Unscrewed Part 5: Blackest Lotus (Unglued 3) September 28, 2009Posted by James in : all, fake cards , trackback
I decided that I wanted to be able to play it in real life. One issue that I faced earlier was to think of new card mechanics that could be used on several cards. Instead of thinking of one strange idea for one card, I needed some ideas that could end up on several cards.
I want unscrewed to be something fun by itself but also fun as a bonus pack for a booster draft. The cards can’t be too overpowered, but they can be powerful.
Some of the things I want to exist in Unscrewed:
- I want to continue the over the top nature of the original Unglued. Blacker Lotus was so powerful that it could only be played once.
- I don’t want completely silly things, like arm wrestling or hokey pokey dances.
- The game is going to be fun on the conceptual level.
- I want to make fun of things that don’t make sense in Magic, like in the 100 Things I learned from Magic the Gathering article.
- The game will have some new mechanics that would probably never be made in a real Magic set, like Satanic Tutor.
- The game will finally let us do many of the things that we should be able to do. Making the game a computer game is a huge limitation. The Magic rules lawyers like to see the game as a computer game so that everything is black and white and there are no arguments. This will all be rejected.
- Some cards will have a use outside the game, like Demonic Lawyer.
To see how I want the game to be balanced but ridiculous, take a look at these two cards:
What does it mean to change your minimum deck size? Usually we need 60 cards in a deck. Blackest Lotus would make it so you need 90 cards in your deck instead.
Blackest Lotus allows a fairly balanced version of the most powerful card ever made. It’s a compromise between allowing a broken card during game play and keeping the game fair. It would unfortunately be really hard to play this during a draft, but I will make sure that it wouldn’t be impossible.
Wizards of the Coast decided that real world references should be allowed, so African Elephants should be able to exist. Of course, that would allow a reference to a real place in the real world as well. (Real world references allow us to compare the power level of a fictional reality with the real world, so we know what we are dealing with.)
Blackest Lotus and African Elephant both demonstrate an attempt to continue the over the top nature of the original unglued set as well as a new card mechanic that would probably never see print.
The artwork on African Elephant is in the public domain and it was painted by Friedrich Wilhelm Kuhnert.