Sunday, February 26, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Card of the Day - Eternal Unrest



It's been a while since I did any real work on Frostmere, but now that Saturdays are full of flavor, I thought I would show off the Story Spotlight cards from that set.  Here is the beginning of the story of Frostmere:

In the secluded, frozen, peaceful plane of Frostmere, something has gone wrong. Those who have passed on just won't stay dead. Two days ago, the shambling forms of the previously living started coming home. They aren't bloodthirsty, but they are confused and easily angered. The dead who no longer have bodies wander through the streets of Tersh, the Crown City. Their wails are heard throughout the night, longing for the rest of their tortured souls.

King Micah looks out from his balcony, frowning. A day full of planning has left him weary. Half of the kingdom's soldiers needed to be deployed to Artoa, helping the people of the borderlands defend against the attacks of the wildlife. In such a small kingdom, half of the soldiers is only twenty men.

Suddenly, the King's advisor, Barlo speaks. He is standing in the doorway, hands folded.

"My Lord," he says, "a pigeon has arrived." 





Friday, February 24, 2017

Card of the Day - Druid's Respite

I was thinking about Espionage.  I was thinking about what green could do to protect itself against the mechanic in draft. This card is not very powerful, in general, but if you are about to lose from drawing a card, it can really save your bacon. I wanted the cards to be randomly ordered so you can't set up draws for three turns. It might change in playtesting, if it ever gets playtested.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Card of the Day - Disrupting Cube

I started with this being a Blue/Red enchantment, but I realized that both of these effects are available at colorless.  I switched it colorless, but felt that a colorless enchantment is just weird, so I made it an artifact.

As I am writing this, I realize that this takes the best part of Mightstone and Weakstone and mixes them together elegantly.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Card of the Day - Obelisk of Solidarity

Tuesday Relic!  I will post an artifact or the like every Tuesday.  This one is inspired by the art of Amonkhet.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Birbhed - For Funsies

They showed some art from Amonkhet today on the Mothership, and here is my guess on the birdhead god.  I am hoping they make the five of them shard colors, but I have no reason to believe that they will. 

Here is my baseless speculation:

Bird is Esper
Cat is Bant
Croc is Jund
Jackal is Grixis
Snake is Naya


Card of the Day - Eldritch Whispers

I'm going to be doing a few things differently on the blog.  I will be publishing one card per day, every day, for the rest of the year.  Each day of the week will have a theme. You can see the theme in the keywords.  Today's is Monday Mana.  Every Monday, I will make a card that produces mana.  I will be posting the blog at precisely 7pm Pacific time (yesterday was a fluke.)

You can follow my twitter to get the notification everyday, or you can chat on Facebook here. 

Today's card is a colorless enabler.  I was toying with making it a 1G that gives CC, but I thought it enabled storm a bit too much in that iteration.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Card of the Day - Grand Entrance


It's been a while since I've been posting cards, and for that I apologize.  Here is my re-entry into the world of custom card design.  Let's see where this goes.

-O

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Card of the Day - Unearthed Bauble

Someone else just made Snowfall!  I don't know if it was independent or borrowed, but I love the mechanic. There is a Reddit post where I found it here.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Card of the Day - Crippling Anxiety

Sometimes, you come to a realization that you don't have the motivation to be the best you can. You drift through life hoping that things will work out.

You're almost 40 and you haven't reached your life's goal. You're too afraid to do what you want because you have to sacrifice a lot to do it. There are people counting on you to stay exactly where you are. 

How many times will you sacrifice the creature this becomes attached to before sacrificing anything else?  My guess is over 90%, but I may be wrong.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Card of the Day - Hellevator

So there's this show on Netflix called Hellevator.  It's a horror themed game show and it's been running non-stop in my apartment for the last few hours. Then this happened. What have I done?

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Card of the Day - Ronald Snakeman

If a character has a proper name, it's Legendary.  Ronald's last name is Snakeman, therefore, he is a legend.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Card of the Day - Undercity Experimenter

I wanted some other colors to play with wither in Hellfire.  Blue's single wither card is very strong.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Card of the Day - Desperate Recruiter

I designed this guy a little while back, and I can't help but be reminded of Hanweir Garrison from Eldritch Moon.  The Garrison is better, but this is a good card, nonetheless.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Card of the Day - Reforestation

Here's a card that's been in my Frostmere file for most of it's life.  It is intended to be a plant for Hellfire, a set in which the devils like to sacrifice land to do some crazy stuff.  I looked at some Eldritch Moon spoilers and found that wizards made this card too.  So there's that.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Card of the Day - Burned Field

Here is one of the four uncommon dual lands from Hellfire.  Each of them enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a basic Mountain. I got the inspiration for the Burned lands from the Tainted lands of Torment.  As the cards come out, you will notice a lot is borrowed from that set in particular.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Card of the Day - Crazed Wendigo

I want to tell you why I love Wendigos so much, but it's a major spoiler for the thing that caused me to love them.  Anyway, they like the cold and eating people.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Card of the Day - Chilltouch Dead

I like simple french vanilla creatures sometimes. I kind of want to make him a skeleton, but the picture is clearly a zombie.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Card of the Day - Grinning Mangler

This is why Lava Pit exists.  Pain is the Devil mechanic in Hellfire.

 It is an Ability Word, which means it has no special meaning, but it links cards of similar functionality together.  Landfall is an example of another ability word.

There are some crazy strong devils that just showed up on Frostmere, and they really like it when you hurt yourself.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Card of the Day - Lava Pit

It may seem as if you wouldn't want to deal damage to yourself, but you haven't seen Hellfire yet.  It will all make sense tomorrow.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Card of the Day - Lurking Treehop

I like that the blue/green combo gets flash.  This lil' guy makes blocking a lot easier for you when he jumps in. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Card of the Day - Kargaale Ooze

There was a Facebook post a few days ago asking what creature would show off my play style.  The card I made on the spot was a 0/1 for G with hexproof that got the counter each turn.  I tweaked it a little bit so it's not quite as annoying, but still powerful.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Card of the Day - Saltsea Shore

There have been a lot of drawbacks attached to the rare dual land cycle of each set.  This drawback gets more harsh depending on where you play it.

In a casual setting, a lot of folks won't even remember what you've shown, but if you're playing a big tournament, you can be sure that your opponent will get out her notebook to jot down exactly what you have.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Card of the Day - Timid Pronghorn

It's been a while since I've posted.  Life has been a little rough these past few weeks, but I'm sticking my head up over the wall into real life again. 

I wanted to make a card that was a powerful creature with a glaring weakness.  If you can get through the opponent's defenses, you've got a nice bit of damage each turn with ol' Elmer here. 

Most likely a candidate for a white/red "you can't block me" archetype in limited, but with limited usefulness elsewhere.

I'll be making a backlog of cards so I won't miss any days for a while.  Sorry I've been remiss in my posting; like I said, I've been having a rough go of it lately.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Card of the Day - Great Snowy Owl

A lot of recent sets have had an uncommon cycle of multicolored cards, to kind of let you know how to draft that color pair. This is Frostmere's U/W entry. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Card of the Day - Vadel, Servant of Ulamog

The last of our ragtag group was Vadel, a warlock who worshiped a god that none of our characters had ever heard of.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Card of the Day - Selphi, Bahamut's Heir

Selphi hasn't died yet, but he keeps saying that he's actually a dragon, and we're all pretty sure he'll become an awesome dragon if he does die.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Card of the Day - Shaena Greenbottle

This is the first in a series of cards based on the D&D campaign my wife DMs. 

This is our bard, Shaena.  She's a little person.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Card of the Day - Harness the AEther

I've decided to start drawing my own artwork for these cards because I saw someone else do it on Reddit and I thought "Why the heck not?"

Enjoy

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Card of the Day - Secret Assassin/Cloistered Sage/Hidden

I was inspired by the ladies on my favorite MTG podcast, Magic:the Amateuring, to fix the cards Camouflage and Illusionary Mask.

I think the best way to do it is to create a new mechanic that does what those cards are trying to do.

I present:  Hidden.

A card with Hidden enters the battlefield hidden. While you cast it, you hide it from your opponent, and you place this reminder token on top of it.




If a Hidden creature attacks, blocks, takes damage, activates an ability, or becomes targeted, you immediately reveal it.

That's it.

It's important to remember that a hidden creature does NOT count as a face-down creature, even if it is turned face down so the opponent can't see it. Face-down creatures have very specific rules that affect them, and they don't affect hidden creatures.

Here are some examples of cards that would have Hidden:



See if you guys can come up with some other cool things that can use Hidden well.

*Post edited to fix wording and add clarification.