Friday, May 29, 2015

Weekend Art Challenge 052915—Sakura Mitsukai

Weekend Art Challenge
Greetings, artisans! Click through to see this weekend's art and the design requirements for your single card submission, due Monday morning. Every  submission warrants feedback, and everyone is encouraged to give feedback. You may use that feedback to revise your submission any number of times, though only the version rendered will be included in the review, if someone volunteers to render the cards.

Zeffrikar This or That 1: Ramping into Madness

Sometimes the discussion that broader design pieces generates results in a lot of disjointed conversations in the comments. There are a number of issues raised in BfZ threads that I'd like to continue with a more focused approach. First up is going to be a good look at my manabond mechanic.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tesla: Around the Corner


A couple weeks back we were discussing potential block plans for Tesla and Edison. We came up with numerous visions, but most of them shared a common thread: the progress made in Tesla has world-changing consequences in Edison.

But AlexC hit on something deeper than any one vision in his comment: the best way to elicit emotion from the players is to ensure that the advance turning everything on its head isn't just be something players see; it's be something they build.



CCDD 052715—Eldrazi Adolescent

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/27/2015 - How do Eldrazi spawn grow into monstrous titans? Horribly, violently, and unpredictably.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Zeffrikar Exploratory Design Part 3: A Lack of Color Here

There are a few more mechanical areas that we need to explore before we start selecting keywords for the final count. Today I'm tackling some land mechanics for the set to dabble in, and taking a look at the needs and wants of the inscrutable Eldrazi.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Weekend Art Challenge 052215—kelsm

Weekend Art Challenge
Greetings, artisans! Click through to see this weekend's art and the design requirements for your single card submission, due Monday morning. Every  submission warrants feedback, and everyone is encouraged to give feedback. You may use that feedback to revise your submission any number of times, though only the version rendered will be included in the review, if someone volunteers to render the cards.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CCDD 052115—Explore

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/21/2015 - I'm wondering about exploration mechanics Zefrikar could use. Something that doesn't directly affect combat and that feels like a discovery or expedition. Maybe like Search the Catacombs. I'm sure this one needs work (it's pretty long), but I do like it as a jumping off point.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CCDD 052015—Access the Machine

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/20/2015 - Reuben was musing yesterday about how best to template a mechanic first proposed for Tesla some time ago. What's cool about access the machine is that you pay once to activate a number of abilities across your permanents. The trick is we can't just label those abilities with an ability word because the game can't see ability words.

We can make all the abilities trigger whenever you "access the machine" but that means we've got this action word that does nothing on its own. Players expect everything in the game to do something, and so we've got to include reminder text that explains that accessing the machine has no inherent value, but triggers abilities on your cards with the ability. Awkward.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

CCDD 051815—Salvage

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/18/2015 - Salvage is meant to iterate on one of the ideas brainstormed for Tesla: Scaling effects based on the highest CMC in your graveyard. I believe it was discarded for Tesla because we want to look forward and graveyard mechanics feel like looking back. Regardless, the mechanic has potential. My concern is that a single Entomb can max all your cards with that mechanic, which is why I'm making each use consume the card that powers it

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Zeffrikar Exploratory Design Part 2: Everything that Isn't Landfall

Now that I've solidified my stance on Landfall's return in Zeffrikar, it's time to look at the other Zendikar mechanics a little more in-depth. I've already given my one-sentence ratings for these, but we can dig a little deeper.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Weekend Art Challenge 051515—red izak

Weekend Art Challenge
Greetings, artisans! Click through to see this weekend's art and the design requirements for your single card submission, due Monday morning. Every  submission warrants feedback, and everyone is encouraged to give feedback. You may use that feedback to revise your submission any number of times, though only the version rendered will be included in the review, if someone volunteers to render the cards.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Zeffrikar Tangent 1: Excavating Zendikar

Introduction: Bury the Lead

On MTGO, they just released this really cool idea of a product (I can't testify as to whether it's actually cool or not, I avoid MTGO most of the time). Tempest Remastered. Take a block that wrapped up seventeen years ago, cultivate the cards from across the sets down to 250 or so, and make it as close to modern draftable as the card pool allows. It's a great idea, and I hope it sells a billion digital packs so they do it with some other blocks. It's a set that lets them capture the nostalgia of the past sets while skipping over the fact that they're pretty terrible to draft with by modern standards.

CCDD 051415—Eternal Faun

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/14/2015 - Eternal Faun wonders if red can do recursion on a creature other than a phoenix. Red isn't really about recursion or flying, but it makes exceptions for firebirds and dragons.

But that's a very one-sided perspective. Consider that Magic doesn't need the phoenix to satisfy players' flavor requirements like it needs dragons. Do we see them so often purely for nostalgia's sake? Or do these recursive red birds serve a functional purpose? And if they weren't the only example of red creature recursion, they wouldn't be exceptions at all—Is that a space red can embrace?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Cunning Folk available now on kickstarter

Greetings, artisans! You likely know that I design games outside of Magic. I'm proud and excited to announce that my bluffing and deduction micro-game Cunning Folk launched this morning on KickStarter. It funded quickly, but I'd be grateful if you'd take a moment to check it out and see if it's of interest to you.


Tesla: Getting Creative


The original visions we considered way back at the start of what is now the Tesla project entwined mechanical elements with creative ones. That has constrained our process throughout Exploratory Design and for that reason I've made an effort to leave creative elements vague in the interim.

But as we near the beginning of Design proper, we need to address at least one creative concern: what level of technology is okay in a Magic: The Gathering expansion?


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Weekend Art Challenge Review 050815—cj_productions

Weekend Art Challenge Review
The Eldrazi annihilate Zendikar. Having failed to save the plane, several planeswalkers regroup on Alara, and the Eldrazi follow their trail, ready to claim their next planar victim. There's a plan to catch the Eldrazi in the maelstrom, or to re-fracture the plane in an attempt to trap or fracture this menace to the multiverse.

Design a card with this art for this theoretical set that demonstrates something unique to the set or to the plane. Bonus points for lower rarity.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

CCDD 051115—Aetherphobia & Aethertwist

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/11/2015 - I designed Aetherphobia to explore the possibility of a counterspell that helps someone who is behind catch up more than helping someone who's ahead maintain the lead. Aethertwist was just a bonus idea coaxed out by the art I found.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Weekend Art Challenge 050815—cj_productions

Weekend Art Challenge
Greetings, artisans! Click through to see this weekend's art and the design requirements for your single card submission, due Monday morning. Every  submission warrants feedback, and everyone is encouraged to give feedback. You may use that feedback to revise your submission any number of times, though only the version rendered will be included in the review, if someone volunteers to render the cards.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

CCDD 050715—Deplete

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/7/2015 - Why not make the cycles-from-play mechanic MaRo hinted at so many years ago a formal keyword?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tesla: Long-Term Planning


The Tesla project was initially envisioned as a stand-alone large expansion that would try to adhere to all of the design principles and policies that Wizards of the Coast R&D applies in making actual Standard-legal sets. But that was years ago back when we got sets like Rise of the Eldrazi.

With the new two-block paradigm, all Standard-legal sets will be part of a two set block. Even if we're only doing design for the large set of Tesla block, an essential piece of the process is looking at a larger block plan.


Weekend Art Challenge Review 050115—ilkerserdar

Weekend Art Challenge Review
Design a card for this art that features a new or under-used form of card advantage. Failing that, card advantage appropriate to common.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

CCDD 050515—Shocking Experiment / Enlightening Result

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/5/2015 - Let's explore non-permanent double-faced cards a while. The Sol Forge mechanic seems like a promising place to start: The first time you play a card, you 'learn from it' so that the next time you play it, it's stronger.



Friday, May 1, 2015

Weekend Art Challenge 050115—ilkerserdar

Weekend Art Challenge
Greetings, artisans! Click through to see this weekend's art and the design requirements for your single card submission, due Monday morning. Every submission warrants feedback, and everyone is encouraged to give feedback. You may use that feedback to revise your submission any number of times, though only the version rendered will be included in the review, if someone volunteers to render the cards.