As mentioned in our previous blog post, Lunarch will be making an appearance at FanExpo in Toronto, Canada from Thursday, August 28th to Sunday, August 31st. We’ll be demoing Prismata to anyone walking by, so if you’re around, stop by our booth and you can get a chance to chat with the co-founders about the game and experience playing it firsthand. Our booth is located around the same area as Riot Games, Teletoon and Hasbro.
After releasing our how-to-play video two weeks ago, we’ve been getting more questions than ever about how Prismata was designed, what Prismata matches feel like, and why we made such unconventional decisions in crafting the game itself.
Prismata is unique in that it combines aspects of both card games and real-time strategy games, which led to many difficulties and challenges in its design. This article will attempt to shed some light on the design decisions that seem really bizarre to first time players, and answer other common questions.
Prismata is different from many strategy games in that when challenging an opponent, you don’t build your army from a fixed tech tree, nor do you bring a deck of cards with you to battle. Instead, the units available for purchase are randomly chosen from a set of dozens of different units, meaning that new strategies must be planned every game.
However, there is one special set of units—the Prismata base set—that is available in every single game.
In this article, we’ll be focusing on the base set, which lies at the foundation of all of Prismata. The Prismata base set contains eleven core units, providing a flexible and reliable selection of technologies that you can use as a starting point whenever you begin planning your strategy. The base set units in Prismata allow you to ramp up your economy, invest in technologies, and obtain essential offensive and defensive capabilities that can supplement the rest of your forces. (more…)
Prismata is a fast-paced, turn-based game that mixes together ideas from real-time strategy games and card games. In Prismata, players take turns collecting resources, building up units, and eventually attacking each other. The objective is to destroy all of your opponent’s units – before they do the same to you.
Resources in Prismata
There are five resources in Prismata: gold, energy, green, blue, and red. These are their symbols, in order:
At the bottom of your screen, you see how many of each resource you currently have. Your opponent’s resources are displayed at the top of your screen.
Gold and green, once produced, are stored until they are spent. Energy, blue, and red expire at the end of each turn, meaning they can only be used on the same turn they are produced.
As a veteran of online poker, with over a million dollars in profit, I’ve learned that in turn-based online games, there’s a great amount of value in concealing information and deceiving your opponent. Poker players need not look far to find lengthy articles on how to profit from timing tells and deceive opponents through timings.
Such tactics really shine in Hearthstone because there are an incredible number of interesting ways to abuse Hearthstone’s user interface to hide information, cause confusion, and lure your opponents into making sub-optimal plays. Whether or not you decide to use these tactics, I hope you’ll find them interesting.
Before we begin, a couple of disclaimers:
Disclaimer 1: These tactics will irritate your opponents. These tactics are controversial. Many of them involve completely unnecessary stalling. People will think you’re an asshole if you employ them. Using them on your friends (assuming you want to keep them) is not recommended.
Disclaimer 2: These tactics aren’t for everyday laddering. They’re not gonna help you climb fast from rank 20 to rank 10. They’re not gonna help you grind faster to earn gold and unlock heroes. These tricks are for tournament matches and legend-level ladder games that you really want to win.
Disclaimer 3: These tactics are not for everyone. These tips are for the soulless masochists among us—those willing to sacrifice our integrity to squeeze out every last advantage possible in every match. They’re not fun. They may waste your time, and may encourage your opponents to grief you. But if you crave every possible edge you can possibly get, these tips are for you!
The matches have been played, the VODs are in the casters’ hands, and the stage is set. In roughly 7 hours from the time I post this, the Prismata Cup finals will be aired.
Date: Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
Time: 6:00pm EDT
Casters: Trump and Hafu
The Prismata Cup is a merit-based tournament open only to high-rank legends. 32 incredibly good players—likely the strongest field of any Hearthstone tournament that has taken place thus far—competed in a competitive 5-round Swiss format, with those having 4-0 or 4-1 records advancing to the single elimination finals that will be broadcast today.
Tempo Storm Gaara, one of the finalists, claims that this tournament produced the best matches ever recorded in Hearthstone history. Having taken a peek at the VODs myself, I couldn’t agree more. If you watch one Hearthstone tournament this year, watch the Prismata Cup finals. Below are five reasons why: