The War for Cybertron enters the second stage of its trilogy
in the Transformers
Trading Card Game by Wizards of
the Coast. While the Autobots may
have an upper hand in the first wave, the Decepticons are pulling out all the
stops to release their most dangerous weapon…the mighty Titan, Trypticon.
Each War for Cybertron: Siege II booster pack contains one large character card, 1 small character card, and six battle cards. The booster display comes with a single Trypticon pack, which contains one Titan-sized Trypticon Character Card and three large character cards as his minions: Brunt, Full-Tilt, and Wipe-Out!
If you haven’t played Transformers: TCG yet, check out your friendly local game store for the organized play to learn the game. War for Cybertron: Siege II is available for pre-order now and will release on November 8.
Wizards of the Coast, masters of trading card games, will release another expansion for the woefully under marketed, yet brilliantly designed Transformers Trading Card Game. In what’s being dubbed the War for Cybertron Trilogy, the first of these expansions, Transformers: War for Cybertron Siege I will bring us Battle Masters and Micro Masters. Popular Transformers, Soundwave, Ultra Magnus, and Major Shockwave also make their debut.
While the Transformers: Rise of the Combiners expansion added Transformers which could combine into a single large Transformer, this expansion adds Micro Masters who are tinier robots which are generally human sized and represented by new cards that are 88mm tall and 63mm wide (as per IGN). The Battle Masters, Transformers who are geared for “rock ’em, sock ’em”, close combat, also make their first appearance in this set. Battle Masters begin in Bot Mode and don’t flip but do switch to their Upgrade side when KO’d.
The Transformers Trading Card Game is a versus, card combat game for 2 players where each player commands a team of Transformers (made up of Autobots and Decepticons) which battle each other. Each booster pack will contain 1 large foil (88 × 126 mm) and 1 small foil (63 × 88 mm) Transformers character card and 6 battle cards. The War for Cybertron Siege I set has 48 character cards and 64 battle cards and is planned for release at the end of June 2019.
Crypto-currency is pretty big right now, and mostly only a part of the financial world, but could that same kind of technology be used for board gaming? Cryptogogue thinks the power of the blockchain can be leveraged for a trading card game to completely change the landscape of the game. How it would do that you ask? Well the blockchain is basically a list of records that is public and wide spread that records transactions between parties efficiently, permanently, and makes them easily verifiable. With that you could apply it to a trading card game to create an environment where you can trade and sell cards all over the world from your very own home or FLGS, while reducing the possibility of fraud to nearly zero. Add in a print-on-demand system and you can then take these digital cards into the real world and play with them. There are even more benefits where you can take physical cards and scan them into the digital space, and you would be able to easily search records to see what cards were used by players in a tournament per say. Overall this technology could change TCGs dramatically, but it first has to be tested with a game.
That is the second part of Cryptogogue’s plan, they will be leveraging this system in a new trading card game called Volition, a spiritual successor to the now dead game The Spoils. The Spoils was a well received game and if not for bad timing in seeking more funds (they sought financing right before the 2007 financial crash) might still be in play today. Volition will be a more streamlined and improved game and is said the be “accessible like Hearthstone,” yet more “skill-heavy, like The Spoils and Magic: The Gathering“. Volition will only be hitting beta this year in the first quarter, but if things go well you may be seeing more of the game as it is deployed. You can find out more information from the interview on CryptoSlate, or you can go join Volition’s forums to get in on the action.
Coming this summer from Games Workshop is a next generation TGC Warhammer Age of Sigmar Champions. 2 players battle it out to win favor from the gods as they use their armies and champions, units, abilities and spells to defeat their enemies, protect themselves and be the last one standing. The Campaign decks consist of 38 cards in a 3 tier rarity system (Common, Uncommon, Rare) and will include 4 Champions, 4 Blessings and 30 Action Cards you will use to strike down your opponent. Booster packs will contain 13 cards, including: 6 common cards, 3 uncommon cards, 1 rare card, 2 guaranteed Champion or blessing cards, and 1 guaranteed foil card. The rotating card mechanic used in the game creates a concise method for tracking damage and other things normally done by counters and dice.
Upon release Warhammer: Champions will boast 274 cards split across 4 Grand Alliances: Order, Chaos, Destruction and Death. The Founders Pack (only 1,000 available) is available for pre-order now and will include 4 Campaign decks, 4 Founder’s Exclusive Foil cards, 10 Booster Packs, damage counters, and other great exclusive content! The game is easy to learn but promises in depth strategy in deckbuilding and the positioning mechanic used in gameplay.
Warhammer: Champions is unique in that the game is fully playable as a physical card game, and as a digital game on both Android and iOS, but your physical cards can get scanned onto your app giving new dimension to your gameplay. And be on the lookout for organized/competitive play events in the future! The game is set to launch on August 2nd so pre-order yours now before they’re gone!
Just revealed at the GAMA Trade Show in Reno, Nevada, two enticing new products are on their way from WizKids themed on the ever-popular Magic: The Gathering trading card game. The first, Heroes of Dominaria, is a euro-style board game where 2 to 4 players explore iconic regions from the series while collecting mana, recruiting heroes, and uncovering artifacts to press an advantage in this competitive game. There’s an element of territory control as planeswalkers will construct leylines and sites to capitalize on resources and locations in order to secure the most points and claim victory. As described in the press release:
“In Magic: The Gathering: Heroes of Dominaria Board Game, players take on the role of a powerful Hero as they travel to the lands of Dominaria. As the player explores the ancient lands, they will need to build sites, rediscover lost artifacts, and confront the sinister Cabal in order to gain the resources needed to save the multiverse before rival Heroes do. […] The land of Dominaria is filled with adventure and excitement! In true Eurogame fashion, use strategy to score the most victory points and emerge victorious.”
Heroes of Dominaria will be releasing in two versions – a standard version and a premium version, the only difference being that the premium game will include 4 pre-painted miniatures. Speaking of miniatures, the second product revealed is the Magic: The Gathering Creature Forge: Overwhelming Swarm. This new line will start with 28 sculpts that are meant to be used as stand-ins for the most common creature tokens used in the card game. Magic players have been slightly spoiled for choice when it comes to token representation in their matches, but miniatures are not-at-all unwelcome and will surely be a compelling and eye-catching option. For more information regarding these two new products from WizKids, be sure to check out their press release and website for further updates.
EPIC is a two to four player card game by White Wizard games, makers of Star and Hero Realms, where you duke it out as gods to see who is the greatest. This game brings back the play and feel of trading card style games that have been around for years, but without the costly need of buying randomly packaged booster packs. EPIC comes ready to go out of the box, and only adds cards in an LCG style where each pack has the same cards as every other pack of the same name. Previous packs have added new characters you can play as called Tyrants, or just added new cards to the game in Uprising. Well now they are adding new characters to play as in the form of a Pantheon. The first of the two packs features Furios, Father Nature and Maligus, the Dark One, each coming with 12 cards and 3 token cards in the pack so you can play as either deity. Furios is revered by all in the forest, except for Maligus that is, and he seeks to overthrow Furios. But when Furios summons you to his defense, you obey.
Wizkids seems to be all about the hype train as of late with the teasing of a new DnD Adventure game, and now it’s a new Dice Masters set. This new set will be set in the Forgotten Realms of Dungeons and Dragons. It will have all new spells, adventurers, and monsters, plus a new draft pack format to allow for tournament play. Each pack will come with enough cards and dice that when two packs are put together, you have everything you need for a game. Look for this new set to appear on store shelves in September of this year.
Bushiroad, known for other TCGs like CardFight!! Vanguard, are getting ready to release a new TCG designed by Mike Elliot called Dragonborne – Rise to Supremacy. What makes this game interesting beyond the setting and art is that dice are being introduced to enhance in-game effects. You will be able to use the dice to defend your forts, strengthen your units, or enhance your spells, making them better. You can check out more on Dragonborne’s Facebook page, and look forward to it’s release in August of this year.
Last, IDW Games is reprinting a highly rated abstract strategy game called Torres. In Torres you are the sons of the king, vying for prestige in order to be crowned the next ruler of the land. To do that you will need to rebuild the kingdom with the most impressive castle you can. In the game you will use action points to build up your castle, but you have to not only build it tall, but also spread it out across the land. Plus you will also be playing cards and placing knights to help earn you points, and whoever has the most at the end is the winner. Look for this game on store shelves in August.
While traditionally the gold anniversary is 50 years, the Pokemon TCG is celebrating it’s gold anniversary a little early. The Pokemon TCG has been a consistent mainstay of the trading card game scene and while it hasn’t taken off like Magic, sticking around for 20 years is still an accomplishment. So to celebrate they are reissuing the original Pikachu card from the first set, but this time in solid 24-karat gold. This beauty weighs in at 11 grams and comes with it’s own display case to show it off, mainly because it is not legal for tournament play, and who wants a card made of money in their deck? The current asking price is 216,000 yen (about $2,100) and the orders for this card will only be open until the 7th of November. To read more about this card and to order your own copy, you can check out the translated post on Rocket News 24’s site.
Yokai Watch is the current hotness when it comes to anime aimed at young kids and has a successful toy line already going, so why not expand it a bit more? In the fall Hasbro will be releasing the trading card game based on Yokai Watch in America, this launch will include booster packs, starter sets, play mats, and even an exclusive Yokai Watch medal to go with an already existing line of toys. The TCG will be aimed squarely at kids with a recommended minimum age of only 6, and there will even be a Walmart exclusive collection box that will include boosters inside a box to carry all your other cards. Will this new trading card game be a success? We will have to wait and see, but if the popularity numbers from Japan carry over into the US, it just might be a hit. You can read the announcement on the ICv2 site and check out the game on the official website.