It is currently Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:07 pm

All times are UTC - 6 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 48 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Unstable Flavor Thread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:07 am 
Offline
Member
User avatar

Joined: Sep 22, 2013
Posts: 7027
So apparently they actually did world-building for this un-set.

Quote:
markrosewater said:

Magic Panel Info

I promised to post the new info I gave out at the panel. Note that it’s all about Unstable. Here it is:

Unstable will have a small Squirrel theme, enough to build a deck around. There is a Squirrel lord but because its effects stack, it isn’t legendary so people can get multiples on the battlefield at the same time.

The set will have full-art basic lands with art done by John Avon. We did something with them that we almost did in Unhinged by chickened out. They look amazing.

The set will have Contraptions. I figured out a flavorful and fun way to do them but it was a bit much for black border. I consider it a home run execution. Steamflogger Boss is on the set. It appears once on the land sheet (It was the only way to get a black-bordered card in the set). Only the basic lands and Steamflogger Boss are Eternal playable. All the creatures in this set that assemble Contraptions are Riggers.

The set has a cohesive creative theme. We brought in artists and did real world building. The world is a mad scientist steam punkish world with five factions:

Order of the Widget (White/Blue) - This is the cyborg faction. They are like Esper but without any self control. They use their inventions to constantly improve themselves. You don’t need a toaster if you replace your hand with a toaster. They take self improvement to an absurd degree.

Agents of S.N.E.A.K. (Blue/Black) - This faction is the spies. They use their inventions for elaborate spy devices. The problem is, they are, for the most part, awful spies, using spy gadgets whenever and wherever they can often when not remotely called for.

Legion of Dastardly Doom (Black/Red) - This faction is the super villains. They use their inventions for death rays, weather control devices and apocalypse machines. They want to rule the world, but are constantly fighting as to who gets to destroy the world first.

Goblin Explosioneers (Red/Green) - This faction is the Goblins, it includes the Steamfloggers. These Goblins love making contraptions and are slightly obsessed with hammers. Their style is slapping thing together to see if cool things can happen. And when things don’t explode, sometimes they do.

Crossbreed Labs (Green/White) - This faction is obsessed with using their inventions to alter biology. They are all made up of hybrids of different animals. Part monkey/part spider/part leopard - sounds good. This faction mixes and matches all sorts of different animals in its quest for self improvement.

The set uses modern design and development techniques. It was designed to be drafted by itself and the release events for the product will be booster drafts. We worked hard to make the set have a lot of playability so you can draft it a bunch of times.

The set will have foil tokens, both for tokens produced by cards in the set and for popular tribes we felt the players would like in foil.

There are tons of other cool things I can’t talk about yet. The set does have a second named mechanic, along with Contraptions. It is something we’ve been trying to solve for years and with the flexibility of silver border, finally found a way to do it.

The set started design in January of 2011 and has its release date slip on several occasions. I am very proud of the work everyone did and think it’s the best Un-set we’ve ever made. I believe fans of Un-sets are going to love it.


Quote:
saintmiscellaneous asked:
Whats the name of the plane Unset 3 takes place on? Will get Magic Story about it?

markrosewater said:
We haven’t revealed the name yet. There is plans to have a least a story or two set on that world, one of which I’m tagged to write.

_________________
magicpablo666 wrote:
You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is "never get involved in an thread with GM_Champion" - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go in against AzureShade when card design is on the line!"


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:25 am 
Offline
Member
User avatar

Joined: Nov 15, 2013
Posts: 1934
Location: Roaming Dominaria
They can do with their silver-bordered nonsense whatever they want, but those stories had better not replace any real story content... :wha:

_________________
"Enchant me with your tale-telling. Tell about Tree, Grass, River, and Wind.
Tell why Truth must fight with Falsehood, and why Truth will always win."
—Love Song of Night and Day


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:32 am 
Offline
Member
User avatar

Joined: Jun 28, 2017
Posts: 148
They can do with their silver-bordered nonsense whatever they want, but those stories had better not replace any real story content... :wha:

I mean, whatever they do with it, it can't be any worse than the actual story. I'm actually kind of looking forward to it.


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:39 am 
Offline
Member
User avatar

Joined: Sep 22, 2013
Posts: 7027
Quote:
doolittle-alley asked:
How does the philosophy for Crossbreed Labs work? It seems very Simic, and WG seems to be the most nature based color pair.

markrosewater said:
White and Green overlap in community. The Crossbreed Labs believe the road to peace is to embrace the web of nature. If every creature is a mixture of many creatures, there will be no prejudice. Everybody can embrace that they are part of the greater ecosystem.

The Crossbreed Labs is less about improvement and more about the social system that such changes can bring about.

_________________
magicpablo666 wrote:
You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is "never get involved in an thread with GM_Champion" - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go in against AzureShade when card design is on the line!"


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:18 am 
Offline
Member
User avatar

Joined: Nov 15, 2013
Posts: 1934
Location: Roaming Dominaria
Arix wrote:
They can do with their silver-bordered nonsense whatever they want, but those stories had better not replace any real story content... :wha:

I mean, whatever they do with it, it can't be any worse than the actual story. I'm actually kind of looking forward to it.
I don't mind that they're going to release stories for it, and sure, I'm going to read them. But I hope they do that in addition to the regular content, not as part of the normal schedule. They can't afford to lose any more space for their short stories.

_________________
"Enchant me with your tale-telling. Tell about Tree, Grass, River, and Wind.
Tell why Truth must fight with Falsehood, and why Truth will always win."
—Love Song of Night and Day


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:47 am 
Offline
Member
User avatar

Joined: Sep 22, 2013
Posts: 7027
I fully expect that Un-set stories will just be part of a fill-in week or weeks that are generally allotted for Supplemental material.

_________________
magicpablo666 wrote:
You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is "never get involved in an thread with GM_Champion" - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go in against AzureShade when card design is on the line!"


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:55 am 
Offline
Member
User avatar

Joined: Sep 23, 2013
Posts: 346
Kind of like when they do a story focused on an old Commander card that never had much more than blurbs. I wouldn't get your hopes up about it being in addition to normal content, they only have one story article a week.


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:08 am 
Offline
Member
User avatar

Joined: Oct 09, 2013
Posts: 5775
Location: Mountain View
Preferred Pronoun Set: he/him
jedi8187 wrote:
Kind of like when they do a story focused on an old Commander card that never had much more than blurbs. I wouldn't get your hopes up about it being in addition to normal content, they only have one story article a week.

They have at most one story article a week. Recently we've had gaps of several weeks in between the storylines of each set, so an Unstable story article would probably be run during one of those weeks, instead of posting a podcast or something.

_________________
0x10


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:26 am 
Offline
Member
User avatar

Joined: Sep 23, 2013
Posts: 12898
Identity: Chaoslight
Preferred Pronoun Set: She
So full art lands, are we finally getting lands that are 100% art with no border or text or symbols?

_________________
altimis wrote:
I never take anytihng Lily says seriously, except for when I take it personally. Then it's personal.
WotC_Ethan wrote:
People, buy more stuff.
#WotCstaff
Spoiler

Image


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:07 pm 
Offline
Member
User avatar

Joined: Sep 22, 2013
Posts: 7027
Arts from the panel:

Spoiler

_________________
magicpablo666 wrote:
You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is "never get involved in an thread with GM_Champion" - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go in against AzureShade when card design is on the line!"


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:16 pm 
Offline
Member
User avatar

Joined: Sep 23, 2013
Posts: 12898
Identity: Chaoslight
Preferred Pronoun Set: She
Monkey 2 sexy. All that art is solid and fun. This could wind up better than all their recent blsck border sets simply because they can push all the boundaries and give us crazy fun things. Also no gatewatch.

Edit: you know what this feels like? Hearthstone.

_________________
altimis wrote:
I never take anytihng Lily says seriously, except for when I take it personally. Then it's personal.
WotC_Ethan wrote:
People, buy more stuff.
#WotCstaff
Spoiler

Image


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:23 pm 
Offline
Member
User avatar

Joined: Sep 22, 2013
Posts: 7027
I just want to see a lot of dog puns in conjunction with the "Crossbreed Labs" faction since the name itself is a dog breeding pun.

_________________
magicpablo666 wrote:
You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is "never get involved in an thread with GM_Champion" - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go in against AzureShade when card design is on the line!"


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:26 pm 
Offline
Member
User avatar

Joined: Sep 23, 2013
Posts: 12898
Identity: Chaoslight
Preferred Pronoun Set: She
Oh god I just got the monkey joke. Squirrel monkey, spider monkey.

_________________
altimis wrote:
I never take anytihng Lily says seriously, except for when I take it personally. Then it's personal.
WotC_Ethan wrote:
People, buy more stuff.
#WotCstaff
Spoiler

Image


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:26 pm 
Online
Member

Joined: Sep 22, 2013
Posts: 10080
LilyStorm wrote:
Monkey 2 sexy. All that art is solid and fun. This could wind up better than all their recent blsck border sets simply because they can push all the boundaries and give us crazy fun things. Also no gatewatch.

Edit: you know what this feels like? Hearthstone.

I disagree. This feels like League.

Also agreed. Stupid sexy monkey.

_________________
At twilight's end, the shadow's crossed / a new world birthed, the elder lost.
Yet on the morn we wake to find / that mem'ry left so far behind.
To deafened ears we ask, unseen / "Which is life and which the dream?"


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:11 pm 
Offline
Member
User avatar

Joined: Sep 23, 2013
Posts: 12898
Identity: Chaoslight
Preferred Pronoun Set: She
League? Ohhhh LoL. Yeah I dont play bad games so I dont really have anything to compare that with.

_________________
altimis wrote:
I never take anytihng Lily says seriously, except for when I take it personally. Then it's personal.
WotC_Ethan wrote:
People, buy more stuff.
#WotCstaff
Spoiler

Image


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:48 pm 
Online
Member

Joined: Sep 22, 2013
Posts: 10080
LilyStorm wrote:
League? Ohhhh LoL. Yeah I dont play bad games so I dont really have anything to compare that with.

I don't play it either actually.
But I'm big on lore and flavor, even when I don't play it.

_________________
At twilight's end, the shadow's crossed / a new world birthed, the elder lost.
Yet on the morn we wake to find / that mem'ry left so far behind.
To deafened ears we ask, unseen / "Which is life and which the dream?"


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:20 am 
Offline
Member
User avatar

Joined: Sep 23, 2013
Posts: 346
League isn't a bad game, it's player base is just atrocious.

On topic- I love the unsets, and this doesn't look to be changing that.


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:18 pm 
Offline
Member
User avatar

Joined: Sep 28, 2016
Posts: 2254
Preferred Pronoun Set: he/him/his/his/himself
LEAGUE OF DASTARDLY DOOM.

It's the best name for a faction ever.

_________________
nice quotes from this forum


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:17 pm 
Offline
Member
User avatar

Joined: Oct 12, 2015
Posts: 688
Especially a faction of mad scientist super-villains.

_________________


"Ability words are flavor text for Melvins."

"Remember, dear friends: when we announce something and you imagine it, the odds that we made exactly that thing are zero."---Kelly Digges


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:28 pm 
Offline
Member
User avatar

Joined: Sep 22, 2013
Posts: 7027
Here are some better pictures of all the art from the panel:

Spoiler

_________________
magicpablo666 wrote:
You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is "never get involved in an thread with GM_Champion" - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go in against AzureShade when card design is on the line!"


Like this post
Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 48 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next

All times are UTC - 6 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group