My game idea that I have been working on for a little while now is an adaptation of a style of video games that I love called MOBAs (Massive Online Battle Arena) popularized by games like League of Legends or Defense of the Ancients. I am working towards making a game with the same feel as these games not to just recreate them in a new format.
The game is 1v1 and each player starts with 3 champions. Each champion has 3 abilities and one passive ability that is always active. And players take turns activating abilities, leveling up their champs, and buying items till they can clear a path to the enemy base and deal enough damage to it to end the game.
The strategy comes from how you set up your team of 3 champions and how well you use your resources.
Now for a more detailed description of how to play.
First the game starts with a draft you draw 10 champions randomly from the stack of champions. Then each player takes turns taking one champ at a time till they each have 3. Then these champs are placed face down on your side of the play mat. Then the play mat is set up, the play mat has spaces to place a deck of cards a discard pile and 6 purchase spots and in the middle of the play mat is a line dividing the play area into two. You set up the play mat by shuffling the deck of items and placing it on the mat and putting out the top six cards onto the mat face up for purchasing. Then each player shows their champions and the game starts. At the beginning of each turn players roll 2 dice and combine them highest roll gains initiative and can act first. Then each player gets their opponents roll and their own to use as actions. so if player 1 rolls 2 , 4 and player 2 rolls 3, 4. Player 2 will gain initiative and both players will get 4 dice with numbers 2, 3, 4, 4 this way we have a random player going first but both players getting the same rolls keeping the game even. Now players take turns using one of their dice to pay for champion actions, or purchasing items. Actions on champions have a numerical value to them and to use an ability on a champ you must equal or exceed the value on that ability. You may only use one die at a time so higher cost abilities are harder to use but do more and low cost abilities are easier to use but do less. After all 8 actions have been used the turn ends and the items are moved down with the oldest being placed in the discard pile and a new item placed face up at the beginning.
This game right now has a feel of MtG, Pokemon TCG, and of other MOBAs the game time is around 45 to an hour. I really enjoy the game (obviously) but let me tell you things that I think are done well.
1. Balancing the randomness of dice - because both players get the same dice there is still that randomness so you need to plan for that during the champion draft. It reminds me of Settlers and how you must diversify the numbers that you have in order to better prepare for the randomness of dice.
2. The champions are varied and fun so on one hand you might have a Zombie cheerleader that supports your team with pep rallies and poisons the opposing team. You have another champion that works better by hurting himself in a risk reward type scenario. And its how well you know when to use abilities and how
3. Champions have a progression. Most games end right now where players are like ahh man one more turn and I would have gotten this guy doing x damage a turn. You can level up champions and equip items on them to make them stronger and items are not just stat boosts they affect how you will play a champ. Some will say gain a stat boost if you do this. There is one that as you take damage some of it is stored and you can later release it to damage a champ.
4. One of the problems in MOBA games is that there is a lot of grinding or farming where you spend most of your time attacking the basic minions to gain money and you just stay away from other players early in the game. I did not want that to be a part of the game so you cannot run away you have to be in the fight at all times, good plays are ones that you don't avoid the damage, but mitigate as much of it as you can. This keeps the game going fast and it feels like you are doing something when you can kill a champion.
I also know that I am aweful at writing so if you have any questions, which I know you will, go ahead and ask away. The image attached to this is of 2 champions that are adapted from League of Legends these were more for proof of concept I have other champions I made that are unique.