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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

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

You can find them on Facebook and Twitter too!

Team Builder

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

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

New Player Resources

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

Wiki

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

Articles and Blogs

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

Community

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

Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

Final Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

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

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

DC Harley Quinn Team Pack

DCDM Harley Quinn TP

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

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

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

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

Tentative Release Date: April 2018
MSRP $9.99

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

Speculation of Characters Based Off Dice Images:
Catwoman
Deadshot

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

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

Also:

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

 

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

Visible Card Text

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

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

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

Max Dice

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

Dice Speculation

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

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

New Dice!

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

Marvel Kree Invasion Team Pack

MDM Kree Invasion TP

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

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

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

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

Tentative Release Date: May 2018
MSRP $9.99

Confirmed Characters:
Kree Soldiers
Drax
Supreme Intelligence

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

Pack Content Speculation

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

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

Max Dice

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

Dice Speculation

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

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

New Dice!

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

Marvel Justice Like Lightning Team Pack

MDM Justice Like Lightning TP

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

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

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

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

Tentative Release Date: May 2018
MSRP $9.99

Confirmed Characters:
Citizen V
Songbird
Techno

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

Pack Content Speculation

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

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

Max Dice

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

Dice Speculation

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

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

New Dice!

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

Marvel Avengers Infinity Campaign Box

MDM Avengers Infinity CB

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tentative Release Date: May 2018
MSRP $39.99

Confirmed Characters:
Captain America
Gamora

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

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

Box Content Speculation

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

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

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

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

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

Max Dice

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

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

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

Dice Speculation

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

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

New Dice!

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

Unknown Dice

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

Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters

This is a brand new IP coming to Dice Masters!

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

Warhammer 40,000 Orks WAAAGH! Team Pack

WH40K Orks Waaagh TPOrks TP Card

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

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

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

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

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

Tentative Release Date: July 2018
MSRP $12.99

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

WH40K Space Wolves TPSpace Wolves TP Card

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

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

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

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

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

Tentative Release Date: July 2018
MSRP $12.99

Warhammer 40,000 Battle for Ultramar Campaign Box

WH40K Battle for Ultamar CBCB Cards

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tentative Release Date: July 2018
MSRP $39.99

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

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

Final Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roll on, Dice Masters!

 

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

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.

What are your thoughts on the announcement?
Leave me a comment here or on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty!
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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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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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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

I’m sure many of you have already seen this announcement from WizKids today. I’m excited to see the prizing for Nationals and the surrounding events announced so early. I’m digging some of those prizes!

The following quotes are taken from the announcement:

DICE MASTERS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Entry Fee: Free for qualified participants

Format: Unlimited Constructed

Pairing Structure: Multiple Swiss Rounds followed by a Single Elimination Top 8 Cut

Prize Structure* (All prizing is cumulative):

  • Winner
    • Most Recent Dice Masters Factory Set Available at the Time of the Event
    • 2017-2018 Dice Masters National Championship Qualification
  • Top 2
    • Most Recent Dice Masters Super Rare Set Available at the Time of the Event
  • Top 4
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Hellblazer Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Green Goblin: “Gobby” Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Antihero Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Captain America: Super Soldier Foil Card
  • Top 8
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Scarecrow: Hallucinogenic Vapors Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Punisher: War Journal Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Wonder Girl: Cassie Sandsmark Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Ronin: Lone Warrior Foil Card
  • World Championship Qualifications
    • For every eight players entered into the event (rounded up), one player earns a 2016-2017 Dice Masters World Championship Qualification. If a player is already qualified, their qualification passes down to the next highest ranked player who does not already have a qualification.

CONSTRUCTED DICE MASTERS QUALIFIER

Format: Unlimited Constructed

Pairing Structure: Multiple Swiss Rounds

Prize Structure* (All prizing is cumulative):

  • Winner
    • Most Recent Dice Masters Super Rare Set Available at the Time of the Event
  • Top 2
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Hellblazer Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Green Goblin: “Gobby” Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Antihero Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Captain America: Super Soldier Foil Card
  • Top 4
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Scarecrow: Hallucinogenic Vapors Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Punisher: War Journal Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Wonder Girl: Cassie Sandsmark Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Ronin: Lone Warrior Foil Card
  • Top 8
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Two Face: Double Deal Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Rocket Raccoon: Not a Raccoon Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Big Entrance Basic Action Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters The Front Line Basic Action Foil Card
  • Participation Prize**
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Green Arrow: Robin Hood Sketch Variant Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Hulk Out Basic Action Sketch Variant Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Beast Boy: Gar Sketch Variant Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Vibranium Shield: One of a Kind Sketch Variant Card
  • National Championship Qualifications
    • For every four players entered into the event (rounded up), one player earns a 2016-2017 Dice Masters National Championship Qualification. If a player already earned a 2016-2017 Dice Masters National Championship Qualification in the country in which the event is being held, their qualification passes down to the next highest ranked player who has not already earned a 2016-2017 Dice Masters National Championship Qualification in the country in which the event is being held.

DICE MASTERS QUICK PLAY

Minimum Players/Maximum Players:  4/8

Format: Unlimited Constructed

Pairing Structure: Players are paired against each other randomly. Then, players play a single one-game match. The winner of the each of the matches receives a prize.

Prize Structure*:

  • Winner – Random prize from the following group:
    • Marvel Dice Masters Venom: Symbiotic Organism Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Con Artist Foil Card
    • Dice Masters Faerun Under Siege Half-Elf Bard: Master Lords’ Alliance Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Slander Basic Action Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Kryptonite: Green Death Foil Card
    • Dice Masters Battle for Faerun Prismatic Spray: Lesser Spell Foil Card
DICE MASTERS RAINBOW DRAFT

Minimum Players/Maximum Players:  4/8

Format: Rainbow Draft

Pairing Structure: Players are paired against each other randomly. Then, players play a single one-game match. The winner of the each of the matches receives a prize.

Prize Structure*:

  • Winner – Random prize from the following group:
    • Marvel Dice Masters Venom: Symbiotic Organism Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Con Artist Foil Card
    • Dice Masters Faerun Under Siege Half-Elf Bard: Master Lords’ Alliance Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Slander Basic Action Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Kryptonite: Green Death Foil Card
    • Dice Masters Battle for Faerun Prismatic Spray: Lesser Spell Foil Card

So here are all the prize cards that will be offered at Nats/Nats Qualifiers/Side Events by set, in order of set release:

Avengers vs X-Men
Green Goblin: “Gobby”
Vibranium Shield: One of a Kind

Battle for Faerun
Prismatic Spray: Lesser Spell

Justice League
Constantine: Hellblazer
Constantine: Con Artist
Constantine: Antihero

Age of Ultron
Captain America: Super Soldier

War of Light
Big Entrance: Basic Action Card
Beast Boy: Gar
Wonder Girl: Cassie Sandsmark

Amazing Spider-Man
Slander: Basic Action Card
Hulk Out: Basic Action Card

Faerun Under Siege
Half-Elf Bard: Master Lords’ Alliance

World’s Finest
Scarecrow: Hallucinogenic Vapors
Two-Face: Double Deal
Kryptonite: Green Death

Civil War
The Front Line: Basic Action Card
Punisher: War Journal
Rocket Raccoon: Not a Raccoon
Ronin: Lone Warrior
Venom: Symbiotic Organism

Green Arrow and The Flash
Green Arrow: Robin Hood

Like many of you out there, I’ve been patiently awaiting the announcement of a rotation from WizKids. It looked like we were inching ever closer when the spoilers of the Iron Man & War Machine Starter and the TMNT Heroes in a Half-Shell Box were released. But now, with several cards from sets as old as Avengers vs X-Men getting a foil or blank sketch treatment, I’m left wondering if WizKids is still considering a rotation at all. One thing that this announcement confirms for me is that we probably won’t hear any rotation talk from WizKids, at least until after Nats and Worlds.

My only concern in regards to the prizing choices are how they will be affected by a rotation, if WizKids decides to do it. WizKids has ignored (not declined) all my requests for an interview in regards to several topics including rotation.

And for those of you wondering when the everything is going down, you can find it on the WizKids Road to Worlds Page. Here is the tentative schedule for all events at Origins Game Fair 2017:

  • WEDNESDAY
    • 11:00 A.M.
      • Registration Starts
    • 12:00 P.M.
      • Side Events Start
    • 1:00 P.M.
      • HeroClix Golden Age Deadpool Scenario
  • THURSDAY
    • 9:00 A.M.
      • Registration Starts
    • 10:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix U.S. National Championship
      • HeroClix World Championship Qualifiers Start
      • Side Events Start
    • 11:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Scenario
    • 3:00 P.M.
      • HeroClix Modern Age Power Outage Scenario
    • 8:00 P.M.
      • HeroClix World Championship Qualifiers End
      • Side Events End
  • FRIDAY
    • 9:00 A.M.
      • Registration Starts
    • 10:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix World Championship
      • Dice Masters U.S. National Championship
      • Dice Masters World Championship Qualifiers Start
      • Star Trek: Attack Wing U.S. National Championship
      • Side Events Start
    • 11:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix Golden Age Lil’ Clix Scenario
    • 3:00 P.M.
      • HeroClix Modern Age Theme Team Scenario
    • 8:00 P.M.
      • Dice Masters World Championship Qualifiers End
      • Side Events End
  • SATURDAY
    • 9:00 A.M.
      • Registration Starts
    • 10:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix Team World Championship
      • Dice Masters World Championship
      • Star Trek: Attack Wing World Championship
      • Side Events Start
    • 11:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix Modern Age Meteor Shower Scenario
    • 3:00 P.M.
      • HeroClix Golden Age Joker’s Wild Scenario
    • 8:00 P.M.
      • Side Events End
  • SUNDAY
    • 9:00 A.M.
      • Registration Starts
    • 10:00 A.M.
      • Side Events Start
    • 11:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix Modern Age Traitor Scenario
    • 4:00 P.M.
      • Side Events End

Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

I have some excellent news for Dice Masters in and around the Dyersburg area. We will be hosting a Prime Event at the Dyersburg Comic and Pop Culture Con on Saturday, March 18, 2017!

We are still putting all the details together, like entry fee, prizing, etc. We do know that registration for the Prime Tournament will open at 10:00 am and the tournament will begin at 11:00 am. We’re thinking of doing side events, like Drafts and/or Ten Pack Sealed events. A Ten Pack Sealed event is where each participant purchases ten booster of any set and builds their team directly from the packs. These side events will fire as soon as the seats are filled. We will be working on the details for these events, including prizing, and I’ll announce all the details in a future article. This is a great opportunity to come and test a Prime team for the upcoming PDC events in April and May.

There will be several artists at the convention, including Deadpool inker and penciller, John Lucas! This is a perfect opportunity to meet him face to face and commission a sketch on those Deadpool sketch variants! The organizer for the convention couldn’t give me specific details on pricing or how long Mr. Lucas would need to complete a sketch. If I can get that information in advance, I will definitely announce it in a future article.

There will cosplay contests, vendors, and even food on location. Ticket prices for the convention are only $10. Entry fees for events are separate. Keep your eye on the convention website for additional information!

Website: http://dyersburgcomiccon.com/

Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

I’ve been looking over the upcoming releases for the year and I’ve noticed a few things that I’m really excited about, but also some things that concern me. Before I get into all of it, here is the tentative release schedule for the first part of the year – as of January 5, 2017:

January

No Product

February

2/8/17
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Heroes in a Half Shell Box Set

2/15/17
Marvel
Iron Man and War Machine Starter Set

March

Marvel
Deadpool Family Values OP Kit

April

Marvel
Guardians of the Galaxy Gravity Feed (90 ct)
Guardians of the Galaxy Gift with Purchase (Feed Incentive)

DC
Batman the Animated Series (TAS) OP Kit

May

DC
Batman Gravity Feed (90 ct)
Batman Gift with Purchase (Feed Incentive)
Superman and Wonder Woman Starter Set

Marvel
Defenders Team Pack
Xavier’s School OP Kit

June

Marvel
X-Men First Class Gravity Feed (90 ct)
X-Men First Class Gift with Purchase (Feed Incentive)

DC
Batman the Animated Series (TAS) Villains OP Kit

July

No Product

August

DC
Batman the Animated Series (TAS) Sirens OP Kit

Okay, so here is the list of things I don’t like.

1. May – A Gravity Feed, Starter, and Team Pack are all scheduled for that month. That’s a huge dent to a wallet.

2. There are three Gravity Feed sets scheduled for three consecutive months. So forget about the Starter and Team Pack in May, because April, May, and June all have Feeds scheduled. One of those Feeds was originally scheduled for February and it was pushed back to May. There could be a plethora of reasons that Batman was pushed back and I don’t want to open up speculation about it. I just hope they adjust this release schedule and spread those Feeds out a little more.

3. January, February, and July are void of OP Kits. I get that inventory usually happens at the first of the year and WKOs happen in February, but I wish we had a consistent OP Kit release for each month. This is just a minor dislike and not really a major issue.

4. I don’t like that the Starter releases are months apart. I would have preferred them to both be released in the same month, like both during the last week of April or the first week in May.

Now – on to the positive things.

1. New Turtles! I’m super excited for the new Turtle box and I can’t wait to get my hands on additional TMNT Dice Masters. If we get a new TMNT Box each year, that would be awesome!

2. The new Defenders Team Pack – I’m really excited to see them continuing with this type of product. The format for the product is great for beginners to help them build a better team than just what they get from a single starter.

3. The return of Starters! I imagine these starters will be similar to previous ones, but I can’t confirm anything on those. If they’re like previous starters, they’ll likely just have two dice for each character. I can only hope that those characters will have a Max Dice of two. I can understand how some folks will likely be frustrated if they feel they have to purchase two Starters in order to get more dice. A great solution for this would be for WizKids to utilize preexisting character dice patterns/colors for Starter characters so players can use dice they may already have – or can easily get. Hopefully that’s something that they’ll consider. There is a picture circulating on BoardGameGeek that shows the starter contents, but the text is too hard to read. The picture only shows two dice for each character though and almost all the dice look new, as do most of the characters.

4. I’m really excited for the Batman the Animated Series OP Kits – and there isn’t just one, or two, but three that are currently scheduled! Batman TAS is one of the most positive memories from my childhood and it brings back wonderful thoughts of time I spent with my Great Grandmother. I’m so excited for these kits!

5. On the topic of OP Kits – I’m glad there are more DC OP Kits than Marvel OP Kits because I’m a little burnt out on Marvel kits at the moment.

6. I’m very happy to see the continuation of the ‘Gift with Purchase’ items. I highly suspect them to be cards that are likely obtained when you purchase a Feed and are probably blank sketch variants of a card in the set. I like those a lot because they aren’t functionally different from other cards in the set and that eases the stress on many players that feel like they need a functionally different copy of every card in the game. I personally love these cards and horde them for when I am finally able to make it to a convention to have artists I like draw on them. My feelings wouldn’t be hurt if they changed those Gift with Purchase cards to something else, but I wouldn’t want to see functionally different cards. I think things like that should be saved for major events like WKO’s or Free Comic Book Day.

7. And speaking of Free Comic Book Day – I’m excited about the tentative release date for the Superman and Wonder Woman Starter and I hope they don’t change it. I hope it releases the first week in May or even the last week in April, that way stores have a new item to showcase for FCBD! That would be totally awesome!

8. And a final positive point – there is new product scheduled. I know some of you may think, ‘well duh, of course there’s new stuff’, but let me tell you… I also play(ed) a game I discovered at Origins this past year called The Spoils. The future seemed bright and exciting. We were expecting to hear something about new product any day. Then… they dropped the final letter to the community. It was a goodbye letter. A game that I thought was going to be around, since it was already ten years old, and it was suddenly gone. The same thing happened to me when I was playing the World of Warcraft TCG. One day, the best set of the entire game had dropped, then a week later Blizzard had pulled the plug on the game. So, if you love Dice Masters, be thankful that WizKids is continuing to support the game by creating new product and hosting major events. Be thankful for the communication that they provide through WORF – even if you think it’s minimal communication, it’s something! Be thankful for the friends you’ve made through this amazing game. Be thankful for all the positive things and try to help fellow players. Show some love to WizKids every now and then so that way they know their game is loved and appreciated. I want to see Dice Masters continue to grow and thrive for many years to come!

Final Thoughts

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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

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

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

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

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

Roll on, Dice Masters!

thanksgiving

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

Before roughly 10:00 am central time, Back for More read as follows (from the rules insert):

When a die with Back for More is rolled from the Prep Area during the Roll and Reroll Step, use its Back for More effect (this isn’t optional).
But now, we have an update on the WizKids Keyword Page!
When a die with Back for More begins the turn in your Prep Area, and is rolled during the Roll and Reroll Step, use its Back for More effect (this isn’t optional).
The reason this is important is because it keeps Back for More from triggering off of dice that were drawn during the Clear and Draw Step. There should be no reason for any debate in regards to which dice can trigger Back for More. They must have the Back for More ability and also be in your Prep Area at the beginning of your turn.
Thank you WizKids for being so quick to address this potential rules issue and thanks to KeymanDM on Reddit for finding the change on the Keywords page. Make sure you spread the word so that everyone is clear on how this ability is supposed to work!

Roll on, Dice Masters!