Thursday, July 18, 2013
This LDS Game Feels Complete!
So, after reworking the card set, which increased the number of cards by over 50%, and redoing the layout, and printing the pages and pages of cards, then cutting them and sleeving them, Brendon and I finally got a chance to playtest this cardset. I truly hope it's the last test. I've been working and reworking these cards in this LDS game for over seven years, now! And always with the Scripture Mastery verses.
We played two quick games, and they were both thrilling. These cards are so much more balanced and flexible than ever before. With the addition of the Life icons and evening out of the other icons, the game was much more playable. There were more options, but it wasn't overwhelming!
I was concerned that there would be certain verses that would be too powerful. There were some powerful cards, it's true, but no one verse dominated the game. There was plenty of quoting and even some quote challenging, but again, it didn't rule the play. Since Brendon had studied many of the verses in seminary, for Scripture Mastery, he was able to knock off quite a few quotes.
We played with random verses in our decks, as if we had just opened the game out of the box. We used one set of verses as our base to draw from. We'll have to try and work with constructed decks sometime soon.
We also discovered that Brendon's work on this whole project has almost earned him the game design merit badge. This is a relatively new badge, only about a year or so old.
At any rate, this is a great LDS game. I'm really proud and excited to have been able to work on it all this time. I really, finally feel like this revision is the most complete of all the versions of it so far!
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 MarkHansenMusic.com and his Dutch Oven blog.