Tuesday, July 17, 2018

CCDD 071718—Cruel Master

Cool Card Design of the Day
I took a design test (for a non-Wizards company) today, and here's one of the cards I didn't submit.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Weekend Design Challenge 071318—Eternal

Click through to see the requirements for your design test, due Monday morning. Every submission warrants feedback, which you may use to revise your submission any number of times. I will aim to review the most recent submission from each designer.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Eternal Card Game (III—Mechanics)

What mechanics make Eternal tick?

CCDD 071118 - Half-Lords

Cool Card Design of the Day
During GDS3's first challenge, I came up with an idea for Imps that I ended up discarding because, after iterating, it didn't feel like it fit the tribe anymore. I still like the idea, though, so I figured I'd walk you all through my thought process so we could discuss whether the core idea of a "Half-Lord" is salvageable in some way.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Eternal Card Game (I—Factions & Resources)


A few weeks ago I tried out Eternal, a digital card game in the style of Hearthstone and Duelyst, and it's the only one I enjoy anywhere near as much as Magic, so I'd be remiss not to write about it. At a high level, its implementation is the closest to Magic's I've seen, differentiating itself primarily in two ways: First, it sets into action many of the "If we could re-create Magic knowing what we know now" refinements, and second, it makes delightful use of the platform in its mechanics.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Weekend Design Challenge 070618 - Evergreen Keyword Matters

Hey Artisans. Click through to see the requirements for this weekend's design challenge, due Monday morning. Every submission warrants feedback, so once you've got your great idea down, give some thoughtful critique to some of your peers. Revise your submission any number of times, and on Monday-ish, I'll review the most recent submission from each designer.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

CCDD 070518 - Jeskai

Happy 5th of July everyone! I'm just gonna leave these here.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

CCDD 070318—upkeep and Titan Peak

Cool Card Design of the Day
I was reading Magic story, and remembering how often Fantasy talks about wizards having to continue to focus attention, magical energy, or both in order to keep up ongoing spell effects, and how that limits what new spells they're able to cast. Old-school upkeep payments captured this flavor perfectly, and even though they're downside effects, I honestly do miss them. Is there a better way to get the same flavor? I think so.

Big Deck Energy

a guest post by Wobbles
A recent Twitter conversation made me realize that a popular casual format played by my friends may not be widely known. It certainly wasn't when I went to look for an article to describe it! So let me let you all in on a great format known as 
Big Deck Magic

Monday, July 2, 2018

CCDD 070218—Murderous Mage

Cool Card Design of the Day
The way that Baral, Chief of Compliance makes all your spells cheaper rather than just your counterspells got me thinking about a card dedicated to improving your removal rather than doing it incidentally.