Friday, August 26, 2016

Tesla: Art Thou Ready to Test?

Hi everybody! I'm back from vacation, and with some big news - while on vacation, I've been working on finalizing a playtest file with the uncommons and commons we designed the past few weeks, and adding art! Yay! Over at the Multiverse, you can see many of these changes (the skeleton is still being updated), and over at the new site PlaneSculptors, you can see our very own Tesla page! Using PlaneSculptors, we can playtest Draft and Sealed online, with built-in drafting and deck editors! In addition, we now have a channel at the official /r/custommagic Discord! You can find us under the #tesla channel.

I hope to see everyone playtesting and discussing the newest cards! This week, I'll be sharing a simple tutorial of how to playtest using PlaneSculptors and Cockatrice, to help everyone playtest! In addition, I'll be highlighting some cards made specifically for the playtest file, or cards that have undergone interesting changes.

Weekend Art Challenge 082616 - Kyndir

Weekend Art Challenge
Greetings, Artisans! I'm still writing up my review of last week's challenge, but in the meantime, go ahead and click through to see this weekend's art and the design requirements for your 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 if there's any ambiguity as to what your final submission is, I'll make my best guess when doing the renders.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Merchants of Araby designer diary

Ten years ago, I was a fan of Magic and madly in love with drafting. I'm still a fan, but I was then too. I wanted to make a game where you drafted cards while playing the game instead of keeping my chocolate and peanut butter separate. I also wanted to try my hand at a vastly simplified version of Magic that could act as a gateway for new players. And I wanted to make it multiplayer, because I love sitting around a table, laughing with and challenging my friends.

CCDD 082516—Archery Lessons

Cool Card Design of the Day
8/25/2016 - Top-down. Not inspired by Hankyu, nor as weak.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CCDD 082416—Bandits of Blackwald & Dodgy Bugger

Cool Card Design of the Day
8/24/2016 - The idea of reverse ninjutsu has a lot of promise, but executing on it proves dangerously unwieldy. Here are three, and I'm not sure any of them make the cut, but one at least comes close.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CCDD 082316—Drachnid Widow

Cool Card Design of the Day
8/23/2016 - Larger flash creatures have to be expensive because of their potential card advantage. Giving a creature reach at instant speed is much cheaper, because it relies on you having a creature available to block. Drachnid Widow skirts the line, letting you block a small flier by itself, or a large one if you've got something bigger already.

Monday, August 22, 2016

CCDD 082216—stickers

Cool Card Design of the Day
8/22/2016 - I've been sitting on this idea for a while, and just realized that with Conspiracy in the news again, it's the perfect time to share it. Let's jump in and I'll explain as we go.