• U.S. Nationals Wrap-Up: Things To Remember

    So, leading up to Nationals (maybe I should specify U.S. Nationals now that we have Canadian Nationals coming up this weekend) Dave wrote an article discussing how to prepare and what to expect when going to a day-long event like that. I just wanted to run down a quick list of a few things that I either learned or were reinforced over that weekend. So maybe some of you that are going to Canadian Nationals or the World Championships or even just your own local constructed event can look this over and be more prepared.

    1. Food and Drink. This first one is a little basic, and doesnít pertain to only Dice Masters, but itís still important. Dave, Evan, and myself all went to U.S. Nationals together. We all had our own messenger/tote bag with our teams, some supplies, etc. Keep in mind I am the only one of the three of us with children. After having kids, you learn a whole new level of priorities while packing, even if the kids are not coming with me. In my bag, I had four oranges, four apples, and two boxes of nutri-grain type cereal bars. Was it a little much? Yes. But I did not get hungry, did not have to run off to buy food, and even hooked up Dave and Evan with something to eat when they got hungry.

    2. Now, some Dice Masters specific stuff. I know this has been a touchy subject in the past, but I think itís safe to say that the nationally competitive scene embraces all Dice Masters sets. Obviously Marvel AvX and UXM were all over the place. Gobby, Tsarina, PXG, HulkÖ everywhere. D&D BFF didnít have a strong showing, especially looking at the line up for the Top 8, but it is the youngest set. We could really look in to the D&D set further, and see how self-reliant many of its cards are. Swarm has some competitive potential. Time will tell if things like Gear and Equip will be viable outside of set play. However, thereís one set leftÖ Yu-Gi-Oh. Everyone has their own opinion on combining sets, and the Yu-Gi-Oh IP in general, but itís hard to deny its place in the competitive scene. 6 of the Top 8 teams had at least one Yu-Gi-Oh character. I received an e-mail from an individual saying that their local scene is very anti-YGO. They will play with everything except YGO. He told me he wanted to make his team better, and experiment with using some of those characters, but his local scene isnít very accepting. I didnít know what to say, other than look for online play through Google Hangouts and Vassal. I also read about one personís local scene absolutely ignoring D&D BFF. Things like this could leave those players grossly unprepared for a nationally competitive event if they are up against characters and abilities that they have never seen before.

    3. The Dice Masters community (again, on a national level) is super nice. Seriously. This was a group of competitive gamers all trying to win the same event, and I didnít hear a single person NOT praise the friendliness and acceptance of the other competitors. For some reason, this game has attracted people who want to have fun. Period.

    4. This last one can be applied to your life outside of Dice Masters as well, but letís just look at it in the DM setting. You can learn something from everyone. Every single person you run in to at an event has the potential to teach you something you didnít know before. It can be about team building, in-game strategy, or more minor things like how to store dice/cards. And the opposite is true too. Donít undersell yourself. YOU have potential to share original ideas with others. Maybe someone will see your strategy, and it could make them a better player.

    This is a short article, but I just wanted to pass along some of the stuff that really stuck with me after coming home from U.S. Nationals, as Canadian Nationals and the World Championship loom in the coming weeks. Let me know what you think, and if you were at U.S. Nationals, let me know if you think Iím off base with anything. I hope you all have enjoyed our U.S. Nationals coverage, and we look forward to bringing you what we can from Canadian Nationals, even though no TRP staff will be able to make the trip. As always, Roll on!
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      That's one thing I've learned after going on so many road trips. Bring food, and if you must buy something, hit up a grocery store and buy ingredients to buy some wraps and such. (Assuming you've got some refrigeration options!)

      I feel bad for that guy who wants to improve his team, but people won't let him. At least be open to playing other sets. It's not as if the Yu-Gi-Oh game isn't Dice Masters. It's all part of the same game. Just makes me sad.

      On a more positive note, I'm pretty sure everyone would be open to the idea of a Calvin & Hobbes set like the one Dave is working on. I told my girlfriend about it, and she was pumped.
    1. Jthomash2's Avatar
      Jthomash2 -
      I appreciate these thoughts... My first competitive gaming experience is set to be this year's Canadian Nationals. I'll take any advice that those with any experience are willing to offer.
    1. ONEone78's Avatar
      ONEone78 -
      if you can't have fun then what's the point? we have a few younger kids that come to some of the events here at our flgs and everyone is really helpful and patient with them (except when one nearly spills his soda on my stuff, kept it together...barely :P)

      as far as YGO goes, i haven't personally picked up any, but only because i have no interest in it. i've thought about grabbing the starter, but the theme is not something that i've ever touched. never played the card game, watched the show, nothing. that being said, if someone wants to use it then go right ahead!
    1. Unknown869's Avatar
      Unknown869 -
      I have not been able to attend any OP events as of yet, nothing happens in my area. I'm hoping Dave is finally able to bring enough people together next month to hold our own OP and grow the game locally.

      But those are great recommendations for everyone. I'm diabetic so everywhere I go I have a messenger bag with meds, snacks, a book, and whatever else I may need. When I'm going somewhere to play DM I have a duffle bag with me, no kidding ask Dave about it.

      As for YGO, I also had no interest in the set, never watched or played anything in the series. After meeting up with Dave a few weeks ago he told me his thoughts and showed me some awesome cards. I bought the starter set, and my local Target carries certain DM stuff so I've been buying boosters when I stop by. Most recently I bought 5 boosters and after a total of 10 boosters altogether, I finally got something that wasn't common. I got an uncommon and pulled the SR Slifer. I will buy more boosters but nowhere near the quantity of the other sets. My fingers are tired so I'm done now.
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      @unknown869 - glad you're here, man!

      Yeah I'm not sorry I bought YGO - some awesome abilities there - but I get why it turns some people off. I guess those are times where you ought to just buy some singles of the power stuff you might desire and just go with basics otherwise.
    1. Zxqueb's Avatar
      Zxqueb -
      Out of curiosity, did they check Yu-Gi-Oh dice serial numbers at nationals and make sure they matched the card?
    1. Randy's Avatar
      Randy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zxqueb View Post
      Out of curiosity, did they check Yu-Gi-Oh dice serial numbers at nationals and make sure they matched the card?
      Nope.