Deck Editor Released

Yay, I’ve finished the initial version of the Pinned Down Deck Editor! You can use that tool for constructing your own deck and displaying detailed information like the average card cost. The starter deck lists are included for your convenience.

Again, the initial version is a very basic one; more functions are to come in future releases:

  • remembering which file is currently being edited
  • undo and redo
  • printing deck lists

Now that everything is put in place, I’ll start planning the online version of Pinned Down! This is gonna take quite a while, but I’m gonna keep you up-to-date. Stay tuned!

Premiere Edition Card List Live

The card list of the Premiere Edition is now live! Feel free to browse it and follow its links to the card images, or to download and open it with the Card List Editor. The list is included with the latest version of the editor for convenience.

Next I’m gonna write a tool that takes a given card list and enables you to build and customize your deck. Stay tuned for further updates on that!

Pinned Down Forums Live

I’ve just finished setting up the Pinned Down forums! Feel free to share your experience immediately: Which cards seem to be over- or underpowered? Which decks run exceptionally well? Which features or mechanics do you miss? Are there any severe problems with the editor, or do you want to suggest some improvements?

Dive right in and help me out with finding a name for the enemy race and revamping the cloaking mechanism!

In order to allow you to customize and share your deck in an easier way, I want to write a tool that takes a given card list and enables you to build and customize your own deck next.

Card List Editor Released

I’ve just released the initial version of my Pinned Down Card List Editor. This tool enables you to create your own list of Pinned Down cards or edit existing ones, specifying all necessary information like card name, type, affiliation or cost.

The initial version is a very rudimentary one; the following functions will be added in the next releases:

  • remembering which file is currently being edited
  • automatized sorting
  • undo and redo
  • finding cards
  • generating diffs for two given card lists
  • generating card images with a given card list
  • suggesting a reasonable cost for a given card
  • printing card lists

Next, I’m gonna set up a forum so you can share your experience and give me feedback on the game as well as on the editor.

Play Pinned Down Now!

The card sheets containing the starter decks of all four affiliations, the attack deck, the damage deck and the location deck are online – you can print the rulebook and your decks and start playing the current prototype right now!

Next I’m gonna work on the Java tool for creating the card lists, as I found that doing that by hand is a waste of time. Wanted to develop that tool anyway – why create the card lists by hand and develop the tool after? ;)

Pinned Down Sees The Light Of Day

Today is the very first day that I talk in public about one of the most ambitous free-time projects of my entire life.

My name is Nick Pruehs, I am 24 years of age and currently studying for my master’s degree in “Sound, Vision, Games” at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.

Some weeks ago, I started working on an idea that I’ve had for years now: A cooperative card game that combines great trading card game mechanics like the ones of the Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game by Decipher, Inc. with cooperative board game mechanics you find in games like Pandemic or Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game.

I’ve been playing trading card games for my entire life, and I’ve played many of them. Pinned Down is an attempt to capture the essence of the best of these games and create a new one that can be played together instead of against each other. Let me quote the beginning of the introduction of the official rulebook to tell you what this is all about:

“In Pinned Down, the players command a small fleet carrying the last survivors of the known universe: An ancient, unknown, and aggressive race has entered their dimension, seeking to destroy all younger races that might become a threat to them and will not cease attacking until their enemies are completely eradicated.

The players need to work together in order to survive until they find a safe harbor to live in peace.”

Each of the players plays a different role while passing different locations on their journey, such as covert ops, military or support. One of the most important points is that the opposition the players have to face grows as the players get stronger, much like in the Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game. The focus of Pinned Down clearly is on collaborating, on discussing decisions and planning the use of limited resources, as well as finding clever ship fight assignments.

This project follows a special philosophy: First, the game is completely free and you’ll have full access to all resources related to the game. Always. I’m simply tired of every human wanting to make the best profit of everything, instead of sharing what we’ve got. And second, you’ll be able to contribute to the project yourself and discuss your ideas with the community if you like to.

There will be a last playtesting session before I’m gonna release the complete card and deck list and you can help me prototyping right away if you want to!

The idea is to finally create an online version of the game based on the Unity engine. You’re gonna have your own profile and will be able to earn points as you play the game with your friends, enabling you to “buy” new cards and modify your deck, just as with traditional trading card games. However, as Pinned Down is cooperative, you don’t have to be a hardcore player to have fun playing it. Finally, there are gonna be special community events, similar to raids in the World of WarCraft Trading Card Game, that will grant you access to special premium cards if you participate.

Okay, that’s still a long way to go. So let’s start right here, right now, take a look around and become one of the first members of the Pinned Down community!