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?

Prophecies of Christ – Packaging Details!

The newest release for Redemption, Prophecies of Christ, is set to release in early December! We’ve got LOTS of great details about the set to share with you today!

Phase 1 & 2

Prophecies of Christ is being released in two phases. The first phase, coming out in December 2018, consists of 129 cards. Phase 2 consists of 93 additional cards and is scheduled to release in May 2019. The entire 222 card set will be combined into one package sometime before Nationals 2019.

Similar to other 129 card sets, phase 1 will contain 90 common, 36 rare and 3 ultra rare cards. Phase 2 will offer an additional 72 common, 18 rare and 3 ultra rare cards. We will also get 18 new Legacy Rare cards this year. It’s not entirely clear yet if the Legacy Rares will be packaged with phase 2 or if they will be saved until both sets are combined.

Distribution

Both phases will be packaged in card boxes that contain 15 cards. They will consist of 5 new Prophecies of Christ cards (4 common and 1 rare/ultra rare). The additional 10 cards will be comprised of 4 Faith of Our Fathers, 4 Rock of Ages and 2 Women of the Bible cards.

Additionally, instead of 1 ultra rare card per box, each box will contain 2 ultra rare cards! When both phases are combined those 2 ultra rares will be from Prophecies of Christ. But during phase 1 and phase 2, one of the ultra rare cards in each box will be from Prophecies of Christ and the other ultra rare will be a special treat that we’d all love to get our hands on – a borderless Shipwreck, The Second Coming or Three Woes!!! We’ve seen borderless The Second Coming and Three Woes before in the alternate border sets, but borderless Shipwreck is an exciting new addition to the borderless card pool!

Ultra Rares

After printing back to back sets (Cloud of Witnesses and Revelation of John) with “chase” ultra rare cards we decided to take a break in Fall of Man from creating high demand ultra rare cards, and attempted to keep them all closer to an even level of playability and power. We had planned to follow that same trend across the entire block of “Christ Centric” sets we have planned for the next few years. But after reviewing sales of the past 5 sets, we’ve found that sets which contain a “high demand” or “chase” ultra rare (Early Church, Cloud of Witnesses and Revelation of John) outsell sets that do not contain one (Persecuted Church and Fall of Man) by a margin of 2:1 or more!

While we know that there are players that would prefer fewer “chase” cards, sales are necessary for the game to be successful. The majority have voted with their purchases in favor of having “chase” ultra rare cards. Therefore, we’ve changed direction and will attempt to have a “high demand” ultra rare in phase 1 and phase 2 of Prophesies of Christ. This change in direction is part of the reason for the increase to two ultra rare cards per box.

Final Card Images

Due to our transition between editors, the previews for phase 1 have all be posted on the Cactus Game Design forums instead of Land of Redemption. We will continue to reveal some of the changes that have taken place to previewed cards there. But expect the all the final images to be posted here on Land of Redemption later in November.

Preorder your Prophesies of Christ sets and boxes at Three Lions Gaming!

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), as well as 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!

Tackling Type 2 Diversity Pt. 4

With Nationals over and the new tournament season not yet into full swing now is a great time to reflect on the past season and explore new ideas for the next one. This past season I used a bit of a dark horse theme nearly all season which ended up taking me to a RNRS 2nd in T2-MP. For Nationals itself it was a bit of a mixed bag, but ultimately the potential behind the deck is clear to see. So, without further ado let’s look at my current favorite theme/color in Redemption in TEAL.

Creating a Card: The World I Know

If you’ve read my article about The Ends of the Earth here on Land o’ Redemption, you’ll recall my mentioning that Ends wasn’t my first submission for my winner card. This article will serve as an outline of the steps I took in designing the first card I submitted last year and the reasoning behind it. Without further ado, let’s jump in!

T1-2P 1st Place Nationals 2017

First and foremost I want to thank Gabe and Jesse for hosting an amazing tournament, everyone who was able to make it this year, and our Lord Jesus Christ for blessing us with the life of His salvation by His grace and mercy to allow us to fellowship in His kingdom where there is Redemption as we are redeemed and saved!!

AB RoJ Unboxing

Whether you didn’t get to open any AB RoJ of your own or just want to relive the fun, we’ve got an unboxing video to share with you. Don’t miss the big reveal at the end!

Tackling Type 2 Diversity Pt. 3

**Editors note: This article was submitted prior to Nationals but did not get published before the fun and festivities of Nationals began.

With the tournament season starting to come to close and Nationals upcoming here in a few weeks I thought I would go over an archetype that I used for most of the competitive season last year, including the offense that I used at Nationals last year: O.T. red. So, let’s get straight into it.

Final Previews of Special RoJ

Sorry, folks, I’m running a little behind on getting the previews up for you this week. Last minute details and questions for Nationals have to take precedence. Nationals is less than a week away!!! Can you feel the excitement in the air? I sure can!

Cutting Room Floor – RoJ: part 2

Last week in part 1 I focused mainly on cards that didn’t see print for one reason or another. But it’s not just cards that get cut. Sometimes the card still sees print but certain aspects of the card don’t make the final version. We strive to have the coolest looking art we can on the cards but that isn’t always easy. With a limited art budget to work with we need to be creative to keep things looking great. As a result one of the most common aspects of a card to hit the cutting room floor is the illustration.

Cutting Room Floor – RoJ: part 1

Lately there’s been a lot of focus on big tournaments, top decks and awesome new combos from Revelation of John. All the excitement is with good cause, but today I’d like to take a step back to something a little more relaxed. Over the course of play testing cards change, then change again… and again. I’m going to share with you some things that might have been if changes hadn’t taken place.

Tackling Type 2 Diversity Pt. 2

Last Article Justin and I discussed Creation of the World Genesis. This idea has been around for a while so for this week I thought we could discuss a new deck theme from Revelations of John—Martyrs.

2017 National Promo and More Alt RoJ Previews

I’m excited to reveal the new National promo for 2017 today! For many of you this is the first time you’re hearing that The Tabernacle is getting a sweet new reprint. But a few savvy readers found an easter egg we hid here on Land of Redemption a little while back revealing the card title.

2017 Winner Card Creation and RoJ Nats Sneak Peak

Are you looking for a chance to be immortalized in Redemption history by creating a card in the 2018 set? We’ve made an important change this year! Are you excited to see more of the fancy looking new version of Revelation of John cards being released at Nationals? We’ve got three previews for you today!

The Road to Nationals!

Are you ready for the tournament season? Seen anything you like in Revelation of John?

The meta is certainly sizzling with options and variety as Revelation of John has delivered many great offensive and defensive compliments with all seven of The Bowls of Wrath cards and versatile Seals.

Tackling Type 2 Diversity

There’s a saying in Redemption that Type 2 is not for the faint of heart (particularly Type 2 multi). While playing a game of Type 2 can prove to be daunting for some, Type 2 offers players a chance to be creative with ideas and playstyles beyond that of Type 1. I believe that opportunity is the biggest plus of playing Type 2 and it will be the focus of this series—the diversity of Type 2.

Just about any idea, theme, or playstyle can be incorporated into an effective Type 2 deck (with perhaps a few exceptions such as Heroless or Herolite, but I could be wrong). In this series Justin and I will try to introduce some various deck strategies within Type 2 and some ideas to consider using within those strategies. Playstyles differ for everyone so any ideas we might give should not be considered mandatory or auto-includes for a deck, but rather should be viewed as ideas to explore for yourself. To start things off I figured we would start at the beginning, the very beginning in fact, as the focus of this article is the Creation of the World Genesis deck.

More Fun at Nationals 2017!

Each year the Redemption National tournament is an amazing time! For starters you get to play LOTS of Redemption with a larger variety of people that you can experience anywhere else. You get to meet new people who share your passion for the game. If you’ve attended Redemption tournaments in the past you’ll most like get reacquainted with old friends. That alone is more than enough reason for you to join us in Iowa this August! But just in case you wanted more…

Special Announcement: Ruling Update to REG

While we as the Elder/Playtest team do not like to do it very often, sometimes it becomes necessary to implement a rule or tweak a rule in the midst of a tournament season because the potential for negative play experience (NPE) is too great. This happened many years ago with the change that limited side battles to one per player per turn. Several other such instances have occurred over the years and we are announcing one today after much deliberation amongst our team and several other experienced players.

Lots of News and RoJ Booster Fun!

Even though there hasn’t been a lot going on here on Land of Redemption this past week there’s a lot going on in the Redemption community! Most people have Revelation of John in hand now. State and Regional tournaments are just around the corner. There’s a lot of excitement and buzz about all the possibilities the new cards present.

Today I want to share with you a few minor updates that happened to the REG last week and tell you about an all Revelation of John booster draft our group did.

I am…You are…We are… NOT ALONE

“What’s your favorite card?” is a question often asked amongst fellow Redemption players. For some, it’s the card they use most often in their decks. For others, it’s a card from their favorite Bible story or a card that has their favorite verse as the reference. Still yet others might have a favorite card based on the card’s ability or artwork.

Covenant of Prayer

The honor and privilege to create a card for this game we all love isn’t something to be taken lightly. It’s a treasure sought after by many players, whether competing at Nationals for one of the three “create a card titles” or through posting a creation on the “New Card Ideas” forum hoping the play testers will take notice and be inspired. It’s certainly something I had desired and sought after early in my Redemption career. I’m probably the only Redemption player in existence that wasn’t absolutely giddy about winning this opportunity. How could that be?!! Certainly I thought that that having a card that was completely mine would be awesome!

The End of Soul Drought

If you could make one card, how would you go about selecting which card to create? For an avid card creator like myself, it was not an easy process. Following Nationals, I had a fairly good idea of what I wanted to make. However, there was a slight problem. As it was, the first card I proposed was very similar to a card already on the list. Presented with the option of going forward with mine (and bumping the other off) or creating a different concept, I chose the latter.

The Final Countdown! (Part 2)

Hey guys, I’m back with part 2 of The Final Countdown! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Part 1 of this article before you read this one. In today’s article, we’re going to look at some cards that underwent some changes after they had been previewed. These changes were based on community feedback from the previews, further playtester discussions and additional playtesting that occurred after the cards were initially shown to the community.

It’s the Final Countdown! (Part 1)

Revelation of John is on its way to print, woohoo!!! First of all we want to thank everyone who helped us shape this set. The community played a significant role in making this set as good as it could possibly be, but more about that later…

YOU are The Special

You are the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary….wait, sorry, wrong topic.

The LEGO Movie jokes aside, today I have the distinct honor of showing off the cards designed by the 3 lucky winners from Nats 2016. Oh, and the remaining 2 ultra rare cards as well!

Worthy is the Lamb

Revelation chapter 5 portrays an amazing scene in Heaven. It begins with a book which no one in heaven or on earth is worthy to open. Then one steps forward who is worthy – the only one who is worthy. He is the Lamb who was slain, the Lion of Judah, the root of David, our Messiah, Jesus Christ. He steps forward and all Heaven breaks out in worship! Have you had a moment where you’re worshiping with a crowd of people, maybe at a concert, at church, at a conference or a camp and it’s so amazing it gives you goose bumps? Multiply that exponentially and you might be getting close to what’s taking place in Revelation 5! Then, an amazing series of events unfolds…

Demonic Hordes

Here come the Demons – Part 2 of Tuesday’s Double Feature is here! We’re going to dive right in with the cards for you guys!

Why so Sad?

Why so Sad? So far we haven’t seen much diversity from the evil cards – Lot’s of orange, some Kings and Merchants but that’s about it. Don’t worry, I’ve got the fix for you today. For years we’ve had jokes about black being weak. I think we may finally put those to bed for good this year!

Party Job

Job is a baller Hero and THE Regional promo this year. If you aren’t as excited as I am to play Job then you don’t know PARTY JOB!!

We know Job was a wealthy guy! He was living the dream and more! He had it all, but one day he lost everything! Wow!

Here Come the Jesus Freaks

In 1995, the Christian music group dcTalk put out a song title “Jesus Freaks” that described those who had been persecuted for their faith in Jesus. Several years later, a book was published by the same name and it told the stories of Christians worldwide who had been persecuted, and many times killed, for their faith. It is not an easy read, but it certainly helps put things in perspective. Too often, as Christians living in a country with freedom of religion, we can get caught up in things like denominational differences when around the world our brothers and sisters in Christ are risking their very lives to share the good news. If you have the chance, I highly recommend the book.

Today I’m going to preview some new cards that represent the “Jesus Freaks” of Redemption—martyrs.

The “Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony” (or for short, The Heavenly Temple!)

For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” – Hebrews 8:4-5

Hebrews 8:5 explains that the earthly tabernacle (of Moses and David) and temples (Solomon’s, Zerubbabel’s, and Herod’s) were representations of an ultimate place in Heaven which is called the “temple of the tabernacle of the testimony” in Revelation 15:5. This is the place of God’s throne, where the triune Lord dwells in fullness and rules all of creation. This is the place of the fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). Many wonderful details of this most glorious place are placed throughout the Bible, and it is an exciting and worthwhile journey to seek and find them. I recommend starting with Isaiah 6, Daniel 7, Ezekiel 1 & 10, and Revelation 4!

6 X 6 = 21?

We all know that the title is incorrect – 6 X 6 = 36 – But what if you had a bad teacher? And they were leading others astray? What if you genuinely believed that 6 sets of 6 was only 21 because that’s all that you were taught? Today’s set of cards focuses on false teachings.

The Big DAD(dy) and Two Siblings

I’m really excited to share with you some cards that I fully expect to change the way people approach the game. Not only will these cards change the game, but one of them is certain to be one of the “chase” cards in RoJ. Will it rival Shipwreck or The Second Coming? Keep reading and decide for yourself.

Flash back to summer 2016 on my drive to Minnesota States. Cloud of Witnesses has hit the Redemption scene with huge success. The content source of our next set is already decided – the five books John wrote with a primary focus on Revelation. I’m challenged with the daunting task of repeating the success of Cloud of Witnesses in a fresh new way for the following year and brainstorming ideas of how to make that happen. That’s when it hits me…

Reservation for 10

Hey guys, it’s been awhile, but I’m back on Land of Redemption with a podcast that previews 10 cards from the upcoming Revelation of John set!

On a few cards I’ll share some background from their development and on some others I’ll share some tips and tricks I used in play testing. Hope you enjoy!