I don’t do pithy posts. It’s not just having something gaming related to think about, it’s about having enough to drone on for an hour plus about. I had two stronger ideas inspired by recent events that lack any mechanical connection but have a thematic connection that may not be obvious, so my intent is to follow up with the second post soon, while I’m still inspired.
First up, let’s talk CCGs.
Shadowfist Kickstarter is live: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2113976333/shadowfist-a-better-tomorrow?ref=discovery
Am I excited? No, not really. Seems like it should have come out last year, when you could have had a Fire Monkey theme and appeal to all of those icky people who like monkeys. [Should be noted that I only hate monkeys in Shadowfist and possibly other places, like RL. L5R Monkeys are win.]
But, I like playing Shadowfist. Building decks has gotten harder because I only get inspired after playing and don’t immediately start building decks after our Thursday night sessions. When I go through cards before Thursday night sessions, I’m like “Where are all of the cards I thought of building decks around after last time?”
I think there’s some good in how the KS was done – always offer a high end option. I think there’s some lack – offer more than one high end option. I’m also not interested in any of the cards on the main page. I have no particular feelings about resource edges. I guess it encourages more Thunder on Thunder plays, a not so well designed card that nevertheless fills an important hoser function.
Speaking of Shadowfist, we played Thursday as we often do, and we had one reasonably entertaining game.
Ian (Squad Faceoff) -> Joren (Monarch States) -> Don (Ascended Discard w/ Punishments) -> Justin (Hand Swords)
I bring out Black Helicopter Squad and Hit Squad after putting Waterfall Sanctuary in play. On turn two, I put “broken” Gardens in play behind Waterfall Sanctuary. On turn three, I put Weeping Willows out.
Over an hour later, the Mobius Gardens never received any damage. *shrug*
The Waterfall Sanctuary was never revealed the entire game!!
The Hit Squad I played on turn one was hanging around on the turn I won!!!
Miguel!?! See, I use cards responsibly and people don’t go insane no matter how much they complain about Hit Squad being used against them.
Even though my Jan Zvireci got used multiple times, mostly against Don’s discard deck, never took damage or left play. My Sacred Wigwam did get seized!! I considered this a key to my victory.
I could not keep a second location in play as every attempt to have multiple columns ended up with people attacking me and every turn of sitting on one location saw other people getting attacked because they had lots of Fighting in play and could often win on their turns. Justin had like three NFSSs out for quite a while. His Rice Paddies got seized by Joren, then by Don. I never got my Sacred Wigwam back. By not being close to victory and not having much of a site structure or anything particularly threatening offensively in play, I had the ability to regulate towards victory then pick up the pieces after hitters kept getting stopped.
I, of course, could retire this deck undefeated. Or, I could play it again and hope to play the various cards that never saw play.
CCGs. So, there’s this new FCG based on magic samurai. There’s a tournament coming up, single core with roles, I plan on playing in. Single core just seems awful with how you have no real ability to customize your 30 Dynasty Deck, defeating what I am excited about – deck construction for a CCG.
I love Influence (not Shadowfist Influence, which is terrible). Given the tiny card pool, it still has me thinking about stuff. I don’t love the tiny card pool for Dynasty cards. Now, I hear people may “quit” [internet verbiage for whine about nothing in a way that just calls attention to how more important you are than people who make their financial decisions without saying “look at me”] because of the release schedule to have more cards to work with, but more cards kind of necessary or the game play is going to be really stale.
Am I committed to getting into this version, unlike the version I thought was a terrible game? Nope. But, I may end up committed soon. I almost got into the VCG. Now, I have read a review of the LCG that sounded very relevant – I’m not interested in “chess”. I enjoy slam, bam, thank you ma’am two-player play like UC!. I enjoy two hour dice-rolling fests of two-player play like WoT. I enjoy a variety of multiplayer CCGs for their humorously inconclusive interactions. Do I really want to get owned repeatedly by people who think harder than I do at card games?
On the other hand, if I can afford buying True Dungeon ultrarares, a new CCG is hardly going to be much of a financial drain, and it does give me options for things to do at cons or even maybe get back to having more regular card nights at game stores.
I’ve already created my personal ban list … Oh, by the way, I’ve yet to actually play a single game of L5R LCG. I haven’t even watched people play. I’m knowledgeing myself entirely by [gag] reading rules and play guide and by reading from the interwebs.
Of course, at this point, it might be a tentative ban list. I might sacrifice my personal honor.
Actually, I can only think of two clans I’d want to play at this time – Crab and Lion. Crab, of course, is the only clan that has any reason to exist in Rokugan. Lion appeals to my interest in aggro. Oh, sure, I like Lion in the RPG, but that doesn’t translate well in my experience, i.e. what I like in RPGs and CCGs tends to diverge quite a bit. Take Dominate – hate it in the RPG, only eschew it in the CCG because it’s a crutch.
Dragon has lame attachment theme, maybe get interesting when monkage expands. Phoenix has lost interest to me due to RPG play … I mean, I guess there’s some connection. Just not interested in shugenja. Would be interesting to have a Phoenix focused RPG campaign to make Phoenix less extreme between the boring and the psychotic.
Crane may be acceptable in CCG play where they are unacceptable in RPG play. Unicorn suffers in CCG play from being terrible. In theme. In play, sounds like they suck, but I haven’t played the game, yet, so that’s just hearsay. Unicorn reminds me of Jammers. They will probably have cards I want to play, but I will need to dodge what they are intended to do because what they intend to do is antifun.
Imperials may have some possibilities. I’m a hopin’ FFG doesn’t screw minor clans. If anything could keep me wanting to play the CCG, it’s minor clan play. Besides, gots to do what everyone does and make broken Monkey Clan stuff. What might kill me is what they do with Shadowlands. Shadowlands is both a great boon to the L5R world and a huge bane to rationality.
So, Shadowfist is chuggin’ to some degree. I like that I can still play it and new cards may not be bad (unlike V:TES, where I think new sets generally make the game worse since they don’t expand on what should be expanded upon and expand on stuff that gets more annoying over time). L5R is a possible into the 違反.
Flop, flop, flop. Maybe I can get some V:TES play in some time. Oh, and, of course, Traveller is the best FCG I have actually played.
As Otomo Kidai may have said a time or two back when he was Usagi Kidai, “I’ll keep my ears floppy.”