Question of how to word cards?

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As some of you may know, I have been working on and off on designing my own
block. There's some card ideas that I've come up with which I'm having
trouble wording, and I'm wondering whether this NG or .misc is the right one
for that. I think .misc but I'm not entirely certain. Help? :)

Erich
 
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Time to step up the meds; I could have sworn Erich Leibrock just said...
> As some of you may know, I have been working on and off on designing my own
> block. There's some card ideas that I've come up with which I'm having
> trouble wording, and I'm wondering whether this NG or .misc is the right one
> for that. I think .misc but I'm not entirely certain. Help? :)

It's a rules question, as far as I can tell. Moreover, I've asked "What
would be the best way to word this?" questions here, and nobody has
complained.
 
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"Jeff Heikkinen" <no.way@jose.org> wrote in message
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> Time to step up the meds; I could have sworn Erich Leibrock just said...
>> As some of you may know, I have been working on and off on designing my
>> own
>> block. There's some card ideas that I've come up with which I'm having
>> trouble wording, and I'm wondering whether this NG or .misc is the right
>> one
>> for that. I think .misc but I'm not entirely certain. Help? :)
>
> It's a rules question, as far as I can tell. Moreover, I've asked "What
> would be the best way to word this?" questions here, and nobody has
> complained.

Well, since I haven't heard otherwise, I'll presume this is the case then.
In that case..

I've designed a card and I'm looking for good wording for it. The best I
have so far is:

Splatter (will change name later :) )
3B
Sorcery
If target land could produce mana of a colour that shares a colour with
target creature, destroy both.

In other words, you choose two targets - a land and a creature. Does the
creature's colour share a colour with any of the colours of mana that the
land can produce? If so, you destroy both. Is this the best way to word this
card in an Oracle-esque fashion?

Erich
 
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Erich Leibrock <eleibrock@symDELETETHECAPSpatico.ca> wrote:
>Splatter (will change name later :) ) >3B >Sorcery
>If target land could produce mana of a colour that shares a colour with
>target creature, destroy both.
>
>In other words, you choose two targets - a land and a creature. Does the
>creature's colour share a colour with any of the colours of mana that the
>land can produce? If so, you destroy both. Is this the best way to word this
>card in an Oracle-esque fashion?

No - starting an effect with "if" usually means you want an "instead" later
in it.

You might try "Destroy target creature and target land if the creature
shares a color with the mana the land could produce". Oracle likes to
start off "destroy" effects with the verb itself, and there's no reason to
word this so we have to say "destroy" twice, so putting the condition in
between the targets probably isn't what you want.

Dave
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David DeLaney (dbd@gatekeeper.vic.com) wrote:
: Erich Leibrock <eleibrock@symDELETETHECAPSpatico.ca> wrote:
: >Splatter (will change name later :) ) >3B >Sorcery
: >If target land could produce mana of a colour that shares a colour with
: >target creature, destroy both.

: No - starting an effect with "if" usually means you want an "instead" later
: in it.

: You might try "Destroy target creature and target land if the creature
: shares a color with the mana the land could produce".

Perhaps change "the" between "with" and "mana" to "any"...?
And change "the" to "that" in front of creature and land...?

It'd then read "Destroy target creature and target land if that
creature shares a colour with any mana that land could produce."

Howzat?


Keith