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Rules Discussion / Re: Joseph Trublood - Healing
« on: January 15, 2018, 12:29:08 AM »
I see the MW promo marking in the picture, but I am wondering whether he has been released yet in non-promo form.

General Discussion / Re: Organized Play
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:37:02 PM »
I would be seriously irritated if I paid for a "tournament" and only got to play one game.

Events / Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
« on: January 13, 2018, 06:44:57 AM »
The weekend pass was $15... $10 for a single day.

The events I got into were on the order of $2 for a four-hour slot.

The Mage Wars event was $4 and set to take eight hours, starting Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

Events / Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:51:30 PM »
OK, I've just registered... I'll be there presuming this Winter weather mix junk stops hitting us by then....


General Discussion / Re: Net Building.
« on: January 12, 2018, 03:41:12 PM »
I don't care if anyone uses my books... they turn out to be not all that good anyway :)

As for me, I look through books that seem similar to whatever I'm making or modifying at home. I use them for inspiration and to see whether there are spell synergies that I am overlooking. For example, I started to play around with Cassiel recently and looked through a bunch of books to see what spells were being added to people's books for her to cast (if she was in them).

On posting books... I don't have whatever it is that makes the books look fancy, and find typing all of the spells in and formatting the post neatly to be a pain in the neck.

Strategy and Tactics / Re: Call to all MW players...Tools of the Trade
« on: January 12, 2018, 03:34:12 PM »
Tsunami is why I completely stopped playing small creature swarms. It's once a game, but if they take out 6-8 creatures with one spell / action and far less mana than you used to bring out your main fighting force, once is plenty.

General Discussion / Re: How to get started
« on: January 10, 2018, 11:06:44 PM »
Creature Spawnpoints are very helpful if you have another use for your full action. Things like meditating using the Meditation Amulet, attacking using the full action, or even moving will keep the Mage from hard-casting Creatures in most circumstances. Also, you can potentially cast a second Creature if you also use a Creature Spawnpoint (main candidates here include Straywood Beastmaster and Necromancer).

If your book uses any of these ideas as major parts of its strategy, and includes more than just a few Creatures, you should consider whether you will want to use a Creature Spawnpoint.

Rules Discussion / Re: Kraken and guarding
« on: January 08, 2018, 12:27:18 PM »
Earth Elemental also comes to mind....

General Discussion / Re: Favorite aspect?
« on: January 06, 2018, 04:14:17 PM »
I remember playing a PBM (really... by mail... that long ago) that was similar... only on a big hex grid instead. The mages cast spells, and gained power from controlling the hexes. This was a reminder of that game when I saw it... so it had fond memories going for it.

What I like about Mage Wars is three-fold: 1) The strategy involved... the movement around the arena, and the flexibility in how you use your resources, 2) The similarities to chess as a game, of which I am a big fan, and 3) The fantasy setting, which I enjoy as well.

My interest is kept in place by not having "killer" spells that can take out one's entire opposition (though some of the recent ones have started to come close... Tsunami and Pillar of Righteous Flame immediately come to mind).

General Discussion / Re: How to get started
« on: January 05, 2018, 09:14:32 PM »
What are some general book building guidelines?

The first bit of advice that I got when I started was to not put too many of one thing in a book. My friend specifically told me to be careful how of many creatures and how many mana generators I put in. His general rule was about 1/4 of the book (30 points) in creatures max (more or less depending on how much I am depending on them), and about 15 mana cost in mana generators or less.

The concerns there were that I would have enough of other things to make the book viable in most situations, and that I wouldn't spend too much time and effort in setting up economy.

Other than that, you mostly want to focus on in-school spells (spells that match your training), since those spells are more cost efficient in terms of spellbook points. For example, a Dark mage needs healing... but the surcharge on Holy spells make taking a Heal less practical. Instead, you look at the Dark school and take a Drain Soul or somesuch instead. Also, remember that Novice spells can be effectively considered in school.

Once you find a core set of spells that you want to use, figure out two things: 1) How you are going to kill the enemy as quickly as possible which keeping yourself from being killed (a.k.a. how are you going to win), and 2) What are some opening sequences that you can use to set yourself up to accomplish #1.

General Discussion / Re: What is your favorite mage and why?
« on: January 05, 2018, 08:55:59 PM »
i have been team wizard from the beginning.
Well the wrong wizard won gen con 2015. ;)

This doesn't mean that he necessarily played a Wizard at GenCon any particular year.

Spells / Re: favorite equipment
« on: January 03, 2018, 04:24:18 PM »
Is Staff of Storms released now?

Events / Re: ADMW Open 2 - An Open Online Mage Wars Tournament
« on: January 01, 2018, 09:23:26 PM »
No thanks... I never use promos. I haven't ever played online anyway.

Rules Discussion / Re: BattleFury VS Counterstrike = bad idea?
« on: January 01, 2018, 09:18:01 PM »
It doesn't seem vague to me at all (for what it's worth). The Counterstrike trait allows one strike against each creature, no matter how many attacks that creature gets.

Events / Re: ADMW Open 2 - An Open Online Mage Wars Tournament
« on: January 01, 2018, 01:31:38 PM »
Why do we have to make our email addresses public to participate? It wasn't like that before.

Only if you choose to provide your email address as your contact information when signing up, will it become public. You probably would use your forum name instead.

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