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Card Game Design Diary Chapter 2: A New Playtest


Results and plans for next revision.

Considering the DRASTIC improvements made to the game as a core, it's gone from a practical dead end to something with real potential well beyond the initial concept of "a gin rummy variant." All in all, a much more impressive play this time. Although the game still doesn't have a formal name, something I'll have to change for the third playthrough. These are the planned changes for the next test.

-Emphasis on the Actions system, making everything you do an action. From entering trade negotiations, ridding yourself of worthless trade queues, to drawing cards, everything will be an action with your choice on how you spend it.

-Action cards will now have two categories. Action cards can be played as an action ONLY on your turn whereas Interrupt cards can be played whenever.

-More variety to the contract cards. Instead of the contract cards being the endgame itself, they'll now be Victory Points towards a numerical goal. Likewise, they will now have alternative creatures to fulfill the goal. This will, of course, increase manufacturing cost but my goal is fun game, not cheap game.

-Bounty chits will be introduced. For example, a player will have a certain number of chits at the beginning. When giving up on a contract, they will place the contract in the center with their numbered chits. For other players, this increases the point value of the contract. If the player takes back a contract with their chit on it, it reduces the value of the contract. This may be an optional rule or a possible expansion concept rather than base game rule.

If you would like a copy of this game to print and test out in it's next form, feel free to send me a message here or leave a comment. I'm continuing this diary, despite lack of interest, because a few people I know are following the progress of this game.
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About sheppyone of us since 7:01 AM on 09.16.2008

I suppose since one of my stories has been promoted, I'm on the spot to get off my lazy ass and describe myself. I'm a 3D modeler working on Flight Simulators by day, a doodlin nerd by night. I try to remain without system biases but let's face it, no one can do that. I do want to apologize for some of my terrible grammar. I'm hoping to correct this issue as time goes on. I want to get better.

As to which games games I'm into, which ones am I not into is a more apt question. I'm a collector with a fairly massive collection. And, maybe as time rolls on, I'll fill more of this out.
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