Grand Archive's developers were keen to involve the community in play testing very early on, often before card artwork had been imagined. Doodle art brought these cards to life.

Unlike some Kickstarter-funded TCGs, Grand Archive was not a finished product when the Kickstarter launched. The gameplay and rules had been mostly thought out, but most of the cards were missing artwork.

To introduce the fans to the game and receive feedback on the gameplay mechanics and balance, the developers created Lorraine and Rai print and play decks. These were originally only provided to select community members, but on 3rd December 2021 these were made public for everyone to use.

Versions 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2 all featured doodle art, but with every new version more and more of the artworks had been replaced with something closer to the final design. With the introduction of version 1.3, no doodle artworks remained.

Arcanist's Prism

Arcanist's Prism
Arcanist's Prism
Banner Knight
Banner Knight

Barrier Servant

Barrier Servant
Barrier Servant

Bauble of Empowerment

Bauble of Empowerment
Bauble of Empowerment

Blitz Mage

Blitz Mage
Blitz Mage

Careful Study

Careful Study
Careful Study

Crusader of Aesa

Crusader of Aesa
Crusader of Aesa

Dungeon Guide

Dungeon Guide
Dungeon Guide

Esteemed Knight

Esteemed Knight
Esteemed Knight

Impassioned Tutor

Impassioned Tutor
Impassioned Tutor

Library Witch

Library Witch
Library Witch

Mana Limiter

Mana Limiter
Mana Limiter

Prismatic Edge

Prismatic Edge
Prismatic Edge

Surveillance Stone

Surveillance Stone
Surveillance Stone

Seer's Sword (renamed to Sword of Seeking in 1.1)

Seer's Sword (renamed to Sword of Seeking in 1.1)
Seer's Sword (renamed to Sword of Seeking in 1.1)

Warrior's Longsword

Warrior's Longsword
Warrior's Longsword

Weaponsmith

Weaponsmith
Weaponsmith

Card previews on Discord

In March 2022 one of the Grand Archive developers shared some previously unseen doodle artwork:

Opening Cut

Opening Cut
Opening Cut

Run Through

Run Through
Run Through

Trusty Steed

Trusty Steed
Trusty Steed

April Fool’s Day 2022

Doodle artwork was becoming a distant memory when April 2022 rolled around. As a tribute to the older doodle artworks included in the early versions of the print and play decks, on April 1st 2022 the Grand Archive team shared this:

We have decided to change the art direction for our cards.. We hope you guys enjoy it! 😄

— @grandarchivetcg

Lorraine, Wandering Warrior (APR 1st · EN-000 C).

Lorraine, Wandering Warrior (APR 1st · EN-000 C).
Lorraine, Wandering Warrior (APR 1st · EN-000 C).

Numbered as APR 1st · EN-000 C, this one was illustrated by Silvie — here’s to hoping she graces us with more of her talent in future.