So i don't really know if Ashes is a finished product and if you have any insider information and are not telling us - shame on you.
But i do really like the whole "New Phoenixborn is coming" reveal thing and would be surprised if i was the first person to think "May i can make my own phoenixborn".
I have worked on many cards in the past but i always felt that i don't want to release cards as long as the game is evolving on its own, which might lead to my creations being overpowered or obsolete.
But i feel like right now might be a good time to produce something as we are all waiting on news anyway.
So i thought a good starting point might just be to design the other version of Sembali.
We already have text for the Phoenixborn and the loyal card and an idea what the deck might have been from that.
==== The Dice Types ====
The main problem a new deck would have right now is the question of what magictypes to use. We can just make it ceremonial/divine as then those colors would have too many cards available.
So one of my design rules currently is, that the deck has to be colorless in some sense, but also a little different from the style of Jerichos deck.
Obviously that is quite a limitation, as those cards would be playable in any deck, so there needs some kind of mechanism that limits the cards.
So i thought of 2 ways for new costs :
The first i call "Alpha-Omega" for a lack of a better term, and the second one i call "Devotion" which i believe originates from Magic the gathering.
Alpha Omega works as follows :
There are 2 new dice costs : Alpha and Omega
Alphas are paid with any class symbol and Omegas are paid with any Power Symbol.
This is essentially colorless, but you still care for what your dice show.
- You can use [[Ceremonial]] to pay for 1 Omega
- You can use [[Natural]] to pay for 1 Omega
- You can use [[Natural]] [[Illusion]] to pay for 2 Omega
- You can use [[Natural:class]] and [[Charm]] to pay for 1 Alpha and 1 Omega
It is likely that this type of payment method will have some cards that say 'If you paid with dice of at least 2/3 different magic types [...]'
This promotes existing cards that use more than one dice type, like Seal or Protect.
Devotion is in some sense the other side of the coin.
You "have Devotion" if there is a magic type of which you have at least 7 dice in your Dice pool (active+exhausted dice), no matter what side they face.
You would only be able to play the cards in question or at least use their full effect if you have devotion, which means that your dice pool is heavily focused on one color - since i would only design and playtest one deck there would not be such a thing as "Devotion to Ceremonial" there would just be "Devotion".
This promotes cards that already cost 3 dice of one particular type like Dread Wraith or Shadow Hound.
My Question to you is : Which one would you like to see more ?
I made an online poll for this here : Poll
I will take the result in a week from now. Maybe earlier if voting clearly has stopped and the majority is practically already decided.
I'm open to critique but i already have lots of ideas for those two types, and depending on how much feedback i get there will be more these polls for the mechanics of the deck and singular cards in the deck. At the end of the process (maybe in 6 weeks or so) i hope to have prepared cards for tabletop simulator that can be used in playtesting.