Thursday, January 13, 2011

Useless Homebrew Cards

Sometimes a card seems really good and then you take another look at it. And you have that "Wait a second..." moment. It doesn't do anything. Or another card does it better. Or it doesn't add anything new to the game. Sure it might be a clever pun, but that doesn't mean anything.

That happened to me when I was trying to come up with a new card for the untitled .sig card expansion set, which jackalwere used a delta symbol for the set icon. (No problem there, and I wouldn't ask him to change 100+ cards.)

And then I realized that what I wanted the card to do didn't really mean anything. And then I realized that this hasn't stopped anyone (including me) before.

Two cards come to mind:

First, the Leftovers card, pictured here:
It's a Spell that you play when something happens to get a Power Stone. Except that Make Juice already does that without any requirements.

Second -- okay -- there isn't a second. I just went looking for it, and I couldn't find it. I thought it was in philbarfly's Seven Seas expansion, but it isn't. Basically, I remember recently seeing a Terrain card that canceled Rivers and Lakes bonuses. Maybe it was a Spell card, which wouldn't be bad. Maybe I misread it. I hope so.

Anyway, my new "sig" card, even if isn't technically a "sig" will be around soon enough, as soon as I figure out what it should do. It's a new Terrain card, and it's meant to fit the theme of the expansion. And yes, there is a theme to the expansion. I think.


Jackalwere said...

There is a Terrain card in Seven Seas called "Ice Floe" in which the text reads: "Rivers and Lakes bonuses are reduced to zero."

Perhaps that is the one you are thinking of.

Also, changing the set symbol from a delta to something else would be easy. I mean, like 30 minutes max, maybe less. It would not be a problem to change it to something that fits the theme better. We talked about this briefly once, how Dagger Isle is a dagger symbol and Drifter's Nexus was infinity.

I can't wait to see the new Terrain card!

One last thing - make sure you check your Yahoo! email...

(x, why?) said...

Ice Floe! That's it. I'll have to have another look. Been a little tired, so I must've missed it this time around.