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Archon: Circlet of the Heavens — New Ideas

For those who do not know "Archon: Circlet of the Heavens" (ARCH) is divided into three (3) separate "components":

1> A Game Box with tokens, card sleeves and divider.

2> A couple Booster Packs with customization cards.

3> Print-aNd-Play (PNP) cards used by the game.

I wanted to discuss 2 and 3 since they are intertwined a bit. So the Boosters have card information on the "back-side". To be precise, five (5) RPS-3s (they are relatively easy to remember but...)

The issue is when the cards are "exposed", you no longer can see the RPS-3. And this is problematic when trying to resolve the cards.

This brings me to component 3 ... The PNP cards. Because these are PNP and can be custom in cut, I have thought of a way to PRESERVE the RPS-3 info and be able to know it... Even when a card is revealed!

The Fresh NEW Idea is to make the PNP cards have a reserved area that allows the cardbacks to see the RPS-3 visible from the card-back when the card is INVERTED!!!

I know this will work. It's an amazing concept and ONLY possible due to the PNP nature of component 3. Rather than making the cards 1/8 inch smaller instead have a reserved area available on each card because you cut them out yourself. As such the TEMPLATE for the cards allows for SPACE SAVING at the TOP... Allowing the RPS-3s to be visible.

This is definitely COOL and I will be working on a prototype very soon!

Comments

Some more changes

Although I don't have a WORKING prototype (just yet); I have been tinkering with the design itself. Tonight I had a great idea for a problem that I have been struggling with. So there is a "standard" distribution of the Victory Points (VPs) in each Micro Deck of fifteen (15) cards.

But I was struggling with 5x 1 VPs cards. That had been concerning me. Only ONE (1) VP??? If you get like 3 DAMAGE, that card is lost and defeated much too easily.

So tonight's big revelation is: 5 VPs onward; instead of 1 VPs. The distribution is the SAME: 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1. But VPs are now: 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. For a Deck Total of 95 VPs.

This is WAY more BALANCED than before... And this means that you CAN inflict DAMAGE ... And it doesn't mean that after ONE (1) Point of DAMAGE the card is defeated. If the minimum is 5 VPs and a card deals 3 DAMAGE, well the outcome is that cards is now worth 2 VPs... And on goes the show!

Here's a new PREVIEW...

Of four (4) sample card layouts for "Archon: Circlet of the Heavens" (ARCH):

Share with me your thoughts/comments/feedback regarding this new layout.

Note #1: This is an "adaptation" of the earlier layouts that I had designed. But they were much "too simple" and made too much suppositions as to the content. This version is much more "focused" and aimed for gameplay over possible "aesthetics".

Note #2: If you are "wondering" why so much BLACK at the very top!? This is because the shape is just a "preview". There will be "Fusion" Crystals that you will be able to see in that position that rely on the other cards in the game. So don't worry... That empty position will be filled with content soon enough.

Note #3: The "black area at-the-top" will allow for the RPS-3 rules to be visible. And this way it's not a "shorter" card but a "custom cut". Since these are PNP cards, they're just a bit trickier to cut ... But not a big deal (and it's pretty cool how they will work!)

Note #4: Also please note this is the "non-rendered" version of the card. All was done in Illustrator. Of course the Photoshop files will look COOLER (and rendered) with more colors ... Some things are just harder to do in Illustrator... And so it'll take me a while to "re-work" the Photoshop file and make it even BETTER looking (more fine details).

Note #5: This is a screenshot of the card... So it's LOW-RES. When I get the "rendered" Photoshop file working, I'll upload a 150 DPI resolution image which will offer LESS "dithering" than this 72 DPI version (screen resolution).

Note #6: I updated this sample with 2 cards just so you could see further detail (and not only a mostly-black version). The primary attacks require "Red" Fusion which is direct-energies. So that's why I've opted to showcase a version with "Red" Fusion instead of "Black" Fusion.

I don't have to worry about "bleeding" and "drift"

Because these will all be "Print-aNd-Play" (PNP) cards. Moreover since these will be cut by hand, this allows me to "personalize" the cut-lines and therefore control HOW the cuts are made. As in my earlier comment, the cut-lines will be used to reserve an "area" specially marked for RPS-3 rules of the dominant player (lowest Turn-Order Token).

That's always something that concerns me (Drift)... While I have great confidence with TGC and their amazing printing capabilities... The fact that I MUST worry about potential drift (and yeah it may happen the rare time...) like in maybe 1% of cards... But with PNPs there is no drift, you just get to print a page and then cut-out the cards.

It's as simple as that. Cheers folks!

Practical Layout

The font(s) are very clear in this picture, and the information displays well (even to my aging eyes). I'm curious, what font(s) did you use, and what are the sizes?

This layout does look very practical. But if this is a standard-sized playing card (2.5 x 3.5in), I am curious why you haven't left room for artwork? I understand the battle between aesthetics and content, but I guess I prefer cards that balance both.

Also, why put what appears to be the card's title (Coal Miner Orc) at the bottom rather than the top? The title-line itself looks great, but seems a bit counter-intuitive to have it at the bottom.

Just my initial impressions. I look forward to seeing your Photoshop version soon!

-Tom

To address your concerns

treeves3 wrote:
The font(s) are very clear in this picture, and the information displays well (even to my aging eyes). I'm curious, what font(s) did you use, and what are the sizes?

I don't have that information on-hand ATM. But I'll post an update soon (later today)... The problem is Illustrator shows fonts in Points and then converts to inches... Terrible. Don't worry, I will get to working on this soon as I make the 3rd Layout (there are five in total).

treeves3 wrote:
This layout does look very practical. But if this is a standard-sized playing card (2.5 x 3.5in), I am curious why you haven't left room for artwork? I understand the battle between aesthetics and content, but I guess I prefer cards that balance both.

Because it's just not "practical". On the sample you see two (2) groupings: 1 to 3 and 4 to 6. That indicates the action that can occur when this card is played during those phases of the Round. Ideally I think that there could be 3 groupings... Maybe 4 with a couple short abilities... IDK yet!

But the reality is that I am favoring "Game Play", nice "Template" and more strategic choices to "open-up" the game a little bit.

treeves3 wrote:
Also, why put what appears to be the card's title (Coal Miner Orc) at the bottom rather than the top? The title-line itself looks great, but seems a bit counter-intuitive to have it at the bottom.

Because I didn't want anything looking like this:

https://youtu.be/FT1cw3KxmdU?t=375

treeves3 wrote:
Just my initial impressions. I look forward to seeing your Photoshop version soon!

No worries, I'm glad you commented. It may take a couple days (yeah maybe a WEEK at tops) because I have to do the Illustrator layouts for the other THREE (3) Templates. Once all of them are done in AI, I can then start to work on a Template File for the Photoshop (Rendered) versions. IDK how quick or slow the process will be... So I'm not making too many promises this early "in-the-game" (Pun intended!)

If you or anyone else have some other concerns/feedback/questions please don't hesitate to ask/share.

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