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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:44 am 
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Hunter Killer

Hunter Killer is a 1v1 competitive card game about submarine combat. The design ethos is that information is both danger and opportunity, and the game is designed to simulate the suspense of a real underwater battle.

I haven't playtested this yet, but I'm eager to hear your thoughts. I would love it if anyone tried playing it with friends; the suits can be easily represented with the ranks 1-6 of a poker deck.

Comments and criticism appreciated.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:12 am 
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this seems really easy to test on cockatrice, if you'd like to try that.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 1:14 pm 
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My wife and I just played a quick game, and we both enjoyed it. I won 2-1. Her round win was clever, she used her first turn to seek, and her second to strike with two copies of the card she had just found out I didn't have.

None of the rounds went more than four turns, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I don't know if we were just reckless and got lucky, or if it was the luck of the draw, or if that's just how the game will play out in most cases. Either way we had fun! Thanks for sharing the design!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:59 pm 
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That's great to hear, Aaarrrgh! Thanks for sharing your experience. Four turns is a little shorter than I expected but that's probably the consequence of a small sample size. Either way, as you said, it's still plenty of time for an interesting back-and-forth.

I don't have the time to build this on Cockatrice and test it, but maybe some other enterprising soul can? I'm going to see if I can squeeze out some games with my own playgroup the next time I meet them.

What are your thoughts on the flavor? Aaarrrgh, did you feel like the mechanics captured the feeling they were going for?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:34 pm 
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I don't have the time to build this on Cockatrice and test it, but maybe some other enterprising soul can? I'm going to see if I can squeeze out some games with my own playgroup the next time I meet them.

you really don't have to build anything. the card suits have no mechanical implications, so you can just use the five basic lands and an extra card.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:00 am 
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Actually, that works with Wastes as well. Good thinking.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 1:35 am 
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I think the flavor works fine. It wasn't super evocative, but it helped us know and keep track of what the different actions did.

Also, I forgot a rules question: do you discard cards face up or face down? We discarded face up, which might be the reason our game was so short.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 3:03 am 
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Discarding is face up, yes.

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Cool. We might play another game or two this weekend. Having a fast-paced simple game like this is a nice break from Dominion, which is our usual game of choice.

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Updated with new rules after an intensive playtesting session:

  • The starting and maximum hand size is now 7 cards. This makes turn 1 Strikes much more risky and leads to more skill-testing games.
  • To Seek, you now discard a card. Your opponent must either discard a card of the same suit or discard two cards. This neuters the previously possible strategy of chaining Seeks for the same card until your opponent draws into it, which was boring to play and unfun to play against. It also gives the game natural inertia as both players run out of cards.
  • Surfacing no longer requires you to discard a card. We felt that the opportunity cost of Time Walking yourself was harsh enough.
The updated rules can be found at the usual link.

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New version v0.1.5, thanks to playtesting input from Huey Nomure. It can be found at the usual link.

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