Monthly Archives: September 2012

Swimming with Sharks – To “Nerd it up” or not?

Thoughts on taking the educational path

While discussing Swimming with Sharks with my wife, she had a simple thought on how to add some “depth” to the game without changing a single mechanic. Now for the record, I’ve been fighting a battle within my design mind … Continue reading

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Swimming with Sharks – setting up the game deck

I set forth to determine a good baseline beginning of the percentages of shark to water cards for Swimming with Sharks. A game such as this, with a limited play choice, really lives and dies based on game balance. I … Continue reading

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Budget building to a specific card: Best of 3 smackdown

VS I set down to test the decks I’d built for the Black Cat and Laboratory Maniac for: The Budget Building to a Specific Card Challenge Armed with MTG Deck Builder and a couple of browsers (to prevent cross pollination … Continue reading

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Budget building to a specific card: Deck 2 – Laboratory Maniac

Part 2 of Squaring off in a classic deck-building battle royale

Continuing our discussion of an evening where I forced myself to create a deck around a given card, we come now to Laboratory Maniac. Recall that the previous deck we built in this exercise was geared for removing cards from … Continue reading

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Budget building to a specific card: Deck 1 – Black Cat

Part 1 of Squaring off in a classic deck-building battle royale

My first task in the challenge of forcing myself to build a viable deck with a focus on the card or mechanics of a specific card brought the Black Cat card to my plate. I really like this card concept … Continue reading

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