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Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« on: September 19, 2021, 05:32:24 pm »
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This week it is all about being in play. Design a card or landscape that in someway cares about what you currently have in play.

I deliberately gave a loose definition "someway cares about what you currently have in play" as I want to give a lot of freedom. For example, it could be behavior dependent on how many cards you have in play, types of cards you have in play, look to see if a certain card is in play, etc.  It could happen when you play the card, or it could be an on gain/buy/trash, etc, effect. You can interact with cards in play, for example trash them, replay them, gain a copy, etc. You could have a card whose properties are changed by what is in play, e.g. Peddler. Conditions on whether or not you can buy or gain a card could be dependent on what is in play, e.g. Grand Market

Below is a list of official cards that I would have deemed acceptable if they didn't already exist. Note the list is not necessarily complete, I might have overlooked something.

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Bank
Changeling
Conclave
Conspirator
Crossroads
Emporium
Fortune
Grand Market
Horn of Plenty
Idol
Leprechaun
Mandarin
Magic Lamp
Mint
Monastery
Peddler
Raider
Scepter
Soldier
Tormentor
Warrior


Events
Alms
Bonfire
Pilgrimage
Raid
Stampede


Landmark
Colonade

What I would not accept are cards which affect cards played after it, for example, Sauna turning subsequent Silvers into trashers and Urchin's effect if the next card played is an attack.

Good luck.

*Soldier added to the list of official cards that would be valid, thanks Spineflu.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2021, 07:39:55 pm »
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Trading Village
$4
Action
+1 Card and +2 Actions.
If you have at least four differently-named cards in play (including this), +1 Card.

Unsure of whether the extra card should trigger at “3” or “4,” but have gone with 4 for now.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2021, 08:12:49 pm »
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Dorp • $2 • Action
+1 Card
+1 Action
If you have 2 or more cards with the same name in play, +1 Action; if 4 or more, +$1.

Cheap-o cantrip that turns into Villages or Bazaars depending on whether you have a nice little clique for it to work with. Naturally, it's cheap and can work with itselves to provide that.
Name is a South African term for a small/rural village.

Also, xyz123, if you want to add to your official list, Warrior and Soldier also do this, caring about Travellers and Attacks in play, respectively.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2021, 11:19:08 pm »
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2021, 04:06:08 am »
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Zebra
Action - $3
+1 Action
If you have an odd number of cards in play, +2 cards.


No longer my entry
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2021, 04:15:13 am »
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This is cool, but I worry about gaining Golds with this. It's pretty easy to do as you can just play the remaining Golds after this, and a Gold gainer at $4 may be too powerful (and this can even gain Platina). You could restrict it to just Actions? Alternatively it would work as a Night card, but then you can't have the +$1.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2021, 05:06:04 am »
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Trophy - $5
Treasure/Gathering

+$2
Add 1VP to the Trophy Supply pile.
If you have more differently named cards in play than there are tokens on that pile, you may trash this to take those tokens.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2021, 07:57:34 am »
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Visigoth (Action, $4)

+$2
+1 Buy

If all the cards you have in play are differently named, +1VP per card you have in play and trash this.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2021, 09:47:56 am »
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This is cool, but I worry about gaining Golds with this. It's pretty easy to do as you can just play the remaining Golds after this, and a Gold gainer at $4 may be too powerful (and this can even gain Platina). You could restrict it to just Actions? Alternatively it would work as a Night card, but then you can't have the +$1.

Could it do its duplicating at the start of Clean-up (in the style of Improve)? Like:

Quote from: Ring
$1
At the start of Clean-up, gain a card that you have exactly 1 copy of in play.

This blocks the Magic Lamp trick of playing one copy of a Treasure before triggering the ability that cares about their only being one copy of that Treasure in play, then playing the other copies after. (Unfortunately it makes it less useful for Buy phase abilities that care about cards you've gained like Triumph and Destrier).
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2021, 11:42:33 am »
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2021, 06:31:54 pm »
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Florist
Action - $5
+3 Cards
+1 Action
Discard a card per copy in play of the card you have the most copies of in play (including Florists)
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2021, 10:48:26 pm »
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Trophy - $5
Treasure/Gathering

+$2
Add 1VP to the Trophy Supply pile.
If you have more differently named cards in play than there are tokens on that pile, you may trash this to take those tokens.
I'm pretty sure this would take the (1) VP on the pile every time a Trophy is played (unless Trophy was the first card played in a turn at least once).  Nevermind, I missed the "you may".

Florist
Action - $5
+3 Cards
+1 Action
Discard a card per copy in play of the card you have the most copies of in play (including Florists)
This looks like it would end up being too similar to Forum most of the time except for the times it discards only one card (which would be a very strong effect for $5).

Here's my submission with a thought of on the fly just now
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Haunted House
$6 Action - Victory
+3 Cards.
You may put up to 3 cards from your hand on top of your deck for +$2 per card you topdecked.
Reveal your hand. Trash a revealed Province to gain a Ghost to your hand.
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Worth 5 VP if you have a Ghost in play at the end of the game. Otherwise worth 1 VP.
LA likes making haunted cards. With this, you have to topdeck your Provinces in order to keep them, but it might be worth sacrificing one for the Ghost if you're betting on having it in play at the end.
(I don't remember if we still need "from its pile" for the Ghosts.)

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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2021, 11:07:09 pm »
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Labormen - $6
Action
+3 Cards
+1 Buy
This turn, cards you don't have a copy of in play cost $1 less.
Trash a card from your hand. Gain a differently named card costing up to $1 more than it.

An expensive conglomeration of Smithy, Bridge, and Remodel. Both the price reduction and remodel effect are conditional making them weaker than the average version of their effects. The conditions make it difficult to remodel a treasure into a Victory card, but allows Action cards you have a copy of in play to upgrade higher. The forced remodel means it will always be a net 2 cards instead of the 3 from a Smithy. I went with $6 as its cost because of all the mechanics it has, but I am not sure it is priced right.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2021, 11:16:46 pm »
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Here's my entry this week. Twin is a cantrip that reveals the top two cards of your deck and draws any that match cards you have in play, so it can draw one, two, or three cards. There's some similarities to Menagerie, where it's very weak early on (since it can't draw Coppers/Estates), but gets better once you can thin and add duplicate Actions to your deck and if can play them at the right time once you have more stuff in play. Twins always draw other Twins, and if you don't reveal any matches, you at least get the Sentry-like deck inspection effect.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2021, 12:51:36 am »
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Four Leaf Clover
Action ($5)
+1 Card
+1 Action
+$1

If the cost in $ of all your cards in play is exactly $21, gain a Treasure.

A spin on Leprechaun, Four Leaf Clover is a Peddler variant with the possibility of an extra bonus if you time it just right. Like Leprechaun it synergizes with Throne variants, and it can also be popped more than once a turn with cost reduction. I wasn't 100% sure if I should limit it to gaining Golds, I decided to pick "Treasure" for now because there aren't a ton of official cards that can gain non-standard Treasures and I think the condition is difficult enough to warrant it.

This is admittedly one of my sillier ideas, but hopefully it can be silly in a fun way! :)
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2021, 04:10:40 am »
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Four Leaf Clover
Action ($5)
+1 Card
+1 Action
+$1

If the cost in $ of all your cards in play is exactly $21, gain a Treasure.

A spin on Leprechaun, Four Leaf Clover is a Peddler variant with the possibility of an extra bonus if you time it just right. Like Leprechaun it synergizes with Throne variants, and it can also be popped more than once a turn with cost reduction. I wasn't 100% sure if I should limit it to gaining Golds, I decided to pick "Treasure" for now because there aren't a ton of official cards that can gain non-standard Treasures and I think the condition is difficult enough to warrant it.

This is admittedly one of my sillier ideas, but hopefully it can be silly in a fun way! :)
The concept is neat, but I doubt that Treasures will be very desirable in a deck that can reliably activate Four Leaf Clover, and it can lead to a situation where you actively try to avoid activating it. I would put a "you may" there at least, so people don't activate it accidentally. But generally, I feel that a Wish or even some generically good VP/Coffers bonus might be better on this.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2021, 04:18:01 am »
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I have made a submission already that I'm going to keep, but the contest made me consider another card idea:

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Some Name - $?
Action
If you have more than X cards in play, +1 card, +1 action.

Otherwise, if this is the first [Some Name] you played this turn, and the previous turn wasn't yours, take another turn after this one.
Not sure what the best way to balance it would be in terms of the number X and the cost. But I think it's kind of neat. If you are lacking in inspiration this week, feel free to steal this idea  :D I would like to see how it does.

Also, should it be a Duration?
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2021, 06:55:49 am »
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I have made a submission already that I'm going to keep, but the contest made me consider another card idea:

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Some Name - $?
Action
If you have more than X cards in play, +1 card, +1 action.

Otherwise, if this is the first [Some Name] you played this turn, and the previous turn wasn't yours, take another turn after this one.
Not sure what the best way to balance it would be in terms of the number X and the cost. But I think it's kind of neat. If you are lacking in inspiration this week, feel free to steal this idea  :D I would like to see how it does.

Also, should it be a Duration?
If you look at Outpost it should be a Duration.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2021, 07:52:34 am »
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I have made a submission already that I'm going to keep, but the contest made me consider another card idea:

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Some Name - $?
Action
If you have more than X cards in play, +1 card, +1 action.

Otherwise, if this is the first [Some Name] you played this turn, and the previous turn wasn't yours, take another turn after this one.
Not sure what the best way to balance it would be in terms of the number X and the cost. But I think it's kind of neat. If you are lacking in inspiration this week, feel free to steal this idea  :D I would like to see how it does.

Also, should it be a Duration?

Right now, you've got three cases:
• more than X in play;
• first [name of card] and previous turn wasn't yours;
• otherwise.
I'd try to eliminate that otherwise clause, antigoldilocks zone that it is. Or widen it, maybe, and boost the effect for the more than X in play part. Also yeah, should probably be a duration if Outpost is.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2021, 07:07:51 pm »
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Four Leaf Clover
Action ($5)
+1 Card
+1 Action
+$1

If the cost in $ of all your cards in play is exactly $21, gain a Treasure.

A spin on Leprechaun, Four Leaf Clover is a Peddler variant with the possibility of an extra bonus if you time it just right. Like Leprechaun it synergizes with Throne variants, and it can also be popped more than once a turn with cost reduction. I wasn't 100% sure if I should limit it to gaining Golds, I decided to pick "Treasure" for now because there aren't a ton of official cards that can gain non-standard Treasures and I think the condition is difficult enough to warrant it.

This is admittedly one of my sillier ideas, but hopefully it can be silly in a fun way! :)

If we assume only card costs of $3, $4, and $5, the only ways of activating Clover are:

$5, $5, $5, $3, $3
$5, $5, $4, $4, $3
$5, $4, $4, $4, $4
$5, $4, $3, $3, $3, $3
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2021, 09:39:47 pm »
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Treetop Village
Action - $4*

+1 Card
+1 Action
You may play a cheaper Action card than this from your hand, for +1 Card. Otherwise, +1 Action.
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On your turns, this has the same cost as the last Action you played this turn, if any.

Variable cost village; activating to Lost City, if you can find the appropriate Action to play.

@xyz123: let me know whether this qualifies; "last action you played this turn" could become "...that's still in play" if not.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2021, 10:58:54 pm »
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Why not make it simpler:
Treetop Village
Action - $4*

+1 Card
+2 Action
If the next card you play is an action costing less than this, +1 Card.
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On your turns, this has the same cost as the last Action you played this turn, if any.

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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #22 on: September 23, 2021, 11:59:06 pm »
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A Night version of Armory that lets you set aside cards that you have in play and gain a card onto your deck depending on the number of cards you set aside.  Setting aside Coppers or Ruins with this will also be useful as long as you don't trigger a bad shuffle.  On the other hand, setting aside your good cards may not be optimal unless you can draw around to them.  You probably also don't want to be setting aside any cards that have boni when discarded from play (e.g. Travellers, Treasury, Hermit, etc). 

You cannot set aside Duration cards, so that not only avoids tracking issues, but also prevents an overpowered synergy with Village Green.  There is however a strong combo with Capital.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #23 on: September 24, 2021, 08:39:48 am »
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I entered this into a contest before, only it was too cheap. Tracking can be an issue, but I like the strategies it creates if people can get past that:
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Hostile Village - Action, $5 cost.
+3 Cards
+2 Actions

Trash a card you have in play that would be discarded this turn.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #24 on: September 25, 2021, 06:07:47 pm »
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Stroke of Luck
Event $0
Once per turn: If you have a Copper, a Silver, and a Gold in play, trash those Treasures for +1 Buy and +4VP.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #25 on: September 26, 2021, 12:44:15 am »
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Shadow
Night - $3
Replay an Action card you have played this turn that is still in play.


It's cheap because most of the vanilla card effects (+$, +Action, +Buy, +Cards) are not very useful at the night time. The best target would be a gainer/attacker, like Marauder or Soothsayer
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #26 on: September 26, 2021, 02:36:04 am »
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A combination Workshop/Lab, this card alternates between gaining a card and drawing a card. Channel your inner inventor creating a new contraption in your workshop, and then test your prototype is the very same room doubling as a laboratory. DaVinci would be proud!

This card came about as I was trying to make two separate cards work, a cantrip workshop, which needs a severe limitation to not just delete piles, and an alternating lab ala ranger, which is hard to price at $3 or $4. The solution was simple, combine the two!
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #28 on: September 26, 2021, 04:27:49 pm »
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #29 on: September 26, 2021, 07:08:54 pm »
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Apologies, thought the warning was due today.

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Arsenal by Timinou
Dorp by Spineflu
Four Leaf Clover by AJL828
Florist by NoMoreFun
HauntedHouse by LibraryAdventurer
Hostile Village by Aquila
Labormen by Xen3k
Ring by Gubump
Shadow by Grep
Stroke of Luck by Arowdok
Trading Village by JW
Treasure Cove by Segura
Treetop Village by Mahowrath
Trophy by Faust
Twin by 4est
Visigoth by Mandioca15
Workroom by The Alchemist
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #30 on: September 27, 2021, 04:59:01 am »
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The instructions are not quite clear to me. "costs $1 per differently named Treasure and Victory card" reads like shorthand for "$1 per differently named Treasure plus $1 per differently named Victory" - i.e. this would always cost at least $8 (with non-empty piles) as it counts itself twice. If it is supposed to be counted only once, I would write "$1 per differently named Treasure or Victory".
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #31 on: September 27, 2021, 05:51:35 am »
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The instructions are not quite clear to me. "costs $1 per differently named Treasure and Victory card" reads like shorthand for "$1 per differently named Treasure plus $1 per differently named Victory" - i.e. this would always cost at least $8 (with non-empty piles) as it counts itself twice. If it is supposed to be counted only once, I would write "$1 per differently named Treasure or Victory".
also isn't this like.... your third time entering this? I've only been here for two years and like, contest 70 and the "promos" set design contest weren't *that* long ago.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #32 on: September 27, 2021, 01:24:56 pm »
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The instructions are not quite clear to me. "costs $1 per differently named Treasure and Victory card" reads like shorthand for "$1 per differently named Treasure plus $1 per differently named Victory" - i.e. this would always cost at least $8 (with non-empty piles) as it counts itself twice. If it is supposed to be counted only once, I would write "$1 per differently named Treasure or Victory".
also isn't this like.... your third time entering this? I've only been here for two years and like, contest 70 and the "promos" set design contest weren't *that* long ago.
Yeah, it is not a new design.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #33 on: September 27, 2021, 01:40:27 pm »
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A Remodel variant that lets you upgrade an action card you already played this turn.  And if you don't match it with any cantrip, village, etc... you can always trash it to get a $6 card.  As a bonus, if you pick up a new action card, you even get to play it!
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« Reply #34 on: September 27, 2021, 02:04:23 pm »
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A Remodel variant that lets you upgrade an action card you already played this turn.  And if you don't match it with any cantrip, village, etc... you can always trash it to get a $6 card.  As a bonus, if you pick up a new action card, you even get to play it!

This could whiff quite easily if you draw it without any other Action cards (or your $5-cost Action cards that you wouldn’t want to trash if there aren’t any $6-cost Action cards in the Kingdom). I would change the restriction of the gained card costing exactly $1 more to up to $1 more.
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« Reply #35 on: September 27, 2021, 02:29:01 pm »
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Warlock -- $5
Action - Night
If it's your Action phase, play a card from your Warlock mat twice, leaving it there.
Otherwise, put a non-Command Action card you would discard from play this turn onto your Warlock mat.[/font]

Sorry this is last minute (I was trying the get the Fan Mechanic Contest judged). Here's my entry: a twist on Necromancer, it puts your Action cards onto a mat, and later lets you throne those Action cards from the mat. Like Mandarin or Monastery, it moves cards that are in play.
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« Reply #36 on: September 27, 2021, 03:02:28 pm »
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A Remodel variant that lets you upgrade an action card you already played this turn.  And if you don't match it with any cantrip, village, etc... you can always trash it to get a $6 card.  As a bonus, if you pick up a new action card, you even get to play it!

This could whiff quite easily if you draw it without any other Action cards (or your $5-cost Action cards that you wouldn’t want to trash if there aren’t any $6-cost Action cards in the Kingdom). I would change the restriction of the gained card costing exactly $1 more to up to $1 more.

That is quite possible that it will miss (so does Throne Room).  I was wondering if that would reduce the value of this card, or just make it a dud altogether.

However, I believe your suggestion will allow someone to empty the entire Recast pile the first time they play one... self-trash, gain a new one, it's an Action, so play it... repeat until you get the last one in the pile.

I do have an outtake on the card that I might bring back, changing its function a fair amount, but leaving the same general idea of trashing a played card.  I'll think about it for a bit.
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« Reply #37 on: September 27, 2021, 07:48:18 pm »
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Warlock -- $5
Action - Night
If it's your Action phase, play a card from your Warlock mat twice, leaving it there.
Otherwise, put a non-Command Action card you would discard from play this turn onto your Warlock mat.[/font]

Sorry this is last minute (I was trying the get the Fan Mechanic Contest judged). Here's my entry: a twist on Necromancer, it puts your Action cards onto a mat, and later lets you throne those Action cards from the mat. Like Mandarin or Monastery, it moves cards that are in play.

You need Command type to stop infinite loops.
You play set aside Warlock to play itself twice, once to play a Smithy, once to play itself twice, ...
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #38 on: September 28, 2021, 01:08:59 am »
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« Reply #39 on: September 28, 2021, 03:08:43 am »
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A Remodel variant that lets you upgrade an action card you already played this turn.  And if you don't match it with any cantrip, village, etc... you can always trash it to get a $6 card.  As a bonus, if you pick up a new action card, you even get to play it!

This could whiff quite easily if you draw it without any other Action cards (or your $5-cost Action cards that you wouldn’t want to trash if there aren’t any $6-cost Action cards in the Kingdom). I would change the restriction of the gained card costing exactly $1 more to up to $1 more.

That is quite possible that it will miss (so does Throne Room).  I was wondering if that would reduce the value of this card, or just make it a dud altogether.

However, I believe your suggestion will allow someone to empty the entire Recast pile the first time they play one... self-trash, gain a new one, it's an Action, so play it... repeat until you get the last one in the pile.

I do have an outtake on the card that I might bring back, changing its function a fair amount, but leaving the same general idea of trashing a played card.  I'll think about it for a bit.

True, it could autopile easily with my suggestion.  Specifying "differently named" would prevent that.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #40 on: September 28, 2021, 07:45:59 am »
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A Remodel variant that lets you upgrade an action card you already played this turn.  And if you don't match it with any cantrip, village, etc... you can always trash it to get a $6 card.  As a bonus, if you pick up a new action card, you even get to play it!

This could whiff quite easily if you draw it without any other Action cards (or your $5-cost Action cards that you wouldn’t want to trash if there aren’t any $6-cost Action cards in the Kingdom). I would change the restriction of the gained card costing exactly $1 more to up to $1 more.

That is quite possible that it will miss (so does Throne Room).  I was wondering if that would reduce the value of this card, or just make it a dud altogether.

However, I believe your suggestion will allow someone to empty the entire Recast pile the first time they play one... self-trash, gain a new one, it's an Action, so play it... repeat until you get the last one in the pile.

I do have an outtake on the card that I might bring back, changing its function a fair amount, but leaving the same general idea of trashing a played card.  I'll think about it for a bit.

True, it could autopile easily with my suggestion.  Specifying "differently named" would prevent that.

That's true... probably.

My outtake was to make the trash optional. But then it needed something else, and $2 was the easiest. But now it was way too powerful and had to cost at least $6, which wrecks the trash self option. So then it can't play the gained card. It would have cost $5, and been "+$2. You may trash a card you have in play. If you did, gain a card costing exactly$1 more."

Another option was a night card that trashed any card you would discard from play this turn (including treasures).

But I like the posted version better. I like that it sometimes whiffs, like throne room. And sometimes it's quite powerful.
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« Reply #41 on: September 28, 2021, 01:43:09 pm »
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It would have cost $5, and been "+$2. You may trash a card you have in play. If you did, gain a card costing exactly$1 more."

I don't think that's a $5-cost card.  It's arguably better than Improve, but not unequivocally.

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But I like the posted version better. I like that it sometimes whiffs, like throne room. And sometimes it's quite powerful.

I think it's fine for cards to whiff, as long as the upside is worthwhile.  In some Kingdoms, I think Recast in its current form will still be great.  But I think it can be quite awkward in others because of the restriction of gaining a card costing exactly $1 more.  That can really limit your options of what you are able to gain and play, especially since it is limited to trashing Actions that you have in play.   
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« Reply #42 on: September 28, 2021, 07:31:08 pm »
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It would have cost $5, and been "+$2. You may trash a card you have in play. If you did, gain a card costing exactly$1 more."

I don't think that's a $5-cost card.  It's arguably better than Improve, but not unequivocally.

In fact, I'd say that's actually WORSE than Improve. It's basically just Improve but you have to have the target card in play at the time you play Recast instead of by the end of your turn. That's significantly worse, and the only advantages that version of Recast would have over Improve are being able to activate on-trash effects at a more convenient time and being able to play the gained card in the same turn. Both of those are minor advantages compared to the huge disadvantage of not being able to trash cards that are played after Recast.
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« Reply #43 on: September 28, 2021, 08:05:52 pm »
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So I know submissions are closed, but if you haven't yet judged (and are willing to make an exception) I would like to update my submission of Workroom to a different card. If not, that is totally fine!



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« Reply #44 on: September 29, 2021, 02:34:27 am »
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Apologies, I haven't had time to finish judging yet.
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #45 on: September 29, 2021, 03:31:26 pm »
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I decided to choose interacting with what is in play as the theme for the competition because of the wide varieties in the way the official cards do so. I was keen to see what new and innovative ways people could come up with. You didn't disappoint. There are some really good and creative cards here.

Arsenal by Timinou
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg877796#msg877796
I see this having two sweetspots. I see it being very strong in slogs, particularly if ruins are involved, where it is unlikely to affect shuffles. In engines the gain onto your deck ability can help set up your next turn. In weaker/less reliable engines what is better, the gaining onto your deck or not discarding your better cards? Difficult to say. I can see this being a skill card.

Dorp by Spineflu
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg877368#msg877368
I think there is a nice balance here in that it is worth powering up and can power itself up, but doesn't create a monolythic strategy. The dynamics of where this is the only village could be interesting. It will probably create a rush for it, as you might need to use some Dorps to power it up. One possible edge case issue is that in games with more than 2 players and no other spammable cards not every player is going to be able to fully power it up.

Florist by NoMoreFun
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg877408#msg877408
A worry I have with this card is whether or not it adds a new type of luck that previously didn't exist. You want this card hand at the beginning of your turn where it is very powerful. If you happen to draw it later on in your turn, it could end up being an overpriced Warehouse or worse.

Four Leaf Clover by AJL828
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg877462#msg877462
Original and innovative, I like the idea of using the total cost of cards in play. One minor quibble, is that it might be possible to have triggered it accidently and not realised. Personally I think gaining a treasure might be a bit underwhelming, I think I would have preferred a reward that synergised better with a strategy that leads to someone playing $21 worth of action cards, even if that might have pushed the cost up to 6.

HauntedHouse by LibraryAdventurer
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg877425#msg877425
Very interesting and original concept. The draw and topdecking for money could be very powerful. The compulsory trashing of a Province in hand is an interesting effect. Bishop has already proved the concept that trashing a province for VP is worthwhile, so I can see that you would want to trash one to gain the Ghost. This will have some very strong interactions, Farming Village for example. When there is no sifting I am wondering how much of a drawback the choice of trashing or topdecking a Province will be. I can see the card being very strong on some boards and weak on others. As the compulsory trashing only applies to Province, will this push players to alt VP strategies when they are available? It also gets a boost when Cemetary or Exoricst are in the kingdom as they provide other methods of gaining a Ghost.

Hostile Village by Aquila
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg877817#msg877817
Nice. I think the trashing clause stops the card from being overpowered whilst still being worth playing.

Labormen by Xen3k
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg877429#msg877429
My gut feeling is that this could be like Jack of all Trades, where a card does a number of different things that add up to a strong card. I like the way the cost reduction works means that it cannot reduce its own cost. This means it will be hard to gain enough of them to set up a mega turn, even though the cost of victory cards will be reduced. End game dynamics could be interesting.

Recast by Mathdude
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg878157#msg878157
I think this would be better if it allowed to gain cards costing up to $1 more than the trashed card, not exactly $1 more. I think currently its strength is quite board dependent. The card could open up some interesting end game options as you could trash cards you have played to gain victory cards.

Ring by Gubump
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg877376#msg877376
A Copper gainer is a neat and simple idea. I agree with one of the comments that the concept could make a great heirloom. The problem is that what can be gained does need to be capped in some way. I also agree with the issue that others have pointed out. You can play one copy of a high power treasure you have multiple copies of, play a Ring to gain another copy of that, then play the rest of them.

Shadow by Grep
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg877917#msg877917
Nice and simple idea. Agree that only certain action cards can be worth playing in the night phase, but there is enough of them to make this a worthwhile card.

Stroke of Luck by Arowdok
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg877901#msg877901
The only submission that is an event. A Copper, Silver and Gold is 9$ and 3 buys. In return you get 4VP without having a dead card in your deck or it costing you a buy. Would this be a way of getting rid of treasures for reward after bootstrapping your deck or could it be a strategy in its own right. It could be either depending on what support is available. It could be very interesting in the end game on money boards. Once you are sure you are on your last shuffle, you might as well get this for the points each time you have a Copper, Silver and Gold in play.

Trading Village by JW
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg877367#msg877367
I don't think powering it up would be a problem on most boards. I think this would be most interesting on boards where it is the only village. You would obviously have to play some that are not powered up, trying to minimise the number could impact strategy.

Treasure Cove by Segura
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg877936#msg877936
With no other kingdom treasures of victory cards, this could up to $4 per turn and 4VP at the end of the game for a cost of $7. Looks good in comparison to Harem. In a game with Castles this is going cost a minimum of $15. Is that intended? In games with Knights you would also need to remember Dame Josephine bumps up the cost too.

Treetop Village by Mahowrath
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg877788#msg877788
The cost clause has some weird effects, but I don't think any of them cause any major problems and overall I like it. Has a strong synergy is you KC it, as the card will activate it's extra draw if you play a card costing up to 6. Gainers get a bit weird, Workshop can gain this but University can't.

Trophy by Faust
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg877381#msg877381
My initial reaction to this was could it be swingy if you get a dud starting hand at the wrong time and your engine fails to fire. Whilst this can happen, the more I thought about it, the more I don't think this is a problem. This card will more often reward the player who builds the more reliable engine. I think would turn out to be a card for the player who most skilfully executes their strategy.

Twin by 4est
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg877433#msg877433
This card wants you to have cards in your deck that you already have in play. Is this going to discourage diversity in strategies and create demand for the key cards in a kingdom? The card does have a self synergy, but it wants something else in order to make a strategy. Has it got the balance right? I think it is a difficult one to call.

Visigoth by Mandioca15
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg877381#msg877381
A 4 cost card that you can trash when you play it for 3, maybe 4 or even or VP if you have built your deck a certain way. Yes please, looks good to me when the kingdom will support it. There will also be some boards (for example, if it is the only +buy) where you might want to hang onto it and build your deck in a way to try to avoid activating the trash for points. In such games the final turns might be interesting, having deliberately tried to keep the card, can you then activate the trash for points clause? I like the way it could make you play differently on different boards.

Workroom by The Alchemist
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg877919#msg877919
Alternates between a Lab and a cantrip gainer. I can see it being powerful on boards where it can gain plenty of engine components. I like that it cannot gain itself under normal circumstances to drain the pile. With cost reduction this can happen, but official cards like Magpie can run its own pile if it has the right support, so I don't see that as a problem.

Warlock by emtzalex
http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg878230#msg878230
Interesting idea. I can see this being very powerful, the question is how long it takes to set up by getting the right cards onto your Warlock mat. I wonder if this could be a golden deck enabler by getting the right cards onto the Warlock mat.

And now for the bit I guess you are looking for.
WINNER!!!
Haunted House by LibraryAdventurer

Runner Ups
Treetop Village by Mahowrath
Labormen by Xen3k

Honorable Mentions
Trophy by Faust
Visigoth by Mandioca15
Dorp by Spineflu
Arsenal by Timinou

Congratulations LibraryAdventurer.
Thanks to everyone who entered.
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« Reply #46 on: September 29, 2021, 09:44:12 pm »
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Interesting idea. I can see this being very powerful, the question is how long it takes to set up by getting the right cards onto your Warlock mat. I wonder if this could be a golden deck enabler by getting the right cards onto the Warlock mat.

This is not my card. I just said it needs fixing.
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« Reply #47 on: September 29, 2021, 11:44:48 pm »
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Quote from: Warlock
Warlock -- $5
Action - Night
If it's your Action phase, play a card from your Warlock mat twice, leaving it there.
Otherwise, put a non-Command Action card you would discard from play this turn onto your Warlock mat.[/font]

Sorry this is last minute (I was trying the get the Fan Mechanic Contest judged). Here's my entry: a twist on Necromancer, it puts your Action cards onto a mat, and later lets you throne those Action cards from the mat. Like Mandarin or Monastery, it moves cards that are in play.

You need Command type to stop infinite loops.
You play set aside Warlock to play itself twice, once to play a Smithy, once to play itself twice, ...

Thanks for the feedback. You are of course correct. I was slammed judging the Fan Mechanic Contest so I had to put this out really quickly and didn't spend enough time thinking about all of the potential for loops.

Here is the fixed card:



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Warlock -- $5
Action - Night - Command
If it's your Action phase, play a card from your Warlock mat twice, leaving it there.
Otherwise, put a non-Command Action card you would discard from play this turn onto your Warlock mat.[/font]

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Warlock by Majiponi
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Interesting idea. I can see this being very powerful, the question is how long it takes to set up by getting the right cards onto your Warlock mat. I wonder if this could be a golden deck enabler by getting the right cards onto the Warlock mat.

This is not my card. I just said it needs fixing.

As majiponi pointed out, this was my card, not his (although he did provide good feedback).
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Re: Weekly Design Contest #129: In Play
« Reply #48 on: September 30, 2021, 01:55:06 am »
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Wow, thanks for my first win in these weekly contests!
I did not expect to win that with a card I made up on the fly.

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« Reply #49 on: September 30, 2021, 04:29:29 am »
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Quote from: Warlock
Warlock -- $5
Action - Night
If it's your Action phase, play a card from your Warlock mat twice, leaving it there.
Otherwise, put a non-Command Action card you would discard from play this turn onto your Warlock mat.[/font]

Sorry this is last minute (I was trying the get the Fan Mechanic Contest judged). Here's my entry: a twist on Necromancer, it puts your Action cards onto a mat, and later lets you throne those Action cards from the mat. Like Mandarin or Monastery, it moves cards that are in play.

You need Command type to stop infinite loops.
You play set aside Warlock to play itself twice, once to play a Smithy, once to play itself twice, ...

Thanks for the feedback. You are of course correct. I was slammed judging the Fan Mechanic Contest so I had to put this out really quickly and didn't spend enough time thinking about all of the potential for loops.

Here is the fixed card:



Quote from: Warlock
Warlock -- $5
Action - Night - Command
If it's your Action phase, play a card from your Warlock mat twice, leaving it there.
Otherwise, put a non-Command Action card you would discard from play this turn onto your Warlock mat.[/font]

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http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=20912.msg878230#msg878230
Interesting idea. I can see this being very powerful, the question is how long it takes to set up by getting the right cards onto your Warlock mat. I wonder if this could be a golden deck enabler by getting the right cards onto the Warlock mat.

This is not my card. I just said it needs fixing.

As majiponi pointed out, this was my card, not his (although he did provide good feedback).

Apologies emtzalex, corrected.
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