FOW Special ~ Interview with Five FOW Artists!

On October 8th, 2016 a special Force of Will meet-up was held in Nagoya, Japan. We had some time to sit down with each of the attending artists (Nekobayashi, SIGMAN, mie, Sao, and Wednesday) and ask them some questions, many of them also tried Force of Will for the first time!


【Special Interview #1, Nekobayashi】

Q. How was it, playing Force of Will?
A. There was a lot of math, it was kind of tough for me (laughing).

Q. One of the things that sets FOW apart is it’s Judgment mechanic. What did you think of that ability?
A. It feels like the decided action, but the timing is very difficult. It definitely requires planning. I think considering it while making a deck would be fun.

Q. What did you think of the teaching decks?
A. I used the Peter Pan deck, but I lost. What I wanted to do was one turn too slow. I thought I was going to turn it around, but my timing was wrong.

Q. Do you think you could win if you played a few more times?
A. Maybe if I had drawn a better hand (laughing).

Q. Tell us a little about your illustrations.
A. I like drawing original characters, even if they might not be used in a game. I think it’d be fun to try making a deck with characters I’ve draw.

Q. After experiencing the game itself a bit more, what are your impressions of FOW?
A. Its a really interesting kind of fantasy, I think. The visuals, the story, I really like both of them. I hope you’ll let me draw more of them in the future. Oops, that’s business talk (laughing).

【Special Interview #2, SIGMAN】
Q. How was it, playing Force of Will?
A. It was a little difficult , there’s a lot you have to think about and do. But I think that makes it really fun for card gamers.

Q. What did you think of the teaching decks?
A. I don’t think Captain Hook likes me very much. My starting hand was all cards that costed three or four. Even after I mulliganed I drew cards with high costs (laughing). I couldn’t even attack, and I lost immediately.

Q. What did you think of FOW’s unique Judgment system?
A. I think it’s really cool, I only wish I could have used it before I lost (laughing.)

Q. We know you already collect Force of Will cards, do you think you’ll become more of a player in the future?
A. I do. I think there’s a lot of smart people who play this game, so I hope they’ll teach me. I bought a deck and asked some people to explain to me how to use it, and it sounded like there was a lot to it. I want to play more and get better.

Q. Tell us a little about your illustrations.
A. I really like taking on new challenges when drawing, I hope I get the opportunity to all sorts of different genres in the future (laughing).

Q. Any more thoughts on FOW?
A. When I attended the World Championship I was really surprised how much fans liked my work. It was a huge inspiration for me. I really want to attend more events in the future!

【Special Interview #3, mie】


Q. How was it, playing Force of Will?
A. Hmm…It was actually pretty tough. But making combos and attacking was kind of cathartic. It was really fun.

Q. What did you think of the teaching decks?
A. Played using both the Peter Pan and Captain Hook decks, but I didn’t really get how to use Peter Pan so I lost really fast. When I played with Hook, I was able to do a lot better, so I think I like Hook more (laughing).

Q. What did you think of FOW’s unique Judgment system?
A. It’s really amazing. Hook returns all resonators without [Flying], it completely turned the game around for me (laughing). It makes for a really exciting system.

Q. After the teaching events today, do you think you want to play more?
A. Definitely. If have the chance, I’d love to.

Q. Tell us a little about your illustrations.
A. Recently I’ve been drawing a lot of cute rabbits, I’d like to try drawing a boy…or elves! (laughing)

Q. Any more thoughts on FOW?
A. I had a lot of fun, so I hope I can come to more events like this!


【Special Interview #4, Sao】


Q. How was it, playing Force of Will?
A. It was really fun! The rules were easy for me grasp. The effects don’t seem to tough to understand, and there seems like a bunch of different ways to win. Strategizing and making choices is fun.

Q. What did you think of the teaching decks?
A. The Hook deck felt like it had a lot of high cost guys, so it was tough to use. But dropping some big card and attacking is really satisfying. The Peter Pan deck had weaker individual cards, but there were little combos and figuring out when is best to play them made it fun.

Q. What did you think of FOW’s unique Judgment system?
A. I really like them. They can really end the game or turn the tide for you. When your opponent has a strong board it’s not something that’s guaranteed to work, but its nice to know whatever deck you’re playing, Judgment is always an option if the timing is right.

Q. After the teaching events today, do you think you want to play more?
A. After playing, I think it’s quite enjoyable.

Q. Tell us a little about your illustrations.
A. I haven’t done any work in one consistent, style and I think that’s a good thing. Something I noticed is that decks don’t all have cards of the same art style, and I think that makes them even more enjoyable. It creates a broader appeal.

Q. Any more thoughts on FOW?
A. I’m looking forward to doing more work for the game. After understanding the game a bit more, I think I’ll be able to create even better illustrations.

【Special Interview #5, Wednesday】

Q. After drawing so many Alice cards, do you have any thoughts.
A. I tried to draw each of them in slightly different styles to make them all unique and interesting. When her race was Little Girl, I’d try to make her look younger, and when it wasn’t I’d try to make her look like she was aging, growing up. It was something I worked really hard on. I’m worried I might run out of different styles soon though. (laughing)
 
Q. So what would you say if we asked you to draw another Alice card?
A.It’s been awhile since I’ve drawn Alice. During that time I studied more about the character and different interpretations. I feel like I’m ready to pull from all of those as inspiration and draw another one. I’m all charged up!
 
Q. How was it, playing Force of Will?
A. I have a lot of experience with TCGs so I have a lot of thoughts on that matter. I like that magic stones are separate from the deck, so you never get a hand full of them and lose because you can’t play anything. I thought that was a really impressive feature. The other thing that got me was that the draw happens before recovery. The fact you could draw something and play it before recovering stones was really exciting to me. I really enjoyed the J-ruler mechanic. Having a player avatar that can actually attack in a card game is kind of rare so I really fell in love with it. The time for when to use Judgment was kind of tricky to use, but that made it fun. If you use it at the wrong time instead of defeating your opponent, your J-ruler gets beaten. It takes a lot of thought.
 
Q. What’d you think of the teaching decks?
A. I used the Peter Pan deck. I was able to play two Neverlands and ended up beating down my opponent pretty quickly. It seemed like he didn’t have a great hand, but it felt pretty satisfying for me.
 
Q. After the teaching events today, do you think you want to play more?
A.My work keeps me pretty busy, so I don’t really have the time to go to tournaments, but I really do want to play more TCGs.
 
Q. We’re actually thinking about an artist only tournament. Would you be interested in that?
A. I’ll have to aim for the championship! I’ll apprentice under strong FOW players and learn all the winning strategies. Please hold that tournament soon. I want to win!
 
Q. Any final thoughts on Force of Will?
A. What initially drew me to the work was the unique art motifs the game had. Then I just sort of started showing up to official tournaments for fun and signings (laughing). When I was invited to the world championship I was surprised how many foreigners there were. They were all playing so seriously, and even had team T-shirts. It was great to see how the game that started in Japan had grown to a global scale. I’m really thankful to be able to be part of it. I hope I can attend more events in the future.