Baby Steps 3: The Advanced Level

king kongDisclaimer: Magic: The Gathering is TM & © 1993-2013 Wizards of the Coast LLC in the U.S.A. and other countries. Baby Steps is not affiliated with or endorsed by Wizards of the Coast. It exists for personal use only, and is not for profit. Baby Steps is not an official Magic set.

All of the images used for the cards should be in the public domain, but the card templates and mana symbols are TM & © 1993-2013 Wizards of the Coast.

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Baby Steps 2: The Intermediate Level (Update 11/4/13)

DimetrodonDisclaimer: Magic: The Gathering is TM & © 1993-2013 Wizards of the Coast LLC in the U.S.A. and other countries. Baby Steps is not affiliated with or endorsed by Wizards of the Coast. It exists for personal use only, and is not for profit. Baby Steps is not an official Magic set.

All of the images used for the cards should be in the public domain, but the card templates and mana symbols are TM & © 1993-2013 Wizards of the Coast.

Note: This is Part 2 of a series. Go here to see part 1. Continue reading

Spell Battle: A Free Combat-Oriented Fantasy Card Game

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Spell Battle is a free customizable card game using medieval art (based on Tarot Combat but also similar to Magic: the Gathering in many ways). There are 120 different cards, and a collection of three of each card is enough for a group of eight people to create eight unique decks.

Spell Battle is a combat-oriented card game where players can each make a unique deck. Players can then use their deck to take turns playing spell and character cards, and attacking with their characters.

Spell Battle is my attempt to have a customizable combat-oriented card game that could have existed in the middle ages. What if people originally played combat-oriented card games using playing cards or tarot cards? The next step could be to have unique cards used to make customizable decks. Games like this could have eventually led to the development of Magic: the Gathering hundreds of years later.

I started making Spell Battle in March 2013 (almost five months ago), but it is quite similar to Tarot Combat, which I made not long before that. It has been playtested quite a bit.

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Tarot Combat II Cards in High Resolution

052Tarot Combat is a battle-oriented game using a tarot deck. Go here for more information.

Playing the original Tarot Combat game requires players to know what each card does, which can be difficult for new players. That’s why I have created cards specifically to be used for Tarot Combat, which is a new version I call “Tarot Combat II.” Each card says what it does on it. The soldier cards each has a score used for the cost, strength, and speed; and each trump card has a unique effect on the game. All of the cards are all available here for free. These cards are basically a tarot deck, but all the cards say what they do on them for the Tarot Combat game.

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Tarot Combat: A Battle-Oriented Game Using A Tarot Deck

Wheel of Fortune Tarot CardA Tarot deck is pretty much the same thing as a regular playing card deck, except it has four court cards (Jack, Cavalier, Queen, and King), and it has 22 trump cards. Tarot is famous for being used by fortune tellers, but they were originally used for games.

I posted the rules for “Combat,” a card game using regular playing cards. “Tarot Combat” is almost the same game, except there are less soldier cards that have special abilities. Instead, there’s 22 “trump cards” with special abilities. Also, these cards can be played any time. You can play special ability cards during the opponent’s turn. Continue reading

Combat: A Battle-Oriented Playing Card Game

1850 playing card Атласная_колода_экстра_дама_бубниThe first combat-oriented game I have discussed on this website is called “Battle.” This post will discuss a newer game I invented called “Combat.” Like most combat-oriented games, players take turns drawing a card, attacking, and playing cards. In this case any card can be played as a soldier or farm (resource), but only the Ace, Two, Three, and Joker can be played for a special ability (with a temporary effect). If a card is used for a special ability, then the card is put into the discard pile. Continue reading

Battle: A Combat-Oriented Playing Card Game

Entertainment - Playing card - Ace of Spades - Art NouveauCombat-oriented card games, like Magic: the Gathering, can be played with regular playing cards with two to four players. The simplest one I thought of is “Battle.” The main idea of Battle is to play soldiers that can attack or block, and the first player to be attacked five or more times by unblocked soldiers loses the game. Every card in the entire deck can be played as a soldier, and their power level is based on how powerful the card ranks in card games generally, except the Ace has the lowest rank (other than the Joker). The Joker is the weakest, followed by the Ace, followed by the Two, followed by the Three, etc. The King is the strongest. Continue reading