Minecraft Studio Unveils New Title Called Scrolls

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Minecraft Studio Unveils New Title Called Scrolls

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Mojang has finally revealed its second title, a digital card/board game mashup called Scrolls.

The second Mojang game that Marcus "Notch" Persson had hinted at in October 2010 has been revealed. Along with the completion of Minecraft, Mojang is currently working on a digital card game with board game elements called Scrolls.

The design of Scrolls is being led by Mojang's Jakob Porser. Porser says that he and Persson had started to discuss the basic idea behind Scrolls five years ago. Now that Minecraft has given them the ability to make it, they're making it. Art is being handled by Markus "jnkboy" Toivonen, known for his incredible 16-bit mockups, and the backstory for Scrolls is actually being worked on by Penny Arcade's Jerry "Tycho" Holkins. I wouldn't hesitate to call that a dream team.

Porser describes Scrolls as a "strategic game with a strong foundation in tactical game play but with a touch of random and chance guaranteeing a never ending stream of curve balls." Players will assemble a deck of "scrolls," which will be similar to cards, and constantly evolve this arsenal to defeat each new opponent in anything from smaller one-and-done battles to world tournaments. Scrolls will feature both single-player and multiplayer modes, and record each player's detailed statistics.

Scrolls is played on an area similar to a chess board. Like most collectible card games, the player's goal is to reduce his/her opponent's health to zero. A proper balance of attack-based and defense-based cards will be necessary to keep a higher number in the wins column than the loss column.

After release, Mojang will release new packs of cards to keep Scrolls fresh. An online auction house is also planned so players can officially buy and sell each other's cards. Mojang is adding a neat feature where cards will start to look older the more that they're used, perhaps adding a level of prestige for longtime players.

Similar to Minecraft, there will be both alpha and beta testing phases for Scrolls that the public can get in on. However, they'll both be free. Mojang will invite certain Minecraft alpha purchasers to the Scrolls alpha, and then hold an open beta to help balance the game. This is the studio behind Minecraft here, so expect to hear a lot of new details as Scrolls continues development.

Source: Scrolls.com, Gamasutra

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Sounds pretty cool.

EDIT: wait is it free to!

A online field collectible card game by the people who made Minecraft?
Yes please!

I really do enjoy minecraft and this kind of game really appeals to me. I will most certainly try and get in on the Alpha/Beta.
It might be simmilar to the MTG card game but all of the extras make it seem a little more worth it.

Not even done with Minecraft and Notch has already discovered a way to take more of my money.

and the backstory for Scrolls is actually being worked on by Penny Arcade's Jerry "Tycho" Holkins.

You mean the guy that couldn't finish his own game? Yeah.....

Edit: Wait... I thought minecraft was far away from finished.... like really really far away....

Icehearted:

and the backstory for Scrolls is actually being worked on by Penny Arcade's Jerry "Tycho" Holkins.

You mean the guy that couldn't finish his own game? Yeah.....

Indeed, I want more "On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness"

So...they're making Yu-Gi-Oh?

Icehearted:

and the backstory for Scrolls is actually being worked on by Penny Arcade's Jerry "Tycho" Holkins.

You mean the guy that couldn't finish his own game? Yeah.....

Edit: Wait... I thought minecraft was far away from finished.... like really really far away....

It is. They never said they'd only release this new game once Minecraft is done. They're working on the completion of Minecraft and now on this game too.

I'll pass, but it is nice to see that Mojang is branching out (and working with other talented people).

JokerboyJordan:
So...they're making Yu-Gi-Oh?

Hi! as long as i can play a childrens card game on a motorcycle im happy!

I love it, I've always wanted to get into one of these types of card games, even thought of making my own one day.

It looks like they are doing everything right and I can't wait to play alpha!

I'm intrigued. I love minecraft and am excited to see the company working on a second title completely different from the first. This is the sort of thing the games industry needs.

I hope Scrolls is as good as it sounds, otherwise that would be a real kick in the deck.

the question is will it be as good or better than mtg tactics?

This is a game I can get behind. I expect to have quite a bit of fun once Scrolls comes out.

Notch commented in the documentary that's being made about them that the new game would be hated by Minecraft players.

He's nuts, that there is a great idea that I can see myself purchasing.

Wait, he's making a Yu-gi-oh/Magic game? I hope he gets sued. There's taking elements from a game and there is outright theft and this...Bwaaaahahaha sorry, I couldn't finish that. None of the FortressCraft haters will have a problem with this even though Notch is doing to CCGs on the PC what FC is doing to Minecraft.

I can see myself loosing hours of my life to that game, not that I would mine.

So that's what Notch has been doing instead of making new stuff for minecraft. Other than beds...

HankMan:
I hope Scrolls is as good as it sounds, otherwise that would be a real kick in the deck.

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I wonder how much this is going to cost...

Wouldn't mind trying it out. I like how this game is pretty much the complete opposite of Minecraft.

Eh, looks interesting, I might give it a look. Card games are totally for young, pathetic, man-children with no lives and sustaining virginities anyway!

Hides Yu-Gi-Oh deck his friend gave him...

Another game for Notch to not finish? Awesome!

It's funny how people are so excited about a game from a studio that hasn't released a full project yet. I will probably have a look at it however.

I hear the developer headcount at Mojang is pretty low. Seems to me a bad idea to split time from a project that made you and is unfinished.

Oooh, sounds kind of cool. I'm not that into card games, but a virtual one might be good. I loved the FF 8 card game, might be fun to have a new version of it.

If its free that means I can quit wasting $50 a month on MTG cards!!!!!!!!! I'm saved! Thank you Notch!

Sounds interesting, certainly taking a different path from Minecraft heh.

Although, let me say this: Don't do it, Mojang! Stick to single player games! You don't want to deal with competitive multiplayer games where the "nerfs" and "buffs" fly like arrows and your game gets "ruined forever" every thirty minutes!

hmm... not really sure yet, not all in for card games

I will certainly try it out, I have a few friends that are super into Magic: The Gathering and that's a bit before my time so I'll see about hooking them into this. Hopefully I won't be left out of as many conversations that way.

Minecraft isnt my kind of a game. But Scrolls sounds like something id like to get involved with.

I bet the creators have played some good hours of Magic The Gathering or Yu Gi Oh

If any other company were doing this I'd be worried that it's on the path to microtransactions. Somehow, I don't think that's Notch's style.

All the people saying that Notch shouldn't be focusing on a seperate game project while one game is unfinished; you're missing a significant point:

Notch can do whatever the fuck he wants.

EDIT: Haha, Necro'd from a link from another thread! My apologies.

I'm glad i got Minecraft in Alpha, free DLC, get MC cheaper, and I have a chance to get into Scrolls Alpha

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