Long time, no see, guys!
I sincerely apologize, people. Life got in the way and I started to have a hard time posting up cards and new blogs.
The Sigma project is still ongoing and I feel bad about not keeping up to date on the group.
No; I am not leaving the group but I will be trying to stay up-to-date a bit more often. I have been finetuning my own personal sets and abilities along with moving into a new apartment.
At the same time, I would like to start the blog off with a new thing today; the Effect Challenge. Eruner, UndeadShark, if you guys do not like this idea, don't shoot me; I will remove it. I wanted to see what everybody else thinks.
The Effect Challenges are a different kind of contest; this is a chance to show everyone's creation skills.
Effect Challenges are essentially a chance to prove your skills as a card and set creator. Each month (or less) the winner of the previous contest will choose a new word(s) and the contestants will have to post a new custom card creation using that word as a new keyword mechanic. At the end of the month, the person who selected the word(s) chooses their favorite card, and the game continues!
Essentially, this is the "Invent the Keyword" contest that is in the MSE Contests and Games Forum. Unlike the ITK contest, I am extending it to a whole month; yes, a whole month! Now, you can submit your cards in visual format as opposed to text format in a forum.
Here are the rules:
1 - Each month, the challenger (whoever won the previous challenge) chooses a word or phrase (up to three words) that can be used as a MtG keyword.
2 - The word or phrase must make sense in a game setting.
3 - Contestants post cards (one at a time or in a collective image) using that keyword in their text, and explaining the use of that keyword in their description.
4 - Each contestant must have an original concept for the keyword's ability and should avoid copying other contestants.
5 - After one month has past from the previous judging, the winner of the previous challenge may judge and chose a winner.
6 - The winner of that challenge now may post a new keyword with a card, and judge the entries after the appropriate time.
7 - If one week and one day has passed with no judgement from the challenger who posted the keyword, MTGEmperor may make a judgement and post a new keyword.
If you like this idea, please leave a comment. This will help each other in making new abilities and learn how others think when making a set/card.