Articles for June 2015

Larry, Curly, Moe

Today I want to introduce you to both a playtesting principle, as well as a gameplay idea.

They’re called psychological profiles, and there are three important ones: Timmy, Johnny, and Spike. I can’t take credit for naming them, as this is a concept pulled from one of our peer games. This is actually super critical for evaluation of our card design. It gets to the core of why players choose to play Redemption – What are they seeking to get out of the game, what fulfils their sense of purpose while playing the game, why are they playing in the first place?

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.

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.

The Christ-Likeness of Noah

About 1500 years after the creation, so about 4500 years ago, The Fall had reached terrible depths of evil. “Wickedness Abounds” is certainly an accurate description – the Lord tells us in Genesis 6:5 that “every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” In His perfect justice and righteousness, God determined that he would judge the evil Disobedience of the world and start afresh with the one man who was found righteous in his sight, who walked with God blamelessly: Noah.

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.

Do You Want to Build a Playgroup?

Do You Want to Build a Snowman Playgroup?

So, you love to play Redemption, but so far only travel long distances to tournaments, or play online with Lackey (when it’s working). Deep in your heart, though, you feel like starting your own playgroup so that you will be dependent on neither. But then fear overtakes you as you are hit with the inevitable question………. How do I start?!?

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.

Teams OH State 2015 1st place

These decks are variants of the deck I played at 2013 SE Regionals. I haven’t played much since then, and I had a lot of success with it both at the tournament and in 2013 ROOT. So I decided to tweak it for TEAMS.

“The Redemption Bible” Devotions

This Bible devotional series, which I am using this summer with the students participating in our weekly Redemption group at our church, uses “The Redemption Bible” – the complete collection of all the unique Redemption cards in the game (not every version of every unique card, just at least one version) that I have acquired over the 2 years I have been playing. This collection, much of which I have purchased but a large portion due to the very generous donations of other Redemption players, is arranged in in Bible book and verse order! So you can “read” it just like an illustrated Bible, card by card from Genesis to Revelation! (Yes, I’m sure you’re now wondering “How long did that take?” and the answer is – you don’t want to know! But this project has been a long time coming, so don’t worry, I didn’t do it all at once! 🙂 )

Browa’s Budget Bazaar – Deck Builders!

Hello and welcome to Browa’s Budget Bazaar!

This article series is designed to provide quick and simple deck ideas in general, as well as for specific themes, that won’t be hard on your wallet! There will also be suggestions for those with more available funds on how to spruce up the deck.

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Today’s Topic: Reviewing the available TLG Deck Builders

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…

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.

Redemption Island Got You Down?

What is Redemption Island? It is the feeling that you have no one to play with, test with or commune with. Redemption happens to be like most games. It requires more than just you to play. This leads to issues for a lot of people who love to play Redemption. If you are not connected to a large play group, when can you play? Who can you play with? If you don’t have people around you to push you, how can you improve?

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.

Combo Corner – The Devastator

A long long time ago at a kitchen table at 11pm, I was introduced to my first combo deck. It was a brutal 7-0 shellacking during which my opponent took a 40 minute turn while I sat there helpless to do anything.

How did he do that you ask? Infinite loops of side battles. Perhaps the most famous combo deck in Redemption History is ‘The Devastator’. A deck so brutal, so efficient, so not fun to play against, that it spawned, not one, but multiple rule changes that neutered its ability to function. Keep in mind that this combo deck was played during the 2003-2004 tournament season. Kings was the newest set, and contained all of the important cards for the combo. It’s worth noting that this is a time before Darius’ Decree, before Covenant with Death, before a whole host of counters to this concept were printed.

Learning From Our Peers – Know Your Role: Part 2

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…

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.

Balaam Ep. 2: “Corrupted by Darkness”

Last week, we looked at Balaam being summoned by Balak, king of Moab. God allowed Balaam to travel to the plains of Moab with one condition: “do only what I tell you” (Numbers 22:20). The angel in the path got Balaam’s attention momentarily, but there was already a darkness settling upon his heart. It threatened to choke out his fear of the Lord, and his commitment to the God’s command.

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.

Learning From Our Peers – Know Your Role: Part 1

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…

The Power of a Battle Winner

Battle winners are an extremely important part of Redemption. Without them it is rare that you will be able to get a block or redeem a Lost Soul. There are many forms battle winners and sometimes it can be confusing as to which ones you should play in your deck. To help us decide, it is necessary for us to understand which battle winning abilities are the strongest. For this article I will not be addressing specific cards but rather general abilities. Battle winning abilities include ignore, discard, convert, underdeck, withdraw, remove, capture, end the battle, set-aside and protect. Each of these abilities can win you a battle but, are some of them more consistent or powerful than others?

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?