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Lady Lyra and the Bookdragon, page 1 by TomBerck Lady Lyra and the Bookdragon, page 1 :icontomberck:TomBerck 0 0 Lady Lyra and the Bookdragon, 1 - Cover by TomBerck Lady Lyra and the Bookdragon, 1 - Cover :icontomberck:TomBerck 0 0 Shoth by TomBerck Shoth :icontomberck:TomBerck 1 0 An Ogress by TomBerck
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An Ogress (uncolored) by TomBerck
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A Vedic Knight by TomBerck
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A Vedic Knight :icontomberck:TomBerck 1 0
The Falkraken, on the Hunt by TomBerck The Falkraken, on the Hunt :icontomberck:TomBerck 1 0 Goblin Dragon versus Ribbon Knight by TomBerck Goblin Dragon versus Ribbon Knight :icontomberck:TomBerck 2 0 Goblin Dragon by TomBerck Goblin Dragon :icontomberck:TomBerck 0 0 LeFranc by TomBerck LeFranc :icontomberck:TomBerck 1 0 Gnibbert Cogglefizz, Thaumaturgic Knight by TomBerck Gnibbert Cogglefizz, Thaumaturgic Knight :icontomberck:TomBerck 0 0 Alice of Ellwood by TomBerck Alice of Ellwood :icontomberck:TomBerck 0 0 Alysa Kipriyanov, Alchemist and Assassin by TomBerck Alysa Kipriyanov, Alchemist and Assassin :icontomberck:TomBerck 0 0 Purseus Foley, Electric Knight by TomBerck Purseus Foley, Electric Knight :icontomberck:TomBerck 1 0 My Wife, Asleep by TomBerck
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Color Vibration by TomBerck Color Vibration :icontomberck:TomBerck 1 0


Dolly Kill Kill: Rolyspecs by RadioMomo Dolly Kill Kill: Rolyspecs :iconradiomomo:RadioMomo 51 5 Tulip by ShipperTrish Tulip :iconshippertrish:ShipperTrish 23 3 Bloodborne - Lamp by Zedotagger Bloodborne - Lamp :iconzedotagger:Zedotagger 582 24 insane kingdom by labirynt insane kingdom :iconlabirynt:labirynt 95 7 Stink face by huanGH64 Stink face :iconhuangh64:huanGH64 64 4 The baddest of the badasses by pixie-on-mushroom The baddest of the badasses :iconpixie-on-mushroom:pixie-on-mushroom 61 5 Lord Sorrow and Queen by mzrkart Lord Sorrow and Queen :iconmzrkart:mzrkart 81 7 Princess Peach - SMRPG Fanart [GIF] by yoshiyaki Princess Peach - SMRPG Fanart [GIF] :iconyoshiyaki:yoshiyaki 886 22 Signal_04 by skitalets Signal_04 :iconskitalets:skitalets 117 11 Magic Items by OlgaDrebas Magic Items :iconolgadrebas:OlgaDrebas 474 6 In the Catacombs of Bal Sagoth by MrZarono In the Catacombs of Bal Sagoth :iconmrzarono:MrZarono 72 5 Our Little World by Zaliviel Our Little World :iconzaliviel:Zaliviel 45 23 TROJAN WOODS by Gesell
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TROJAN WOODS :icongesell:Gesell 399 38
Artanis by JoelRCarroll Artanis :iconjoelrcarroll:JoelRCarroll 58 2 Kerub - Wardrobe 1 by LotusLumino Kerub - Wardrobe 1 :iconlotuslumino:LotusLumino 106 31 Domestic life with a birdmonster by Paperiapina Domestic life with a birdmonster :iconpaperiapina:Paperiapina 328 35




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Tom Berck
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United States
Artist, game designer, dad. DBA Monkeycraft Game Co.:

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Last week w camped out at One-Eyed Jacques' in Carytown for two days and played the game a few times. It seemed to go well, and strangers and passers-by seemed a little interested. It was not super effective, but it also wasn't unpleasant. Clark behaved like a dream, as usual.

Tonight, I took the game to the RVA Game Jams people and tried to teach it to them. This was a room full of strangers -- but gamers. Video-gamers, mostly, but I'm pretty sure they all'd played D&D at some point. An at least passing interest in D&D is what I'd imagined would be the main draw of this game. Their names were D, T, B, W, and G.

It did not go smoothly.

We only got about 4 rounds in -- not long enough for the game to really get off the ground. I learned a few things about the game:

  • Some of the basic mechanics are confusing, counter-intuitive, or seem "backward."
    • The action of "wasting" cards in your hand and drawing a new hand at the end of your turn robbed these players of some agency -- it's a mechanic that my friends are used to at this point, and I'd underestimated just how much of the game my boys take for granted.
    • D said, "When I have cards in my hand, I want to play them in a strategic way... but it doesn't matter what I do with my hand." He wasn't wrong. It doesn't mater how you play your cards, but rather what you draw -- it's an important distinction, and it was confusingly counter-intuitive not only to D, but for T and B as well.
    • T said, "Well, why wouldn't I just play my whole hand every time?" and the best answer I could give him was, "Because why would you?" The idea that he would just waste a Dodge card when he wasn't being attacked was really disappointing for him, and I don't blame him. He was also very concerned that he could pay money for a special card out of the Shop Deck, and never get to use it.
  • The game is too damn big.
    • I'm tired of never having enough room for everything. Even the big tables at One-Eyed Jacques' and the auditorium at the Library didn't have quite enough room for the Dungeon, Beast Board, and each player's deck and discard piles.
    • Several people were overwhelmed by the sheer number of cards involved -- and this is nothing new, even for the veteran players. Even with Dan, James, Morgan, and Jack, everyone has to be careful to keep track up which pile is which, so the cards don't get all mixed up. For this pack of entirely new players, the bajillion cards coming in fve different colors did not fill them with confidence. And again, I can't blame them: the cards are in fact a big pain in the ass and actually more than a bit unwieldy.
I have some ideas how to fix this. Tomorrow will be a day spent over at James' house. It shall be a day of design.

Here's the pencil-and-pen version of Le'Franc, as a thank you for those who read this far.



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pixie-on-mushroom Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you for faving !
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Thank you for the :+fav: :)
NartikArts Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
gracias for the fave Woohooooo!