Sunday, October 13, 2013

Judgement Day - LDS Card Game Verse of the Week

  • Revelation 20:12 “…And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” 
  • Verse Rule: DISCARD: Remove this verse from the game. Then, for each verse in your blessing stack, choose up to one verse from your discard and place them in your hand. 
  • Sacrifice Cost: 2
  • Markers: Strength  
  • Icons: S, H, T

The Book of Revelation can be pretty intimidating and confusing, in much the same way as Isaiah, and, by extension, 2 Nephi.  It’s so full of metaphoric images and rhetorical devices it’s hard to tell what’s up and what’s real.

I wanted to give the player of this verse a really strong benefit for playing it, tied in with their blessings.  So, the idea is that they’re judged, and found blessed, so they get to pull things back into play.

In practical play, it turned out to be too powerful at first, because it was phrased badly.  When it was discarded, it allowed itself to be pulled back into the hand as one of the chosen discarded verses.  So, I rewrote that so it got discarded after the returning effect triggered.  That still didn’t work, because if a player had two Judgement Days, they could do essentially the same effect.

Finally, it was decided that it had to be either unique or removed from play.  In the end, I decided on the latter.  It’s a cool verse, and it’s now not the game-owner that it used to be. Thank heavens for playtesting!


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Monday, October 7, 2013

General Authority Trading Cards

I had to chuckle a little when I saw this article. Obviously, from the name of the site, I can tell this is a parody, but it sure is a sweetly done one. A while ago, someone had made some other GA trading cards that looked a lot more like sports cards, and they were pretty cool, too.

I kind of liked that these new ones were based on Pokemon, both in design, and in the way the rules text was laid out and written. Pokemon is kind of a fun game, and how my kids got introduced to the whole concept of collectible card games. Later came Yu-Gi-Oh, and Magic.

What's kind of funny about this is that I had imagined something kinda similar early on in the life of Chapter and Verse. I had thought about a sort of promotional mini-set of, maybe a dozen or so cards that could come out after each conference, based on quotes from the talks. I think it would be cool to be able to intermingle the words of the current prophets with those of the ancient and even the historical Latterday ones.

I think it's really cool to see how fast the stand-out quotes from each conference show up as meme pictures on facebook, as fast as that afternoon.

I thought that there might be copyright and trademark issues involved. Those might get sorted out under either "Fair Use" laws or through negotiation with the church's intellectual reserve. In any case, I thought it was a kind of fun idea!

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