• GAMA News and D&D3!

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    Biggest news - D&D3 is coming, and it will NOT be standard booster packs. We've heard rumors of a new format called "draft packs", and this looks like it will be the introduction. It appears the MSRP is $9.99, and will include 2 dice per card (and presumably a better rarity distribution). I think this would look more like a "standard" CCG booster - a few Commons, some Uncommons, and then either a Rare or Super-Rare.



    Not surprising at all: X-Men officially pushed back to August.



    No new info here. Would have liked to see the "card fan"



    First image of the Starter - let the speculation begin!



    Interesting teases about new mechanics...sounds like some new "must block" Globals/abilities, or something more...?



    Confirmed for May, so we'll definitely have at least one new set before US Nats/Worlds.
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. Not2Shy's Avatar
      Not2Shy -
      Very excited about D&D3! Nothing about Batman?
    1. Jwannabe's Avatar
      Jwannabe -
      Will be interested in what D&D 3 "gravity feed" will look like. This makes D&D seems really imposing for a new player to try. $1 vs. $10 is a hard sell.
    1. memmek2k's Avatar
      memmek2k -
      Quote Originally Posted by Not2Shy View Post
      Very excited about D&D3! Nothing about Batman?
      Ah, it didn't get uploaded right! Good catch, I edited it back in.
    1. jigsawhc's Avatar
      jigsawhc -
      Ooh, so much fun stuff coming up.
    1. JustK's Avatar
      JustK -
      D&D should have more cards per pack than 2 then. I would guess 5 cards per pack if they are doing the 9.99 price.
    1. Not2Shy's Avatar
      Not2Shy -
      Quote Originally Posted by memmek2k View Post
      Ah, it didn't get uploaded right! Good catch, I edited it back in.
      Thanks Good it's not pushed and released with another set.
    1. pk2317's Avatar
      pk2317 -
      FYI - D&D3 Draft pack will have the equivalent of 8-9 packs plus 2 BACs - you keep the BACs and draft the rest of the cards like normal. Designed to be drafted with any number of players down to 2.
    1. Not2Shy's Avatar
      Not2Shy -
      Quote Originally Posted by pk2317 View Post
      FYI - D&D3 Draft pack will have the equivalent of 8-9 packs plus 2 BACs - you keep the BACs and draft the rest of the cards like normal. Designed to be drafted with any number of players down to 2.
      If it's true it sounds really great, but I'm thinking about BAC. Reprints or new? How many of them.
    1. Axyz's Avatar
      Axyz -
      Looks like we are getting a Gianta reprint for the SM/WW Starter.
    1. Yort's Avatar
      Yort -
      Quote Originally Posted by pk2317 View Post
      FYI - D&D3 Draft pack will have the equivalent of 8-9 packs plus 2 BACs - you keep the BACs and draft the rest of the cards like normal. Designed to be drafted with any number of players down to 2.
      My kids already insisted on "faux" drafting any gravity feeds I got, this should make it that much easier. And this seems like a good alternative to only getting once copy of a BAC in a starter set, I don't mind having multiple copies of BACs flowing around everywhere.
    1. chalos13's Avatar
      chalos13 -
      I'm all for a new draft option. D&D sets have been the most fun I've had drafting, so a new set, plus a new way to draft:
      I'm 100% on board.
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      Quote Originally Posted by chalos13 View Post
      I'm all for a new draft option. D&D sets have been the most fun I've had drafting, so a new set, plus a new way to draft:
      I'm 100% on board.
      Currently we draft with 12 packs. Word is these packs are the equivalent of 9 packs. To get the same effect, we would need to draft 3 packs of something else, or two packs of this. Either way the price jumps from 12 to 13 or 20$. I'm also a die hard DnD fan, especially DnD DM, but I don't think 2x dice is worth more money or half the cards.
    1. XionXero's Avatar
      XionXero -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shadowmeld View Post
      Currently we draft with 12 packs. Word is these packs are the equivalent of 9 packs. To get the same effect, we would need to draft 3 packs of something else, or two packs of this. Either way the price jumps from 12 to 13 or 20$. I'm also a die hard DnD fan, especially DnD DM, but I don't think 2x dice is worth more money or half the cards.
      The extra dice per card will eliminate some of the need to draft multiples to get a playable number of dice. therefore the 24 cards drafted could be cut down to 18 or less. making the process slightly cheaper, and drafts quicker.
    1. rhombus218's Avatar
      rhombus218 -
      I'm a little bummed about X-Men being delayed, but it will give me more time to buy up Batman, so i guess it's not the end of the world. The D&D looks pretty boss. Will gladly order a feed of that to draft.
    1. cnhiggins's Avatar
      cnhiggins -
      I thought there was an annual DC starter and annual Marvel starter... did I miss what the annual Marvel is?
    1. hwetzel's Avatar
      hwetzel -
      It was Iron Man/War Machine that came out about 1 1/2 weeks ago.
    1. superfriend's Avatar
      superfriend -
      Was really hoping for a few card spoilers for Batman.
    1. cnhiggins's Avatar
      cnhiggins -
      Quote Originally Posted by hwetzel View Post
      It was Iron Man/War Machine that came out about 1 1/2 weeks ago.
      Oh duh! Was late when I was reading this article and apparently that starter is forgettable! hah!
    1. chalos13's Avatar
      chalos13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shadowmeld View Post
      Currently we draft with 12 packs. Word is these packs are the equivalent of 9 packs. To get the same effect, we would need to draft 3 packs of something else, or two packs of this. Either way the price jumps from 12 to 13 or 20$. I'm also a die hard DnD fan, especially DnD DM, but I don't think 2x dice is worth more money or half the cards.
      That's a good point. So far, I'm going to be optimistic about it. I think the move to a yearly starter was very smart. I think the Team Packs are a good idea. I like TMNT being a total self contained box. I actually like that there are different options to purchase. I look at the full wall of Magic stuff at our shop and I see packs of different sizes and distributions and I think that's very smart.

      Now if they change to only having these draft packs and do away with the boosters as we know them, I think that's bad.
      But to have a couple Starters a year, one Draft set a year, and then normal sets peppered throughout the year? That's a good model in my opinion.
    1. The PACman's Avatar
      The PACman -
      So pleased there will be a third D&D set and I think the draft packs sound intresting initially, I will hold off on saying they will be great until it is confirmed how many cards are in them and what the breakdown is etc. If they put BAC cards in there then it is much less attractive for me as it will just be something else that I end up with huge, unnecessary amounts of, just like sidekick and BAC dice.
      I don't play competitively though, so this new distribution is not really meant for me. This is also a bit of a let-down as I love the D&D stuff and would prefer to be able to just buy a gravity feed of boosters as normal. I see the attraction of this format though especially from a business perspective and to provide more variety in ways to get into the game. It is certainly a much better option than the Team Packs. I never liked that idea, I detest being forced to buy 2 sets of something in order to get all I need (this is a problem with the new yearly starters too).

      Personally though I am really looking forward to the Batman set even though I cant imagine how they will fill it without just giving more cards for characters we already have (there arent that many more Gotham City heroes or villains we need. My kids cant wait for the Guardians and X-men sets and I am glad these will be regular booster feeds. Also I am happy that some of these sets are getting pushed back now, this will make it much easier on my wallet

      I have no excitement for the Maximum Carnage pack for the reason above about team packs, the two so far have been incredibly un-interesting with very expensive cards having mediocre abilities and the few cards that are worth using obviously only having 2 dice.