It’s BAACCKKK….This special version of magic is specially tuned as mutant hybrid of the “everybody starts out evenness” of Drafting with the “I get to play with/ whomp on my buddies” group play of Commander. This time its adding a couple of new mechanics:
Goad (the ability to provoke another creature to attack)
Melee (rewarding spreading the love by adding +1,+1 to a creature for every opponent you attack that turn)
Council’s Dilemma (where each vote really counts, since each vote does an effect all by itself)
The Monarch, not the butterfly, but a king of the hill style crown that gives all sorts of goodies, but gets taken away whenever another player takes a successful shot at ya.
Magic Two-headed Giant Conspiracy tonight-sat 28th. Price is $23 instead of $30…(we were able tyo get more boxes…) .(sorry it took I’m taking the next couple of weeks off (imagine that) but leaving the store in the capable hands of the affable Ryan and the irascible Thomas. 😉 So a few things:
We are adding a few extra goodies, including 2 Conspiracy draft times (Tue @ 6 and Sun @ 3). We are also bidding a fun ending to Theros with a Block Constructed Tournament on Thursdays. ($5)
We will be doing less buying of cards while I’m gone, start again after the 28th. (Also, we will be offering a bit less for Ravnica Block cards since the block goes from standard to Modern in October.) Thomas or Ryan will do their best, but if the store is busy, be patient and prepared to wait until another time.
We have LOTS of cool things for filling up the summer with fun stuff that doesn’t go beep, and that might actually have a little bit of smiling at each other…
Some summer Fun Recommendations:
Boss Monster…(Back in Stock…players are the “boss Monster” setting up Dungeons to defeat the heros, with a distinctly 8-bit flavor full of references from everything from Harry Potter to old school Nintendo.)
Love Letter—an amazing game played with only 15 cards…easy to pick up and surprisingly subtle. (works for from 2-6)
Adventuretime Card Wars...so they made a (great) game out of a historical lampooning game in an episode of the Adventuretime cartoon that went straight after Magic/Pokemon/etc… The game has been in VERY short supply, but we got a batch in for now.
Also…coming up in July…”Starter boxes for the (finally) new version of D&D.
And don’t forget how much fun the Magic Two-headed Giant’s are…a chance to play with someone that you really like…great for buddies, sweeties and a great parent-kid date..
Have a lovely beginning of summer…see you in a couple of weeks.—More to come when we get back…
You can’t have a good conspiracy on your own. And that is the secret sauce to the special Magic set , coming out on June 6th. This draft -centric, multi-player set is all about what we can do for, er, to each other. This is a special set, much like Modern Masters, with limited initial qualities, though they say that there will be some reprinting after (we are being wary..squirreling away our boxes to let people play with until we know the score.)
We will be drafting this like crazy on that first weekend, and will do it regularly afterwords. Drafts will be $20 pp, with each player getting at least one prize pack, and the top two players getting a free entry into the next draft (or 3 prize packs.)
Messing with a Draft:Drafting is one of the most fun things you can do in magic. And this set takes the standard “get 3 packs, open 1, pick a card and pass to the left/right” and tosses it in the blender. One of our customers described it beautifully by saying that it “broke the 4th wall” of a draft, and I think that’s true. In this set, there are cards that start the game during the draft itself, letting people mess with each other as the draft is going on. (BTW…all Conspiracy drafts are casual format–will of WOTC.)
King of the Hill: Conspiracy is designed to play very differently. When a 8 (or 6) person draft is done, the players are broken into two random groups, and the winner is the last one standing. Most of the drafts we will do will have everyone getting a single bonus prize pack, and the top player in each of the pods, getting the chance to keep on drafting with a free entry into the next draft ( or 3 prize packs). There is the draft and one big multiplayer game, and then the next draft. Kind of cool…that way you are playing to build up your collection, rather then just buying packs. (Packs will cost minimum of $5, so the draft is a great way to go.)
Democracy and Conspiracy? Sure…these have always been strange and familiar bedfellows. There cards in the set that have effects where the players put what is going to happen next up to a vote!?!?!
More info on the different Mechanics (from the Wizards of the Coast website)
With this ability everybody reveals the top card of their library, then whoever did it gets some benefit from what is revealed, but EVERYBODY gets to draw a card at the end. A good parley is good for everybody.