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Tradewars - Homeworld: Playtesting

Well I have a pretty firm date for a playtest on 27 September... Although it will NOT be a "blind" playtest, players will be encourage to experiment with the cards and challenge EACH OTHER to see who wins. I will only be there mostly as a spectator once I explain the game and how to play. I can't wait to see how NEW players to the game strategize to defeat their opponent.

Monster Keep: Lords of Keeps

So fundamentally I have a SOLID base for the game ("Monster Keep"). I am now thinking about small additions that I can add to the game...

One of my ideas is the following:

  • Much like "Clue", each player's token is one of six colours. So I figured that I would create a special "Lord" card for each one. The bonus it gives a player is BY DEFAULT a player will have +2 trait stats. So for example, Lord Asinius, who is a glutton will give a player +2 Food for each bid. And so forth. Other Lords will have a different bonus...

Monster Keep: Vile Heroes

So in this blog entry, if figured I would explain a little bit of what the "Heroes Deck" will be comprised of.

As I mentioned in the "Coming next" blog entry, the "Heroes Deck" will remain confidential due to its link with Stretch Rewards. But there is some information that I CAN disclose.

The "Heroes Deck" will be comprised of forty (40) cards. Each card in the deck will be repeated four (4) times. So in reality there are ten (10) UNIQUE cards to the deck.

Monster Keep: Coming next

Okay so I figured I would *collect* the ideas from the Monster Keep thread (http://www.bgdf.com/node/13025/).

I am doing this because there was some discussion and changes as the game materialized. So in this blog, I will explain (to the best of my abilities) what "Monster Keep" is.

"You are the Lord of a Stronghold who must recruit Monsters to protect his Keep from the evil Heroes that come with the intent to steal valuable gold and treasure. But Monsters are a "hard to please" bunch... and will only protect the Lord who satisfies their needs..."

Tradewars - Homeworld: Artwork

So I had my first meeting with a local artist to discuss the artwork for the game.

It was a very productive meeting which lasted more than an hour. We discussed artwork on a past project (Quest Adventure Cards(tm)) and how that artist approached the making of artwork. I showed him pencil/inked drawings which were used to make the final cards. As such I had the black & white artwork and the final product in hand for review.

So far, having discussed the artwork in detail, I am happy to say we have an artist that is interested in the project.

Tradewars - Homeworld: Game rules

Hi all,

So a couple of you (game designers) have shown some interest in playtesting *Tradewars - Homeworld*. My response so far is that I am not ready for blind playtesting because I do NOT have a game manual. Right now I am explaining the game in my playtests and not using any game rules.

Tradewars - Homeworld: Pacing of the game

Hi all,

Well I just wanted to post an update regarding the most recent playtest I did with *The Derelict* scenario. The Derelict scenario is a single player scenario that can be played alone without any other players. The main reason for testing this scenario is because it is rather good at demonstrating the "pacing of the game".

Here are the conclusions of the playtest:
1-Only 8 (4x level 5, 2x level 4, 2x level 3) cards were purchased from the upgrade piles. This seems low since the player relies heavily on the original 10 cards given to them at the starting. This is NOT good.

Tradewars - Homeworld: Latest changes

Hi all,

Well I'm back after a short hiatus from posting on these forums, I am finally able to post an update in regards to my current endeavor. So last time I talked about needing to "Speed up the game" after a long 2 hour play session with a friend.

So let's get to the changes:

1-Lowered the "buy" cost of cards: cards are now cheaper to purchase from your deck (ranging from 10 qS to 50 qS).

Tradewars - Homeworld

Hi all,

I figured I post a *Blog entry* to update my status on my Deck-Building game entitled "Tradewars - Homeworld".

A first prototype was designed and very quickly it came to be that this prototype was unplayable because there were too many cards. The total amount of cards was a whooping 158!

So I sat up one night trying to see what could be done to reduce the number of cards and still have an entertaining game. The conclusion I came to was to use BOTH sides of the card: one side was resources and the other was starship models, crews, weaponry and missions.

Quest Adventure Cards(tm) - The Second Edition

So it's been months of playing around with various game ideas and game mechanics. It almost feels like an entire year! We have made a complete overhaul of Quest. The First Edition, with all it's quirks and oddities, is soon to be a matter of the past.

The Second Edition of Quest AC is rather elegant...

We listened to our players and we hope to come out with a more solid product. So here is what is new:

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