Spellslinger: A Free Combat-Oriented Card Game (Updated 3/23/14)

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gnome druidI  developed a combat-oriented fantasy card game based on what I believe collectable card games could have been like if they were made in 1893 — a hundred years before Magic: the Gathering was made. The idea of the game is that you are a wizard that duals against other wizards. You both cast various spells, and raise an army of characters to attack the opponent.

The rules and all the card images are available in PDF files below. I advise people to print out three of each common, two of each uncommon, and one of each rare to make a “cube” — a pile of cards that can be used for drafting the cards. Continue reading

Baby Steps: My Newest Magic Set

HullabalooI created a small Magic set that can be used to learn or teach the rules for Magic: the Gathering. There are three difficulty levels used, so that players can learn the game using consecutively more complex rules and cards. The easiest difficulty level is much easier than Magic would be otherwise. The cards and rules are available online, and I have also written about what it was like for me to design the set — why I made the set one way rather than another.

This Magic set was made to be fun for everyone, so it can be used to learn the game, teach the game, or as a cube (random set of cards for draft) for more advanced players.

You can find the cards and rules at these locations:

  1. Baby Steps: The Beginner Level
  2. Baby Steps 2: The Intermediate Level
  3. Baby Steps 3: The Advanced Level

Information about the set from the design perspective can be found here:

  1. Teach Kids Magic Using Baby Steps
  2. Baby Steps II (A Fan Set)
  3. Baby Steps III (A Fan Set)
  4. Baby Steps Updates

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.

Note: This is Part 3 of a series. Go here to see part 1. Continue reading

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

Baby Steps: The Beginner Level (Updated 11/28/13)

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StegosaurusDisclaimer: 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. It is a fan 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. If you see an image that is not in the public domain, you can let me know. You can contact me using a form on my About page. 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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