Sometimes it Pays to be Prepared

Today's reveal includes two Action cards that can help you get around even the worst of weather you'll come across in Shipload o'Gold.

The first card we'll be talking about today was in the design from the first version of the two-deck game. This one was heavily influenced by a mechanic from Magic, where you look at a certain number of cards from the top of your deck, and rearrange them in any order. In Magic, you can use it to set up your next few card draws to put the cards you need close to the top, and push ones you don't need further down. In Shipload o'Gold, everyone essentially "shares" the Weather Deck, so this type of effect can be used to setup the most beneficial order of cards for you.

This card can be a little confusing at first, as it uses algebraic terms to explain what the card does. In simpler terms, you look at however many cards as there are players. If there are five people playing, you get to look at the next five Weather cards. Usually, this is best played before you draw your own Weather card for the turn, as you can set up your Weather card, and all of your opponents' as well. In my experience, this card frequently sets up situations where a player ends up losing all their coins, though your mileage may vary.

While Looking Glass was in the design from the beginning, there was no way for a player to react to it until much later in the design process. When we realized that it was ok to have the "counter" cards for Actions, we started thinking of ways to respond to Looking Glass. We actually created two separate cards, but the one revealed today is the "play at any time" variety.

The nice thing we've found with this card is you can use it to stop a nasty Weather card on your turn, or you can use it to cancel the plans of someone that just played a Looking Glass.

You'll also notice that there's a bit of extra detail in these Action cards. Marshall's gone back and improved upon his earlier designs while preparing for our initial print version. I've already updated the Action cards we've revealed so far with their new artwork, so be sure to check them out in the Gallery.

Next week we'll be back to reveal the card that we developed along with Expert Navigation, which provides a slightly different effect.