• Dice Masters TO/Store Profiles - Episode 2

    Hi DM Fans. We're back with the second installment of our TO/Store profiles of shops and the people that help organize events. Hopefully these articles can help other FLGS come up with some new ideas for events, attracting /retaining players, and/or just be a fun read. Today we will be taking a look at Ground Zero Comics and Games in Tyler, TX and Duncanville Bookstore in Duncanville, TX.

    As always, if you would like your store to be profiled, or know of a store that should be, go ahead and shoot me a Direct Message and we can get your store on the list!



    Ground Zero Comics and Games - Tyler, TX. Karl Fulmer - Store TO

    What got you into dice masters? I'm still a big fan of Quarriors! I am actually the opposite of most people, I played Quarriors. then started playing deck building games. When I heard Elliot and Lang were making a collectable version, so I was super excited. I started playing at Madness Comics and Games in Denton TX. I was running events for them once a month. I eventually found Halflings Hideaway (RIP) in Gilmer to play some more events. Ground Zero didn't have a play group, but the store had been stocking the product and ordering OP kits, just stocking them waiting to get things going. One weekend in May Jason Young and I decided we'd get together Thursday night and play at the shop, and hopefully people would walk by, ask questions, and we'd get something going. The more we talked about it, we finally just decided to list it as an official event on the WES, post it on Facebook, and see if anyone showed up. We showed up that night and had eight players.

    How often do you hold events? Mix between draft/constructed? We have events every other Thursday night, alternating weeks with another shop in town. Looking at our past events, we mix it up pretty well. Hybrid, Rainbow Draft, Open Constructed, and then some creative constructed events.

    How do you determine the type of event? Sometimes I hear about a format on TRP, and sometimes Jason or I have an idea and run with it. We often will let players vote on a couple different ideas when we vote for fellowship.

    How long have you/the store been hosting events? I've been hosting events at various stores since AvX hit thenshelves, but Ground Zero started in May of 2015.

    What have you/store done to attract new players and keep long standing players interested in the game? We promote in the usual ways, WES, Facebook, and yelling at people in the store to come try our game. Our group has mainly grown through people getting friends interested and inviting them to come try it. We keep a Community Chest that players donate cards and dice to, so when we have a newer player they can go through it looking for those extra dice or character cards from old sets they have trouble finding. Someone found a rare and a few OP cards in there recently. We also recently had a constructed event where the top few places received custom made Basic Action Color Indicator Cards with our shops logo. They’re double-sided (two different colors) and we very well received. TheConductr – I can attest to the awesomeness of these cards! Karl gave me a set and I get questions about them everywhere I go! They are fantastic!)



    What are some unique constructed events that you have run? Monotone - all dice must be the same color. Couples - All characters must have been romantically involved with at least one other character (for Valentine's day). Daredevil Draft - We have every player put a rare into a side pot, and then draw eight dice from a bag. They may only use cards that match the dice drawn to build the team. Whoever finishes highest at the tournament wins the pot. Comic Cover - all characters on your team much appear on a comic cover together. Extra participation prize given if you bring the comic. Little Cup.

    What does your current meta look like? We are just leaving a meta dominated by villain decks and bolt teams. PXG really isn't big in our meta, most people just avoid it. We do see lots of Resurrection and Villainous Pact though.

    Do you have a wide range of age groups playing? How do you cater to them if you do? Our youngest player recently is in high school, and our senior player is over 40. We try to keep things very relaxed. We still have a smaller playgroup (under 20) so it's easy to get to know everyone really well. The goal is that everyone feels welcomed and has a good time.

    Do you hold demo nights? We did a recent demo at the Rose City Comic Con, but we probably need to do one at the store again.

    What are you and the local players most looking forward to with the new D&D2 set? I think there's a lot of excitement, D&D BFF had a few standout cards that you see a lot in unlimited, but I think that our players are most excited to play draft and D&D limited to see these new cards and how they add to the great foundation that was established in BFF.

    Did you or your players attend any PDC’s? What were their thoughts/reaction to the events? We held one in our store, had a few players drive to Denton, and one player drove to Austin. I think everyone enjoyed it. It's great to have something more than just the standard OP nights. Something big like this that a store can host locally rather than send players is a good thing. This was a gap that I'm glad the PDC filled.

    Is your store planning on supporting/sponsoring any players for the upcoming PDC State & Regionals or WizKids National or World events? We have several players planning on making the trip to State, I'm not sure beyond that. Jason and I participated in the first WKO in Austin and will probably go to the WKO2 in Dallas/Fort Worth.

    How have you balanced competitive and casual play types? One of the biggest ways is varying the format. Unlimited Constructed usually is the most competitive, but making a player step outside their normal box by telling them all their dice have to be one color forces them to be creative and look for combinations they might not have considered.

    Favorite card and/or character? It has to be the Marvel Girl - Humanity card. I've always been a Jean Grey fan. The art on this card is excellent, the ability is fun, and of course pairing it with Kitty Pryde - On a Mission makes for a great combo.

    Card you worry the most about seeing on the other side? It's that card that I've never read before. For Example: "Oh, you're using Cable? I have no idea what Cable does." Now I'm trying to look at their other cards and figure out if they're a genius who has a new combo that's going to be amazing, or they're just a huge Cable fan.

    Most memorable Dice Masters moment? Really it's the pride I felt at that first tournament at Ground Zero. We'd just listed it as an event hoping to have a couple people show up, but instead we had 6 more people show. I knew some of them, but others I'd never met before. It showed me there was a group in Tyler interested in the game, and all it took was a couple guys stepping up and putting it together.



    Duncanville Bookstore - Bryan Hodges - Store Manager and TO

    What got you into dice masters? Quarriors. I love that game and was very excited to play Dice Masters knowing it evolved from what Eric Lang and Mike Elliott did with Quarriors.

    How often do you hold events? Mix between draft/constructed? How do you determine the type of event? We hold an event every Saturday. Unless we have a rainbow draft we usually let the winner of the previous week pick the upcoming weeks build. So unless we get someone wanting to do an open build we don’t see a lot of the same meta.

    How long have you/the store been hosting events? I would say just over a year now.
    What have you/store done to attract new players and keep long standing players interested in the game? We tend to generous with prize support. We have also cultivated a very friendly and helpful group that invites in new players all of the time. Also, I think the fact that we have different builds newaly every week really keeps it interesting.

    What are some unique constructed events that you have run? My favorite is the Civil War / Batman v. Superman build. You pick a famous rival like Batman and Superman then you build a 7-character team and have a Batman and a Superman that could be the 8th slot. You then decide who goes first and the 2nd player decides which Batman/Superman they want to play with, and your opponent has to use the opposite.

    What does your current meta look like? That's not an easy question with us trying to do a different build every week I haven't really seen a meta evolve.

    Do you have a wide range of age groups playing? How do you cater to them if you do? Yes, we have a wide range of players in terms of age. Again, I think it's the accepting and friendly atmosphere we have built that has blurred the age difference.

    Do you hold demo nights? No, we don't, but we are very inviting to new players and really try to help them learn the game.

    How has your local scene evolved/changed since the start of the game? We have seen people come and go from the game for different reasons, but we have still maintained the feel of the group. We still have a strong core of players that make it on a regular basis, and regularly find ourselves with 8-12 players each Saturday.

    What were you and the local players most looking forward to with the new D&D2 set? To be honest I myself am a little behind on what's coming out but I love that we are getting named D&D characters like Drizzt. I'm a huge R.A. Salvatore fan so I'm pretty stoked.



    Did you or your players attend any PDC’s? What were their thoughts/reaction to the events? We hosted one and I would host another one. It was a very positive experience.

    Is your store planning on supporting/sponsoring any players for the upcoming PDC State & Regionals or WizKids National or World events? We haven't been approached by anyone to do this but it could be something we would be interested in doing in the future.

    How have you balanced competitive and casual play types? Again I think with the players picking different builds it has balanced that on its own. We could probably do some more competitive events though.

    Favorite card and/or character? I haven't played much lately but I really liked Nightcrawler and Nova abilities. Waiting to see what Drizzt can do as well.

    Most memorable Dice Masters moment? Well one event we were short a player and it was one of the weeks where I didn't build a team so my friend Ryan slapped a team together and I almost beat him with it. It was quite entertaining.
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    1. chalos13's Avatar
      chalos13 -
      Thanks Stuart for featuring us! We are famous now!
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      TheConductr -
      Quote Originally Posted by chalos13 View Post
      Thanks Stuart for featuring us! We are famous now!
      Sure thing! Happy to hype great places!