• Nationals: What Does It Say About Dice Masters

    As I followed what matches I could via my phone and pined to be at Nat's with the rest of the TRP team, I found myself in complete awe. Maybe that sounds exaggerated, but it's not - I was left scratching my head and wondering, "How did this happen?!? How did a game with such a stutter start (on the distribution) blow up like this in less than a year?" I have some thoughts.

    WizKids is getting Dice Masters right.
    Now, I've never been a WizKids (WK) detractor, although I have offered firm and constructive criticism of them in the past. As a long time Heroclix player, I saw some things that I didn't like. A lot of my previous criticisms are falling by the wayside as I see WK treat its newer games (D&D and Star Trek, Dice Masters) better and better. That's not a commentary on the quality of the games or print runs or distribution improvements. Rather, it's a commentary on how they are interacting with their most important aspect of the game: the player base.

    The first time we got review product, I thought it was a fluke. The second time I knew it was a relationship - and that matters. It isn't that TRP is best or deserves it over anyone else: it's the gesture that makes the difference. Giving away great prizes, sending out review product to actual game fan sites (not just comic or related IP outlets) and interacting with fans across a one-on-one level does something real for the game. I'm going to talk about this more in my next observation.

    Nationals was great form a spectator standpoint. The video coverage was awesome, the hype worked and the marketing paid off. Overall it was a home run for Dice Masters and that's a win for all of us in the player base.

    The Dice Masters Community is Responding.
    The Dice Masters player base - you guys, us, all of it - has already proven to be a dedicated and hardy group. The response to nationals was huge for those who came and those who couldn't physically make it. We saw worldwide players participating in the discussions - talking about matches, about winners, cheering each other on. Here are some interesting numbers:

    All Dice Masters FB Groups:1,631
    Dice Masters Subreddit:1,341
    The Reserve Pool "Biggest Forum Day":398

    A lot of these are going to be doubled up across the various social medias, but I think the response from our players is awesome! I saw a lot of familiar "faces" - TRP guys, of course, but folks from the various DM strategy sites and Facebook groups. Knowing guys by name - and knowing players I've spectated on Google Hangout games (more than one of David's) was really, really cool.

    This is only the beginning.
    It is my opinion that this is one fact you can count on: the Dice Masters ride has only begun. I've heard Dave mention on the Podcast more than once, "Now is a great time to be a Dice Masters' player." And I fully agree. Nearly a year in, I'd parrot him: Now is a great time to be a Dice Masters' player. Maybe the best time to date. With the release of DC Dice Masters just around the corner and the already growing catalogue of useful cards and abilities across sets, this game is poised to continue to explode.

    I mean, take a look at the Top 8 decks from nationals. In the national meta - let me repeat that, THE NATIONAL META - we have 4 different sets represented, including the newest D&D drop. How cool is that to see the game growing in such a varied direction?!?

    So hop into a seat, buckle up and enjoy the ride.
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. jigsawhc's Avatar
      jigsawhc -
      +1 on the video coverage from nationals. I really enjoyed watching the streams and seeing how the good players played (and occasionally hearing Dave's voice in the background even when he was not the featured match )
    1. Randy's Avatar
      Randy -
      Quote Originally Posted by jigsawhc View Post
      +1 on the video coverage from nationals. I really enjoyed watching the streams and seeing how the good players played (and occasionally hearing Dave's voice in the background even when he was not the featured match )
      specifically during the 2nd match of day 2's event? That's when he killed me on turn 3 with High Hopes.
    1. jigsawhc's Avatar
      jigsawhc -
      Quote Originally Posted by Randy View Post
      specifically during the 2nd match of day 2's event? That's when he killed me on turn 3 with High Hopes.
      I'll have to go back and see - I just recall watching a few times realizing I recognized his voice in the background.
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Yeah that was Nationals Swiss Round 2. It's pretty early in the video.
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      As a person who is in love with broadcasting/play-by-play, I loved the coverage. I watched a lot of the Pokemon battle stuff earlier this year, and enjoyed it a ton. Waking up on Saturday and hearing DM would have similar coverage was so cool, other than the fact I wasn't going to be able to watch. Sunday was wonderful though. Such a blast.

      Also, people using every set in their deck inspired me to pick up D&D and YGO, so Dave/Randy are semi-responsible for me being broke this week!
    1. Vapedaveb's Avatar
      Vapedaveb -
      I thought it was really fun to talk to people while watching the games played. People from TRP and Dice Anon. I live in Colorado and so it is nice to talk to other players in the country.
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      Was the chat that active? I watched on Roku so I didn't have access to that part. Dang, I'll have to remember that for next time.
    1. Walsh's Avatar
      Walsh -
      The live stream support was a huge surprise for me, I thought they did a great job and I apologize for being so boring to anyone watching; I kinda get into a zone lol