Friday, August 17, 2018

Weekend Design Challenge 081718 — Over the Counter

Golden Guardian by Svetlin Velinov
Click through to see the requirements for your design challenge, due by Monday morning. Every submission warrants feedback, which you may use to revise your submission any number of times. I encourage you all to revise your designs at least once in response to feedback. I will review the most recent submission from each designer, or whichever submission you specify you wish to have reviewed.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Why Designing Other Games Makes You Better At Designing Magic


I spent several years before the GDS working on non-Magic games, and the experience I gained from that is what gave me the skills necessary to get second place. I wanted to share a couple specific reasons how designing these games helped me as a Magic designer and to help illustrate an alternate path to becoming a Great Designer.


CCDD 081618—Claim Dinner

Cool Card Design of the Day
This Prey Upon variant came top-down from the art. It's essentially a spell version of Polukranos, World Eater's monstrosity trigger, but using a very different template.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

CCDD 081518—Killed in the Chaos

Cool Card Design of the Day
It feels great when you can tie an effect that serves a purpose for your game to a strong thematic concept. As the cardname suggests, this story is straight out of Assassin's Creed: No one will see a quiet stabbing in a bustling marketplace.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

CCDD 081418 — Limit Break

Cool Card Design of the Day
Time for me to take charge! Today's design was inspired by me wondering, what could creatures do with charge counters?

Friday, August 10, 2018

Weekend Design Challenge 081018 - Guild Leaders/Champions


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, August 9, 2018

CCDD 080918 - Guild Excommunicates

This week we looked into joining a guild, and benefiting from being a part of it. Have any cards explored what leaving a guild looks like?

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

CCDD 080818 - Guild Loyalty Cards

Moving right along with some more Ravnica 3 stuff, I'm pretty convinced at this point that devotion is a fantastic mechanic for a world built around belonging (or not) to a guild. So here's some devotion cards.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

CCDD 080718 - Guild Recruitment

I don't know if I made this quite clear yet, but I'm super pumped to be spending a whole year on Ravnica. I was revisiting my dusty old thread about what I would do if I was in charge of designing Ravnica 3, and one of the themes I wanted to explore was being recruited into a guild.


Friday, August 3, 2018

Weekend Design Challenge 080318 - Return 3x Combo!!!


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, August 2, 2018

CCDD 080218—Tale Teller

Cool Card Design of the Day
This idea started as a way for red to mitigate countermagic played against it, but then I saw no reason not to open it up for proactive use.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

CCDD 080118—Not Your Time

Cool Card Design of the Day
Here's a counterspell that doesn't net you a card if its target costs more.