Author: Aurore

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Contest Results: In Search for a Search card

I called for you good people to design a search card for the gigantic Deusillus. There were 19 submissions, some multiples by the same people. I will review my top choice from each person, but show all the submissions for your enjoyment, and then announce the winner of the $10 coupon for Burger Tokens! Andrew Cartwright – Shaking Jello One of several Jurassic Park...

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Bouncing Deathquark: Chain bidding

Bouncing Deathquark did an excellent episode on chain bidding, and since I am now more invested in learning Adaptive, I went back to listen to it. I wanted to make this knowledge accessible to people that don’t listen to podcasts. This is not a transcript, but rather me delivering their thoughts to you in my own words. Game Theory You’ve finished your first two...

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Theorizing about Adaptive decks

It is known that I’m not a huge fan of Archon Adaptive, but the format is going to be a huge part of the Vault Warrior series and maybe even world championship. In other words, it’s here to stay and I want to understand it better. Deck aspects I’m not experienced enough at Adaptive to say what kind of deck I want to bring,...

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In search for the search card

Yesterday I wrote about the new mechanics revealed in Mass Mutation. I said that I don’t think that Deusillus is powerful enough to make up for the opportunity cost. However, we know it comes with a third card to search for the first two, could that card make it powerful enough, or at least more interesting? I am not one for speculations, but I...

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Mass Mutation: New Mechanics

On Thursday FFG live streamed the announcement of the next set, and article followed, along with a crucible cast. I thought I’d give you my first impressions of the new mechanics we’ve been teased. Warning: some negativity ahead. Enhance Briefly, Enhance means that one card existing in a deck will assign printed icons to other cards in the deck during deck generation. The Hystricog will...

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Potential Aember and Exalting: Or why I don’t like Saurians

I finally figured out why I dislike Saurians, and it has to do with a broader topic. I have listened to Brad Andres talk on several podcasts about the design philosophy behind Saurians. Paraphrasing, the idea behind Exalting is Hubris, and they didn’t want Exalting to be a trap, so they made all common cards with Exalt almost always worth Exalting. To which I...

My top 10 board and card games 4

My top 10 board and card games

I just watched dice tower’s top 100 games of all time, and it inspired me to make a top 10 list. I haven’t played enough games to make a meaningful list any longer than that. Do note, this is a list denoting what I want to play now, rather than what I think are the best games of all time (from the pool I’ve...

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Early Mid and Late game

A long time ago, someone (I believe it was Nathan Starwalt of Tabeltop Royale) suggested a topic for an article. I remember having some interesting idea and wanted to ask Grant Titus (Crucible Tracker) for data. Alas, that idea was lost as I didn’t write it down. But when I wrote the article on APT (Æmber per Turn), I realized that APT is something...

Introducing a new idea for a deck metric – APT 3

Introducing a new idea for a deck metric – APT

I’ve been thinking some more about how the DoK Efficiency metric relates to all the other metrics. I’ve come up with a yet incalculable metric: APT. Efficiency is a multiplier In my opinion, you can think about Efficiency as a multiplier. If you have decks A and B, and deck A, on average, gets to the shuffle twice as fast as deck B, then...

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Year in review and a year’s preview

The past year has been very special for me, and my readers have been an important part of it. Beginning While Keyforge was released in 2018, I feel like my journey only started in March 2019, when I decided to go to UKGE and participate in a sealed vault tour. I realized I’m an adult now, with income and savings, and if I wanted...