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Greetings Fellow Gaming Fans!

 

Jackson had it’s third annual Comic, Anime, Toy Show and I was able to make it out on Sunday for some fun times! Jackson, TN isn’t a small town, so I was expecting to see a huge crowd, even with Gen Con being this weekend – but – I was very disappointed to see such a small amount of people. I would be very surprised if the numbers were over 150. For a city the size of Jackson, TN – that’s ridiculous. There should have been 500 or more for each day this weekend. I have to say that I’m very, very disappointed in the low turnout and Jackson residents should be more supportive of these types of events.

Now, that aside, I was not disappointed with the vendors that were present. There were not as many as I expected, but there were enough and there was a decent variety. I want to use this article to promote the ones that took the time to listen to my ramblings and speak with me.

Artists
Kelly Williams

I was so very disappointed that I didn’t get a chance to meet this artist when he was at the Dyersburg Comic and Pop Culture Con. I was only able to stray from my FLGS booth a few times and he was either away or working very diligently. I’m not one to interrupt someone that’s working, if I can help it. He does the most amazing horror artwork and the horror genre is my love! I’m a huge fan of Robert Englund, who portrays Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. My love of theatrical makeup, special effects, and cosplay all has foundations that began with the first Nightmare on Elm Street movie. But, Kelly Williams was here and I finally got my chance!

I opened my binder of blank sketch cards and I told him that I adore his horror work and if he wanted to pick a character and turn it into a horror version of that character, to go for it! If he didn’t feel like it, I told him to choose any character that he wanted to illustrate and have at it. He chose Storm because he really likes Morlock Storm with the Mohawk. That’s my favorite version of Storm – ever! It’s like it was meant to be and it wouldn’t have happened at Dyersburg since the Storm sketch card came out long after our local convention.

The art is breathtaking and I love it so much!

KellyWilliamsStorm

KWStorm

This guy is not only a talented artist, but he’s super cool to talk to. If you have a chance to meet him, go for it! I know we all love our comic characters, but it’s nice to show some love to those that bring those characters to life. Follow him on Twitter at Kelly Williams, man, or check out his website here. You can find a link to contact him about commissions on his site.

Thanks again, Mr. Kelly Williams! You are too awesome and it was an honor to finally meet you!

Venetian Eve

This lady was very nice and helpful. She loves to draw anime characters, Disney characters, and comic book characters, so she’s definitely in the right crowd! She’s got some super cute art and I found a picture that I just had to get for a friend.

VenetianEve

You can find her on Facebook here, and Instagram here. She’s got a wide variety of characters and I almost bought a Ninja Turtles picture for myself, but I had to pass on it for now. Hopefully I’ll see her at a convention in the future and if not, it’s one I’d like to order. We didn’t get to chat long, but I enjoyed our short conversation.

Cosplay Folks
Robin Burks

This wonderful lady is an author and cosplayer. She was a delight to talk to and I hope to cross paths with her again. She’s done some really cool cosplays, two of which I’ve seen in person. I didn’t know it at the time, but the Golden Age Wonder Woman from the Superman Celebration was her!

Cosplay Wonder Woman

When I saw her at the convention today, I had a chance to tell her that I really liked her Wonder Woman. I didn’t get a chance to speak to her in all the hustle and bustle of the Superman Celebration so it was nice to have that opportunity now. She was cosplaying as Ursula from The Little Mermaid and I thought it was fantastic!

Robin Burks Ursula

Robin Burks is the author of several futuristic mystery novels that I have yet to get my hands on. I have them on my list of books to read and I hope I can get to them soon! Robin was super sweet and outgoing in our conversation and I hope to have more conversations with her in the future. You can find her Facebook page here, and her Twitter page here.

Thank you for the conversation and hope to bump into you again!

Guests of Gotham

These ladies were super awesome and really fun to talk to! They’re part of Guests of Gotham.

Guests of Gotham

They were both really sweet and I had great conversations with both of them about cosplay. They directed me to other folks that could help with other questions I had that they weren’t sure about. I enjoyed talking to them and hope to see them and more of the folks from Guests of Gotham!

Tennessee Ghostbusters

I got to spend a little bit of time talking to several of these folks about different fabrication techniques. They make all their gear and it all lights up, makes sounds, and some of it even has motion!

TN Ghostbusters

One of the traps they had on display would shake and rock when the ghost was trying to escape. This bunch of folks are really talented and very willing to help with cosplay ideas. You can find their Facebook page, here.

They were a fun bunch to talk to and I love all of their gadgets and gizmos. The pack that the gentleman on the left is wearing is actually really big and plays various music from the movies, as well as lights up and makes awesome sounds! If you have a chance to meet them, go for it!

Crafts
Cloud’s Armory

I didn’t take pictures of their towers or other nifty little items – and I wish I had. But you can see their items on their site, here. I like the style of their towers and I love that they can personalize them too. I’m always on the lookout for accessories to enhance the various games I play, and I’m always looking for those affordable accessories too. I’ve looked at Wyrmwood before, but they seem a little on the pricey side. I understand why – because they use crazy materials. But really, all I want is a functional tower that’s easy to transport. Their towers look interesting, unique, and they’re solid. They use pegs and bumpers to help randomize the dice and the center pulls out from the top, just in case you need to get inside the tower.

Be sure to take a look at their towers and other cool things on their site. I know some of you play Dungeons and Dragons and they have some other really awesome accessories you might want to see!

Goodies

We don’t usually spend a lot of money at conventions. I like to network and meet people so that I can write about it and help them reach various audiences. But occasionally, I will find some things that I can’t let slip away.

STDS9 Figs

I had all the Star Trek figures from the 90’s, because I love Star Trek! But over the years, they have either been stolen, lost, or destroyed by vindictive ex-boyfriends/husband. I’ve been slowly replacing them and I was lucky enough to come across these two Deep Space Nine figures for only $5 each – on sale. Sometimes, hitting a convention on the last day is the best time to go!

Mini DDK found a Minions watch for $2 and I couldn’t let that slip by either. She loves Minions! I like them too, but that’s her favorite thing right now.

My main reason for wanting to go to the convention was to meet Jackson Bostwick. He portrayed Captain Marvel in the Shazam! TV series from the 70’s. I may not have been around to see it air on TV, but I was there for the reruns on cable. Just like the Wonder Woman series with Lynda Carter and the original Batman series with Adam West and Burt Ward, Shazam! taught me lessons about life and how to be a good person. It was a great honor to meet Mr. Bostwick and he was a pleasure to talk to.

JacksonBostwickShazam

The last item I made off with wasn’t a purchase that I made. A family friend that happened to be at the same convention found a copy of a comic book that they knew I had lost many years ago (one of those mean folks I mentioned earlier).

Gift

They bought this for me, knowing I needed it. It’s the first appearance of Ben Reilly as Peter Parker’s clone. I know it’s also the origin story of Jackal, but I care way more about the Ben Reilly connection. I really want to rebuild my Scarlet Spider books before trying to rebuild the enormous run of Amazing Spider-Man that was lost. I can’t thank them enough and I would name them, but I have a pretty good idea that they want to stay anonymous – and I respect that. I was super excited when they gave this to me! I’m one step closer to regaining my lost treasures, thanks to them!

Closing

While the size of the crowd was disappointing, I still had fun. I enjoyed myself with my family and friends and I made new contacts. Sometimes, it’s not the quantity, but the quality that truly matters. But then again, for events like this, they really need larger crowds to help vendors offset their expenses. I hope all the vendors, artists, and guests were able to do that, despite the low turnout. And in the future, I hope that the city of Jackson, Tennessee will come out in full support of this event or events like it. We had decided at the very last minute to go and I’m very glad we were able to attend.

Mr. DDK and I even made the local news, briefly, on WBBJ 7.

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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!

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!
The Reserve Pool
TRP has several different podcasts and is a wonderful resource site for any player.
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!
DM Retrobox
This site is great for team building and researching cards.
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.

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.

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Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

About a month or so ago, as Mr. DDK and I were strolling around Wal-Mart, we happened upon some tiny boxes. They were cute, compact, and appeared to be the right size for cards and dice. I picked one up and instantly knew it would hold a full team of cards and dice. Mr. DDK was unsure, but when you’ve worked in a gaming store as long as I have, you just know these things. We decided to buy one and test it out. There were lots of colors and I wanted them all, but I wanted take one home and give it a good test run.

03 Open View

The handles snap over the extended part of the lid and all the boxes I have snap fairly tightly. I wouldn’t suggest throwing a loaded box as it would likely come open and spill everywhere, but dropping it on a table probably won’t cause a spill.

01 Stack View

Colors (top to bottom): Purple, Berry, Blue, Mint, and Clear.

Team Box

We arrived home and I loaded up my current team’s cards and dice into the tiny box and snapped the lid into place. It was glorious. Not only did all ten cards and action reminder cards fit, so did all twenty character dice, eight Sidekicks, six Basic Action dice, an extra D6, and my pony life tracker. I went back to Wal-Mart and bought the remaining colors.

04 Contents

Here is the team box and its future contents.

05 Cards

Sleeved cards fit nicely in the box.

06 Side Card View

Sleeved cards will take up a little more space than unsleeved cards.

07 Dice

After the cards, the dice go in! And so does my Rarity life tracker.

08 Lid

The lid fits perfectly, even with dice forming a second layer.

09 Side View

Side view of the sealed team box.

10 Demo Team

These make great demo team boxes. Each team fits perfect into one box.

11 Stacked

They stack perfectly too.

12 Box in Bag

Or you can slide your team box into your dice bag, if it’s big enough.

13 Box in Bag

Mine fits snug in my smaller bags.

I love these boxes for demo teams. I put together a Batman Family team and a Deadpool team as demo teams. Each box holds all the cards, dice, an extra D6, and the dice bag. And because they’re in such an awesome little compact box, I now have more space in my tackle box. I can also keep these boxes in my car with my spare playmats, so I always have demo teams on me without needing to tote my entire duffel bag everywhere. And since these boxes are clear, I can easily see what teams in the boxes without having to open them like I would a deck box, risking a spill.

There are plenty of uses for these adorable boxes. Stickers seem to take well to the smooth plastic too, which is great for someone who loves to sticker their boxes – like me!

FAQ

These are the questions that I’ve been getting from my locals. My locals absolutely love these boxes too!

What are the dimensions?
Roughly 3.5 x 4.75 x 1.5 inches.

Where can I find them?
I found all of mine at Wal-Mart. I’m not sure where else these can be found in person, but it appears that Amazon has them too. I found another site that also has these same boxes, called Classroom Direct.

How much are they?
Amazon is super overpriced and definitely don’t go through Wal-Mart’s online site either! I would only use them if it was a last resort! I got all of mine for $1 each at Wal-Mart. It looks like they are normally $1.23 when not on sale. Classroom Direct was the cheapest online site that I found for them.

What other colors are there?
There are the colors I found and I think there is a reddish-pink one and a green one out there in the wild somewhere.

Bar Codes

Box Barcodes
If you take the bar code to your local store, they can probably tell you if they have it in stock or if they can get it.

Final Thoughts

WizKids – this a great example of how you can package a Team Pack and get the max number of dice for each character in it. I know it works – I did it.

For anyone out there that carries around demo teams or extra loaner teams, I would highly recommend checking out these boxes. There are so many other uses outside of Dice Masters too, so if you find something you like better or just get tired of the boxes, you can easily find another use for them. And they’re so affordable, it won’t make you cringe if you do replace them later. I’ve definitely gotten my $1 worth of use out of all of them, likely ten times over already. Functional accessories are the best kind!

Rarity Accessory

There are even smaller boxes than these that I use to hold my HeroClix Relics. I’ve used it for almost a year now and it was only $0.88! I never knew there were boxes that would accommodate Dice Masters.

relic Box

This is my Relic Box for HeroClix. The figures are to help with size comparison.

I’ve got a brief video on my YouTube channel that shows just how easy these are to pack, unpack, and use. Be sure to check it out!

What do you think of the cute, tiny boxes?
Do you have a unique accessory or an accessory you adore?
Leave me a comment here or on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty!

As always, thank you for reading and watching. I wouldn’t be doing this without all of you out there that are reading my articles and watching my videos. You’re all awesome!

Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow WizKids Fans!

 

I know that many of the HeroClix and Dice Masters players out there are also fans of the superheroes that are represented in those two amazing games. If you’re following me on Twitter, Instagram, or both, then you’ll see lots of crossover content; everything from my weekly comic book haul and cosplay pictures all the way up to celebrity meet and greet photos. On occasion, I find the need to write an article about my experiences whether they’re good, bad, or both.

This past weekend was the 39th annual Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois.

Program Cover

2017 marks the 45th year that Metropolis, IL has been designated as the adopted “Home of Superman.”About Us on the Superman Celebration website.

Metropolis is almost two hours from my home in Tennessee, and since we knew we couldn’t attend Origins this year, we thought we’d take a one day road trip to visit Metropolis to experience the celebration, and hopefully get to meet Dean Cain (best Superman in history – in my opinion). There was a nice line up of artists that were scheduled to attend, as well as a few other big stars of Superman related media, such as Margot Kidder (Lois Lane) and Sarah Douglas (Ursa) from the classic Christopher Reeve Superman movies.

The Superman Celebration allows for free entry into the celebration, but many of the attractions will cost you a little bit. The Superman Museum has a $5 entry fee, which I didn’t do this year due to time constraints. I want to be able to look at everything and enjoy all of the museum and not rush through it. I have plans to venture into it next year!

There are lots of food trucks that line the streets along with many outdoor vendors. I saw several of the shops that are located on Market Street had their doors open and signs on to attract some of the celebration attendees. There are plenty of things to do besides shops and food. There were lots of free panels with the artists and celebrity guests that you could attend. There were costume contests, inflatable playgrounds, and so much more! There was even a fair offsite that was there for the celebration.

But our day started out long before any of the vendors or attractions were open. We left home at 3:00 am, because there were going to be free tickets to meet Dean Cain handed out at 7:00 am. We really wanted to be sure we gave ourselves a good chance to get at least one ticket. Leaving that early got us there at 5:00 am, and put us in line behind roughly 50 other folks. We were very fortunate to have gotten there when we did, because shortly after, lots of folks started rolling in. At 7:00 am, they started handing out the tickets and all five of us got into the same session time!

Tickets

Once the tickets were acquired, we took Market Street to browse the booths! But none were open… I think that’s my only complaint. They scheduled a ticket handout at 7:00 am and nothing was opening until 9:00 or 10:00 am. We all just sat around together for about two hours, taking a few pictures of the local scenery, until the gift shop opened up.

The street began to bustle with cosplayers and celebration-goers somewhere around 9:00 am. Hannah and I were darting off at every opportunity to snap pictures of cosplayers. Not all of the pictures below were taken early in the morning, but these were most of the cosplayers that I had a chance to see. A few pictures were taken by North or Hannah – which I’ll note.

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Once we were able to grab some of that awesome carnival style food, we headed to Artist Alley around 10:00 am. The artists were happy to sign the program book for free and many artists were signing several books for free too. I even saw a few giving out some quick sketches!

Artists 1Artists 2

And speaking of sketches, I knew that Mr. Todd Aaron Smith didn’t work on Batman Beyond, but I still wanted him to do a sketch on my blank Terry McGinnis card.

Todd Aaron Smith Sketch

I’ve heard more than my fair share of artists say that these cards are not easy to sketch on. I hate asking for sketches knowing the difficulty they face with the gloss finish on the cards. WizKids – this definitely needs to be fixed so that the artists can do sketches they’re proud of. I love that he was able to get some pencil work on the card and I love that he did the Bat shadow. It feels like he’s watching over Terry!

There was a large building that they called the ‘Super Con’ on Market Street, around the corner from Artist Alley and down from Thor’s Gym (yes, there is a gym there called Thor’s Gym). There were lots of vendors with lots of awesome goodies for sale. There were comics, collectibles, toys, Pops, memorabilia, gaming items, and so much more! It was such a great place to browse and I didn’t get to spend near as much time in there as I wanted to.

The official Superman of Metropolis had just finished with his photos at the statue around 11:00 am, but I was lucky enough to catch him for a quick shot before he left.

Metropolis Official SupermanMetropolis Superman

Around 11:15 am, Dean Cain was going to be at the Superman statue for folks to take pictures. This was one of the many free events taking place. We rushed over a little before 11:00 am, just to be sure we got a good spot. There were some timing issues, from what I was told and Dean Cain didn’t make it to the statue until about 11:45 am. Thankfully, the temperature wasn’t too high, but being in the sun without shade was brutal. But he made it up to the statue and posed and chatted with fans for a few minutes before heading to his Q&A.

We walked around for a little while longer, trying to see as much as we could, take what photos we could, and just taking in everything before we needed to head over to the Dean Cain signing. We ventured back to Artist Alley to finish collecting some of the autographs that I showed earlier, and found ourselves in some pretty long lines. I had planned to talk to Gwenda Bond again and purchase some books, but I was only able to get those few autographs I still needed before we needed to head down to the Baymont Theater to meet Dean Cain.

I searched all over north west Tennessee for a copy – any copy – of her Lois Lane books. Since I began writing my blog, I’ve become more appreciative of the character, Lois Lane. I used to not like her at all, but that was before I truly understood her. Many of us are lucky to have an role model or idol fall into our laps at an early age. I had Helen Slater as Supergirl and Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman to admire and idolize. They helped me grow into the person I am today. But since I found a side of myself that I didn’t know was there in journalistic type writing,  I wanted something else – and I found it in Lois Lane. But because I wasn’t able to make it back to see Gwenda Bond again, I had to take my search to Amazon. I did secure a paperback copy of Fallout, the first in the Lois Lane series, and I patiently await its arrival.

It’s definitely a good thing that we left early for the Baymont. It’s was an offsite location for Dean Cain and James Marsters to do their signing and table photos in a large, air conditioned atmosphere. There were already folks there lining up at 1:45 pm. The line moved rather quickly, even though he was taking time to talk to folks and interact with them in a personal fashion. I’ve been to several celebrity signings in my day, and hiss appreciation of his fans shows. We paid for our autograph and we got to choose a print from the huge selection that was available. I even got to snap a photo with one of his assistant folks that was dressed as Supergirl.

Cosplay Evil Supergirl and Supergirl

When we approached the table, Dean Cain was very outgoing and polite. He asked our names instead of just reading them off of the paper they handed him, and made quick, but meaningful conversation with us. I apologized for the little one being asleep and that I wish she hadn’t passed out so quick. I got to tell him how I always ‘knew’ when it was time for Lois and Clark to come on the TV (no DVR back then!) and I would make a break for the living room to watch it. And now my little one, no matter where she is in the house, if she hears the theme music start up, she comes running for the TV. He thought that was incredible and told us to take a picture of them together. He signed our print and then knelt down next to her stroller and gave us a picture for her to see later.

Dean Cain AutographDean Cain with the little one

I asked for a hug and when he gave me a hug, I couldn’t hold back the waterworks. I started crying! I had done so well until that point, too. I cried my eyes out when I met my hero, Robert Englund. I didn’t cry when I met Robin Lord Taylor, Sean Pertwee, David Mazouz, John de Lancie, or Rory McCann. I did cry when I spoke to Michael Cudlitz about my friend that I was getting his autograph for, but that’s a special circumstance. I also cried when I met artist Ed Beard Jr. but it’s because of his art that I’m a gamer.

But I thought I would hold it together better, but when I meet someone who helped shape my childhood and some of my best memories, I tend to get a little emotional. He hugged me again when he saw I started crying and didn’t let me walk off until he knew I was okay. This will go down as one of the best moments in my celebrity greeting memories.

After our adventure with one of the greatest Superman actors of my lifetime, we headed to the vehicle and began the trek home. If we weren’t so exhausted from having to leave so early, we probably would have stayed longer. I think we’re going to try for VIP tickets next year, depending on who the guests are of course. I want to spend more time there next year as well. It was so worth the trip and I can’t wait for next year! We also get to go to Origins the week after the Superman Celebration next year (hopefully!).

The trip cost us a half tank of gas, $50 for an autograph, $5 for some cute buttons, and $8 in food. Not bad for so many memories if you ask me!

Taken any cool trips recently?
Have you met any actors/artists/writers/etc?
Leave me a comment and let me know about your experiences!

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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!

thanksgiving

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

We’re roughly two weeks away from the release of the next set, Marvel Deadpool! I’ve got my gravity feed pre-ordered and I’m totally ready to get my review article done. I don’t have anything new to share in the way of spoilers, but I wanted to make it a point to direct players to the WizKids Deadpool official site.

You can find loads of pictures and various information on the official site, including the rules insert with affiliations and new keywords! You can find a direct link to that rules insert, here.

We see two new affiliations, Deadpool and Inhumans, and the return of Villains and X-Men.

We also see the return of the Impulse ability, which I’m super happy about! I really like Impulse and I can’t wait to see all the new ways to use Impulse. There are also two new abilities, Back for More and Deadly. I’ll go more into detail about these in my review article, but you can read what they do on the rules insert.

I did a review article on the eight super rare cards, found here. In my review article for my gravity feed, I’ll highlight my favorite pulls.

I think I’m most excited for the introduction of the Deadly keyword and I have to give kudos to WizKids for introducing keywords for already existing abilities and keeping other keywords alive, while letting others go.

Speaking of WizKids, they do contests from time to time on their Facebook page for a variety of their great games. They’ve done some really cool Dice Masters contests, but they recently did a Star Trek: Attack Wing contest. I was lucky enough to be selected as the random winner for that contest! I won an expansion ship for Attack Wing as well as a Star Trek Online (PS4) code for an add on, which is super cool too. I was super excited because of how much I love Star Trek and the Attack Wing game! If you like space fighter type games, this is one to check out. If you like Star Wars: X-Wing, but you like the Star Trek universe, how have you not heard of Attack Wing?! Don’t get me wrong… I like Star Wars too, but Star Trek is my favorite of the two universes. I do not like the X-Wing game though, because I feel way too limited in my fleet creation. Attack Wing brings so many different factions, options, and variables. Nothing is more fun to me than being able to have Worf captain a Romulan ship while in a fleet with Picard captaining a Borg ship.

Attack Wing is very specific to the Star Trek universe, unlike Dice Masters which spans several different universes. If you don’t like Star Trek at all, then you’ll have to pretend the characters and ships are something else.

I’ve played STAW since it released, even though I only play casually with our group of four players. Getting a scene up for STAW is very difficult, especially in such a small town, but I won’t ever give this game up (like Dice Masters).

We got to meet John de Lancie and I was able to get my Q Admiral card signed, which is super cool!

admiral-q-signed

If you like space themed things, games that play like giant chess matches, and want to try another game from WizKids, I would recommend Star Trek: Attack Wing. There is also a Dungeons and Dragons: Attack Wing game that is themed around the Dungeons and Dragons universe. So if space isn’t your thing and fantasy is more appealing, check out the D&D Attack Wing. It has a few different mechanics than the Star Trek variant.

I want to give a shout out to WizKids and thank them for all the work they do on their games and all the extra stuff they do, like the contests, which they are not obligated to do in the first place. I also want to thank their Dice Masters Rules Team for all the work they do, and I know they’re working on rules when they can. I appreciate every bit of communication we get from them.

Thanks WizKids! Without your games, I’d be forced to play other games and I wouldn’t be anywhere near as happy!

Comments on this article are welcome, but please, be kind. I will not approve nasty or hateful comments.

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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

I just wanted to give a shout out to a fellow blogger from across the sea and also to The Reserve Pool.

We’ll start with True Mister Six, British Dice Roller, who was one of the first likes on my blog. I enjoy reading his blog as well because he has a good understanding of the game and he also appears to enjoy a growing and thriving community. I love seeing how folks from different countries can come together and share ideas and thoughts about a common interest. I recommend that anyone who enjoys reading my blog should visit his (if you don’t already) and give him a follow as well!

My next shout out goes to The Reserve Pool. I post a link to this blog in my blog on TRP. Had I started on TRP, I probably wouldn’t be on WordPress. I didn’t know that TRP had a blog section for members though. As much as I visit TRP, you would think that I would have known, but I thought the blogs were for official TRP crew and staff. What I wouldn’t do to be part of the TRP! But then again, I think most of the serious Dice Masters players would almost give an arm or leg to join TRP. But I want to thank TRP for allowing me to promote my blog on their site.

The Reserve Pool just announced this contest that sounds like loads of fun! They have playmats from Turn One Gaming Supplies which winners of the contest can get. The prizes are a Roll Master Playmat or a Roll Master Mini Playmat. I wish I had these products to do a review on, but I do not. From the video review on TRP, the regular size mat looks really cool. I agree with all the pros and cons that they listed in the video, just from what I can see in the video.

One thing I have to add is that I would like to see some different styles with the same or upgraded layout. I would like to see the Turn Order bar on the mats. I think the reason the Transit is above the Used Pile is because when a character attacks and is not blocked, it goes out of play or ‘in transit’ until the end of turn. At the end of turn, it then goes to the Used Pile. But I agree with Dave on this too, I prefer Transit to be under the Used Pile. I have used the Dice Bag section on the WizKids mats as my Transit since they added that to the game back in Uncanny. That will be a hard habit for me to break! It wouldn’t be hard for WizKids to swap the words ‘Dice Bag’ for ‘Transit’ (hint hint WizKids!). But overall, the mats look cool and the layouts are superior to WizKids mats. If I had a My Little Pony one featuring Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Luna, I would just die! Or maybe just a girl-themed one would be cool too (hint hint T1!).

Back to the contest info – sorry for getting off topic a little.
You can enter the ‘Pimp My Mat’ contest via The Reserve Pool. They want you to show them what your worst Dice Masters play surface is! Due date is April 18th to their mailbag address (mailbag@thereservepool.com). Be creative, have fun with it, and show your worst!

~ No product destruction.
~ Has to be a play surface – no bare tabletops though, too easy.
~ Don’t put yourself in the picture. They plan to do a blind judging type thing.
~ No due date flexibility, April 18, 2016.

I’m not completely sure if I’m going to enter this contest or not. I think I might, if I have time to come up with something. I also don’t like trying to win prizes if I don’t need them. I prefer seeing others that need the prizes win them. This contest is totally worth entering though. And if you don’t win a mat, you can always get one directly from T1.

You can also find The Reserve Pool on Facebook and Twitter.

If you know of a blog about Dice Masters that I should be reading, drop me a line here or on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty.
Thanks for reading!

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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

As of about ten minutes ago, I officially have an Instagram account. I’ve never felt the need for one for personal use, but I feel like it’s a great opportunity for the public face of Dice Dice Kitty.

We are planning to go to the Owensboro, Kentucky WKO in May and having an Instagram will help me get pictures out faster to my followers. I’ve added my Twitter and Instagram links in the sidebar.

In case you’re on a tablet or phone that’s picky, I’ll go ahead and link mt accounts here as well.

Facebook – Dice Dice Kitty
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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

We finally were able to pick up our Faerûn Under Siege gravity feed. This set seems to be very popular and it sells out quickly. We were lucky enough to have a draft with nine people on release weekend. We bought a little over half a feed after the draft and had to wait until late this past week to be able to get our sealed feed. We were not disappointed in our pulls!

Gravity Feed

Commons
We pulled 116 common cards. We got all the commons in multiples except for one that we only got one copy of.

x3     #35     Bahamut
x2     #36     Balor
x3     #37     Beholder
x3     #38     Black Dragon
x2     #39     Blink Dog
x2     #40    Bronze Dragon
x4     #41     Bugbear Ambusher
x2     #42     Clay Golem
x4     #43     Cockatrice
x3     #44     Displacer Beast
x3     #45     Drizzt
x3     #46     Dwarf Wizard
x3     #47     Elf Thief
x2     #48     Erinyes
x3     #49     Flesh Golem
x3     #50     Gelatinous Cube
x4     #51     Ghost
x3     #52     Giant Spider
x4     #53     Glabrezu
x3     #54     Gnome Ranger
x3     #55     Goblin
x2     #56     Gorgon
x4     #57     Half-Elf Bard
x3     #58     Half-Orc Barbarian
x3     #59     Hell Hound
x3     #60     Hill Giant
x3     #61     Human Fighter
x3     #62     Intellect Devourer
x3     #63     Iron Golem
x1     #64     Lich
x2     #65     Lizardfolk
x3     #66     Lolth
x3     #67     Oni
x2     #68     Orcus
x2     #69     Potion
x4     #70     Ring
x4     #71     Rust Monster
x2     #72     Storm Giant
x3     #73     White Dragon
x4     #74     Wraith

Uncommons
We pulled 46 uncommon cards. We got all but two of the uncommons in the set.

x1     #75     Bahamut
x2     #76     Balor
x2     #77     Beholder
x1     #78     Black Dragon
x2     #79     Blink Dog
x1     #80     Bugbear Ambusher
x1     #81     Clay Golem
x2     #82     Displacer Beast
x1     #83     Drizzt
x2     #84     Dwarf Wizard
x1     #85     Elf Thief
x1     #86     Erinyes
x1     #87     Flesh Golem
x1     #88     Gelatinous Cube
x1     #89     Ghost
x1     #90     Giant Spider
x2     #91     Goblin
x2     #92     Gorgon
x2     #93     Half-Orc Barbarian
x3     #94     Human Fighter
x0     #95     Intellect Devourer
x1     #96     Iron Golem
x1     #97     Lich
x0     #98     Lizardfolk
x2     #99     Lolth
x3     #100     Oni
x2     #101     Orcus
x1     #102     Potion
x1     #103     Ring
x1     #104     Rust Monster
x2     #105     Storm Giant
x2     #106     Wraith

Rares and Super Rare
You won’t get all the rares in one feed, but you get a decent amount of them. We pulled 16 rares and none of them were duplicates. We also pulled two Super Rares. You will almost always get a Super Rare in every feed. I’ve heard of at least one feed that didn’t have one, but we’ve been lucky and gotten two in almost every feed we’ve bought.

#108     Balor
#109     Black Dragon
#110     Blink Dog
#114     Elf Thief
#116     Flesh Golem
#119     Giant Spider
#120     Goblin
#121     Gorgon
#123     Human Fighter
#124     Intellect Devourer
#127     Lizardfolk
#128     Lolth
#129     Oni
#130     Orcus
#131     Potion
#134     Wraith

#139     Deck of Many Things, Epic Magical Object   (Super Rare)
#140     Hammer of Thunderbolts, Epic Magical Object   (Super Rare)

Favorites

I’m not doing a review of the entire set. I’m only going over a few of my favorite cards, because I can’t go over all my favorites since there are too many. I picked a handful that will also work outside of the Dungeons and Dragons set. If you need a ruling question answered, leave a comment and we’ll delve into it and review the individual card.

FUS Favorites 1
Cockatrice, Lesser Monstrosity (left) – This particular card is almost identical to Cockatrice, Minion Monstrosity. The wording is slightly different, but they do the exact same thing and their purchase costs are the same. This is super convenient for those that don’t buy the starters. This card has a super handy ability for getting around some of those characters that are difficult to get around. If you don’t buy a starter for this set (which I highly recommend getting one!), then you can still get this great character in the set.

Elf Thief, Lesser Harper (center) -This character here is too cool! I plan to do a CCW about this one so be on the lookout for it. But the ability to field any character for free is awesome and then you get to ‘steal’ an energy from an opponent which is amazing. You can’t go wrong with this character and his purchase cost of two energy and he’s a Mask character to top it off! This character is probably going to be popular and if not, I would be very surprised.

Flesh Golem, Lesser Construct (right) -I really like these Fabricate cards. They give you an alternate purchasing option and that’s something we haven’t seen a lot of yet. I’m not really sure just how popular these type of cards will be, but I really like them. This is just the common version of Flesh Golem, and there are several other type of Golems and Constructs that all do similar things. Many of them direct X amount of damage to themselves from characters or players. That ability could be useful for certain teams. These cards are worth checking out.

FUS Favorites 2
Intellect Devourer, Lesser Aberration (left) -Any card that causes your opponent to lose resources of some kind can be very useful. Intellect Devourer is another card that does just that, reducing the amount of energy your opponent has to use during your turn. This card is another option for many teams out there. The fielding costs are really good – some of the best. With the Blue-Eyes White Dragon global, you can potentially utilize this character multiple turns in a row.

Balor, Greater Fiend (center) -I love the Gate ability! This type of ability works best within the D&D sets, but you can still use it on other teams as a way to potentially get more character dice without having to purchase them. There are other fiends that cost a little less than this Balor, but most of them only allow the Gate ability for their dice. This particular character can get you any fiend (potentially). Any card that has an alternate purchasing ability is one that deserves a little consideration.

Displacer Beast, Greater Monstrosity (right) – This Displacer Beast gives you the ability to pull a character of your opponent’s into the attack and also gives you the ability to choose the blocker for it. This is probably going to be another CCW post later as well. Cards that give a player a level of ‘control’ are probably going to be popular among several players. I personally want to find room for this one on several of my teams. He only cost four to purchase, which can be reduced, and his fielding cost and stats are great! Not only that, but he’s also a Mask character. This character deserves some looking into.

FUS Favorites 3
Oni, Greater Giant (left) – There was a need for more answers against Action Dice. The Oni may not be pretty, but his cost is good for his ability. His level one and level two fielding cost isn’t bad, and his stats are okay, but you would be using him for his ability and not for his stats necessarily. I really like him and I love the choice of colors for his die. He’s a good alternative to help you get rid of some of those Action Dice like Imprisoned, that are making your games difficult.

Blink Dog, Paragon Fey (center) – I can’t tell you how much I love this card. I drafted this particular card and several dice and he’s so much fun! He may not work with your Blue-Eyes, but he makes your opponent think twice about attacking or even blocking this character. This character is easily KO’d and has a chance to do two damage to your opponent. Even if he doesn’t get his ability to go off, you’re still getting to reroll him on your next turn. I almost would have liked to see this character be a Bolt or even a Fist character, but even though it’s a Shield character, I can still find room for him.

Potion, Paragon Spell (right) – Fast is a new ability in the Faerûn Under Siege set. I really like the potential for this new ability and it raises many new questions, so be on the lookout for CCW posts about this card too. Being able to give a character the ability to do damage before normal combat damage is incredibly useful. Just imagine being able to increase your blocking character’s attack, then use something like Potion to give them Fast so that you KO their blocked attacking character before it has a chance to do anything to your blocker. There are so many possibilities with this new ability and I can’t wait to see characters with a built in Fast ability.

 What are some of your favorite cards in the set?
Leave a comment and let us know!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Posted: December 24, 2015 in Miscellaneous
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Greetings Fellow Dice Masters!

There won’t be a Confusing Card of the Week post this week. I sincerely hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday! We will return next week with our CCW!

Holiday Pic