Tuesday, October 9, 2018

#Moxtober 09: Precious

During the month of October is #Inktober! Each day has a single-word prompt, but instead of inking something, I design a Magic: The Gathering mechanic to fit the word. This is called #Moxtober.

(This was previously named #Meltober, named after "Mel", the more mechanically-inclined counterpart to "Vorthos" of the aesthetic profile spectrum.)

Day 01: "poisonous"
Day 02: "tranquil"
Day 03: "roasted"
Day 04: "spell"
Day 05: "chicken"
Day 06: "drooling"
Day 07: "exhausted"
Day 08: "star"

Today's prompt is: "precious"

When I saw "precious", I thought of Gollum and The One Ring, from Lords of the Rings. I became focused on the wondrous discovery one can make when putting on a magical ring for the first time, to discover what its ability is.

This mechanic requires an explanation of imbue and the wonder die.

The wonder die is a D6 - similar to how the planar die is a D6 that does stuff. While the wonder die doesn't have blank sides, it has a creature keyword ability written on each side of it.

The idea here is that "rolling the wonder die for a permanent" means you're imbuing it with whatever random magical powers (creature keyword). Once you roll the die, you then place that die on top of the permanent, and it's considered imbued.

There'd be special D6 created for this mechanic, but it can also be used with any 1 through 6 D6.

Here's a quick stab at a table:

1: Vigilance
2: Flying
3: Deathtouch
4: First strike
5: Trample
6: Hexproof

The Limited environment containing this mechanic probably can't use +1/+1 or -1/-1 counters, to help track for the imbued magic from the wonder die.

Forge is an extra layer on top of the wonder die mechanic, so it's like we have two mechanics for one today. :)

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