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"The Mothership" is the codename for a project I've been working on for a while. It's a trading card game with an exploration element set in space. After tackling many problems with its design, I finally perfected the rules, tested it with my friends and acquaintances and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, which then made me think to expand the game, and make an online digital version of it. In the Motheship you start the game on your home planet, you acquire resource each turn which you will use to build structures, ships, recruit creatures and send them into space to discover new planets to gain more resource or attack and destroy your opponent's bases. The goal of the game is to capture your opponent's home planet.

 

You build your own arsenal of cards like in a traditional TCG, and it has a resource system to balance out the power of the cards and strategies, but the best thing is that the resource doesn't take up card slots in your deck (unlike Magic: the Gathering, or Pokemon)

 

I'm documenting the development process for "The Mothership" on Youtube, you can watch my series "Let's make a TCG" here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMNF_GD5nvo&list=PLN90FCziF2neTMDut366IK6q7pJhkvaCP&spfreload=10

 

I'll be updating this thread regularly and letting you guys know how everything is going on. Right now I'm designing a new batch of cards to test the latest version of the game. Also, if someone has any ideas on what to name my game, please don't be shy and post them here. =)

 

Keep it up!

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Episode 2 of "Let's make a trading card game" is out on Youtube! This is turning out harder than I expected. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1HLOzKY8a8

I've been designing cards all week, and now I'm trying to organize by rarity, color, balancing them and making sure that they interact well with each other and are fun to play with. It's really a lot of work, and as soon as I come up with a mediocre set of cards I'm going to start testing. Not yet though, at this point it will be almost impossible to play the game as intended (not broken).

I've also been thinking about the traditional rarity system that most TCG employ, and the more I've been thinking about it, the fewer points I can find to justify it. I'll probably talk more in-depth about it in the next episode.

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Episode 4 of "Let's make a Trading Card Game" is finally out. I solve the cost-impact balance problem, we get to see the very first piece of Mothership card art, I show off some of my old design notes and spill the beans on ALL of the rules of the game (in the most convoluted words possible)!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmqc1b9ceEs&list=PLN90FCziF2neTMDut366IK6q7pJhkvaCP&index=4

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Yes! Finally the exams are over and I'm back at work on the Mothership TCG! In this episode I discuss the importance of common cards, explain my three main keywords, create basic templates for the cards, print them out and test the game for the first time in real life!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2Z6vpiI4yY&feature=youtu.be

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Episode 6 of Let's make a trading card game is out on Youtube!
In this episode I talk about the aftermath of the first ever Mothership test session, have people over for a new test session, show off some awesome new artwork, attempt to create a data model to explain how the game works to programmers, and talk about the future kickstarter.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbDVxvgKpGk&index=6&list=PLN90FCziF2neTMDut366IK6q7pJhkvaCP

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Episode 7 of Let's make a trading card game is out on Youtube! What do YOU think the Mothership TCG should be called? Write your ideas in the comment section grin emoticon 
In this episode we test the game with the more experienced crew, I reflect on some problems that need to be fixed, show off another awesome piece of art by Vasiliy, show off my plan for this semester, and discuss possible livestreams that may happen in the future.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8fwFf0kyTQ&list=PLN90FCziF2neTMDut366IK6q7pJhkvaCP&index=7

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Let's make a trading card game: 8 is out on youtube! Do you want to play and test the game for yourself? Then stick around ' till the end of the video, there's a juicy announcement there ;)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvk6O-PCBJU&list=PLN90FCziF2neTMDut366IK6q7pJhkvaCP&index=9

 

In this episode I explain what a booster draft is, showcase two awesome paintings by Vasiliy, as well some of my concept art for the main blue humanoid race of aliens, ponder streaming and more!

 
Follow Multiverse on VK (russian social network): http://vk.com/club20425634
Follow Multiverse on twitter for news and updates: https://twitter.com/multiversetcg
Check out Tok's sunday streams at http://www.twitch.tv/leandrotok
Edited by LeandroTok

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Episode 9 of let's make a trading card game is up on Youtube!
In this episode I explain the math involved in creating a draftable set of cards, explain what the 10 strategies in the set do and how they work, change how the "boarding" ability works again and show off concept art doodles.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMz-6GKb20o&list=PLN90FCziF2neTMDut366IK6q7pJhkvaCP&index=10

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Episode 10 of let's make a trading card game is up on Youtube!
In this episode we organize a sealed event and test Multiverse's limited formats, try playing a 3-player game, I talk about luck in card games and show off some creature designs, a piece of card art, and the back of the card, as well as the logo for the game.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMNF_GD5nvo&index=1&list=PLN90FCziF2neTMDut366IK6q7pJhkvaCP

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Episode 11 of Let's make a TCG is up on Youtube!
In this episode I showcase the Multiverse TCG logo on the card back, discuss how best to implement the game's exploration element, share my thoughts on a future Multiverse website, and show my progress on the layout of a card.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sma3bwvsojo&list=PLN90FCziF2neTMDut366IK6q7pJhkvaCP&index=12

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Episode 12 of Let's Make a TCG is up on Youtube!
 
 In this episode I show off Vasiliy's two new planet panoramas, discuss the latest developments in Multiverse's gameplay, explain the history behind the resource system and why it's so important, as well as show off the layout of a Multiverse card and more.
 

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Hey, a new episode of Let's make a TCG is out on Youtube!
 
In this episode I show off the first ever piece of Multiverse TCG merchandise, discuss how I go about creating cards for Multiverse, as well as explain how I've been working towards fixing problems related to long and grindy games, talk about the latest changes to a few rules, show off Vasiliy's two new planet panoramas and their peculiar relation to one another, as well as the design of the six new color symbols. I also mention my latest appearence on my friend Connor Linning's podcast, the ConnorCast. Check it out on www.connorlinning.com or on www.youtube.com/ortmusic!
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hskbmLDVGLE

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Hey, everybody! Episode 14 of Let's make a trading card game is up on Youtube!
In this episode I show off two new pieces of card art by Vasiliy, discuss the one-year plan to release the physical version of Multiverse, and talk about everything that's been going on with the game in this past month.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkNJCtjrtPY&list=PLN90FCziF2neTMDut366IK6q7pJhkvaCP&index=15

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Hey, everybody! Episode 15 of Let's make a Trading Card Game is finally up on Youtube!
In this episode I ready the set of cards for testing, layout the cards, print them out, and have a test session with my friends. I also discuss the ramifications of the test session, as well as show off a brand-new piece of artwork by Vasiliy.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7D1af0Obj8&index=16&list=PLN90FCziF2neTMDut366IK6q7pJhkvaCP

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hey, everyone! Episode 17 of Let's Make a TCG is up on Youtube! Also, today is the alst day you can request to playtest the newest version of Multiverse, so if you still haven't done it, hurry up!

In this episode I design the new version of the base set, show off a new piece of card art by Vasiliy, talk about the creation of the cards, the update on the power curve, test out the new version of the set, give my own feedback on the state of the game and more!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COEQSmTIRTY

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Hey, everyone! Episode 18 of Let's make a TCG is up on Youtube! 
 
In this episode I showcase the new power curve, show off some new card art by Vasiliy, explain what I've learned during the two weeks of playtesting, discuss the importance of interaction between the players, and tease a future video featuring some of you who decided to help out playtesting the game! 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lJ159YpWLI&list=PLN90FCziF2neTMDut366IK6q7pJhkvaCP&index=19

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Hey, everyone! Episode 19 of Let's make a TCG is up on YouTube!
 
In this episode I discuss the new idea for the game's website, show off the latest card art by Vasiliy, talk about the importance of having the right rules for quick effects in a TCG, and test out three different rule variants to come closer to the final version!
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSjFF8_NFs4&index=20&list=PLN90FCziF2neTMDut366IK6q7pJhkvaCP

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Today is a big day for fans of Multiverse: Cosmic Conquest!

Our website is officially live at www.tokartsmedia.com.

Sign up today for the latest news and updates on Multiverse: Cosmic Conquest as well as our other games. Here you'll get access to premium behind-the-scenes content before anyone else and follow the development of the games closer than anyone by participating in the discussions in the forums.
What are your initial thoughts on the site? I can't wait to hear your opinion in the forums!

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Let's Make a TCG: episode 20 is up on YouTube! Check it out =D
In this episode I show off a new piece of card art by Vasiliy, give a tour of the TokArts website, discuss some changes to the new card set, and invite you to join the newest community playtest session!
Edited by LeandroTok

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After months of testing we've launched the Multiverse: Cosmic Conquest Online Beta on a virtual tabletop called OCTGN!

The game now is not only playable, but a lot of fun as well!
Now anyone can start playing Multiverse without having to print out and cut out cards, and you can play with other members of the community who live on the other side of the world!

In the Online Beta you'll have access to all of the cards in the game, so you can build any kind of deck that you want and try to come up with the best strategy!

Check out the new Let's Make a Trading Card Game for more details, including how to join 1f642.png=)

https://tokartsmedia.com/2016-01-28-21-24-31/videos/item/180-let-s-make-a-trading-card-game-23-launch-of-the-multiverse-online-beta

So much has been going on since the last episode: not only have we released the online beta version, but we've fixed the Cargo and Shields mechanics, we've finalized the rules of the game, we've added names to all the cards, and images to all the galaxy cards. We've also started to draw concept art for all the different alien races in Multiverse, and we're getting ready to start drawing the final cards. Watch out for updates on Multiverse, because there's a lot more on the way!

#gamedev #indiedev #TCG #CCG #LCG

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We've started to release a video tutorial series on how to play Multiverse: Cosmic Conquest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13uPXxJwk7k&list=PLN90FCziF2ncS9sv-DI8dQuF1KSyject6&index=1

Currently there's two videos published on YouTube, but expect the rest shortly.

 

You can now play the online beta version of the game for free on a virtual tabletop called OCTGN!

You can find details on how to set it up here: https://tokartsmedia.com/forum/questions-suggestions-issues/53-how-to-set-up-multiverse-on-line-beta-readme

 

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Episode 3 of the video tutorial series on how to play Multiverse: Cosmic Conquest is out on YouTube!
 
In this episode we learn about card types and look at a card in detail, examining all of its parts.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmREIJ4m_4o&index=3&list=PLN90FCziF2ncS9sv-DI8dQuF1KSyject6
 
This is the perfect time to learn how to play the game! We've just launched the game's free online beta version on a virtual tabletop called OCTGN, so anyone can join and play it!
You'll find all the details on how to do it 
here:

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Part 4 of our tutorial on how to play Multiverse: Cosmic Conquest is out!
This time we explore all the zones in the game and what they do, as well as the progression of a turn.
 
 
This is the perfect time to learn how to play the game! We've just launched the game's free online beta version on a virtual tabletop called OCTGN, so anyone can join and play it!
You'll find all the details on how to do it 
here:

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We had our first ever live Multiverse: Cosmic Conquest tournament on OCTGN and it was a blast! 

 
 
This time we had only 3 participants: Gameg1, Cheatastcg, and myself. However we saw many different strategies being played in this tournament: Orange boarding, Yellow-Green swarm, Red-Violet robots, and Vioilet-Yellow control.
We had some audio and connection problems, and some awkward pauses and bloopers, but considering this was my first time commentating other people playing a game, it went really well!
 
We have tournaments every week at 5pm GMT! Join the next upcoming tournament here: https://tokartsmedia.com/forum/organized-games-tournaments 
 
If you don't know the rules of the game, we have a video tutorial series that breaks them down into easy to learn segments:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13uPXxJwk7k&t=2s&list=PLN90FCziF2ncS9sv-DI8dQuF1KSyject6&index=1
 
To play Multiverse: Cosmic Conquest, join the Multiverse community at www.tokartsmedia.com and follow the instructions on our website: https://tokartsmedia.com/forum/questions-suggestions-issues/53-how-to-set-up-multiverse-on-line-beta-readme

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Episode 5 of our tutorial series on how to play Multiverse: Cosmic Conquest is out!
 
In this episode we look at how battles work and how to explore and conquer the galaxy with units and structures.
 
 
This series of videos is has easily the most professional-looking videos I've ever released. You could say I'm learning to edit in Premiere while making it.

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