What about those games I was looking forward to?

At the end of 2011, I posted on another gaming blog the three games I was most looking forward to buying in 2012. I recently reread that post to see if my predictions held true. On two out of three picks, they did not.


Mage Wars
I first saw Mage Wars at GenCon in 2010. With it being a new card game (and I really like card games) I had to try it out. Like Living Card Games (LCGs), Mage Wars comes with a base set and has some expansions. You sort through the cards and build a deck to play. The difference is that you don’t have a draw pile. All the cards are put in a card album and can be played directly from there. So there is no randomness of a card draw. This is a very unique game dynamic that I was very much interested in.


So why didn’t I buy it? To be honest, I had too many games I was into at the time of release. I had invested in NetRunner, I was still trying to put an army together in Warmachine, plus I had a plethora of other board games I was playing. However, it’s still on my buy and I highly recommend trying it out.

Clash of Champions 
I was big into the World of Warcraft MMO when it first came out. I spent way too many sleepless nights trying to level up my Shaman. Soon after the MMO release, Upper Deck released World of Warcraft Trading Card Game which both Tony and I jumped in feet first. We were buying boxes, sets, individual cards…yes, we fell into the CCG/TCG trap again. A few years later, Cryptozoic Games was formed to take the World of Warcraft license from Upper Deck and continue the card game. By this time, Tony and I had gone through an intervention and realized the money sink we had gotten into. So we had stopped playing and moved onto other things. Well, in 2011 Cryptozoic had announced they were doing a deck-building game for the World of Warcraft universe. Now, I have stated my feelings on Cryptozoic and how it handles IP, but this is a game I would buy just because it was a WoW card game.


So why didn’t I buy it? Well, It never came out. Cryptozoic kept pushing the release date back and eventually they even removed the game from the their website. So I guess at this point it has been cancelled. So once again Cryptozoic disappoints me. But at least they had time to release a Castle card game /rolls eyes

Iron Kingdoms RPG
In order to expand my gaming experience, I decided to try a miniatures game. After a lot of research and discussion with my local gaming buddies, we decided to try out Warmachine. We each picked a faction, assembled some models and got to playing. But what intrigued me as much as the game was the lore behind the game. It’s a steampunk fantasy type setting and Privateer Press has fleshed out a lot of the history and story behind the different races and all regions of the Warmachine world. So, when Privateer Press announced they were going to release a RPG ruleset for this setting, I knew I would be very interested in it. Again, in an effort to expand my gaming experience I wanted to try RPGs. The two biggest are Pathfinder and Dunegons & Dragons but with this new RPG on the horizon I decided to wait until it came out.


Why didn’t I buy it? Well, I did. In fact I pre-ordered the core rule book to I could get it as soon as it came out and I wasn’t disappointed. The book is rich with stories of this world and its inhabitants. The character development and combat is something I thoroughly enjoy. I’ve played a couple scenarios and really look forward to participating in a full campaign with my family and friends.


So there we go. Obviously I wasn’t playing games in 2012 that I thought I would be playing. In our 2nd episode, I listed some games I’m interested in for 2013. We will see this time next year if my predictions were true.

Episode 3 – What do rainbows smell like?

Episode 3 is out for consumption. In this podcast:

  •  Marty and I attempt to explain our understanding of the various card games out on the market. We talk about CCGs or TCGs and the juggernaut known as Magic: The Gathering. The new system of Living Card Games is discussed and the various games that use the mechanics of deck building and card drafting. (00:00)
  • Casual Corner is all about Dominion, the game that started the wave of deck building games. (34:30)

Hope you enjoy the show and listen for Marty as he tells us what rainbows smell like.