Inspired by (and published with permission from) @HeroKP
's Colonisers contest series. I really liked the idea of an interactive event, so here we are.Plane Description
Lakas is a plane that is physically flat. Its terrain is Earth-like, and its inhabitants tend to stay away from the edges of this bizarre, circular plane of existence. Life slowly fades out, being the most abundant and dense in the center of Lakas. The plane is lifeless and hostile at its edges, reaching temperatures that will strip most life of everything it has.
Beautiful rainforests thrive in its center, which dissolve into forests and mountains, into grass-covered plains, and ultimately into desolate landscapes. Cities dot its landscape, the values and cultures of each so different from one another that interaction would lead to extreme wars, but as the once-definitive edges that marked the deserts of Lakas begin to creep inward, populations follow suit. Divided cultures begin to clash, while others form new alliances and friendships.The Challenge
Design at least three
cards to represent your city, faction, etc. Perhaps you'll be a blue and red city of inventions like the citizens of Kaladesh, a tribe of worshipers of death, wealth, and the afterlife like the Orzhov of Ravnica, or an UBRG clan of chaos-bringers—the choice is yours! Make sure the ideology of the culture aligns with the colours you choose. You can also check the Wiki for the names of the colour combinations and their values (i.e. UBRG is officially named "Chaos").
This first set of cards should include at least:
• An overseer of some kind (whether this be the chancellor of a democracy, a dictator, a tribe leader, whatever fits!)
• An average citizen
• An artifact or enchantment to represent your group (such as a weapon, or a magical artifact/enchantment to indicate your group's ties to magic) and their values
Other ideas if you want to do more could be:
• Sorceries and/or instants that represent key events in your group's history
• Renowned members of your society
Design at least two
cards to represent your group's response to the stirring conflict. Ideas include:
• Shelter or refuge
After submissions have ended, this contest will be interactive
. You will interact with one another
, and with events and situations that get sent your way.Obstacles
You will earn points based on your response and the difficulty of the obstacles. Easy
challenges will award up to 3 points, hard
up to 6, and challenging
up to 10. This is based upon creativity in the response, whether it seems to fit the flavor of your culture, and, if a card is designed, on the design of that card.
You may respond to challenges either through cards (creatures such as soldiers to take out a threat or sorceries and instants such as "Fire the Cannons") or explaining your response through text. Challenging challenges will require card creation. You may give verbal explanation to complement the card.
You may request an obstacle of a particular difficulty once each week.Interactions
As the deserts of Lakas push deeper into its center, more and more conflict comes to be. You will start to bump into other factions, and may choose to resolve through conflict or through diplomacy. Perhaps even, you will choose to go your separate ways.
Points are awarded here through the interaction, not the resolution. Your participation will grant points, and your willingness to accept potential defeats or losses is also factored into that. Creativity in your responses and consistency within your culture's values are also part of this. Up to 7 points can be awarded each interaction.Deadline
Submissions will be taken until the August 3, after which the interaction and obstacles will slowly be introduced, with ever-increasing difficulty.Other Notes
The cards should be fairly realistic. No joke cards. Preferably no cards designed before this, but if you'd like to use old ones, then you are more than welcome to.
Have fun! I hope this goes well!Untap
untap.in is a pretty cool site that lets you play MTG online for free! You can upload custom cards to it. If you'd like to opt into potential
untap.in matches (probably in an off-brand commander format), let me know. Any cards you've used in this challenge, both in original submissions and in facing objectives and other factions, should be used (at least your five "core" cards). I'll be checking them for balancing and for clarity. Just include in your post whether you'd be interested in participating in things like that or not.
You may not use cards I submit to this challenge for untap.in duels unless explicitly stated.
If you opt in, you may also face challenges in the form of untap.in matches against me. These may be deck-to-deck duels, or you trying to use a small pool of your cards to remove of an already-setup threat.