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Greetings Fellow Gamers!

 

I know it’s only January right now, and Origins Game Fair isn’t until June – but if you’re planning a full week trip to Origins, you should probably start thinking about it now. I get asked a lot of questions about Origins and how to get ready for it. I want to share planning methods and tips for the convention that Mr. DDK and I have. We may not be the most seasoned when it comes to Origins (been a few times), but we’ve traveled a lot and we’ve definitely learned a lot!

Most of this article is written for travelers that are driving or taking other modes of ground transportation. I don’t have much advice for anyone flying because I’m not familiar with flying protocols.

October – November 2018

Hotel blocks and badge registration opened in October and November, respectively. We don’t usually book hotel rooms or buy badges that early. A lot of people do though. If you’ve got the money to spend, we would definitely recommend getting a room from one of the Hotel Blocks listed on Origins’ site – especially the connected hotels or one super close. By now, most of them are already booked. If you want to get a room at one of the connected hotels, you would have to be ready to book the moment the blocks open up. The hotel block registration for Origins 2019 opened on October 15, 2018. If you’re planning for next year (2020), be watching for the block announcement on their Facebook page or in their newsletter.

January – April
Hotel

These are the months when we scout hotels and decide which one to book. I’m not the best at stalking about the internet for the absolute cheapest rooms, so we probably end up paying more for a room than the expert scouts. There are tons of websites out there that can teach you how to take advantage of the discounts and sales and find the cheapest possible room.

When we look for a room, we try to find one within a mile of the convention center. The address for the Greater Columbus Convention Center is:

400 N High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

If the room is within a mile, that means we won’t have to drive and pay parking fees, and it’ll be roughly a 20-25 minute walk. Parking fees aren’t terrible for one day, but once you’re paying them for five days or more, it becomes a huge chunk of what could have been spending money.

We like rooms with a refrigerator so we have a place to keep food or drinks. We also try to get a microwave in the room or in the lobby, at the very least. We like to try to get a room with two beds or one bed with a pull out couch, just in case we have folks that decide to go with us.

Once we know what we want in a room, I will usually browse Kayak for rooms that have a free cancellation policy and a pay at the hotel feature. Once I’ve found a room that we like, I’ll book it, but I’ll keep looking at rooms all the way up to the last day that I can cancel my booking. I do that in case I find a room that’s cheaper, closer, or better than the one I booked. In all the years we’ve traveled, we have never cancelled one room for another, but it doesn’t hurt to keep looking. If we can save a few hundred dollars on a room, then why not? If the room is cheaper by less than a hundred dollars, I won’t bother cancelling our current room.

Badge Registration

Badge Registration for 2019 opened in November of 2018. We don’t typically buy badges until March, just because that’s when we have extra income. Work in your badge purchase when it best suits your finances. But don’t wait too late to register! Early bird prices have a cut off date and if you miss it, you’ll have to pay more for your badge.

There are a variety of different types of badges that grant you access to the convention for one day or all five days. We always go for the full show badges, but you should get the one that suits your plans.

May

This is the month that purchasing opens for Ribbons, Event Tickets, and Generic Tokens for the various happenings at Origins Game Fair.

Ribbons

I’ve never purchased a Ribbon at Origins, but I’m seriously considering it this year. You can find the info for Ribbons at the bottom of the Registration page. Ribbons have a super sticky part across the front top of the ribbon. When you get your Ribbon, you stick it to the back of your badge, so the front of the Ribbon hangs just below your badge. I’ve seen folks with a stack of Ribbons, stretching almost all the way to the floor. Some Ribbons are earned by accomplishing various tasks, like turning in a coupon and getting your free spin on a prize wheel. Wearing the Ribbon shows you’ve done it, almost like a badge of honor.

I’ve heard lots of great things about Origins After Dark and the Board Room and that they are worth buying. I’m looking at getting the Upper Deck Ribbon because they make the VS System 2PCG: The Alien Battles and I love Alien. I wanted to learn to play it last year, but it was extremely difficult to get in without a ticket or ribbon – and I couldn’t schedule it easily last year either.

Event Tickets

Event Tickets are special tickets that you can purchase which guarantee you entry to a particular event at a specific time. You can buy tickets for practically anything at various times. You can download the 2018 Event Grid (last year’s) from the current event page, here. That’ll give you an example of the events. Last year, I bought a Giant King of Tokyo ticket and Star Trek Five Year Mission event ticket. Buying tickets in advance for events that you know you’ll want to play is a great idea. Doing it early will guarantee that you save yourself a seat! I plan on purchasing Giant King of Tokyo and some painting sessions this year. If there’s another Five Year Mission game, I’ll be getting in on that too! Mr. DDK loaded up on Dungeons and Dragons gaming sessions with Baldman Games.

We’re always careful not to buy too many tickets in advance. I’m not good at micro managing and you almost have to be to manage a stack of event tickets. We’re also careful when buying tickets for game sessions that are too close in time to each other. Origins is huge and if we buy an event ticket for an event that starts right after one ends, it’s not likely we’ll make it on time and lose our seat. Mr. DDK didn’t have to worry about running between events last year because all of his were in the same room, just at a different table.

If this is your first time at Origins, only buy a few event tickets so you can get a feel for the flow and ebb at Origins. Event tickets are usually available at Origins too, not just in advance. Some events sell out rather quickly, like the D&D events. Last year, Mr. DDK bought D&D event tickets in advance for what he could, and then picked up generic tokens when we got there. Sometimes, folks don’t make it to a scheduled event that they purchased a ticket for, or the event has extra spots open up. If that happens, folks with generic tokens have a chance to get in on that event. That’s not always the case though, so if you’re specifically looking at the D&D events, I would suggest buying them as soon as possible.

Generic Tokens

Generics are tokens that are similar in appearance to small plastic poker chips. They’re decorated with the Origins logo and each is worth $2.00 towards the entry into an event that accepts generics. Most events that I inquired about last year accepted generics, so long as all the ticket holders were seated first. If you don’t use all your generic tokens, you can turn them in by a specific day and time for a refund. It’s good to have several generics on hand, and I recommend picking them up before you start exploring the convention.

June – Leading Up To Origins

Origins month! Now it’s time to get ready for the trip!

Preventing Con Crud

Con crud is catch-all name for the germs that folks get when they spend a lot of time at a convention and don’t take care of themselves before, during, and after the convention. I should really be taking a daily vitamin all year long, but I typically start taking a daily vitamin around the first of June. Taking a daily vitamin is a good way to boost the immune system and help prevent the onset of con crud.

We also buy several travel sized bottles of hand sanitizer. We like the ones that attach to the outside of a bag so we have quick and easy access to them. We like to keep healthy snacks and plenty of water on us while at the convention. Eating well also helps to prevent the crud.

Washing your hands often while at the convention is probably the best prevention practice, which I talk about more below.

Demo/Purchase Wish Lists

It’s around this time that I start checking up on the companies that are attending and what products they may be bringing. This helps me make a list of games that I want to demo and games I want to purchase. When I make a list of games that I want to purchase, I usually keep it short. This leaves room for the possible addition of something I didn’t realize was going to be available, or in the event I demo something that I really want to buy afterwards.

My list of games to demo is usually pretty long. I like to experience as much as I can and meet as many folks as I can! I recommend making a demo list that’s larger than your purchase list. I don’t like having a large purchase wish list because then I feel like I need to go buy those things on my list and I’ll put off buying something else that’s not on the list.

I usually don’t plan on buying anything until after I’ve had a chance to demo a lot of the games on my demo list, unless it’s a game that looks like it might sell out. I would definitely recommend prioritizing the games on your lists in case some of them are hot sellers.

Buy Supplies and Make A Checklist

I always start my travel checklist around the first of June too. Making a checklist helps prevent me from forgetting anything. My travel checklists are detailed all the way down to which t-shirts I’m taking for each day. I know that might sound silly to some, but being organized helps keep my stress levels to a minimum. I write down everything, even if it seems like something obvious – like a phone charger.

Making a travel list also helps me see what I need to buy for the trip. For example, if I write shampoo down on the list, it’s not completely practical to take an entire bottle of shampoo. Buying travel sized toiletries will help save a little bit of luggage room. Saving a little room everywhere you can means you have more room to bring more things home. Do you realize how many sets of RPG dice you can fit in the space difference between the size of a normal bottle of shampoo and a travel size bottle?

Travel Food and Vehicle Prep

Chocolate, super sweet candy, and sodas are not good travel snacks. I would recommend beef jerky, trail mix, crackers, peanuts, and water or some other beverage like lemonade or Gatorade. I don’t bring anything that will melt or go bad in a hot vehicle. We make the trip by car and it takes us the better part of eight hours to get to Columbus, Ohio from Dyersburg, Tennessee. Having wholesome snacks also helps keep the number of stops to a minimum. It also helps to have good snacks for the hotel room too, so I always make sure to pack plenty of snacks.

We also make sure our vehicle has had its regular maintenance like an oil change and a tire inspection. We also check to be sure we’ve got a spare tire, jumper cables, plenty of gas in the tank, a map, and a GPS. I will sometimes check our route ahead of time and see where the long stretches are between gas stations and make a note to check the tank before reaching those points. Jumper cables should be in your vehicle at all times, regardless of the vehicle’s age. Spare tires are also important and we like to make sure we’ve got some funds set aside in case we need to buy another tire on the trip. Folks sometimes laugh at me for having an atlas in the car, but there could be times where you lose signal on your GPS or phone and you need to know where to go. It doesn’t hurt to be prepared.

Weather Forecast

June is warm, but heads up – the convention halls can get chilly! We bring a light coat or a light weight long sleeved shirt with us to the convention.

We keep an eye on what the weather is supposed to be doing for the entire duration of the convention. We plan to walk to and from the convention, so we’ll need to know if rain is in the forecast. It didn’t rain at all while we were there last year, at least not when we were going to and from the convention. We took an Uber back and forth between the hotel and the convention last year. We also pay close attention to what the weather forecast is for the road trip.

Plotting the Course

We always check the suggested routes for which one appeals to us the most. Sometimes, we prefer the more scenic routes, and other times we prefer traveling through more populated areas. We cross check them with the weather and then select the one we think is best.

June – Convention Time!
Road Trip Time!

When departure day arrives, we make sure everything on our checklist is checked off and we put our selected route into the GPS app, and we head out! Depending on which day we leave, usually determines what time we leave. If we leave on Tuesday, we leave later in the morning, putting our arrival around dinner time. If we leave on Wednesday, we leave as early as possible (usually 7:00 or 8:00 am) which puts our arrival around 3:00 or 4:00 pm.

Pit-Stops and Safety

We stop as few times as possible, because that not only saves time, but also saves us a little on gas.

When we stop for a meal, we make sure it’s not super greasy fast food. Eating healthier on the road helps us stay alert on the trip. I know this all sounds cheesy, no pun intended there, but it’s the honest truth! I used to eat nothing but Cheetos and drink Mountain Dew while traveling and since I changed my diet, I’ve noticed a world of difference. When we stop for a meal, we make it worthwhile.

We also check the area around our potential stop for red flags. We never stop at a location that looks like it belongs in a horror movie – because I don’t want to be in a real-life horror movie scenario. We make sure the places we stop are well lit and clean on the outside. If there are storage buildings or trees close by, we don’t ever park near them. If there are a lot of folks hanging around outside a place, regardless of how they look, we will pass it by. We also look at the buildings in the area around where we’re thinking of stopping. If the area looks run down and unkempt, even if the place we’re wanting stop at looks okay, we will pass it up. It doesn’t take much effort to stay safe, just some common sense.

We also lock our vehicle at every stop, even if we’re only running in for a second, and we never leave the vehicle running. That’s just asking for someone to steal it. We like to cover our luggage with a solid colored sheet of cloth too, so anyone peering in won’t see what’s in the back of the vehicle. We hide anything that looks valuable, either under the seats or under the cloth in the back of the vehicle. And we also clean the change out of the cup holders. You would be surprised what folks will break into a car for.

Arrival!

When we arrive in Columbus, we like to check into our hotel room first if possible, just to be sure everything is in order. We haven’t really had any issues during an Origins trip (yet), but we’ve had issues with hotels in the past.

If we arrive on Tuesday, we usually take that time to relax and look over the website, making notes or changing wish lists. There isn’t much to do on Tuesday, besides visit the comic store and meet up with friends in the food court.

If we arrive on Wednesday, then we go directly to the convention center upon arrival in Columbus. Origins opens the on-site registration and badge pick up on Wednesday, as well as the gaming halls. The Exhibit Hall (Vendor Hall) is not typically open on Wednesday. We will oftentimes sit in the food court and browse the Origins event book and coupon book you get at registration.

Origins Game Fair

Everyone goes to Origins not only for gaming but to socialize with fellow gamers, the creators of their favorite games, and the companies that produce games. Origins is a very relaxed experience for how many folks attend. You wouldn’t think of 18,000 folks milling around as a relaxed experience, except the folks organizing this convention know what they’re doing. The GAMA organization does a wonderful job of it every year.

Quiet Time

This is an important topic for me and many other gamers as well. If you don’t already know this about me, you may be surprised to learn that I have some pretty severe anxiety issues. I don’t want to go into too much detail, but I have panic attacks when strangers get too close to me. If I feel safe and comfortable, my anxiety isn’t an issue. A convention like Origins feels like home to me and I feel safe, so my anxiety isn’t an issue here.

I like how they have the convention set up. It never feels cramped in the gaming halls since the doors to them stay open most of the time. The only major ‘rush’ is when the Exhibit Hall first opens everyday. But once those folks filter in and disperse, which is actually quite fast, the Exhibit Hall doesn’t feel cramped either. The more popular booths will always have a crowd, but even those crowds are easy to maneuver while in the booth. The later in the day it is, the less crowded the booths are.

If you start to feel overwhelmed, there are lots of quiet areas all over the convention center to sit in. Most of the areas aren’t even designated as quiet spots, but they work great for folks like me that need a few minutes to rest. The Origins volunteers are helpful and understanding for anyone in need and can guide you to a quiet area or direct you to someone that can help.

Charging Stations

Last year, I thought I’d have to sit in the floor by an outlet in order to charge my video camera and my phone, but I didn’t! The Greater Columbus Convention Center has charging stations all over the place! They’re at tables, in the food court at a charging bar, in lounge areas, practically everywhere. It’s a convenience that I greatly thank them for.

Wednesday – At Origins

Unless they change something, Wednesday is the day we’ll be picking up our badges. The gaming halls are usually open and some events could be up and running. Wednesday is the day we use to scout out the locations for events we purchased tickets for and to visit the comic store, Heroes and Games, in the convention center. The staff at this store is always so nice and helpful and it’s a must visit place while at the convention.

We also look around the food court and see if there’s anything on the menus that we just have to try and make a note of it for later. There are a lot of great options for breakfast and lunch. The food court is spacious and bright, but they have dimmer areas too if you prefer it, and it’s a great place to sit with friends to get away from the bustle of the convention.

We try to hit the food court last so we can grab lunch and look over our booklets. When you register and get your badge, you also get a couple of Origins booklets, plus a coupon book. We’ll sit and go through the coupon book and select the coupons we’re most interested in and also browse the convention map and the event booklet for anything we might have missed.

If it’s not too late by the time we’re done with that, we’ll make our way back to the gaming halls to see if any of the booths are open and get in some early demos. If not, we’ll find some folks to play some games with!

Thursday to Sunday – At Origins

Thursday is probably the biggest day since that’s the first day the Exhibit Hall is open. Folks are trying to get in for the early show deals and trying to get any freebies they might have from the coupon book. Events are in full swing and folks are bustling around with bags full of games. The excitement is almost palpable in the air. There are vendors offering demos, supply vendors displaying their goods, artists and writers talking about their works, and folks from all walks of life coming together to enjoy the atmosphere and join in the excitement of playing old favorites and newly discovered favorites alike.

These four days are all similar in that we’re participating in various events, browsing products, and having fun! Sunday is the only day that’s different for us because that’s the day we check out of our hotel room and head home after we’re done at Origins. Many folks stay the night and leave on Monday, but we’re usually ready to head home by Sunday. It’s a whirlwind of excitement and fun for us everyday and the experience is well worth the trip!

Origins Game Fair Tips
3-2-1 Health and Hygiene Rule

I’m sure many of you have heard of the convention hygiene rule in one form or another. I’ve always heard it called the 3-2-1 Rule, but in recent years I’ve seen variations pop up. It’s basically this:

  • 3 – Get at least three hours of sleep each night of the convention.
  • 2 – Eat two proper meals each day of the convention.
  • 1 – Take at least one shower each day of the convention.

Sleep – Some variations say you need five or six hours of sleep each night of the convention. Every person is different. Some of us can function just fine off of three hours of sleep. Others need eight hours, or more. I’m somewhere around a six hour person and if I don’t get enough rest, I look terrible and I’m very grumpy. Don’t sacrifice sleep for more game time because you might regret it as the convention continues on.

Eat – Everyone needs at least two proper meals everyday of the convention. Mr. DDK and I get our three meals in, plus snacks. I love gaming, but I love food too. I won’t sacrifice food for more gaming. There is a time and place for each one and when it’s time to eat, then I go eat! Pretzels or other con-foods are not a substitute for a meal. There is an entire food court in the convention center with a variety of reasonably priced food and drink. Eating regular and proper meals is important for energy levels too. If you’re not eating properly, you are not on top of your game!

Shower – This is not just a courtesy for those around you, it’s a health thing too. You’re going to be in and around all kinds of folks. Some of those folks might have a germ or two and not know it, or they could have germs and not care. If you get those germs on your clothes, you’re transporting them around and spreading them. You need to shower every day to get those germs off. Don’t contribute to the spread of con crud, shower it off.

As a side note to go along with showering – do not shower in aftershave, cologne, or perfume – use soap and water, please. Use scented things in moderation. We’re not really in tight quarters in the gaming halls, but there are lots of people with sensory issues and a strong scent could trigger a negative response. Only in recent years, as my anxiety has worsened, have I learned just how debilitating a sensory problem can be. My sensory issue is texture and sound related, but I totally understand what folks go through when their sensory issue is triggered. Be kind to those around you and don’t drown yourself in scented things.

Clothes

Bring enough sets of clothes that you can wear different clothes everyday – pants included. If you can’t do this, or just don’t want to, have your clothes laundered. Wearing the same pair of pants for two days could contribute to the spread of con crud. I have a set of clothes for every day of the convention, plus backups. When we get back to the hotel, I toss my dirty clothes in their own bag so they don’t potentially contaminate my clean clothes. And that’s usually the first thing I do after we unload the car from the trip – I wash the clothes! Just because you’re not at the convention anymore doesn’t mean you didn’t bring the crud home with you.

Wash Your Hands

It’s very important that you wash your hands regularly, not just after using the facilities. And hand sanitizer is great if you can’t make it to the restroom right away, but it’s not a substitute for washing your hands. I make frequent trips to the restroom to wash my hands, especially after handling demo products or shaking hands with folks. Germs spread rapidly at conventions and the best way to stifle them is wash your hands and use sanitizer.

Cart or Bag?

Should you tote your purchases around in a shopping bag, a rolling basket or cart, a wheeled suitcase, or by some other method? Well, only you can answer that question! Last year, I used a wheeled suitcase and I’m leaning that way again. I wanted a wired basket or wheeled tote, like the ones shown below, but after lugging that suitcase around last year I think the basket might be too much of a hassle.

rolling carts

The suitcase worked fine and it was fully enclosed. While I feel safe at Origins, I am not that trusting that I would leave my belongings out in the open. The major benefit the baskets have over the suitcase is that they’re collapsible and the extra suitcase isn’t. The baskets are also larger, which could be good or bad depending on the situation.

There are plenty of folks that make purchases and carry their goodies using shopping bags, which works fine for them. But if you’re planning on making lots of purchases and you can’t easily make a drop off in your hotel room or car, then you might want to think about a cart or suitcase. Just be sure to keep your possessions out of aisles so folks don’t trip over them.

Conclusion

Origins Game Fair is lots of fun and a great experience. There is so much to do and there’s something for everyone who loves gaming. There are diverse gaming experiences for all kinds of folks, from board games and role playing games to live action role playing and video gaming. It’s an event that I recommend everyone try to attend at least one time, even if it’s just for one day. It’s an affordable convention in a beautiful venue and it’s located in a wonderful city.

I hope that sharing my planning steps and convention tips helps folks plan their trip according to their needs. If you’re attending Origins in 2019, I’ll hopefully see you there!

Feel free to share your tips in the comments!
Thanks for reading!

Board out, game on!

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Greetings Fellow Dice and Clix Fans

 

It is with some sadness that I officially announce the retirement of my Dice Masters Confusing Card of the Week articles as well as almost all Dice Masters and HeroClix content. If Dice Masters has anything related to the Star Trek IP pop up, I’ll definitely cover it. HeroClix is still planning some Star Trek sets, and I’ll be unboxing those and talking about them, but I won’t be filming matches or writing any other general content articles for those two WizKids games.

That’s the short version. Here’s the rest…

Normally when I leave a gaming community, nobody notices and it’s likely that will be the case here too. But I know there are a few folks who actually read my articles and do genuinely care. I wanted to be sure I gave them a chance to hear my reasoning and some of what’s been going on behind the scenes.

When my dear friends from Double Burst announced the retirement of their Dice Masters podcast, I felt that it was time to say what I’d been feeling for a long time. I don’t get excited about Dice Masters anymore. I don’t get excited about HeroClix either, but my presence in that community was minimal.

I’ve been around the gaming industry for a very long time, well over 20 years now, and I’ve played a wide variety of collectible games that have been released since MtG. I’ve been in and around those games when the doors closed on each one. I’ve seen the mistakes of more than a dozen gaming companies and I can say that I feel like WizKids has changed Dice Masters in a way that wasn’t for the best. WizKids has made way too many errors in judgement, regarding Dice Masters, for me to keep investing my time and money into it. I won’t go into the list, because it’s quite extensive. I’m also not bashing them or hating on them for their choices with the game, I’m just saying that I don’t like how they’ve handled Dice Masters and I’m done.

Dice Masters Players

Another reason I feel my time is being wasted in Dice Masters, has to do with certain members of the community. The community as a whole isn’t bad and there are communities that are far worse. I was going to detail some of what transpired, without disclosing the individuals, but I’ve decided not to. It’s a bunch of negativity happened through private messages, so there is no point to spread it or give those individuals any satisfaction of detailing their bad deeds.

I will miss some things, like getting together and rolling dice with friends. But the bitterness I have associated with Dice Masters is not something I want to experience anymore. I likely won’t play the game any longer unless it’s with a particular IP, like the TMNT sets or a Star Trek one if they ever make one. I will miss meeting folks through the game. I’ve met so many amazing people and I’ve had so much fun over the years. I will miss the feeling of family when I see everyone at a WKO or Origins. Board games are great and you can meet friends through board games, but there’s something about the collectible competitive scene that feels different. “We’re friends, family, and comrades, but we’re also competitors. I’ll help you train, but when we face off in a tournament, it’s for real.” That’s what I will miss – that competitive feeling.

Thank you, to all of you that were nice to me. Thank you, to all of you that helped me along the way. Thank you, to all of you that read my articles. Thank you, to all of you that were my friends, my family, and my comrades. If you’re in board games or anything Star Trek related, then this is not a ‘goodbye’, but a ‘see you soon’. If you’re only a Dice Masters player, then this is goodbye and I hope you have positive experiences to remember me by.

Special thanks to the Double Burst crew, Chris and Andy (MOD), and the Dice Coalition (Michaela especially). I know I’ll probably see most of you folks at Origins or other conventions. Roll on, my dice family.

HeroClix Players

My existence in the Clix community was short lived. All I can really say is that once my spoilers stopped coming from WizKids, nobody was interested in my other articles. I have no reason to believe that this would change now. That makes me feel like my opinion on anything related to Clix isn’t worth the time or effort, that the majority of the community only wanted to see the spoilers.

This shouldn’t be a surprise if you read my last HeroClix Figure Spotlight. I announced the end of those articles in that final one.

Thank you, Daniel, Jason, and David. You guys are always awesome. Thanks you, Sam. You were one of the few girls that I could easily get along with in a highly competitive game and I love you to pieces. I still want to play with all of you, but you know me and what I like – Battle Royales or something crazy like my Shirtless Squad!

I’ll still post unboxings for any Star Trek Clix that WizKids puts out, but that’ll be the extent of it. I’ll post Instagram pictures of my teams too, when I play. Live long, and Prob it!

Conclusion

I’m sorry that I couldn’t find the energy and the love for Dice Masters to stick with it until the official end. But for me, the game has died completely – mainly because there is no more collectible competitive scene. If they ever return it to the collectible format, I may come back and revive my articles.

Fear not! Dice Dice Kitty is not going away! My future is full of Star Trek Adventures RPG, Dungeons & Dragons, board games and Star Trek themed games, miniature painting, comic book articles, and many other exciting things! I’m happy to close the book on this chapter of my gaming life and move on. I only wish I’d done it sooner. Spend your time on what you love and what makes you happy, otherwise, it’s being wasted. I hope there is still something of interest for you to read on my site or watch on my channel. If not, then thanks for your support up until now. If you’re still here with me, the adventure will continue!

Qapla’!

Greetings Fellow Board Gamers!

 

Our next featured game for the weeks of June 21 and June 28 was a fun economy and city building card game from IDW Games, Machi Koro (with Harbor and Millionaire’s Row expansions).

Machi Koro on Board Game Geek – here.

* Note – This is not a ‘How to Play’ or tutorial type article. This is a review of the game components and brief review of game play.

Box Art

You CAN build Rome in a day.

Machi Koro is a fast-paced, dice-rolling city builder. in the game, players compete to be the first person to build up their simple village into a sprawling metropolis. Originally designed and released in Japan, Machi Koro has developed a dedicated fan-base around the world. Excited fans have been eagerly anticipating an English translation, and the game has already garnered a “seal of excellence” from The Dice Tower among many other accolades.

Armed only with your trusty die and a dream, you must grow Machi Koro into the largest city in the region. You will need to collect income from developments and build public works, and steal from your neighbors coffers. Just make sure they aren’t doing the same to you! Machi Koro is a fast-paced light-hearted game for you and up to 3 friends. They say you can’t build Rome in a day, but Machi Koro will can be built in under 30 minutes!

I like city building computer/video games, like Sim City, and this beings a city builder to the table. It also brings in the randomness that having other players adds as opposed to the AI of a computer game.

Please keep in mind that this review is covering the base game and two of the expansions.

Rulebooks

Rules

The rules are actually really well written and easy enough to follow. The only confusion I’ve encountered is when we added the expansions and had to differentiate between ‘constructed landmarks’ and ‘landmarks’. The constructed landmarks are the properties that you build in order to win the game. The purple cards and City Hall are landmarks but not constructed landmarks. All the red, blue, and green cards are establishments.

Components

There aren’t many components to this game, but what there is, is plenty! You have a large deck of cards and they’re standard quality card stock. My copy has held up well over time without card sleeves. Sleeves for this game are not easy to track down, so if someone knows what size fits Machi Koro, please feel free to share that in the comments.

There are two plastic dice that are basic plastic board game dice. I got a green and blue one in my game, and I’ve yet to figure out why they included two different colors. The color of dice has no bearing on game play that I know of.

Dice

The coins are standard punch board coins, and over time, they will wear down a little. Several of mine are showing definite wear and tear. If you can, substitute plastic or acrylic coins which is a great solution for worn coins.

Coins

The ‘Renovation’ tokens are standard punch board tokens and probably won’t see a ton of wear and tear because there is only a few cards that use them.

Renovation Tokens

Setup & Clean Up

We played with two expansions and the rules (including set up) are somewhat different when you add in multiple expansions. Set up isn’t too difficult for one person to handle. You shuffle the deck and reveal ten different cards (stacking duplicates). Each player takes a set of starter cards and three coins. Set all the Renovation tokens to the side. Randomly select a first player and begin play!

Game Play

Game play is super simple. You roll one die (or maybe two if you have your Train Station built) and check for cards with that number and follow the instructions on the cards. The cards trigger in a particular order: RedBlue & GreenPurple. Then you build a structure or construct one of your landmarks.

Turn Order
1. Roll Dice
2. Check Red Cards
3. Check Blue and Green Cards
4. Check Purple Cards
5. Build
6. Pass Dice

Super simple, super easy – but there is chaos that can ensue when there are a bazillion different cards on the board. You want to build establishments that help you earn coins to construct landmarks. Once someone has constructed all their landmarks, they win!

Summary

This game was heavily played when I first bought it, but after a while, we did get a little bored with it. It’s only because the game play is very simple and playing this game once a week is still a little too often. But – That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t own it! We play Machi Koro at least once every few months on average and everyone has fun. We just limit how often we play it to avoid burnout.

Overall, it’s a fun and entertaining game, just don’t make it your only game.

What the Players Said

Wednesday – Love the game. It’s a business simulator that’s easy on the brain.

Allie H. – I like that it’s challenging to win sometimes, but not how it can be stressful. I do enjoy playing it though.

Olivia – I like how you need strategy and a variety of cards to win and you can’t just buy all of one card to win.

Buy or Bye?
Buy

This is a game that I’d recommend folks have in their collection, but as I mentioned before, be careful and don’t over play it!

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Board out and game on!

Greetings Readers and Fellow Convention Fans!

 

We just had our second annual Dyersburg Comic and Pop Culture Convention, and it was another successful event! I was running my FLGS’s booth at the convention, as well as doing demos for Dice Masters, HeroClix, and board games. Our local convention is a smaller convention, but it has a huge heart! We had an increase in attendance, more cosplayers, more vendors, bigger guests, and lots more fun this year! I was so busy, I didn’t get a chance to meet all the vendors or do the interviews I wanted to do. I didn’t even get all the pictures I wanted. I promise to do better next year!

Cosplay

The cosplay contest saw more entries than last year, and also bigger cosplays! I wish I could have gotten pictures of everyone, but I did manage to snap a few. You can see them in the slideshow below.

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Artists

We had lots of returning artists, like John Lucas, Kelly Williams, and Larry Cathey of Heycat Comics. Kelly Williams did this amazing commission for me of The Shadow and Doctor Strange! I would absolutely love to see a team-up series with The Shadow and Doctor Strange done by Kelly Williams. I’m looking at you, Marvel and Dynamite!

Kelly Williams art

There was a new guest artist this year, Mike Norton. His current work can be seen in the pages of the DC comic, Mystik U. Mike Norton is the co-creator of Revival and also the creator of Battlepug, which has five volumes. Mr. Norton was a pleasure to talk to and I’m super excited to have his signature on two of my Mystik U issues. The third and final issue is due out soon, so I’ll have to catch him at another convention to get that last signature!

Norton Signatures

There were lots of new vendors and artists and I sincerely regret that I can’t feature all of them, but I was able to stop by two vendors that were new this year and get some info on their work.

D Whitaker Ink

This man has some really cool and unique art. He spray paints all of his work! I regret missing all the demos he did Saturday, but I was able to catch a glimpse through the window while doing some demos of my own at the gaming tables. He’s very entertaining to watch. You can see a sample of his work in the slideshow below.

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You can find D Whitaker on Facebook at  D Whitaker Ink and on Instagram at derek.whitaker.31 and I highly recommend that everyone go follow his pages! He also has much better pictures of his art on his pages than the ones I took from my video.

Oller’s Odditties

This artist has a variety of items that are super cool to see in person. Pictures do not do these items justice, and my pictures from my video are not even close to showing how cool these items are. You can see some of the awesome horror dolls below, but he has framed artwork and prop weapons as well. Be sure to check out Oller’s Odditties on Facebook!

Conclusion

I wish I had been able to get all of the content I wanted, but being a vendor at the convention with demo tables too will keep anyone busy! I promise to do a better job of covering this convention next year. I’ve already heard that attendance was up from last year and every vendor I had a chance to speak with said that they had a good time. I heard lots of cosplayers remarking on how polite the other attendees were when asking for pictures and interacting with them. That’s always a good thing to hear, especially when other conventions have had so many issues with disrespectful con-goers being inappropriate with cosplayers. I enjoy running the booth for my FLGS because I have a chance to meet so many different people. I spoke to an attendee that drove from over seven hours away to come see some of the guests at our convention. That is a big deal for a convention of this size and only in its second year!

I can’t wait to see how much the convention grows next year! I hope that all the attendees, vendors, and guests had a good time and enjoyed their visit to Dyersburg. If you weren’t here this year, you missed out! Better start planning for next year!

Thanks for reading! Remember, you can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for Dice Masters, HeroClix, Board Games, and various other awesome content!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

Some recent changes within the community left players without their go-to information hub. A group of stellar individuals have answered the call and created an information hub that caters to players of all skill levels and play styles. The Dice Coalition is live and ready for your browsing! This site provides a variety of original content as well as easy access to other content creators and their work.

You can find them on Facebook and Twitter too!

Team Builder

Remember DM RetroBox? Well, they basically have the same thing. You can do everything on TDC’s Team Builder that you could on RetroBox. I’ll be linking TDC’s Team Builder in my Confusing Card of the Week articles from now on.

If you’re not familiar with the Team Builder, you should definitely check it out. It’s a great place to save team builds and look for cards. You can enter a variety of search parameters (for example: affiliation, text, name, etc) to help you find the right card for your team. It’s a great tool for all players.

New Player Resources

There is a drop down menu that offers several great resources for new players. You can find links to all the previous rulebooks as well as the current one, guides for online play, links to local scenes, and much more! I recommend new players start here.

Wiki

The Wiki will be a highly useful tool for all players. You can find practically any information you need in the Wiki from Keyword definitions to set lists.

Articles and Blogs

One of the things I love about this site is that the site collects the links of other Dice Masters content and adds it into a feed. That feed will send viewers to the original content. I’m not sure if folks realize this or not, but as a content creator myself, this is awesome! But you don’t have to have your own site to have content on The Dice Coalition. They have a blog section where folks can create content directly on the site. This type of feed puts all kinds of information at the tips of your fingers – and all in one place.

Community

Under the Community drop down menu, you can find links to all kinds of resources. Everything from links to Facebook groups, local scenes, blogs, events, rulings, and so much more can be found here.

Homepage

Everything mentioned has been in the top bar of the Homepage. There are easy access blocks or boxes on the Homepage as well as a rotating carousel that has featured items like podcast episodes, articles, news, etc.

Below the carousel are four main info blocks that you can scroll through. One is for News which features breaking news.

The info block next to News is for articles and blogs from various sites, including The Dice Coalition. The most recently published content is close to the top, but you can scroll down for older content. Clicking one of these links will take you directly to the content creator. For example, if you click my most recent Confusing Card of the Week link in that block, it will bring here, to my site!

Below the News block is the Media block. You can find podcasts and videos here. I can’t express to you just how convenient it is for me to have these separate from articles. Sometimes I want to watch a video or listen to a podcast, but I don’t want to sift through a dozen article links to find a video. This is a much easier way to find a specific type of content.

Next to the Media block is the Rulings block. If WizKids publishes a ruling on WORF, it’s gonna pop up here too! The most recent rulings will be towards the top, but you can scroll down for other rulings too.

Final Thoughts

If you’re not convinced to at least check it out, then I truly don’t know what will convince you. The site is easy to navigate as well, which is something I’m fairly particular about. If I have trouble navigating a site or finding content, I’m less likely to continue using it.

One feature you will see missing from this site is a Forum. With social media and platforms like Reddit, forums are not as useful as they once were for website – especially with the upkeep. Social media sites and even Reddit are much easier for folks to access on the go than a typical forum. I’m not disappointed at all that TDC chose to exclude a forum. They compensated for the lack of a forum by adding links that direct players to those other platforms for discussions.

It’s an awesome site for content creators, like myself, to be able to write an article or make a video or podcast, and not have to duplicate it on another site. I tried duplicating my content on The Reserve Pool’s blog for a long time, but it took too much work to format a single article twice. I eventually stopped putting my content up on their blog. With the way The Dice Coalition is set up, I don’t have to duplicate my content. They are doing a great service to content creators and players alike, and I appreciate all their hard work.

If you want to easily find a variety of Dice Masters content, I recommend going to this site. The Dice Coalition is THE information hub for Dice Masters!

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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

The Dice Masters world was buzzing yesterday with an announcement from WizKids about new Campaign Boxes and Team Packs coming this year. I went digging for more information on these products and compiled it all into this article. (Information as of January 11, 2018)

I’ve also included my own speculations on these products. Feel free to add your own in the comments! Let’s put our minds together and solve some of these mysteries!

DC Harley Quinn Team Pack

DCDM Harley Quinn TP

Dice Masters is a global hit from WizKids. It uses the same proprietary Dice Building Game platform developed by Mike Elliott and Eric M. Lang! DC Comics Dice Masters: Harley Quinn Team Pack will help you hammer the competition!

The DC Comics Dice Masters: Harley Quinn Team Pack features Power Girl, Batman, Poison Ivy, along with other characters Harley has teamed up with! While it still contains 8 different characters (and their dice), the DC Comics Dice Masters: Harley Quinn Team Pack will also be the first Team Pack to include Basic Action Cards!

The DC Comics Dice Masters: Harley Quinn Team Pack will let players build their own team of heroes or villains! DC Comics Dice Masters: Harley Quinn Team Pack is perfect for the Dice Masters veteran or someone looking to jump into the game fresh! A Team Pack can be paired with any Starter Set to give a player everything they need to build a highly focused team for thematic play!

With 24 cards and 16 dice, this release will be sure to add some crazy fun to your Dice Masters collection!

Tentative Release Date: April 2018
MSRP $9.99

Confirmed Characters:
Power Girl
Batman
Poison Ivy
Harley Quinn
Harley’s Hyena
The Joker

Speculation of Characters Based Off Dice Images:
Catwoman
Deadshot

Pack Content Speculation
There are typically three versions of each character in a Team Pack. However, the packaging image says 24 cards, which could mean there are fewer versions of each character in order to accommodate the addition of the Basic Action Cards. The description say this:

While it still contains 8 different characters (and their dice), the DC Comics Dice Masters: Harley Quinn Team Pack will also be the first Team Pack to include Basic Action Cards!

Also:

With 24 cards and 16 dice, this release will be sure to add some crazy fun to your Dice Masters collection!

 

So, unless I’m reading this completely wrong, it doesn’t look like we’ll have three versions of each character.

Visible Card Text

The front display card, Harley Quinn, has some text that is barely visible. You can almost make out the second line, and context clues reveal most (if not all) of the third line:

W
active character dice, KO any that roll
energy faces.

It’s too difficult to decipher the first line of text with so few clues, but it could be a When Fielded ability for her or one that triggers while she’s active and The Joker is fielded.

Max Dice

The front card has mostly visible text showing Harley Quinn has a Max: 4 for her dice. If this is accurate, many of the cards will likely have Max: 4, meaning you’ll still need two Team Packs in order to have max dice for the characters – or at least for Harley Quinn.

Dice Speculation

If the die images are correct in the solicit image, these are the previous sets these dice appeared in. There is one new die.

Harley Quinn – Recolor of the die from the Batman set.
Catwoman – Recolor of the dice from the Justice League and World’s Finest sets.
Batman – Recolor of the die from the Batman set.
The Joker – Recolor of the dice from the Justice League and Batman sets.
Deadshot – Recolor of the die from the Green Arrow and the Flash set.
Poison Ivy – Recolor of the die from World’s Finest.
Power Girl – Recolor of the die from World’s Finest.

New Dice!

Harley’s Hyena – New die. The die is brown with white accents and the die icon looks like the spiked collar that Harley typically has on her pet hyenas.

Marvel Kree Invasion Team Pack

MDM Kree Invasion TP

Dice Masters is a global hit from WizKids that uses the proprietary Dice Building Game platform developed by Mike Elliott and Eric M. Lang. The Marvel Dice Masters: Kree Invasion Team Pack is ready to invade your collection!

The Marvel Dice Masters: Kree Invasion Team Pack features both the iconic Kree and the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Kree Soldiers, Drax, and the Supreme Intelligence! These dice will bring a battle spanning galaxies to your tabletop!

The Marvel Dice Masters: Kree Invasion Team Pack will let players build their own team of heroes or villains! The Marvel Dice Masters: Kree Invasion Team Pack is perfect for the Dice Masters veteran or someone looking to jump into the game fresh! A Team Pack can be paired with any Box Set to give a player everything they need to build a highly focused team for thematic play!

With 24 cards and 16 dice, this release will bring the Kree Empire directly to your Dice Masters games!

Tentative Release Date: May 2018
MSRP $9.99

Confirmed Characters:
Kree Soldiers
Drax
Supreme Intelligence

Speculation of Characters Based Off Dice Images:
Mantis
Rocket Raccoon
Groot
Thanos
~ One Unknown – Possibly a Nova Corps officer or some military related character. The die is purple with yellow/orange accents and the icon appears to be a military medal, or ranking medal of some kind. But it may not be that at all.

Pack Content Speculation

This team pack doesn’t seem to have basic actions included, based off the solicit text. If that’s the case, we should see three versions of all eight characters. WizKids could always surprise us and change it up with four versions of one character and two versions of another, but I don’t think this is likely.

The Supreme Intelligence card on the front of the package is not easy to read, but you can see that it has an ability as well as a Global.

Max Dice

Just like the Harley Quinn Team Pack, the front display card shows a Max: 4, meaning you’ll need two team packs to use max dice for the characters, or at least Supreme Intelligence.

Dice Speculation

If the dice are correct in the solicit image, these are the previous sets these dice appeared in. There are three new dice.

Drax – Recolor of the dice from The Amazing Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy sets.
Mantis – Recolor of the die from the Guardians of the Galaxy set.
Rocket Raccoon – Recolor of the dice from the Age of Ultron and Guardians of the Galaxy sets.
Groot – Recolor of the dice from the Age of Ultron and Guardians of the Galaxy sets.
Thanos – Recolor of the dice from the Age of Ultron and Guardians of the Galaxy sets.

New Dice!

Kree Soldier – The Kree have been seen in white and green uniforms that don a Saturn looking planet on the chest. The green die with the white Saturn looking icon is most likely the die associated with this card.
Supreme Intelligence – From the card shown on the front of the package, it’s easy to tell that the Supreme Intelligence die is a green die with yellow accents. There is only one die with these colors and it’s the one with the face-like image that has three wiggles extending from it.
Unknown Die – The purple die with yellow/orange accents has a die icon that is unfamiliar to me. It looks like a military medal, but it could be something completely different.

Marvel Justice Like Lightning Team Pack

MDM Justice Like Lightning TP

Dice Masters is a global hit from WizKids that uses the proprietary Dice Building Game platform developed by Mike Elliott and Eric M. Lang. The Marvel Dice Masters: Justice Like Lightning Team Pack will be the most wanted part of your collection!

The Marvel Dice Masters: Justice Like Lightning Team Pack features the most recognizable members of the Thunderbolts roster, including Citizen V, Songbird, and Techno! These dice will help bring your team from zeroes to heroes!

The Marvel Dice Masters: Justice Like Lightning Team Pack will let players build their own team of heroes or villains! The Marvel Dice Masters: Justice Like Lightning Team Pack is perfect for the Dice Masters veteran or someone looking to jump into the game fresh! A Team Pack can be paired with any Box Set to give a player everything they need to build a highly focused team for thematic play!

With 24 cards and 16 dice, this release is perfect when your Dice Masters collection needs Justice, Like Lightning!

Tentative Release Date: May 2018
MSRP $9.99

Confirmed Characters:
Citizen V
Songbird
Techno

Speculation of Characters Based Off Dice Images:
Ant-Man (version one)
Ant-Man (version two)
Hawkeye
MACH – Not sure which version.
Meteorite

Pack Content Speculation

Just like the Kree Invasion Team Pack, this team pack doesn’t seem to have basic actions included, based off the solicit text. If that’s the case, we should see three versions of all eight characters.

The text on the front card is not readable, but one of the folks that follows me on Facebook pointed out that Citizen V has a Flip ability. You can see the Flip Icon on the left of the card, between the text box and the card art. Thanks Jake H. – nice catch!

Max Dice

The front card has mostly visible text showing Citizen V has a Max: 4 for his dice. If this is accurate, many of the cards will likely have Max: 4, meaning you’ll still need two Team Packs in order to have max dice for the characters.

Dice Speculation

If the dice are correct in the solicit image, these are the previous sets these dice appeared in. There are six new dice.

Ant-Man (Version One) – Recolor of the die from Uncanny X-Men.
Hawkeye – Recolor of the die from Avengers vs X-Men.

New Dice!

Citizen V – The blue die with the white accents is probably Citizen V’s die. The die icon is stars and stripes, which is part of Citizen V’s outfit. You can also see a blue die with white accents on the Citizen V card in the front of the package. This is the only blue and white die in the team pack.
Songbird – The pink die with white accents is the most likely candidate for Songbird’s die. The die icon is similar to the icon seen on one of Songbird’s outfits. Songbird has been in a previous set, but this die is not the same as the die from that set.
Techno – The black die with the red accents is likely Techno’s die. The icon looks like hair tied up with a bandana, which is one of Techno’s hairstyles.
MACH – The black die with blue accents is the best candidate as MACH’s die. The die icon looks like MACH’s face. My knowledge of the Thunderbolts is very limited, so I have no clue which version of MACH this could be. It’s very possible the card art and the die icon won’t match. This happened with the Turtles in one of the TMNT boxes, where art resembling the cartoon was used on the cards, but the dice have silhouettes of the four brothers from the 2012 series.
Meteorite – The red/orange die with the yellow accents is most likely Meteorite, also known as Moonstone. The icon looks like the mask that’s usually worn by Meteorite and not Moonstone.
Ant-Man (Version Two) – The blue die with yellow accents might be a version of Ant-Man. The icon looks like Ant-Man’s chest plate, but because of my limited knowledge of the Thunderbolts, it could be a different character all together.

Marvel Avengers Infinity Campaign Box

MDM Avengers Infinity CB

The Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers Infinity Campaign Box is the latest Dice Masters launch to roll into your FLGS. Quarriors! and Dice Masters are global hits from WizKids using the same proprietary Dice Building Game platform developed by Mike Elliott and Eric M. Lang.

Avengers Infinity features iconic characters from the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy like Captain America, Gamora, and Rocket Raccoon! With multiple versions of each, select the one that fits your team the best – there are thousands of possibilities!

Players can pit heroes against villains or mix them together. Whether players are interested in a game or two before the latest superhero blockbuster or building the perfect team, this is a release that can’t be missed!

This release is perfect for beginners and Dice Masters veterans alike. Even if you’ve never read Avengers comics, this is an exciting entry point to the adventures of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!

Featuring more than a dozen characters (and their dice!), the Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers Infinity Campaign Box will be sure to deliver an epic experience!

What’s a Campaign Box? A Campaign Box is fixed content in a large box, and has everything 2 players need to start playing Dice Masters like Sidekick dice, Basic Action Dice, rules, and dice bags.

Tentative Release Date: May 2018
MSRP $39.99

Confirmed Characters:
Captain America
Gamora

Rocket Raccoon – This character may not actually be in the Campaign Box. The solicit could have a potential typo.

Speculation of Characters Based Off Dice Images:
Black Widow
Hulk
Wasp
Iron Man
Star Lord
Loki
Black Panther
Vision
Doctor Strange
Thor
Red Skull
Dormammu
~ Plus two unidentified dice

Box Content Speculation

The side of the box clearly says, “92 Custom Dice Included”. We’ve learned, in the past, they include Sidekicks and Basic Action Dice in that total. If there is enough for two folks to play out of this box, that means there are at least 16 Sidekicks and 12 Basic Action dice. That brings the total down from 92 to 64 for character dice.

Based off the announcement linked above, there are likely going to be ten Basic Action Cards in this Campaign Box.

A Campaign Box has 48 different character cards that could be used to build hundreds of different teams for head-to-head thematic play right out of the box. Layer in 10 Basic Action Cards and the replayability seems limitless.

When they say “48 different character cards”, they are most likely counting multiples of the same character and not individual characters.

I counted 17 different characters/dice. If Rocket Raccoon is the unidentified die, then there are only 16 different characters. If there are 16 different characters, each could have four dice since there are 64 remaining dice (after subtracting the Sidekicks and Basic Action dice). If there are 17 or more characters, then there could be a variety of Max Dice across the character cards. But, if there are 17 or more characters and they all have a max of four, one Campaign Box is not going to give you the maximum number of dice for each character.

Max Dice

It is currently unknown if the Campaign Boxes will include the maximum number of dice for each character. The following statement can be found in the Campaign Boxes announcement linked above.

There are plenty of characters that are powerful enough to be included on tournament teams without ever being used at 4 copies of that die. In some previous non-blind releases, cards had a maximum number of dice based on the configuration. This potentially held back some cards from seeing their maximum potential in tournament play even if it had no effect on others. Cards in Campaign Boxes are going to have the Max dice based on the game play, just like cards from boosters would.

This statement is still confusing to me. I think they’re saying that they’ve adjusted the Max Dice number on cards in the Campaign Boxes to fit the Campaign Box format. But I’m still not completely sure what they meant to say with this statement. Sometimes, being as clear and simple as possible is best.

Dice Speculation

If the dice are correct in the solicit image, these are the previous sets these dice appeared in. There are two new dice that can be seen on the box art.

Captain America – Recolor of the dice from the Avengers vs X-Men and Uncanny X-Men sets.
Gamora – Recolor of the dice from the Age of Ultron and Guardians of the Galaxy sets.
Black Widow – Recolor of the die from the Avengers vs X-Men set.
Hulk – Recolor of the dice from the Age of Ultron set and the Defenders Team Pack.
Wasp – Recolor of the die from the Age of Ultron set.
Iron Man – Recolor of the dice from the Avengers vs X-Men and Uncanny X-Men sets.
Star-Lord – Recolor of the die from the Age of Ultron set.
Loki – Recolor of the die from the Avengers vs X-Men set.
Black Panther – Recolor of the die from the Uncanny X-Men set.
Vision – Recolor of the die from the Uncanny X-Men set.
Doctor Strange – Recolor of the die from the Avengers vs X-Men set.
Thor – Recolor of the die from the Civil War set.
Red Skull – Recolor of the die from the Age of Ultron set.
Dormammu – Recolor of the die from the Doctor Strange Team Pack.

New Dice!

~ An action die with an Avengers logo “A” on it can also be seen. It could be the Avenger’s Tower or some other location or item directly connected to the Avengers.
~ There is a strange icon that I can’t place at all mixed into the lot. On the left, between Black Widow and Hulk, you can see a grey die with dark accents. The icon almost looks like a shield with a five pointed burst that has dots at the ends of the lines, radiating from a single center dot. I have no clue who this could be.

Unknown Dice

Rocket Raccoon – His dice are not pictured (unless he’s the unknown die), but he is mentioned in the solicits.

Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters

This is a brand new IP coming to Dice Masters!

My knowledge of Warhammer 40K is non-existent. The most I can give you on these next few items is what was put in the solicits.

Warhammer 40,000 Orks WAAAGH! Team Pack

WH40K Orks Waaagh TPOrks TP Card

The Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Orks – WAAAGH! Team Pack is 100% compatible with Dice Masters. Quarriors! and Dice Masters are global hits from WizKids using the same proprietary Dice Building Game platform developed by Michael Elliott and Eric M. Lang. Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Orks – WAAAGH! Team Pack will make games go FAST!

The Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Orks – WAAAGH! Team Pack features iconic Orks like Ghazghkull Thraka and can’t-be-missed swarms like the Ork Boyz and Warbikers.

The Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Orks – WAAAGH! Team Pack will let players build their own team of Orks! This team pack is perfect for the Dice Masters veteran or someone looking to jump into the game fresh! This team pack can be paired with the Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Battle for Ultramar Campaign Box to give a player everything they need to build a highly focused team for thematic play! With 3 different versions of each character, there are HUNDREDS of team building combinations!

With 24 cards and 16 dice, this release will be sure to add some crazy fun to your Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters collection!

Retailers: Please note – Expansion Packs can stand on their own or use their hang tabs.

Tentative Release Date: July 2018
MSRP $12.99

Warhammer 40,000 Space Wolves – Sons of Russ Team Pack

WH40K Space Wolves TPSpace Wolves TP Card

The Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Space Wolves – Sons of Russ Team Pack is 100% compatible with Dice Masters. Quarriors! and Dice Masters are global hits from WizKids using the same proprietary Dice Building Game platform developed by Michael Elliott and Eric M. Lang. Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Space Wolves – Sons of Russ Team Pack will leave you howling!

The Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Space Wolves – Sons of Russ Team Pack features iconic Space Wolves like Logan Grimnar and recognizable army-building pieces like the venerable dreadnought.

The Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Space Wolves – Sons of Russ Team Pack will let players build their own team of Space Wolves! This team pack is perfect for the Dice Masters veteran or someone looking to jump into the game fresh! This team pack can be paired with the Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Battle for Ultramar Campaign Box to give a player everything they need to build a highly focused team for thematic play! With 3 different versions of each character, there are HUNDREDS of team building combinations!

With 24 cards and 16 dice, this release will be sure to add some crazy fun to your Warhammer 40,000 Dice Game collection!

Retailers: Please note – Expansion Packs can stand on their own or use their hang tabs.

Tentative Release Date: July 2018
MSRP $12.99

Warhammer 40,000 Battle for Ultramar Campaign Box

WH40K Battle for Ultamar CBCB Cards

Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Battle for Ultramar Campaign Box is the latest Dice Masters launch to roll into your FLGS. Quarriors! and Dice Masters are global hits from WizKids using the same proprietary Dice Building Game platform developed by Mike Elliott and Eric M. Lang.

Battle for Ultramar features iconic characters from the Imperium and Chaos like Roboute Guilliman, Chief Librarian Tigurius, Typhus, and Mortarion! With multiple versions of each, select the one that fits your team the best!

Players can pit the Ultramarines against the Deathguard or mix them together. Whether players are interested in a game or two between Warhammer skirmishes or building the perfect team, this is a release that can’t be missed!

This release is perfect for new and seasoned gamers alike. Even if you’ve never played Warhammer 40,000, this is an exciting entry point to a dystopian militaristic science-fantasy world that’s been enjoyed by the fans the world over for 30 years!

Featuring more than a dozen characters (and their dice!), the Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Battle for Ultramar Campaign Box will be sure to deliver an epic experience!

What’s a Campaign Box? A Campaign Box is fixed content in a large box, and has everything 2 players need to start playing Dice Masters like Sidekick dice, Basic Action Dice, rules, and dice bags.

Tentative Release Date: July 2018
MSRP $39.99

This release is likely to have 16 Sidekicks and 12 Basic Action dice, which are typically included in the dice totals on the boxes.

This solicit does not mention Basic Action Cards. It’s unknown at this time if there will be any, but I suspect there will be because the information above says that the Campaign Box “has everything 2 players need to start playing Dice Masters…”. One would assume that would include BACs since they’re a required part of a team.

Final Thoughts

I was happy to see new product being listed, but looking closer at the Solicits page, it was very obvious that they had removed all blind product from the upcoming releases. It is still unknown at this time if WizKids will continue to product and release any form of blind product, whether it be booster packs, draft packs, or something yet to be revealed.

That has made many folks wonder, what about drafts? Obviously, you can draft with older product, but what about new product? Attack Wing had Blind Boxes that added a sort of randomness to Fleet builds, so I could see WizKids continuing Draft Packs for a very few small, collectible sets each year.

While the future of the collectible side of Dice Masters is unclear, I personally believe the game will go heavily in the direction of fixed boxes and packs. There are successful games out there that follow this design and I see no reason why Dice Masters can’t be successful as well. Dice Masters has a community of players that love the game and love fellow players. I believe that the community that’s developed and grown over the years will continue to help this game grow and thrive and with the new fixed design, it will bring new players that would otherwise not consider Dice Masters because of its collectible nature.

I look forward to what the future holds and as long as I’m able, I’ll be right here – bringing articles and content about a game I love, to a community that I love!

What do you think about the new product/release design?
Who or what do you think some of these mysterious dice are?
Do you still want them to product collectible/blind products, even if minimal?

Let me know in the comments or on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty! As always, thanks for reading!

Roll on, Dice Masters!

 

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

I hope that you found my site because of Dice Masters, HeroClix, board games, or just superheroes in general! While I like a variety of different games, my main love is Dice Masters and I’m here to help other players grow. I’m not an expert and I’m not affiliated with WizKids, but I like to think that I have enough knowledge that I can do some good.

First, I want to be sure that all of you potential Dice Masters out there have links to various resources, official and unofficial. As my HeroClix followers grow, I’ll add another section for HeroClix links!

Official Links

Dice Masters Rules Forum
I use the Wizkids Forums to find rulings or at least a base for rulings. That’s one of the most important sites out there!
Wizkids Official Rules Forum (WORF) Home
This is the Forum Home Index. They have the rules forums for all their games here.
Wizkids Info Network
The Wizkids Info Network is where you need to sign up so that you can play in events at your friendly local gaming store (FLGS) and find tons of other info.
Wizkids Home
This is Wizkids’ home page. If you don’t know already, they make Dice Masters.
WizKids Keywords Page
This is an official comprehensive list of all the Keywords in Dice Masters.
WizKids YouTube
For all of their official videos – check out their YouTube!

Community Links

There are so many sites out there for Dice Masters, and I’m honored you’re looking at mine! There is just too much information out there to be shared and I want to share a few of my favorite sites (in no particular order). If you think your site should be on here, or you know of another site that’s not here and should be, let me know!

The Dice Coalition Site, Facebook, and Twitter
This is the best place to find all your Dice Masters information, in one place. Be sure to like their Facebook page and bookmark their site!
TDC Team Builder
This is part of the The Dice Coalition site and it is great for team building and researching cards.
True Mister Six Blog
A fellow blogger and long time blogging buddy! I’ve been blessed to have such an awesome friend as my one of my earliest (and I think my first) follower!
Double Burst Website and Facebook
This is a great resource for new players and veterans alike! I’ve enjoyed their podcast and recommend it for any Dice Master out there.
Dice Masters Reddit
This is a forum where you can trade and discuss everything Dice Masters!
Pro Dice Circuit
This is an unofficial tournament group – first to implement a rotation in Dice Masters as well as localized competitive draft events.
DM Armada YouTube
You can find all kinds of videos on this site, from unboxings to gameplay strategies. Definitely worth checking out.
The Dice Tower with Tom Vasel
The Dice Tower covers all kinds of games, not just Dice Masters. Tom Vasel is the dude that covers all the Dice Masters reviews and I’ve seen much of his other work – he’s an inspiration when it comes to the video part of my work! Be sure to give their channel a peek.

Dice Dice Kitty Links

Dice Masters Dyersburg
This is a link to the group for my FLGS. If you’re in the area, stop on in for a few games!
Dice Dice Kitty Facebook
This is the link to my official Dice Dice Kitty Facebook page!
Dice Dice Kitty Instagram
This is the link to my official Dice Dice Kitty Instagram!
Dice Dice Kitty Twitter
This is the link to my official Dice Dice Kitty Twitter!
Dice Dice Kitty YouTube Channel
This is the link to my official Dice Dice Kitty YouTube Channel!

Sellers of Nifty Accessories

These are folks that I have ordered accessories from and have reviews up for their products.

The 3D Geekery
They have a lots of 3D printed goodies for Dice Masters and Board Games too! They even do custom orders that are non-game related. Check them out! Their Dice Masters storage units are amazing! You can also type in the3dgeekery.com and it will take you straight to their Facebook page.
Litko Game Accessories
Dice towers and tokens galore!
Turn One Gaming Supplies
Seller of awesome sleeves and if you want a Roll Master Mat, they have them.
PlaymatMasters on Etsy
Want an awesome custom playmat design? Check this dude out!
Inked Gaming
Have a playmat design but need it printed? This is who I use.

Archived Sites

The Reserve Pool
TRP was the go-to place. As far as I can tell, you can still view old content, but they are not producing new content on this site.

About Me and My Blog

The first time I ever did an ‘article’ was on July 18, 2015 in our local Dice Masters group on Facebook about Captain Cold: Leonard Wynters. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Facebook wasn’t the best place for publishing articles. I dug up an old WordPress site I’d started and hadn’t done anything with and began transferring my previous articles. My Dice Dice Kitty persona was born at that moment on November 8, 2015 and has spread to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

My blog is primarily about Dice Masters, but I’ve grown it to include HeroClix, Board Games, and other various superhero related material. I’m also a huge fan of My Little Pony and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so you’ll see I use lots of screen shots from those IPs for article pictures and other various things. If I go to a convention and take cosplay pictures, you’ll likely see them in the sidebar from Instagram or Twitter.

I try to focus my articles and videos on reviews, unboxings, rules help, strategies, and accessory ideas but I’m always open to suggestions! I am always looking for Confusing Card of the Week suggestions, so don’t be shy – drop me a line! I know some folks are worried that they’ll be made fun of or laughed at because they don’t understand how something works. I do not promote those elitist type attitudes and I do not tolerate others that make those types of remarks. This is a safe place to ask sincere questions. We’re all here to learn and we’re all on different levels of understanding in regards to how things work in Dice Masters. I want to help each player elevate their understanding of the game in any way that I can.

I hope folks find my reviews helpful and informational. When it comes to my reviews, I do not play favorites with companies and I always give my honest opinion. My opinion is not fact, of course, but it is at least another perspective to take into consideration when it comes to products that folks want to spend their hard earned money on. I encourage everyone to seek out multiple reviews for a product so that they have as much information and perspective as possible!

Basic Rules

I keep my private life out of my blog, so you won’t see articles about politics or religion. This is not the place for it, so I do not condone any political or religious related content – regardless of any good intentions.

I do not approve of anything obscene, vulgar, or offensive being posted in comments on any of the sites I host from.

I don’t like folks being mean to each other. There is enough cruelty in the world and I don’t want it on any of my content. Please, express your negativity in a more constructive way and don’t direct it at anyone.

Please, do not spread rumors about other players or WizKids. Even if you have proof of a player being less than honorable, I am not the person to speak to. I do not ‘call out‘ folks on any of my social media outlets. I also do not allow players to bash WizKids on my outlets. We all get frustrated, but being rude doesn’t get anything accomplished.

Contacting Me

While I have folks from the community on my private Facebook page, I do not share my private social media pages with everyone. I have a Facebook page (Kitty Masters) that I use to share my content on Facebook. If you message Kitty Masters, you will not get a response. You can contact me through email at dicedicekitty@gmail.com or on my official blog Facebook page, here.

Closing

I hope that you find at least one thing you enjoy or that is of interest to you in my content. I’m so thankful that you visited my site and I appreciate all the likes, followers, and subscribers for taking that extra step and hitting those buttons. The bigger my sites get, the better variety of content I can provide!

If you’re looking for my old rating system, you can find it in my original intro article, here. I have retired that rating system and now do an Opinion and Strategy section instead.

Have an idea for a team?
Have a card you’re confused about?
Want to see an article about something?
Leave me a comment here or message me on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty.

 

Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

I wanted to post the show notes here so everyone could see what we were referencing in the round table video. You can find that video, here.

 

Batman Round Table Show Notes

 

Segment One – General Stats (Aaron and North)
  1. Purchase Costs
    a. Commons (40)
    (2) 11     (3) 9     (4) 10     (5) 9     (6)
    b. Uncommons (40)
    (2) 5 (3) 10     (4) 14     (5) 6     (6) 5
    c. Rares (36)
    (1) 1 (2) 2     (3) 12     (4) 8     (5) 7     (6) 4     (7) 2
    d. Super Rares (8)
    (2) 5 (3) 10     (4) 14     (5) 6     (6) 5
  2. Energy Type Totals
    • Shield 10/10/8
    • Bolt 10/10/9
    • Fist 10/10/10
    • Mask 10/10/9
    • Crossover 4
    • Non-Crossover Super Rares – Two Shields, One Bolt, One Mask

3. Fielding Cost
(1) 11 (2) 6     (3) 6     (4) 10     (5) 2     (6) 1     NBA – 4
~ Catwoman and Robin have the same fielding costs of 0/0/2.

4. Character Stats
~ White Lantern Dove on level 3, she’s a 4/10, with a purchase of 4.
~ Conner Kent, cheap Team Superman character with good stats.

Segment Two – Cosmetics (Hannah)
  • Art
    • Batgirl – gorgeous
    • Batwoman – gorgeous
    • Classic art is great for a few cards, like The Riddler and Ace.
    • The Penguin – super creepy in a cool creepy way.
  • Foils
    • Catwoman – Diamonds
    • The Joker – Crazy Eyes
    • White Lantern Dove – gorgeous
    • Firefly – well done and very pretty
  • Dice
    • White Lantern dice are a different color from previous White Lantern dice, but the Black Lanterns are all the same.
    • Cool Dice – Batwoman, Mr. Freeze, Owlman, Dove, Utility Belt
Segment Three – Abilities and Globals (Jamie and North)
  • Jervis and his confusing wording.
  • Batwoman (u) and Ra’s Global (c) – Kat
  • Bat Signal (r) and The Riddler (r) – North
  • Red Hood (c) (for Hannah) and Rip Hunter (c) – Travis
  • Parademon (u) – Jamie
  • Darksied (sr) – North
Segment Four – Highlights (Aaron and Jamie)
  • The Flip mechanic is really fun in casual games and could be better than folks give it credit for in a more competitive setting.
  • Drafting – can be difficult if your plan goes awry, but it’s still really fun.
  • There are plenty of cheaper characters that have decent abilities, or just good stats, that can help existing affiliations.
  • The synergy between the character abilities in set is really good, and it blends well with already existing character abilities.
Card Scans

All of these cards were ones we talked about from the Batman set. These first two scans are not mine. I borrowed them from Google.

DarkseidTeh Riddler

These are my scans.

Ace the Bat Hound, Taking a Bite Out of CrimeBatgirl, Carrying the MantleCatwoman, Slippery Allegiance aCatwoman, Slippery Allegiance bConner Kent, Project CadmusFirefly, Ted Carson_0001Ra's al Ghul, Mystery and PowerRip Hunter, Navigate the Sands of TimeThe Penguin, Iceberg LoungeBatwoman, Code of Honor aBatwoman, Code of Honor bParademon, Strength in NumbersBat-Signal, Out of the DarknessZ The Joker, One Bad Day aZ The Joker, One Bad Day bZz White Lantern Dove, The Awareness to Live

Thanks for checking out the show notes and watching our second episode of DDK’s Round Table!

Roll on, Dice Masters!

 

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

A huge announcement just dropped today from WizKids! The biggest parts of the announcement are rotation and a banned card! You can find all the details under the Articles section on WizKids, but here is the direct link to the announcement.

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For a little over a year or so, the community has been buzzing about wanting WizKids to introduce either an ongoing ban list, rotation, or some combination of the two. A WizKids representative told folks at Origins in June of 2016, that a rotation was in the works. This news got the greatest speculative minds churning and discussing possible rotation formats. Now, roughly eight months later, WizKids has officially announced rotation! I know I couldn’t be happier to hear the news! We will have two constructed formats for Dice Masters. Here is an excerpt from the announcement describing them:

Golden Age is the format that includes almost every card released – it’s the present format for constructed. It will continue to contain everything that is released, minus Golden Age banned cards. It’s the format you already know and love playing.

Modern Age will change from year to year. As new sets are released, they will become Modern-Age-legal per the tournament rules for card/die legality. As sets become old, we’ll rotate them from Modern Age and Golden Age to Golden Age only. We expect to make an announcement about which sets will rotate and which will stay once per year.

For those that have played HeroClix, these terms will look familiar. These are the names for the HeroClix formats as well. I love that WizKids kept with that wording when naming the Dice Masters formats. It will help with familiarity for the players that crossover between the two games.

Here is the What is rotation? and Why? – straight from WizKids:

What is rotation?

Rotation describes sets moving from being legal in Modern Age and Golden Age to only being legal in Golden Age. This will happen to the oldest product that is in Modern-Age-legal.

Why rotate?

Rotation keeps the metagame healthy for our most dedicated, competitive players. A smaller card pool means new sets are a bigger part of what everyone can focus on having fun with. For players that enjoy a large card pool, they can still play that way in friendly games and specified events.

Rotation keeps the game accessible to new players. As sets get old, they often become scarce. Staple cards are harder for new players to access, and getting into the game fresh can become challenging when there are very-many sets to collect cards from. Players getting started may even be overwhelmed by the number of gravity feeds and starter sets to choose from. New players are important to us, retailers, and dedicated players in order to continue building the Dice Masters community.

Rotation improves Dice Masters for retailers. The stores with the most successful Dice Masters communities may have the entire line in stock, but that’s a lot to ask for from every retailer who wants to support Dice Masters. Stores are able to keep the line accessible to their customers with fewer gravity feeds in stock, as well as a smaller variety of starters (which ties back to our decision to release fewer starter sets this year).

Rotation is definitely not a bad thing when you look at the bigger picture. You may not be able to play with those older cards, but it opens the door for you to experiment and find new things you like.

So the next thing that WizKids covers is the When? for the rotation.

When will rotation happen?

Modern Age begins on June 1st, 2017. Qualifying events, National Championships, and World Championships held after this date will be in the Modern Age format.

Okay, so they are giving folks three solid months to test play and adjust their teams accordingly for the Origins events. This is a vast improvement on the ‘week notice’ we were given about the first turn rule change for some of the WKOs. This shows they actually listen and care about what the community thinks.

So the next thing they cover is What Sets?.

What will Modern Age consist of initially?

To begin with, Modern Age will contain all sets from DC Comics Dice Masters: War of Light and newer, as well as all promos released after War of Light (September 16th, 2015). At the end of this announcement, see the full list.

Cool! So here is the list:

Comprehensive Modern Age List (announced February 22nd, for official use June 1st)

Modern Age includes the following sets :

  • DC Comics Dice Masters: War of Light
  • Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-Man
  • D&D Dice Masters: Faerûn Under Siege
  • DC Comics Dice Masters: World’s Finest
  • Marvel Dice Masters: Civil War
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters: Box Set
  • DC Comics Dice Masters: Green Arrow and The Flash
  • Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool
  • Marvel Dice Masters: Doctor Strange Team Pack
  • Marvel Dice Masters: Iron Man and War Machine Starter Set
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters: Heroes In A Half-Shell Box Set
  • DC Comics Dice Masters: Batman
  • Marvel Dice Masters: Defenders Team Pack

Future sets will be considered Modern Age one week after their release date.

The following promos, and any promos releasing in 2017 will also be considered Modern Age:

  • Batmobile: From Wayne Enterprises
  • Iron Fist: The Immortal
  • Robin: Teen Titans Team Leader
  • Starfire: Powerful Friend
  • Nova: Nova Prime
  • Thanos: Gauntlet Wielder
  • Lex Luthor: Legion of Doom
  • Scarecrow: Legion of Doom
  • Mummy: Legendary Undead
  • Gelatinous Cube: Legendary Ooze
  • Half-Dragon: Legendary Humanoid
  • Skeleton: Legendary Undead
  • Gwen Stacy: Spider-Ally
  • Mary Jane: Spider-Ally
  • Supergirl: Crisis on Infinite Earths
  • The Flash: Crisis on Infinite Earths
  • Melinda May: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Terry McGinnis: Batman Beyond
  • Daredevil: Marvel Knight
  • Punisher: Marvel Knight
  • Stargirl: DC Bombshell
  • Lois Lane: DC Bombshell
  • Villainous Pact
  • Ant-Man: Tiny Regret
  • Baron Zemo: Citizen V
  • Thrown Car
  • Mxyzptlk: Golden Age Superman
  • Bizarro: Golden Age Superman
  • Marvel: Amazing Hero
  • Loki: Angsty Asgardian
  • Focus Power
  • Green Arrow: Archery Advocate
  • Roy Harper: Adolescent Archer
  • Strahd: Master of Ravenloft
  • Ant-Man: Classic Avenger
  • Captain America: Classic Avenger
  • Barry Allen: Fastest Man Alive
  • Professor Zoom: Thief

So I thought it was odd that Squirrel Girl is missing from this list. But Squirrel Girl has a set symbol and number for Civil War, #143 of 142. They may just be including her in the Civil War set because of that. Belaphoss and Bat-Mite are missing as well, but also numbered the same with their respective set symbols (thanks! – to the folks in DM Unlimited for pointing this out!). It’s probably safe to say that they’re legal for Modern play so long as their set is legal. Also, I think Marvel: Amazing Hero is probably Ms. Marvel: Amazing Hero. You’ll notice that Black Manta: Deep Sea Deviant is missing. Here’s why:

Why are some promo cards rotated but others remain legal from the same OP kit?

Promo cards that share a collector number with a rotated card rotate with that card (for example, Black Manta: Deep Sea Deviant). Promo cards that are functionally identical reprints of rotated cards (with identical names) but have different collector numbers will remain in Modern Age (for example, Thrown Car and Villainous Pact).

But then, there’s this too!

Also, we’re announcing that Half-Elf Bard: Master Lords’ Alliance will be banned in Modern Age. As with all banned cards, we may unban it depending on metagame conditions. The Rules Forum will maintain a list of banned cards. An easy way to check this list is by visiting: dicemasters.com/bannedcards.

Oh my Pinkie Pie!!! One of the most problematic cards, and a card that shows up on more than half of the top eight teams at loads of events – is BANNED is Modern.

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If you really love your Bard, you can still play him in the Golden Age format. He’s not banned in Golden Age, only in Modern. Along with that specific Bard, you won’t be able to play cards from these sets in a Modern format, as of June 1, 2017:

Which sets are rotating out of Modern Age as of June 1st?

  • Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men
  • Marvel Dice Masters: The Uncanny X-Men
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters Series 1
  • D&D Dice Masters: Battle for Faerûn
  • DC Comics Dice Masters: Justice League
  • Marvel Dice Masters: Age of Ultron

So there are only six full sets that are rotating out of Modern on June 1st. Compared to the huge Modern list, I’d say we definitely got a good deal here. As the game continues and grows, the Golden Age list will definitely be larger than Modern.

Here’s what they say about Golden Age:

What if my store wants to run Golden Age events?

Please clearly mark your event as Golden Age in your event’s description on the WizKids Info Network. If you are running a WizKids Premier Event, like a WizKids Open, please make sure this is not contrary to any direction that is given by WizKids.

Also, please note that dicemasters.com/bannedcards will include a list of cards that are disallowed for Golden Age play.

Golden Age Banned Cards

Banned Cards (Golden Age):

  • Relentless: Basic Action Card
  • Swords of Revealing Light: Basic Action Card

So, Golden Age is what most of us call Unlimited or Constructed. Now we have a much better name for it. And the same cards that were already banned, are still banned. Nothing was added to the Golden Age ban list.

Conclusion!

I’m just so happy that they’ve announced rotation earlier than I expected. I didn’t think we’d hear anything about rotation until Origins during Nationals or Worlds. I also didn’t predict a official rotation would go into effect for likely another year. I was off the mark on those predictions, but I did tell my locals that when they announce rotation, they’ll likely call it Golden Age and Modern Age since that’s what they call their Clix formats. At least I predicted that accurately! Golden Age and Modern Age are also descriptions of comic book eras, so it just makes sense. Too bad we can’t fit a ‘Silver Age’ in there somewhere.

I like that they started further back than PDC’s Prime format. PDC has a stricter set list, and I hope they keep it tight like that to balance all the different formats. The newest of players could work their way in at a Prime event, then move to Modern, and finally into Golden Age if they choose to go back that far. I can’t wait to see the reactions from my locals about this awesome rotation news. A few of my locals predicted rotation from WoL and up, which I agreed would be a great starting point.

This keeps Lantern Ring for Ring teams legal and also Guy Gardner for those aggressive players. Guy is definitely more manageable than Bard ever was. There are still lots of counter measures for those teams like Lex Luthor: Ex-Con, Blink: Exile, Bleez: Controlled Rage, and Oni: Greater Giant to combat Ring. Scarecrow: Legion of Doom is still viable to slow Guy Rush teams, not to mention Unstable Canister to reduce the amount of characters in the field, and also Blink – Transmutation to Blink dudes back.

There are so many options open to players now and there is a format for everyone! I don’t think I could have gotten any better news today. Only two things could top this announcement for me; Publisher’s Clearing House knocking on my door (but I don’t play, so it won’t happen), or WizKids finally letting me buy product early to do my article and video reviews before the day of release (but I’m obviously invisible to them!). It’s okay though. I still love them and this amazing game. That’s one reason I write my articles and do my videos – love of the game! The other reason, and probably the biggest reason, is that my articles and videos might help other players. Community is most important!

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Do you think any other cards should have been banned?
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Roll on, Dice Masters!

 

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

If you live in the United States, then you might be among the many that are celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday or this weekend. There is also this crazy thing folks do that’s called Black Friday shopping that happens on Thanksgiving now, instead of the Friday after Thanksgiving – which I think is silly. But, I will unfortunately be one of those folks out looking for deals. I don’t fight over towels and sheets. We don’t wait in lines for TVs or phones – we just like to pick over the leftovers. We do not sacrifice family time for Black Friday/Thanksgiving shopping. We go out and scavenge over the DVDs and try to grab an electronic or two if they’re still available.

We also decorate on Thanksgiving weekend, which takes up quite a bit of time. This article will likely be my last article until next Tuesday (Wednesday at the latest). I will also be absent from all my social media outlets for the weekend, so if you send me a message on Facebook or make an inquiry on Twitter, I likely won’t see it until next week.

I will be back next week with a fresh CCW article. I want everyone to have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Eat your fill, be merry, enjoy your company, and recruit as many new Dice Masters as you can!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you Dice Masters out there! May you be surrounded by loving family and friends with a table full of delicious food!

Roll on, Dice Masters!

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