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Mac_Apple
01-08-2017, 03:34 PM
Custom Set
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Deck-Building Game

Protected under Fair Use, as a non-profit, drafting and prototyping, educational experience for an aspiring content creator


Hello!

If you have found yourself on this page, you likely show interest in either deck-building games, or pastel-colored cartoon horses, or both! My girlfriend and I are very knowledgeable about the popular cartoon series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and decided to use our expertise on the show, combined with our knowledge of Cryptozoic's Cerberus Engine, to create a custom deck-building set. This game was made in the spirit of combining all of the best aspects from all of the Cryptozoic deck-builders I have played, while adding in numerous new effects and strategies to create an entirely new feel to the game.

This set includes .PNG and Photoshop files for every card and asset you will need to create a full set of cards, ready for play. This set is not officially published, so cards may receive updates from time to time, which will be listed in a changelog here. I have spent about 9 months creating, tweaking, and play-testing a printed set of cards. However, we don't have the resources of an established company, so my play-testing group rarely exceeded three players. As such, I welcome and encourage all balance suggestions you come up with as you play... and feel free to edit the cards yourself to test your own concepts, too! Treat this thread as a hub for both Balance Suggestions and FAQs.

Here's a breakdown of what you will need to print and play this game:

1) Sufficient ink and card stock paper. Few places will print licensed material, even if it is protected under Fair Use.
2) A paper cutter. You can buy them inexpensively, and personally I think having one around is invaluable.
3) Card sleeves or a laminator. Feel free to resize the oversized characters to fit in a normal card sleeve. I use UltraPro.
4) VP tokens, or print the Gems I've included in "additional files"
5) Friends! Sorry, can't help you with that one. ;)

I completely understand if you have no interest in the source material. My Little Pony is a lucrative, but ultimately very niche market. I would appreciate at least a quick look at some the card effects from anyone who has the time. Cryptozoic representatives have already denied any interest in this game, so I don't have high hopes for this game to see the light of day in any official release. Still, with enough interest and tweaking, maybe this can go somewhere, or at the very least, it can be a good learning experience for me!


Thank you so much,

L. Dalton Duncan





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All images are copyright of Hasbro and are used under Fair Use, as a non-profit, drafting and prototyping, educational experience for an aspiring content creator. Credits to background-less vectors are to be given to their original creators.


http://www.deviantart.com/art/TaW-69-Creeping-Chimera-Capers-440469471
http://givralix.deviantart.com/art/Pony-Sunset-Shimmer-429912436
http://brisineo.deviantart.com/art/The-Great-Powerful-and-now-Evil-Trixie-339972129
http://peachspices.deviantart.com/art/Gilda-Vector-320028468
http://kas92.deviantart.com/art/Flim-and-Flam-298485899
http://givralix.deviantart.com/art/Pony-Sunset-Shimmer-429912436
http://pantera000.deviantart.com/art/Princess-Luna-359988151
http://90sigma.deviantart.com/art/Twilight-Sparkle-Showing-Off-421153766
http://dashiesparkle.deviantart.com/art/Vector-319-Rainbow-Dash-42-575003790
http://almostfictional.deviantart.com/art/Rarity-Vector-328184580
http://jazzthetwilightgaia.deviantart.com/art/Vector-Fluttershy-356836175
http://almostfictional.deviantart.com/art/Applejack-Legs-Crossed-Vector-328178197
http://solar-empire.deviantart.com/art/Happy-Princess-Celestia-3-480820907
http://wolfangelmoon.deviantart.com/art/Princess-of-Courage-Starlight-glimmer-584767342
http://twilightspark2112.deviantart.com/art/Queen-Chrysalis-Vector-375416159
http://some-pony-vectors.deviantart.com/gallery/38225502/Discord
http://mr-blitz.deviantart.com/art/Pinkie-Pie-Is-Pleased-Vector-407795889
http://broneill95.deviantart.com/art/King-Sombra-Vector-337754164
http://ininko.deviantart.com/art/Derpy-Hooves-eating-muffin-308495940
https://proenix.deviantart.com/art/Vector-Collab-Equestria-Map-343999385
http://caliazian.deviantart.com/art/Spike-Wave-from-Group-Shot-482854247
http://dashiesparkle.deviantart.com/art/Vector-459-Dragon-Lord-Torch-604958923

Mac_Apple
03-05-2017, 01:09 PM
Download link updated to most recent version. Tabletop Simulator version in the works by 3volution.

Mac_Apple
03-19-2017, 01:10 PM
Released on Steam Workshop for Tabletop Simulator! Check it out, link in the main post!

Special thanks to 3volution for all his hard work!

Also anybody that plays, feel free to add me. My username on Steam is ddhyuugaman.

andymo24
03-21-2017, 04:32 PM
What's the deal with the Lunar expansion? 1 of each card?

Mac_Apple
03-21-2017, 08:24 PM
What's the deal with the Lunar expansion? 1 of each card?Yes. The Lunar Expansion is similar to a booster pack, and I'll probably release more expansions like it if this game gains traction

Bladecom
03-22-2017, 12:20 PM
Been working with 3vo as well for scripting, great guy.

Got to test out MLP in a three player game, and I thought it was very well done. My party played as Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, and Rarity. Each character felt very different, the new mechanics such as Stashing, and Ongoing # were a welcome addition, and overall it was well balanced. Great design as well, looks professional, not a huge fan of the series, however the gameplay made me easily look past that.

Mac_Apple
03-22-2017, 03:07 PM
Been working with 3vo as well for scripting, great guy.

Got to test out MLP in a three player game, and I thought it was very well done. My party played as Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, and Rarity. Each character felt very different, the new mechanics such as Stashing, and Ongoing # were a welcome addition, and overall it was well balanced. Great design as well, looks professional, not a huge fan of the series, however the gameplay made me easily look past that.
Thank you! I've put a lot of work into it and I'm glad to see people are enjoying it.

Feel free to add me on Steam. :)

andymo24
03-24-2017, 01:41 PM
Played two games so far. It's extremely fun. Is there any way you could re-skin the game very easily? Make it any other theme but leave all mechanics the same? You're going to lose a massive amount of the player base just because it is My Little Pony. Half of my friends are already saying they won't play. idk if I'll be able to get them to or not.

I'll be the first to say they're wrong for that. Anyone who plays these DBGs long enough and this regularly should be way over the theme. We're in it for the gameplay. Nobody builds their deck around any character's canon. None of it makes sense anyway - if Batman defeats the Joker, the Joker doesn't suddenly team up with Batman so they can defeat Captain Cold and collect Nth Metal and Batmobiles together. Pretty sure Batman can't develop heat vision either. And how is Kick a super power?

But still, many people will not be able to get over holding a hand full of pastel colored ponies and reference a character named Sparkle or Rainbow or Pixie Pie (who is way OP btw) for their special ability. There's also the struggle of using Harmony and playing cards named the Elements of Kindness and Generosity while dealing out Fear and trying to crush your opponents into the ground. I was exceedingly upset last night that Fluttershy dealt out over 20 Fears to me and Applejack thanks to both his Ursas and the supervillains restoring the destroyed Fears. Really couldn't see how friendship is magic. Felt no harmony.

Mac_Apple
03-24-2017, 03:16 PM
I can't exactly re-skin easily, and I don't really have a desire to unless I get the chance to be sponsored and make this game a reality.

Im currently working on a set for Star Wars: Rebels, maybe that will be more bearable?

On Pinkie Pie, why is she OP? Do realize her effect is once per turn and without the right cards, can be hard to trigger. Not belittling your comment or trying to sound facetious, just curious for balance reasons. :)

andymo24
03-26-2017, 05:32 PM
For Pinkie, I know I'm speaking with way too little experience with the game. There just seem to be a lot of cards that automatically shuffle your deck. +3 is a big bonus and my impression is that it's too easy to trigger. For reference, I also think Green Lantern, Animal Man, Red Tornado, and all the '+1 Power for each type' Super Heroes in DCDB are way OP. It may still be balanced if everyone has a similarly OP character, but my play group doesn't find it very fun for each player to just blow up the SV and the board every single turn. I guess we like longer, more painful games. We only ever play the original to teach new players.

I would like to reiterate that I am extremely impressed with MLP DBG, both production quality and gameplay, and we had a blast playing. I look forward to playing it many more times. Very good job!

andymo24
04-05-2017, 08:07 AM
Can anyone check face down cards in the lineup at any time?

Wonderbolts(/Shadowbolts): +1 Harmony for each different card cost 1-5 you control, play, or have played this turn (including this card). -- This means each different card in the cost range, and is not limited to 1 for each with cost 1 through 5, right? So it can generate way over 5 Harmony? Otherwise, it would say something like +1 for each different cost 1-5 among cards you ...

andymo24
04-05-2017, 09:17 AM
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How is Rarity even supposed to be usable? If you give away cards you buy from the lineup, you only net 1 VP over the person you give the card to, and those VP can be lost or stolen by attacks, and you use this ability at the cost of buying something useful to improve your own deck. The Element of Generosity doesn't even benefit her ability. Are you supposed to clog up foes' decks with Ongoing#? Ongoing# aren't bad, and it costs you cards that could be helpful to your own deck.

It looks like she's supposed to interact with Dark Magic. If you give Dark Magic to a foe, you net 2 VP over him counting the Fear(Weakness) he gains, but Dark Magic is actually a decent card, giving you an optional +2 Harmony(POWER) when you might need it. If you buy it, you gain a Fear and then have to deal with the Fears it gives you as you choose to use it. If you have the Element of Generosity you can give some of those Fears away and then eventually give away the Dark Magic to get 4 VP and that foe gets a Fear for gaining Dark Magic, but none of that is specific or helpful to Rarity and the whole combo itself is very specific and hard to pull off.

So how is Rarity supposed to compete with a character like Twilight who every turn let's you cancel the Harmony from a Magic(Super Power) type card and draw cards equal to the amount of Harmony canceled plus 1? (ie you play a Magic type card that gives +2 power, cancel the +2 and draw 3 cards) (Buck(Kicks) are Basic(Starter) cards in this game (and cost 2 and have no VP value), not Magic(Super Power), but there are 24 of each card type in the main deck)

If Rarity got 2 VP for each card or double the VP value of the card given, that would help, but idk if it would help enough. She would be really helped if she wasn't limited to the lineup. Then you could give away the Fear from Dark Magic or clog foes' decks with Bucks at only 2 Harmony cost and still get a VP each time.

Mac_Apple
04-05-2017, 11:15 AM
Can anyone check face down cards in the lineup at any time?

Wonderbolts(/Shadowbolts): +1 Harmony for each different card cost 1-5 you control, play, or have played this turn (including this card). -- This means each different card in the cost range, and is not limited to 1 for each with cost 1 through 5, right? So it can generate way over 5 Harmony? Otherwise, it would say something like +1 for each different cost 1-5 among cards you ...Correct. There's only one of each Bolts card in the Main Deck for a reason.

On Rarity, I've played some of my best games with her. Her strategy is a unique one.

To clarify, the player who GAINS Dark Magic gains the Fear, which is listed in the rulebook. So the player you give it to gets the Fear, not you. So you net +3 VP and they net +1 VP. She is also made to work with Tom, who makes her gain +3 VP when bought. She generally benefits when buying any mediocre, cheap card with her leftover Harmony (Smarty Pants, Zecora, Derpy, Angel, The Stare, Bag of Bits, Tom, Dark Magic, Cockatrice, Bat Pony Guard).

Her strategy is to buy great cards for yourself to make a fine-tuned deck, and for the remainder of the game, instead of clogging up your own deck with cards that would make it less efficient, instead toss those cards at players whom they don't synergize well with (tossing cards cost 1-4 at Rainbow Dash, tossing Zecora at anybody with a deck that's already cleaned out, etc). She is allowed to buy crap cards with her leftover Harmony and enjoy an increased VP benefit from those cards, all while slowing her opponents down. She is made to pull ahead late-game.

She is also designed to be played diplomatically, which doesn't translate as well into an online format. For example, if one player is clearly behind everyone else, Rarity can "play Generously" and give that player a card that will really help them. For example, I might give Starlight Glimmer a Spike, if she promises not to Attack me with it. Or I might give a Parasprite to a player who can't destroy enough cards to catch up. Maybe give a Manticore to a player having trouble generating Harmony, or give Derpy to somebody who squeals "OMGWTFBBQ I LOVE DERPY!!!!" when she pops out.

I played her with double VP for a while, and she blew every game out of the water. Her scores were insane. This has been her most balanced iteration so far.

I'll keep my eyes open for more comments about Rarity and Pinkie. You guys should definitely e-mail when when you're going to play, I don't really use Steam, so I won't ever know. :)

andymo24
04-05-2017, 11:37 AM
Thanks for the thoughtful reply. We'll test some more.

What about checking face down cards in the lineup? yes/no?

Mac_Apple
04-05-2017, 03:58 PM
No. Players should mark which card they flipped so they can remember to flip it back face up during their turn.

Mac_Apple
04-08-2017, 11:33 AM
Balance Update:
• Wonderbolts - Nerfed. Now give Harmony for each cost 1-5 on cards you control, not for each card. So they now give a maximum of +5 Harmony.
• Shadowbolts - Boosted. Now give Harmony for every card cost 5 or greater, they do not have to be different.
• Sonic Rainboom - Now cost 8.
• Rainbow Power - Now cost 7.
• Cloudsdale - Now cost 6.

Rulebook also updated.

All updates are included in the .ZIP and should be on Steam sometime soon.

Mtcrabtree
04-11-2017, 10:30 AM
Im currently working on a set for Star Wars: Rebels, maybe that will be more bearable?


How close to finished is this?

My family has been playing DC obsessively for a while and I was planning on making a set of your MLP cards for my daughter, but the one theme she would love more than Superheroes and MLP is Star Wars!

Mac_Apple
04-11-2017, 07:48 PM
How close to finished is this?

My family has been playing DC obsessively for a while and I was planning on making a set of your MLP cards for my daughter, but the one theme she would love more than Superheroes and MLP is Star Wars!The first draft is designed. I could come up with a deck list and then upload what I have.

Mtcrabtree
04-11-2017, 10:49 PM
I would love to see what you have and maybe do some play testing for you.

Mac_Apple
04-11-2017, 11:50 PM
I would love to see what you have and maybe do some play testing for you.Just be aware you're playtesting it even before I have, so expect a lot of kinks and imbalances in the set.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwVwCBYGn3g4QzYwdHNuaUhlUDQ/view?usp=sharing

I'll try to list some of the likely clarifications here, feel free to ask for more.

- Many cards reference "multiple types". These cards are only looking at the primary types - Basic, Enemy, Ally, Tech, Force Power, and Planet. Everything else is a subtype and doesn't matter.
- For Ezra, if you play a Force Power with a second type, you get the bonus effect.
- Kanan will likely have a lot of errata, just use your best judgment and ask me questions. In general, just know you should be the only one to see the random cards you choose.
- Multiple of Ahsoka's types can be fulfilled on single cards.
- Sato's effect only works if you play him, not when you use him to avoid an Attack. Basically, he gives you a Defense for your next turn.
- Mental Domination allows you to take control of a foe's hand until the end of your turn. You play cards from it and control the effects. Be sure to keep your foe's cards separate from yours.
- Lothal can grab a Multitype card from your discard pile with a type you already control, so long as you don't control at least one of the types on the card you grabbed. (Ex: If you control a Lightsaber [Tech] card and four Basic cards, you could grab R2-D2 and C-3P0 because that card has a type you do not control [Ally])
- Paying the Energy into Shield Generator is optional each turn.
- Shock Claw isn't an Attack.

Mac_Apple
04-16-2017, 02:54 PM
Balance Update:
• Canterlot - Nerfed. Can now only shuffle cards cost 5 or less.

New Clarifications:
• Ongoing (#) cards discard themselves immediately when they have no Gems. For an example of when this would matter, the Cake Family could shuffle itself into the deck with its own effect.
• Even if you shuffle only one card into an empty deck, you're still considered to be shuffling.

andymo24
04-16-2017, 10:08 PM
Balance Update:
• Canterlot - Nerfed. Can now only shuffle cards cost 5.

New Clarifications:
• Ongoing (#) cards discard themselves immediately when they have no Gems. For an example of when this would matter, the Cake Family could shuffle itself into the deck with its own effect.
• Even if you shuffle only one card into an empty deck, you're still considered to be shuffling.

Canterlot - only cost 5, not 5 or less, not 5 or more?

For cards with ongoing# that say 'use this effect only once per turn', if you remove that card from play and then play it from your hand, can you use it's effect again?

Mac_Apple
04-17-2017, 01:31 AM
Canterlot - only cost 5, not 5 or less, not 5 or more?Cost 5 or less, my mistake.

And yes, each instance of an Ongoing (#) has its own counter so-to-speak when determining limited effect usage. If you use Timberwolves for +2, discard it, grab it with Trixie, then play it again, you can get +2 again.

Mac_Apple
04-17-2017, 09:41 PM
As recently requested, here is a link to a smaller .ZIP file with only the recently updated cards... plus a super secret special bonus tucked inside, because I love you (also available in the primary bulk .ZIP file, which has had the templates removed in lieu of reducing the file size).

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwVwCBYGn3g4N2JvcElVUnNfVWM/view?usp=sharing

Mac_Apple
04-18-2017, 07:29 AM
Tweaks and reworks have been added to the special surprise in that .ZIP, for anyone who already downloaded it. :rolleyes:

Balance Update:
• Princess Celestia - Boosted. Now also draws a card.

andymo24
04-18-2017, 09:20 AM
Thanks for the update! Both of your expansion are awesome. You've done a great job of keeping the mechanics consistent, useful, and competitive.

andymo24
04-19-2017, 03:45 PM
I noticed the Draconic Expansion has a specific Epic Troublemaker. Did the Lunar? Was it Nightmare Moon? I reorganized the files and can't recall. If not, would you consider making one?

You might consider putting a small set mark for each of your different expansions, like Crypto does.

Mac_Apple
04-19-2017, 10:14 PM
I noticed the Draconic Expansion has a specific Epic Troublemaker. Did the Lunar? Was it Nightmare Moon? I reorganized the files and can't recall. If not, would you consider making one?

You might consider putting a small set mark for each of your different expansions, like Crypto does.Lunar didn't because Nightmare Moon was already in the base game and her only other villainous force was the Tantabus. I can't think of anything else, though I have been thinking of a standalone promo card that would fit well.

t_tibke
04-27-2017, 10:52 AM
Thanks for the update! Both of your expansion are awesome. You've done a great job of keeping the mechanics consistent, useful, and competitive.

I really would like to try this game out. Any advice on setup for the tabletop simulator? And anyone who wants to add me in Steam, I'm t_tibke there too.

Mac_Apple
04-28-2017, 10:11 AM
I really would like to try this game out. Any advice on setup for the tabletop simulator? And anyone who wants to add me in Steam, I'm t_tibke there too.
I'm not sure what you mean by setup. I would get comfortable with the base game, then throw in the expansions.

andymo24
04-28-2017, 01:06 PM
Here's the level I'm on - apparently we have to buy the tabletop simulator on Steam for $20?

t_tibke
04-28-2017, 02:38 PM
Here's the level I'm on - apparently we have to buy the tabletop simulator on Steam for $20?

I will say this. Put it in your shopping cart for a day or so, then you'll get a coupon to buy it for $10. :D

andjosh05
04-30-2017, 08:45 PM
Just be aware you're playtesting it even before I have, so expect a lot of kinks and imbalances in the set.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwVwCBYGn3g4QzYwdHNuaUhlUDQ/view?usp=sharing

I'll try to list some of the likely clarifications here, feel free to ask for more.

- Many cards reference "multiple types". These cards are only looking at the primary types - Basic, Enemy, Ally, Tech, Force Power, and Planet. Everything else is a subtype and doesn't matter.
- For Ezra, if you play a Force Power with a second type, you get the bonus effect.
- Kanan will likely have a lot of errata, just use your best judgment and ask me questions. In general, just know you should be the only one to see the random cards you choose.
- Multiple of Ahsoka's types can be fulfilled on single cards.
- Sato's effect only works if you play him, not when you use him to avoid an Attack. Basically, he gives you a Defense for your next turn.
- Mental Domination allows you to take control of a foe's hand until the end of your turn. You play cards from it and control the effects. Be sure to keep your foe's cards separate from yours.
- Lothal can grab a Multitype card from your discard pile with a type you already control, so long as you don't control at least one of the types on the card you grabbed. (Ex: If you control a Lightsaber [Tech] card and four Basic cards, you could grab R2-D2 and C-3P0 because that card has a type you do not control [Ally])
- Paying the Energy into Shield Generator is optional each turn.
- Shock Claw isn't an Attack.

This has recently inspired me to create my own Star Wars DBG based on the films. I'm using the LOTR DBG as a template, as I feel the card types and basic structure lends better to Star Wars. I am, however, having trouble organizing the Archenemies properly. Would it be better to set up a Tier system or simply have a set order in which to have the Archenemies appear? I'm leaning to a set order, as they appeared in the movies, but that leads to no randomization. I feel that after a few games, it will become stagnant.

Mac_Apple
05-01-2017, 11:20 AM
It does unfortunately. One downfall of Rogues and other Crossovers, in our group's opinion.

andymo24
05-02-2017, 11:51 AM
It does unfortunately. One downfall of Rogues and other Crossovers, in our group's opinion.

Shuffle them! Mix in some from other sets! Go nuts with it! As long as everyone is equally aware (or equally unaware) of what is in the main deck and SV stack, it's a level enough playing field.

It's not cool when your brother-in-law makes his own combination of Justice League and Heroes Unite and doesn't tell you he took out nearly all duplicate equipment and half the Power Rings before you choose to play as Batman.

Mac_Apple
05-04-2017, 04:16 PM
The Tabletop Simulator version has been updated with balanced cards and the new Draconic Expansion!

t_tibke
05-04-2017, 07:38 PM
I've got tabletop simulator set up now and sort of understand how it works. I'm t_tibke on there as well, if anyone wants to friend up and play sometime.

andymo24
05-23-2017, 03:25 PM
I'm up and running on TTS. Friend me, my name is Mosasour.