Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Title of Liberty

I’ve been bubbling over, lately, with ideas for a new set of verses!  I’ve been really excited about it, but I haven’t had any time to do much other than brainstorm an mull things over on my way to and from work.

This set will be set in the Book of Mormon, and will feature stories and lessons from Alma, Helaman, and probably 3rd Nephi.  So far, I think I’ve chosen these stories to focus on:

  • The conversion of Zeezrom
  • The conversion of the Lamanite kings
  • The rise and fall of Korihor
  • Title of Liberty and the Kingmen rebellion 
  • The Lamanite wars 
  • The Gadianton Robbers
  • The preaching of Samuel The Lamanite
  • The arrival of Jesus Christ in America

Much the content of those three Book of Mormon books is taken up describing wars and conflicts of various kinds, and so I’ve been working on a battle mechanic, to represent that.  It’s kinda tricky, because I don’t want it to become a wargame.  I don’t want it to simulate one player attacking another, but rather, a battle happening.  The tricky part of that is that it has to be activated by a player.  And, in order for that player to want to activate a battle-related verse, there has to be some in-game benefit.

Where the first set (Scripture Mastery) was all based in conceptual and doctrinal scriptures, there wasn’t much by way of stories.  This set, on the other hand, will have a lot of Histories icons, and new Markers like, “Righteous Character” and, of course, “Unrighteous Character”.  Special rules of many verses will play into those markers.

There will also probably be fewer Pearls and fewer “Keyword” verses.

As before, my goal will be to make the set playable both by itself, and combined with the Scripture Mastery set. The Scripture Mastery set is still in playtesting, and it's making for a great, fun, and consistent LDS game.  I want to test the overall set a few more times, and then our playtest team will start building constructed decks and we'll see if it's still balanced.

I’ll definitely keep you posted on how it all comes out!


Mark has a lifelong testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormon Church). Mark also has other sites and blogs, including and his Dutch Oven blog.

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