Today I’m going to discuss a new superhero title that’ll be smashing into the store very soon. I can’t stress how excited I am about this game! It appeals to me on so many levels and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!
I’m of course talking about Marvel Dice Masters – the new collectable dice game brought to you by the evil geniuses over at Wizkids.
For those of you unfamiliar with Wizkids they produce many great games such as HeroClix, Mage Knight, Star Trek: Attack Wing, Star Trek: Fleet Captains and the ever popular Quarriors.
Doubting Thomas… Got it wrong…
Back in 2013 I heard rumours of a new collectable game based on the Marvel universe. At first I was dubious, I really didn’t want to get into the collectable game scene again. I play Netrunner now and the LCG format works very nicely for me. I also have Marvel Legendary, an extremely popular superhero deck building game that has you recruiting heroes into your hand and trashing a horde of Marvel villains bent on destruction.
As time passed I heard a few more snippets about the new game and I came to realise that this was no ordinary collectable game. This was, in actual fact, a collectable dice game! Initially I balked at the idea, “a collectable dice game, that’ll be way too expensive!” I scoffed. However, I couldn’t be more wrong – this collectable game is going to be as cheap as chips!
With a RRP of £12.99 for a Starter pack and £1 for a Booster pack Marvel Dice Masters has to be one of the cheapest collectable games I can think of.
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme… A game with a dice fight!!
Having not personally played the game yet, I’ve had to rely on news and blog articles coming out of the numerous American game bloggers, for any reliable information on how good the game plays. As is often the case, the UK is trailing behind the US who launched on April 23rd 2014 and everything I’m hearing is making me extremely jealous indeed.
The premise of the game is that you build a team of cards from your personal collection. The cards represent various Marvel characters and equipment. It’s these cards that have the different rarities that you’d expect from a collectable game. However, unlike other collectable games, you won’t be drawing from that deck/team.
To start, you lay out the cards you’ve chosen and then place associated dice on the cards. You start with a selection of basic dice that you draw from a bag and roll to gain points with which to buy new dice from the cards you brought to the battle. Dice purchased in this fashion eventually move into your bag and will be drawn and rolled on subsequent turns. These dice and card combos have numerous uses, but combat is the bit that I’m looking forward to most.
This all sounds very familiar… Shouldn’t this be called Quarvel Quice Quasters?
Although I get that this all sounds very similar to Quarriors, there are definitely a few alterations that I think will make a massive difference.
- Firstly, in Marvel Dice Masters, your dice are your own – Your opponent won’t be buying them from your pool!
- Secondly, each player brings their own unique set of collected cards to the table – your opponent has no idea what could be in there.
These two factors contrast with Quarriors where all players have access to a set selection of dice from the pool and any player could buy any of the available dice, if they roll enough “Quidity” to do so.
The third difference is the theme! As much as I enjoyed Quarriors, I simply love Marvel! I have all of the Marvel Legendary sets and the theme here is so much better than the strange made-up world of Quarriors. For me, the theme behind a game plays a massive part in my overall enjoyment it.
Finally, I’m a sucker for nice dice and these dice have some funky marvel character logos. Trust me, this game has some VERY nice dice!
Ultimately though, you mustn’t forget that Marvel Dice Masters is a direct descendant of Quarriors and it bears a strong family resemblance. But that’s OK with me, because when Quarriors was created, the ultimate goal was the creation of Marvel Dice Masters, or something very similar.
Don’t believe me? Check out the WizKids release post to read it direct from the horse’s fingers…
“When Mike Elliott approached me with a prototype at Gen Con 2010, a prototype that eventually became Quarriors, we spent a few minutes having a ‘what if’ moment, daring to dream of a collectible version of the prototype game in his hands. Fast forward almost 4 years…”
Playing the waiting game… Get yours quickly!
The exciting news here is that this will be launching very soon here in the UK. I’ve been itching for this one for months and I feel like a kid waiting in anticipation for Christmas.
If you’re even the slightest bit interested in it and you see the Starter sets available to buy then don’t hesitate to get one. They’re not massively expensive and Wizkids recently announced that they’ve had to order a reprint before the game’s even launched. They appear to be very limited stock and I predict they’ll become a very hot item throughout May.
For those who are reading this and missed out on ordering the Starter; then don’t worry. More will be available towards the end of May or early June 2014. Want to know more? Then check out this announcement from Wizkids.
Ongoing Success… Please Sir, can I have some more?
With an incredibly successful launch over in the US, and the massive demand for the Starters, the Marvel Dice Masters game looks to be one of this year’s most exciting releases. Over the coming months Wizkids are looking to produce a playmat which helps organise your cards and dice as you face off against your opponent.
I think the Marvel Dice Master range will only grow and increase in popularity as time goes on. A view that I clearly share with Wizkids who have already announced the next set! Again, I recommend reading this article again if you missed it the first time round, but the part worth reading here states:
“Marvel Dice Masters: The Uncanny X-Men features fan favorites like Wolverine, Magneto, Cyclops, Iceman, Psylocke, the Sentinels and MORE! With gameplay that supports two players in epic dice battles, Marvel Dice Masters: The Uncanny X-Men will be available in both starter sets (MSRP $14.99) and foil pack boosters (MSRP $0.99) in stores everywhere Fall 2014. “
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Driven Instructional Designer by day, board game fanatic by night! Tom has a long background in eLearning design and is a strong believer that story and narrative are crucial to creating excellent learning and gaming experiences. A passionate blogger, game reviewer and play tester, he enjoys spending his time playing games of all genres.