What is Scrolls exactly? It is a game made by the company Mojang, famous for making Minecraft, but that’s not all it is. Scrolls is a game that combines gameplay styles from collectible trading card games, plants vs zombies, and turn based strategy games that involve in depth strategy when it comes to placing your units and moving them around a hexagonal board. It’s simply amazing how easy the game is to pick up and play, and within minutes of playing, I began to wonder at the possibilities of the amount of strategy you could put behind building your deck and when it came down to playing the game itself. It is simply delightful, and I can’t wait for the rest of the world to enjoy it with me. Let’s move on, shall we?
After logging into the game, you will be greeted by the image above. A slick homepage from where you can decide where you want to go. You can edit yourdecks, talk to people, trade with people, create your own channels, or join someone else’s channel. You also have the ability to see the rating of a person from their ranked match next to their name. If you click on these people, you can challenge them to a match. Your rating and gold amount can be seen in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Your rating will go down or up when you play ranked matches against other plays. You can use gold to buy new scrolls at random. This is how you gain new cards, aside from trading with other players. You also have the ability to customize your in game avatar, changing their appearance by what they wear or what they’re equipped with. As far as I can tell, Mojang intends for this to only be cosmetic.
The deck building screen offers a wide variety of options in terms of how to sort your cards. You can filter out types of resources a card requires [of which at the moment there are 3, but there will be more in the future], the type of card it is [creature, enhancement, spell, structure] the cost of the spell, ect. Your deck must be at least 40 cards, but it can exceed thatnumber. You can also have multiple resources types in your deck as well.
Now it’s time to get to the actual game, eh?
This is a scroll, what your deck consists of. This happens to be a creature scroll – its going to be the one doing the attacking. Below the picture, you will see 3 numbers. The far left next to the sword is the attack power, the middle is how many turns it takes for the creature to automatically attack, and the far right is the creature’s health. At the top of the card, you will see how much resource a creature needs to be placed on the battlefield.
That is the game. The pillars at the opposite ends have ten health. If you lose 3 of your pillars, you lose. Those are the win/lose conditions of the game. In the lower left hand corner, you will see how much of an resource you have left. You can see your opponents resource amounts and how many cards they have at all times. You gain resources by sacrificing scroll cards in your hand. Your resource stash replenishes at the end of each turn. You may only sacrifice a scroll once per turn. When you sacrifice it, it is then discarded from your hand. If you have a multi-resource deck, you can sacrifice any scroll in your hand and turn it into any resource you wish, it doesn’t matter what resource the scroll required. In turn, you can also choose not to sacrifice a scroll for a resource, but to draw 2 more scrolls in case you’re running on empty.
Now, when you place a creature down on the board, you may only place it on your side. When it is time for your creature to attack, he will charge straight forward to the row opposite of him. Note that when you place a creature down, it isn’t stuck there for good. You can move him one space at a time around the board. Structures cannot be moved, but sometimes can be forced to if you have the right spell scroll, or if an enemy moves it because they have a spell scroll that allows it.
The game can get pretty complex at times. Many scrolls cards do additional things on the side. Of course, what good CCG doesn’t have that feature? Mojang promises to offer my scrolls in the future, and I for one can’t wait to see what they bring out. If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask down below. I wish I could play with my friends, by they weren’t able to get there hands on some keys. [Wink wink, nudge nudge, Mojang!]
TL;DR: You can also check out a quick overview of the game on youtube here,
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