The Prepare to Die interview with Michael Dellheim continues, now on the subject of the WAGON Webcomic Battle Card Game.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Oh I have many hidden talents, like… um… actually I can’t think of anything specific. Maybe my hidden talent is the ability to pull things out of nowhere when people least expect it of me. My talents are so hidden that I don’t even know I have them half the time! Like a magician! Or a ninja!! A Ninja Magician!!!
… yeah I’m not buying it either.
THAT is a long question to answer, but here’s the general idea…
The World Alliance of Geeks Online Network (W.A.G.O.N.) was established as an organization that supports independent creative websites across the internet. WAGON Webcomic Battle is a collectable cardgame created to help promote and support the content of webcomics in particular, though we do have a few cards that have come in from other sources of Geekdom.
Using creator-submitted artwork we create cards that translate the essence of a comic’s characters and plot elements into a form that can interact with the cards from other webcomics on the battlefield. This fight of course isn’t just for the fighters… sword-wielding psychos, mad scientists, and even angry videogame playing geeks can all contribute to the battle in their own unique ways. I dare say there ISN’T a comic that we couldn’t somehow integrate into the game system.
The basic breakdown of game play is that you use your Characters to attack your opponent’s Characters in order to eventually destroy their Life Panels. To back up your Characters in battle you have a collection of Plot Devices that can have an endless assortment of effects on the playing field. The first player to get all their Life Panels destroyed loses the game.
How many webcomics are included in the game so far?
The game currently has cards for twenty-two webcomics: Prepare to Die, Stridpartners, Chooken, Roomies, Sarah Zero, The War of Winds, Blue Sky, Union of Heroes, Zortic, Cy-Boar, Autumn Lake, The Best of What’s Left, Cartridge, 67th Avenue, The Apple of Discord, Rune Master: Tales of a Demon Slayer, Kat-Nap, Captain SNES: the Game Masta, Unamused Comics, NSTA: Semper Vigilantis, and several appearances by Jenny Everywhere. We also have several special rare cards that were made for The Action Flick Chick and Yu-Gi-Oh: the Abridged Series.
When our conversion to our new WAGON 2.0 design format is finished, we will begin expanding on the collection even further with new comics and new cards from all.
WAGON v2.0 will provide a much improved card look and layout, updated special abilities and attributes, and a completely re-designed website filled with an array of new resources to help you get your game on. It also allows us the ability to get into some really cool new things like booster packs, themed decks, expansion decks, and shiny foil versions of our rare cards. Not only that, but we will be moving full swing to start getting into a bigger convention presence and start setting up regularly scheduled tournaments. The goal of the new version is to take the game from an amateur to a professional level. Not to worry though for our current players, all v1.0 cards and decks are still fully compatible with the new version.