• Different Ways to Play

    It's Saturday morning, you want to play Dice Masters, but you've been getting your butt handed to you regardless of what team you try and run. Maybe you're tired of seeing so many Tsarinas, Gobbys and other things, and you want to try some different combos without getting completely destroyed. Maybe your name is RJ RETRO and you're just really bad at the game and you want to be creative with how you play.

    One beautiful thing about the game of Dice Masters is the fact that it can be played in many ways. We have common cards, uncommon cards, rares, super rares, we have masks, fists, different affiliations, different universes, etc etc. There are so many creative ways to play the game that have nothing to do with constructed/draft that can be just as fun. This Saturday morning slot will highlight some of those metas. Here are a few of my favourites.

    LITTLE CUP
    (Can only use Starter/Common/Full-Set Purchases like TMNT)

    This is my favourite by far, Dice Masters is a collectible dice game that is less expensive than something like HeroClix, but can still hurt the wallet if your budgets are a little tighter. Maybe you're not a huge fan of playing D&D and Yu-Gi-Oh!, but you don't want to miss out by not having access to cards like Blue Eyes White Dragon. Little Cup solves both of these problems. It's easy to get all the commons from a set without having to spend a ton of money, and a starter set is relatively inexpensive as well. Little Cup may restrict the number of cards you have access to, but as the sets continue to grow, we'll have a deeper pool to choose our cards from. It also forces you to find unique ways to build a team. No Kobold swarm, no BEWD, no Grundy, no Constantine, no Tsarina. You have to work harder to find those combos that work. Give Little Cup a try. It's a blast.

    TWO HUE
    (You can only use two different colours of dice. We judge by the background colour, and not the colour of the emblem on the die.)

    This meta was created by our own @IsaacBV and a friend of his named Joel. You have access to every card/character, but by only using two colours, you really have to be creative to find combos that work. My girlfriend really took to this idea, and decided to break down all the colours into groups. You're not bound by these rules, but it does give some structure to the idea. We decided on: Black, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Purple-Pink, Brown-Orange and Light (White, Clear, Gray). We're going to be putting a little database online next week which will show where we judged every die, and maybe we can get this meta going a little more. Another note, my girlfriend wants to do a World Cup style event where each of those eight groups has a team, and we play it tournament style. If this interests you, let us know. Which group would YOU represent?

    UBERS
    (You can only use rares/super rares/promos.)

    This meta is not one for me, but it's one for the collector who has every card. I'm not sure how these teams would look, but I hope somebody will see this, and give it a try. Is there a combination that just beats everything else? If so, I want to hear about it!

    In closing, there are many ways to play the game of Dice Masters, and I'm hoping people will be more creative with how they play. Constructed, Draft and Limited are all great tiers, but that doesn't have to be everything. Let me know your ideas, and maybe we can highlight them on Saturday Morning!
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Agreed. And of course, there is draft, sealed, cube (some have discussed building a cube for drafting from collections), Daredevil Drats, and the like. Plenty of ways to play the game!
    1. Vapedaveb's Avatar
      Vapedaveb -
      My store is doing a Little Cup DC this month,

      Also for DND our store created a dungeon crawl, where you start with only commons, must have two adventurers and two monsters, then second round you may switch commons for uncommons for and final round you may switch to the rares or super rares.
    1. Ressless's Avatar
      Ressless -
      Damn that are all really creative ideas. I think i will try out some from time to time and the D&D is really funny


      Ok tried some idea and it works really well with 3 - 5 Players (yes i played with myself and over Skype with 2 Friends.)

      You know King of the Hill- Mode from so many Games.

      So there are 3 Crucial things that change in the game.

      1. There are no Lifepoints, instead you have a Pointlimit or if you want a time limit with highest Points. You get 1 Point per Turn you are staying in the middle Zone

      2.The Player in the middle zone is the opponent for every player outside and vice versa.
      So if your a outside Player you have only one enemy, the middle player.
      But if your the middle player, you can choose on your turn, who you want to attack(if you want to attack) and your effects that are global can work on every enemys.
      Think about it that you transfer your Field and Attackzone in the middle of the table and you can pick who you want to threaten.

      3. You must attack with at least one character(that has a characercard)die(a NPC-Die doesn't count!) to conquer the Middle Zone. You will stay there if you are the only one in the Middle Zone that has at least a character alive there (NPC-dice count too!).
      THe MIddlezone Player must defend against all attackers if possible.
      Unblocked Characters just go through.

      Sure there a lot of Cards out there that can be a littlebit imbalanced (Apocalypse for example) in this Game-Mode, but there are also a lot of removals to take this cards out.


      But the theme is so cool if you think, that the Middle Zone is the Helicarrier from SHIELD and Fury and his Agents stand there ground, until the last Agent and Soldier falls to an Wave of incoming Villains and Monsters to take them down!
    1. CBattles6's Avatar
      CBattles6 -
      My wife and I have been playing a variant of the Daredevil draft that we affectionately call a Suicide draft. Similar concept, except you pick 8 dice out of the bag, and that's your team.
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      We've tried that too, @CBattles6 . Last time, she got NOTHING under a purchase cost of 5. It was sad.
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Yeah that was how we started but it resulted in too many teams that were simply unplayable.
    1. Trevor W.'s Avatar
      Trevor W. -
      Daredevil drafts are the way to go. It's really fun.
    1. SarkhanMad's Avatar
      SarkhanMad -
      2 player draft combining deck builder games, rainbow draft, and daredevil draft!

      Setup
      Each player opens X packs. (Each player can look at/study/memorize the cards they opened). Build rainbow. Shuffle all cards (from both players) into 1 draw pile. Draw 5 cards from stack and place in a row between the players.
      Players will be using playmats and dice bags.
      Players begin draft with 8 sidekicks in their bag.


      Turns
      Draw 4 dice. Roll and reroll. Dice showing character faces after roll and reroll, must be fielded (for free). Character dice in field have no effect, and stay there for remainder of draft.
      Use your energy to draft a card AND matching die. ALL energy (spent and unspent) go to used. Drafted dice also goes to used. Drafted card goes in a face down pile in front of player.
      Replace drafted card from draw pile.

      Rules

      You may only draft 1 (card & die) per turn. (Still experimenting with this restriction)

      If you can purchase a draft pick, you must. If you can't, then you take the left most card of row, shift remaining cards to the left, and replace empty spot from draw pile.

      Optional rule I'm experimenting with:
      One fielded character may be sent to used during your opponents turn, BEFORE their roll and reroll. If you do, you may send 1 of their drawn die to used. However, it must be matching energy. (Shield for shield, mask for mask, sidekick for sidekick, etc.) EDIT: this rule is not fun.
    1. chalos13's Avatar
      chalos13 -
      We did Non-standard themed teams at our shop. It's an old idea we did with Heroclix. You just have to be able to explain what ties the team together, and it can't be "these are all x-men". Things I've seen in both Clix and DM:
      All one color dice
      Dads
      Dead people
      All one energy
      People with guns/swords (and this was Clix, not sure if we have enough in dm yet)

      It's a fun way to get people to be creative when they build, and an easy way to vote for fellowship, just vote for the most creative/funniest team
    1. SarkhanMad's Avatar
      SarkhanMad -
      www.thereservepool.com/entries/429-Cube-Drafting

      The dream, and point, of the cube is to create it's own meta. Like little cup does. The choices were made by my son. Stuff he likes and stuff he knows is good... It's a development in process... and at ground level!!!
      Let me play it for a couple weeks. I'll try to post results, and how the meta is shaping up...
    1. CeeQue's Avatar
      CeeQue -
      I've been thinking about making an über SR team. I just have ones I've been lucky to pull. Red dragon and stirge, obelisk and slypher, spider and ironman, 2 cat woman and black canary, and now groot. I don't think that would work well but it would be fun to make a big table crushing sound when you pull those huge characters!
    1. CeeQue's Avatar
      CeeQue -
      Not trolling at all. I like this idea. I think my son would like it better than playing the game as well. He finds the game to be too long. He did come up with his own variant. Start with just side kicks, one life, and unlimited rerolls. He always gets to go first. =-)
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      I think @SarkhanMad needs to learn what the term "troll" means. He provided a lot of entertainment with that comment without being a jerk. Pretty rock solid.

      As for your SR Uber team @CeeQee, that would be awesome. Spider is the only one that isn't that great, and hey. Stirge Swarm alongside some Red Dragon/Groot could be fun. Give it a go and let me know how it does!