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!
We are approaching the completion of Prophecies of Christ phase 2 previews! Today, Gabe shares new cards from a theme which continues to be expanded in recent sets.
Gabe returns with more exciting Prophecies of Christ previews!
In my first preview article, I mentioned how God unfolded His plan for redemption through the covenants He made with His people. God’s covenant promises offer blessings for obedience. But in stark contrast, they also offer curses for disobedience.
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.
Prophecies of Christ (phase 2) is only a few months away! It’s an honor and privilege to get to share a few cards with you today.
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!
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!!!
Breaking news! Redemption is releasing a phase 1 of a new set this fall!
The second day of Nationals is on the books! In case you’ve missed the excitement, here is a brief recap.
The first day of Nationals is on the books! In case you’ve missed the excitement, here is a brief recap.
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!
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!
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”.
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…
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!
All images for the alternate release of Revelation of John have been uploaded to our imgur account. If you haven’t seen these yet spend a few minutes looking over them. They’re amazing!
Check out the award ceremony from Day 2 of Nationals 2017 in North Liberty, Iowa!
Check out the award ceremony from Day 1 of Nationals 2017 in North Liberty, Iowa!
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!
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.
Final details for Nationals are coming together which means we have some more Nationals related news to share with you today. Of course we also have awesome new alternate release RoJ cards and the final winner promo for you too!
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.
Are you ready for more previews of some sweet cards you’ll get to see at Nationals? Me too!
Friday came and went but there were no new spoilers from the upcoming special release of RoJ. What gives?!!
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.
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!
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…
It’s a little over due, but our Cards and Rules resource page has been updated! I’d also like to take a moment to share with you what did well at the Iowa State Tournament I recently hosted.
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.
We have lots of great news to share with you today! Things that I know a lot of us have been waiting to hear, like the tournament legal date for Revelation of John, when the Reserve will be allowed and the release of the updated REG! Let’s get right to business.
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!
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…
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…
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.
Rob Anderson just announced the 2017 set information on the Redemption CCG Facebook!
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.
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…
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.
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!
The story of this promo begins unlike any promo we’ve had before. Not with the games creator, Rob Anderson, not with the play testers and elders, but with the Redemption community!
“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)!
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?
After weeks of presenting ideas, reasoning with one another and voting, the Redemption community has created a really awesome card together!
I present to you – Paul!
If you haven’t been following the community created cards project you’re missing out on some serious fun! We’re approaching the last stages of voting on the elements. Here’s what they look like so far:
The votes are in. A tiebreaker vote has taken place. The people have spoken and clearly we want to make two Heroes instead of 1!
We received over 30 excellent suggestions for the name of the community created Hero!
Week one results for the community created card are in! We’re going to make a Hero! Now we need your input for which Hero to create.
Do you have ideas for cards you’d like to see in the game? Are you inspired by people, themes or brigades you feel aren’t represented well? Do you stay up at night thinking of card ideas?
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
If you missed part 1 of the report, be sure to check that out for a full recap of which Pokemon we caught, who won the gym battles, and how John Earley’s strongest Pokemon is a 32 CP Rattata… Oh, wait, this is a Redemption tournament report.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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 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).
Join John Early and I as we play out game 2 between our play test decks shortly before Cloud of Witnesses went to print. Does the Haman’s Plot get ripped this game? Watch and see!
Join John Early and I as we play out a game between two of our play test decks shortly before Cloud of Witnesses went to print. We explain our decks and walk you through some of our thinking as the game progresses.
There are a lot of decisions that go into making a card. Sometimes they are easy. Other times they aren’t as cut and dry. We were pretty well decided on what Noah’s Ark will do long before Cloud of Witnesses went to print. But there was one rather large aspect of the card that was undecided right up until a week ago.
We’d like to take a moment to give you a quick Sunday update about some breaking news… The Lackey plug in has been updated to include Cloud of Witnesses!!!
Falling Away has been a staple Dominant since it was introduced in Redemption’s 3rd set – Women. It was introduced to balance the newly printed New Jerusalem promo card. One let you rescue an extra Lost Soul, the other let you take a Redeemed Soul away.
From the beginning, Falling Away has been a staple card in almost every competitive deck. But it’s also one of the most theologically controversial cards in the game. There have been players who have refused to use it. I knew a guy who just called it “the theologically incorrect card”.
Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life perfectly pleasing to God, offered himself as the sacrificial lamb to pay for the sins of mankind leading to his death on the cross, rose to life on the third day, was seen by hundreds of people and then ascended to heaven to sit at the right hand of God constantly interceding for the saints. That’s an extremely impressive resume! But that’s not all. The scriptures also promise us that he’s coming back!
If you haven’t yet read Antediluvians: Part 1 you might want to check that out before proceeding. That article focuses on the evil side of the antediluvian theme. Today we’re going to focus on the good side of the antediluvian theme, or more specifically “flood survivors”.
As part of God’s divine plan, Egypt played a pretty big role in the early books of the Bible. Egyptians, as a defense, have also played a pretty big role in Redemption in years past. But more recently, due to lack of new cards and support, they’ve been less popular.
That can actually be said of a few themes. So when we sat down to flesh out the defenses in Cloud of Witnesses we knew that there were some long neglected civilizations that we wanted to show some love this year. Three of them in particular.
Redemption’s newest theme is going to be referred to by many people as “that word I can’t pronounce”. Just give it your best shot. What’s more important is what it means for game play. Who does it include? Why does it matter?
Antediluvian is a term used to describe any character who lived before the world wide flood of Genesis 7.
Here at Land of Redemption we do not condone animal cruelty. I do not believe that God does either. Yet, in the Bible we have a story about a Hero who did some questionable things to animals in an effort to get revenge on his enemies. The result gives us a card like we’ve never seen before!
What? Land of Redemption is posting new content on the weekend? Well, I thought we’d drop another cloud Hero on our faithful readers!
With the “earlier than normal” release of Cloud of Witnesses this year, Cactus Game Design is making efforts to ensure everyone gets to know the new cards before we use them in tournaments over the summer. One way they’ve done that is to offer FREE LOCAL TOURNAMENTS this summer! For more details, see CactusRob’s post on the message boards.
Mr. Anderson has afforded us the opportunity to share up to a fourth of the set with you each week over the next four weeks! By my count we’ve only spoiled 25 cards so far on Land of Redemption this week. I’ll rectify that for you today.
In the letter to the Hebrews the author looks to the O.T. stories and practices to draw parallels to the present day fulfillment of God’s promises. This gives us the perfect setting for an O.T. / N.T. hybrid set like you’ve never seen before! If you haven’t seen the announcement on the Redemption CCG Facebook page – check it out!
Check back here and the official Redemption Facebook page the week of April 18th as previews and all kinds of new information about the upcoming set release begin to roll out!
Anytime you see a cloud icon next to the article on the home page you’ll know it contains spoilers. Be forewarned!
What are all the parts that make up a Redemption card? To a veteran the answer might seem obvious. But to many beginners there are aspects that don’t always stand out right away.
Communication and language can be a difficult thing to get right. If you’ve been playing Redemption for very long I’m sure you’ve noticed the progression of card wording over the years as the game’s creators have attempted to have cleaner wording.
Today we’re going to take a look at something that a lot of games have implemented that can help with clean wording and clear communication. Whether it’s a CCG, a board game, or something else that uses cards as one of it’s tools, most modern games make use of symbols in the card text.
In case you’ve missed it some big news just went live
Today, for your listening enjoyment, we have a podcast that was recorded on the way to and from the T2 Only tournament last weekend.
Whether your new to Redemption, or have been playing casually for some time, it’s possible that you don’t have a good grasp on some of the phases of a turn. You might even be asking, “what are the phases of a turn?”. That’s a great question!
If you missed Phases: Part 1, you’ll want to start there to gain an understanding of the draw, upkeep and preparation phases. Today, we’re going to take a look at the remaining two phases of a turn, including the most important phase of the game.
Whether you’re new to Redemption or have been playing casually for some time it’s possible that you don’t have a good grasp on some of the phases of a turn. You might even be asking, “what are the phases of a turn?” That’s a great question!
An alternate win condition is fun topic of discussion that continues to crop up from time to time in the Redemption community. If you’re unfamiliar with the term it means there’s a way to win the game apart from the normal route to victory. In Redemption that’s normally done by rescuing Lost Souls using Heroes in battle. Today, we’re going to look back at a card that could have been Redemptions first alternate win condition.
The bulk of Redemption cards are broken down into 9 good brigades and 7 evil brigades. Each brigade is the home of themes that have their own strengths and weaknesses. If you missed last week’s article we looked at the good brigades meaning, strengths, and weaknesses. Today we will look at the evil brigades.
The bulk of Redemption cards are broken down into 9 good brigades and 7 evil brigades. Each brigade is the home of themes that have their own strengths and weaknesses. Today we will take a look at the good brigades.
Welcome to 2016! Things look to pick back up here at Land of Redemption in the new year. Several of our regular authors from the past have confirmed that they are entering a season where they will have time to begin contributing again, meaning that our readers can expect more frequent regular content again!
This week’s article will be rather brief, at least compared to what’s normal for me. Last Saturday we had a District Redemption tournament in our area. I’d like to take a moment to share with you a summary of that event.
Music Leader is one of my favorite cards from The Persecuted Church set. I find myself wanting to incorporate him into several of the decks I build. He’s likely to have a big impact on the way people build decks for a long time to come.
When preparing to attend a Redemption tournament, it’s good to have an idea of what cards and deck types you might go up against. While there are almost unlimited options available, there are some which are popular, powerful, and commonly played. We call this the “meta” for those unfamiliar with the term. Lets take a look at what we expect in the current meta in Type 1.
I’m pleased to announce that our resources section is now live! If you haven’t noticed, it’s at the top right of our website. We will continue to build this out over time, but there are a number of features available already that you might find useful.
Many years ago when I played MTG a favorite quote from one of my favorite players went something like this “There are no wrong threats, only wrong answers”. The quote comes from a guy named David Price who was given titles such as “The People’s Champion” and “The King of Beatdown”. But what does it mean?
As a blast from the past, today we’d like to direct you to an old article that was posted on the Cactus Game Design message boards. Take a walk with us through the development of the Judges support angels as they were printed in the 2011 RoA tin.
As a blast from the past, today we’d like to direct you to an old article that was posted on the Cactus Game Design message boards. Take a walk with us through the development of Joseph as he was printed in the 2011 FooF tin.
Our regular readers might be wondering why we had a couple days without content this past week. Is Land of Redemption closing its doors?
I can assure you, we’re not going anywhere. There are a number of reasons for the slow week, and why we might have a few more slow weeks before things pick back up.
Should the makers of Redemption be allowed to play in tournaments? If so, which ones? Do other games allow the creators and play testers to play in sanctioned tournaments? Today we’ll take some time to look at these questions and the pros and cons involved with the answers.
If you’re familiar with other CCGs then you’re aware that most use some kind of cost system as a way to build up resources as the game progresses and to balance the power level of cards. Some use energy, mana, or coins as a means of paying a cost to play your cards. One of the things I liked about Redemption when I was first introduced is that you could just play your cards. The game doesn’t have a cost system. Or does it?
Land of Redemption is a community resource created by the Redemption community. Offering articles from a wide variety of authors and players is the best way to provide you with a large range of content and perspectives on all kinds of different Redemption-related topics. We’re made up of a bunch of different people using their individual gifts to share things they love and are passionate about. That format has been successful thus far.
Join John Early and I as we play out a game between two new decks featuring Persecuted Church. We explain our decks and walk you through some of our thinking as the game progresses.