Custom Card Game Design

Video: Creating a Cockatrice Plugin with MSE2

I had three people ask about an update to this video today, so I decided to stop being lazy and update it!  If you like this kind of thing, please leave feedback so I’ll know whether or not to keep doing it!  I love feedback, suggestions, questions, whatever!

An updated guide on how to add your custom set from MSE into Cockatrice!

MSE Cockatrice exporter:

Curved Apostrophe for use in image filenames: ‘ (it doesn’t look curved when displayed here on youtube, but that still should be the right one)


1) Install the Cockatrice Exporter
2) Run the Cockatrice Exporter, save cards.xml to your Cockatrice Appdata location
3) Export all card images to a folder with your set abbreviate in the downloadedPics folder.
4) Manually edit all apostrophes and commas into the file names of the images (be sure to use the apostrophe mentioned above, and not the apostrophe on your keyboard)
5) Playtest!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask them, here, on twitter (@AdventMTG), or on my blog (

If you’re interested in seeing the advanced video on how to create the self extracting plugin, please say so!


5 responses to “Video: Creating a Cockatrice Plugin with MSE2

  1. turn2emrakul February 1, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Wow thanks so much for posting this! Heard about your blog from the re-making magic podcast. You guys are awesome, I’ll be sure to be reading more!

  2. antaresmtg February 1, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Unless you’re a super perfectionist, I think it’s just easier to remove all instances of special characters in the .xml file than to add them onto the image names. Can be done with a few clicks and saves a lot of time.

    • adventmtg February 1, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      With this newest template, the xml file doesn’t need to be edited at all, though. Just the file names of the card images. It’s gotten much easier.

      • antaresmtg February 2, 2015 at 6:43 am

        Instead of editing the names of the images, you can just edit the names of the cards in the .xml file. If you have a card named “Dude, Awesome Wizard”, instead of renaming the “Dude Awesome Wizard.full.jpg” into “Dude, Awesome Wizard.full.jpg”, you just open the .xml file and replace all commas with nil, same for apostrophs. Then the image name is correct. This can be done with a few clicks and is much less tedious. Since the commas and apostrophs still appear on the image itself, you won’t notice the difference very much.

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