Oops, we went two days with no previews! We have a ton going on behind the scenes -- so much that we were a little neglectful to daily updates.
To make up for it, I'm going to reveal the secrets of 3rd Vanilla: Strawberry!
Yes, we have a lot of secrets, but these are big ones!
Are you ready for your first secret? Here it comes!
Art by Lavenderpandy
Oh, yay, a booster pack cover! ...wait, what's that?
Yes, we're adding 5 extra cards to each booster pack! Why? Well, there are 5 answers:
* Strawberry is the largest set since 1st Vanilla. Anyone who was around for 1st Vanilla probably remembers the printing dilemmas we had. None of the cards in the starter decks were found in the booster packs. While this made for an easy time collecting half the set from the starter decks, many people who bought booster packs were flooded with the same 28 common cards over and over, just hoping they got one of the 34 rares they were missing. We've corrected that imbalance over the years, and we are happy to say that Strawberry has 60 commons, 40 uncommons, and 34 rares, which makes for a very nice spread when opening a booster pack.
* The game is expanding. We can't stop it. Furoticon is doubling in popularity every year. We have to give our fans more! More cards means more enjoyment and satisfaction out of every booster pack. Your happiness is dearly important to us.
* You get to see more of the story and art in every pack. To explain this, I'd like to talk a moment about our last set, Tribes of Tanglebrook. The art on its cards tells an elaborate story, and you may not even notice all the entwined events. With a snapshot of 10 cards per booster pack, you're guaranteed to get at least 1 card from each of the 6 tribes. This sounds great at first, but a problem arises from a flavorful standpoint: there's almost no way to tell how the events in your snapshot are related. With 15 cards per pack, you'll be able to piece together the little stories to see the big picture!
* Drafts and other limited formats become a lot easier. During a Draft (a format where you pick one card out of a booster pack, then you pass it along, then you receive the remaining cards from another pack and repeat until they're all gone), usually you have to pass the first pack left, the second pack right, and the third pack left, creating an uneven balance of where you're getting your cards from. With 15-card booster packs, you'll have an even balance of cards from the right and the left. Since there's only 1 Home Haven in each pack, you'll get an extra non-Home-Haven card per draft, too! Plus, with the emphasis on multiplayer in this set, we can do all sorts of fun formats, like Team Sealed, where your team of 2 players gets 4 booster packs to make two 20-card decks. It's going to be awesome!
And we saved the best for last:
* Two rares in every pack! We love you guys! Each booster pack will have 8 commons, 4 uncommons, 2 rares, and 1 Home Haven! I've been waiting to tell everyone about this for almost a year. It's hard to keep so many secrets!
I hope you'll enjoy everything we have to offer with 3rd Vanilla: Strawberry! Stay tuned for more secrets revealed!
Strawberry preorders begin June 1st! Check Furoticon.com every day for new previews!
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|Carousel on May 23rd, 2013 @ 08:10 PM|
This is exciting news. I am glad that this game is picking up in popularity. I can't wait for Strawberry.
Eglath on May 23rd, 2013 @ 07:04 PM
The larger booster pack size is great news... I just hope that they don't charge too much more for them.
Plus I hope the boosters in the online game are similar! ^_^
KiaranTheShadow on May 23rd, 2013 @ 08:43 AM
So excited for Strawberry!! The secrets unveiled makes it even better!! x3
on May 22nd, 2013 @ 11:45 PMWow, i do love what you intend to do with the booster packs and why you expanded the amount in said packs. Makes things easy for a casual player like me and more for the money's worth. Cant wait to hear what else you have in store.
on May 22nd, 2013 @ 11:40 PMwhy does everyone automatically go for the two rares aspect? its nice, yes, but look at the bigger pack size... ok, two rares IS really awesome.KoutaLeon
on May 22nd, 2013 @ 10:50 PMOMFG... Two rares per pack?? Awesome! We love you guys, all of you D: Canīt wait to get some of those packs ^^Roshiyu
on May 22nd, 2013 @ 10:38 PMTwo rares? O.O... Hopefully the online packs will carry the same amount. If so, I know where a fair chunk of my cash is going.
Also, Rodents for the win! :PRainbowKitten
on May 22nd, 2013 @ 10:02 PMSqueeeee! This is going to make spending money on these so much better! :D I'm kinda wondering about price changes though...Pouncerrr
on May 22nd, 2013 @ 04:18 PM2 rares per pack sounds great! I wonder if the packs are going to be more expensive though....LenKagamineFTW
on May 22nd, 2013 @ 03:00 PMI can't wait till june first! Why can't it come quickerVazz
on May 22nd, 2013 @ 02:40 PMNow I really can't wait for them to come outEmaji
on May 22nd, 2013 @ 10:45 AMI think this was a reveal worth the two days without - so excited for this set!polkakitty
on May 22nd, 2013 @ 09:29 AMWow, this set just gets better and better. It's really going above and beyond just keeping a basic set of cards in print for people to start with.
@Unseen_Evil - Well, I can't say whether there's any plan to do this, but since the online store is going to be linked into Furoticon Online, it would be possible to have draft tournaments periodically, and have them work the same way as the tournaments at cons (pay for a ticket to enter to cover the cost of the cards, and whatever cards you draft, you can keep.)
I wonder, though, if there'd be any interest (either on the developers' or the players' part) in a game mode where you could enter a draft game for free, with all the cards coming from the latest set, but you don't keep any of the cards (obviously this couldn't be done with physical cards, but in a video game it would be perfectly doable.) For people that can't afford many cards, it would offer a chance to see a wider range of cards in action, and it might actually encourage people to buy and trade more to permanently get a card that they really like and keep it after a new set comes out. Basically, it would be like a demo for the full range of cards in each set.
(Someone else here remembers when games had demos, right? Holy crap I'm old.)Bunnybunbun
on May 22nd, 2013 @ 09:00 AMYAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH MORE CARDS!!!!!!!ezekiel_tyr
on May 22nd, 2013 @ 08:13 AMwoo 5 more chances to get a card i want :DKaia_Cougar
on May 22nd, 2013 @ 08:09 AM*Cougar Squees* This is awesome news. More Uncommons and Rares per pack is going to be great. But I have to ask, what are the pricing on these packs going to be? $5 packs made purchasing with Furos really easy.Unseen_Evil
on May 22nd, 2013 @ 07:06 AMTwo rares sounds epic, though it just make me wonder how the online version booster packs will work and if it will have Booster Draft as a playable gametype.tiawulf
on May 22nd, 2013 @ 06:26 AMthat's so awsome! I'm literally considering going on a food free diet so I can afford to preorder this...