16 June 2021

Ennead Games

Ideas, tools, and generators to help and inspire for your games and story-telling

Resource – Magic Set Editor

This weeks resource highlight is the very useful “Magic Set Editor” or MSE for short.

MSE is, in their words, a program with which you can design your own cards for popular trading card games. MSE can then generate images of those cards that you can print or upload to the internet. Magic Set Editor also has a statistics window that will give useful information about your set, like the average mana cost, number of rares, etc. When you have finished your set, you can export it to an HTML file to use on the Internet, or to Apprentice or CCG Lackey so you can play with your cards online.

• Easily create your own cards for Magic: the Gathering, VS System, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and other games
• Create realistic looking images of your cards
• Analyze your set and find ways to improve it
• Play with your own cards in Apprentice and CCG Lackey
• Create professional looking ‘spoilers’
• Keep all of your designs in one place
• Templates available up to M15 frame keep your cards up to date

MSE is not suitable for commercial projects, for obvious reasons, not can anything it makes be used in tournaments or such.

Using MSE is very easy. You select a format for the card from one of

  1. You select a format for the card from one of several templates, each covering various games or variations within the games. If desired you can even make your own, but that is not something I have tried so I can’t say how hard or easy that may be.
  2. Once you have the template, you pick the image you want for the card
  3. Filling out the various fields fills out your design live, so you can watch the changes and additions you make as they happen
  4. Save t to the set you are working on

It’s really simple program to use. The forums are full of cards and sets that others have done if you need inspiration. The hardest part is making sure the card/set you have done fits the rules of the game you have made the card for correctly

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