Cards!

Time sure flies on by! I’m already halfway through my second semester of my first year of university. On that note; I am still enjoying it. I have learned a lot, met new people and gained understanding about who I am as well.

It has also been about a year since I started working on a game. The first few cards have been created. Here I have assembled a few different ones. Does it look appealing?

Cards

I’m still not sure what to call this game but I might call it something that relates to the word ‘destiny’ since it is something I am prone to using on this blog.

Advertisements

My Nameless Game

I’m one of those people that easily falls victim to distractions. Not in the way that comedy would like us to thi- oh, shiny butterfly!

Okay, seriously though…

For one thing, I’m sorry to say that I bailed on my Camp NaNo project. I’m a bit ashamed of it but I decided not to be ashamed of my choices; this one included. It won’t benefit me in feeling that way. I made the decision for a valid reason. It is logical to me, even if no one will agree with me that it is.

Park uitzichtOne might be able to imagine that I got distracted by sunny weather since it’s July. You’d be wrong, however. The sunshine has been scarce. What little of it that occurred could hardly be considered summer weather. I had other things that stole away my time. One of them is Pokemon Go. Honestly, I find it to be quite amusing and it gives me even more of an excuse to go for walks at 5 AM. I take walks in the park and behold pretty sights, see?

Another thing that’s been occupying me is something I have on my Bucket List. It states that I want to make a board or card game. I started on the latter option; a card game. As I’m writing this, I realize my game doesn’t have a name yet. This is a bit silly… I’ll come up with one though, in due time.

My Nameless Game

The game is a dueling style game. You place cards on a ‘field’ to use them against your opponent. The objective is to use your own creatures to defeat your opponent’s creatures and then to attack their health points. When you decrease the health points to 0, you will win. Should yours drop to 0 however, then you are the one that loses.

Balance cycleI considered showing a preview of what the cards will look like but I’m going to save that for a later time. I’ve been working on various art aspects of the cards; mainly creating symbols that will give information about the particular card. For example, there will be a box that indicates what category card you are holding (creature, equip, terrain, magic). The second box will indicate the element of the card (if applicable) and the final will show the type that the card is. There are six elements, as you can see to the right.

I finished all the type images too but for now I will only be sharing them with my harddrive. There are twelve types. They are as follows;

  1. Hero
  2. Dragon
  3. Demon
  4. Fairy
  5. Mage
  6. Warrior
  7. Equine
  8. Canine
  9. Feline
  10. Avem (birds)
  11. Aquatic
  12. Structures

The Basics

The basics are stated above; you need to defeat your opponent. You can do this by placing creature cards. They are the main part of the game. You use them to attack your opponent and defend yourself.

Every creature is assigned to both an element and a type. Elements, as shown in the image, have certain advantages over other elements. This will influence the duel if two creatures have equal statistics but differ in element.

There is also the option to use a terrain card. This will change the setting upon which you play. For example, if you use the terrain card called Flood, you will create a playing field covered in water. This will make creatures with water element very powerful. It will also give a slight boost to creatures that use lightning.

Third, certain cards will carry what is called Support. The minimum support that can be given is 1 and the maximum is 3 (indicated by a number of stars). If a creature carries support, then that creature will strengthen other creatures on the field that share its element or type. For example, a phoenix is considered a fire element and an avem type. If it carries 3 support points, it will make other birds on the field stronger but it will also make fire-elements stronger. Support points can be stacked, too. So if someone should then use a fire dragon with support, then it in turn will also strengthen the fire elements; on top of the already existing support. It will also lend its support to the phoenix creature. This is going to be the main basis of strategizing.

To mix things up however, some creatures with high support might not carry a lot of stats to actually keep themselves safe on the field. So they could be easily defeated by your opponent. To protect these creatures however, you can use another creature to guard it. Creatures on guard, as well as the creatures being guarded, can not attack your opponent. They can however be attacked. The other downside to using guard strategies is that if your opponent attacks the guarding unit and can defeat it, it will also take out the creature that was being guarded by it; regardless of this second creature’s power. It gets taken out with the first card.

Another aspect that can strengthen your side are equip cards. They will relate to your creature’s type and the equipment type. For example, while a dragon can use claws and elemental breath, it can’t use swords or shields in the way that warriors can. Aquatic creatures can receive stronger sonar or harder scales, felines can not. Therefore, it can truly create a certain preferences that people might have for types.

Last but not least, there are magic cards that can manipulate various aspects of the game. I haven’t decided all the various ones yet but there will be a handful of useful ones that could truly turn the tide of the battle. An example would be a card that triggers rain to fall for several rounds; weakening those that use fire and making water users more powerful.

I know it all comes off as quite a confusing collection of words. I hear that a lot. But I hope to eventually create a good amount of cards so I can try playing this with a friend so the rules become a bit more clear. Some day…

 

Crafty Gifts

Yeah, yeah, mother’s day. Most bloggers I follow have featured it this past Sunday. Personally, I don’t often turn it into a big deal. Several reasons have caused me to neglect it quite a bit this year. I messaged my mother to let her know I was thinking of her. She herself was away this weekend with my dad. They took their boat out to enjoy this divine weather. It’s been sunny and warm.

Anyways, I will be looking to visit my mother one of these to give her a little present I made her. I decorated a card with a picture of the both of us. I surrounded it with colored tape, put a bling flower on it and wrote a message on the back. The card is an invitation for us to go to a restaurant near me that serves fair trade and organic dishes to their customers. Quite a treat, I’d say.

Personally, I find such gifts more pleasant than a material object or money. I find that an experience will enrich your life more than any object ever can. You take a day out of your schedule to partake in an activity and it can change your views, broaden your horizons and give you renewed knowledge and viewpoints. For this reason, I both like to give such gifts as well as receive them (so for any friends reading this; hint hint).

Objects break, get lost, become lost or forgotten. Though memories can fade too, that is known. But often times, a picture or other simple object that can be kept as a reminder of the day can help keep the memory clear. This is why I like to take something from a place where I went to remind myself whenever I come across it. This is also why I made the card for my mother. She can keep it (I purposely tried to make it pretty for her) to remember that we spent time together at a (hopefully) good restaurant.

Generally, I’m not good at giving gifts. I’m not good at asking for suitable ones either, but that is a whole different story. My gift-giving abilities will become better though, the more I know the other person. This is logical. I find things they like and am able to use that information to find them something I think they’d like. More than buying something for them though, I like to make something for them instead. A show of care and attention proves that a person actually spent time and effort. It’s also fun to do though.

One of the things I’m prone to making is a painting. I’ve created romantic pictures for loved ones, images of characters they like or made up or even an image of something they like. An example is a rose that I painted for a good friend of mine. She has an immense weak spot for roses and had requested to buy a canvas for me to paint one on for her. I decided to make one and give it to her for her birthday instead.

For my dad, I often made customized shirts. This was always really simple and fun to do. All you need is a white shirt, a large piece of cardboard that fits inside the shirt and waterproof marker(s) or special fabric markers. You place the cardboard inside the shirt and then draw on the shirt. The cardboard prevents the marker from leaking through to the opposite side of the shirt. You can even place a picture on the cardboard you use and then attempt to trace it onto the shirt, if you don’t trust yourself to draw without guidelines. I always found this to be very fun and my dad always loved the shirts I made for him.

I’ve also decorated objects to use. I also do it for objects I use myself just to give them a more personal touch. I’ve painted glasses as a gift and even painted and decorated a picture frame. For myself, I have decorated the back of my laptop. I made my own sticker for it, using the header of my blog. I have placed a twinkly star on my phone case to give it more character and I’ve also decorated a heart-shaped container. I’m still considering how to personalize my iPad. Any and all suggestions are welcome.

That is a brief list of what I have done. The list of things I still want to do, is immense. I have seen and read about trillions of DIYs that I still want to perform. I still want to make my own candles, coasters, decorate objects using nail polish and personalized tea light holders. I have plenty of ideas for all of these. Here’s to hoping I will actually be able to get to them some day…