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Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar Weekly Update Sun 19th Jul 2009 5:14pm

Category: Weekly Updates

Since people seem to expect one of these, uh... here is An Weekly Update!

I've been working on the card game I mentioned in the last article. For those of you who didn't realise this because you didn't properly read the article, the thing I linked to last time was NOT something that I will be expanding upon, but an abandoned prototype from months ago. It won't have anything to do with the card game I'm working on now.

The one I'm working on now looks more like this:



I've done quite a lot on it already, in the space of about two or three days. So far, there's the basic turn order, you can attack, cards can be drawn and discarded, and other basic parts of the functionality of a card game thing. There's no enemy AI yet though and all the current cards are placeholders.
I also really need to do something about balancing... I'm not entirely sure that the mechanics as they are at the moment will work out in the long run. I'll make changes as I go along, though.

I was going to link to what I've done so far as a Flash file, but instead I'll wait until it's in a more playable state, hopefully in about a week or something.

Other than this, uh, I've done some work on MARDEK 3, but not very much.

I'm STILL waiting for sponsorship for Raider 2... It takes forever, apparently. It seems it's best to wait about a month for competitive bids. I have got SOME bids, but I feel that others can bid higher, so I'm waiting until they do.

Anyway, uh, that's probably all that I have to report for now! Hopefully I can FINISH this card game rather than it ending up as yet another project I start then never get anywhere with...

(EDIT)
Oh, also, what do you think of the 'Message Centre' that I added a week or two ago, now that many of you have likely used it?
I for one find it makes the whole site more... engaging or something. But maybe it's just because I get far more messages than anyone else since the ones on news articles, etc, appear in my Message Centre... Hmm.
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Ben1005`s Avatar
Rating Orb Ben1005 11 United States CholericMelancholic 236C 218F
8 years ago | (0)
This screenshot thing reminds me of a Yu-Gi-Oh! video game I played a long time ago.

(Remember that Yu-Gi-Oh! is often thought to be American,but it's also Japanese.Heck,it's actually mostly Japanese.)
beining`s Avatar
Rating Orb beining 12 Afghanistan Sanguine 4C 12F
8 years ago | (1)
cant you put a few other monsters on?like hydras?
weirdguy`s Avatar
Rating Orb weirdguy 20 Madagascar MelancholicPhlegmatic 40C 1F
8 years ago | (0)
Actually, many card games (including that aforementioned Pokemon) use smaller creatures to summon larger ones.
Kittykatman`s Avatar
Rating Orb Kittykatman 16 United Kingdom SanguineMelancholic 305C 48F
8 years ago | (0)
Hmm now that I think of it Cardeck is actually very similar to Duel Masters (A very old card game that lots of people thought ripped off Yu-Gi-Oh) in the sense that you use monsters to summon other monsters on another note NEXT UPDATE SOON!
Eleanor Rigby`s Avatar
Rating Orb E Eleanor Rigby 15 United States PhlegmaticCholeric 1184C 365F
8 years ago | (0)
I think the message center is useful. Also, the poll doesn't seem to be counting votes correctly, at the moment.
login7`s Avatar
Rating Orb login7 26 12C 3F
8 years ago | (0)
So game mechanics are something that really interest me and so I want to be helpful here, but if your goal really is to get-out a quick game... well, most of my suggestions would be how to make the game more complicated which is counter to one of your main goals. But... let me see if I understand. I am making up numbers since I don't know the right ones, but let's just say in order to get a Level 8 Fire Monster out, you must have a Fire Monster already out that is at least Level 6 and to get that one out, you needed to have a Level 4 Fire Monster. (I am just assuming you can use Monsters up to Level 4 automatically and can only play cards 2 levels higher than the monster already played.)

What happens to the monster that was there? Do you have a pile of Monsters that is three high now or do you discard the old ones or what? Is there a possibility of Level 8 destroyed, reverts back to Level 6 or some special card (or monster) that can revert cards but ordinarily that would not happen? Also, is there any returning of cards from the discard pile? I like the idea of reviving from the discard pile because that also opens up special cards or monsters that can completely obliterate (out of play rather than to the discard pile). Is there any temporary (or permanent) stealing cards from the enemy? Or gaining temporary control of?

I may have missed (I'm sure I did) but do you win cards or buy cards or do they actually get stronger as you battle or do you start with all the cards you'll get or how does that work?

By the way, I think it is better that Pseudolonewolf (you) does NOT know a lot of card games, because he is less tainted this way and could come-up with something more original and interesting (and hopefully better). Keep up the diversity in your games (action, RPG, card).
Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb A β Pseudolonewolf 23 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 2257C 559F
8 years ago | (0)
I've basically sorted out most of the mechanics now (since I posted this article a week ago), so detailed suggestions probably wouldn't be very useful anyway... Well, not until the alpha, anyway.

With the levels, you'd only be able to play level 1 cards immediately, and any higher level cards could be played as soon as that card reached that level. If you had a level 1 card, two level 5 cards and a level 10 card, you could either wait until the level 1 card got to level 10, then replace it with the level 10 card, or you could evolve it once at level 5 and again at level 10. Also, you could REPLACE the level 5 card with the other level 5 card once it'd been played; evolution doesn't have to be linear.
When evolving, the cards below are discarded. This means that you can actually neutralise an evolved form using a 'send to the hand' card because you'd get the card back, but be unable to PLAY it until you levelled up another monster...
I don't know if this seems especially wise though, so I may yet change it.

There'll be spell cards that interact with the discard pile, etc... but controlling the opponent's card is likely to be too complex to do quickly so I'll not do that.

You acquire money from card duels, and use that money to buy booster packs; this is how you get cards.
SavageWolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb β SavageWolf 17 United Kingdom CholericMelancholic 533C 105F
8 years ago | (0)
When is this alpha, anyway?
login7`s Avatar
Rating Orb login7 26 12C 3F
8 years ago | (0)
Sorry I didn't get to this sooner to help then (I knew it was posted a week ago, I wasn't looking then and didn't think about the fact this game was to be completed quickly). I do think it would be cool if there were "special" ways to get cards other than just buying them though. For example, find them or (I'm assuming you don't want a big field) have them as bonuses for meeting criteria (ending the battle quickly, or with few cards used, or only using one type of card, or only using spells, or only level 1 monsters, or having full of all the elements at the end (can that even happen?) or something like that).

ALTHOUGH, if by "booster packs" you literally get random cards, that is head and shoulders above having every card you can get available and you just need to buy it. I hate games where the "growth" (better cards is "growth" for this type of game) is so... what is the opposite of engaging? FF XII really bothered me in that most abilities just needed bought and you barely had to search for or earn any of them. You had to wait until the right point in the story, and that was it, yuck.
RedtheGamr`s Avatar
Rating Orb RedtheGamr 14 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic 10C 9F
8 years ago | (0)
*sigh* Ouch... defensive much? I was just voicing my opinion, everyone has a right to it.
Besides, I did not say it was a 'terrible game', just that it was a game I feel I would not be playing normally.
So sorry if I offended anyone, but, come on, It's nothing to get upset over.
Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb A β Pseudolonewolf 23 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 2257C 559F
8 years ago | (0)
Who are you even replying to there? It doesn't look like anyone posted a response to what you said.
SavageWolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb β SavageWolf 17 United Kingdom CholericMelancholic 533C 105F
8 years ago | (0)
Your reply thing doesn't work on IE apparently...
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el dylo`s Avatar
Rating Orb el dylo 15 2C 0F
8 years ago | (0)
finnish a smeging game first
Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb A β Pseudolonewolf 23 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 2257C 559F
8 years ago | (0)
If you are going to be so rude, I will remove you from the site.
Alarconte`s Avatar
Rating Orb Alarconte 25 Spain MelancholicSanguine 9C 0F
8 years ago | (0)
The rigth response to this post, (with the pseudolonewolf excuse) is; when you make some excelent games as pseudo did before, return and say it again.
SavageWolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb β SavageWolf 17 United Kingdom CholericMelancholic 533C 105F
8 years ago | (0)
How would you like it if you were trying to get the Gemcraft badges without playing any other games in-between?
Alarconte`s Avatar
Rating Orb Alarconte 25 Spain MelancholicSanguine 9C 0F
8 years ago | (0)
OFF-TOPIC:

Someday, If Raider 2 isn't out yet, I will start to cry U_U
RedtheGamr`s Avatar
Rating Orb RedtheGamr 14 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic 10C 9F
8 years ago | (0)
wow, just from the screenshot, I can tell this'll be a good game....
But games like that don't interest me, so I guess I'll skimp on this one.
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