine the class (archer,  of the deck. The player starts out in story mode with one character making their way through a typical fantasy adventure. As the player moves through the story, they get a larger party and earn rewards. The ESRB has rated Elder Scrolls: Legends T for Teen due to violence and blood. We stand by this rating for reasons of content.


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Planning

Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

As with most card battling games, Elder Scrolls: Legends requires careful planning. On the short-term scale, it is important for the player to consider all of the following:

  1. Which of the opponent's cards will attack this round?
  2. Which of two lanes are the opponent's cards in?
  3. How much magika does the player have available to spend?
  4. What cards does the player have to use?
  5. How many life points do the opponent and player each have?

Based on this information, the player must plan what cards to play and where to play them. If the player doesn't take the time to make a plan for each turn, they can leave themselves open for attack or failure. It is also important, however, to have a long-term plan that covers multiple turns. Higher cost cards, as well as some cards' special effects, will require a player to use them at the best moment to be effective. Playing a card at the wrong moment can render a powerful card practically useless and turn the tide of the battle in favor of the opponent.

Self-Awareness

Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Elder Scrolls-LegendsOne of the more unique aspects of Elder Scrolls: Legends' story mode is the battlefield: it has two lanes and frequently includes an area effect such as Shadow Lane. Both of these elements require the player to always be aware of their surroundings. If they aren't they might mistakenly plan an attack with a card, place the card in the wrong location, and be unable to execute the original plan. Even one mistake of this sort can result in the player loosing the match and failing to move forward in the story.

Mathematics

Math skills used in Elder Scrolls: Legends are basic, but will be used every turn. The player will need to be able to add and subtract in order to determine which cards they can play and where best to play them. They will also need to be able to add and subtract, and sometimes perform basic multiplication, to calculate certain card effects that stack on each other.

Reading

There are two areas of the game that can require the use of reading skills. The first is during the cut scenes. Elder Scrolls: Legends does provide voice acting for the cut scenes, but they also provide the script on the screen. If the player needs to play with the sound muted for some reason, they will need to be able to read at a decent pace in order to keep up with the story. They can play the game without knowing the story, but the story does add depth to the game. It is also important for the player to be able to read the cards. If they can't read the cards, the player will miss out on a lot of special attributes that could make the difference between winning and loosing a match.

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