Wishes for your speedy recovery @KenLBlack. That is the life I am imagining for myself. Even in the old age, being a casual gamer and be able to afford to do that.Thank you, @IvRoz....I had no idea what a "deckbuilder"-type of CCG was until I read your reply. (I had to look it up!) Sounds interesting.
By the way, full disclosure: I'm an old guy (aged 60!) who had to retire early due to back pain. Soooo....to take my mind off of my back pain, I play videogames and Gwent is indeed my very first CCG, having picked it up (as many did) after playing Witcher 3. That tactic works, generally, but...well....as I said, playing against NG repeatedly tended to make the ol' pain come back. Thanks again to everyone for their kind (even salty) replies. I'm giving Mythgard a try now (a wee bit confusing!....not used to mana at all, unlike most), and a deckbuilding game like Ascension sounds intriguing.
Also, I'm NOT giving up on Gwent entirely. It's too hard to completely break away from, even when I feel like throwing the computer out the window.
It was a little hard for me to when I started Mythgard due to the Mana/Gems thingy which I never knew (since Gwent was the only CCG I had played till then). But it gets easy with a few games. Play the story mode for some awesome rewards and to understand the game mechanics. It is like the tutorial. You can see this short video:
I know it is hard to quit Gwent. I have taken two breaks till now and came back to Gwent eventually. Mythgard is the game I try whenever I take a break. It is a cool game with a hell lot of new mechanics and so many interesting choices from deck building to in-game too. Good Luck!