Now that we've gotten a chance to play with them, how do we feel about Locations? I must admit, the restriction of only being able to use them once every other turn was something that made me hesitate initially, but it doesn't feel as unnatural to play with as I'd expected. They managed to blend the balancing of them with some great visuals to make it feel smooth in a way that just describing it didn't really convey as well.

Conversation this time? Well, we don't need to talk about all that...

Oh Worm?

Congratulations are in order for Moondreamer, who won the latest Competition with Nash, the Greatworm!

They'll be helping decide next week's theme, so look forward to that!

Party Planning

An interesting Fan Community Spotlight this week, as we delve into the realm of collaborative sets again. I can't remember the last time we looked at something that was created by more than one person, but I love them every time - it really puts the 'Community' aspect at the forefront, which is one of the best parts of Custom Card creation in my opinion.

Anyway, this set imagines what a mini-set for after Rastakhan's Rumble might have looked like - Rastakhan's Afterparty!

I've said it before, but imagining mini-sets for previous expansions is such an interesting design challenge. I think the collaborative aspect really helped out here, because it allowed more ideas to be presented and iterated upon. Instead of getting stuck on one idea of what a class could be doing, each class has several themes being tackled - given that this mini-set is in the style of Galakrond's Awakening, covering the whole year of themes and mechanics instead of just Rastakhan's Rumble, I think that this diversity of ideas really helped make it feel authentic.

The idea of theming it as a party is also one I really appreciate. It allows the flavour to bend appropriately to accommodate Witchwood and Boomsday cards in a Rastakhan's Rumble setting while still feeling fairly well tied to Rumble as a whole.

If you're ever feeling stuck on what to design, consider looking for projects like this to help kickstart your creative process. It's one of the reasons I love the Weekly Card Design Competition we run so much - not only do you get to see great designs, but the restrictions can sometimes spark an idea for something more that you might never have considered before.

Make sure you click the link above to read the interview with a couple of the contributors. You can also find a link to the full set there, with accreditation for everyone involved!

Mixer Elixir

Sometimes you just need to turn a negative into a positive. Click the banner below to find out more - and ignore the bodies, please!