Testing Daniel “All-In” (with Meek Lost Souls)

The leadership team has tossed around the idea of making a meek Daniel Lost Soul for a few years now, but always with the impression that it would make the Daniel deck too strong because of The Foretelling Angel (TFA). With the push to promote meek cards in LoC we decided this was the perfect time to test that theory.

Top Cut Savvy – “Staples”

Top Cut Savvy is a weekly podcast hosted and produced by John Earley and Josiah Beers. In today’s feature John and Josiah discuss staple dominants. They also talk about some crazy combos, and throw out a deck building challenge to the community.

The Rise of Ruth in T1

Ruth offenses have been a thing ever since the I/J starter deck was released. But they’ve never had the tools to compete at a high level, until now! Today we’ll will take a look at what makes a Ruth offense work in a Type 1 format that includes LoC.

The Future of Royalty in Type 1

In recent years “Throne” offenses have dominated the Type 1 scene. With the ban of the lynchpin Hero Samuel those decks took a rather large hit. But LoC gave royalty a lot of new tools! What will royalty offenses look like in 2020? Will they still be top tier?

Equipping Young Kids (Part 2)

In Equipping Young Kids (Part 1), I discussed a couple of ways to get kids involved in learning Redemption before they are able to read as well as a unique way to use half of a starter deck to get early readers started.  I also discussed using the other half of the same starter deck to play against them to help with card familiarity.  Whatever method you use, I cannot stress enough how important it is for the kids to get very familiar with their cards, and the game rules before making any changes to their decks.  I have seen too many kids wanting to make changes to their decks immediately, only to add enhancements that they don’t have any characters to play them on.  I firmly believe this will be less likely if you spend more time helping them to learn the basics in a way similar to the recommendations in Part 1.

Redemption News – February 2020

When can we get our hands on Lineage of Christ cards? Do we get new State and Regional promos this year? Are two Redemption “pros” about to drop some serious knowledge on the community? Are there still any LoC cards that haven’t been revealed? Learn about all of this and more in today’s news update!

The “Meek” Experience – LoC Constructed

An offense that focuses on using all meek Heroes might be the strongest offense in LoC. It certainly provides the most depth and variety of any LoC offense since you can build a meek offense around any of the 4 main brigades or blend Heroes from all the eras to use the “best of the best”.

King Me – LoC Constructed

The very first LoC play test deck I built was kings of Judah. I was really excited by the prospect of meek Lost Souls actually being viable. This started as a type 1 deck but since most of the content was LoC it easily converted to a LoC constructed deck.

The Musical Chariot – Part 1: Deck Build

As a full-time student, I don’t often have the time or funds to keep up with the latest sets, so I play and build decks with a limited and aging collection. A few weeks ago I was building a new deck in my spare time when I realized I had used all my decent cards in my first few decks and all I had remaining in my collection were cards that made the I & J starter decks look like national tournament winners. I paused my deck construction and hopped on my computer to view card images of the last few sets to try to catch up and familiarize myself with them, when I stumbled across the Prophecies of Christ dominant “Chariot of Fire”. Immediately my eyes lit up at the foreign sight of a good dominant that wasn’t SoG, AoTL or GoyS, and I started thinking about the fun I could have with this card. 

Harvest Time! – LoC Constructed

The third Lineage of Christ constructed deck I’m sharing with you was easily one of my favorites. Ever since the I/J starter deck I’ve enjoyed the small Ruth theme. For years now I looked forward to this set and our opportunity to expand the depth of the good Ruth cards.

Hawkeyes – LoC Constructed

For this second installment of Lineage of Christ constructed we’re going to take a look at the all new postexilic theme paired with a defense that packs a lot of raw power – Philistines.

One of the strengths of postexilic Heroes is the “toolbox” of negates they have verses all evil brigades except orange. No matter what color of defense you’re facing you can find a postexilic Hero that will negate humans of that brigade – Zadok, Eliakim, Shealtiel, Jacob, Matthan and Azor.

Battle of Brothers – LoC Constructed

Lineage of Christ constructed was a fun format to test. It was an accessible way to test interactions within the set itself since we wanted things to function well for booster draft. Obviously drafting isn’t nearly as easy to do but we did several tests drafts as well.

The Genesis Heroes have the most depth of any of the good themes in LoC. It’s possible to build 3 entirely different offenses with Genesis Heroes without using any duplicates!

Do You Feel Like an Outsider?

Let me start today’s article with a couple of questions that might seem like they are completely different.  Do you ever feel like you are an outsider and unloved because of that? Someone who doesn’t belong to something?  Or even worse: you feel like someone who doesn’t belong anywhere? That feeling could be because of where you were born or how you were raised or that could be because of how you feel about yourself and the things you have done.  The second question seems VERY different, but I need to ask it. Do you feel that you don’t understand God from one Testament to another, or that He changes a bit? People I’ve talked to say that the God of the Old Testament is one of wrath, fury and vengeance, while the one in the New Testament, portrayed through Jesus, is one of grace, love and compassion.

When Good Cards Turn Bad

King David set the bar really high for what a God fearing king should be like. He was commended as being “a man after God’s own heart” and given the promise that he would have a descendant on the throne forever! Unfortunately most of his descendants did not follow in his footsteps.

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed

We have so much to be thankful for this year! None of us have to look very far to find dozens of reasons to praise God for all the blessings around us. He gives generously to the saint and sinner alike. At the Land of Redemption, we’re thankful for all of the excitement Redemption fans have generated for the soon-to-be largest Redemption set ever released – Lineage of Christ!

Pruning to Promote Growth

Gardeners prune their plants to produce a better crop. Arborists prune trees to promote healthy growth. If you’re part of God’s family, He prunes you to make you more like his Son. Pruning can be uncomfortable, sometimes quite painful, but pruning is part of promoting good health. Redemption is not exempt.

What’s in a Name?

I am super excited to bring you my first article written about new cards and a new set!  I had the privilege of being allowed to help shape part of the upcoming set, which I will talk about in a few moments.  Luckily for me it was actually about something that I had been taught about and even studied on my own some. One thing that was taught to me long before I became a youth minister and started truly studying on my own was “If there is something written down in the Bible, it has meaning.  Sometimes you have to go digging to find it, but there is ALWAYS a reason it is there.”

Introducing The Lineage of Christ

Abraham was the father of Isaac, who was the father of Jacob, who…

Wait, I lost you already, didn’t I? Most people don’t consider genealogies the most interesting part of the Bible. In fact, I bet a lot of you skip through those lists of names when you’re reading. They may not be exciting to read but God put them there for a reason!

Hopefully you’re familiar with “Mathew’s Begats”. Maybe from a Christmas tradition during the time of year we focus on the birth of Christ, or from a Bible study or a Sunday School lesson. My favorite encounter with that passage of scripture is a fun song by Andrew Peterson. Now that you too have a fun way to think of that genealogy I’ll share a secret with you – our new set this year is based off of the Lineage of Christ!

Hidden Throne

Justin shares a report of his and his brother Jayden’s 2019 National Tournament TEAMS-winning experience – including their full decklists!

Nationals 2019 Incentives

In 2016 Cactus Game Design began offering some new incentives for people attending the National tournament. The tradition continues this year with some exciting new twists to help us celebrate a milestone 25th Redemption National Tournament!

Stars!

John returns to discuss the near-complete Prophecies of Christ (phase 2) set, as well as to share another set previews!

Scapegoat

Today, 2018 T2-2P champ Tyler Stevens shares his story of winning Nationals and making his player-created card!

Fantastic Females!

Did you know that only two Books in the Bible are named for females? We’ll be spending some time in Ruth next year, but this year we get to explore the Book of Esther.

Equipping Young Kids (Part 1)

This two-part article by Kye M. comes from the perspective of a dad teaching his young (7yrs & younger) kids how to play Redemption. However, some of the tips can certainly be used in general playgroup settings as well.

The Story Game

Zac. C is back with a fun game based on Redemption! Feel free to post your score in the comments and add any other slick Redemption puns you can think of.

Chris’ Play Group Tips, Part 2

Chris F. is back for more play group tips! This time, he shares about his 4 Tier system for giving away cards to new players, as well as “level” and “introduction” decks to progressively train them up!

The New Rulebook

Ever had that situation come up in a game where you say to yourself, “Man, I wish there was against the rules!”? Well, The New Rulebook is here to help! Former T1-2P champ Zac Cornell shares this clever and funny hypothetical addendum to the current Redemption rules – which is your favorite?

The Tabernacle Promo offer extended and expanded with Whirlwind/Everlasting Ground Promo!!!

We are extending the opportunity to submit 2 pieces of content (article or podcast) to receive a copy of The Tabernacle (Nationals 2017 Promo), and we are expanding the offer! As supplies last, if you submit an additional 2 pieces of content after the initial 2 to get The Tabernacle, we will also send you a copy of Whirlwind/Everlasting Ground (Nationals 2018 Promo)! Don’t miss the chance to get a free copy of these two exciting and valuable cards!!!

Building Your Core

After teaching new players at Alive this year, I have had many ask me what cards every collection should have. This is a tricky answer for many reasons: I am a very competitive person and tend to only care about things that win. Essentially, I can only have fun if my opponent is miserable! MUAHAHA!

My First Team Event

My Redemption hiatus started with college and ended when this adult wanted to be “like a kid again!” I had so many fond memories of Redemption: going to Alive with Doug, playing Chris Bany at Nationals, but most importantly doing all of this with my cousin: Aaron Williams. He tricked me into playing this game at his birthday party! He spent countless hours helping me refine and test play decks. On our drive to Minnesota, he was helping build my ten decks (yes that’s right, I ruined deck registration for everyone – sorry), so I could rip Haman’s Plot every round if need be. He has truly been an “Aaron” to me.

My Redemption Story, Part 1

Redemption is a very important game for me. Not just because it’s fun, helps me learn about the Bible, and leads to great fellowship, but because of how it has shaped my life. Redemption has been a focal point of two of the biggest changes I have ever gone through, and I feel like now is the time to share with the community how much this game means to me and how it can be used to reach those who need God’s love.

Majestic Tokens!

The REG 5.1.0 came out yesterday with all the updates related to the Fall of Man. Unless you’re among the few dedicated fans who have read it from cover to cover, you probably didn’t notice an interesting new entry in the glossary – Token. What is a token you ask? And what cards utilize tokens? That’s what I’m going to tell you about today!

Player Created Card Program (Updated)

Three seasons ago, in an attempt to create a larger incentive for winning nationals we instituted a program called the ‘Winner Created Card’ the basic idea was that the winners of select categories would earn the right to design a card to be included in the new set. The only rules were that the card had to be an existing, non-dominant card type and that it would go through the normal playtesting process.

Get Hyped! Nationals 2018 Promos!!!

For the past couple years Cactus Game Design has really improved the prize support for Nationals. This year in Texas, Nationals 2018 we get an all-new set of promos to be given out! Of course, there are the participant promos, but also all new winner promos!

2018 Redemption CCG National Tournament Announcement

Come one, come all to the greatest gathering of Redemption champions the world has ever known! From sea to shining sea; from the great north to the deep south; you are summoned to make your way to the 2018 Redemption National Tournament in Houston (Tomball), Texas; August 2nd through 4th, 2018. Many speculations have been made about this year’s gathering but we declare with a mighty shout and great faith that the Texas National Tournament will stand in the annals of time as the largest Redemption tournament ever hosted!

Another Mighty Man

I can’t believe that it’s finally time for a new set to be released again! We’re seeing the return of so many fun themes from years prior. In the past metas of splash decks, clay, revelation angels, and coney, it’s refreshing to see themes like genesis and judges getting so much awesome support! I’m especially happy to see OT red getting some incredibly strong cards this year, as well as some reprints for Mighty Men who didn’t get any love in past sets. But you know, while David may be their commander, he can’t do everything for his troops. They need someone to lead them into battle to crush the enemy, not just get them ready for battle. Red needs a real punch hero, not just a bunch of guys who can set up combos. That was part of my thinking behind my winner’s card, The Mighty Warrior.

The Fall of Man Is complete…

Due to the nature of previewing cards before the playtesting process is complete, there are bound to be many changes from the time the new cards are originally previewed to the time they are finalized. The purpose of this post is to show the images in their final form compared to their most recent previewed versions found Here (4/18/2018). All final FoM images can also be found in their Land of Redemption Imgur album here.

The Final Four

The Fall of Man has been the most difficult Redemption set I have ever worked on. I started helping the playtest team back in 2005 as “junior member” when the Priests expansion was being created, and never before has a set been so challenging for me personally. It has been very challenging for our team as well and many times our discussions had very different viewpoints represented. While sometimes this was due to different ideas on the direction certain cards should take or the potential power levels of certain abilities, I believe the subject matter was at the root cause…our sin nature.

YOU are (also) The Special.

For those of you who have been paying attention to the spoilers over the past couple weeks, you would have realized that it is time once again to reveal those special cards that were designed by the players, for the players. The following cards were created by the respective champions of Booster Draft, T2-2P, T1-2P, and Sealed Deck at Nationals 2017.

First One’s Free?

Each year when we design a set, most of the cards are designed primarily with two-player games in mind. However, multi-player categories (especially booster draft) are still very much enjoyed by many players, and to that end, we always like to design a couple cards that really shine in a multi-player format. Last year, Revelation of John gave us one of the best ever multi-player Heroes in Every Tribe and this year Fall of Man might be giving us one of the best ever multi-player enhancements: Unified Language.

Negativity Throughout the Fall of Man Release

Now, you may have thought when you saw the title of this article that I was going to rant on about how much people argue and complain about new cards when they are previewed. I am not. As a matter of fact, something that I really appreciate about the Redemption CCG is that the playtesters, card designers, and even the owner of the company listens and responds to feedback. Instead, I am going to spend the next few sentences introducing potentially the most negative block of cards in the entire Fall of Man set… via a short devotional thought for today.

Fishy Faith

Today we are going to look at some cards that emphasize the “Fall” in “Fall of Man”. The Old Testament shows us that the Israelites were not always faithful followers of God. There were different reasons at different times for this, but one common reason was the Israelites worshipping idols instead of God.

The Resurgence of Red

For years, Red brigade has been a punching bag of sorts for the Redemption community. Long believed to be the weakest good brigade by many high-level players, its biggest claims to fame recently have been being paired with Purple for the Throne offense, as well as being the backbone of the Children of Light offense.

Egyptian Goodies

Today I have the pleasure of sharing some Egyptian goodies with you. We’ve already seen some of the new support they’re getting between Slaves grabbing a few different critical fortresses, to Pharaoh’s Daughter keeping everyone from being prevented. We’ve got a few more awesome cards to bump the theme back into the realm of playability.

We’re all Slaves

Romans 6:6 says this:

knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;

We are all slaves to sin before our savior redeems us. As we set out to develop The Fall of Man, a set that points us towards the need for a savior, we came up with the concept of expanding upon a classic staple

Playing in the Present, Looking to the Future

Over the past couple of years, few Redemption topics have garnered as much attention or led to as much discussion as set rotation and “cost of entry” (i.e the cost for new players to become reasonably competitive). Like most topics, these have a wide range of opinions represented and many reasonable ideas on how (or how not) to implement them have been presented. One thing that I believe most everyone in the Redemption community agrees on is that they want what is best for the game.

Coming soon to a City near you

In our first preview article for Fall of Man Gabe shared with us a basis in Genesis 3, Adam, Eve, and The Serpent. But that’s only the beginning of the story. After being expelled from the Garden and bearing children man began to expand. No longer having the protection of the garden, man needed a place to live.

Year of the Giant

Before learning to play Redemption many years ago, I wasn’t aware there were any giants in the Bible apart from Goliath. That’s one of the things I love about this game! The obscure characters and events that are sometimes represented really spark a curiosity to dig into God’s Word. I quickly learned about Lahmi, Isbhbibenob, and Saph. Later, the Twelve-Finger Giant came along. Those 5 are hardly the only giants mentioned in scripture though.

With five giants currently in the game and the upcoming Rapha promo, that gives us six giants all of whom are Philistine. But the Philistines weren’t the only nation noted to have giants. As we were fleshing out ideas during the set design, we quickly realized that this is going to be “The Year of the Giant”.

The Fall of Man

Over the past few years, Redemption has journeyed through a block of sets that took us from the introduction of the church in Acts through many of the new testament events and epistles, ending with a culmination in Revelation. Bryon Hake brilliantly set us on that path years ago before his departure from the leadership team. As we neared the end of that journey our elder team began discussing what our future sets might look like…

Unity

With each new set often come new card types, new game mechanics, and/or new identifiers. In this
article, we will introduce a new identifier that you will find on several cards in the new set

Tackling Type 2 Diversity Pt. 5

Welcome back everyone! Hopefully we’ve all made it past the hiatus from Redemption that typically happens after Nats. 2018 has begun and with it many of us are trying to start the New Year with various resolutions or other New Beginnings. With that in mind (if you didn’t guess already) I thought I could discuss an (in)famous archetype for Type 2– A New Beginning Reset.

Welcome to 2018

After a rather long hiatus it’s time for things to start picking up again. There are a lot of exciting things happening in 2018. Some old things are getting better. Some new things are going to happen. Stick around because you won’t want to miss it!

A Generic, Nameless Copy of Jordan Alstad Interviews the Unique Jordan about the ORCID

Hello everyone, generic copy here. Today I am interviewing the Redemption player, elder, and superfan whose stats and identifiers I copied regarding his latest project, the Official Redemption Card Information Database, aka, ORCID. The project began a little over a year ago, and just recently was released for download on Land of Redemption. You can find the files in our resource section.

Please enjoy the interview, and respond with any questions or comments below!