I recently started learning how to mod, and for my first couple of mods I wanted to focus on my love of tabletop gaming. As you can tell from the title of this post the mod I am talking about right now is one that lets you place playing cards down in your world. I don't know if this type of mod already exists, but every time I looked for one all I found were mods that let you make throwing cards. I just want to play a nice game of poker.
I still need to add a couple of features to the mod such as a "deck" that deals at random and a "hand" to store your cards in, but it is coming along nicely.
Maybe I should fold...
I should also note that I am mostly using standard playing cards as a proof of concept. I plan on using this mod as a way to play more complex card games (akin to Magic: the Gathering) with friends in SMP.
Just a thought but to be honest if you can get this working then CCGs in a Minecraft mod would be huge. By all accounts there is already plenty of scope for blocks to look at adjacent blocks and then run the math and that is the fundamental mechanic behind all strategy card games. I would suggest, however, that you look at something like Microblocks about having these blocks scaled down to normal card size.
I have thought of that as well:
I think taking it down to microblock level might not work well with this type of game play, since you would not really be able to tell what each card is without an overlay and pixel perfect mouse placement. The only downside to keeping them at the size they are is that games with a lot of resource management (M:tG for example) will be a little tough. Maybe stacking cards will help with that though...
I was thinking more about being able to play the games on something the size of a 3x2 area so it doesn't look so unusual to have cards the size of doormats. Having them as 1/3 the size of a block so you could comfortably get 2 per block wouldn't be so small that you couldn't see them. Plus it wouldn't be impossible to simply right click the card to have a GUI pop up with a full-screen view of the cards' face.
There's potential to combine this mod with something like BiblioCraft, so we can have them be full size by placing them on the ground, or he can put them in a display case, on a table, or even on a shelf to have them be smaller.
EDIT: I thought of something else, too. if you did M:tG cards, you should make the cards harder to get the more they would cost IRL... (More diamonds and such for the recipe, depending on the value of the card)
Examples would be:
9 Sand for 5 Plains Land
4 Sugar Cane (or 1 Water Bucket [not consumed]) for 5 Island Land
1 Lily pad (or some seeds) for 5 Swamp Land
9 Stone, Cobblestone, Diorite, Andesite, and/or Granite for 5 Mountain Land
9 Wood for 5 Forest Land
64 Diamond Blocks, 64 Gold Blocks, 64 Iron Blocks, 64 Redstone Blocks, 64 Lapis Lazuli Blocks, 64 Obsidian, 64 Books, 64 Lily Pads, and 64 Flowers for the Black Lotus (If you make the Alpha cards) xD