About this project
In Magicka Mayhem: The Card Game, you combine Elements to craft Spells from ‘recipes’ found on Spell Cards... as long as it doesn't get MAYHEM-ified!
SEE IT IN ACTION: CHECK OUT THE VIDEO ABOVE!!!
Magicka Mayhem was designed to be fun for all levels of players – from complete card game noobs (apparently, that’s a real word that the ‘kids’ use nowadays) to tabletop gaming Cracker Jacks.
Spectacular Success, Epic #Fails and Pee-Your-Pants Hilarity!
You can rain fiery death on your mortal enemies, protect yourself (or those luckiest enough to call you 'friend') using Elemental Shields or heal yourself (or your Wizards-in-arms) from injury. And if you don’t like to get your hands dirty you can Summon Elementals to do your destructifying for you!
BUT, if Harry Potter taught us anything it’s that Spellcasting IS NOT a perfect science!
After every Spell there is a CHANCE that the target of your Spell will draw a Mayhem Card! What happens next is entirely up to the will of the Gods (i.e., whatever the Mayhem Card says!).
While your Spell could be made ridiculously more powerful or disastrously blow up in your face or anything in between, one thing is certain: the outcome will make you laugh your head off (which is WAY less messy than peeing your pants!).
Gameplay Limited ONLY by Your IMAGINATION!
Fetch the REWARDS!!!
All from the mind of a 10 year-old boy. Ethan's dream of making his very own card game started with this 'pitch' video!
Ethan Needs Your HELP!!!
While Ethan has amassed a small fortune in Birdie Bucks (his parents’ ridiculously ‘babyish’ – as Ethan puts it – way of teaching him about personal finance), it appears that few graphic designers or playing card publishing houses accept Birdie Bucks as payment for their services.
So, if you’re into Card Games, Magic Spells, Super Successes, Epic #Fails and Peeing Your Pants (in a good way) then Magicka Mayhem: The Card Game is for you.
The World According to ETHAN:: The Making of Magicka Mayhem
One day my slightly immature gamer friend (AKA ‘dad’) and I were playing Magicka on our computer when he said something like “You know.... when the Zombie Apocalypse happens we’ll probably be more likely to die of BOREDOM before ever getting eaten by any zombies.”
What WOULD we do for fun IF the Zombie Apocalypse actually happens or, worse, we had to go to grandma’s house where her idea of ‘advanced technology’ is a phone that doesn’t PLUG INTO THE WALL??!?!?? So I made my 1st version of my game....
My dad said we needed permission before we could sell the card game. My family and I like to watch Shark Tank so I knew about licensing because Mr. Wonderful is always talking about it (btw I would NEVER do a deal with Mr. Wonderful!!).
I wrote a script for a video and recorded the video with my dad all on the same day. I did the video like the pitches that they do all the time on Shark Tank.
We got an email back from Paradox in like a couple days. This is my favorite line from the email:
"We get hundreds of pitches every month - most of them are...poop. Not only was yours good - but it also made us happy."
TRUST ME….. when the Zombie Apocalypse happens you DO NOT want to be digging through the rubble of a game store. Imagine how dangerous Gamer Zombies are! Mad skills, strategic thinking and always eating junk food even when they are not hungry!
DO IT! DO IT RIGHT NOW!!! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???? GET TO THE CHOPPER!!!!! GET MY GAME!!!! DO IT!!!!!!!!!
Ethan Erickson (Double E)
Risks and challenges
The most important aspect of this project was seeking the approval of the company that owns the rights to Magicka (Paradox Interactive). However, we are VERY PROUD to say that this challenge has already been bested! Not only has Paradox Interactive given us their blessing to create this card game based on their long-standing Magicka franchise, but they have also been incredibly helpful, gracious, motivating, encouraging and, yes, even ENTERTAINING!
While we have NO expectation that everything will go perfectly, we are extremely confident that we can make each and every Backer as happy as a Wizard with a fancy, schmancy new wand!
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