Game mechanics is definitely the most important part of making any game. What @Eerie_Coppernight posted was definitely more like Pokemon, while what @Jones_Elderview sounds a little like 7 Wonders. Still a little unclear on how his game mechanics work.
Cool progress on this so far!
I do like the idea of having Forums be a part of the game, but maybe lessen the emphasis on including Forums' roleplays. After all, we get more excited about the Aetherlight characters than anything else. Those would definitely be the most coveted cards. (Like the Scarlet Man!)
I haven't played SmallWorld, but I feel like that one would be a good game to draw ideas from. @Creel_Lenslook are you familiar with that one?