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Post by Seattleite on Thu May 10, 2012 11:36 am

Do you have trouble with new ideas for making cards? Or do you want to improve your overall card making?

I've noticed there are two kinds of ways to approach card making. One type uses inspiration, or modeling ideas based off the physical world. Scenario: You're walking by a lake and throw a rock into it. You notice the ripples and think "hey, that's cool". Then you go home and make a card called "The Ripple Effect". It could also be a unique concept you had for the game, like Field Spell Traps, etc.

Another type uses need in the game for certain cards to exist. You might in the deck editor say "I have this great idea for a deck but there's not enough good cards to support it." Or you might constantly duel against the same kinds of decks and say "I need a way to counter this stuff".

These two are approaches, but they don't make up the entire card. You may have an inspiration and try to mold it to be playable and/or good for the game. Or you may find a need in the game and spruce up your idea with a more creative atmosphere.

So, some questions to consider. Which approach do you do more often? Are you effective in making the other part in the card? By approaching cardmaking from your non-dominant side, you can gain a new perspective and obtain more card ideas.

I made some "exercises" to help one or the other side. If you want to post your results (which would be cards) here, someone else could review them. Just remember, ultimately this is a subjective topic - there's no real "right" or "wrong" answer.


Inspiration Exercises

Exercise #1:

Go to a random wikipedia article: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random and make a card based off this concept. If it's not relevant or just really bland, try another one.
Exercise #2:

Make a card based off this picture. It is encouraged to make a card that reminds you of the picture, but not a card that would have this exact picture as its image.
Getting Card Ideas Duotone_Fantasy_Background_by_flordelys_stock
Exercise #3:

Make a "blend" of 2 mythological creatures. Study their characteristics, and make their effects reflect both of them.

After you're done you should go back and edit the card so that it accompanies any Need in the game that you see fit.

Game Need Exercises

Exercise #1:

Look at these cards and analyze the archetype's weakness - is there not enough Consistency? Speed? Protection? Synergy? Clear win condition? Then make a card(s) to "complete" it. Ignore that the archetype is small, only identify its weakness.

Evil Eye Cornea
Fiend / DARK / Level 4 / 1400 / 1300
FLIP: Destroy 1 Level 3 or lower Monster on the field. When this card is destroyed, decrease the level of all monsters your opponent controls by 2.

Evil Eye Far-Sight
Fiend / DARK / Level 3 / 300 / 300
You can discard this card to select 1 "Evil Eye" monster you control - it can attack directly this turn.

Evil Eye Near-Sight
Fiend / DARK / Level 5 / 2000 / 1200
This attacking monster is not destroyed in battle, and you take no battle damage from battles involving it. When this card attacks a monster, after damage calculation, decrease that monster's level by 3. All Monster's ATK becomes equal to its level X400.

Staring Contest
Normal Spell Card
Select 1 "Evil Eye" monster you control. Destroy 1 Spell or Trap card on the field. If it was a Spell Card, increase the monster's level by 1. If it was a Trap card, increase the monster's level by 2.

I Spy with my Humongous Eye
Continuous Spell Card
Once per turn: If you control no monsters, you can Special Summon 1 "Evil Eye" monster from your Graveyard.

Don't Look at Me!
Counter Trap Card
When an "Evil Eye" monster is targeted by an Attack or a Card Effect, change the target to 1 monster your opponent controls (a monster cannot attack itself).
Exercise #2:

Make a card to counter or defend against this broken card. It shouldn't be a direct counter or defense, rather it should be somewhat generic (i.e. no "Destroy all Plant-Type Monsters)

Wretched Elm
Plant / EARTH / Level 4 / 2000 / 500
You can Special Summon this card if you control a Plant-Type monster. All cards that would be sent to the Graveyard are banished instead. If this card is banished, Special Summon it.

After you do one of these you should go back, edit your card with a creative flair, new concept, or a reference to something in the world.
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Post by DIGITAL on Thu May 10, 2012 12:13 pm

Inspiration Exercise 1:
Cleaner Air
Continuous Spell Card
Activate this card while your opponent controls 1 or more WIND monsters. Destroy all face-up non-WIND monsters . If a non-WIND monster is Summoned, they are destroyed at the End Phase.

Raster Burn
Trap Card
Activate this card when a monster your opponent controls, that has been face-up on the field for 3 or more turns, declares an attack. Negate the attack, and return the monster to its owners deck.

Pinky
Spell Card
Activate this card while you control 5 level 4 or lower monsters. Return the lowest level monster to your deck (pick one if there is a tie) and Special Summon 1 monster in your hand.
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Post by Seattleite on Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:34 am

Cleaner Air is a humorous card that does its job pretty well. I can see how the effect and name are related (get out all the "impurities"), and this has use in CCG. Nice.

Raster Burn (had to look this up) is nice. Simple, yet creative, you bounce a stale monster that's been on the field for 3 or more turns. However it can be improved in the usability department, the monster would have to be on the field for at least 2 of your opponent's turns before you can use this. If you lowered it to 2 or more turns, i think it would be better.

Pinky is probably my favorite, creatively speaking. 5 zones = 5 digits Razz The lowest level one probably means the shortest finger, i.e. pinky. Props for this reference Very Happy Unfortunately it isn't so easy transposing references to be usable in a deck. Controlling 5 level 4 or lowers is situational, and returns a monster to the deck (deck fattening, usually bad) to SS a monster from your hand (which doesn't offset the cost and condition).

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Post by Seattleite on Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:59 am

Gonna bump this, in case anyone else wants to try.

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Post by Aquamarius on Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:32 pm

Two things of note when looking at the game need exercises: For #1, keep in mind that sometimes an archetype intentionally has a certain weakness, and for #2, keep in mind that cards that completely shred another deck are really, really boring: For example, a Macro deck versus a Zombie deck. Soft counters are generally better design than hard counters.
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