When a duel is about to begin, right click on the coin-toss panel(right
hand corner of the screen)and you can now choose who has the first go.
¦ Magic The Gathering: Battlemage ¦
¦ DOCUMENTATION ¦
Time Wasted By: Shadow Master
Why Time Was Wasted: It's been years since people have done documentation for
games on a regular basis. Though it remains to see if we
can keep it up, the rest of Class and I thought it would
be nice to bring docs back into the scene, as they often
prove quite useful.
Mana is derived from the land, with different landforms giving off different
kinds of mana. This magical energy is the power source that the planeswalkers
tap into to cast spells. Different types of mana are used to power different
types of spells.
Color Icon Land Types of Magic
----- ---- ---- --------------
Black Skull Swamp Death, ruin, decay
Blue Water Drop Island Illusion/Mental, Air, Water
Green Tree Forest Life/Natue
Red Flame Mountain Chaos, Destruction
White Sun Plains Healing/Protection
Colorless mana is always represented by brass coloring.
Each land in your spell library provides one mana of the appropriate color
when tapped. When lands are tapped during a Duel, the energy they provide
goes into your mana pool. When spells are cast, the energy is taken from this
pool. The energy used will be temporarily drained from your mana pool, and
will shortly regenerate.
The amount and type of mana needed to cast a spell is defined by its casting
cost. The amount of colored mana needed to cast a spell is indicated by the
number of mana symbols. When the casting cost is displayed as a number in a
tan circle, (the spell requires that amount of mana) it means that any color
or colorless mana can be used to pay for the casting of the spell.
Note: Colorless mana does not come from lands, it is provided by certain
creatures and artifacts.
When the casting cost is X it means that you may pump as much mana as you
like into the spell before you cast it. The more mana you use, the more
powerful your spell becomes (ex. Fireball).
Creatures may be summoned to attack your opponent.
Creatures are rated by both power (the amount of damage a creature does when
attacking), and toughness (the amount of damage a creature can take before
it dies). These ratings are expressed in the format: power/toughness. Thus
a 4/5 creature would slaughter a 2/3 creature, all else being equal. The 4/5
creature would do 4 points of damage, overwhelming the 2/3 creature's 3
toughness. The 2/3 creature would only take away 2 of the 4/5 creature's 5
toughness, allowing the 4/5 creature to survive. After an attack, creatures
who survive would gradually heal.
Creatures often have special powers that are available during a Duel. Some
creatures can give you mana, others may make other creatures on the
battlefield stronger just by being present! Some powers are constantly "on"
while others may require you to utilize some mana in order to activate them.
Some powers are actually negative!
NOTE: In an added twist, Creatures summoned may randomly receive a +1/+1
increase or a -1/-1 decrease in their rating when summoned. Sometimes you
get the runt of the litter, sometimes you get the leader of the pack.
Some Of The More Common Powers:
Flying - These creatures can fly over terrain others must go around.
Regeneration - If you tap enough mana these creatures can be brought back
from the dead.
Trample - The Creature does damage to another creature as normal, but any
damage left over when the defender has been reduced to zero is taken
by the planeswalker!
First Strike - The creature does all its damage to its opponent first, as
opposed to simultaneous attacks. If the defender loses all its
life points the creature takes no damage!
Enchantments permanently change the effects and abilities of other spells or
creatures. Ex. Bloodlust increases a creature's power and decreases its
toughness. Enchantments last until the object of the enchantment is destroyed
or the enchantment is dispelled.
Sorceries are similar to enchantments, but they are not permanent. They go
into effect and then fade away.
INSTANTS AND INTERRUPTS
Instants and interrupts are fast spells often used to counter something the
other wizard is doing. Ex. Blue Elemental Blast can be used to stop a red
spell from taking effect, IF you can cast it and target the spell fast enough.
Artifacts are devices with magical powers that can be utilized once the
artifact has been summoned to the battlefield. Although artifacts appear on
the battlefield, they cannot be attacked by creatures unless the artifact is
also a creature. Artifact creatues are used in battle just like living
- Left Click on the diamond or hit return to go to the previous screen
- Left Click on the up arrow to load a saved game/spell tome
- Left Click on the down arrow to save a game/customized spell tome
ARCHIVE - Lets you view all spells available in the game.
OPTIONS - Set the game options.
CREDITS - View the credits.
MTG: BATTLEMAGE - DUEL MODE*
DUEL SETUP SCREEN
The portrait on the gem on the left is the wizard you will play. Left click
on it to change your character. Left click on the text circle to view
your wizard's biography.
The portrait on the right is the wizard you will be opposing.
Above the right portrait are the play options. Left click on it to select
between CPU, MODEM, or NETWORK.
Left clicking on the arrows next to the center gem will allow you to select
from amongst the 30 battlefields you may duel upon.
Left clicking on the brass button with the book on it below your wizard's
portrait will bring you to the Tome Builder.
Left click on the lightning bolt to begin the duel.
ESC - Quit Duel
P - Pause Game
C - Target Creature
E - Fan Out Library
A - Rotate library left to select active spell
D - Rotate library right to select active spell
T - (Tap) Cast Spell
S - Invoke Shadows (each planeswalker's creatures and spells have shadows that
are highlighted in a different color. This helps sort out your creatures
from ones owned by the enemy. A spell that changes the ownership of a
creature will change its shadow.)
W - Center screen on planeswalker
SPACEBAR - Immediately scraps a spell when it is blinking
LEFT CLICK ON A UNIT - Tells unit to prepare to receive commands
LEFT CLICK AND DRAG - Can be used to select multiple creatures
RIGHT CLICK ON A UNIT - Utilize creature/artifact's special power
RIGHT CLICK ON SPELL'S ARTWORK - Cancel casting the spell
CLICK and release on both LEFT and RIGHT buttons to de-select all unitsf
THE DUEL SCREEN
A Duel is a battle between wizards. The goal is to destroy your opponent by
summoning and moving your creatures and using spells to drain your opponent's
life points. The control panel at the top of the screen is where you will
control your resources. From left to right, the panel displays the following
Life Points - These gems represent how many life points you have at the
present time. You start the game with 20, when you reach 0 you die. Each red
gem represents 5 life points, each purple gem represents 1.
Currently Selected Unit - The artwork for your currently selected unit is here
Mana Pool - These 6 bars tell you currently how much mana you have at your
Library - Each player/wizard can have between 40 - 60 spells with him in
combat, and this is referred to as the TOME. During a duel, however,
the wizard has access to only 7 spells at a time, referred to as
the wizard's LIBRARY.
When a spell is cast the artwork disappears from this stack. The
wizard gets a new spell from the tome every 10 - 15 seconds. If
there are less than spells in the library the spell is automatically
added to the library. Otherwise after a few seconds the spell in the
lower right hand corner begins blinking. After a few seconds, the
spell will be scrapped and replaced by a new spell. To hasten the
elimination of a spell, just hit the spacebar.
In order to defeat your opponent, you have to cast the spells in your
library. To see your library, press E. This will fan out your
library and let you see what spells you have at your immediate
disposal. To collapse your library, just hit E again.
Pressing A or D will rotate your spells left or right. The active
spell is the artwork in the topmost left position. It will be
accompanied by a scroll showing the spell's name, casting cost, and
if it's a creature, a red meter representing power and a blue one
showing toughness. Left click on the scroll to bring up a
description of the spell's powers and effect. Left click again to
hide the description.
Casting Spells - Once you have the spell you wish to cast in the active
spell position, press T to cast it! If the spell is one of
the 5 basic lands, one unit of mana will be added to your
If the spell requires colored mana, the correct amount will
be deducted from your mana pool.
Left click the cursor over the color of mana you wish to
cast until you have enough selected to cast the spell. If
you should change your mind as to which mana to use, simply
right click on it to untap it. When finished press T.
The other figure on the battlefield is the enemy planeswalker.
This is your opponent, and just like you, cannot move or
directly attack creatures on the battlefield.
Once you have cast a spell, you will see your planeswalker
gather up mana and in moment the spell will appear on
screen. Should you need to select a target use the cursor
and left click on the target to select it.
If your spell has summoned a creature, the creature will
suffer from a few seconds of summoning sickness and must
wait a few moments before movement is allowed.
When one creature attacks another, they will battle until
one of the other dies. When a creature attacks the rival
planeswalker, the other players will lose lifepoint gems
equal to the creature's power. The attacking creatures
teleport back and appear next to the controlling caster.
After a few moments, the creature can be given new orders.
At any time you can place the cursor on a creature and right
click to bring up the information about the creature.
If your spell summons an artifact, the artifact will appear
next to the wizard. Artifacts cannot be targeted, attacked,
or destroyed by creatures, and left clicking on an artifact
has no effect. In order to invoke an artifact's abilities,
right click on the artifact.
The Tome Builder*
Since your library can only be as effective as the resources upon which it
draws, take special care when building your Tome to place in it spells that
support one another and work together well. You may only use 40-60 spells
against the computer, but against human opponents may take as many as you
Write To Tome - Left click on this control (the button with the pen symbol)
to begin writing in your Tome. When your Tome has been
opened the blue eyeball (spell viewer control) will open and
you'll be ready to begin selecting spells. Click on this
control again yo seal your Tome.
Empty Tome - Click on this button, which is the small button to the right
of the "Write to Tome" one, to remove all selected spells from
Spell Type Selector - The large button to the right. Click on this symbol
to change the types of spells listed to the left of the
Mana Wheel. The first symbol (humanoid stick figure)
represents creature summoning spells. In order, the
symbols that follow are (book) -- enchantment,
(circular arrow) -- sorcery, (exclamation point) --
instants, (arrow striking line) -- interrupt, (gear)
Spell Viewer - Click on this control to view only those spells that have been
written into the Tome. Click again to view all spells.
Mana Wheel - Click on any of the five colors in the outer ring of the Mana
Wheel to change the spell list to show only the spells whose
casting cost is primarily that color of mana. The inner brass
wheel represents colorless/artifacts.
The first planeswalker to posses all 30 territories will defeat his enemies
and bring an end to the Planeswalker War.
When you first enter the campaign, you will have an encounter with Ravidel
the BattleMage. Read the encounter text highlighted in green. Left click on
the up and down arrows on the side to scroll the text. Select a blue
highlighted response. Different responses will have different results. Each
time you gain possession of a territory you may have an encounter with a
rival planeswalker or a denizen of that region. Be careful, though, there are
many powerful beings walking the land of Corondor, saying the wrong thing
could cost you dearly!
Corondor Map - This map shows the amount of territory owned by each
Wizard Information - Left click on the scroll then a territory owned by a
planeswalker to gain information about the amount of
land, spells, silver, and power held by that wizard.
Territory Information - Left click on the question mark to get information on
any territory of Corondor.
Inventory - Click on this control to go to the Trove and Tome screen. Your
Trove is your entire collection of spells. When you collect, win,
buy, or lost spells during encounters they will be added to or
taken away from your Trove. Your tome is the spellbook you take
into combat. You can only take 60 spells into combat during the
Attack - Click on the lightning bolt to attack another territory. Select where
you will attack from and what territory you wish to possess.
Depending on your previous actions you may or may not have an
encounter. Handle an encounter right in a neutral territory and the
territory will join your cause! If the territory is owned by a rival
planeswalker, though, you will have to Duel for its control. The
winner of the Duel will take possession of the territory. You can
only attack once per turn.