Combat Cards


Real Life Rules Change by docboffin
8 +00002009-02-15T21:59:49+00:00282009bUTCSun, 15 Feb 2009 21:59:49 +0000 2006, 9:59 pm
Filed under: Balancing, Code, Doc Boffin, Game Design, Printable Card Game, Update

A couple of weeks ago, Joh pointed out that the Second Life version of Combat Cards didn’t allow cards requiring a single point of energy to be played when you have 2 points of energy available. I hadn’t thought about this – the switch from groups to resources was supposed to just make the real life game easier to play, not change the game in any way.

The reason the Second Life version didn’t allow the play was that behind the scenes it runs the same group conditions code that it did in 1.5, but sure enough, the way the real life rules are written, what Joh was describing should be legal.

I quickly hacked in some code to make it possible in the Second Life version and Mich and I tried it out: with disasterous results. If you can play a card requiring one resource when you have 2 available, you can sit 1 turn away from finishing a 3 turn combo indefinitely, which makes it impossible for your opponent to anticipate when the combo will end and makes 3 turn attacks much more powerful, unbalancing the game.

So, instead of adjusting the Second Life game to match the real life rules, I’ve instead tweaked the real life instructions to match the old behaviour: if a card has a consume resources condition you must have exactly that number of resources available, no more no less. A nice side effect is that we can add a version of consume resources as Joh imagined it working to new cards in the future.

The updated rules can be freely downloaded in the print and play version of combat cards here.



Print-at-Home Cards and Instructions in One PDF by Osprey Therian
8 +00002009-01-04T04:50:42+00:00312009bUTCSun, 04 Jan 2009 04:50:42 +0000 2006, 4:50 am
Filed under: Osprey Therian, Printable Card Game

Everything stuffed into one pdf for maximum convenience 😀

Creative Commons License
Combat Cards print-at-home game by Doc Boffin and Osprey Therian is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
Based on a work at combatcards.co.uk



Updated Instructions by docboffin
8 +00002008-12-22T00:51:23+00:00312008bUTCMon, 22 Dec 2008 00:51:23 +0000 2006, 12:51 am
Filed under: Doc Boffin, Game Design, Printable Card Game, Real Life

Here’s the (hopefully final) version of the PDF instructions that will ship with the real life cards in the very near future. Let me know if there are any final changes that need to be made.

combatcardsinstructions2008-11-20



Print ‘n’ Test by Osprey Therian
8 +00002008-09-27T22:16:45+00:00302008bUTCSat, 27 Sep 2008 22:16:45 +0000 2006, 10:16 pm
Filed under: Printable Card Game | Tags:

Although I’m still working on the RL printed cards, you can do us a good turn (and have fun to boot) by printing out the cards at home from these pdf files and seeing if you can follow Doc’s instructions.

Updated Card Set with Instructions

They are much lower res than the real cards, of course, but should print easily and without needing any printer meddling (no resizing to fit).  I left the corners squared so you can cut them more easily, but the real cards will have rounded corners.  Cut with an X-acto knife or a paper cutter.

Be sure to let me know if I’ve left something out, or if there’s a mistake.

It looks like this on my printer set-up:

Creative Commons License
Combat Cards print-at-home game by Doc Boffin and Osprey Therian is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
Based on a work at combatcards.co.uk