Quick Start Guide


Player & Player Actions

Health: The Player’s health, measured in Health Points.

Enemy: Opposing Player

Paragon: The current deck’s chosen leader card. One is required for each playable deck, and bestows both passive abilities that affect the game at all times, and (in most cases) an activated ability when it is mustered onto the Field

Bank: The act of putting a card into a player’s Energy Bank

Waste (verb): The act of putting a card into the player’s Waste from their Deck.

Searching the Waste: An action taken when a player’s deck is empty and is unable to draw a new card. A random card will be drawn from their Waste instead, losing Health Points exponentially each time Search the Waste is performed. This means players would lose 1, 2, 4, 8, etc. Health each time they would draw a card.

Reveal: The act of flipping over a Banked card face-up

Destroy: The act of removing a Unit from the Field to the Waste Pile by reducing its Health value to/below 0. Certain Effect cards or Unit Abilities are capable of Destroying a Unit or Relic as well.

Banish: The act of removing a card from the Field and placing it into the Singularity


Bank (noun) / Energy Bank: The area designated for cards when they are Banked. Cards in the Bank are displayed as face-down to the Enemy unless Revealed by an ability.

Energy: The “currency” a player uses to pay Energy Costs to play their cards. Each Banked card grants 1 Energy. A player’s Energy refills at the start of their turn.

The Field: The area where Units, Relics, and Upgrades are played. Units will also engage in combat on the Field

Waste (noun) / Waste Pile: A player’s discard pile. Defeated or Destroyed cards will go into this pile as well

Singularity: An area designated for cards that have been Banished. This area only exists when a player has chosen to play as the Shroud. Any cards Banished will enter the Banishing player’s Singularity. In the event that both players are playing the Shroud, each player will have their own separate Singularity. A Banished card in that scenario will still enter the Banishing player’s Singularity. Banished cards are not considered Destroyed and can therefore ignore or prevent specific card functions.


Energy Cost: A number located in the top right of every card in Parallel. This represents the cost to play the card.

Unit: A card type that is placed on the Field, it has Stats and Abilities and can also have Keywords. These cards are capable of engaging in combat with other Units and/or Token Units as well as dealing direct damage to the Player’s Health.

Stats: The numerical value of a Unit's Attack and Health. This number represents the amount of damage a Unit can deal (attack) and take (health), located in the bottom Left and Right respectively on a Unit card.

Ability: Card text/actions

Keywords: These are words used to describe Abilities multiple Units possess within and across Parallels.

Passive: Refers to a Paragon’s passive influence over the match as a whole. This ability persists from the start of the match to the end. Destroying a Paragon does not disable the Passive ability.

Active: Refers to a Paragon’s abilities when played as a Unit onto the Field.

Fatigue: When Unit cards are played, they cannot Attack until the following turn. They can however be attacked by the Enemy’s Units on their turn, or be used as a Defender if the card is capable of doing so.

Relic: A card type that is placed on the Field, but does not fight, instead granting one or more abilities to a Player

Upgrade: A card type that attaches to a Unit on the Field and changes its Stats and/or Abilities

Effect: A card type that represents immediate one-time effects

Muster: An ability that triggers when a Unit enters play

Create a Unit: Generate a Token Unit from outside of the game (card rules will specify)

Token Unit: A Unit that has been Created by another card. Tokens can have stats, keywords, and abilities of their own, behaving identically to a normal Unit. However, when a Token is Destroyed, it does not enter the Waste Pile.

Leaves Play: When a card leaves the Field for any reason to either the Waste, Singularity, Hand, Bank, etc.


Armed: Units with the Armed Keyword, deal their damage before non-Armed Units do. However, if both Units have Armed, combat is resolved normally.

Assault: If Damage was dealt to the Enemy Player this turn, playing a Unit with this keyword triggers that Unit’s associated ability. This ability does not trigger if no Damage was dealt to the Enemy Player this turn.

Attuned: At the Start of the controlling player’s turn, this Unit changes between its Dormant and Awakened State.

Battle Ready: Units with this Keyword do not suffer from Fatigue and can attack on the same turn that they were played.

Counter: A counter is a small marker placed on a card that modifies its characteristics or interacts with an ability

Decay: At the beginning of the controlling player’s turn, this unit and any adjacent units take 1 damage

Defender: Enables the Unit to optionally block attacks targeting the Player or another Unit.

Intel X: If the Enemy has “x” or more revealed banked cards, this ability triggers when the associated Unit enters the Field

Pacifist: Cannot Attack (but can still defend, if the Unit has Defender)

Salvage X: When this Unit is Wasted, move up to X of its Equipped Upgrades to other Units

Shielded: This Unit is immune to the next Enemy Card Effect that targets it

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