Scrolls may be far from finished, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of people signing up to potentially participate in the recently announced closed alpha. Those that showed their hand may want to begin obsessively checking their email, as Mojang are now dealing the first round of alpha codes.
A post on the official forums detailed what the alpha includes:
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.”
With access being rolled out progressively, those of you that don’t receive a code from the “modest” first batch shouldn’t lose hope entirely. However, anyone that failed to sign up for the alpha is unfortunately out of luck:
“We are currently not looking to add more people to this list, so if you are not on it, you will have to wait until the open beta, I’m afraid.”
As someone who is intrigued by but not sold on Scrolls, I will be interested to hear how the deck is shaping up so far. Mojang‘s take on card collection may not become as monumental as Minecraft, but it could turn out to be something rather special in its own right.