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Weekly Design Contest / Re: Weekly Design Contest Thread
« on: January 02, 2019, 09:13:37 am »
Damn Town

I think you might mean "Dam town"?
I am not a native speaker (german) but i looked here:

„damn” seems to be right for me but if it isn't common english i can use f.i. „cursed”.

Weekly Design Contest / Re: Weekly Design Contest Thread
« on: January 02, 2019, 02:49:26 am »
Damn Town

update (2019-01-03): changed name to witched town

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Asper's Cards
« on: December 06, 2018, 01:43:23 am »
Hey Asper, thanks so much :)  I appreciate the template when you have the time.  I use Gimp as well.  I actually am using both currently--I make the main template in the image creator and then I add the picture to the background with Gimp. 

Perhaps you like to use mine:
Querformat 3.3 30. November 2018

The created card-images are 1146px x 768px which is optimal for print by MeinSpiel

Dominion: Renaissance Previews / Re: Teaser
« on: October 08, 2018, 06:38:02 am »
Scholar is the card with 4 words.

Hmm, disappointed that "+7" doesn't count as either 1 or 2 words. It means that we've had several cards with only 1-3 words on them before, which makes the whole prospect of having a card with only 3 words less exciting.
so abandoned mine is a card with 0 words ;) ? great development

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: herw's template
« on: February 01, 2018, 12:02:28 pm »
new template portrait 3.2
nocturne-card template included

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: herw's template
« on: January 29, 2018, 03:35:36 pm »
A little feedback: It seems that the band that says "Event", "State", etc. isn't cut out that well. Its background doesn't go all to the rim and there are some small holes in it. Also the layers in front of it have some dark spots showing up in fro t of them. As mentioned, I noticed this for Statey and Events, but probably it occurs on some others, too. Apart from that it still looks very neat  :)
yes therefore i made version 3.1. - i hope it's ok now.
There are some other „bugs” (right part of the text area at bottom is a little bit shifted down (1 pixel)).
Please report other issues; i will correct. :) - best is to PM in german dominion forum.
The metal frame is a little bit complex because there are different colours which are not optimal for every text area color.

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: herw's template
« on: January 29, 2018, 01:02:36 am »
I have to mention, that my templates are made for directly printing on 59mmx91mm-cards (original Skat-cards; Dominion).
You have to choose the full black background to export a png-file with 768x1146px. You can it upload f.i. to meinSpiel.

actual link for portrait: herw's template (portrait 2.3)
I am working on 3.1 ;)

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: herw's template (landscape 3.1)
« on: January 28, 2018, 06:05:08 am »
I have made a landscape template (english and german) for GIMP

landscape 3.1

Variants and Fan Cards / herw's cards
« on: April 04, 2017, 09:59:01 am »

basic cards:




i have tested several times at meinSpiel and compared with german ASS-cards :)

basic cards:

Add these two basic cards to an Alchemy-game. Choose a few Alchemy kingdom cards.

Nobody needs it, but ...

Individual cards:

Normal Kingdom Cards

Abandoned Village (2019-01-10)
a simple attack card to villager's and coffer's mat. (under examination)

Prospecting (2019-02-07)

Shoemaker (2019-02-06)
simple but useful

Barter (2018-11-12)
changes your deck

Lucky Thaler (2019-02-05)
for luck and fun :)

Striking (2019-02-08)

Tradeswoman (2018-12-08)
A simple card which helps Big Money strategy.

Moneyer (2019-02-06)

Day Laborer (2019-02-05)

Antimony (2019-02-05)
Alchemy needs treasures and cards with potion in costs!

Extraction (2020-01-12)
an attractive Victory-card-trasher

Money Changer

Village Square (2020-02-15)
simple and useful

Warlock (2018-12-08)
a simple Alchemy-card. Thanks to Asper for discussion and tips.

Forrest Village (2019-02-19)

Market Town

Bewitched Town (2019-01-11)
I like to create ALCHEMY-cards. Combining with RENAISSANCE-idea of coffers and villagers it is a little bit more simple.

Counter Magic (2019-02-11)
If you are a wizard you need always a counter magic :)

Adept (2020-01-11)  is useful, to get potion often to your hand.

Dark Path (2020-01-28), a very interesting travellers line. You have to accept: negative victory points, but much money. The trick is the last card of the line.

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Asper's Cards
« on: March 15, 2017, 02:48:22 am »
Thanks for updating all your cards. It is great to have the whole set in one place with all the corrections. The cards look great.

I did some searching and found the photographer & photo for the image used on the Plantation card (the only one still unattributed):

“Tuscan Morning, Val d'Orcia, Italy” Photograph by Francesco Riccardo Iacomino
Go to
You will see a grid of images, look at the one three down, five to the right (at least with a "normal sized" browser window). The text “Open Space” will show up when you hover over the image.
It is very simple to find an illustration without name:
copy the illustration from card and store it. Then you can upload it to google picture search. You will get the original very quickly.

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Asper's Cards
« on: March 12, 2017, 12:11:03 pm »
I prefer the new colour scheme, but redoing all the cards seems annoying. Why did you also make the text box lighter?
perhaps you should get an impression of new grafic design here. Some cards are still changed in wording.

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: herw's template (kingdom-cards)
« on: February 09, 2017, 01:19:40 am »
new victory markers

I think I said this before, but those VP token icons are only used in ASS' newer German editions... I wait for the day they realize changing things for no reason at all is a stupid idea. Until then, if you are looking to do a complete template, if you have to keep the ASS icons around, it would be great to at least see the actual VP icons included, too. Especially on a non-German forum.

They are already there (beginners/symbols) or do i misunderstand you?

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: herw's template (kingdom-cards)
« on: February 08, 2017, 09:39:25 am »
a small update:
correct format of backs (sorry)
new victory markers

herws template portrait 2.3

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: 4est's Cards
« on: January 31, 2017, 03:19:32 pm »
Fish Market looks neat, but I think discarding one card is enough of a drawback. It seems weak when you have to discard two.

I still need to test this, but just wanted to throw an idea out there: perhaps changing the "Do this twice" clause to "You may do this once or twice" on Fish Market might strengthen it a bit.  That way, if you're satisfied after discarding once, it doesn't force you to discard again (Heck, you could not discard at all if you really wanted, but then you just paid $5 for a cantrip).  Not a super exciting revision, but it seems like this minor change would maximize Fish Market's main theme, its flexibility, without making it overpowered.  Thoughts?
the main idea (i am thinking about it too (see here) sorry it's german) to use dead cards with a new sense, means victory cards, curse cards f.i. is a change or better an upgrade of hand-cards.
The idea to change the use of duration-cards is nice. Because you can think about a strategy which is not depending on your temporary hand cards but your next moves.
There are two concepts of a duration strategy, normal duration cards (one more draw) and duration cards, which stay until the end of game.

The new idea here is to get a strategy to think forward!

An interesting discussion you find in the thread new mechanic - delay

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: 4est's Cards
« on: January 31, 2017, 11:34:06 am »
Yes, herw, and as "the start of your turn" isn't over after drawing, you can discard any number, including those you just drew. Therefore, you can chain Water Wheels arbitrarily and still have an Action left for your Mountebank, making them Lab+ in such decks.
But 4est already decided to re-do it, so, let's see  what comes next.
are there similar cards?

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: 4est's Cards
« on: January 31, 2017, 09:04:47 am »
Hello friends!

The last card I made.  Water Wheel is one point less than Duchy for the same price, but it gives a nifty bonus (that doesn’t use up an action) anytime you start your turn with one in hand.  It’s not an Action card, so if you draw it later in your turn, it’s just a plain old Victory card, but it might possibly need Reaction-typing.  For now, it just has the Victory type, but I’d be curious to hear what others think.

hmm - what will happen if i have more than one water wheel on hand? Am i allowed to play again a water wheel?
If so, i wouldn't like it, because there is a pre-action phase now.
I think it would be better to give in addition +1 action and set the card to Action-Victory.

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: herws template (kingdom-cards)
« on: January 30, 2017, 09:41:55 am »
[...] Also, I originally thought there was no need for a new template. But as it stands, this one looks like a straight upgrade. Really good work.
thanks :)

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: herw's template (kingdom-cards)
« on: January 30, 2017, 05:30:17 am »
some text design is really hard:

I had to split the text into centred, right aligned, left aligned and with different line spacing.

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: herw's template (kingdom-cards)
« on: January 28, 2017, 12:03:57 pm »
yes i know,it's much fun to create new combinations.
BTW i will change der color of the text area of Action-Duration (a little bit darker). It's better for our eyes.
I wait until there are enough suggestions for an update.

Here is my work today (idea: marktlehrling from german Dominion Forum)

Variants and Fan Cards / Re: herw's template (kingdom-cards)
« on: January 27, 2017, 01:27:37 pm »
Say, this is pretty good. I've been looking for a good Treasure-Reaction and Ruins template for a while. I wonder, could you make a Victory-Reaction and Duration-Victory template?
treasure-reaction and ruin are prebuilt cards in the beginner folder „cards”.
victory-reaction is simple ;) . You have to work in folder experts with folder banners top and folder cards (groups).

There are examples of several combinations. Normally you have to choose another banner top plain and another top text area.
I will have that in mind for an upgrade.
First try out expert/cards (group)/type1-type2 (groups) to understand the principle.

Variants and Fan Cards / herw's template
« on: January 27, 2017, 11:59:07 am »
for those, who want to create DOMINION-cards, i have made a template for kingdom-cards.
Asper inspired me to create a template from scratch. I hope you enjoy :) .

Click images to embiggen.

actual download link in this post.

When opening in GIMP you see a summary.

I have made a typical example MARCO POLO to show the principle of layers in GIMP.
There are two folder in the template:
beginners: I have merged several layer so that you can easily build a new card. The two examples are built only by copying layers from this folder. „beginner” doesn't mean, that you can build a card in ten minutes but it is simple enough to get a nice result.
The plaines are normed with (768x1146px). You can add a black edge to get an optimal export file (f.i. png) for a print.
If you want standard (696x1074px) for your home printer, you can load into every simple grafic program and cut 36px at every egde.

The other folder for experts shows the layers before merging, means you can change the color of the banner and text area etc. individually.


ciao herw

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