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Sep 16, 2015Chemtrails posted a message on Club Flamingo ☆ Exclusively for Custom Card Connoisseurs and Great PeopleHey it worked. Been busy lately, sorry guys.Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
Sep 14, 2015So this came up in Doombringer's playtesting primer:Posted in: Custom Card Creation
Quote from Megiddo »Serious post: What CC is referencing is the Clan Flamingo that actually existed several years ago, and now has devolved into pretty much just a skype chat between the old guard and a mostly-defunct clan thread.
Based on my experience with how a focused group of designers can accelerate the whole process, I suggest that you try and organize a second generation custom card Clan/IRC channel/Skype group and open that up to CCC as a whole. There's a lot of new designers pumping out content these days, and nothing beats real-time chat for hashing out designs and organizing testing. We actually just finished up a draft of a custom set not too long ago! We've also done custom set battles on Cockatrice, etc. etc. With enough interested people you can get things done fairly effectively with a real-time chat and not fragmented threads.
At this point I'm mostly just asking for a show of hands, but long term it would be really nice to have a community going, and I saw somebody mention holding weekly playtest events which is also a fantastic idea - clan or otherwise.
So basically, if we were to go down this route, what would you prefer to happen?
- Clan thread
- IRC channel
- EDH style community thread
- Weekly tournament stickies
- Something else?
- A combination of the above
Sep 14, 2015Chemtrails posted a message on [PRIMER] How to playtest your cards both on paper and onlinePosted in: Custom Card Creation
It's almost as if we need some sort of custom card creation clan. Hmm. Wouldn't that be novel?Quote from Doombringer »This is then exacerbated by the difficulties of getting lots of players together and a lack of step by step resources on how organize these playtests.
Sep 14, 2015I was working on The Izzet Problem and came up with this. It's very unrefined, but I like the space it plays in and I think it hits Izzet's flavour.Posted in: Custom Card Creation
Sonic Boom R
Sonic Boom deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
Amplify (Not the Legions One) I — If this is the second spell you've cast this turn, Sonic Boom deals 3 damage to that creature or player instead.
Amplify (Not the Legions One) II — If you've cast another spell this turn, Sonic Boom deals 3 damage to that creature or player instead.
Sep 14, 2015Really liking new Worship. I don't think it's worthwhile having too many cards that expressly care about the number of tapped creatures you control, though. You don't want the mechanic to play second fiddle to another theme and it smacks of masturbatory "too clever for its own good" design.Posted in: Custom Card Creation
Visit Ghost Dad 1W
Exile target creature. Return that card to the battlefield under its owner's control at the beginning of the next end step.
Administer of Tithes WB
Creature — Vampire Cleric (C)
Worship — When Administer of Tithes enters the battlefield, you may tap another untapped creature you control. If you do, target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
Basilica Ordinator 1WB
Creature — Human Knight (U)
Worship — When Basilica Ordinator enters the battlefield, you may tap another untapped creature you control. If you do, put a +1/+1 counter on Basilica Ordinator.
Oblivion Seraph 4WB
Creature — Angel (R)
Worship — When Oblivion Seraph enters the battlefield, you may tap another untapped creature you control. If you do, destroy all tapped creatures.
Sep 13, 2015Spiders are gross and so is this design.Posted in: Custom Card Creation
Akrasa, Big Spider 4BG
Legendary Creature — Spider (M)
Wither (This deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters.)
Whenever a creature an opponent controls with a -1/-1 counter on it dies, put a 1/2 green Spider creature token with reach onto the battlefield for each -1/-1 counter on that creature.
Sep 11, 2015Chemtrails posted a message on [PRIMER] How to playtest your cards both on paper and onlineEither solicitation or promotion of illegal activity (i.e. proxies), I'd wager.Posted in: Custom Card Creation
Sep 9, 2015Chemtrails posted a message on Club Flamingo ☆ Exclusively for Custom Card Connoisseurs and Great PeopleMaster's Alembic 3Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
1, T: Add three mana of any one color to your mana pool. Spend only colorless mana to activate this ability.
IIW: CMC 13
Sep 8, 2015Posted in: Custom Card Creation
I'm referring to a playstyle where a player simply holds back all of their spells to cast reactively, causing the other players to hesitate to play anything. This might seem fun in theory - this happens in high level constructed all the time - but in practice you will find that games are more fun when players do things.Quote from Legend »Draw-Go relies on counterspells. I suppose a Draw-Go deck could emerge in constructed, but that's not a concern because I'm almost completely focused on Limited due to a lack of resources to play-test a full-fledged Constructed environment.
There's a reason for that. It's not a bad mechanic in as much as it's incredibly powerful. If the cards are good, you'll end up with a situation where a player casts the same spell every turn. If you neuter it in development, you end up with Cipher. And I'm sure you know how that was received.Quote from Legend »Buyback hasn't been seen in 18 years.
Also relevant: If you give only one guild what is essentially a returning mechanic, its fans are going to be pretty upset.
Sep 8, 2015Quicken: Complete flavour dud. The Azorious are many things, but quick is not one of them. That said, I think this has a surprising amount of play to it. I'd try to make sure that you can't just sandbag Quicken cards and play draw-go. That's no fun.Posted in: Custom Card Creation
Swarm: Basically scavenge with the numbers moved around and mostly much better. You can make this interesting with creative use of power and toughness, but it's never going to be that interesting. I suppose it's flavourful though?
Malicious: This is actually really cute. It's the Zendikar "bloody" mechanic with the added bonus of letting suicide aggro get in on the action. As a self-confessed cultist, I would play it and I would be happy about it.
Bloodrite: This is a lot of hoops to jump through for what is honestly a very small upside. This is win-more at best, and asking to be blown out at worst. I'm not a fun. It also doesn't hit the flavour of the Gruul Clans. In fact, it feels almost Rakdos/Golgari.
Mutate: This has memory issues. Creatures with alt. costs are fine, but this is too clever for its own good. Template it like this: Mutate [Cost] (You may cast this for its mutate cost. If you do, it enters the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter.) If this has a +1/+1 counter, do a barrel roll. Flavour hit.
Spy: This does not affect the board (or even the game) at all and requires a lot of support to even do anything. I don't even dislike it, I actively hate it. You've managed to top Cipher as "Most Disappointing Dimir Mechanic". It's flavourful, but much too literal.
Thrive: This is mostly just reinforce except without any value as a trick. I don't hate it, although I don't think this is the best fit for Selesnya.
Worship: Okay this is cute. I would hazard against making this just ETB effects with a downside tacked on, though. That won't feel good for anybody. It also doesn't hit the flavour of The Church of Deals; remind yourself that Orzhov play for the long game and kill you in tiny little taxes.
Spellbound: This is just buyback. Buyback either leads to stagnant games or appears on bad cards exclusively. Wizards doesn't like it. I don't like it. Consider Quicken.
Assault: Remember that newbies may not know that you can cast spells post-declare attackers pre-damage, or that this will count creatures you are attacking with, as opposed to ones you have attacked with. Boros are all about small creatures working as a team and next level combat tactics. This is not that. It's also pretty awkward on creatures, which is important since RW are very much creature colours.
In general, remember that Guild mechanics are allowed to be fairly shallow - you only need to get ten or so cards out of them - but they must be flavour home runs and they must play "like the guild". It's possible to make a good mechanic that is just not right for a guild!
Sep 8, 2015Chemtrails posted a message on Club Flamingo ☆ Exclusively for Custom Card Connoisseurs and Great PeoplePosted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
Haha it's funny but also true.Quote from Winterspring »See you in an another 2 weeks I guess.
Sep 7, 2015Chemtrails posted a message on [Community] Guides, Primers and Articles subforum?Would it surprise you if I said I had most of it written already?Posted in: Custom Card Creation
Also w/r/t articles, Curse has a My Content section but I don't know if it works and/or is worthwhile.
Edit: It works like this?
Sep 7, 2015Posted in: Custom Card Creation
Yeah, I get that. I just think the effect - in limited - is underwhelming. The effect is fairly niche and often irrelevant in the late game, and for it to pay off before then you need a critical mass of flashback instants. If you can't make good use of it, it's fairly underwhelming.Quote from Doombringer »I think we may have a miscommunication on what type of power level I'm aiming for. The RW uncommon gold card is aimed at a similar power level to Blood-Cursed Knight or Reclusive Artificer. They are rewards for being in a color pair but not something you would usually ever first or second pick in draft. Does that make more sense?
Like maybe I'm still undervaluing the card and you think that the card is weaker than I do. However remember that flashback is in the set, making the prowess keyword pretty powerful in limited.
Like I said, though, this is a development concern and my evaluation may be off. If it playtests well, everything is groovy.
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Aug 24, 2012This is my card can you fix it please?Posted in: Card Repair and Travesty Insurance
Rage of Demons 2BB
Enchantment - Aura (M)
Enchanted creature gains trample and rumble X, where X is the number of Swamps you control.
Creatures must block enchanted creature if able.
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