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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!

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!

YOU are The Special

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

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

Reservation for 10

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

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

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.

Stop the Presses!

The other day we released a preview of the new Paul promo that was primarily based on the Community Created Card project that Gabe helped organize. As Gabe wrote in his preview article, we went through several iterations of testing with Paul and tossed around many different combinations of ideas pulled from the suggestions submitted by the Redemption community before finally landing on the version that Gabe shared.

Throwback Thursday – Kings Preview Articles – Egyptians

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, we’ve started our Throwback Thursday trend with re-posts of preview articles from years past.

Enjoy another nostalgic trip back through time!

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.

Just Sit Right Back and I’ll Tell a Tale

Maybe you know the reference being made in the title of this article or maybe you don’t. Maybe I am really telling my age by the fact that I even made the reference. One thing we can all agree on though is this…a Noah’s Ark card has been way overdue; no maybes about it. Noah has been in the game since Patriarchs along with a small representation of his family with Noah’s Sons. Those cards, although fun if you pull them together in Booster Draft, have really seen no play since their release. The “Flood Theme” has seen a huge boost within the Cloud of Witnesses set with the new Noah and the addition of cards for Shem, Ham, and Japheth along with Noah’s Wife and a fun card that hinted that Noah’s Ark was coming, Pitch and Gopher Wood. Without further ado, let me introduce you to the 2016 National Promo card, Noah’s Ark.

Winner Card Insight – Word of Their Testimony

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;  they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. (Revelation 12:11)

From the time it was announced that the winners of T1 2P, T2 2P, and Booster Draft would be able to create their own cards as part of the new set, I knew that if I won that this would be the verse for my card. My favorite verse as a child was Philippians 4:13 (which is a verse I still love) but over the past seven or eight years this verse from Revelation has been my favorite as the idea of a testimony became an integral part of my life.

Nats Winner Creations (**SPOILERS**)

At 2015 Nationals, Rob offered an amazing prize for whomever won T1-2P, T2-2P, and Booster Draft: the ability to design a Redemption card that would be printed in an official set. While the usual balancing and playtesting would, of course, be done with the cards, they would be kept as close to the intent of the creator as possible.

Money Money Money (**SPOILERS**)

As Gordon Gecko once said: greed is good. And that’s why all of today’s cards deal with MONEY!

We added these three cards onto the list in the middle of the playtesting process. We were told we had nine more slots to work with and we came up with these as part of that set.

To Seek and To Save (**SPOILERS**)

“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10) Jesus spoke these powerful words after Zaccheus, the infamous tax collector, showed Repentance and Restitution for all the times he had cheated his fellow people. The goal of Redemption follows the example of Jesus: to save and redeem Lost Souls. Redemption does not portray specific people as Lost Souls because in a sense, we are all Lost Souls before we come to know Jesus. Even when we come to know Jesus, there may be times in our lives when we drift away or feel that we have lost our connection to Him. The amazing truth is that even when we make mistakes, He will never leave us nor forsake us, and that He always welcomes us back with open arms when we return to Him.

The Three Lions of Cloud of Witnesses (**SPOILERS**)

Crimson has been the home to a few animals, most recently “The Serpent”. With the addition of Esau, the Hunter, it appears that animals are here to stay as a theme.

Now joining their wild counterparts are two more Evil Characters and a Curse with an ability that relies on animals being used. Let’s meet these cards and see how they will add a wrinkle to the emerging animal theme of Cloud of Witnesses.

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!

Two Testaments are Better Than One: Part 1 (**SPOILERS**)

When I heard that our set this year was going to be based on Hebrews, my eyes lit up. Not only do I really love Hebrews as a book, but I really love when a New Testament writer harkens back to and quotes from an Old Testament text. And since Dual Testament cards are already a thing since The Early Church set gave us the Covenant card, Scroll of Isaiah, the precedent had been set. I opened up my Bible and began hunting for places where Hebrews quoted the Old Testament and made a list of references. Next, I went back and looked at each instance and tried to come up with possible names for cards from each reference. Once I had that, I made the first draft of what I thought a card with that name and that verse might do in the game of Redemption. My original list consisted of 54 Dual Testament cards and 4 other cards that I came up with along the way. Now for the fun part. I will to show you where each card began followed by the end result.

White Cloud: Part 2 (***SPOILERS***)

Welcome back to part two of White Cloud! Last time I broke down four awesome Heroes from the new Cloud of Witness set. This time I’m going to take a look at some of the new faith Enhancements and how they provide white with options beyond Magnificat and ‘He is Risen’.

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.

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!

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!

Seek and Ye Shall Find

The Parable of the Lost Sheep –

No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier” II Timothy 2:4

That doesn’t look correct does it? That’s the verse on the promo version of Seeker of the Lost.

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!

 

Nationals Booster Draft Primer: Part 2 – Rares

Do you plan to play in the booster draft at Nationals? Will you be drafting with the new Persecuted Church cards anytime in the near future? Are you just curious about the new cards and can’t wait to hear more?

Join us for this two part podcast where three of the Redemption play testers discuss their thoughts on drafting with the new cards!

Click one of the links below to listen to part 2 – rares

Nationals Booster Draft Primer: Part 1 – Commons

Do you plan to play in the booster draft at Nationals? Will you be drafting with the new Persecuted Church cards anytime in the near future? Are you just curious about the new cards and can’t wait to hear more?

Join us for this two part podcast where three of the Redemption play testers discuss their thoughts on drafting with the new cards!

Click one of the links below to listen to part 1 – commons

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

In Redemption, there are some themes that just go together as opponents.  We see this often in starter decks, where the Judges fight Philistines and wicked Israelites, and the Disciples contend with the rulers of this world and demonic forces.

For the early church, there was no greater foe than the heretics and false teachers.  While the rulers could imprison and kill, the early Christians stood fast in their belief that “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10).  However, those who claimed to be Christians but who would try to “delude you with persuasive argument” (Colossians 2:4) succeeded in “upset[ing] the faith of some” ( II Timothy 2:18), which lead to believers who “suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith” (I Timothy 1:19).

Call It Magic

Today’s preview is of a small, 3 card theme boost for one of the most popular defensive strategies—Magicians. First let’s look at some of the reasons Magicians are so strong.

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.

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.

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.

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?