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Problem Statement:
Mage Wars is an outstanding game that has trouble finding its audience and is floundering. 

Observation:
Many, many games aimed at similar target market are being funded at the $500K-$2M level on Kickstarter.
Games funded at this level nearly always have a full range of highly detailed miniatures.
Most are multiplayer.

Recommendation:
Hire sculptors
Expand multiplayer
Put up a slick Kickstarter
Save the game

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Rules Discussion / Jinx resolves before Nullify?
« on: June 19, 2014, 01:15:40 AM »
Situation: Caster has two face down enchantments: [mwcard=MW1E23] Jinx[/mwcard] and [mwcard=MW1E29] Nullify[/mwcard], both controlled by opponent.  Caster attempts a quick spell which targets himself.

Am I correct that the spell would be countered by Jinx before targeting, thus not triggering Nullify.

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General Discussion / Origins Report
« on: June 17, 2014, 12:14:14 PM »
Anybody have Origins results?

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Come on down to Kublacon game convention near the SF airport on Friday May 23 for Mage Wars.  I will be running a casual learn to play and deckbuilding session in the afternoon, followed by a tournament starting at 7:00 in the evening.

The local playgroup is mostly new, so don't be shy if you have not played a lot of games.

A few notes:
Parking, registration, etc. can take some time so plan to be at the Hyatt by 6:30 if possible.  Being near SF, there is very little street parking.  I have parked in the lot by the office highrise across the street from the hotel for years without incident.

Kublacon is the premier gaming convention in the SF bay area and features other interesting events, a dealer's area and large open gaming space. 

Link:  http://www.kublacon.com/

Hope to see you there.

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League / Tournament Play / Mage Wars at Game Kastle in Santa Clara, CA
« on: April 08, 2014, 02:43:01 AM »
Game Kastle in Santa Clara, CA has an active an growing group.   Usual times are Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons, but players are around at other times as well.  Check the website for events, or just drop by.
http://www.gamekastle.com/

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Mages / Anvil Dwarf Matchup Advantage vs Fire and Lightning
« on: April 08, 2014, 02:14:08 AM »
Anyone else notice how the new Anvil Dwarf has a substantial matchup advantage against Flame or Lightning based opponents?

The key is Elemental Cloak.  With the Anvil Dwarf's ability, the net effect against Fire and Lightning is -2 attack dice and -4 to the effect roll.  For only one additional mana, the Anvil Dwarf can cast Elemental Cloak with Reforging Rune.   The first Dissolve costs the opposing mage two additional mana (net one mana disadvantage), and the Anvil Dwarf can simply re-cast the Elemental Cloak a second time with the Fortification Rune to add +1 armor and 2 mana destruction tax.   

Throw in Armor Ward or a well timed Nullify and the Anvil Dwarf has a good chance to severely blunt Fire and Lightning attacks for the entire match.

Hard to see how Fire Warlocks and Elemental Damage Wizards are going to compete.   Yes, 4 wands and 4 Dissolves give them a shot, but the Anvil Dwarf can prioritize taking out the wands, and can add more sophisticated tricks like Enchantment Transfusion + Nullify to protect the cloak.

Hopefully the playtesters will be able to enlighten us after the release...


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Off topic / Sersiryx, Imp Familiar Promo for Trade
« on: April 07, 2014, 03:16:49 AM »
Have Sersiryx, Imp Familiar Promo

Looking to trade for DvN Singles:

Acid Ball
Spitting Raptor
Devouring Jelly

or Core Set singles: Reverse Attack, Mongoose Agility

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Off topic / [Trade] Have Promos, Want DvN Singles
« on: March 31, 2014, 03:19:14 AM »
I am not interested in playing Druid or Necromancer, but would like to pick up a few cards from the DvN set in trade.  Here is what I have:

Have Promos:
Akiro's Favor
Ballista
Bloodcrag Minotaur
Critical Strike
Gravikor
Hurl Meteorite
Lion Savagery
Morning Star
Temple High Gard
Vorpal Weapon

May also have spare singles from Core Tome 1 & 2, but not the ones that to in every deck - sorry, no spare Teleports.

Want:
Cloak of Shadows
Acid Ball
Wall of Bones
Devouring Jelly

Please respond with private mail.

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Code of Conduct mentions trades should be posted to the  "appropriate forum", but I do not see where the trade forum is designated.

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Spellbook Design and Construction / Forcemaster + Gorgon Archer
« on: March 09, 2014, 11:05:13 PM »
Just getting started with the game and with Forcemaster, but have done a lot of reading on the forums.

The prevalent Forcemaster strategies appear to include 1-2 elite creatures, typically some combination of Grizzly, Vampiress or Brogan. 

Has anyone considered running Gorgon Archer instead?  In general, the Gorgon will encourage the enemy to close which is just what the FM wants.  FM also has plenty of low cost force pushes available to get the slow Gorgon in position to make its full round weakening attack.

Also looking for suggestions on dealing with difficult matchups - for example, Iron Golem.  At this point, the book has only a few counters for the Golem:  Teleport, Force Hold, Block.

Looking for cards to round out the Spellbook.

-Dr.C

[spellbook]
[spellbookheader]
[spellbookname]Forcemaster Gorgon[/spellbookname]
[mage]Forcemaster[/mage]
[/spellbookheader]
[spells]
[spellclass]Attack[/spellclass]
[mwcard=FWA02]1 x  Force Hammer[/mwcard]
[spellclass]Conjuration[/spellclass]
[mwcard=mw1j08]1 x  Hand of Bim-Shalla[/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1j16]1 x  Mordok's Obelisk (counter swarm, synergy with Mind Control) [/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1j21]1 x  Suppression Orb (counter swarm, needed in addition to Obelisk?) [/mwcard]
[spellclass]Creature[/spellclass]
[mwcard=mw1c18]1 x  Gorgon Archer[/mwcard]
[spellclass]Enchantment[/spellclass]
[mwcard=mw1e01]1 x  Bear Strength (limited card pool, otherwise would be 2)[/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1e28]1 x  Mongoose Agility[/mwcard]
[mwcard=FWE03]1 x  Falcon Precision[/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1e16]2 x  Force Hold[/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1e33]1 x  Retaliate[/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1e34]2 x  Reverse Attack (limited card pool)[/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1e02]1 x  Block[/mwcard]
[mwcard=FWE07]2 x  Mind Control[/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1e31]1 x  Poisoned Blood[/mwcard]
[mwcard=FWE01]1 x  Charm[/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1e29]1 x  Nullify[/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1e10]1 x  Decoy[/mwcard]
[mwcard=FWE05]1 x  Forcefield[/mwcard]
[spellclass]Equipment[/spellclass]
[mwcard=FWQ04]1 x  Galvitar, Force Blade[/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1q06]1 x  Dragonscale Hauberk[/mwcard]
[mwcard=FWQ10]1 x  Storm Drake Hide (backup / meta vs lightning) [/mwcard]
[mwcard=FWQ01]1 x  Dancing Scimitar[/mwcard]
[mwcard=FWQ03]1 x  Force Ring[/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1q11]1 x  Gauntlets of Strength[/mwcard]
[mwcard=MWSTX1CKQ03]1 x  Colossus Belt (meta vs status effects) [/mwcard]
[mwcard=MWSTX1CKQ06]1 x  Eagleclaw Boots [/mwcard]
[spellclass]Incantation[/spellclass]
[mwcard=mw1i02]1 x  Battle Fury (who doesn't wish they had more of these...)[/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1i19]1 x  Piercing Strike[/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1i28]1 x  Teleport[/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1i15]1 x  Knockdown[/mwcard]
[mwcard=FWI09]1 x  Steal Equipment (surprised to not see this in more lists) [/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1i07]2 x  Dissolve[/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1i06]2 x  Dispel[/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1i12]2 x  Force Push[/mwcard]
[mwcard=mw1i20]1 x  Purify[/mwcard]
[mwcard=FWI06]2 x  Power Strike (don't see in many lists, good in an Aggro build?)[/mwcard]
[/spells]
[cost]Total cost: 103 pts[/cost]
[/spellbook]

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