Monday, September 29, 2014

Wiz-War Random Labyrinth Generator for Hirst Arts boards



These cards are intended as a portable reference of boards from classic Wiz-War as well as the FFG edition, and as a way to randomly generate each board prior to play quickly, without need to figure out how to manipulate the single and double post walls for those who use Hirst Arts Wiz-War boards.




Card example:


These have been formatted to be printed by the Printer Studio printing services. Just upload them and complete your purchase. Or you can print them out yourself at home, though the bleed must be cut off.

The file can be downloaded from this LINK (10MB).

Wiz-War optional rules cards



Here are a set of optional rules cards for Wiz-War to keep on the table as reminders of which optional rules that have been chosen are in use during play.

There are also some popular fanmade optional rules included for you to use or not at your discretion.

Optional rules card example:
 Initiative card example:
These have been formatted to be printed by the Printer Studio printing services. Just upload them and complete your purchase. Or you can print them out yourself at home, though the bleed must be cut off.

The file can be downloaded from this LINK (35MB).


Wiz-War spellbook themed tuckboxes for sleeved cards


Tuckboxes to separate each school of magic from one another in a thematic fashion.
Contains tuckboxes for the base game, as well as the Malefic Curses and Bestial Forces expansions.

Time/Life books presents Archmage McGillicuddy's Encyclopaedia Magicae. Each codex is lovingly bound in only the finest leather made from the hide of cacodaemon conjured from the seventh circle of hades. The pages are made from sheets of moleskin parchment bleached under moonbeams, and hand lettered by our gnomish scribes using the ink of the kraken by the light of Saturn. The leaves are gilded with the gossamer of pixie wings and locked from prying eyes using glyphs of warding. As a finishing touch, a book mark made from the tongue of a basilisk is permanently affixed to the spine. For nothing says to your peers "I haz teh magikz" quite like a basilisk tongue wedged betwixt its pages. 

No mage worth their psaltes should be caught performing their arts without such grimoires of wizardy and legerdemain adorning their candlelit lectern. 

Our mystical operators are standing by their scying mirrors awaiting your commune. 

Don't delay, unfathomed mysteries await thee.


The file can be downloaded from this LINK.

For those of you who are new to papercrafting, here is a link to some helpful tutorial videos from the guys who make papercraft their business:
Worldworks Papercrafting Tutorials


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wiz-War project series prelude



Wiz-War is the kind of game where you feel like a kid again as you envision yourself as a wizard fighting in a deep underground 4D Escheresque hypercube labyrinth for the honor to be the next big cheese at the mages guild. Throwing spells at your rivals, using the creativity for clever magical plays that were once as easy as breathing to dream up and imagine when you were child. Free from years of conformity beating that wonderful creativity from your mind. You are also rewarded for that cleverness, both in your aggressiveness as well as your defensiveness.

Red Wizard: “I teleport you to this space of the maze and take control of your mind and then make you walk back and forth through that wall of fire while stepping on thumbs tacks scattered on the ground too!”
Green Wizard: “Nuh uh! I teleport away before you can target me. :p ”
Red Wizard: “Well, I just dispel your teleport.”
Green Wizard: “.... Fuuuuuck youuuu!”
Red Wizard: “That's 26 points of damage, which should just about kill you dead. And then some.”
Green: Wizard: “It would kill me if I didn't cast delay death like I am right now. Are you done playing around with your baby spells? Good. Now it's time to show you how a wizard can be a man...”
A fun game. A great game.

Games like this need more attention than what merely comes in the retail packaging.

And indeed this one gets the deluxe treatment with a new board by Hirstarts, some supplementary graphic design work for random labyrinth generation, as well as handy indicators on the table as to which special rule is being used, along with tuck boxes made to look like spellbooks to store the sleeved cards for each school of magic separately. It's been an ongoing project since February of 2012. Much of which was originally posted on BGG, but is better served on my own blog.

I didnt want to go through all the work to make 4-6 boards individually, so I spent extra time to make one board and fill in all the cracks with putty so I could use it as a master and make a mold of it to cast more boards in one single, easy step. It was very much worth the extra time, because I if sell a few boards to others, it makes it a lot less work for them as well.

The project is essentially completed, so I'll just separate each portion as it's own update.