I know it's hard to notice, but the title of this article is supposed to be to the tune of the theme song from "Smokey and the Bandit". It sounds funny in my head, but in execution it turned out pretty stupid...ANYWAY.
Today, and for the next few days I want to talk about some Magic variants I have thrown together that were inspired by my new favorite game: Dominion. If you have been reading the last couple of articles I have written, you know that time is a major factor in my gaming life. Simply put, I barely have any. With little time to play and even less time to deck build I have settled on playing Dominion more often than Magic because you build a deck as you play. My goals was to transpose the greatest mechanic in the world from Dominion, into the greatest game in the world; Magic.
My first concotion that will be featured today I call:
It is a little farther removed from Dominion than some of my other ideas, but it seems like a lot of fun. It gives you the oppertunity to build a deck while you play and uses elements of several awesome formats. This weekend I plan on testing the format with my newly built Cube (the list therof I will be posting within the next few days as well.)
With this format I tried as hard as I could to distance Live Rotisserie Draft from Dominion, while keeping the elements of live deckbuilding that makes Dominion so much fun for those with little time to play and less time to build.
One of my favorite parts (no secret) of Magic, is the deckbuilding aspect of the game. Being a parent of 3 (soon 4) I have very little time to do just that, so my Magic "career" has screeched to a hault as of late. My munchkins are much too young to learn to play the game and they want to hang out with me. I spend far more time these days reading "A Pocket for Corduroy" and "Miss Nelson is Missing" than I do playing or building for any sort of game. Recently I was introduced to the game of Dominion by some of my gamer friends and instantly fell in love. The game has you BUILDING A DECK WHILE YOU PLAY! Thats right, my favorite part of Magic has been added as an intigral part of the gameplay itsself of a card game.
Anyone who enjoys limited play will surely enjoy dominion. Its alot like Rotisserie Drafting while you play, and the ability to customize your deck to respond to what it lacks is a fantastically fun dynamic.
I am currently working on desgining a variant for Magic that allows the same kind of freedom and that promotes deckbuilding skills almost as much or more than the playskill of the Magic player. I have 2 different ideas in the works which I plan on posting later this week or early next.
Untill next time, I suggest you give Dominion a shot and...
Use YOUR shoes as counters,
Moderator of WOOBERG.net, the Encyclopedia of Magic Variant formats, Shoe has been playing MTG since mid to late 1994, He acquired the nickname ‘Shoe’ through a stupid joke made during a MTG game about the Chimpokomon episode of South Park. He loves MTG and gaming in general and hopes to work designing games one day. He plays mostly with his 6 year old daughter these days, but multi-player, and weird formats are his preference.