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Archenemy for 2014

Postby Xander9009 » 22 Oct 2016, 12:48

2012 had the Archenemy format, and I remember really liking it. It had been my first introduction to it, and it was really interesting. The recent post in a thread related to archenemy left me curious how difficult an approximation in 2014 would be.

Here's my thought on it so far. A single card, similar to how the leylines work, would put itself onto the battlefield at the start of the game. It would be the single scheme card currently face up. Its code would get very complicated, but it would work like this.

There's a list of possible scheme cards to use. Those cards are treated much the same as the back faces of transform cards in that they aren't included in decks directly, but rather are referenced by other cards.
There's a master list of those cards, each with an index (whether by name, number, or some other method).
A single scheme control card is included in an archenemy deck. At the beginning of the game, it puts itself on the battlefield and creates a manager token. The manager token sets its controller's life total to 40 (only the archenemy needs the manager token), and registers the scheme cards the controller is set up for.
By "set up for", I mean that while any given deck may only have one scheme controller, many controllers would exist. Each one would have a different list of schemes for the manager token to register. Each registered scheme is added to a pseudo-scheme-deck. The manager takes care of everything related to archenemy rules.
Whenever a scheme is set in motion, the controller would take on the characteristics of that scheme, and then the SCHEME_SET_IN_MOTION trigger would be fired (pseudo-trigger using the CW_General_FireTrigger() function).

With this method, there would be a few major issues.
1: There's no way to make the allies take turns at the same time.
2: There's no real way I know of to make them treat each other as allies, so the AI wouldn't be able to handle it very well.
3: While we could prevent each non-archenemy from attacking another non-archenemy with creatures, there's not much else we could do without breaking many cards.

So, the main question here is this: can anyone think of a way to make the players consider one another allies?
I think the answer will be no, and without this, it's a rather fruitless attempt. But if the answer is yes, then it might just work.
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Re: Archenemy for 2014

Postby Splinterverse2 » 31 Oct 2016, 13:35

Would one of the players be the archenemy? If so, is there a way to assign a new characteristic to a player that could be filtered? Then maybe you could filter similar to team filters. But if you are asking how to make the AI not target opponents, I don't know if the would work with the simplified targeting blocks. You might have to have separate versions of cards without those tags or with something else to counteract them if the game is in archenemy format.
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Re: Archenemy for 2014

Postby Splinterverse » 28 Nov 2016, 11:27

After working with "The Monarch" and the Vanguard cards, I'm wondering if the schemes could be created as tokens and the manager card could call them into play as they are needed and destroy them when they are not. The Monarch has everything in it to avoid destruction/targeting/board wipes, etc. Just thinking that this method might allow for the art on the scheme cards to be different with each one "played."

I used filters a lot with the Monarch cards to determine who is the Monarch, so if Archenemy is played in free-for-all mode, you might be able to use a filter to see who has the manager. Then, maybe there's a way for it to pre_trigger if an illegal target is chosen (among the allies) or give them hexproof against each other. I don't know. Just stream of thought here. :)
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Re: Archenemy for 2014

Postby Xander9009 » 29 Nov 2016, 19:50

I wouldn't be able to give them hexproof against just each other without also affecting the archenemy. I might be able to grant them protection from one another, however, and prevent their creatures from attacking one another. It'd be over-zealous in that it would also prevent them from helping one another, but it might be a close enough approximation to work out.
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Re: Archenemy for 2014

Postby Splinterverse » 05 Dec 2016, 11:10

Xander9009 wrote:I wouldn't be able to give them hexproof against just each other without also affecting the archenemy. I might be able to grant them protection from one another, however, and prevent their creatures from attacking one another. It'd be over-zealous in that it would also prevent them from helping one another, but it might be a close enough approximation to work out.
Another idea. Are we able to create custom characteristics for players? If so, we might be able to make one called ALLY or something. If the "Archenemy" deck had a control card or manager that assigned that value to each ally and then had several triggers that checked for targeting, it could prevent targeting. Like you said though, it would make them not be able to help each other, but that might be something we have to live with to get this to work.

Another idea I had was to use 2HG. In that format, you could have the archenemy take up one spot and the schemes deck take up the other on one team. Then 2 players could play against it. That would cover the playing ally turns simultaneously. The scheme deck could have just schemes and "the player" could have hexproof etc. If we made the schemes similar to The Monarch/Vanguards where they can't be destroyed, but modified them to be self-destructible, then that could work. If we don't have enough schemes to fill the scheme deck, we could put in lands and have them exiled as soon as they come into play. The only downside to 2HG is the shared life total. Technically the rules are that the archenemy could eliminate the other players 1 at a time. For an approximation, we could start the "Ally" team with 40 life and when 20 life is lost (adjusted for gains), perhaps randomly one of the players could no longer cast anything and his/her side of the board is wiped. More streaming thoughts here.

I would definitely be down to make the scheme cards and deck if you want help with this effort.
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Re: Archenemy for 2014

Postby Xander9009 » 05 Dec 2016, 22:59

The 2HG is an interesting idea. But it reduces the allies from 3 to 2, which would probably interfere heavily with the balance of the scheme cards; making them less powerful when they affect opponents and more powerful when they affect the archenemy.

We can make custom characteristics for players the same way we make custom characteristics for cards. The problem is that it would currently require all cards that target/choose friendly players or enemies to be modified to use that new characteristic, or we'd have to make a master list. And with that many cards involved, the list would probably be too large to be viable. Unless we could find a way to make a master list of just the friendly cards, and then give each opponent protection from the cards (while targeting) unless they're in that list. That would reduce the number of cards in the list significantly, but I don't know if it would be enough to prevent lag issues.

So far, the one I'm liking the most is to give each player protection from each of their allies. I'm not too terribly worried about the rules related to taking turns at the same time, or other minor things like that. Despite not following the rules of the format, it basically just makes what we're making a variant of archenemy, which I'm okay with. But having your allies attacking you with spells isn't just a variant, it's outright game-breaking. Especially when you consider that the AI tends to attack the weakest opponent, and if the allies are attacking each other, then the archenemy will neer be the weakest, since they start off with such a big lead.
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Re: Archenemy for 2014

Postby Splinterverse2 » 06 Dec 2016, 13:28

Xander9009 wrote:The 2HG is an interesting idea. But it reduces the allies from 3 to 2, which would probably interfere heavily with the balance of the scheme cards; making them less powerful when they affect opponents and more powerful when they affect the archenemy.

We can make custom characteristics for players the same way we make custom characteristics for cards. The problem is that it would currently require all cards that target/choose friendly players or enemies to be modified to use that new characteristic, or we'd have to make a master list. And with that many cards involved, the list would probably be too large to be viable. Unless we could find a way to make a master list of just the friendly cards, and then give each opponent protection from the cards (while targeting) unless they're in that list. That would reduce the number of cards in the list significantly, but I don't know if it would be enough to prevent lag issues.

So far, the one I'm liking the most is to give each player protection from each of their allies. I'm not too terribly worried about the rules related to taking turns at the same time, or other minor things like that. Despite not following the rules of the format, it basically just makes what we're making a variant of archenemy, which I'm okay with. But having your allies attacking you with spells isn't just a variant, it's outright game-breaking. Especially when you consider that the AI tends to attack the weakest opponent, and if the allies are attacking each other, then the archenemy will neer be the weakest, since they start off with such a big lead.
I'm with you that protection is probably the best approach. Since the archenemy needs to have a regular deck plus a scheme deck, I think the token approach (similar to The Monarch) for schemes would be good. A manager or control card added to the archenemy's deck would generate the schemes and remove them as needed. The control card could also be used to determine who is the archenemy (also like the Monarch).

Over time, we could enhance the variant to allow for helpful card exceptions if we wanted to or enhance it in other ways. :)
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