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!

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!

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.

Two Kingdoms…Two Cities…Two Devoted Followers

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

2017 Redemption National Tournament Info & Registration

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

Take it Outside

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

Where You Been At?

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

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

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

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

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

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!!!

Monetization of Redemption: How a New Set is Priced

I posed a question on the Cactus Game Design Message Boards a couple weeks ago.
“I am thinking about writing an article for LoR that talks about how a set is priced and what the first month (pre-orders and sale) has looked like and where the value of CoW cards seem to be headed. Would there be any interest in that side of things?”

After I saw that there was interest, I began to put together the statistics for Cloud of Witnesses and in so doing, became very curious about how other games accomplish a similar task. The following is the product of experience and research; being largely borrowed and adapted from articles I have found on this topic online. If you need to, grab a glass of water and get comfortable: this post is a long one but it’s a good one, and well worth the read.<!–more>

The Great National Promo Experiment

Think back to the first time you ever attended a Redemption National Tournament. Your trip to the location may have been an epic tale of heroic struggle and fortitude or it may have been a short trip with little to remember. Either way, as you walked into the venue, you inevitably came to a registration table stacked with possibilities and promos. You paid your entry and then were handed your very first copy of the newest National promo. What did you want to do immediately? Right, put it into your deck immediately so you can show of your newest acquisition. But alas, your dreams were dashed at deck check-in.

Game Update – REG Version (3.1.0)

The Elders have completed a minor version update to the REG that is effective immediately. The primary changes were updating and adding information for Cloud of Witnesses cards but there are some other interesting changes as well.

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.

White Cloud: Part 1 (***SPOILERS***)

White Brigade is often overlooked and undervalued. It is frequently the brigade that ‘oddball’ characters without major themes get placed. Examples include Zerubbabel and Woman of Wisdom. It is the home to 3 O.T. mini-themes, Daniel, Musicians, and Ruth Heroes. None of these are very good on their own. UNTIL NOW! It’s time for white to make a resurgence. I present to you: White Cloud!

Nationals 2016 Announcement!!!

As winter grips our great land, many within the community of Redemption are tempted to fall into a slumber.
Decks and binders are stowed with no intent to gaze upon them for months to come. But the true competitor;
the one who seeks the ultimate prize, is fine tuning his craft. Deck lists are being created, scrapped, and
then being created again in hopes of finding the perfect balance or the most efficient path to victory. Now
is the time friends…this is the hour! WAKE UP! ARISE!

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!

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.

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.

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.

Teams Nationals 2015 1st Place – “Judges, Jars and ‘Gyptians”

I rarely play Teams. Most tournaments I attend run Teams at the same time as my favorite category other than T2-2P, Booster Draft, so I rarely have the chance. In the last 3 years after 2012 Nationals, when the esteemed Matt Brinkman and I ran a pair of 154-card monstrosities to capture 3rd place, I believe I played the category twice in tournaments: 2013 MW Regionals and 2014 Nationals, with little success in either. I was also not originally planning to play this year, but when my brother Justin decided that his success in the previous two days would suffice and he could step in as judge, I ended up teaming up with his planned partner, Martin Miller. Which is something like the Redemption equivalent of Venus Williams coming to you and saying that she will not be participating in a doubles tournament, so you can go ahead and team up with Serena.

Nationals 2015 Day 3 – Reflections From a Judge

Nationals 2015 was awesome for many reasons. Most importantly, I got to see many friends whom I had not seen in quite a while as well as meeting a few friends in person for the first time. Another thing that made it awesome was that Chris was an excellent host, and the only complaint I had about the facilities was that I kept losing my sense of direction in the hallways that all looked exactly the same—I think I finally figured them out, but then we left 15 minutes later…

Nationals 2015 Day 2 – T1-2P Interviews and Outcomes

During Day 2 of Nationals 2015, I judged both the T1-2P and T2-2P categories.  As the ‘main event’ each year, I decided to interview those who made the Top Cut and get their thoughts on the state of the meta in this game.  Top Cut was determined after 7 rounds of Swiss-style gaming, with the top 8 players moving on to a single-elimination bracket (with a third place game added) to determine an overall winner.

After their matches, I asked them each the same questions, and here were their responses.

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!

 

Paul Arrested and Taken to Rome: Part 6 (**spoilers**)

Welcome back for the finale time, as we conclude the story of Paul’s arrest and transfer to Rome.  As I mentioned last time, the ship ran aground on Malta.  The islanders welcomed the soldiers, sailors and prisoners, and Paul, being helpful gathered some wood for the fire.  While he did this, a viper came out and bit him.

Paul Arrested and Taken to Rome: Part 5 (**spoilers**)

Once again, welcome back.  Paul now was being sent off to Rome to stand trial before Caesar, and he was handed over to the control of Julius the Centurion.  The centurion took Paul aboard a ship and sailed along the ports of the province of Asia.  Paul’s companions, such as Aristarchus and Luke, continued to travel with Paul, even as he was under arrest.  When they arrived a Sidon, Julius allowed Paul to go to some of his friends that they might care for his needs.  From there they sailed to Myra in Lycia where they found an Alexandrian Ship that was on its way to Italy.  The ships from Alexandria were responsible for bring grain to Rome from Egypt.

Paul Arrested and Taken to Rome: Part 4 (**spoilers**)

Welcome back again.  When we last left Paul he had made his declaration of appeal to Caesar.  While Festus would be more than happy to send this headache of a prisoner away, he still wanted more information on the charges the Jews were bringing against Paul. Then he was visited by Bernice and her brother Herod Agrippa II. Festus mentioned the Paul situation to Herod, who, interested, asked to see Paul, and Festus was happy to oblige. After all Festus was new to the area, and wasn’t well acquainted with the Jews, their customs or religion, and Herod could bring some expertise and let him know what he should write to send with Paul to Rome.

Paul Arrested and Taken to Rome: Part 3 (**spoilers**)

Hopefully you all check out Dayne’s article on the man who Lysias mistook Paul for, The Egyptian Rebel, and are ready to follow Paul again as he stands trial.

When the soldiers arrived with Paul, Felix put him in Herod’s Praetorium to hold him until Paul’s accusers made there way down to Caesarea.  A few days later his accusers would come down, including the High Priest and some elders, and they would bring with them a lawyer, Tertullus.  Tertullus addressed Felix, buttering him up with some compliments that weren’t really true, and accuses Paul of trying to desecrate the temple and stirring up riots.

The Egyptian Rebel

Today, I’d like to pull back the veil just a little on the playtesting process, while at the same time examining a very intriguing character we don’t hear much about in the Bible, but who is getting a very interesting card in the new set.

When there are so many cards to make, and so many obscure characters they are being based on, it can be true that some characters get overlooked in terms of the fine details of their story.  The Egyptian Rebel, referred to just once in Acts 21:37-38, was someone Paul was thought to be in error, and he is one such character.

Paul Arrested and Taken to Rome: Part 2 (**spoilers**)

Today we will continue Paul’s story as he arrives in Jerusalem, and James, the leader of the Jerusalem church advises Paul in a way to avoid provoking the Jews.  He tells Paul that there are four men who have taken a vow to purify themselves, and advises Paul to go purify himself with them, so that the zealous Jews would have no reason to doubt Paul followed the law of Moses.

Interview with Three Lions Gaming

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself outside of Redemption. (by EmJayBee83)

I am a full time student minister at the Crosspointe church of Christ in Franklin, Ohio where I have been on staff for almost 15 years. I have a beautiful wife who is willing to allow me to have a “Redemption Room” which is very gracious of her. Sarah and I also adopted a little boy a little over 2 years ago. His name is Ethan and he has been such a blessing to our lives. His story is so cool and such a God ordained series of events that I would love to share it with you. Catch me at an event and I will tell you all about it.

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.

The Foretelling Angel

As Dayne mentioned in his earlier article we wanted to spread the wealth of territory class Heroes outside of the clay brigade.  Additionally, the theme of Daniel was identified to be one that could really benefit from a strong character, and thus we arrived at The Foretelling Angel.

The Foretelling Angel appears to Daniel in Daniel 10, with what is in my opinion, one of the coolest description of a person in the entire Bible, “there was a certain man dressed in linen, whose waist was girded with a belt of pure gold of Uphaz.  His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult.”  But the Foretelling Angel doesn’t just look and sound cool, he comforts Daniel and then tells Daniel some pretty interesting prophecies.

Doomed Conspirators

The Bible is a living breathing work that brings us real life drama and unique insights into the human condition. No place is this more true than a case study into the more than 40 zealots who thought they were doing God a favor by plotting to kill Paul the Apostle. We read about them in the book of Acts 23:12-14.

Created by Christ – Update

If you haven’t read the original preview article for Created by Christ, be sure to check it out – here.

As I mentioned in that article, the version of the card presented was an early play test version. While we weren’t completely settled on the card ability, we knew the general concept we wanted. We were excited for the chance to share with you, the readers, one of the cards from the upcoming release.

Eleazar, Son of Aaron

Early on in the process of creating this latest set, it became clear that we needed to ‘spread the wealth’ a bit in terms of the cards printed.  We had created an awesome new type of card, Territory-Class Characters, which had artifact-level effects printed on characters to make them more versatile, useful, and allow us to flesh out themes a lot better and easier.  However, while several evil brigades got their own versions, only clay had thus far received cards in this new category of character.

As a group, we agreed that we needed to print some Territory-Class Heroes in other brigades, and particularly a few for some O.T. themes.  But who to choose?

Win a Chance to Create Your Own Card!

Have you ever had an idea for a card that you thought would be really cool if you could make a card for Redemption? When you’re having your quiet time in the Bible, do you ever get distracted because the scripture sparks a cool card idea? When you’re playing the game, have you ever thought that your favorite deck or theme is missing an ability that would really make it fun or help you deal with a certain problem? Having visited the card creation section of the message boards I know we have a lot of creative players out there with good ideas. Now is your chance to make that great idea a reality!

Sneak Peak – Created by Christ

Mr. Rob Anderson has given me permission to share one of the cards that we’re testing for the new set. It was difficult to choose just one. I have a few favorites that I’m really excited for the players to see, but I’ve selected one of them to share with you. Before we get to the card, let’s take a look at how it came to be.

Redemption National Tournament

This year the Redemption National Tournament is taking place at Meridian Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN from Thursday, July 30 to Saturday, August 1st. Unlike some other games, you don’t need to qualify to participate, it’s open to all players of any age!

If you’ve never attended a Redemption tournament, let me assure you, it’s probably unlike any competitive event you’ve participated in. The environment is casual, with the primary focus being on fun and fellowship. It’s a gathering of old friends and new ones, sharing their love of this exciting game that’s based on God’s word.

Development of a Card – Boaz’ Sandal

Today we’re going to take a peak behind the curtain to give the Redemption fan base a glimpse at what goes on during the design and development of a card. The process isn’t the same every time. Some cards have a really good story, while others don’t have much to talk about.

In the beginning…

Boaz’ Sandal came to be during the design and development of the I & J starter set, when the Ruth theme first came to be. We knew that we wanted to keep the starter sets simple to make the game easy to learn. That meant that we weren’t going to include Artifacts,

Welcome to the Land of Redemption

Welcome to the Land of Redemption, the latest strategy, news and tutorial blog for the Redemption CCG! If you enjoy the game Redemption, or your curious about the game, we believe you’ll find this a fun and exciting place to visit often.

Beginning Monday, March 30th we plan to bring you fresh content almost every weekday. You can expect a wide variety of topics in the form of articles, blogs, videos and podcasts. This is a fan based site, run by a community of fans. Our resources will be brought to you by many of the games top players. Here are some of the topics we plan to cover soon:

  • Strategy, deck construction and deck lists
  • Card and theme reviews
  • Ruling questions and explanations
  • Tips for tournament hosts and playgroup leaders
  • Card development history and sneak peaks of upcoming cards

That’s just a start but it’s enough to get me excited for things to come! We hope you’re excited too and will check back frequently to see what’s new in the Land of Redemption.