Online Trading Card Game Rise & Ruin Heads Into Open Beta

Rise & Ruin, an online trading card game in the vein of Magic the Gathering and similar games, has now entered open Beta, according to Veil Entertainment and Spore Productions. Playable in a web browser, Rise & Ruin features 3D battles that play out after players select attack and defense cards from their decks.

The game's story takes place in a faraway universe where four species fight for survival: the reptilian Ralak, the insect-like Jix'Su, the nature-channeling Keldei, and the pure energy beings Vedyn. Each has strengths and weaknesses reflected in players' card decks, which they can modify by wining new cards through community events or by purchasing credits within the game.

Rise & Ruin is free to play. System requirements don't seem to be available on the game's web site, but The Mac Observer confirmed that it worked in Safari 4.0.2 running in Mac OS X version 10.5.8.