Since I do not own any SCG, I do not fear that Rune Age will end up gathering dust on my shelf. If you, one the other hand, already own many deckbuilding games, or if you don't like the genre that much, then I can only understand and approves your scepticism. I was about to buy Dominion when I heard of Rune Age, and now I'm waiting to see if it will meet my expectations. I hope that the wait will be worth it. At the very least, I won't have to buy the one hundred expansions for Dominion. My ultimate goal is to use this game to slowly introduce more friends to the Runewars boardgame, because it really deserves more time at my gaming table. ;)
Heh. Didn't FFG invent game expansions? :) I suspect they could catch up to Dominion if they wanted to. Dominion has five expansions now (only three of which I really care for). I own Dominion and while there have been other contenders since then, none have been able to topple the king. Thunderstone's okay to play, but I don't feel much in the way of deckbuilding there. Still, there are plenty of people who'll opt for theme over gameplay. I liked Puzzle Strike, but I didn't get many takers. There's a small group in my my gaming circle who play Ascension all of the time, but I find it too simplistic and ugly as sin. The verdict's still out on Nightfall, but my initial impression was so-so at best. All of the other deckbuilders have been one-time wonders in the group. There are interesting ideas down the line though. I find FFG's Blood Bowl to be more interesting than RuneAge and I know LESS about it. Actually, the "hottest" deckbuilding game for me that is coming soon is Quarriors, but I realize that's sort of bending the rules a bit.
As for using RuneAge to lure in RuneWars players, that's a tactic I can get behind. :)