Shadowfist: Farewell to ArmsLogin or register to post comments
|Tue, 2011-04-19 16:27|
The template is released, so it's time to move another step with the next set. Strike while the iron is hot, they say.
The theme this time is World War II. One of the time-travel portals currently connects to 1942, and it would be a waste to not take advantage of that opportunity. However, this is not about WW2 as it actually happened, but how it has been remembered. Historical references are fine, but more important is the legacy of the War to End All Wars, as preserved in popular culture - film, TV and song.
Mechanically, this set has another goal to accomplish - eliminating factions from the overly crowded battlefield. I've had the opportunity to discuss with people from IKG the negative impact of having 9 active factions in a CCG, specifically the limitations it places on storytelling and design space, and the problems created in drafting. Generally it's acknowledged that while there are some critical issues, a happy solution is not forthcoming.
So this is my solution.
For my early outlines for this set, I'm planning the complete elimination of two factions (both of whom are at an all-time low in the story anyway), and a critical wounding of a third, to be finished off in a later story.
On one hand, this means I need to analyze the doomed factions for any play mechanics that need to be preserved, and give them a new home. The transition doesn't have to be sudden or massive, but hints and groundwork should begin with this set.
On the other hand, this also means that for those two factions, this set can afford to be pretty liberal. If fact, those two factions will need quite a few power cards to maintain parity for a while, with no more new cards coming.
So before I begin posting story or cards, I'm looking for two kinds of feedback:
- If you know the game, then the first two factions on the chopping block are the Architects and the Purists. What mechanics, themes and playstyles from those groups would be worth preserving, and where should they go?
- If you are unfamiliar with Shadowfist, but like the idea of a WW2 themed CCG set, I'm always looking for references and ideas. Please feel free to post your favorite story, movie scene, TV show, song, historical figure or obscure fact, and I'll see what I can do to fit it in. Anything dealing with WW2 is welcome.