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Events / Winter Mage War 2
« on: September 29, 2018, 02:56:38 PM »
Winter Mage War 2 in Champaign, IL on Saturday, January 26th.

Information about Winter War Gaming Convention - https://www.winterwar.org/ There is usually plenty of parking and there are plenty of places to eat in the area. The convention runs from Friday through Sunday, and we registered for a Saturday tournament.

  • Looking forward to a great Mage Wars Arena Tournament.
  • We have room for up to 16 players in the tournament.
  • The tournament will be played in two stages. The first stage will be a round robin with two groups. The numbers in each group will be determined by the number of participants.
  • The top two players from each group will advance to round two. In the case of a tie (see points below), head-to-head results will be used. If we are unable to get enough games in for the two to have played head-to-head, the total wins and losses of opponents will be used to break the tie. The highest rated player from group 1 will play the lowest rated player from group 2 and vice versa in the semi-final round.
  • Each game will last 90 minutes. Any turn started after 85 minutes which provides that both players have had an equal number of initiatives will be considered the last turn.
  • A win by defeating the opposing mage will count as 2 points. A win by having more remaining health than the opposing mage will count as 1 point. If both mages have the same remaining health after the last turn as described in the previous point then two additional turns will be allowed. If both mages still have the same remaining health, it is a tie with 0 points awarded.

  • Players will build a spellbook with the standard amount of spellbook points and restrictions. Spellbooks will be reviewed prior to the start of the tournament.
  • Any promotional cards that have been officially released in a set will be considered to read as the official released version. Only cards (or their promotional counterparts) that have been officially released are allowed.
  • The rulebook and codex (4.2) will be used with the following listed restrictions or modifications.
  • At the moment, new cards due for release before Winter War and pre-released at GenCon2018 will be allowed, including swarms, however decks will be limited to no more than 2 swarm cards (e.g. you could have 2 bees but not 3). This is subject to change but we really want to provide a test bed for these new cards if possible.
  • Disciple of Radiance Text Change - Once per round, whenever your Mage casts or reveals a healing spell, Disciple of Radiance may deal 1 direct light damage to a target creature in her zone
  • Steep hill will block Line of Sight if you cast a spell and it goes through two diagonal sections of the zone
  • Force Pull - Once per round, the Forcemaster may cast this quick Force spell. Target creature is Pushed 1 zone towards the source of this spell. It will not Push a creature through a wall with the Passage Attacks trait.
  • If a flying creature attacks a non-flying creature, it loses flying until the end of the attack and any counterattacks.

That's all I can think of right now. I'll post an update as I know more. We really hope you can make it if you are in the area.

Events / Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
« on: January 28, 2018, 04:38:47 PM »
Sorry I don't know everyone's call sign, but here are the results by first name for some.  No one went undefeated. Some exciting games. Farkas made a trophy, and I think that there is a photo of Zot with the trophy.

1 - Zot using a Paladin
2 - Ryan using J. Beastmaster
3 - Farkas using S. Beastmaster
4 - Arthur using Forcemaster
5 - Michael using Warlock
6 - Andrew using Warlord
7 - David using Priestess
8 - John using Warlock

Events / Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
« on: January 26, 2018, 10:14:09 PM »
My back is out, but I will be there around 8 a.m. tomorrow.

Events / Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
« on: January 26, 2018, 07:03:37 AM »
Doors will open at 8 a.m. for registration tomorrow in Champaign Winter War (or today since the convention starts today). Hope to see you there.

Events / Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
« on: January 22, 2018, 08:17:21 PM »
Confirming Farkas.

Time is 9a.m. - 1p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. We aren't supposed to play during the lunch time and auction.

Also, I will not know until the day of if we are allowed to keep going after 7p.m.. 8 hours is the longest allotment they give per game, but the conference keeps going until midnight I think.

Plan is minimum of 4 games. If we get started with games by 9:30 -10, we can get 2-3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon, which would allow a 4 game random matchup round robin and a round of final matches based on performance. I did not receive confirmation on when the doors actually open. The games are supposed to start at 9:00, so I'm assuming they open before that, but no one answered my question.  I doubt we will start right at 9 since many are traveling to get there. We will determine match-ups randomly the day of based on number of registrants. If we have room, based on how many players sign up, I will try to have a table set up for anyone that wants to just try out the game, with some apprentice spell books built, but if I do that, I will probably have to take a loss on whatever game I'm in so that I can help any beginners.

I'll check back in a day or two if I find out more.

Hey I will let VictorE know and confirm and add to what I know about the details of Winter War Tournament

4 matches per person with random system to pair people up.

One book per person 120 Sbp , all sets allowed, current AW errata on cards, no promos allowed,  no banned cards, no substitutes

point wise going with the standard point system nothing new. 

-Full Victory: You killed the enemy mage. Simple as that. First mage to dies loses.
-Modified Victory: If time runs out and both mages are alive then the mage with the most life left wins.
-Draw: If time runs out and both mages have equal life remaining then a draw occurs. This is rare.
-Lose: If you mage dies or time runs out and you have less life then you lost.

Im looking forward to the event and getting to play a full day of MW with players around the midwest!...
and maybe NC? 

Its going to be a fun day

Events / Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
« on: December 03, 2017, 11:39:15 PM »
You can now register for the event at http://www.winterwar.org/. The cost is $4. There are about 10 prizes that arcane wonders graciously supplied. We just had a great gaming session this weekend where I was asked if there would be a trophy. I can't promise anything, but I will see what I can do.

Spells / epic attack spell
« on: October 28, 2017, 04:38:11 PM »

Can someone explain elemental wand to me? Why does it say only non-epic attack spells? Is there an epic attack spell? Are they planning for some in the future?


Events / Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
« on: October 14, 2017, 07:19:54 PM »
The web page doesn't yet confirm, but the Winter War Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/488317051201109/ has that this years Winter War will be at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Champaign-Urbana, IL. (the regular site is being renovated)
Registration is supposed to open in the beginning of December. I'll post more information at that time. By then, the games list will be complete.
As of now, we will have 4 tables to run up to 8 games of Mage Wars for 8 hours on Saturday, January 27, 2018. After registration we can set up the matchups and register spell books.
If you go to the winter war site, for this event it says, "Presented by: Mage Wars featuring Virgil Varvel". I asked them to change that. I am definitely not a feature. I've only been playing about 6 months now, but I love the game and wanted to run an event. My friend farkas1 (who's been playing for years) will be there for any rules questions.
Arcane Wonders graciously supplied several prizes, and I've added a few others including a copy of the warlord expansion. But then the main prize is having fun playing Mage Wars with new and old friends.

While we will try to supply markers as needed, if you are playing a non-core mage, as many of you probably will, you will want to bring markers specific for your mage. Otherwise, we will probably run out. Between farkas1 and me we have at least 3 of every set with plenty of boards and stuff, but it never hurts to be prepared.

For those just checking us out at the event, I will have the four apprentice spell books available.

That's all I know to add right now.

Events / Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
« on: October 03, 2017, 06:12:24 PM »
Hello everyone. We've set up a Mage Wars tournament as part of Winter War 45 on Saturday, January 27th in Champaign, Illinois. www.winterwar.org. I'll post more details when I have them included venue information and registration. The normal location is under renovation, so I'm not sure yet where in Champaign it will be. They also haven't posted the registration site yet for participants. So for now this post is just a heads up. I will post more as soon as I have the information.

Spellbook Builder / Re: My spellbook builder
« on: July 24, 2017, 10:18:52 PM »
Uninstalled chrome, restarted, reinstalled chrome, now it works.  If cars were computers there would be a service station every block.

Spellbook Builder / Re: My spellbook builder
« on: July 24, 2017, 10:02:14 PM »
I've looked over every setting I can think of on the two computers and can't find what is different. One is just a newer version of the same dell computer. It still works fine on the old computer. The arcane wonders spell book builder works on both computers, but no offense intended to them, I prefer yours. If I figure out what setting or software is causing the issue, I'll post it. Neither is running any plugins to the chrome browser. Both are running the exact same chrome version 59.0.3071.115 64 bit. Other scripts (such as this forum) are working fine. Both are personal computers, so no blocked software or anything like that. All I can think of trying at this point is to reinstall it. I'm going to do that now. If it works, I'll post.

Spellbook Builder / Re: My spellbook builder
« on: July 23, 2017, 04:54:05 PM »
I'm still a little new to mage wars, but found this to be extremely useful. Just bought a new computer, and on the new one, whenever I click + or - the number of cards resets to zero. I'm using Chrome in Windows 10. Any ideas of how I can get it to work again?

Thank you,

General Discussion / Re: How can we make mage wars more popular?
« on: July 10, 2017, 06:27:27 PM »
I'm in the Champaign-Urbana area. Haven't really found a student group at the University, but there are several other players in town.

General Discussion / Re: How can we make mage wars more popular?
« on: July 07, 2017, 10:34:34 PM »
Having just really learned about mage wars recently, and loving it, perhaps it is gaining popularity. We have a small community of players growing (but much smaller than the other card game groups) in my area and are even planning ways to set up tournament. I played dominion, thunderstone, magic, and pokemon, and am now exclusively playing mage wars. What I like is that (although the card list is growing and promos are hard to get), 1 - everyone can easily and cheaply (compared to collectible card games) get all of the cards needed for good spellbooks, 2 - it is much more than luck but requires spellbook planning and careful play and planning for the contingencies based on the moderate luck within the die roles, 3 - although I'm new, OCTGN has been a good way to run strategies (although I often find no one there at least open to anyone), and more. I agree with what has been said about your question too. The best way to make a game you like more popular is to play it with more people, starting with some simpler rules and books to keep the fun up. I run mostly a necro and paladin but keep several apprentice spellbooks handy for anyone new too. I just set up a game with a friend this weekend who has never played.

General Discussion / Promos
« on: July 07, 2017, 10:23:38 PM »
I'm sadly a bit new to mage wars and wish I had discovered it years ago. It has replaced all of my other card games at the moment. My friend and I like to play friendly games with all cards allowed, but there does not seem to be a place to buy the promo cards other than ebay if you can find them there, which you often can't. I've read the discussions about promos pro and cons, but as long as both players agree to play with them, I think that they add to the fun. But where do you get the cards released in the past that were no incorporated into future standard releases. Years ago the facebook page talked about promo packs but I don't see them in the shop.

So I guess my question is (NOT anything to do with whether you like them or not but) how does one go about getting some of the promos (for instance, ring of healing, royal armorer, staff of storms, etc.). Maybe some of these are available, and I just don't know it yet. I did say I was relatively new having only started playing about 3 months ago.  Thanks.

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