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(Most) Every Thursday, I make a brief development blog on my card/board game, Dead Parents Dungeon (DPD). It’s a fantasy-themed, light-hearted game about families and dungeons.

Current Progress: Set Skeleton (cont)

A set skeleton is a list of the cards being made and listed by function. The set skeleton for DPD needs certain themes to be present. It doesn’t mean that I need to nail down every card right now, just as long as I have enough cards to do the things I need to do. It’s just another part of trying to get the most out of playtesting before I have to completely rebuild every card after the first playtest.

This week it’s Heirlooms and Retirement cards, the places where you want to go and what you use to get there. While Heirlooms can still be played to improve other Heirlooms, I haven’t really delineated the abilities of the “prime” heirloom from what the “upgrade” heirlooms add. I’m currently leaning towards just lending a die bonus from upgrades.

That means abilities are either good early and late-game or they can be shuffled and replaced. Given the use of “draining” as a dungeon consequence which (basically) taps down cards and prevents them from being used until the dungeon is complete, it makes sense that upgrades can be used to protect the function of a main Heirloom. I can still have some equipment give a lesser bonus when they’re used as upgrades.

Still though, it feels like abilities stronger than the ones listed here should be used.

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OH MY GOD. The Melbourne WAS a punk-ass extra ship! I mean, spoilers, but Derek called the USS Melbourne’s fate.

In other news Star Trek is full of daddy issues and Derek’s pulling me over to the “Story arc or no, Pulaski is a dick” camp.

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Some things about canon just don’t sit right. They irritate us like grains of sand in the mouth of an oyster. This is our pearl: the notion that Deanna Troi hates her job and is intentionally useless.

Also Worf’s incessant cry of, “mobiusmobiusmobiusmobiusmobiusmobiusmobiusmobiusmobius.”

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(Most) Every Thursday, I make a brief development blog on my card/board game, Dead Parents Dungeon (DPD). It’s a fantasy-themed, light-hearted game about families and dungeons.

Current Progress: Set Skeleton

A set skeleton is a list of the cards being made and listed by function. The Magic: the Gathering guys are probably the best-known users of set skeletons. Of course, they’ve got a lot more factors to balance–creature size, spell cost, draft viability, ratio of sorceries to permanents, etc.–but the basic idea is the same.

The set skeleton for DPD needs certain themes to be present. It doesn’t mean that I need to nail down every card right now, just as long as I have enough cards to do the things I need to do. It’s considered penciled in and because I’ve never made a Magic set (despite making several individual cards), I don’t really know how the numbers balance out. It’s just another part of trying to get the most out of playtesting before I have to burn every part of the playtest for the first revision.

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Contagion

We pick this one apart, but it’s a good one. Maybe we’re hard on it because it’s an action episode with a few action-y one-liners. It uses the ensemble well and gets the fundamentals of the story well. It’s a good one, but not so great we gotta give it respect.

I’m glad the Iconians get revisited one time, although I would have preferred a catchall ancient civilization that handles those stories the same way Q incorporates (most) of the omnipotent being stories.

I apologize for the lack of editing. I’ll replace it with a second pass soon. The original (half) episode is here: http://www.vanvelding.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/TBnTB-211-Contagion-Rejected-Take.mp3

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This series has made me want to run a game again.

But also, declaring joint victory is cheap. Why not just set up and immediately have everyone agree to a joint victory? JV’s just sound like, “Choose N friends of X friends. Fuck X-N friends.” It’s arbitrary.

Good video though.