Monday, April 30, 2012

M13 Trajectories: Wolf Dancer

Welcome to M13 Trajectories, where I discuss cards from the files of our fan M13 set and how they changed through input from multiple people.

Today's card was suggested by Nich Grayson:

Friday, April 27, 2012

M13 Trajectories: The Perfect 2-mana Counterspell

Welcome to M13 Trajectories, where I discuss how card designs from our virtual M13 project have changed through the hands of multiple people.

Today, I'd like to discuss this counterspell that costs 2:

Testing for Exploration vs Testing for Fine-Tuning

I've played a few Sealed matches of our virtual M13 set and I've been watching how people draft the set in a Community Draft that I'm running in the forums. (A community draft is like a simulated draft in the Limited forums. The forum viewers collectively vote on the picks made by one seat in the draft, while the other seats are drafted by the moderator or some collaborators.)

My impressions are:
  • It's actually kind of fun!
  • The fun might not last...
  • Bond isn't actually doing anything in the set??
  • This is going to be hard to playtest...!!
Here are the details of what I mean.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

M13 White Planeswalker (2)

It's been a while since I suggested looking for a new planeswalker to potentially replace Elspeth, Knight-Errant in M13. While we didn't find a complete solution last time, I wanted to highlight some of the more applicable ideas to see if one more pass doesn't do the trick. The biggest problem we had was sticking to ideas appropriate to the core set. White. Core. Planeswalker. These are the unyielding requirements for this design hole.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Developing Our Fan M13 Set

As many of this blog's viewers may know, we've been designing a fan M13 set for several months now.

While individual design members have been playtesting the cards with their local playgroups, we have not been playtesting as a group during design. Now, we've established a way to play online and a development team is slowly coming together.

The deadline for our fan M13 project is midnight, May 29th, and we only have slightly over a month to make this a polished set that is fun to play and is reasonable as a real set.

I'd like to discuss the things that need to be done to make this happen.

Before I continue I would like to mention that this project started out on the basis of open participation and it still is an open participation project. Although there will be a development team to make decisions, anyone is welcome to make suggestions and design cards (that they don't mind us using and presenting to WotC), or help out in playtesting.

Monday, April 23, 2012

M13 Trajectories: Sultan's Lamp

Hello. My name is Griselbrand. Let's play a little game, you and I.

If you win, there will be a reward. Great power shall be granted.
If you lose, your soul is mine.

Sound fair? Good. Here are the rules.

» Click here to see the rules «