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Rules Discussion / Re: Major Vs Minor
« on: June 17, 2016, 03:59:36 PM »
Awesome - thanks

Rules Discussion / Major Vs Minor
« on: June 17, 2016, 03:43:34 PM »
Quick question (with apologies if its been asked before or obvious).

What defines a minor vs major creature. In Academy the rulebook defines major and minor spells (> level 2 or <= level 2). It also talks about stagger with major and minor creatures. Is this the same thing? Where is it in the rulebook please?

General Discussion / Re: Wyrd Chronicles volume 11 - Signature Spells
« on: April 08, 2014, 04:00:56 AM »
Im also a big Malifaux fan (though Mage Wars is at the top of my playlist at the moment). It was great to see Mage Wars in the latest Wyrd Chronicles. Some good tips there for signature cards as well. Its always a bit of a challenge to work out whether to have a 'toolbox' spell book or focus on a particular strategy and hope the other mage can't counter it. My favourite signature spell has got to be Teleport . Especially when loaded into a wand !

League / Tournament Play / Re: UK interest
« on: March 31, 2014, 01:07:12 PM »
OK JK. Dave and I can talk this week and perhaps we can sort something out for this summer. We'll keep you posted.

League / Tournament Play / Re: UK interest
« on: March 28, 2014, 09:36:00 AM »

Im based in Huntingdon. There were around 10 people playing mage wars at our games club last night so its really taken off with us lately. I'd be interested in any meet-ups or tournaments around by us (Cambridge? Bedford). I might be able to get others interested as well.

Rules Discussion / Re: Battle Fury+Defence +Vampiric
« on: March 28, 2014, 08:42:29 AM »
Hahaha The sticker was well earned Zuberi - I didn't realise that I could have revealed Bear Strength between my first and second attacks of Battle Fury This would have been a better strategy as i would have gambled that my opponent would have used his deflect on the first attack. Thats a neat idea.

Rules Discussion / Re: Battle Fury+Defence +Vampiric
« on: March 28, 2014, 07:44:37 AM »
Thanks Zuberi - Just needed a sanity check - took me about 2 hours this morning to pull the info together from the forum and wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything (and that others might find it in one place).
We were unsure about a) whether melee +'s carry onto the Battle Fury; b) Defence's can only be applied to first BF attack. The wording on BF that confused me was "The extra attack counts as the same attack action". I think we were reading too much into this and, now I understand the terminology better, I was probably thinking this meant  "The extra attack counts as the same attack step" (within the attack action).

Good to know Im on the right track (Im still a bit of a newbie)

Rules Discussion / Battle Fury+Defence +Vampiric
« on: March 28, 2014, 05:13:39 AM »
Morning all,
I know Battle Fury gets a lot of attention on here. A situation came up last night at the club that we had to make a decision on until we knew the rules. I've trawled through the forum, FAQ and Errata and I think Ive pieced together the solution but could I get a quick sanity check from someone that we are playing this correctly please. (I'm hoping it will help others as well as Battle Fury seems to be a common source of confusion).

So my Warlock and Warren's Force Master are slogging it out in a central zone. I am down to my last 2 life and he has 8 left. Its my turn and my initiative and if I don't kill him he's going to kill me. Fortunately Im fully tooled up with Lash of Hellfire , Gauntlets of Strength and Fireshaper Ring giving me 7 attack dice.

For my turn I forgo my First Quickcast Phase and he attacks me with a Force Hammer. This could be it and the crowds are expecting a Warlock size splat in the middle of the arena. Fortunately last turn I cast Block with my last two mana so the Enchantment is revealed and the attack is avoided.

For my turn I reveal Vampirism and Bear Strength (placed on me in an earlier round) and then first Quickcast Battle Fury then I attack him with my Lash of Hellfire. But he has Deflect ready. If I don't kill him I need the life from Vampirism to survive his next attack.

SO this is how we played it out (actually its not exactly as we played it but we made sensible guesses that lead to the same conclusion. I've added here the stuff I've found out from previous forum posts). Is this correct ?

  1. I declare the attack
  2. He gets a chance to 'Deflect' the attack. But Battle Fury is on me so he can elect to defend my second attack if he wants. But not both as Deflect can only be used 'once per round'. He elects to defend my first attack.
  3. He rolls the Defence dice. He needs 7+ but as he has a Defense Ring he gets to add 1 to his defence roll. He rolls a 5 (making 6 defence) and fails the defence roll. The Deflect is now flipped over and cannot be used again this turn.
  4. I attack him with 9 attack dice (7 + 2 from Bear Strength, oh and the effect dice for a chance to burn him). I do 7 damage leaving him with 1 left.
  5. My Vampiric trait comes into effect and I gain 7/2 rounded up = 4 life back. Making my life 6. (phew)
  6. Battle Fury is not like Double (or Triple) Strike and makes its additional strike at 'Step 8. Attack Ends' in the 'Making an attack' table. If Warren had a counterstrike or Damage Barrier option available to him he would have been able to action it between my first and second Battle Fury attack. He would now need 6 to kill me as Vampiric worked on my first attack. Fortunately he didn't have a counterstrike.
  7. During the '8. Attack Ends' phase I make my final Battle Fury attack. I can no longer use my Melee+1 traits for this attack so I roll 4 Attack dice and 1 effect dice for lash of hellfire (losing +1 for Warlock, +1 for Gauntlets of Strength, +2 for Bear Strength and +1 for Fireshaper Ring.)
  8. I roll a 1. He dies ! Crowd starts booing as everyone hates the evil Warlock (Mwahahahahaha). I put on Dark glasses to ease my mana-induced headache and limp cooly out of the Arena crackling and sparking with with the painful remnants of Mind-school spell energy.  8)

General Discussion / Re: Whose Tokens?
« on: March 27, 2014, 05:08:22 AM »
Yea I like the idea of a bits box as well! Cant believe I never thought of that. Thanks Shad0w!

General Discussion / Re: Whose Tokens?
« on: March 26, 2014, 05:22:07 AM »
Its a problem ! Do you use theirs and make sure you only leave with your own spell book? Or do you use your own and risk the dreaded 'beer-spill-over-the-tabletop'.

Of course you could try playing with folks without the 'kleptomaniac' trait (bad Joe). Bit difficult at our club YoungDave !

Spellbook Design and Construction / Re: Regarding card binder sleeves
« on: March 25, 2014, 05:48:32 AM »

Ah sorry Avarice, thought you were on about individual card sleeves.

Just a thought though, but you can store your cards in Deck-Boxes and these fit perfectly in the Mage-Wars box (see for a picture).

Or the Ultra Pro 9-pocket binders are really good.

Spellbook Design and Construction / Re: Regarding card binder sleeves
« on: March 25, 2014, 04:59:06 AM »
hmmm - I don't think they were the 'slim-fit' clear sleeves. (Well obviously not as they aren't). If they are as tight as the Matte sleeve then you are probably right Moonglow - just comes down to gloss or matt ?

So you've got me thinking - I thought I preferred the matt sleeves as they don't reflect the light as much. But when have I ever been to a games convention in bright sunlight ? (its usually in a darkened cave surrounded by large men with odour issues).

Spellbook Design and Construction / Re: Regarding card binder sleeves
« on: March 25, 2014, 04:12:57 AM »
Funny but Ive just gone through this myself. I made the mistake of going for the Ultra-Pro clear sleeves. They are a lot cheaper but its not worth the hassle! They are a bit larger than the coloured sleeves and are super slippery which means its a right pain getting them out of the spell books as you usually end up puling the card out of the sleeve unless you put the opening at the bottom of the card. In this case its a pain putting them back in.

After a test of a few different sleeves I think that the Ultra-pro Matte sleeves are the best. I've just bought 1000 and you get quite a discount when buying in bulk (I'm in the UK so got mine from

On the bright side, I have around a 1000 clear sleeves if anyone can think of a use for them  >:(

I like it Tsavonglah! For me I would add in a Veteran's Belt but Im not sure what I would lose. The combination of this with Barkskin and Treebond means you can tank quite well for those sticky moments when you need to pump your mana.

I also like Tataree and think its under-rated. If only to see the look on your opponents face as you flit around and annoy him!

Creative / Ultra-Pro Deck Boxes in Mage Wars box
« on: March 22, 2014, 07:30:36 AM »
OK you are all gonna think I'm a bit of a geek but I have OCD when it comes to my games. I like everything to be nicely arranged and ordered  :o

So I thought it was really cool  8) when I realised that the Ultra-Pro Deck boxes exactly fit the slots in the mage wars box (see attached).

The only problem is that there are one more card types than slots (5 slots for Equipment, Conjurations, Incantation, Enchantments, Creatures, Attack). I just put the Attack cards in with the equipment cards as there aren't so many of those.

Just thought you might be interested.

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