[Previewing] Anorost

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Sun, 2017-04-16 03:34
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Set Name : Anorost

Abbreviation : ANO

Set : 1 of 2 in the Anorost block

Cards : 249

Design & Development : Xenagos

Mechanics

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Scout -- Put the top card of your library into your graveyard. If it shares a type with a permanent you control, <effect>.
Since Anorost is based loosely on Don't Starve and Sunless Sea, I wanted to keep the main themes of exploration and insanity in the design of this set. Scout represents the uncertainty in exploring a new land and one's journey toward insanity while doing so.

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Horror counters (A player's maximum hand size is reduced by the number of horror counters he or she has.)
Another recurring theme in Don't Starve and Sunless Sea is the limit to the number of resources and knowledge available to players. What better way to represent this mechanic than a smaller maximum hand size?

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Solitude -- <effect>. Only activate this ability if you control no other untapped creatures.
When one is all alone in the wilderness of Don't Starve or on the ocean of Sunless Sea, the solitude really affects you. It makes you do things you wouldn't otherwise, which is why Solitude abilities can't be activated unless a creature doesn't have any untapped companions.

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Renovate (Tap this artifact and another untapped creature you control: Put a durability counter on this artifact.)
Since a big theme of Anorost is the ocean, there had to be Ships. Renovate is a flavorful way of having creatures you control pilot a Ship on a journey and accomplish something while doing so.

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Delirium -- As long as there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard, <effect>.
Delirium is the perfect mechanic to represent the insanity players feel as they continue to survive in the wilderness of Don't Starve and the seemingly endless ocean of Sunless Sea. What's more, the exploratory Scout mechanic makes one's Delirium approach faster... both mechanically and flavorfully!

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Sun, 2017-04-16 21:29
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CRACK!

Wilson froze and whipped his head around to see what had made the sound. Out here, in the wilds of Anorost, the snap of a twig could mean the difference between life and death.

It wasn’t difficult to see what had caused the tree branch to fall. Only the blindest of folk could miss noticing the catcoon that was trundling quickly through the forest not far from where Wilson had been gathering berries. He quickly hid behind the nearest glimberry bush. Hopefully the smell of the glims will cover my scent, Wilson thought fervently. Catcoons were notorious for their sense of smell.

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Luckily enough, the ‘coon had it’s eyes on something else, and pawed off away from where Wilson had hid himself. Wilson breathed a sigh of relief and turned back to the job at hand: clearing the bushes of glimberries to bring back to Camelia.

As soon as he began, however, he noticed another catcoon go by, this time too quickly for him to react to. But this one was intent on something else. Wilson turned around, searching for whatever prey the catcoon was after, but he couldn’t see anything at first glance. Not really sure what he expected; catcoons had much more advanced eyesight than humans. However, with another glance at the swiftly receding catcoon, Wilson realized, It’s not hunting for something; it looks like it’s running from something. Escaping.

That was when he heard the explosion.

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Sun, 2017-04-16 03:48
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Cool. There's not much to go off of, but sunless sea makes me thing delirium is coming back.
Sunless sea is kinda weak, though. Maybe it's strong inside the set, but I can't imagine it triggering on more than four or five types in a good day.

Sun, 2017-04-16 03:59
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Note that Sunless Sea at best is 4 mana to get 8. It should be fine at 2 mana symbol, Tap symbol.

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Sun, 2017-04-16 05:17
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@Cajun and Simon: Yes, Sunless Sea's ability costs 3 mana symbol, Tap symbol. I based it off Nykthos, which was very powerful and could go in any deck. Unlike Nykthos, however, this is for a specific archetype, and of course I don't want any one archetype to be more powerful than the others.

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Sun, 2017-04-16 10:43
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Nykthos also had to go in a specific type of deck it was just that there were five different ones. I think it could be ok at 2 mana symbol as well considering it will most likely be doing nothing early game which is when mana boost is most dangerous.

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Sun, 2017-04-16 12:31
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Sunless sea? Is this Fallen London?

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Sun, 2017-04-23 05:25
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Yes indeed, this set (and block) is based on the video games Sunless Sea and Don't Starve. The main themes of both of those games are exploration and insanity, and those are what I hope this block to encapsulate.

That said, here's the next story blurb.

That came from home, Wilson thought to himself. He abandonded his berry-picking and began to run, retracing his steps. No, no, no… that can’t have been Camelia… right?

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As he rushed through the undergrowth, the thickly matted branches slashed his face. The pain didn’t faze him, however - the only thing he could think about was the well-being of his mother. He dodged trees, leaped brooks, and jumped over rocks and roots. How far had he gone into the woods? Farther than he had thought, to be sure.

He finally broke through the treeline, and the hot summer sun blinded him. He blinked the stars out of his eyes and searched frantically for his home. What greeted him was nothing short of chaos.

What had once been his home village of Camelia was now a raging wildfire.

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Mon, 2017-04-17 10:35
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Isn't a bit too much to be able to scout endlessly as long as you're unlucky?
Efficient Destruction is meant to destroy nonland permanents that share a type with any card in your graveyard or only with a specific one?

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Mon, 2017-04-17 14:25
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@Tempest it costs 1 mana symbolGreen/wite mana symbol to activate, so unless you have infinite mana you can't do it endlessly.

Efficient Destruction seems like a really powerful card, being able to destroy all nonland permanents for 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol. I guess it depends on how easy it is to get everything in your graveyard, but seeing scout as the first mechanic its looking really powerful. Maybe it should cost 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol.

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Sun, 2017-04-23 05:27
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@Tempest I use Artifice - it's like MSE but for Mac. That's where the card frames are from, and yes, they are beautiful.

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After a sleepness night of grieving, Wilson climbed to his feet. He stretched, sore after sitting in the same position for what seemed like eternity. The ruins of Hunter’s Keep lay at his feet. No one, it seemed, had survived. Except for him.

*munch, munch*

Wilson jerked his head up, instantly coming to his senses. Where had that sound come from?

*crunch, slurp*

He ducked into the shadows of the ruined building and crept around the corner, into what used to be the hallway leading to the kitchen. Peeking around a burned beam of wood, he searched for the potentially dangerous animal that was eating nearby.

“Chester?”

His pet portable chest turned its head and leaped toward Wilson happily, barking at him in recognization.

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“Good boy, Chester! Good boy!” Wilson hugged Chester in pure exultation. He wasn’t alone.

What Chester had been eating, it seemed, was an underground cache of goodies. Berries, vegetables, and dried meat were immediately apparent, and that was only the first layer!

He immediately began to chow down, not aware of how hungry his nightly vigil had made him. Chester joined him, munching happily on the remains of the dried meat stash.

“Despite how much food this looks like, Chester, it won’t last at this rate.” Wilson spoke through a mouthful of berries. “We need to find a reliable source of sustenance and shelter, and this isn’t it. I hate to say it, but there’s a journey ahead of us that we can’t avoid.”

He shouldered his berry-picking backpack and began to scavenge any materials he could find among the catastrophic ruin around him. It would be an indefinitely long expedition, and he would need to be prepared.

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Thu, 2017-04-20 01:57
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The booms began softly, not loud enough to hear. As soon Chester detected them, he began barking at the top of his lungs. Wilson, unaware of the dangerous booming sounds, shushed Chester and continued through the grasslands following the edge of the woods. However, when Chester wouldn’t cease barking, Wilson knew something was wrong. He put his ear to the ground and listened closely.

BOOM! BOOM!

Where are those sounds coming from? He thought to himself. What animal is capable of such noise? “Who is it, Chester? Where are they?” he whispered. Chester barked in confusion. It feels like they’re… everywhere.

The booms were now loud enough to hear, and increasing in volume rapidly. Whatever was coming was heading right for them. Wilson got down into a crouch, lay down his backpack to have more mobility, and readied his makeshift spear of flint.

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The ground itself was shuddering every time a BOOM was heard. Wilson could see the branches of trees and berry bushes around him rattle. Pebbles shook. Wilson’s eyes darted from side to side as he swiveled on his feet, still unsure of where exactly whatever was making the sound was coming from. BARK, BARK! Chester growled at a specific spot in the brush toward Wilson’s left. Wilson swiveled to face it, and none too soon. For not a second later, two large hounds leapt out directly at them!

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The first hit Wilson directly in the chest, knocking the wind out of him. oof! He swung his spear and met flesh. The hound howled in pain and leaped off. Wilson, heaving for breath, flipped to his side to check on Chester. The second hound, mangy and red, had its teeth around Chester’s leg, trying to rip it off. Chester was howling in pain, striving to turn around and sink his teeth into the hound’s leg. Wilson, from his position on the ground, heaved his spear at the red hound with all the strength he could muster, but it glanced off its hide, leaving hardly a scratch. The only thing that he achieved was catch the attention of both hounds.

The red hound loosened its grip on Chester, sensing larger prey. Chester whimpered, cowering in defeat. The black hound pawed towards Wilson, lusting for revenge. Wilson got on his hands and knees, his breath returning slowly. The hounds leaned back on their haunches, preparing for the killing pounce. Wilson scuffled backwards as fast as he could, only to feel the bark of a birchnut tree behind him. He closed his eyes frightfully as the hounds leaped into the air, two bodies as one, towards Wilson, and

WHACK! WHACK!

A spear came flying out of nowhere, sinking its tip into one, and then both of the hounds as they were in the air. Wilson, expecting pain but feeling none, opened his eyes in surprise. The bushes rustled, and out walked a woman and two men dressed for the hunt.

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“Greetings, young man. How ever did you find yourself in a situation such as this?” the woman chided Wilson.

Wilson, at a loss for words, sat with his eyes wide and his mouth even wider.

The woman chuckled. “Looks like we’ve got a realistic looking statue in our midst, fellas.” The men chuckled. “Look, pal, if you answer my questions, there’s a chance we can take you,” she looked at the sniveling mess that was Chester, “and your buddy here back to our village.”

Wilson snapped to attention. “Gladly, sir- I mean miss- sorry- I came from a few days that’a’ways, miss,” - he pointed - “from Camelia, that is, with my pet Chester- our village burned, right to the ground, miss, and everyone in it as well, miss, save for me and Chester, that is.”

“Not a statue after all, then,” she said. “Come on up, we could use the extra hands.”

Wilson, relieved to be in the company of someone who spoke the same language for once, got to his feet, grabbed his pack, took Chester into his arms, and followed the hunters into the forest.

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Wed, 2017-04-26 03:32
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EDIT: Changed Sunless Sea's activation cost from "3 mana symbol, Tap symbol" to "2 mana symbol, Tap symbol" as per people's suggestion.

Wilson woke with a start, opening his eyes wide and gasping audibly in shock at the THUMP that woke him. “GIANT!” someone screamed, and after that chaos ensued.

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“RUN!” Wilson heard, and he scrambled to his feet to do so. He saw a foot the size of a horse crash down on one of the tents in camp and cringed at the sheer power it encapsulated. Chester, Wilson thought, and glanced his head from left to right, conducting a quick search for his beloved pet before another CRASH jarred his body from head to toe. He saw the giant stoop down to reach for something with its fingers, and fervently hoped that that thing wasn’t Chester.

From the middle of the clearing that they had set up camp in, Wilson ran to the edge of the treeline calling Chester’s name at the top of his lungs. Each time he did, however, his voice got whipped away by the sounds of everyone else screaming and running and noises of destruction. He heard the crunch of branches, or bones, he thought to himself.

All of a sudden, he felt a softness on his thigh and a bark of mixed fear and happiness. “Chester!” Wilson yelled in happiness. He picked up the portable chest and began to run into the woods away from the devastated camp. He hazarded a glance backwards. The thumps and crashes had stopped, at least for the moment. The giant was concentrating on tearing flesh from a bone he had ripped from something that could’ve been anything from a catcoon to a horse to a person. It was a strange quiet - empty of noise but full of dissapating sorrow. Wilson didn’t notice anyone else on the scene - hopefully they had all made it out alive. He took a breath, shaking from fear and exhilaration, and sprinted away from the site of devastation.

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After a few hour’s trek through the marsh, fatigue overcame Wilson. He stumbled under an overhang on the side of a bluff and fell to his knees. The last thing he remembered before sleep overtook him was Chester’s whimper of defeat.

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Sun, 2017-04-23 11:29
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Wilson's first ability says attack with this guy, while his second ability says don't attack with this guy. It's a little anti-synergistic. I would suggest replacing menace with a more defensive keyword.

Sun, 2017-04-23 15:38
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@Simonbarsinister I had made two versions and that was the one I decided upon. What do you think about this one?

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Tue, 2017-04-25 21:46
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That's a lot more synergistic. I feel like he could be more powerful, though. Maybe draw 2 cards?

Wed, 2017-04-26 03:30
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Wilson woke to a growling stomach. Check that, two growling stomachs. Chester whimpered hungrily. Wilson blinked the sleep out of his eyes, then jerked awake, remembering the events of yesterday. I ran, he thought, I ran like the coward I am. He frowned, wondering who out of their group had survived. His empty stomach interrupted his reverie, however, and he jumped to his feet, eager to search for some woodland grub.

After a few mouthfuls of glimberries off a nearby bush and a few wild carrots he found in the ground, he and Chester felt like they could face the world. As he headed toward another glimberry bush, though, Wilson felt the ground shift beneath him. He stopped, quivering. Chester bounced toward him, unaware of the unstable ground Wilson was standing on. “Chester, no!” Wilson shouted, but it was too late. the extra weight of Chester’s small body was enough to open the sinkhole chasm they had been standing on.

Wilson and Chester fell into darkness.

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SPLASH!

It wasn’t long before the two felt a layer of water cushion their fall. Wilson sunk deep, thrashing his arms and legs. It was difficult to tell up from down in the darkness of the underground ocean. He opened his eyes to orient himself, and found himself face to face with the ugliest sea creature he’d ever seen in his life. He felt his lungs tighten as he began to breathe in the salty ocean water, and then darkness.

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The next thing Wilson remembered was the feel of stones against his body and the soft splash of waves against his face. He struggled to open his eyes against the crust of salt that had formed on his eyelids Reaching up to brush his eyes clean, he suddenly doubled over, coughing up seawater. After emptying what seemed like tons of bile and seawater, Wilson’s stomach was finally empty, but he couldn’t get the taste of salt out of his mouth.

He blinked the last of the salt and dirt out of his eyes and hazarded a look around. What he saw stunned him. Lit by the glow of thousands of crystals on the cave ceiling was a city.

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Sun, 2017-04-30 01:25
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I've been going slow with the spoilers but today is a big post!

Boats to each side, as far as the eye could see. Given, because of the darkness, Wilson couldn’t see very far, but the number of ships in the harbor he was in astounded him nonetheless.

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As Wilson stepped closer and closer to the docks, the muffled hustle and bustle of the harbor’s market square grew in volume. He walked slowly past colossal ships that floated in the docks, as well as smaller dinghies at the piers.

He noticed a rugged woman wearing a pirateer’s hat standing next to a huge ship with colossal sails. She was shouting as loud as the hustle and bustle around her would let her, just loud enough for Wilson to make out what she was saying as he walked closer.

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“Step up, come one, come all! Aelna the Pirateer is looking to recruit a crew for an expedition, and you might be exactly what she’s lookinf for! Pull your pants up and get ready for an adventure like no other on the high (actually low) seas!”

This might be axactly what I need, Wilson thought to himself, to clear my mind of recent events… He took a step towards the pirateer recruiter, raising his eyes to meet hers.

“Looks like we have a volunteer!” The pirateer locked eyes with Wilson. ”What’s your name, son, and why do you think you’re someone we need for this trip?” Wilson paused, at a loss for words in the presence of this intimidating woman. “Wilson,” he stuttered. “My name is Wilson and…” He paused again. “I have a destiny to fulfill.” She burst into laughter. “Aelna’s going to like that one. That’s a hoot.” Then Wilson heard a voice. “What am I going to like?”

Wilson looked upwards sharply. Walking down the gangplank was a startling brunette with a saucy gait. “Captain Aelna!” the recruiter saluted playfully. “This young man here says his reason for travel is… to fulfill his destiny!” she chuckled again, then stopped when she realized Aelna hadn’t joined in. “Is that right?” Aelna cocked an eyebrow. “Come aboard, young man. That’s my reason too.”

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Sun, 2017-04-30 05:21
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I don't think Fallen Caves should have to enter the battlefield tapped, because you only have a chance of getting the second color, meaning it already has a drawback for being a dual colored land.

Also you are aware that The Sea Legs will exile anything that would be normally cast as well? Or permanents that get destroyed? also anytime you use the Scout mechanic, right?

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Sun, 2017-04-30 05:38
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If it didn't enter tapped then it'd be better than a Plains.

Phasing
This phases in or out before you untap during each of your untap steps. While it's phased out, it's treated as though it doesn't exist.
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