2 days ago
The Risks and Rewards of Custom Rules in Cube
Andy and Anthony talk about custom rules in Cubes. Cube is a unique Magic space where designers truly have full control over the game and can change it however they like. Beyond just choosing the cards they include, designers change the game fundamental with plane-like effects. Our hosts discuss the very substantial risks of custom rules to accessibility and even fun for enfranchised players. They talk about some of the rules they’ve experienced that didn’t work so well, and the successful ones, which tend to create an experience built around the changes that get players to buy into the novel experience.
They end the episode with two pack 1, pick 1’s from two custom-rules Cubes and do their best to asses cards in two subtly, but importantly different environments. First up, Dragonm137’s Channel Cube where players can spend life to generate colorless mana, a la the card Channel. And secondly Crvnch’s Infinity Cube where players have access to free colorless mana without the high cost of life.
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Discussed in this episode:
* Cooking Issues
* Anthony’s Turbo Cube
* Degenerate Micro Cube
* Reading Rainbow
* The Cascade Cube
* Judge Chat IRC
* The Changeling Cube
* The Channel Cube
* The Infinity Cube
0:00 - Dumpling Corner
3:14 - Introduction to Topic
6:24 - The inaccessibility of custom rules
11:35 - The comparative costs of different kinds of rules modifications
21:43 - Why it feels uniquely bad to lose to a custom rule
29:00 - Successful examples of Cubes with custom rules
42:34 - Some Custom Cube p1p1s
44:14 - Channel Cube p1p1
52:34 - Infinity Cube p1p1
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You can find the hosts’ Cubes on Cube Cobra:
* Andy’s “Bun Magic” Cube
* Anthony’s “Regular” Cube
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Musical production by DJ James Nasty.