• WizKids Wednesday: Rip Hunter's Chalkboard


    You've seen people talking about it, dreading it, bemoaning it... the soon to be infamous Rip Hunter's Chalkboard. Coming in September with the Flash and Arrow set, we got our first peak at this little wunderkind at Origins Game Fair last month and the rumbling quickly began.

    First off, for those unaware, Rip Hunter's Chalkboard features a global that allows a player to pay and move the first die they purchase that turn directly to the prep area. It is absolutely a powerful ability that has many anticipating it making first turn advantage worse and badly affecting the balance in the game. I wish to present a dissenting opinion: I believe the Rip Hunter's Chalkboard Global (CBG) may actually be of greater help to the second player and defensive play.


    Right now the game has very much become focused on early turn play, so let's talk about the defensive benefits CBG in the early game. First off, the global allows you to quickly get an answer to a problem in immediate response to your opponent's purchases. Constantine Hellblazer, Dwarf Wizard, Oracle, OP Scarecrow can all potentially be brought out on turn 2 for the 2nd player. If first turn, Player 1 (P1) uses CBG and purchases Elf Thief, Player 2 (P2) can also use CBG, purchase Constantine: Hellblazer, and use a Resurrection style global (Villainous Pact global would obviously need to be done before the CBG + purchase). This gives P2 6 dice on their 2nd turn, with no need for sitting on energy or PXG as well as a way of stopping the Elf thievery each turn as long as Constantine is active. If P1 goes for Polymorph on T1 with the apparent intent of Polymorphing Oracle in on T2, P2 can easily mirror their opponent's Polymorph purchase and go for their own 4 cost such as Oracle, or they can CBG T1 and get Dwarf Wizard and prepare to blank their opponent's Oracle on T2. CBG in a vacuum with no opponent obviously looks like its going to make things blisteringly fast, but it seems to just as likely to offer a more immediate tit-for-tat style of play where counters and counters to counters are quickly available to both players.

    Let's also remember, this card and global are part of a set. It's quite possible the Flash and Arrow set could have a lot of interplay of items being placed in and being removed from the Prep Area. Just like Civil War came with She Hulk to help with Intimidate, there could easily be in-set interplay that we are simply not aware of. CBG could also make cards from previous sets that affect dice in the prep area more important. Mr. Freeze: Heart of Ice and the Basic Action, Banishment, as well as the other Morphing Jars, the 2 cost and 3 cost have suddenly had their stock raised considerably.

    Will CBG make some things faster and deadlier? Quite possibly. Will CBG make defensive counters easier to get to and more effective? Quite possibly. Do we all need to relax, pump the brakes, and not jump to conclusions that the game will be forever destroyed because of the global on this card? Absolutely.

    Do you think I'm right, or am I completely wrong? Feel free discuss it in the comments.
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. alleyviper's Avatar
      alleyviper -
      Let's not forget Halfling Thief: Master Zhentarim, which doubles as Bard/DWizard assassination.
    1. Flexei's Avatar
      Flexei -
      Quote Originally Posted by alleyviper View Post
      Let's not forget Halfling Thief: Master Zhentarim, which doubles as Bard/DWizard assassination.
      Hah, as much as I've loved those Thieves in the past, I tend to forget about them because all my dice for them are cursed.
    1. JustK's Avatar
      JustK -
      I have also thought there was something wrong with the thinking that OMG the sky is falling whenever a new card is released with an interesting ability. The bard was not discovered immediately after the set was released. There could be some good counter cards. There could be a card that makes it so your opponent cannot play globals on the turn it is fielded unless you are player 2. I doubt that would happen but it is a thought.

      Now, having said this. I wonder if this is trying to stop the Professor X global's use. If you cannot always use it to your advantage, IE you did not go first, why bring it for your opponent. Just use Resurrection and the Chalkboard and give yourself a few less dice but allow you to get the important dice out immediately.

      Now will this slow down your opponent or yourself. A bit. It also stops people from stealing your energy which is what makes the elf thief really good. How long before the meta shifts a bit if the elf thief is not the game changer that it used to be?
    1. chrisevans's Avatar
      chrisevans -
      I really like this post, because my main argument (though not that strong). Is that inherently the major advantage that player 2 enjoys is having more information than player 1. Player 1 goes first and they have no clue what player two will do, but player two get the "advantage" (however weak it may be in the current meta) of being able to react to new information. This might seem subtle, but with something like RHCBG I think it amplifies that information. It allows the player going second to react, and when you look at it from that point of view you have an advantage in countering a purchase of player 1 directly, or (as more cards and sets come out) it may be possible to use your opponents purchase against them (as opposed to a counter that just negates your opponents buy). Really glad to see an article on this.
    1. Necromanticer's Avatar
      Necromanticer -
      Great article, but I motion for the acronym to be cut down to CBG (Chalkboard Global) for simplicity and ease of use. The fact that it's Rip Hunter's chalkboard is largely irrelevant since I don't forsee any other chalkboards making their way into Dice Masters.
    1. Flexei's Avatar
      Flexei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Necromanticer View Post
      Great article, but I motion for the acronym to be cut down to CBG (Chalkboard Global) for simplicity and ease of use. The fact that it's Rip Hunter's chalkboard is largely irrelevant since I don't forsee any other chalkboards making their way into Dice Masters.
      Agreed. "CBG" should be sufficient. I'll edit the article to reflect that.
    1. bahamut7's Avatar
      bahamut7 -
      Aww man, and here I was going to add the Professor's Chalkboard to the game :P
    1. TheConductr's Avatar
      TheConductr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Flexei View Post
      Agreed. "CBG" should be sufficient. I'll edit the article to reflect that.
      I'm just going to say I "Rip'd" ;-)
    1. Flexei's Avatar
      Flexei -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheConductr View Post
      I'm just going to say I "Rip'd" ;-)
      "Ewwww... Stuart 'Rip'd' one!"
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      Quote Originally Posted by chrisevans View Post
      I really like this post, because my main argument (though not that strong). Is that inherently the major advantage that player 2 enjoys is having more information than player 1. Player 1 goes first and they have no clue what player two will do, but player two get the "advantage" (however weak it may be in the current meta) of being able to react to new information. This might seem subtle, but with something like RHCBG I think it amplifies that information. It allows the player going second to react, and when you look at it from that point of view you have an advantage in countering a purchase of player 1 directly, or (as more cards and sets come out) it may be possible to use your opponents purchase against them (as opposed to a counter that just negates your opponents buy). Really glad to see an article on this.
      This is a very good point about CBG (proper acronym used). This global allows for reactive purchases. However, the problem with that is, first player DOES have a turn where they know what player 2 is going to play/purchase, turn 3.

      Disrupting that knowledge with CBG helps the issue, but in the long run I think a solution, independent of cards needs to be implemented.

      However, as a stop gap, I agree CBG seems to be a good one.