There are so many delicious flavors out there: chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, Schrodinger’s cat. When discussing flavor in a trading card game like Force of Will, players are referring to how a card’s ability and effect are represented artistically both with the image and the card’s name. The creator’s of FOW certainly have a breadth of experiences, pulling flavor from many fields of study. Take a look at some of my favorite flavorful cards, and how representation of their abilities sync perfectly with chosen art and names.
Do You Want to Play a Game?
Many players have begun to notice a trend among the Alice rulers, resonators, and imagery. Alice ruler types include bishop, pawn, knight, and queen. The image on resonator Alice, the Guardian of Dimensions depicts these chess pieces as well. It is only fitting then, that the regalia paired with Alice follows this theme. The artwork on Deep Blue, the Phantom Board (shown left) is a gorgeous depiction of a chess board in Alice’s fantasy realm, but the flavor doesn’t stop there.
The name for this card, “Deep Blue”, is a reference to a computer developed by IBM in 1985. This chess-playing computer was the first artificially intelligent technology to beat a world champion chess player, both in games and matches. The match was so well played, that competitor Garry Kasparov accused IBM of cheating through human intervention between games. A documentary was even made to cover this controversy, titled Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine. Now you can recollect on this piece of history the next time you choose Alice as your ruler.
Curiosity Killed the Cat
A new card joining Force of Will in the upcoming December release, The Twilight Wanderer, is Schrödinger, the Fallen Black Cat. This cat takes on many forms. Alive and in play, it provides a source of will and benefits for your J-ruler. Remove the cat from play, and in death it will protect your ruler from harm. So which will you use this regalia for: life or death?
Schrödinger’s cat is a popular thought experiment created by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. The idea proposes that if one places a cat in a box, and closes the lid, one cannot know if the cat is dead or alive in the box until the box is opened. Until that time, the cat can be thought of as both dead and alive. This metaphor was used to parallel ideas on quantum mechanics and quantum superstition. So when you place Schrödinger, the Fallen Black Cat into your deck box after your next match – is the cat dead or alive? You’ll have to play in round two to find out.
I Didn’t Vote for You
Knights of the Round Table quickly became a deck favorite in the Force of Will community with the release of The Seven Kings of the Lands. According to Arthurian legend, King Arthur met with a group of brave knights around a round table. The round table symbolized that everyone seated was equal in status. Knights we have seen appear in FoW so far include Bedivere, the Restorer of Souls, Lancelot, the Knight of Mad Demon, Perceval, the Seeker of Holy Grail, and others. King Arthur was made into a ruler for the Valhalla release, (see Arthur, the King of Knights) but has yet to be remade in New Frontiers format. (I’m not counting Arthur, the Dead Lord of Vengeance, he’s a zombie.)
There have also been two regalia’s created to parallel this legendary story. Excalibur, the God’s Sword and Excalibur, the Spirit God’s Sword both represent King Arthur’s legendary sword that provided him with status. There are many stories about how Arthur came to own this sword. Aurthurian romance suggests that it was pulled from a stone revealing the one true king. However in French prose it is said that a lady in a lake gave Excalibur to the king. Force of Willian legend says that the sword came from your hand, and was cast so that you may win the game and become King of the Force.
There you have it; references to science, history, literature, technology and more all here in your favorite trading card game. Try researching the names of your favorite cards. You’ll be surprised what you can learn from Force of Will!