First in the Card-Crafting System came Mystic Vale, a light deck-building game filled with druids and natural magic. Using similar mechanisms will be a heavier, more in-depth game called Edge of Darkness. In between those two, take a look at AEG’s other take on the Card-Crafting System: Custom Heroes.
At its core, Custom Heroes is a basic, ladder-style game. You begin the game with a deck of cards with values ranging from 1 to 10. One player will pick cards to lead with, such as a pair of 2s. Players take subsequent turns playing groups of cards that improve on the most recent play. In this case, that might be a pair of 3s.
Players are also dealt advancement cards, which are clear cards with printed overlays that cover and replace certain parts of the cards. For example, one advancement places a baseball bat in the hand of the character card it enhances while adding a +1 to the character’s value. Characters can have upgrades in their left hands and right hands, auras that change their base values, and buddies that give them special abilities. There are even ascended-character overlays that can effectively turn any card into a trump card that beats any other play.
The twist is that, at the end of each round, all the cards will be shuffled together and dealt back out, meaning a card you upgrade one round will probably end up in someone else’s hands in the next round. That fact, along with negative “upgrades,” such as the cabbage, will create hilarious moments of both regret and excitement.
Item Code: AEG7009
Releases August 2017