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PostSubject: Are you building a CCG?   Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:42 pm

Do you ned to figure out card costs, but can't find anything on the internet, or just don't have the time to develop a system? Then look no further... I made this up a few months back, and is easily adjustable to fit your particular needs.
Ignore any typos you may find... this was originally on a spreadsheet, and I just cut/paste it to here (graphs don't copy well onto a text only format)

THE SOOTHSAYER’S GUIDE TO CARD COST…

CREATURES

For general cards, follow this chart
0 / 0Cost 0
0 / 1Cost 1
1 / 1Cost 1
1 / 2Cost 2
2 / 2Cost 3
2 / 3Cost 3
3 / 3Cost 4
3 / 4Cost 4
4 / 4Cost 5
4 / 5Cost 5
5 / 5Cost 6
5 / 6Cost 6
6 / 6Cost 7
6 / 7Cost 7
7 / 7Cost 8
7 / 8Cost 8
8 / 8Cost 9
8 / 9Cost 9
9 / 9Cost 10


If a card requires an additional cost, reduce cost accordingly
Deduct one life point when this card comes into playReduce card cost by one point
Deduct [ ] life points when this card comes into playReduce card cost by half of life point reduction, rounded up (2 life = -1 cost, 3 life = -2 cost, etcetera)
Spend [ ] points for each turn this card is in playReduce card cost by half of additional point cost, rounded up (2 points = -1 cost, 3 points = -2 cost, etcetera)
Sacrifice [ ] cards when this card comes into playReduce card cost by number of cards sacrificed (1 card = -1 cost, 2 cards = -2 cost, etcetera)


Adjust card cost by one point for each non-numbered ability
Flying, regenerate, defend, etcetera+1 Cost (each)
Comes in tapped, does not untap next turn-1 cost (each)


If an ability contains a number, increase cost accordingly
Flying (1)+1 Cost for flying, +0 for (1)
Flying (2)+1 Cost for flying,+1 for (2)
Flying (3)+1 Cost for flying,+2 for (3)
Flying (4)+1 Cost for flying, +2 for (4)
Flying (5)+1 Cost for flying, +3 for (5)

Additional cost equals half of ( ), rounded up

If a card requires more than one type of cost color, reduce initial cost accordingly
Only one color type0 point reduction
Requires two color types1 point reduction
Requires three color types2 point reduction
Requires four color types3 point reduction
Requires five color types4 point reduction


Using these charts…
2 / 3 creature with Cost 3
Regeneration+1
And flying (level 3)+3
Requiring two color types-1
Does not untap next turn-1

Actual card cost equals5


THE SOOTHSAYER’S GUIDE TO CARD COST…

SPELLS

1 to 2 points of damage1 cost
3 points of damage2 cost
4 points of damage3 cost


If ( X ) points of damage is being distributed to ( X ) targets, increase cost by half of target number, rounded down. However, if damage is to be equal among ( X ) targets, increase cost by 1 point for each target (including the first).

If spells inflicts damage directly to player, adjust accordingly
1 point direct damage+0 cost
2 points direct damage+1 cost
3 points direct damage+2 cost
4 points direct damage+3 cost


If a card requires an additional cost, adjust cost accordingly

Deduct one life point when this card comes into play; no extra damageReduce card cost by one point
For every life point deducted to cast this spell, increase damage by 1Increase card cost by one point for each life point sacrificed
Deduct [ ] life points when this card comes into play; no extra damageReduce card cost by half of life point reduction, rounded up (2 life = -1 cost, 3 life = -2 cost, etcetera)
Spend [ ] points for each turn this card is in play; increase damage by one point for each turn in playIncrease card cost to equal additional point cost
Sacrifice [ ] cards when this card comes into playReduce card cost by number of cards sacrificed (1 card = -1 cost, 2 cards = -2 cost, etcetera)




If a spell requires a time delay, adjust cost accordingly
Spells activates in 1 to 2 turns-1 cost
Spell activates in 3 turns-2 cost
Spell activates in 4 turns-3 cost


If a card requires more than one type of cost color, reduce initial cost accordingly
Only one color type0 point reduction
Requires two color types1 point reduction
Requires three color types2 point reduction
Requires four color types3 point reduction
Requires five color types4 point reduction


Using these charts…
5 point lightning boltCost 4
5 points of damage distributed between 3 targets (non-player)+1
Lightning deals 2 points damage to self-1
Requiring one color type0

Actual card cost equals4
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PostSubject: Re: Are you building a CCG?   Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:24 am

I can vouch for the ease of customization for this card cost calculation system. I used it, sortof, a few months back, making a few changes here and there. Excellent base point to start from!

And Sooth, not sure how well it would work for the forum layout, but instead of copy/pasting from a spreadsheet to text, you could always try using a table. It's the chart looking button in between embedding code and hosting an image. Don't have a lot of experience there, but the save draft function was recently turned on here, so you could make it an ongoing "downtime" hobby. Just a thought.

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