Custom Card Game Design

Antares’ Projects


An underwater block, where we explore the mythical realm of the deep sea. The block makes use of many underwater fantasy tropes, such as mermaids. Download the .pdf file with all card images and background story for Iamur. Also check out the second and third sets Grim Tidings and Overworld!

Additional files

Set I. Iamur [.MSE/MWS/MWS Images]
Set II. Grim Tidings [.MSE/MWS/MWS Images]
Set III. Overworld [.MSE/MWS/MWS Images]


A block focused on time, taking place on a desert-plane. The block is inspired by Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and has a strong graveyard theme. Download the .pdf files for the three sets of the block here: Esparand / Beginnings / Eternity

Additional files

Cockatrice Plugin
Set I. Esparand [.MSE/MWS/MWS Images]
Set II. Beginnings [.MSE/MWS/MWS Images]
Set III. Eternity [.MSE/MWS/MWS Images]

Dreams of Lyanar

A set of dream and fantasy. On Lyanar, dreams manifest themselves in the physical world. Dreamborn creatures are represented as living enchantments. Download a .pdf file with all card images for Dreams of Lyanar.

Additional files

Set I. Dreams of Lyanar [.MSE/MWS/MWS Images]

Siege of Ravnica

In this block, the Eldrazi attack Ravnica and the guilds unite to defend it. Because that is not enough, planeswalkers from all over the multiverse come to aid in the battle against the Eldrazi. Download a .pdf file with all card images for Siege of Ravnica.

Additional files

Set I. Siege of Ravnica [.MSE]
Set II. Exodus [.MSE]

Conquest of Orion

A space-fantasy trading card game. Conquer planets to gain resources and defend them with powerful spaceships, space whales or alien swarms. Conquest of Orion is released in several sets, most of them are still unfinished. Read more about the game here.

Additional files

Conquest of Orion Tutorial and Card list [.PDF]


A wedge-based multicolor set featuring a new card type, the sanctuaries, and an Elemental tribal theme. Paiura is my first foray into Magic design and the set is now discontinued. Download a .pdf file with all card images for Paiura.

Art by artsangel / Sandra Duchiewicz / Lee Moyer / emuson / Glenn Clovis


20 responses to “Antares’ Projects

  1. antaresmtg July 9, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    We’ve split up the ‘Our Projects’ page as it was getting too cluttered. All previous comments are under ‘Advent’s Projects’ now.

  2. adventmtg July 18, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Man I love the way you’ve got this set up – I may copy you :p

  3. Paul Alden July 22, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    What happened to Paiura!? I loved the first set of it.

    • antaresmtg July 23, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      I wanted to overhaul the presentation and some other things and put it up again, but I’m too lazy to do that anyway.

      So, yea, I’ll just put it up again :).

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  5. Matt Limoges December 31, 2014 at 7:38 am

    A quick question, how do you assemble your PDF documents? I’ve been looking to do the same and it’s never quite worked out correctly.

  6. turn2emrakul February 1, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Is your Orion game something that could be played on Cockatrice? It looks very interesting.

  7. "I play Emrakul." "HOLY SHIT!!!!!!" March 25, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    I was wondering if you had the .mse files for Grim Tidings, Overworld, and possibly Dreams of Lyanar? The PDFs are missing cards.
    (I am DYING to get the .mse file for Siege of Ravnica, by the way. Is it done? If not, when will it be? If it is, PLEASE POST THE SET FILE)

    • antaresmtg March 26, 2015 at 7:56 am

      Chill, man 🙂
      The missing cards aren’t errors, they represent card slots that I haven’t filled yet. I’m currently working on Siege of Ravnica, and it’s coming along quickly. When I’ll finish the other sets, I don’t know yet. I can upload the incomplete .mse files if you’re interested in those.
      And thanks for your encouragement 🙂

      • "I play Emrakul." "HOLY SHIT!!!!!!" March 27, 2015 at 9:05 am

        It’s just annoying to be looking at, for example, the Overworld PDF and see a whole page of ? and one card.
        Also, what inspired you to create Iamur? I know PoP: SoT inspired Esparand, but what inspired Iamur?
        One last detail: I was inspired by MaRo to start a podcast of my own, but in this one I talk about custom MTG sets. I was wondering if you would like (or allow) one of your sets to appear on said podcast.

    • antaresmtg March 27, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      .PDF: I like to represent that cards are missing, but maybe I can find a better way.
      Iamur: I wasn’t really inspired by anything to create Iamur. I’m a big fan of underwater worlds/underwater fantasy, so I wanted to make that into a Magic set. The Murloc race is of course borrowed from Warcraft, and the mermaids resemble Disney’s Ariel. I listened to “Under the Sea” a lot :).
      Podcast: Sure, sounds great. Where can I find your podcast? Do I know you from MTGSalvation or how did you find this blog?

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  9. Volvary March 26, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Hey Antares. I have been trying to get your Esparand set to boot up on MSE but for some reason it simply does want to. (New version maybe?) Do you still have the file/can you still load it? I would really like to playtest it with my play group but the set being 200-ish cards doesn’t make a good Cube format and I would prefer to be able to draft it instead.

  10. antaresmtg March 27, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Here is the epitaph frame.

    You also need the frames:
    -Modern Clear
    -Split Cards

    I reuploaded the .mse files. You should download them again.

    Contact me if you need more assistance.


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