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Nine Days Until Monster Island!

Postby Vontre » Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:06 pm

Yes that's right, it's so close! Monster Island will release on July 21st, and with it a whole slew of improvements, features, and new cards! Be sure to get your discounted preorder bundle and custom castle before time runs out!
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Cards and Castles Watchface!

Postby Vontre » Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:29 pm

A while ago our good friends over at Little Labs asked us if they could make a Cards and Castles themed watchface, and of course we were happy to oblige! If you have an Android Wear device, you can get the newly released Cards and Castles watchface from the Facer app right now! Enjoy! https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... CastlesApp
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Launch Schedule

Postby Vontre » Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:25 pm

Hey everyone, Monster Island will be out on Thursday and that means a midnight-ish release tomorrow night! We wanted to inform players of what to expect when we activate Monster Island.

On Wednesday night at 9 PM PST, the game servers will be taken down for maintenance. We expect this maintenance to last about 1 hour, during which we will be awarding the new BASIC card set to all players. After maintenance is complete, the game will come back up and Monster Island will be out! Players should immediately receive their launch rewards, rank reset, and packs can then be opened! Standard mode will be activated, and Standard mode decks will be required for ranked play. Most cards within the Age of Dragons set have received some sort of change to go along with our improved archetype balance and general gameplay mechanics. There will be NO DETAILED PATCH NOTES because the changes are too extensive for a patch note list to be useful. We'd encourage players to understand the new global mechanics changes (such as knockback and blocking) and take a look at all the cards in their collection after launch. You will need to construct new decks to play Standard mode!

This is a very exciting time, Monster Island is definitely the biggest and best thing we've ever done and we hope everyone is as excited about it finally being released as we are. See you online!
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Monster Island is Live!!

Postby Vontre » Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:33 am

In case you hadn't noticed, our latest expansion Return to Monster Island is out now! All newly collected Card Packs will only include Standard cards from the Monster Island or Age of Dragons expansion set. Go nuts everyone!
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Roadmap!

Postby Vontre » Thu Jul 28, 2016 3:41 pm

Hey everyone, it's been about a week since Monster Island launched and things have never looked better! We are really happy with the player response and engagement with all the new decks and mechanics. So what's next for Cards and Castles? Well I'm glad I made you ask that!

- Firstly, we will be deploying a post-launch cleanup patch tonight! This patch will correct a few balance and combo oversights which are maybe not entirely fun, as well as bringing expanding card acquisition options for free players!

- We'll also be announcing a special promotion with a totally rad indie developer tonight!

- We're going to release a significant upgrade to the cards and decks UI within a few weeks, allowing all the powerful card collection filters to be used during deckbuilding!

- As always, new cards!

We hope everyone is enjoying the new expansion! We'll post detailed patch notes for tonight's patch when it is released!
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Patch Notes!

Postby Vontre » Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:51 pm

--- COLLECTION ---

- CP cards packs have been added to the store! You can now buy normal Cards Packs in the shop for 1000 CP! Quests now award card points only to facilitate this change, and the CP/SP exchange rate had to be modified to balance the economy with this addition.

- Tournament rewards have been GREATLY improved! You can now earn 1 card pack guaranteed, in addition to scaling bonus rewards based on win count. Losses allowed is reduced to 2, and tournament price increased to 1500 CP. Overall tournament should be much more rewarding.


--- CARDS ---

SHADOW SLIP: The gold savings on this card scale in a way we did not anticipate, and is simply too potent with certain combos. The cost reduction benefit has been reduced from 3 to 1. Cost reduced to 2.

SUSHI SHACK: Persistent move speed is much stronger than we anticipated in this format and is exceptionally frustrating for enemy players, especially for the reach it gives to freshly played units. We've redesigned this card to be a little more reasonable: 3g, at the start of your turn give a random friendly unit +1 movement.

SOUTHPORT CANNONEER: The stats of this card are misaligned, and slipped through our QA process during beta. It has been corrected: movement reduced to 2, HP reduced to 5.

KNOCKOUT: Attack limitation reduced to 3 to better match its intent as an early-game card.

ETERNAL JUDGEMENT: No longer draws a card. With the reduced HP format, this card is powerful enough already without the card draw.

SUIT OF ARMOR: HP reduced to 9.

PIRATE SHIP: Cost increased to 4.

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Cost increased to 5.

RAGNAR THE MARAUDER: Cost reduced to 4g, stats 2/6, now gains +1/+1 with greed.


--- MECHANICS ---

IMMOBILE: Now counts as both an ability AND a status effect, meaning it cannot be removed by transforming the unit.

FLYING: Can now block other creatures with Flying.

BRIDGE TROLL: Fixed so his gold reduction mechanic works at 1g.
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CRASHLANDS Promotion!

Postby Vontre » Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:34 pm

Hey everyone, our friends over at Butterscotch Shenanigans (https://www.bscotch.net/) have lent us their awesome character Flux Dabes for a Legendary card! It's awesome to be working with other indie devs on this and we're really excited to show off the new card. To acquire Flux, all you have to do is own a copy of Crashlands on Steam (ONLY STEAM WILL WORK), which is an awesome game that you should already own anyway! How does it work you say? Follow these easy step:

Step 1: Purchase Crashlands on Steam
Step 2: Install Cards and Castles on the same Steam account
Step 3: In Cards and Castles, open the OPTIONS menu.
Step 4: Make you are logged into the correct Cards and Castles account. This promo can only be used once per Steam account.
Step 5: Enter promo code CRASHLANDS
Step 6: Receive 3 copies of Flux Dabes!

That's it! Once you've obtained the Flux cards, you'll be able to use them on any of your devices. You may also preview the card by searching for it in your card collection. If you need further help, we recommend asking someone on our new Discord channel. Enjoy!
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Patch 3.1 Soon!

Postby Vontre » Fri Aug 12, 2016 1:26 pm

Hey everyone, we're hoping to get the upcoming balance and quality patch 3.1 launched in the next few days! The legendary-containing Dragon Deck and Monster Deck currently in the shop will no longer be available after the patch, so get them while you can! We'll have more details on patch 3.1 soon!
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Patch 3.1 Is Live!

Postby Vontre » Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:38 am

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Store Update!

Postby Vontre » Sat Aug 20, 2016 1:23 am

Hey everyone, so we found out that nobody liked the new Shop! In retrospect, offering card bundles at 7 packs and 18 packs was probably silly. Those are silly numbers! So we just pushed a big update, and it's got a few things. First, there are NEW DECKS! That's right 3 new pre-constructed decks, and this time they come with castles too! Second, we've adjusted the pack tiers to use PRETTY NUMBERS. Would you like to buy 10 packs? Maybe 25? Those are pretty numbers, wow! To reduce clutter, we also pulled the Wild Packs from the store for now and are just selling Dragon and Monster packs, and the single Dragon or Monster pack can be bought for CP. Cool! There might be a few other surprises in there too. Take a look!

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