The alpha testing phase for Mojang's Scrolls has begun, with the developer confirming that codes are now being sent out to a randomly selected pool of registrants. It's too late to sign up if you haven't already done so, though the eventual beta will offer additional opportunities to take a crack at the game.
Those who are lucky enough to get in can expect a much-simplified take on what Scrolls -- a card-based strategy/board game that sounds an awful lot like "action chess" -- will ultimately be. Players will have access to the game's deck-building features as well as the ability to face off against both human players and AI-controlled opponents.
There's no timetable given for the game's future testing phases, though hopefully the progression from alpha to beta to release won't take quite as long as Minecraft did.