Custom Card Game Design

Advent’s Projects

The Hubris of Caeia

A block focused on monocolor themes, where the dreadful Eldrazi make their return. Fortifications, first featured in Future Sight, also make their return. Download the .pdf files for the three sets of the block here: Caeia / Eldrazi Unleashed / Annihilation

Additional files

Cockatrice Plugin
Set I. Caeia [.MSE]
Set II. Eldrazi Unleashed [.MSE]
Set III. Annihilation [.MSE]

Advent Core

A custom core set for use with the Caeia block and a future, as-of-yet unannounced block. It should be noted that the MSE file is corrupt and sometimes inserts bad edits. The .PDF and plugin are clean, however.

Additional files

Cockatrice Plugin

Generals of Dareth

Initially planned as the follow up block to Caeia, this project turned into a standalone set.  A bottom-up design that focuses on tactical creature combat. Design finished, but no development/playtesting. Download a .pdf file with all card images for Generals of Dareth here.

Additional files

Set I. Generals of Dareth [.MSE]

Art by emuson / Laura Sava / TeiIku


22 responses to “Advent’s Projects

  1. Prophylaxis July 22, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Keep going, Advent! 🙂

  2. 22bebo July 31, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    These are really cool . . .

  3. Seth Cohen March 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I tried to open the Caiea block MSEs and all that happened was it pegged my CPU for an hour but never opened. Do you have another version of these around? Thanks!

  4. nick May 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    This entire blog is a joke. Advent needs to get a clue and stop posting on MTGS, CCC would be a far better place if unoriginal, plagiarizing, narcissistic egotists like Advent were banned from the site. His Wild West set, his Eldrazi set, his ‘explorer’ theme – all of this is just rehashed, plagiarized content from other designers like MOON-E, gumonshoe, etc. Get a fucking life.

  5. nick May 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Oh, and thanks for fucking over cockatrice with your ‘custom plugins’. Nothing like sinking one of the best community tools out there by trying to force your mediocre sets onto it.

  6. freddyjsg July 29, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Advent, could you please put a new version of Caiea’s MSE files?. My current version hangs when I try to open them.

    • adventmtg July 29, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Are you sure you have the right templates installed? It hanging up like that usually means that there is a template used in the set that you don’t have installed – I use Magic Modern a lot because of the colored x functionality, check MSE2’s website for an update. Let me know if you need any help I can fish up some links!

      • freddyjsg July 31, 2013 at 3:27 pm

        thanks for the advise, but i installed MSE 2.0 from, and it keeps giving me the same problem
        Anyway I just needed the image files for the set.

      • adventmtg July 31, 2013 at 3:36 pm

        I can re-upload the .pdf spoiler if that will help. As for MSE – even after you’ve installed the main program, you have to install individual template files for things like clear card, promo, special frames, etc.

      • freddyjsg July 31, 2013 at 10:34 pm

        the .pdf is alright, what i needed was the individual card images, like the MWS Image Files from Paiura, or something like that. Either way, i will download the templates required. Thanks for you attention.

      • adventmtg July 31, 2013 at 11:15 pm

        Oh I can get a folder with the card images for you. Check back tomorrow and I’ll have them hosted!

  7. antaresmtg July 31, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Maybe we should include the required templates in the .mse-files, or download links to the templates we used.

    • adventmtg July 31, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      That’s a good call. I need to go back and actually recall which templates are needed for Caeia, I can’t remember what all was used (clear and modern extra for sure)

  8. Paul Alden December 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I love the new Chandra in the Eternity set!

    • antaresmtg December 7, 2013 at 6:09 am

      Thanks! 🙂

      • Paul Alden March 4, 2014 at 11:53 pm

        Actually, now that I look at her again, I think it would be better if she started at 3 to get her out of bolt range. I don’t think that would unbalance her too much.

    • antaresmtg March 5, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      I recently changed her a bit. Now the tokens are sacrificed on upkeep instead of end step, which should increase her defensive capabilities. I’ve also changed the -X to only Blaze. I feel like this version is much more balanced and I’ll test it out. If she’s still too fragile, I’ll consider increasing her starting loyalty to 3.

  9. Paul Alden December 22, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Hey, Advent and Antares, I was wondering, how do you guys get all your art? Do you approach particular artists for commissions, or do you take existing images. I ask because I’m working on my own set, and I have no idea what to do for the art. Thanks in advance, and I love your guys’ work.
    Cheers and good luck with future projects.

    • antaresmtg December 25, 2013 at 10:55 am

      The artworks we’re using aren’t commissioned. We get the artwork from various community art sites. I recommend googling, and bookmarking the artists you like from among those that are credited on the cards.

      If you’re not using the art for a commercial use, and you properly credit the artist, there should be no problem. If in doubt, ask the artist for permission first.

  10. adventmtg December 28, 2013 at 9:08 am

    What Antares said. I try to leave a message on the artists wall informing them that I’m using their art and providing them my info in case they object – some of which do, and I remove their art. Otherwise, it’s assumed that the art is being used under Fair Use exceptions to copyright, as our position is that this blog represents an exercise in scholarship and research regarding card game design.

  11. XPlanC October 5, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Great set! Good job!
    I like really like purity but I think the haunted ruins is abit OP.
    What software are you using to make those cards? I tried MSE but it doesn’t look that good.

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