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  • kalebmulderI consider you a role model in my life. You have accomplished so much and have your dream job. That said, how does one achieve their dreams?
  • markrosewater

    Here’s the secret to getting your dream job laid out in one blog post:

    1. Figure out what your dreams are.

    This part’s harder than it might seem so don’t be upset if this takes a while.

    2. Every day take at least one step to get you closer to your dream job.

    I’m being very literal here. Each and every day take one step. It doesn’t always have to be a big step just something moving you in the right direction. Not every step will get you there but the constant focus on it increases your chances. The key to success is focus and persistence. A big part of succeeding is never giving up. When one way doesn’t work, try another. Just keep in mind, that getting a dream job takes a lot of work.

    3. Recognize when you have reached where you set out to get to and enjoy it.

    Be careful of reaching your dream and then moving past it due to momentum. Also, an important part of getting a dream job is getting to do something you love every day. If you don’t have time to enjoy it, you’re doing it wrong.

  • Levi Smith Art

    This should be on a poster in classrooms

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Designing TCG’S: resource economy and separation of powers

There are many TCG game players and designers that lament the Mana system of Magic: The Gathering. Citing mana flood and mana screw as flaws of the game. I disagree. This is a feature in my mind, allowing for real chance within the game. And just like real life, resources matter.
Having a resource system that allows inequality creates a more dynamic and authentic experience that creates much of what we enjoy in Magic, and why many other TCG properties have failed.
Mark Rosewater talks about the “Golden Trifecta” or magic:
1: the trading card game genre
2: the mana system
3: the color pie

The mana system in magic is just a resource system that functions in a way that most reliable resource systems work, it creates an economy within the game. Using such a system is critical if you want your game to have a functional mechanic that everything else is built around. Its the wireframe for the rest of your game, its the reason most tcgs fail, its basis for all other function in the game.

The color pie in magic is another key aspect, as this element is the source of the flavor and fun of the game. The color pie is simple a separation of powers. Richard Garfield gave different abilities and aspects to each color that the others couldn’t do or the costs were higher. Having a separation of power and ability divided amongst factions is another key component to an interesting and fun trading card game. Dividing the abilities in the game will create a dynamic interaction amonst factions. Like rock, paper, scissors, each ability should be able to cancel out another ability, so that each ability has an answer and can be answered.

Beyond the golden trifecta of magic, another innovation that is crucial is controlling the difficulty level of you game within the rarity of the cards. Common cards being less complicated and powerful, as these cards will be more available to the beginner, while the more complicated cards are reserved for more experienced players in the higher rarities.

After years and years of playing magic and many other trading card games, as well as few attempts at making a tcg of my own, I have come to these conclusions as the primary factors of building a fun trading card game outside of magic and pokemon.

While I hope that this will help other aspiring game designers. Its really been an exercise for myself I putting down my thoughts on tcg design. Thanks for reading!

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