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Some exciting news broke a few days ago. It was discovered by another member of the HeroClix community that WizKids had added solicits for a new set, tentatively due out in November of this year. Much to my surprise and excitement, it was a solicit for Star Trek Away Team: The Next Generation!!!

TNG logo

Booster Packs

Star Trek HeroClix Away Team returns to the tabletop, this time with fan-favorite characters from the Starfleet Crew in Star Trek: The Next Generation!

Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Next Generation Booster Brick includes some of the most iconic characters and creatures from Star Trek: The Next Generation. The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D including Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Riker, Data, Geordi, Worf, Deanna Troi, and more are joined by classic adversaries Romulans, Klingons, Borg, and the omnipotent Q in this brand-new HeroClix 5-figure booster release!

The Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Next Generation Booster Brick has 73 new figures to collect:

  • 18 Common figures including one Prime
  • 18 Uncommon figures including one Prime
  • 18 Rare figures including one Prime
  • 13 Super Rare figures including one Prime
  • 6 Chase figures

Wow! This set is going to have six chases instead of four, as well as Primes in each rarity! This is not a colossal set, so it’s safe to assume they’ll be the same size as previous five figure booster sets. There doesn’t appear to be a price increase, or if there is one, it’s minimal. This is good news since many were worried that WizKids would just adopt the new colossal booster price for non-colossal sets.

Primes – There are numerous opportunities for primes in this set. Every prominent character in the show would frequent the holodeck dressed in a variety of roles from history or literature. There are also characters like Lore, which is Data’s ‘twin’ of sorts. Doctor Soong was also portrayed by Brent Spiner (Data/Lore), and that presents an opportunity to see Soong as well! Picard was assimilated by the Borg for a time, so I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we see a Locutus of Borg figure. We might even be graced by the presence of a Thomas Riker!

I really need to know, which outfit is Deana Troi going to be wearing?! Any or all (Primes!) of the following are okay with me! She’s had loads of other outfits over the span of seven seasons and four movies, but these are my favorite and most memorable.

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There are a few things that I really hope WizKids puts on character cards as their ability flavor text. For Picard, he needs Outwit and it needs to be called “Shut up, Wesley.” You can watch a clip, here. Another is for Reginald Barclay, and they need to incorporate his nickname, Lt. Broccoli, either on his card or Wesley’s card.

There is an enormous and rich universe for WizKids to pull from, so there is only speculation about what we could potentially see, until spoilers begin. There’s enough content in the Star Trek universe, as a whole, that WizKids could make a set every year for the rest of their existence! I can’t wait to see who they chose to include in this set. We do know that we’ll likely see the entire main cast crew and some very notable secondary crew. Some of the villainous characters have been confirmed in the solicits as well. We’ll be seeing Q, Gul Madred, and the Borg Queen. I imagine we’ll see generic Klingons, Romulans, Borg, and Starfleet officers in this set as well. It would be a lost opportunity to exclude them.

Starter Set

Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Next Generation Starter Set includes six of the most iconic crewmembers of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D with all-new dials! This Starter Set features Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Commander William T. Riker, Lt. Commander Data, Lt. Worf, Dr. Beverly Crusher, and Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge coming together to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before! Other Starfleet members, like Reginald Barclay and Ro Laren, can join with the rest of the crew of the Enterprise to take on fearsome adversaries such as Gul Madred or the Borg Queen, all four of which can be found in the Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Next Generation Booster Brick!

Starter Sets are excellent products for new players to learn and play HeroClix!

Includes everything a player needs to play HeroClix: figures, one double-sided map, Rulebook, Powers and Abilities Card (PAC), Object and Terrain tokens, Dice, and Character cards.

MSRP: $24.99

We have a confirmed roster for the starter:

  • Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • Commander William T. Riker
  • Lt. Commander Data
  • Lt. Worf
  • Dr. Beverly Crusher
  • Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge

You’ll see that Tasha Yar, Wesley Crusher, and Deanna Troi are missing from that notable list. Troi is already listed in the booster solicit, but it’s safe to assume that we’ll see Yar and Wesley in the set too, unless Denise Crosby and Wil Wheaton have something weird going on with licensing their likeness.

I think they chose a great line up for the starter. Since this is a starter, it’ll have a rulebook, PAC, dice, a double sided map, and object/terrain tokens. I’d like to see something Star Trek related on my object tokens – like a console for a heavy object and med pack for a light object. I think I’m asking for too much though, even though it’s just pictures printed on cardboard.

Dice and Token Pack

Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Next Generation Dice and Token Pack contains two (2) custom dice featuring the Starfleet icon and six (6) custom action tokens featuring images of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D.

The Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Original Series Dice & Token Pack is a great way for players to enhance their HeroClix experience!

MSRP: $9.99

Obvious cut/paste typo in this solicit – “The Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Original Series Dice & Token Pack is a great way for players to enhance their HeroClix experience!” This solicit is definitely for TNG Dice and Tokens and not the TOS set. Now, the question is, who is going to be on these? Will we see crew or aliens?

The TOS pack had all the crew members from the starter, which was awesome! I’m hoping they do the same for TNG. If they do, these are the faces we’ll have on the tokens:

  • Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • Commander William T. Riker
  • Lt. Commander Data
  • Lt. Worf
  • Dr. Beverly Crusher
  • Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge

I’m also very curious about the dice. We had gorgeous dice from the TOS pack, so are they going to reuse those dice or make new ones?

Dice

Personally, I’d like the TNG communicator badge symbol, even if the color scheme is the same as the TOS dice.

TNG Badge

They could even do a silhouette of the Enterprise-D, or use the standard Klingon badge symbol. As long as it’s TNG related, I don’t care what they use!

Organized Play Release Kit

The Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Next Generation OP Kit includes*:

  • Three (3) Samuel Clemens Limited Edition Prize Figures
  • Five (5) copies of a double-sided 24” x 36” HeroClix map
  • Release Day Instruction Sheet with Tournament Format

Release Day Organized Play (OP) Kits –

HeroClix Release Day OP Kits contain everything a retailer needs to bring HeroClix players into their store to celebrate the release of a new HeroClix set including new limited edition figures or game elements not found anywhere else! Each Release Day OP Kit ships with the new set so stores can run events on release day. Stores should schedule their HeroClix release day events in the WizKids Info Network (win.wizkids.com).

Each Release Day OP Kit includes prizes to host a release day event, with a prize for 1st place, a Fellowship award and a Flex Award (Flex Awards are used at the store’s discretion so long as the use is within the context of the WKPPLA for the expressed purpose of supporting in-store play).

Stores are not required to have a volunteer or judge present to run an event; store owners may ultimately determine how events in their store will run and how the kits are used so long as they are used to support in-store play.

RETAILERS PLEASE NOTE: Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Next Generation OP Kits are only available while supplies last!

Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Next Generation OP Kit is covered by the WizKids Promotional Product Licensing Agreement and is marked “NOT FOR RESALE.”

Exemptions are determined based on a store’s demonstrated player base size as indicated in their event history in the WizKids Information Network. If you wish to request additional OP kits, please speak with your sales representative.

Maximum 3 OP Kits per store unless store requests and receives exemption based on their WizKids Info Network history and product order history.

*Kit contents subject to change

Oh my goodness – Mark Twain himself as a prize piece! It was a great episode where time travel happened a few times and Samuel Clemens had a chance to tour the Enterprise-D. Seeing Samuel Clemens makes me believe that Guinan will be in the booster set or maybe a future LE.

I really dislike time travel shows, but the times that Star Trek incorporates it in the show are well written and feel like they have purpose, even the ‘accidental’ incidents. The only time I have ever truly enjoyed time travel content is in Star Trek.

Thoughts

I don’t think I can express just how excited I am for this set! This series was a very big part of adolescent years and this is THE dream set for me. I know several folks had their dream set with Star Trek: The Original Series, or maybe one of the other various comic related sets, but this set is something I didn’t think I’d ever see. I may love Ninja Turtles and Batman: TAS (coming soon and can’t wait!), but in my heart, I’m a Trekkie. I’m very attached to all versions of Star Trek, but TNG is special to me, as I’m sure it is to many other folks for various reasons.

Star Trek is a franchise that highlights diversity and unity and while I believe some of the series are better at representing this than others, they’re all great in their own way. I would like to see WizKids continue this trend and bring all the series to life on my HeroClix map. Not only are there TV series and movies, but there is also an animated series, novels, and comics that WizKids could use. These sets allow me to connect with players that have no interest in super heroes but like to play HeroClix because of the Star Trek characters. WizKids makes Star Trek: Attack Wing, which is another great Star Trek game, but there’s something super special about commanding an away team of your favorite characters. I want to field a team of TNG Klingons to take on Thanos or battle against a Bat-Family! They may be defeated, but they will die in glorious battle and earn their place in Sto’Vo’Kor! Qapla’!

What are you hoping to see in an upcoming set?
Is your ‘dream’ set already a reality?
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Greetings Fellow WizKids Fans!

 

There was an article dropped on WizKids, HERE, that has prizing and one event location announcement. Yes, you heard that right – ONE location announcement. Most of us that play Dice Masters and HeroClix had assumed Nationals and Worlds would be held at Origins Game Fair again this year. The reports I’ve seen have said good things about the improvement of operations each year and so one would expect the trend to continue.

Here is what the announcement says:

2018 WizKids National & World Championships!

WizKids is pleased to announce their plans for the upcoming 2018 WizKids National Championships and 2018 WizKids World Championships! This year, there will be numerous National Championships around the globe where players can win limited edition prizes, purchase Convention Exclusives figures, and qualify for the 2018 WizKids World Championships, to be held at an east coast convention this Fall.

Players can prepare for some of the biggest WizKids gaming events of the year by attending a WizKids Open Regional Championship and earning a National Championship Qualification in HeroClix or Dice Masters.  More details on specific dates and locations of upcoming championships will be added soon, so keep a look out for more information on the WizKids Info Network.

For all players that qualify for the U.S. Nationals, WizKids will be hosting the U.S. National Championships at Origins Game Fair, June 13-17, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.

WizKids is thrilled to announce the 2018 HeroClix Convention Exclusives and For Sale Con LEs to be available at the U.S. National Championships below!

For the first time ever, HeroClix players will have the opportunity to win:

  • Marvel HeroClix: Daredevil Prize Figure*
  • DC HeroClix: Kingdom Come Orion Prize Figure*
  • DC HeroClix: Bombshells Hawlgirl Prize Figure*
  • Marvel HeroClix: Banshee ID Card*
  • Marvel HeroClix: Psylocke ID Card*
  • DC Comics HeroClix: Mr. Freeze ID Card*
  • DC Comics HeroClix: Poison Ivy ID Card*

On top of that, HeroClix players will now be able to purchase:

  •  Marvel HeroClix: The Blackbird For Sale Set*
  • DC HeroClix: Batman Commissioner Gordon For Sale Figure*
  • Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: Kirk and Uhura For Sale Figure*

* product availability subject to change and limited in quantity.

The 2018 WizKids National Championships will be the first time where Dice Masters players can win:

 Marvel Dice Masters Multiple Man: Pile On! Foil Card

  • DC Dice Masters Batgirl: Babs Foil Card
  • Marvel Dice Masters Shriek: Dark Empathy Foil Card
  • Marvel Dice Masters Wolverine: Patch Foil Card
  • Marvel Dice Masters M.O.D.O.K.: Most Powerful Brain Alive Foil Card
  • Marvel Dice Masters Dormmamu: Burning Ambition Foil Card
  • DC Dice Masters Bane: Venom Enchanced Foil Card
  • DC Dice Masters Clayface: The Clayface of Tragedy Foil Card
  • DC Dice Masters Superman: Symbol of Hope Foil Card
  • TMNT Dice Masters Momentum: Basic Action Card Foil Card

– The WizKids Team

So, at first, all I saw were the shiny new exclusives! But then, I re-read the announcement and was instantly sad. I have already booked and planned my trip to Origins. I booked for the entirety of the event because I believed (like many others) that Nationals and Worlds would both be at Origins. I’m not all that certain that this move is good for the health of the Dice Masters game. They’ve already stated that they want to move more toward the casual level play, and splitting these events up between conventions does not seem like a good idea. I feel like a minority in the DM community with this view, but only time and attendance will tell if I’m right or not.

There are some other negatives to this announcement in regards to the Worlds move. Those that could or would travel to both, now have to adjust any travel plans that are currently in place. Those that would like to go to both, may not be able to if they’ve committed all their resources to Origins – like myself. Many may not be able to take off work that many days to attend both. All these could affect attendance numbers at both events for both HeroClix and Dice Masters. Since they won’t tell us where Worlds is being held, this could potentially mess up the travel plans of some players to the extent that they cancel their plans for Origins. Some players won’t bother going to Origins if they think the trip for Worlds will be too far or too expensive. WizKids really should have announced that location in this announcement – or two months ago.

Having Nationals and Worlds at two different events does have a positive note. The volunteers and employees in charge of the events will have less to worry about at each separate convention with only one major event being run.

While I feel WizKids has made the wrong decision to split these events between conventions, there are some positive things in that announcement. For Dice Masters, a Foil Babs and Foil Momentum is super cool! The rest are just kinda cool and not super cool. I would love to have both my TMNT boxes done up in the foil treatment. The older cards that didn’t have foil treatments are definitely more desirable for me than cards you can already get in foil – even if the prizes are alternate art too.

Now, the HeroClix items are what I’m most excited about! I really want a Bombshells Hawkgirl prize figure and I have to get the Kirk and Uhura Convention Exclusive!!! There are definitely other awesome things on this list, like the Blackbird Convention Exclusive and all the ID Card prizes! I’m going to have to get a Blackbird too and some of those ID Cards, if I’m able to. I’m anxious to see what Mr. Freeze will be in the Batman TAS set, as well as Poison Ivy. I don’t imagine those two would be left out of that set since they were really big characters in TAS. I’m very happy to see some villain themed ID Cards.

In conclusion, I’m really sad, almost depressed about the Worlds move. Actually, I think it ruined my day today. But there is always a silver lining. That silver lining comes in the form of Star Trek HeroClix Con Exclusives that I can put my hands on at Origins. Many of my other plans for Origins will remain unchanged, but if I would have known sooner, I would be doing my travel plans a little different. I hope to see you all at Origins for ‘five full days of gaming!’

Are you happy they moved Worlds?
Does this upset your travel plans this year?
Is this a good thing for either game?
Leave me a comment here or on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty and let me know what you think!

Roll on, Dice Masters!

HeroClix, live long and Prob it!

 

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!

* I am not affiliated with The Dice Coalition. *
If you would like to contact them, they can links on their site, or you can contact them through Facebook or Twitter.

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Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

There are some new products that appeared on the WizKids Solicits page! I’ve compiled the info on each one in this article.

DC Justice Campaign Box
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Image from WizKids

The DC Comics Dice Masters: Justice 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.

Justice features iconic characters from the Justice League and Legion of Doom like Superman, Wonder Woman, Metallo, Lex Luthor, and more! With multiple versions of each, select the one that fits your team the best!

Players can pit the Justice League against the Legion of Doom or mix them together. Whether players are interested in a game or two between comics 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 haven’t read Justice, this is an exciting entry point to an awesome spin on the Justice League with breathtaking art.

Featuring more than a fifteen characters (and their dice!), the DC Comics Dice Masters: Justice Campaign Box will be sure to deliver a page turning 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: September 2018
MSRP: $39.99

Metallo is confirmed as a new character in the text above, and it sounds like we’re likely going to get a few more new characters that haven’t been in Dice Masters yet.

DC Doom Patrol Team Pack
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Image from WizKids

Are you ready for the World’s Strangest Superheroes? 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 DC Comics Dice Masters: Doom Patrol Team Pack is going to uncover new ways to win!

Even if they started out as misfits, the Doom Patrol is ready to fit right into your Dice Masters collection and team! Featuring classic members of the Doom Patrol like Elasti-Girl and Robotman, along with some of their fan-favorite allies like Plastic Man, the possibilities feel endless!

The DC Comics Dice Masters: Doom Patrol Team Pack will let players build their own Doom Patrol or help them team up with their allies from the Justice League! This team pack is perfect for Dice Masters veterans or someone looking to jump into the game fresh! A Team Pack can be paired with any Campaign Box or Starter Set to give a player everything they need to build a highly focused team for thematic play!

With 24 cards and 16 dice, you’ll enjoy bringing the World’s Strangest Superheroes to the tabletop in your next game of Dice Masters!

Tentative Release: September 2018
MSRP: $9.99

The DC Comics Dice Masters: Doom Patrol Team Pack is going to uncover new ways to win!

I may be reading too much into that statement, but it sounds like they’re going to introduce a new game mechanic or ability that allows you to win the game outside of the standard method. Or maybe they’re just talking about winning with new characters that haven’t been in the game yet.

DC Mystics Team Pack
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Image from WizKids

With the DC Comics Dice Masters: Mystics Team Pack, you’ll be rolling dice with the power of Zeus! 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 DC Comics Dice Masters: Mystics Team Pack is ready to enchant your opponents!

The DC Comics Dice Masters: Mystics Team Pack features both Shazam! and his foe, the tyrannical Black Adam! Shazam! isn’t without help though, since both Captain Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel are in the mix. Who knows what will happen when you add these to your team – it’s practically an entire house-worth of mystery!

The DC Comics Dice Masters: Mystics Team Pack will let players build their own team of heroes or villains! The DC Comics Dice Masters: Mystics 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 Campaign Box or 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 bring untold mysticism directly to your Dice Masters games!

Tentative Release: September 2018
MSRP: $9.99

Captain Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel are confirmed in the text above as new characters. I can’t wait to see what other characters this Team Pack could add.

Current Release Schedule

This is the current, tentative release schedule. This information is always subject to change. You can find my previous article about some of these releases, here.

February 28, 2018
~ Brotherhood Monthly OP

April 2018
~ DC Harley Quinn Team Pack

May 2018
~ Marvel Avengers Infinity Campaign Box
~ Marvel Kree Invasion Team Pack
~ Marvel Justice Like Lightning Team Pack

July 2018
~ Warhammer 40K: Battle for Ultramar Campaign Box
~ Warhammer 40K: Orks – WAAAGH! Team Pack
~ Warhammer 40K: Space Wolves – Sons of Russ Team Pack

September 2018
~ DC Justice Campaign Box
~ DC Doom Patrol Team Pack
~ DC Mystics Team Pack

Final Thoughts

It’s nice to see WizKids scheduling product this far in advance. There is still an absence of blind product on the schedule, but that doesn’t mean they’ve completely closed that door yet. I would like to see them continue with Draft Packs if they’re wanting to move away from gravity feeds. I’m not a fan of Draft Packs, but having one or two sets a year in the Draft Pack style would be okay with me since they’re focusing more on fixed product.

There is also an absence of OP Kits, which makes me super sad. I’m hoping that they’re making them and they just haven’t put them on the solicits page yet.

I like a lot of DC content, though I’ve not read Justice, and I probably should. I’m not familiar with the art used on the box in relation to that series, so it’s likely I could have mixed up one series with another. I love the art on that box though, and I am looking forward to seeing the art on the cards if they’re all Alex Ross art! That Batman looks amazing!

I’m not familiar with Doom Patrol at all, but I know a few locals that enjoy the series. I’m familiar with a few of the characters listed and I hope they have some fun versions. The same goes for the Mystics Team Pack. I know very little about Black Adam and Shazam! within the continuity of the comics, and I know practically nothing about Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel Jr. I look forward to learning more about these characters and having a chance to use them!

What do you think of these products?
Which one are you most excited for?
What characters do you hope to see?

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Roll on, Dice Masters!

 

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!

 

There has been some huge news announced today. WizKids has decided to take Dice Masters in a new direction. Dice Masters will no longer be only a collectible game with blind product, it will transition into the fixed format with set boxes like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sets. This means, no more booster packs or draft packs, for now. It’s still unclear as to whether or not there will be a product to support drafting or not.

While I’m deeply saddened by this news, I’m also somewhat excited. This opens up lots of opportunities for players that do not play collectible games. There are plenty of successful games on the market that use a similar format so I see lots of opportunity and new future for the game I love so much!

I know lots of folks will be very disappointed to hear this announcement, but I encourage everyone to look at things through fresh eyes. Do not be disheartened – this is only a bad thing if you see it that way. Dice Masters is evolving to be more like other successful games on the market. This is not a bad move and I stand by WizKids and their decision.

I will continue to produce Dice Masters content, such as my Confusing Card of the Week articles, unboxing videos, and more, for as long as the game is still in production – or as long as I am able!

You can read the announcement in your email or find a copy, here.
You can also found an announcement on their site, here.

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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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Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

WizKids is about to release its annual DC Starter, Superman Wonder Woman, and I’m super excited about the characters that it brings back as well as the new characters it introduces! Be sure to check with your friendly local game store and reserve your copy today. The Monthly Solicits page currently shows a release date of July 12, 2017.

You can find my review video with Mr. DDK on YouTube, here.

Starter Box

Starter

Box Contents

~ Superman Wonder Woman Rulebook
~ 2 Dice Bags
~ 12 Basic Action Dice
~ 16 Sidekick Dice
~ 16 Character Dice
~ 24 Character Cards
~ 10 Basic Action Cards
~ 4 Action Reminder Cards
~ 1 Rules Insert Card

Rulebook

This is the first time we’re getting the first turn rule change detailed in a rulebook. It was announced on November 7, 2016 and you can find it on page 2 and 8.

RulebookRules Change Noted 1

Rules Insert Card

Rules Insert

The rules reminder card is a great quick reference tool for all the affiliations and keywords in the set. This particular rules insert details the first turn rule change.

Rules Insert Back

The back of the rules insert card has a bump for tournaments, which is a great promo piece.

Keywords

You will not find any bold text keywords in this starter. There are plenty of character abilities and a few Globals between the Basic Actions and Characters.

WizKids has a comprehensive list of Keywords on their site. You can also find expanded descriptions for all the keywords on The Reserve Pool‘s site.

Affiliations

We don’t have any new affiliations in this starter, but there are some returning ones.

Justice League
Team Superman
Villains

Characters

Artemis

I’m thrilled to see an Amazon, even if she’s from a different tribe than Diana, she’s still an Amazon. I hope WizKids will eventually add an Amazon affiliation along with many of the other notable Amazon characters. I think all of the versions of Artemis are interesting. Her two When Fielded abilities are very manageable with her TFC (Total Fielding Cost) of two. She’s got really good stats as well, and a purchase cost of five isn’t totally out of reach. I think my favorite version is Renouncing Olympus. I don’t build teams that are centered on keeping Sidekicks in the Field, and this is a great way to keep my opponent from building up a wall. Did I mention that I love having another recognizable Amazon character in the game?

Cheetah
Cheetah is one of my favorite Wonder Woman villains. I love all of her abilities and they all fit the character. She’s not an expensive character to purchase and her TFC is three with a fielding cost of one on all levels. She only has one When Fielded ability, but I don’t think her fielding costs are an issue at all, especially when you factor in her stats as well. I think I want to try using Goddess of the Hunt on a new Villain team I’m brewing. She seems like she would fit best with that build. But each version can easily find a place on a team somewhere!

Giganta

I’m super thrilled to see another Wonder Woman villain in the starter! Even though she isn’t my favorite Wonder Woman villain, I do like her in the comics. I didn’t like her versions from the Green Arrow and The Flash set, so I was glad to see her back again. Her abilities are very thematic for her character and I like them all, but Standing Tall is definitely my favorite! It just so happens that Standing Tall is the only character card with a Global in the starter. Her Global fits with her ability perfectly! You can give her Overcrush with Upgrade – Proton Cannon from the Iron Man and War Machine starter to help her punch through your opponent’s defenses. Her dice stats are the same as her previous set. She’s got really good stats and her fielding costs are great too! My villain team is going to end up having a bunch of Wonder Woman villains on it!

Jimmy Olsen

This is Jimmy Olsen’s debut! Signal Watch and Superman’s Pal are both good for any team that uses Superman or Supergirl. It just depends on your team build and play style. Seeing Is Believing is definitely interesting… but I’m not believing in him. It stops him from being targeted by opponent’s Globals, and stops damage from non-targeting Globals which is cool, but it only prevents Jimmy from taking the damage. And it only works while Superman or Supergirl is active. I just feel like the ability is over complicated and probably not worth using. At least I can build a decent Team Superman team now that we have Conner Kent in the Batman set and Jimmy Olsen! I have too many teams to build and not enough time to build them.

Steve Trevor
Steve Trevor, ally and love interest of Wonder Woman, is making his debut! I like all three cards. Bachelor in a Bind doesn’t have ability text, but did you see those attack stats and fielding cost?! He only cost two to purchase making him a fantastic card for lots of teams that need those cheaper dudes. The Man from A.R.G.U.S. is actually really cool. Steve Trevor has a defense of one on all sides, but he has a 2/3/4 attack line. If you have Wonder Woman active and way to give Steve Trevor Overcrush, he becomes an instant threat. Themysciran Liason is fantastic! You can purchase Wonder Woman for three less when he’s KO’d. With that defense line of 1/1/1, it’s not hard to KO him. His ability will allow you to purchase Wonder Woman outside of your Main Step, and then you get to Prep her too! Perfect!

Supergirl
Finally! A Supergirl I can get behind! Her dice at the exact same model as her World’s Finest dice, but a reversed color scheme. I definitely prefer these dice and this card art to the WF versions. All in the Family feels like it should have been a Flip card. I like her ability, but I wouldn’t want to put her on a team and then not face off against a Villain team. I like Guarding National City, but I hate having a TFC 5 or higher on characters that have a When Fielded ability. Aside from that, she cost seven… I Have All Your Powers! has to be my favorite Supergirl card and ability. I like to give dice Overcrush or make them unblockable. She’s the perfect card for me!

Superman
Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, it’s Superman! Superman’s die is the same model as his World’s Finest die, but not the same color style. I prefer the other color style, but I like his stats which are the exact same as Supergirl. Superman has abilities similar to Supergirl’s on some of his cards. Phone Booth also feels like it needed a Flip side and Symbol of Hope does not have an ability that appeals to me for the cost of the character. Living in a World of Cardboard seems kinda cool, but he needs Overcrush or to be unblockable. Sounds like a job for me! Oh, and he’s Justice League – not Team Superman. Guess I need to start looking at Justice League characters now too.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman is the epitome of awesome and now we have some Dice Masters cards to reflect that. With Child of Clay, you can use Unstable Canister on your team and no longer fear it being used against your characters. She’s easy to purchase, but you don’t want her leaving the Field if you can help it. She has a TFC of three which is isn’t horrible, but most of the time I end up rolling the highest level face when I don’t want it. Her fielding costs fit for the stats she has on each level. Ambassador of Peace is another Global stifling ability that stops both players from using Globals on their character cards. This would be better if it just stopped your opponent and not you too. It doesn’t stop either player from using the Globals on Rip Hunter’s Chalkboard or S.T.A.R. Labs, but it stops a player from using Parallax’s Global if it’s on their team. Reflections is probably the most powerful of all three cards. She stops one of the biggest meta cards – Lantern Ring: Limited Only By Imagination. She does cost five, but if I see Ring across the table, I’m going for Wonder Woman first.

Character Thoughts

There are plenty of great beginner character cards in this starter. There are cards that work very well with other cards in the starter, and then you have other cards that make for great additions to existing teams or good starting points for new players to begin building a team with.

There are at least two character cards that I see potentially making it into the Modern Age meta. One of those is Wonder Woman: Reflections for her amazing Lantern Ring stopping ability, and the other is Steve Trevor: Themysciran Liason for his ability to help you get Wonder Woman easier. I’m not totally sure about Steve Trevor, but he is definitely handy. There is a third character that very possibly could find a foothold in Modern Age meta, and that’s Giganta: Standing Tall. With the upcoming X-Men First Class set, she could come in handy.

Team Superman definitely got a needed boost in this starter. For all those folks out there that are struggling to make a Team Superman team function, you’re definitely going to want Jimmy Olsen. I believe that with the addition of Conner Kent from Batman and Jimmy Olsen from this starter, those casual Team Superman builds are going to be running a lot smoother.

Basic Action Cards

Now it’s time to take a look at all ten of the Basic Actions cards that you’ll find in the Superman Wonder Woman starter. Five of these cards are revamped cards, and five are completely new cards, though some of them have similarities to previously released Basic Actions.

W Dimension Door, BAC

This is a revamp of Dimension Door from the Dungeons and Dragons: Battle for Faerûn set. I mentioned this in the video and I’ll say it again; this card should have been called “Boom Tube” to fit with the theme. I know they make references to ‘dimensional doors’ in various media, but I really want this card to be Boom Tube. The art is Booster Gold and Blue Beetle (I think) jumping through a Boom Tube, so at least there’s that.

But as for the card ability – I love it. I don’t like the purchase cost, but if it was any less, it’d be too good. I want to pair this card with that awesome Giganta and just make her totally unblockable. This card also pairs well with the Supergirl: I Have All Your Powers! in the starter.

W Misdirection, BAC

Misdirection is a new Basic Action as far as I can tell, but it has similarities to Teleport. I definitely prefer Misdirection over Teleport for tons of reasons. With a purchase cost of two, this a great card to add to your team if you don’t like Mutation. The additional Prep ability on the burst and double burst is absolutely great! We have definitely been missing those additional dice in the Prep Area. I could totally see using this with some Back For More cards because of that prepping ability. I really like this card and it very possibly could see some Modern Age meta play.

W Plot Twist, BAC

Plot Twist is a new Basic Action, with a really unusual ability. So, WORF, I’m totally going to be asking you about this card. Do I draw from my opponent’s bag, or do they? Can I look in my opponent’s bag before drawing or does that still go against the general rule that you can’t? Do they roll the character dice or do I?

My assumption is that you draw the dice from their bag and roll the characters. I don’t think you would be allowed to look in the bag before you draw because it’s not your bag.

Personally, I don’t like the idea of someone taking my dice bag from me and drawing from it. It just doesn’t feel right… I don’t feel comfortable drawing from my opponent’s bag either. It’s like a safe zone that you know you’re opponent can never violate… until now! This is not a card that I will ever play. I would totally be okay with my opponent drawing the dice, letting me roll the characters, and then fielding any characters I roll for free. Since the card doesn’t specify, I believe that any energy you roll would go to your Reserve Pool, which you could use at your discretion until end of turn.

This is a very powerful card and I’m glad it cost five to purchase. Potentially denying your opponent the chance to draw those two character dice on their next turn could be devastating.

W Resurrection, BAC

This is a revamp of Resurrection from the Dungeons and Dragons: Battle for Faerûn set. You have no idea how happy I am to see this card back. The next one I want back is Nasty Plot, which was a highly underrated card. But for now, I’ll be content with Resurrection. While most use it for its Global, the action ability is not without its benefits. It does cost four to purchase, so it’s a die I don’t buy unless I’m in desperate need of a boost.

W Save Civilians, BAC

This is a revamp of Save Civilians from the DC Justice League set. I have never liked this card. It cost too much for what it does. You have to field a Sidekick to get the ability to trigger – after you use the action die. It works for each Sidekick and that you field, and an Ally will trigger this ability. That’s the only saving grace for this card. Sure, it gets you dice in your Prep Area, but you have to roll this die and roll Sidekicks (or Allies) on the same turn. I feel like it’s too much work for not enough pay off.

W Small Step For Man, BAC

Small Step For Man is a new Basic Action that can be punishing for both players, unless you’re planning ahead for the X-Men First Class set… and using Giganta. I didn’t make the connection with how good this card can potentially be in the future until after we filmed the review video. I’m now looking forward to using this card later! This ability is not a targeting type ability either. There are very few abilities in the current Modern Age meta that don’t target. This is a great way to get those troublesome characters onto a lower, more manageable level.

W Take Cover, BAC

This is a revamp of Take Cover from the Marvel Avengers vs X-Men set. This card is all about the defense. If you’re worried about your characters getting KO’d, then you better be looking at Take Cover. If the die is rolled on a burst or double burst, you can give a character a total of +5D. If that’s not enough, just pay as much Shield energy as you have and they get even more defense! This card pairs well with those other cards that swap the attack and defense of a character.

W Team Up, BAC

Read carefully! This is not a revamp of Teamwork. Team Up is a new Basic Action. There are a few abilities and Globals that give affiliations to characters that could potentially make this a huge nuisance to play against. Team Up only cost four to purchase and if you’re already using three of four different affiliations, you could beef up each of your characters for some massive damage. Now imagine this card paired up with a card like Gorilla Grodd: Force of Mind where all those attacking characters have Overcrush and an additional +1A. I think I just found a new Basic Action for my Grodd team!

W The Outsider, BAC

This is a revamp of The Outsider OP card, with updated wording. In the video, we were discussing the Prep part of the ability. If you draw a die that isn’t a Villain, it goes to your Used Pile. If that die was a Sidekick, the Sidekick goes to you Used Pile and The Outsider action die goes to your Prep Area. That’s such a confusing and complex ability that I don’t want to buy the die and use it, just to save me from having to explain how it works… But I’ll be happy to use that Global! It goes really well with my Two-Face: Double Deal, or a Hit-MonkeyHe’s A Hitman. Who’s a Monkey. turned Villain!

W Truce, BAC

Truce is a new Basic Action that could become very useful against those characters that can’t be targeted, like Raven: Azarath, Metrion, Zinthos! You would want to use characters with a When KO’d ability like Alfred Pennyworth: MI-5 or even Steve Trevor: Themysciran Liason from this starter. This ability does not target your opponent’s characters, so it gets around that Raven ability. Truce is only a purchase cost of three, which is very affordable. And you don’t necessarily need characters with abilities, because your plain Sidekicks will work for either end of this ability.

BAC Overview

Half of the Basic Actions in this starter are revamped cards with updated wording. Most  of those revamped cards are ones that needed to be brought back into Modern Age for various reasons. The only BAC that I don’t like seeing revamped is Save Civilians, but maybe there’s something coming down the pipeline that I don’t know about that makes this card more fun. With only two Starters each year, there need to be mostly good BACs and none of those silly ones.

I really like most of the new BACs as well. I cringe at Plot Twist every time I read it. It makes my soul ache. The idea of some strange hand reaching into my dice bag is just too much for me to take! That may sound silly to many of you, but for someone like me that suffers from varying degrees of social anxiety, it’s a big deal. I surely don’t want to stick my hand in a strange bag either. That card is very unsettling to me.

But overall – the Basic Actions are really good and well worth investing in the Modern Age copies of the revamps.

Action Reminder Cards

Action Reminder Cards

There’s nothing super special about the reminder cards. They’re Blue, Purple, Orange, and Red.

Dice Bags

Bags

I most definitely like the artwork bags more than the plain colored bags. I like to collect these bags too.

Starter Dice
Sidekick and Action Dice

Sidekicks and BA Dice
You get a standard assortment of Sidekick Dice and Action Dice.

Character Dice

You only get two of each character die in the starter. If you’re wanting to put three or four dice on a particular character, you will need to buy a second starter (or trade, exchange, etc.). It’s never a bad thing to have duplicates of the character cards and BACs.

Character Dice

Giganta’s dice are not easy to see because of her icon color. I love Jimmy Olsen’s camera as his dice icon, but I wish his die wasn’t such a flat green. Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor have the best looking dice out of all of them.

Final Thoughts

We haven’t had a starter that was this awesome since World’s Finest. It works within itself, but can also be easily integrated with current teams. Many of these cards can be the corner stone for a completely new team! The characters are all thematic in choice and abilities. The card art is beautiful on all the cards and the dice are pretty, overall.

I also think there are several must haves for the Modern Age meta, one of them being Wonder Woman: Reflections for her Lantern Ring stifling ability. That ability is just too good and I plan to use three or four of her dice for a particular build I’m thinking about. Steve Trevor and Jimmy Olsen are also great characters and purchasing two of these starters for max dice is probably not a bad idea. I also think Misdirection and Truce have their own places in Modern Age. If you’re not interested in the characters, the Basic Actions alone are worth the purchase.

This is definitely the starter to buy if you’re new to the game, and totally a worthwhile purchase for veteran players as well. WizKids has done a great job with this starter and I can’t wait to get my hands on another one!

What are your favorite cards?
What cards do you think will make it into the various metas?
Leave me a comment here or message me on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty and thanks for reading!

Special thanks to WizKids and The Reserve Pool for the use of their sites. And a very special thanks to WizKids for sending me this starter to review and discuss with all of you!

Roll on, Dice Masters!

 

Greetings Fellow Wiz-Fans!

 

Guess what?! We have a third round of WKOs coming this May! You can find the info here and here! For Dice Masters fans, this is huge because WizKids has announced that the format will be a Rainbow Draft! This is the first event of its type for Dice Masters. We’ve always had the Rainbow Draft format and we’ve always had draft side events, but for the main event to be a draft – that’s a first and really awesome!

What’s not awesome is how far and few between the events seem to be right now. The closest one for me is over five hours away. That’s not feasible for me to do in a single day. I can handle a three hour drive, one way, but not five or more. I hope they add more locations for many of those areas lacking a closer location.

It’s still really super awesome that WizKids is officially recognizing Rainbow Draft as a competitive level format with this round of WKOs. This is another huge step in the right direction for the game as a whole.

The prizes for the spring WKOs appear to be the same prizing as the other two rounds of WKOs. I have absolutely no issue with this as this helps players that couldn’t make it to the previous events. It gives those players an opportunity to play for those cards that many of the constructed competitive players already have. I do not like having a tournament season where each event has different prizes. Some players may get overwhelmed if they feel like they have to travel all the different events just to try for different prizes. If someone already has the prizes and they don’t want to go play again, then they don’t have to. If someone already has the prizes and they still want to play, they can because they can trade duplicate prizes. I hope that they don’t alter the prizes for the spring WKOs because I feel like it’s more beneficial to have the same set of prizes for the whole tournament season. We will get a chance to play for different prizes at Nationals, Worlds, and the Origins side events.

Now, for Clix, my limited knowledge of official events is going to show. I’m not sure if they’ve ever done a sealed event as the main event at a WKO before or not. I do know there are sealed side events and that sealed is format in Clix, just like Dice Masters has a sealed format. I think it’s really cool that they’re doing that for Clix this time around. I told Mr. DDK that this makes me want to try a Clix WKO Sealed event – but since there isn’t one close enough, I sadly won’t be able to.

I love that they offer the con exclusives at WKOs too. I know a couple of players that want that cool Spirit of Vengeance Hulk thingy and he’s only $15! I wanted the Turtle Van, but I wasn’t able to get one and now I’m having trouble getting one. I would recommend that you pick up those con exclusives if you’re really want them!

I’m excited about this announcement for the upcoming Spring WKOs, for both Clix and Dice Masters! I hope that this trend continues and WizKids continues to support sealed events as official competitive formats.

Thanks for reading!

Dial it up and roll on!

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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