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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:53 pm 
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So over in the Expanded Multiverse forums, RavenoftheBlack wrote an epic novel called The War of the Wheel. Yes, you read that right: it's a whopping 221,260 words spread out over 39 chapters (41 if you count the prologue and epilogue). It's a heck of a read.

To commemorate the first ever Expanded Multiverse novel, I decided to design a pair of Duel Decks based on it. Each deck represents one of the sides in the war - the Dual-Walkers, two immensely powerful and cruel oldwalkers who rule the Wheel, and the Arbagoth Eight, a ragtag band of planeswalkers and revolutionaries fighting to liberate it from them. Even if you haven't read the source material, these Duel Decks are a battle royale of familiar faces and places from Expanded Multiverse. They were a blast to design and playtest against each other.

One of the roles of NGA Constructed is to showcase the creativity of our community, and I think there's no better way to do that than with an entire Duel Deck set commemorating an epic novel written in the Expanded Multiverse. Hence, these cards will be added to NGA Constructed.

The two decks are presented below. Enjoy:

The Arbagoth Eight

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The Dual-Walkers

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BONUS: Playtest match transcripts!

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Comments and criticism appreciated.

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The format of YMtC and the Expanded Multiverse.
YMtC: My Deck of Many Things | NGA Masters | 2 | 3 | Roses of Paliano | Duel Decks: War of the Wheel | Jakkard: Wild Cards | From Maral's Vault | Taramir: The Dark Tide
Solphos: Solphos | Fool's Gold | Planeswalker's Guide | The Guiding Light | The Weight of a Soul
Game design: Pokémon Tales | Fleets of Ossia: War Machines | Hunter Killer | Red Jackie's Run


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:47 pm 
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Well, this is just impossibly cool. Thank you so much, CKY! This is seriously awesome. These cards are extremely flavorful, and I found myself grinning at many of them, knowing precisely where the inspiration came from. It was very cool to work my way through the list. I like the planeswalker cards probably the best (the effect on Syl and Chardis is one of the coolest things ever) but I particularly have to tip my hat to you on the design of Blade, Spell and Claw. Incredibly flavorful, but also really cool design. Well done!

I also really enjoyed your write-up of the three test battles. Now we really see what the Eight were up against!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:58 pm 
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I am constantly blown away by your contributions CKY. I was musing with the possibility of an Aloise vs. ____ Duel Deck but wasn't sure whether to wait until Starstill gets moving again. Or I could focus on a Jakard- Freedom vs. Justice Duel Deck. Or work on Starstill. With classes over I may actually have time now. Feels strange.
Any tips on building duel decks?

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A Duel Deck is rather like a microcosm of game design. Take everything you know about what makes a fun game of Magic and distill it into two decks, with a good dose of flavor on top to oil the wheels. Make sure there's enough interaction between the decks, there's a clear theme to each of the decks, there's lot of replay value, and - most importantly - the decks are fun to play against each other. Playtesting really helps in this regard.

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The format of YMtC and the Expanded Multiverse.
YMtC: My Deck of Many Things | NGA Masters | 2 | 3 | Roses of Paliano | Duel Decks: War of the Wheel | Jakkard: Wild Cards | From Maral's Vault | Taramir: The Dark Tide
Solphos: Solphos | Fool's Gold | Planeswalker's Guide | The Guiding Light | The Weight of a Soul
Game design: Pokémon Tales | Fleets of Ossia: War Machines | Hunter Killer | Red Jackie's Run


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