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August 8, 2006

Warriors Online v0.90 is on the home page for download. This version adds all the rare cards, so the entire cardset is now incorporated. Version 0.9 also adds pack definitions, so you can play in draft format, too. I recommend five boosters or more, and I've noticed that it doesn't give out enough weapons. As usual, all feedback is welcome. I'm counting on feedback as the best way to improve the game and the plugin. Happy gaming!
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May 4, 2006

This is the first update since 2004, and it might be the next to last this site sees, ever. But I'll get to that in a minute. I wasn't planning on updating at all right now, but seeing the hit stats for this site lit a fire under me. Over 4000 hits since Saturday! I had no idea!

In the last two years, I've created a non-collectible card game, which I consider a far superior game than Warriors. It's called Ferrball's Mansion, the game of cartoon mayhem! Two to six players struggle to be the first to escape impending doom, all while fending off the competition and avoiding traps. I have PDFs of the cardsheets and rules available. Just ask! I've also discovered the wonderful world of Icehouse games, a game system published by Looney Labs. Like others before me, I've tinkered with Icehousee game designs, and currently have four concepts under development at Icehousegames.org.

The biggest Warriors news is that I've overhauled the rules page. Give it a visit if you haven't already. I've restructured the prize awarding method after a battle, changed the way keywords work, and made some other clarifications to existing rules, but overall the rules are much easier to learn from and much more consistant now. The reason the rules have been updated is that it is a small step in a bigger project... Warriors Online! Yes, you will be able to play Warriors over the internet using the LackeyCCG software (www.lackeyccg.com). This has necessitated the creation of PDF cardsheets, the new rules document, and many reworkings of individual cards. About 30% of the game has changed, and it's all for the better. Warriors Online v0.30 is ready, so contact me for the plugin directory that you can add to LackeyCCG and start playing. v0.60 is in the works, and I hope to have it out by this summer.

However, these two developments (Warriors overhaul and other game design projects) have led me to decide that this website, draconiaprime0.tripod.com, will be phased out. I want a new site, one that showcases all my various design efforts over the years, game essays I've written, and gives all my game-related stuff a common home. This URL just won't do that for me, and so I've decided that this has to go. In its wake I will launch a new site, hopefully by the end of the year. My experience as a gamer is growing, and so too must my online home for game design. My house just isn't big enough anymore, so I'll move into a bigger one. (As I write this, my wife and I are planning to actually move by year's end.)

So, look for my new site (I haven't decided what to call it yet). Check out my blog, www.spaces.msn.com/ryanarium. And if you want Ferrball's Mansion or Warriors Online v0.30, send me an email!
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January 30, 2004

Not much new in the way of game development. Neil Hackel's been running several games of Starships at NHS, and I've also emailed several copies of the new sourcebooks to other NHS students. Apparantly Starships left a bigger legacy than I expected, though I am pleasantly surprised!

In other news, returning visitors to DraconiaPrime will notice the major facelift this site has been given. Credit goes to my girl Evelyn for revitalizing my fervor in web design, and instilled me to dust off my HTML codeslinging skills. I've smoothed out the site formatting, and added some spiffy fonts.

Also, I'd like to thank the folks at The Citadel in Groton, CT, for introducing me to Netrunner. Based on cyperpunk lore, this CCG was designed by Richard Garfield way back in '96, and was out of print before the year was over. However, it won many game design awards during it's brief tenure, and has gone down in gaming history as one of the best designed CCGs of all time. I can see why! It's very well balanced, and the game has a psychological play aspect second only to poker.

Thanks also to Kurt and Chris at The Compleat Strategist in Falls Church, VA. I had countless hours of fun there on Wednesday nights, throwing down games of Fluxx, Give Me the Brain, Grave Robbers from Outer Space, Chez Grunt, and many others! wOOt!

Jury's still out on the new Magic card face,
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July 1, 2003

It's finally here! The complete Starships Player Handbook is available. Just email me at deeplogic@excite.com to have the files emailed to you. This edition is on the house. Changes to this new edition are major; if you thought you knew the game, not anymore. The homeworlds are much more balanced, resource management is more efficient, and the arsenal has been extended. Get yourself a copy soon, and start your next campaign!

As for Warriors, things have been rather stagnant, but steady. I've been playing around with deck-building strategies, and the Crysalisarians have had a name change. They're now known as the Beskans. More news to come.
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June 21, 2002

Not much new stuff up this time, but I did do some cosmetic changes to the HTML coding, so hopefully many pages (mainly the card list page) will look better. Also, I will be participating in a local Magic tournament this coming month, hosted by my brother (and fellow Warriors designer) Neil. I'll make sure to post the tournement's results in the autumn. In addition, I will also get some new cards up about that time.
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March 30, 2002

Nothing much to declare this time. I just cleaned up some of the HTML, and added a new ruling to the RULINGS page. Once more I'm hoping on a tournament this summer. I'll let you know how it goes.
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October 29, 2001

I have just finished rewriting the Universe page. It is far more user-friendly now. The proposed Warriors tournament planned for last summer fell through, but with luck the day will come this winter. There are still some things about the site that I'd like to fix up, but I need some help from HTML-savvy visitors, like how I can use different fonts. I'd also like a banner for other people can use for their websites as a link. If you've got any suggestion or advice, please contact me. See the People page for contact info. Thanks.
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June 21, 2001

Good news, everyone. I found some time to add a links page. I'll add to it as time goes on. Let me know if you want your link on it. I'm working on getting a banner myself for others to put on their pages. Until then, a simple link will suffice.
See you all again in August {this time I mean it, ;)}
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June 15, 2001

It's me again. I had the time to add some details to the Universe page. A worthwhile read if you haven't already done so.
Since my last post I have added a hit counter. Now all I need is some hits...
So it goes. Time to lapse into silence as I head home for the summer. I'll try to drum up a tournament back home, if I can rally enough players. I'll let you know how it goes.
Working on some more new cards, mostly spells and items as of yet.
See you all again in August.
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May 27, 2001

Hello, folks. This is Ryan Hackel, designer of Warriors. I know this page has already been up for almost two months now, but i finally got around to adding a News section. I guess the biggest news I have is the 20 new cards I added to the prototype deck in April. A full card list of these new cards is on the card list page.
Perhaps all the HTML junkies out there could help me improve this site. First of all, I want to change the Card List page background to black, but if I do that now, the table does not show up. Also, I would like to add some different fonts to my page. And I'm still searching for more GIFs for links (in the left frame).
All the HTML for this site was handwritten (except for the GIFs themselves, thanks Lycos). If you think you could help me out, or if you see something about the site that could be improved, I'm all ears. See the People page for ways to contact me.
That's all I have for now. Please stay tuned for further Warriors happenings.
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