Two Kingdoms…Two Cities…Two Devoted Followers

The Book of Revelation is the last Book of the Bible. It is the fullness, the completion of God’s grand plan of creation and salvation first begun in Genesis. In Revelation, the primary names given to God’s people are “saints” (holy/set-apart ones) and “The Bride” (lovers). Why? Because God created human beings to live in a holy, devoted, eternal love relationship with Himself. This reality is beautifully expressed by God equating the capital city of Heaven, the New Jerusalem, with the Bride herself – for God’s heart and plans for Heaven and His Bride are inseparable.

2017 Redemption National Tournament Info & Registration

Your hosts Jesse Foresto and Gabe Isbell are excited to announce the details for the 2017 Redemption National Tournament! Our goal is to have everything you need in the details below. If you have questions that are unanswered, please post them in the comments below so we can address them. It’s likely that someone else will have the same question.

Take it Outside

“Take your roughhousing outside” Did you ever hear that phrase when you were younger? If you have siblings like I do I’m sure you’re familiar with it. Last year in Redemption we had two pretty big siblings in Throne decks and BoM (Because of Moses) decks. They got a little rough with each other – So Mom (Us Playtesters) is kicking them outside this year.

Flashback – My First Nationals: Day 1

2016 Nationals was my first National tournament. I had wanted to do a write-up on my experiences and results, but I never made the time to do it. Then I took a mental break of sorts from Redemption last fall. Well, tournament season 2017 hasn’t kicked in yet, and spoilers for the new 2017 cards haven’t been released yet, so I figure now is as good a time as any. Even though the community’s knowledge and familiarity with the Cloud of Witnesses expansion is vastly improved since Nationals, I believe that we can find ways to improve (even in small ways) when we review past Redemption games.

Learning From Our Peers – With a Side of Bacon

In this session of Learning From Our Peers we’re going to examine a game zone that’s available to other strategy card games but hasn’t been feasible for Redemption – the sideboard.

“A sideboard or side deck is a set of cards in a collectible card game that are separate from a player’s primary deck. It is used to customize a strategy against an opponent by enabling a player to change the composition of the playing deck.”

Games that use the sideboard tend to play a match, allowing players to modify their deck after the first game. Throughout the years there have been many discussions on the message boards about how we could implement a sideboard into Redemption. It’s a difficult thing to do without playing a match so none of the ideas were ever agreed upon.

Stop the Presses!

The other day we released a preview of the new Paul promo that was primarily based on the Community Created Card project that Gabe helped organize. As Gabe wrote in his preview article, we went through several iterations of testing with Paul and tossed around many different combinations of ideas pulled from the suggestions submitted by the Redemption community before finally landing on the version that Gabe shared.

Regional Promo 2017 – Job

Despite being a strong Hero in his time, Job (Priests) didn’t really catch on until Dust and Ashes was released with the Disciples set. Suddenly we had a Job and angel offense where Job was the star Hero. In those days Dust and Ashes was nearly impossible to target, meaning Job was nearly impossible to stop. With some strong enhancement backup a Job offense could really do a number on the small defenses that were often used in those days.

As the game has progressed defenses have gotten larger and stronger, Dust and Ashes has become vulnerable to Shipwreck (and a number of other cards) and the Job offense has faded into the pages of history…

Throwback Thursday – RoA Preview Articles – Chenaniah

Throwback Thursday is a common theme on sites and blogs where you hearken back to something interesting or random from the past. On Land of Redemption, our current Throwback Thursday trend is re-posts of preview articles from years and sets past.

We now continue with more Rock of Ages articles. Enjoy!

State Promo 2017 – Fearless Traveler

This year’s State promo is going to bring us a card that is quite different than anything we’ve seen before. He brings a number of new twists to the Hero card type that we believe will be a great asset to certain deck types.

One of our focuses for “Move Over Bacon” (MoB) has been to empower the control archetype while still promoting interaction in both sides of the game (offense and defense). Time will tell if we’ve done a good job at that or not.

District Promo 2017 – Paul

If you tuned in to yesterday’s promo preview, then it should be no surprise that we’re printing the other community created card as a promo this year too. An all new version of Paul is coming to clay decks everywhere!

In case you missed the process, we had a two way tie when the community voted to choose the card we would create together. When we held a second round of voting to decide between The Watchman and Paul, the winner was decided by a single vote! Clearly the people wanted both!

T2 Only 2017

“Wild Bill”, aka “Everytribe”, aka Bill Voigt has held the year’s largest local tournament for several years running now. It’s an amazing event where players travel from across the country, even from outside the US (Canada represent!) for the fun and fellowship of what feels like a “mini-Nationals”. It’s probably no surprise to most of you that I’m speaking of the T2 Only tournament.

If you were one of the 30-ish players to attend the T2 Only this past Friday and Saturday I know you had a great time! If you weren’t able to make it, you missed out on a ton of Redemption fun! But never fear, we will fill you in so that you can live vicariously through our experience. It was a great time for players of all ages and all category types (yes, not only T2 players)!

Throwback Thursday – FOOF Preview Articles – Caleb

Throwback Thursday is a common theme on sites and blogs where you hearken back to something interesting or random from the past. On Land of Redemption, our current Throwback Thursday trend is re-posts of preview articles from years and sets past.

This week we continue with the Faith of Our Fathers articles. Enjoy!

Throwback Thursday – FOOF Preview Articles – Royal Parade

Throwback Thursday is a common theme on sites and blogs where you hearken back to something interesting or random from the past. On Land of Redemption, our current Throwback Thursday trend is re-posts of preview articles from years and sets past.

This week we continue with the Faith of Our Fathers articles. Enjoy!

Where You Been At?

First things first – let’s give a huge round of applause to Scott for keeping things going here on Land of Redemption the past few months! I’m extremely appreciative of his hard work during my extended absence!

Absence? I realize most of you didn’t even know I was gone. Actually I haven’t really gone anywhere but my time investment into this wonderful game of Redemption has been focused on other efforts. So what exactly have I been up to?

Throwback Thursday – Priests Preview Articles – High Priest’s Plot

Throwback Thursday is a common theme on sites and blogs where you hearken back to something interesting or random from the past. On Land of Redemption, our current Throwback Thursday trend is re-posts of preview articles from years and sets past.

This is the last of the Priests preview articles. Join us again next week for our transition into Faith of Our Fathers!

Throwback Thursday – Priests Preview Articles – Teal

Throwback Thursday is a common theme on sites and blogs where you hearken back to something interesting or random from the past. On Land of Redemption, we’ve started our Throwback Thursday trend with re-posts of preview articles from years past.

Fast forward to 2006 and we have the first of the Priests preview articles. Here Bryon provides insight into the choice behind creating a new brigade, which sheds some light on what the thought process may have been when they created Clay in Early Church as well. Enjoy!

Throwback Thursday – 3rd Edition Preview Article

Throwback Thursday is a common theme on sites and blogs where you hearken back to something interesting or random from the past. On Land of Redemption, we’ve started our Throwback Thursday trend with re-posts of preview articles from years past.

Today we have the preview article for the 3rd Edition Starter Decks (E/F). Enjoy!

Throwback Thursday – Kings Preview Articles – Egyptians

Throwback Thursday is a common theme on sites and blogs where you hearken back to something interesting or random from the past. On Land of Redemption, we’ve started our Throwback Thursday trend with re-posts of preview articles from years past.

Enjoy another nostalgic trip back through time!

CoW Special Borders Explained

For the first time ever Redemption released a special edition set at Nationals for collectors. If you haven’t had a chance to see some of the amazing borders used to enhance the Cloud of Witness cards, I highly recommend that you check out the full set images hosted on our Imgur account!

These new borders are dripping with thematic beauty (literally for some of them)! Today I’d like to take some time to explain some of the hidden features you may not have caught at first glance.

The BoM Deck

Is the “Because of Moses” (BoM) deck really that good or is it all just hype? I’m sure plenty of people have asked this question. I know I was wondering the same thing just a few short months ago. Now that the State, Regional and National tournaments are behind us, I think we have our answer. BoM is for real!

While I’ve dropped the names of some cards and alluded to others, the deck list wasn’t published in my State, Regional or even National reports. The time has come. First I’ll share the list, then give a detailed explanation of card choices below. Without further ado, here it is:

Nationals Report Part 3: The BoM Deck (T1-2P)

Most National tournaments use the same schedule pairing T1-2P and T2-2P together, forcing players to choose between two pretty amazing categories. That makes the choice of what to play on Friday tough for me pretty much every year.

It often comes down to which deck (my T1 or T2) that I feel like I’ll enjoy most. Sometimes it comes down to which category needs another player to keep the count even. But this year the choice was pretty easy for me. I knew I wanted to play BoM!

If At First You Don’t Succeed (Two Out o’ Three Is Not Disagreeable)

A long time ago at a Nationals far, far away…

No, this isn’t the beginning of a certain sweeping space saga set some millennia past. This preamble hearkens back to Nats 2015 in TN. It was a tournament I hadn’t planned on attending at the start, but Nats booster is always appealing so I was drawn to it as the date got closer. The combination of drafting with new cards among such a large pool of players from everywhere makes for quite an enticing draw. So, after a win in MN Nats ‘14 the year before, I thought I’d brave the waters and make the journey south, to play once more.

Nationals Report Part 2: Hurpocrisy (T2-MP)

I don’t normally play T2-MP at Nationals. Partially because it’s usually paired with booster draft, a format I really enjoy, and partially because of the nature of multi-player events. It’s a grueling format with long games and (usually) multiple tempo swings. You really have to prepare yourself mentally to go into that kind of event. But having a perfect 90 RNRS points after Regionals I had to give it a try.

The Dark Horse

Having played a lot of both T1 and T2 this past season, I was really torn on which one I wanted to play at Nationals. In the end I decided to only play T1 if there were an odd number of T1 players and an even number of T2 players (not counting me for either). As it turned out, we had an even number of T1 and an odd number of T2 so I jumped into T2 to make things all even.

Nationals Report Part 1: Family Vacation

Nationals 2016 was more than just another Redemption tournament for me. It turned into a week-long adventure full of fun, fellowship, new friendships, trials and blessing. There’s no way to share it all with you so I’m just going to touch on the highlights.

More Than Just a Game

Another year of Nationals has come and gone and what a wonderful turn out it was! It’s been a long time since I have joined Gabe on a trip to the National Tournament, let alone play Redemption; with each baby, they slowly ate away at my action plan brain cells and just never gave them back. Good thing they’re so cute, eh? But that doesn’t mean I don’t support it 100% and encourage my husband and kids as they get their gaming geekiness on. I love it. The strategy, math, reading and knowledge of the Bible characters, locations, commands and promises are saturating their minds as they participate in fellowship and fun. What an incredible combination!

2016 Nationals Results

Greetings and salutations! Gabe and I apologize for not updating everyone via the blog here as Nats progressed. The church’s guest internet connection wasn’t very stable and the private connection was reserved for the live streaming of games that was done. I was able to provide some results via Twitter and we have now compiled the full standings.

What to Expect (When You’re Expecting)

There are a number of people traveling to Ohio for the Redemption National Tournament this week. In fact, by the time you’re reading this I’ll probably be on the road with my family. For all you procrastinators out there who haven’t nailed down your deck list yet, I’m going to give some last minute thoughts on what I expect to see in the Type 1 events.

I’ve seen and heard from a lot of players that they’re just getting back into the game after a hiatus. If you’ve been keeping tabs on things here at Land of Redemption then you probably have an idea of what’s good right now. Let’s recap what’s strongest in Type 1.

North Central Regionals Report: Part 1

Pat Wester did an outstanding job of hosting this year’s North Central Regional tournament. The facilities are amazing. If you attended the 2014 National Tournament you know what I’m talking about. Pat made sure everyone was accommodated and ran things smoothly despite some computer issues.

The fellowship of old friends and new ones was great. When we weren’t busy playing Redemption some people kept battling one another for rights to the Poké-gym at the church or helped one another find the rare Pokémon that kept popping up around the facilities. Even the legendary Chris Bany stopped by to say hi and take over the Poké-gym for a moment.

Learning From Our Peers – The Bad Beat

It was round 4 of T2 2P at the 2015 National Tournament. Having lost a time-out game to my brother Jordan in round 2, I assumed I probably needed to win the rest of my games to have any shot at taking first. I was matched up against Clift C. who has been (and continues to be) one of the top T2 players in the game. I had jumped out to a 3-1 lead, but LS drought was stopping me from continuing to press the attack. Having looked at Clift’s hand, I knew that he had a bunch of evil enhancements, and his only two evil characters (Assyrian Siege Army and Assyrian Survivor) were both sitting in his territory. Knowing that either of them could do a lot of damage later on, I decided I would use my Jephthah even though it would only be for a battle challenge. I exchanged AutO to Jephthah out of deck, and Clift gave my deck a couple shuffles. He was about to shuffle one more time, but then stopped and said “Ooo, that felt good right there.”

Dominate!

The best players win games by gaining every advantage possible over an opponent. One way to do that is by finding not so obvious ways to use your cards. Today we’re going to look at some “pro plays” using the most powerful card type in the game – Dominants.

Learning From Our Peers – Tilt

How many of you have ever played a game of pinball? Not a digital rendition on a mobile device or gaming console, but on a real arcade-style pinball table? For those that have, maybe you remember nudging the table to help move the ball the direction you wanted. But if you nudge too much, the table would lock up with a warning – TILT! You’d lose your ball and sometimes points.

The term tilt has also been adapted into strategy card games as slang for those times when our emotions override sound judgment and cause us to make a poor play or adapt a sub-optimal strategy.

California State Tournament Summary

We had most of the people from our playgroup gather for the California State Redemption tournament that met on June 25th and 26th and I would like to share my experience during the tournament and the impact the new set had.

What Does the Fox Say?

We had a lot of fun giving cohesion to the animal theme during the development of Cloud of Witnesses. Part of what inspired the expansion of Redemption’s animals is Daniel Huisinga’s original submission of Coliseum. Although the animal related ability on Coliseum didn’t last, the animals and related cards were already integrated into the set and we became very fond of them.

Redemption Metagaming: How should I build my deck? – Part 1

Welcome to a new series here at Land of Redemption. Many of you will probably be familiar with my work. My best man, Andrew Wester, and I used to run the Redemption Metagaming youtube channel and blog for about a year until life got in the way of Redemption. If you remember my work, you know I did a lot of abstract pieces about theories behind your decks.

Best. Nationals. Yet!!!

My first Redemption Nationals was in 2007. It was such a great time that I’ve been back every year since! But let me assure you, the things that I have the privilege to share with you today are going to help make Redemption Nationals 2016 the best National Tournament yet!!!

Iowa State Tournament Summary – Part 1

Approximately 20 people gathered for the Iowa State Redemption tournament on June 9th and 10th. I’d like to share a little bit about that experience with you and talk about the “BoM” deck that took 1st and 2nd in T1-2P.

The Players

The crowd consisted of mostly local players with a handful of veterans who traveled to join us. Both Pat (h20tor on the forum) and Mitch (MitchRobStew) made the drive from other parts of Iowa. Joining us from the great state of Minnesota were Jayden (KoalaKing), John (Red Dragon Thorn) and Justin (The Guardian).

Eternal Inheritance: TN State 2016

Welcome to the 2016 competitive Redemption season! The meta is on fire with new combos and a resurgence of cards which may have been in your binder for some time coming to the front of rescuing souls with the newly released set, Cloud of Witnesses!

Never before in the Redemption meta have I witnessed such a diverse collection of competitive decks, all with their own forms of versatility and viability. Cloud of Witnesses has brought us to the very forefront of Redemption action in battle as well as in strategy!