So, what have I been doing lately? Oh yeah. Nothing. In fact, I’ve been doing so much nothing that I could probably get an award for it, if anyone gave such an award out. Of course, that would be ridiculous. And I’m not even sure why I chose to start this post that way because, truth be told, I have been doing something in recent days. Like I have for most of my life, I’ve been doing Star Wars over the past few days. Let me explain. I recently found an app for my iPhone called “Star Wars Card Trader.” It’s made by the Topps company (you may remember them from childhood as one of the largest producers of baseball cards in the country) and is generally a lot of fun. In the app you collect Star Wars cards and the rare “inserts” that Topps produces to go along with them. After using the app for only two weeks (thereabouts) I have literally hundreds of these “cards” stored on my phone. I cay “cards” because, how real can they be? They’re digital cards, after all.
Naturally, the mere existence of these cards made me think of my other card related hobby, Magic:The Gathering and, more specifically, the Star Wars Magic cards I designed and wrote about here some time ago. These cards would be perfect for that! If only there was a way to export the images of the cards… oh there is!
I started exporting images almost immediately.
It was these images I used to create my card art. I did have to crop each image a bit, to take away the Topps border from each card, but it was worth it. I’d say that these cards look really good, if I say so myself.
I designed almost an entire set this time. I know I did that last time too, but this time feels more like an actual Magic set based on Star Wars. Of course it doesn’t matter, I know, because no one will ever even see them unless I want them to.
Let’s just get to it, shall we? We’ll start, as most Magic stuff does, by talking about the white cards.
You Belong With Us Here Among The Clouds is, to me, the perfect little instant. Doing something tricky like this before a Wrath of God effect is always nice, and pairing this up with something, anything, that has a nice comes into play effect is always a good option too, especially if you can take advantage of the LIFO stacking of abilities. For example, take the creature removal ability of Faceless Butcher. Play your faceless Butcher, targeting one of your opponent’s dudes with his ability. While that ability is still on the stack, target your Faceless Butcher with this little gem. Butcher goes off to never never land and his ability which would return the critter to play goes on the stack. It resolves, but no creature is returned because none was taken. Then the ability which takes the creature away resolves and your opponent’s dude permanently goes bye-bye. At the end of the turn the Butcher comes back again and another critter takes a vacay, should there be one available.
Zev Senesca is a very basic, generic creature with no abilities. You’ll find I shot for a fairly high number of those this time around. As the flavor text suggests, Zev is the snow speeder pilot who finds the lost Han and Luke on Hoth.
Woah! Luke fucking Skywalker!? Why is he so… average? Creating cards for the likes of Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie and other such Star Wars heroes led me to many more questions than I was perhaps ready to answer. Should there even be cards of them? Should they be creatures or Planeswalkers? Should they be legendary? What abilities should they have? With Luke I decided that less is more, so to speak, and I gave him rather simple abilities. Shroud because no one should be able to Lava Axe the greatest Jedi who ever lived, and First Strike because, well, he’s the greatest Jedi who ever lived! I avoided giving him anything else. You don’t want to over power the guy.
Jedi’s Boon is part of a series of boon cards I did, based on the original Magic boons. These were a series of cards which each cost one mana and gave their rewards in threes. Gaiant Growth is the only of these that still gets printed today, as far as I know. The others were Lightning Bolt (three damage for one mana? Too powerful.}, Dark RItual (three mana for one mana is never a good idea), Ancestral Recall (three cards for one mana? Really?) and the white one Healing Salve. Nothing wrong with that one as far as I can see. Jedi’s Boon does the same thing.
Camie Marstrap is certainly a forgettable Star Wars character. You won’t find her in any film unless she exists in deleted scenes from “A New Hope.” I’m honestly not sure. She’s a friend of young Luke’s and proof that there really is at least one more female in the galaxy.
Finally for white, Beru Whitesun. Why is she not a “Lars?” Look at the picture. This is how she appears in Episode Two: Attack of the Clones and at this point, she and Owen were not yet married. Still, her flavor text is Aunt Beru, because as Beru Whitesun she had no lines that I can remember.
Here’s where it starts to get fun. Blue has always been my second-favorite color in Magic and I think the cards here reflect that pretty well. Blue is all about manipulation, flying, and drawing cards and that’s what my blue does. One thing it doesn’t do that perhaps it should is counter spells. I’ve got blue cards that do some annoying and obnoxious things, but I never typed the words “counter target spell.”
Remember Fact or Fiction? This card is essentially that. I hated Fact or Fiction back in the day. Maybe because it was so popular it took me forever to get hold of a playset of them. I think I traded quite heavily to land them too.
So, it’s Time Warp. You’ll find I did that with a number of cards. At least it costs more than 1U to cast. Okay for those unfamiliar with Magic speak… the casting cost of a card (the numbers and mana symbols on the top right) a usually abbriviated thusly. A black spell would be 1B, a green one 1G and so on. Because B technically already means black, blue is designated as U. And 1U is a very cheap cost to take another turn, as anyone who has played or played against Time Walk knows.
Remember You Belong With Us Among the Clouds and Kit Fisto? Satine is a 2/2 flyer with largely the same ability. While her immediate replacement means she can’t dodge a Wrath of God, she could still easily duck multiple lightning bolts.
Now we’re talkin’. What does black do? A lot of stuff. Black partners well with blue, for example, and one of its shared abilities is card drawing, at a cost, It also is good at making your opponent discard cards. Nearly every set has a “target player discards two cards” common, so this one does too.
Oh crap! I just realized I forgot to give Emperor Palpatine a power and toughness! He has a high casting cost, so it should be pretty good. It should be better than that even… let’s make him a 5/5 or a 6/6. And that ability… holy shit!
Oh yeah! The baddest, blackest motherfucker in the galaxy! Pumps up all the Sith while weakening all the Jedi and he can even take advantage of his own buff. A 7/7 creature for 5 mana may be a little too good…
The ugnaught is a generic creature for sure. In fact, at 0 power he is little more than that at all. Oh well. Deal with it.
“It’s a Trap!” No, really, it is and it’s going to hurt someone. Badly… But at least I got to use the fish headed Admiral Akbar.
Han the Man! Okay at 4/4 he may not be very imposing, but he has First Strike (because he did shoot first) and Haste (to make sure of it.) Also his “deals four damage” ability is nothing to sneeze at.
Garindan is a yucky bastard, isn’t he? He has no flavor text because I can’t spell whatever it is he says to tell the Empire that Luke, Obi Wan, and the droids they are looking for are at docking bay 94.
Why is Biggs Darklighter Legendary? I’m not sure. There’s only one of him, just like there’s only one Han Solo and one Luke Skywalker… but there’s also only one Cad Bane. So I don’t know why Biggs gets to be Legendary. Look at it this way, with the Legend rule as it is today, playing yours will also take out your opponent’s.
Aurra Sing is a lesser known character. This photo is from Episode One: The Phantom Menace, where she’s barely noticable watching the podrace. Pre-release blurb for Episode Two: Attack of the Clones it was promised (by Rick McCallum, I believe)that much more of her would be seen of her in that film, but that never came to be.
So, I’m getting shagged. This covers all the white, blue, black, red, and green cards I’ve made. I’ll post another installment to this post in a day or so where we can take a look at the artifacts and multicolored cards, which I think are the finest I’ve done in this set. Catch ya then!