Universal Card Game News July 2015!

The Sinful Truth

Howdy there everyone, looks like another month has gone by and the new version is not yet done. So, let's talk about two very important series of cards in the Universal Card Game instead. The cards I want to talk about are the ‘Sin’ Permanent Effects and what I like call the ‘Darkness’ Status Effects. The Sins are seven cards that each cost one Terra and cover a wide spectrum of abilities that players are accustom to having split among several weaker cards. I don’t think many people care for weak cards in card games that are obviously made to be filler and have such basic effects that they just don't feel worth including in a competitive deck. That is one of the overarching goals in Universal Card Game, to make each card in the game useful. By designing these low cost cards that make two or more staple effects available to the player, we’ve made these cards more viable in a game that is designed to be competitive.


Commit Sin Permanent Effects


Given how prevalent these cards are in the game I wanted to talk about their artwork. These were some of the cards that had place holder artwork. Now granted most of the art on these cards were pretty cool and they had that grungy look, which was very fitting of a card that represents one of the seven deadly sins. But hey, why not try to give the sins some personality? Let's have some of the main characters that actually commit the sin(or in some cases don’t), to represent the sin. There are many major and minor characters represented in the Universal Card Game that have yet to be explored, so we’ve hinted at some of their personalities in the Sin cards. These are just one example of a series of cards that have enjoyed the benefits of having a common artist. The tarot card status effects and the actual Inquisitor cards were some of the few that have the same artist. Now add to that the Sin Permanent Effects, the Totem Wings, and the Darkness Status effects that have a common artist with a common theme to the artwork.

Darkness Status Effects


The Darkness Status Effects are some of the most important cards in the game as they are universal sideboard cards. To start it would be best to explain sideboarding. Sideboarding in card games, is the act of swapping out cards from a pool of extra cards to assist with different match ups. It is accepted wisdom that there should be no deck in a balanced game that will win every match up. In the Universal Card Game you get a 20 card sideboard that has to share space with your token cards. The Darkness Status Effects have a very special role in the game; they can be used to sideboard against certain Designators while being useful in aggressive strategies, such as a Gangster based Status Effect deck.


What makes these cards so power is that they can be quite devastating against decks lacking Effect removal elements. The Darkness Status Effects protect the effected character from being targeted by effects or abilities from the Designators listed on each Darkness Status Effect. Each of these three Effect cards list three of the nine Designators in the game. When you create your sideboard it is always a good idea to consider the Darkness Status Effects as they can help level the playing field against decks that your deck struggles against, and are almost always worth including if your deck has limited options when dealing with specific Characters or even entire Designators.


In addition to filling an important role in the game, there was a desire to showcase lore elements in these cards. I wanted to hint that Inquisitors are being controlled by cursed weapons given to them by the Architect of the Flesh. While we’re talking about the Inquisitors, why not cover the basics about each. To start, the name of the Warlord of the Inquisition is Ross Undersong. An unorthodox leader, he tends to lay waste to allies and enemies alike, which his card captures nicely. The name of the Arcanist of the Inquisition is Cass Helvana, she is a mysterious woman and quite possibly the best card out of the three Inquisitors. Lastly, there is Khane Avanarous which is a character that was created from a role playing session and the first of the three Inquisitors to be created in the Universal Card Game.