When trying to tune a card game through updates and playtesting there’s a good chance a lot of the cards won’t make the final cut and will be replaced. There are a lot of cards that didn’t make the cut for the final version of Crazier Eights: Camelot. Some of these cards are really perfectly good and interesting, but they might not have been needed for one reason or another. Let’s take a look at some of these cards:
Wood troll was the last card to be replaced. There are two reasons for that.
One, the art wasn’t as consistent as I would have liked with the other cards in the set.
Two, I needed to speed the set up a bit by having another card that would give you an extra way to discard an additional card.
Raise Dead was part of the game for years, but didn’t survive into 2016 for long.
Raise Dead has a fairly interesting, intuitive, and elegant ability. The main reason it was rejected is because I decided I didn’t want the order of the cards in the discard pile to matter this much. Removing the top card of the discard pile is possible and can change the color/rank of cards that need to be discarded. However, having to know what card is on the bottom makes people care too much about the order assets are destroyed and the order events can put other cards there.
Unicorn was part of an early 2014 rough draft before the first edition was released. Unicorn underwent various changes and there’s a good chance there will be a Unicorn card at some point in the future. But in this case the card just didn’t fit too well and was a bit more complex than I would like.
Gerrymandering was part of the second rough draft back in early 2014 before the first edition was released.
Gerrymandering has a type of ability I would like to have at some point, but it is powerful, and I wanted to avoid cards of this power level at this point.
Savior was developed as part of the original rough draft for the game back in 2013. Savior not only fails on the flavor level for Camelot, but the ability is really not that strong. Lancelot has a thing or two to teach him.