Monday, June 19, 2006

The CE Project: Introduction and Destiny Samples

One of my favorite games of all time is Cosmic Encounter. We played it almost every day when I was in college, and we still play it rather often ten years later. Unfortunately it's out of print and our Mayfair set is starting to wear down. While there is an online version, for my friends and I it's just not the same. ...

That will be the beginning of the page for the CE Project, where I'm following in the footsteps of many other CE fans by creating my own CE set from scratch. While I can't post the files, I plan to write up what I'm doing and how I got there as a guide for others who may be making their own CE set. I'd gladly include suggestions from others as well. (Right now I'm trying to decide how best to make tokens.)

Over the next few weeks I'll be posting samples of my redesigns for all of the different cards. I thought I'd kick it off by posting some of the color Destiny cards. I stuck to a simpler design with built-in features to prevent the "what color is this" issue with Blue and Light Blue, which we will keep using for Symbiote and six player games until I have new sets of tokens. Here's what I came up with: (click on a card for a larger version)

Blue, Normal Cone Cyan (Light Blue), Normal Cone Wild, Normal Cone

Blue, Reverse Cone Cyan (Light Blue), Reverse Cone Wild, Reverse Cone

Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet (Purple), Cyan (Light Blue), White, and blacK are all represented in my new destinies. Someday I'll dig out my Simply set and add Tan, Mint, Lavender, and Pink with their icons.

Next week: Special Destinies and more!


Jack said...

These cards look great. Did you use Publisher? What are you printing them on?
The Warp

Michael Miller said...


I used MultiAd Creator to create the various parts of each card and lay out card pages. It's a layout program with a bunch of drawing tools that I find easy to use; a nice midway point between Publisher and the Adobe Design Suite.

I printed the Destinies on a relatively new Color Laserjet at my roommate's office. (I think it's a 5550 variant, but I don't remember off the top of my head.)

All of the other cards are black and white, so I'm printing them at home on my LaserJet 4 SiMX. At 13 years old and over 1.1 million pages printed, it's a tank of a printer! The cards won't look as good as they would if I printed them on a newer printer, but the convenience wins handily.