Articles Written By: Gabe

About Gabe

Gabe has been playing Redemption since early in 2006. While life has changed a lot since that time, his love for Redemption has not. He host a playgroup and assist with the design and development of upcoming set releases and even plays competitively on occasion.

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!

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.

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!

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…

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.

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!

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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)!

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?

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

A Peek Behind the Curtain – Noah’s Ark

Earlier this week Travis previewed the new Noah’s Ark promo for us. If you haven’t seen that yet be sure to check it out.

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.

Falling Away

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”.

Guess Who’s Back? (**SPOILERS***)

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!

Looking Back to Egypt (**SPOILERS**)

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.

Antediluvians: Part 1 (**SPOILERS**)

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.

Fox on Fire (**SPOILERS**)

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!

The Old Made New (**SPOILERS**)

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.

It’s Coming!

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!

Learning From Our Peers – Iconic

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.

Hello, I’m New – Phases: Part 2

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.

Hello, I’m New – Phases: Part 1

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!

The Alternate Win Condition That Wasn’t

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.

2016 – The Future Looks Bright

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!

December 2015 Tournament Report

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.

Mr. Utility

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.

T1 Meta 2015-2016 Season

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.

Resources Are Live

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.

Learning From Our Peers – The King of Beatdown

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?

Judges Angels – Support for a Struggling Theme

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.

Joseph – A Patriarch’s Journey

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.

Why So Quiet?

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.

Learning From Our Peers – Counting the Cost

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?

Two Exciting Announcements!

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.

T1-2P Nationals 2015 4th Place – “Ruthless Stuff”: Part 1

Having spent most of the past tournament season play testing Persecuted Church cards, when the Iowa State tournament started drawing near I didn’t have a finely tuned deck I wanted to play.

My favorite deck to play was something I call “Ruthless”. It’s an updated version of a deck I was play testing during the development of the I&J starter decks. The offense isn’t really tournament quality though. Despite the name, it actually uses the 4 Ruth Heroes from the starter deck, paired with some judges.

Nationals Update – Day 2

This will be a small update, just to get information in your hands. The event went until 8 PM today. Afterwards there was a large group dinner where the fun and fellowship continued.

Our very own Dayne Maust judged all 3 events today. I know he’s working on a great day 2 summary including player interviews. Expect that ASAP.

Type 1 – 2 Player was won by John Earley who played an amazing Abom, Watchful Servant lock deck.

Type 2 – 2 Player was won by Justin Alstad who was playing a form of Judges and Assyrians.

Type A was won by Forest Isbell who played Angels and Philistines.

We will share pics and more with you as soon as we can. Tomorrow is going to be another fun filled day and then we have a long drive home.

The Persecuted Church FULL SPOILER!!!

***SPOILERS***

This link contains the full list of card images for The Persecuted Church set! If you want to wait to view the cards until you have the opportunity to open them in packs you’ll need to resist the temptation to click the link above!

 

The Preeminence of Christ Jesus and the Colossi Church

Paul’s letter to the Colossi Church and his letter to Philemon give us some unique insight into this group of believers. Colossians was written primarily to encourage the church to grow in their faith and to refute heretical teaching that was threatening the church. Let’s take look at how that plays out in the development of the Colossi Church for Redemption.

The Church at Ephesus

As we look at the churches in the New Testament, one in particular stands out – the Church in Ephesus. The Apostle Paul was close to people there, especially one of their pastors and elders, Timothy. Timothy was like a son to Paul. They traveled together on Paul’s missionary journeys and he was there for Paul while he was in prison. Paul wrote a letter not only to the Ephesians, but also two personal letters of pastoral instruction to Timothy. All three of these give us material to flesh out cards for the Church in Ephesus.

Jude the Dude

Jude the dude. Or is it Jude the dewd. Or maybe, Jude the dood. However you spell it, he was an important member of the early Christian Church. He was the brother of James the Just and the half-brother of Jesus. He was an authority figure in the church, enough so that he wrote an epistle with instructions for believers in his day and for centuries to come.

James the Just

“James the Just” was an important figure in the early years of the Christian Church. We first hear of him in Matthew 13:55 “Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?

The Original

We saw our first printing of James in Redemption as early as the Apostles set in the form of James (half-brother of Jesus). Due to his large numbers he’s a card I’ve used from time to time in booster draft. But beyond limited formats I’ve never seen him played.

Learning From Our Peers – I Am Second

I am second. If you haven’t heard of this before, it’s a really cool movement meant to inspire people to live for God and others. They’ve put together powerful video testimonies of lives transformed by the Gospel, including people from pop culture. While I find these testimonies of God’s awesomeness inspiring, that’s not the focus of our discussion today. We’re going to venture back into the deep end of the pool to talk about why it’s good to go second in a two-player game of Redemption.

The Church at Philippi

Welcome to Philippi week! This week we’re going to take a look at the Church at Philippi and preview some of the cards in the new set that make up and support that church. The same way that Philippians is unique among the Epistles in the Bible, you’ll find that the church at Philippi has it’s own unique feel among the clay Heroes in Redemption.

Learning From Our Peers – Know Your Role: Part 3

In preparation for the State, Regional and National tournament season this summer, we’re going to jump head first into some deep waters. We’re going far beyond the basics to talk about the subtle differences that separate an average player from an elite player. Understanding and applying these principles will greatly improve your game. If playing competitively is your thing, take a deep breath and jump in with me…

Spiritual Warriors

Throughout the scriptures, specifically in the New Testament, our Christian life is compared to that of a soldier.

In 2 Timothy 2:3 Paul tells Timothy, “Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.