news\ Jul 5, 2012 at 9:50 am

Scrolls enters alpha today, first batch of invites sent out


Scrolls, the next game from Minecraft developer Mojang, has entered alpha today.

Randomly selected gamers who signed up will receive alpha codes by email. Those who find themselves without a code will have to wait for the open beta to join in.

Mojang plans on adding more content and features in the coming months, as well as tweaking existing scrolls, so the alpha experience isn't a final representation of the game.

Here's what you can expect right now:

Deck Building
As you start the game, you will have a pre-constructed deck so if you wish, you can start playing right away. However, sooner or later you will probably like to explore the rest of the content in the game, and that’s when you go to the Deck Builder.
The alpha account comes with a full set of scrolls. Meaning you will have 3 of each available scroll in the game. A deck must be at least 40 scrolls big, and you can have no more than 3 of each scroll in it. You can have as many decks as you like and you may use the same scrolls in different decks.

Although you will not be able to venture the world or go toe to toe against the powerful bosses that inhabits it, the alpha will allow you  to test your strength against an AI opponent.
You will have the option of 3 difficulty settings, each of which has a number of different decks to play against.

In the Arena section, you can chat with other players as well as challenge them. You can also queue up for a multiplayer match against a random opponent. When playing a multiplayer match, there will be a round timer allowing the players no more then 90 seconds to make their move. It is advised to try out the tutorial and some single player matches before testing your skill against another player.

Scrolls is still missing a lot of features and content that we plan on implementing over the upcoming months. Also keep in mind that we probably will be changing many of the current scrolls in the game during this time.

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