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All of my decks on this forum are conveniently listed and linked here.

One of my little gaming projects is converting my old TTRPG characters into SotM decks. It's hard, as many of them are visually or thematically similar to existing decks, but I'll post a few of the ones that suck the least and expose myself to the hard radiation of anonymous interweb criticism. This one's basically a more support-oriented Tachyon. I'm not sure if I've overdone the hand/deck cycle, or how balanced the card destruction is.

No art for any of these, because I'm not good enough to do it myself and I can't afford to pay a real artist to do dozens of pieces for my little side project. In this case, just imagine an Asian teenager in a Chinese-y outfit looking generally panicked and occasionally smug.


Bio: The monks of the Shaolin Temple were sworn to guard the Mystic Dragon Clock, a jade pocketwatch of incredible power and mysterious origin. But everything changed when the Qing Dynasty attacked. With the monks nearly exterminated, their only hope was a beautiful rude clever village girl who hung around the monks and learned their kung fu (no matter how many times they asked her politely not to). Grabbing the Clock and accidentally falling hundreds of years into the future, Hua Fan Li must defend the relic’s power from sinister secret societies and deadly Chronossassins as the Time Keeper!


TIME KEEPER (26)

Do-Over
(Power) Discard 1 card. Draw up to 3 cards.

Incapacitated
- One target regains 1 HP.
- One player may discard their hand, then draw five cards.
- One player may take a card from their trash into their hand.


Equipment (1)

Dragon Clock (1): (Equipment, Relic) (Power) Draw a card. Play a card.


One-Shot (33)

Alternate Timeline (2): (One-Shot) Put a non-indestructible Villain card in play other than a character card on the bottom of the Villain deck. Play the top card of the Villain deck.
“This isn’t better!” - Time Keeper, Tales to Bewilder #8

Anachronism (2): (One-Shot) Shuffle the Environment trash and all Environment cards in play back into the Environment deck. Play the top card of the Environment deck.

Catch Your Breath (3): (One-Shot) One Hero character regains 1 HP. That Hero’s player may draw 1 card.

Fists of Fury (3): (One-Shot) Time Keeper deals up to 3 targets 2 Melee damage each. If a target takes damage this way, reduce all damage dealt by that target by 1 until the start of your next turn.

Flies in Amber (2): (One-Shot) Discard two cards. If you do, Villain cards cannot be played until the start of your next turn.

Flying Kick (3): (One-Shot) Time Keeper deals one target 3 Melee damage.

Quicktime (2): (One-Shot) Play a card. Use a power.
“-ottagofasttoomanythingstodotoday-” - Time Keeper, Young Protectors #1

Stolen Moment (3): (One-Shot) Draw a card. You may destroy 1 Ongoing card.

Temple Flashback (2): (One-Shot) Move one card other than Temple Flashback from your trash to your hand. You may play a card.

Temporal Scout (3): (One-Shot) Reveal the top three cards of any deck. Return them to the top of that deck in any order.
“You do not wanna go in there. Trust me.” - Time Keeper, HKPD Blues #2

Warning Shout (3): (One-Shot) One other player may use a power now. If they do not, you may draw a card.

Wind Up (5): (One-Shot) If Dragon Clock is not in play, search your deck and trash for a copy of Dragon Clock, put it into play, then shuffle your deck. If Dragon Clock is in play, draw 2 cards.


Ongoing (6)

Revisionist (3): (Ongoing) When a Hero target takes 3 or more damage from a single source, you may destroy this card to prevent that damage.
“No no no, that’s not the way it happened.” - Time Keeper, Tales to Bewilder #8

Ultimate Fist (3): (Ongoing, Limited) (Power) Time Keeper deals one target 2 Melee Damage. Draw a card.
 
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Christopher Webb
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The hero concept here actually has a lot of potential. Very much Prince of Persia Sands of Time-y (I saw what u did there) and could actually do a lot better pulling more from him as a character than from Tachyon (though Tachyon is a good base as she's already in game and gives you a good baseline for conversion).

My biggest concern (and there was another poster here last week who suffered from a similar issue) is that your character has literally nothing to distinguish herself from other heroes. No special mechanics. You don't have to have a Keyword unique to her to make her unique (good examples of these are Wraith and Legacy) but you ARE looking into a pool that is pretty saturated so unique keywords and special mechanics/interactions with said keywords helps a lot.

Try considering what it is that really sets her apart from everyone else, then implement that into her deck and show us what she's really made of.
 
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Rosgath wrote:
The hero concept here actually has a lot of potential. Very much Prince of Persia Sands of Time-y (I saw what u did there) and could actually do a lot better pulling more from him as a character than from Tachyon (though Tachyon is a good base as she's already in game and gives you a good baseline for conversion).

My biggest concern (and there was another poster here last week who suffered from a similar issue) is that your character has literally nothing to distinguish herself from other heroes. No special mechanics. You don't have to have a Keyword unique to her to make her unique (good examples of these are Wraith and Legacy) but you ARE looking into a pool that is pretty saturated so unique keywords and special mechanics/interactions with said keywords helps a lot.

Try considering what it is that really sets her apart from everyone else, then implement that into her deck and show us what she's really made of.


I don't want to be too cute, though. I feel like some original decks have novel mechanics for the sake of novelty alone.
 
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Rosgath was talking about me and since I posted the first half of my decks for the expansion me and a friend are making, I have learned a lot from the community. Novelty alone should not be a worry so much as making the deck fun and feel like it fits a niche of some sort. Dragon Clock should have a downside to balance it if you have no card to discard. Would make it feel less OP and the go to card after emptying the hand.

Revisionist feels like since things are being rewritten, it is a bit strong as you just ignore damage for a character. Revisionist seems a bit like a card you have in one of your other decks you have posted and I felt like it had potential for a neat ability that has not been done before and fits your character. When a villain card is played, you may ignore the effects of the card and discard it. Play the top card of the villain deck. Just an idea. Gives a feel of messing with time can be risky. Like the butterfly effect essentially.

Maybe altering some of your cards to have more of a rewind effect like that to give it the feel it needs, while also giving it a niche of support at a risk. A player may discard the card they drew to draw another card and other such things. Just a thought.
 
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This is a really cool character, and I like her deck. Current thought: Anachronism seems rather strong (destroying all environment cards is the wheelhouse of villains, normally), I feel like it should have some kind of downside.
 
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The intent was for Alternate Timeline and Anachronism to be balanced by the fact that you're also playing a new card off those decks. You're right in that open-ended Environment destruction might be too much, but if it isn't at least two or three cards you're just cycling out an Environment card and the play is too situational and random to be consistently worthwhile. It's worth tinkering around with the details, but you're rarely going to destroy more than three cards at a time in any case. It's not like you're using them as fuel for anything, as with Omnitron and Akash'bhuta.

As for Revisionist, compare to Synaptic Response or Flak Vest. There are plenty of ablative cards that eat a hit outright, and even ones that send the hit somewhere else. Not restricting the activation to hits of 3+ damage is probably an oversight on my part, but the ability to waste the card on small hits doesn't seem like much of an upgrade.

I'm not sure that Dragon Clock's power is too far out of line. It might be more that the passive effect negates the disadvantage, where using the power without the extra draw puts you at negative hand size for the turn (two plays, two draws, and a discard).

Prospective changes are that Anachronism only destroys three cards (I think that's actually a reversion), Revisionist only eats 3+ damage hits, and Dragon Clock doesn't give you a free draw per turn.

Although I'm concerned that older versions of the character got really hungry for cards, and that's probably why I gave Dragon Clock the bonus draw.
 
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Changelog 29OCT16

Revisionist now only works on instances of 3 damage or more.

Temporal Scout was changed to be a One-Shot.

Dragon Clock no longer has an End-of-Turn effect.

Anachronism now has a limit of three Environment cards destroyed.
 
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Changelog 28MAY17

Base power was a little weak, so now it's less weak. Possibly pretty strong, I dunno.

Dragon Clock felt a little weak without the discard cost, so now it's probably a little strong again.

Anachronism functionality changed.

Flying Kick functionality changed.

Ultimate Fist damage bumped.
 
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Oh-ho! Anachronism is now the Teleport from my Twilight Sparkle deck! I approve!

Suggestion on Flies in Amber: just copy the text of Ground Pound. Discard 2 or destroy it when it enters play. It'll make the effect easier to keep track of, and I don't think there's any use she would get out of having an ongoing sitting around for a round without effect.

Also, for Quicktime, it's functionally similar to Pushing the Limits, so why not have an option to self-damage and keep it around? I mean, as-is, it gives you a card play and an extra power for this turn; not bad, but not as great as it could be, and without Fixed Point or something, you won't get any more utility out of it than that. Not saying it's necessary, just that it seems like the kind of thing that's meant to be used again and again until you can't pay the cost.
 
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Changelog 29MAY17

Flies in Amber is basically Mistbound, so I just made it a One-Shot, as it should have been in the first place. I also made Quicktime a One-Shot.

I knew I forgot something. Anachronism changed to be basically Twilight's Teleport, which is a more thorough implementation of the concept that solves several problems I didn't even think of.
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