About This Guide Good day to you, fellow Card Hunters! After some consideration, I’ve decided to put together a guide that would (hopefully) be of use to people who are interested in making custom Card Hunter scenarios. First of all, I do not pretend to be an expert of any sort. I don’t design games, or even levels for that matter. I’m not a very active member of Card Hunter community, either. I started playing this game back in the summer of 2014 (yes, I was part of the Yogscast wave ). I immediately fell in love with tactical, chess-like feel of the game, as well as its fantasy and D&D themes. I’ve mostly been playing single-player content: campaign, treasure hunts, quests, and… Mauve Manticore adventures. As you most likely know, Mauve Manticore is a recurring contest held by Blue Manchu. As Farbs said in Mauve Manticore Submission Thread, “A regular feature of the Manticore is a collection of reader contributed scenarios, which you can play as a special adventure in the game.” And by the way, when your scenario gets added into the game, you earn 500 pizza (or even more)! More details on the official rules and guidelines can be found in the aforementioned thread. It took me a while, but after playing Card Hunter casually for about a year or so, I finally realized that Mauve Manticore is actually more than just a bunch of random scenarios existing alongside the main campaign. I thought to myself, “Anyone can enter the contest, the board editor seems easy enough to learn, it looks like a lot of fun (and pizza ), so why not give it a shot?” Since then, I’ve submitted three scenarios: King of the Haul (MM#8), Home Run (MM#10) and Capture the Tomb (MM#23). Why am I writing this guide? Mauve Manticore is something people get excited about every month. We get to explore some fun adventures, play with a bunch of monster cards, and even obtain brand new rewards thanks to Aloyzo’s Arsenal. After we complete the newly released set of custom scenarios, some of us share our experiences here on the forums. At the end of the day, all Card Hunters benefit greatly from this community endeavor. I believe that any little bit of support for new map creators goes a long way. I would like to invite all adventure designers to take part and make this guide better. If we can convince more people that creating enjoyable scenarios is much easier than it looks, we will have that many more submissions. This in turn will make Mauve Manticore feel that much more exciting and rewarding. For now, I will try to give some advice based on my limited experience of making custom scenarios. I will mostly be using my own adventures as examples for the points of this guide. Hopefully this won’t be seen as a form of vanity, but rather as a way to provide substantial arguments. Most importantly, any advice must be taken with a grain of salt. At the end of the day, a lot of this stuff is just going to be my thoughts on what worked for me personally. If any of the following “guidelines” hinder your creative process rather than help you find solid ground, you are welcome to ignore them completely and just go with your gut feeling. Contents: 1. Coming Up With An Idea For Your Adventure 2. Creating Your Scenario 3. Gameplay Testing: Is It Fun To Play? 4. Using Doodads For Environmental Storytelling 5. Final Testing and Polishing 6. Writing The Story 7. Discussing and Submitting Your Scenario I sincerely hope that this guide proves to be at least somewhat helpful, and that you tell your story within the world of Cardhuntria! Acknowledgements I would like to thank all the wonderful people who made this guide possible, everyone who provided a bit of crucial information or a piece of advice, everyone who became an inspiration for this idea. First of all, from the bottom of my heart, I thank all of Blue Manchu for creating and supporting this beautiful game that we all enjoy. My sincerest gratitude goes to authors of all threads and posts that this guide referred to: Farbs, Flaxative, Kalin, Scarponi. Needless to say, this guide would not be complete without your insight. Thanks to all scenario makers mentioned and not mentioned in this guide: 00Banshee00, LeisureSuitLoli, Kalin, Vlamona, adajon, Scarponi, Pawndawan, and everyone else. Your work brought me great joy and made Cardhuntria even more exciting! I want to thank everyone who took part in creating and updating the Card Hunter Wiki, some of whom are listed here. You guys are awesome for helping Card Hunters from all around the world! Thanks to CT5 whose Mauve Manticore videos helped me quickly refresh my memory of all Mauve Manticore issues! Of course, I thank the active Card Hunter community. Your discussions on the forums gave me more food for thought, which made the writing of this guide that much more interesting. Oh, um, big thanks to whoever reviewed and fixed all of my scenarios before adding them to the game. Those shadows in King of the Haul are lovely! And special thanks to Flaxative for patiently listening to my rambling. Sorry it took so long!