About These Rules & Achievement Cards
I created these custom rules while I was working at my local game store. I used to run the Commander nights there, and I wanted to make sure our games had more variety to them than the same decks winning every week. So over the course of around two years I started to create a unique achievement based system – similar to ones I had seen online.
These rules are the final version I created while I worked there. The regulars have asked for these many times, and I was previously just hosting them on my OneDrive, but now I am moving them here. Please understand that I am currently not making any updates to these. I may in the future if I have more time to play Magic or if enough interest is shown.
I crafted all of these achievements based on the extensive lore of the Magic universe. All of the cards that are based upon specific story moments even tell you where you can read that specific story. Because of this emphasis on lore, I tend to call my custom rules the Uncharted Realms, like the Magic story column.
The Rules Read First!
The following download link is for the rules. This is a PDF file that includes the basic commander rules, the custom rules, and clarifications of the rules. You will definitely want to read these first before deciding if you want to implement these rules in your own games. They will also help you make sense of the additional files.
Running games at a store or have too many players for one game? Be sure to print out a copy for each table to reference easily.
The Achievement Deck
You’ll want to print out one deck for each table of players. They should be shuffled and placed in the center of each table before each game. To read how they are used during each game, please read the full rules.
Each achievement card is unique, except for the Conspiracies, which are meant to help keep the achievement pool moving.
- Paper Type: I recommend printing these on matte photo paper. It makes the text crisp and easy to read. If you cannot get matte photo paper, I would recommend high quality cardstock instead. Just be sure your printer is capable of handling cardstock. If you print these on regular copy paper, they may not print well and be hard to read.
- Paper Size: 8.5″ x 11″
- Borderless Printing: If your printer allows for borderless printing, choose this option. If your printer says it will expand the image to flow over the paper edge, change the expansion setting so that it is minimal. This just makes it so your printer will for sure print the entire card border.
- DO NOT Fit to Margins/Page in the PDF viewer settings. In most cases, your printer’s margins will not be too large for these pages, though there’s always a chance. If your printer does not allow borderless printing this is the next best thing.
- PRINT A TEST PAGE: Print one page at “Fast” or “Standard” Quality, or with the “Save Ink/Toner” option checked to make sure your above settings are correct. If they are not, tweak it. Reference your printer manual if needed.
- Print Quality: I recommend printing at the highest quality you can. This helps with the legibility and really makes them look beautiful. If you’re not able to print at a high quality, standard should work.
- If you are not able to print these at home, you will probably want to ask a friend instead of trying to get them printed at a professional store. Because I used official Magic art, many professional stores would likely refuse.
- If you’re looking for a decent printer to buy, I love my Canon PIXMA, it works for the type of things I need to print without being too expensive. And I’ve had it for over 4 years now with no troubles.
Once they are printed, use a paper cutter to cut them out. Your local library may have a paper cutter you can use if you do not have one.
These will fit in Magic sleeves! Save yourself from having to reprint them, and invest in some cheapish sleeves. Just make sure they are sturdier sleeves than penny sleeves.
Planeswalker Point Cards
These are chosen by one player each before they even start the game or know who they are playing against. For most casual or local store groups, there are enough Planeswalker Point Cards for every player to get one. If your group is larger, you may need to make some duplicates. These would be chosen first come first serve. This encouraged timeliness as well as encouraged players to consider alternative decks if their preferred card was taken.
Follow the same instructions as above. Though if your printer does not print borderless or otherwise has a large margin, you will want to select the Fit to Page option in order to not cut anything off.
While these don’t fit in Magic sleeves, they do fit in sleeves. I do not remember what brand or size, but they do fit. The ones I got had just a little bit of extra length off the top end, but fit fairly snugly horizontally.
Achievement Card Line-Up
This is simply a piece of paper that has instructions for starting the game and how many achievement cards to put out. Small groups will probably appreciate having this for at least your first game with these rules. These are essential for multiple tables though. I typically just printed these on a piece of cardstock. Quality and border do not matter.
Player Tracking Sheets
Only necessary if you are hosting a tournament or big party. These are made for tournaments in which three 1-hour games are played. Each point should be confirmed by the judge.
To print these, make sure you have your borders set correctly so that nothing is cut off. I typically printed these at “Fast” quality, and always on regular paper since they would be used for only one night. There are 8 tracking sheets per page, and you will need to cut them apart.