Monday, 29 April 2013

Today we’re going to take a look at the Legend of the Five Rings tournaments that we run here in the shop, as well as the upcoming new set – Coils of Madness. We just finished up the first Quarter for the events, and we’re about to start the next with some new promo cards, shown here.
 One of the exciting things about Legend of the Five Rings tournaments is that there is a participation promo card, as well as a prize card. This means that no matter how well you do in the event, you will at least get a promo card unavailable any other way! For the next Quarter, the participation card is Lantern of Revelation, while the prize is Summon Fushico. You will also notice that the two cards are “Dual Bugged” for both the current edition (Emperor) and the next edition (Ivory). That means that these cards will be useable in standard tournaments for over two years! 

Speaking of dual bugged cards, the new set for Legend of the Five Rings comes out in May. Coils of Madness is the first dual bugged set for the upcoming Ivory Edition of the game. That means these cards too will be legal for over two years! Not to mention, the collector’s box set contains a play set of every card in the set, including some very powerful cards that are only legal for Emperor Edition play.


One of the new Strongholds themed
around the mysterious Fudo Monks.
The set will be available in two different formats: the collector’s box set, and booster packs. The Collector’s Box Set contains a play set of the new cards, which means 3 of every card that is not Unique, and 1 of each Unique card. The box set is also the only way to get the cards that will be legal only in Emperor Edition, including the two new themed Stronghold cards – Foothold of the Mad and The False Path. The Collector’s Box set also comes in a special tin that will hold all your cards from the Coils of Madness. This set is a great deal too, at the low price of $100! I will note though, if you don’t pre order a box, you may not get one for a while! Legend of the Five Rings has a tendency to sell out the day it comes in store, and suppliers are hard pressed to keep up. But, if you pre order, you will already have one waiting for you!

 The booster packs for the Coils of Madness set are a little different from previous L5R sets. The biggest difference is that the cards do not have a rarity value. That is, there are no “Rare”, “Uncommon”, or “Common” cards in the set. Instead, each booster pack will contain 7 cards – 4 Non-Unique Cards, 1 Unique Full Bleed version of a card from the set (that means larger art, check out the difference between Delicate Gamble!), and 2 Unique cards from the set. Not to mention, for the first time in years, you have a chance to get FOIL versions of L5R cards in these boxes! You will also find a single character for each Great Clan that is only contained in the boosters, giving you even more options.


Legend of the Five Rings is a very story driven game, and Coils of Madness is no different in that regard. Returning to the tabletop in card form are some of the most popular characters from the past, who interacted with the evil Mad Dragon, Pan’ku. As the set revolves around the machinations of the Mad Dragon, a lot of new history is revealed, and these cards represent the characters in those histories. So, we get some pretty well known characters in a new “Inexperience” style. Check out Tsuruchi, which Mantis players will recognize as the Great Archer, for whom an entire family is now named.


Coils of Madness looks like it will be a great set for current players, new players, and future players throughout the next story arc. Get your decks ready for the end of the Emperor Edition, and boost your collection in preparation for Ivory.!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Today we’re going to take a look at the new Teen Titans set for HeroClix coming out in a few weeks. Teen Titans not only brings to the tabletop some very popular DC Comics characters, but introduces some new types of figures, including the SwitchClix Base and Team Base. Below we’ll take a look at some of the new rules for these figures, my own favourite figures (from those that have been previewed), the Release Day Events, as well as the special Pre-Order Only Prices for the new set!


New Figures: SwitchClix and Team Bases
Teen Titans introduces two new types of figures, which are closely linked to each other, to the HeroClix game. SwitchClix figures are removable from their Clix Base, allowing them to be played on their appropriate Team Base. Usually, a figure can only be used on a single Team Base, but certain figures (like Robin) can be used on more than one. These Team Members can even be removed from the Team Base and returned to their own Clix Base in the game, used for a bit on their own, then returned to the Team Base later on. That gives you a LOT of flexibility in the game!

When you design your Force, Team Bases can be taken just like any other figure, but increase their points cost by 5 for each Team Member that starts the game on the Base. Only figures purchased this way can go on the Team Base – so if you take the New Teen Titans Team Base, but pay for Robin separately, he can’t move onto the Team Base later on in the game. You can use any number of characters on your Team Base, starting with 3 and continuing until you fill up the base! Team Bases are only available in the Super Pack Boosters. They even come with three figures that can be added to the Team Base, allowing you to play with it right out of the box (as you need at least three members of the Team to use the Team Base). The other characters are available in the standard Booster Boxes.

Team Bases also have special Team Asset Dials (that change throughout the game) that open new abilities depending on the characters revealed on the dial and who are on the base. This means that each turn, the Team Base could be focusing on specific characters you’ve brought, giving you even more special powers! It also means bringing the entire Team on the base can have a HUGE effect on the powers and abilities of the Team Base. My personal favourite so far is Robin from the New Teen Titans Base (pictured here). When his face is revealed, the Team Base can use Outwit, and can only have Outwit used against them by adjacent characters! So to start shutting down the Teen Titans, you have to be close enough for them to fight back!

As I said, Team Bases are only in the Super Booster packs, and come with 3 Team Members already. By collecting the figures in the regular booster boxes, you can finish off your Team and unlock their true potential!


My Favourites (So Far!)

Nightwing 022 (SwitchClix Base)
If you haven’t read the Battle Report from March, you won’t realize how dangerous the current Nightwing can be. In his new Teen Titans incarnation, he’s even MORE so. Nightwing not only can join the Teen Titans on their Team Base, but solo, he has some serious stats and powers. Starting with an Attack of 11, and Defense 17 along with Super Senses, Charge,  3 Damage, and a special power: A Leader and a Detective. This special power gives him Leadership, Outwit, AND if an opposing character uses Perplex within 4 squares, he and his allies gain +1 to their Defense!

 Superman  066 (SwitchClix)
Superman gets a new version for his Justice League Team Base, but while flying around solo, he’s still a MONSTER! He starts off (and keeps for what his opponents will call ridiculously long time) Impervious with a nasty Defense 18, Super Strength, Running Shot, and his Special Power: Under a Yellow Sun. This power makes ranged attacks targeting him -1 Damage. Not only will he be nearly indestructible from Impervious, but ranged attacks will bounce off him if they don’t do at least 4 Damage!

Oh, and of course, Indomitable.

BAM Superman!


Release Day Events and Exclusives (here’s where I explain Pre-Order deals)

On the day the Teen Titans set is released, we’re going to be running some special events. I’ve listed them here, as well as some exclusive opportunities available to participants in the event. Exact dates and times will be announced on the Facebook Page when we get confirmation of shipping dates.


Sealed Tournament
A fan-favourite, the Sealed Tournament will have a special twist for anyone who Pre Pays for their spot in the event. If you have pre-paid for the event, you may purchase one figure from the Store Singles Rack (Teen Titans only) that is under 100pts to use in the event. Ever wanted just one more model with your chosen Team Ability? Maybe you need another Minion to deflect damage to. Well, here’s a way to make sure your Force is as strong as you can make it!


Store Trade-Ins
On the release day, we will be taking Trade-Ins of Teen Titans Rares and Chase Rares, as well as ALL SwitchClix Base Figures. For the release day ONLY, we will trade them in for up to 50% off HeroClix sealed product, or any HeroClix Singles.


Pre-Order Brick Deal
Anyone who Pre-Orders an entire Brick of Teen Titans will receive the Super Booster FREE! Yup, that means the Brick will cost $28.99 less than buying the entire Brick normally! This is for Pre-Orders ONLY. Act fast, or miss out on this amazing deal – once the boosters hit the shelves, the Bricks will go back to their normal price.