The easiest column to write each month is this one. I describe the great features of the latest version of Forge. This version has 259 new cards, which means that it supports a grand total of 3,220 cards. All of the credit goes to Dennis, Chris, Slapshot5, Jim, Snacko, and others who have contributed making Forge the outstanding program that it is today.
There is a lot of new stuff. Now the quest mode has another other option, you can either choose “Realistic” or “Fantasy”. Realistic is the old quest mode where you win cards and can buy cards from the card shop. The fantasy option is similar to an RPG because you build up your stats.
The fantasy mode features a “bazaar” where you can buy upgrades for your character including: buying various creatures that you have at the beginning of each game, buying more life (because you start out with 15 but you can have more than 20), or buying a free mulligan (you mulligan and you draw 7 cards). After 25 wins various other “quests” open up for you that feature harder AI opponents. For a taste of the new fantasy quest mode unzip Forge, click on the “Quest Mode” button, and then click on the “Continue Quest” button.
Another cool feature for both quest modes is that each computer opponent now has a small picture next to its life points. Even though this is just a small change, it really improves the “fun level” since the computer opponents vary from Abraham Lincoln to Lisa Simpson.
Forge is all about the cards, so let me list a few of the new ones. A few cards from Rise of the Eldrazi, like the huge artifacts Artisan of Kozilek and Ulamog's Crusher as well as the level up creature Kargan Dragonlord, Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle and the classic Mana Vault which helps you accelerate your mana.
05-16 Forge (9 MB) - Requires Java and runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, etc... This is the 05-16 version because that is when it was released on the forums.
Download Pictures (78 MB) - The card pictures can be downloaded by the Forge program or you can just grab this file. This includes most but not all of the pictures, it doesn't have the newest 259 card pictures.
Have a great Memorial Day! Cookouts for everybody!!
The fantasy mode has one more rule that I want to explain. Usually there is a 500 credit limit for cards that you sell but that limit is removed after you win 50 games. (The correction is that you have to win 50 times, my mistake.)