Where am I at?
Continuing on from my previous post, I’ve further refined the rules for my new card game Total Blast. I’ve created some card art mock ups, and even gone on to finalize a full set of cannon ball cards. I’m making good progress. Although it’s going to take some time. I’ve decided to move more towards illustrative card art as opposed to using basic icons and symbols, as per the first prototype. It’s a good call from a visual standpoint and I’m hoping I can even develop a little bit more theme and back-story from the artwork to help give it some more substance.
Speaking of adding depth, I’ve added in extra layers of complexity by introducing sets of optional expansions which can be added to the game to add more variety. These include:
- ‘Power Upgrades’ which can drastically power up your cannon’s damage score.
- ‘Power Abilities’ which provide a one time use bonus
- Additional set of ball cards to help vary play
- Character Cards, which introduce an A-symmetric starting point giving each player an ability that the other won’t have.
- Quest Cards (Or maybe I’ll rename them to objective cards?), offering additional victory points for fulfilling certain conditions within the game
- Event Cards which introduce a small shift to the rules for each round.
It’s getting exciting! The core game now consists of 101 cards. Adding in additional expansion cards means I’ll now need to produce art for an extra 40-60 cards, (depending how many potential extra cards will work). Lots to be getting on with.
Card Development Overview
Here’s an example showing sketch to colour mock-up to final card art. I may still tweak the layout, but it’s as good as finished. The top portion of the card will remain visible when stacked underneath other cards. This helps calculate the damage score from each cannon at a glance. The bottom portion shows it’s description.
Drawing this card helped decide on the theme and direction the game would follow. It’ll be a medieval fantasy setting, with waring factions cannon-battling for supremacy. In this kingdom, rival mages and alchemists are summoned to infuse each ball with magical properties, increasing their potency. The balls now take on magical characteristics! I thought giving the balls some spice and character would look a lot cooler than a plain old cannon ball coated in red paint for example.
I’m currently producing artwork for all the ball cards, then I’ll move on to the Upgrade and Ability cards. Cards such as the “Coins” card and the “Gun Powder” card should be fairly straight forward. Others, not so much. There will be an upgrade card which allows you to add the damage score of your weakest cannon to the cannon it’s applied to. I have no idea how to illustrate this! Maybe I’ll have to go a bit abstract with it.
In my last post I mentioned about getting a character art card and cannon card sample done- I’m more or less done with these also, so can post them in due course. Stay tuned.