• The Transition Zone: Halloween Themed Dice Masters Events



    It's that time of year again, time for costumes, candy and cards. Wait, what? Cards? Yes folks, this and other specific holiday/season times are a good way to add some theme and spice to your Dice Masters events and playgroups. Halloween is upon us, and what better time to showcase the game you love to all of your friends and their kids dressed as the characters that you will see walking around your neighborhood in costume.


    Have you seen some fun themes or additions in your area? Anything that really surprised you or impressed your play group? Share it in the comments below.
    The following are some Halloween events and theme suggestions you could do for casual play or even to help structure events at your local store.








    Decorations

    I am not an expert on décor-ask my wife and she will confirm this. My ideal decoration around the house would be walls of board games and comic books. But a quick trip to Pintrest will reveal some really cool Halloween decorations and crafts to make the event more engulfing in theme. Even for fun events in the home a little decoration can go a long way. Make an effort to do some cool pumpkin carvings, crafts or superhero themed décor and it can go a long way with setting the mood.





    Go with costumes

    What a great item to encourage people to dress up as their favorite superhero or character from the game. You can let people know that their favorite Marvel, DC, YGO or D&D character costume would be a great thematic addition to their team. Reward them with a “player first” option for best costume between the two facing off in a game. Or perhaps make it so whichever character you dress as costs one less to purchase in a game. Or that your costume must match someone on your team. Kids and adults alike can participate in the festivities and show off their characters. Costumes can make the event a more enjoyable and engaging day.





    Candy and other treats

    Why not add everyone's favorite part of the holiday-the candy! You can have a bowl of candy available for all players, or reward winners of individual games with a candy prize. Another option would be to make it a meal/potluck event where everyone brings a little something to share. I have spoke to someone in the Dice Masters community who said one of his favorite events at his FLGS was when they had a virtual smorgasbord of sweets and snacks to enjoy. Make sure to bring edible items that are less likely to cause a mess on dice and cards though-Doritos and greasy stuff is not the most ideal.





    Theme teams

    Some of us, myself included, love a good theme build. It really challenges you to look at the cards and dice in a different way, and be thoughtful to your picks to win but also to be creative. This is a great time to go full on theme builds. You can go with the traditional superhero builds, but why not celebrate the Evil Dead, Alien, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Night of the Living Dead, Dracula, Frankenstein and other awesome Halloween thematic movies that are out there? Think monsters and go with a “Scary team build”. All those great characters in YGO that are named “monsters”-count them in. Dragons and other undead characters from D&D? Count them in also. And to top off the team, what else but Zombies. You've got 8 to pick from now and more to come. (Yes I know Black Lanterns aren't technically Zombies but work with me here people ). The Night of the Living Dead team will not only be fun but it will be effective and thematic for the evenings events.




    However you plan to spend the holiday this year I hope it finds you receiving loads of candy and all the character rolls you desire. Happy Halloween all!
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. Flexei's Avatar
      Flexei -
      I had an idea I was trying to iron out for a Halloween day event, but unfortunately no one at my LGS was interested in or available for an event on Halloween. Because of that I didn't playtest it to see how it went but the idea was this:
      Zombie Hordes
      Make a team, any team, with 7 cards, 16 dice. Your 8th slot must be filled with a common D&D zombie and 4 dice. Each turn, after your roll & reroll step if you are capable of buying a Zombie, you must do so or lose 5 life.

      I'd thought about making it 6 cards 12 dice and then the zombie has 8 dice, but thought that might be a bit excessive (and not many people have 8 zombie dice available to them), so instead possibly use the common skeleton and zombie and call it hordes of the undead and you must buy an undead character each turn if possible or lose 5 life.
    1. Jthomash2's Avatar
      Jthomash2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Flexei View Post
      I had an idea I was trying to iron out for a Halloween day event, but unfortunately no one at my LGS was interested in or available for an event on Halloween. Because of that I didn't playtest it to see how it went but the idea was this:
      Zombie Hordes
      Make a team, any team, with 7 cards, 16 dice. Your 8th slot must be filled with a common D&D zombie and 4 dice. Each turn, after your roll & reroll step if you are capable of buying a Zombie, you must do so or lose 5 life.

      I'd thought about making it 6 cards 12 dice and then the zombie has 8 dice, but thought that might be a bit excessive (and not many people have 8 zombie dice available to them), so instead possibly use the common skeleton and zombie and call it hordes of the undead and you must buy an undead character each turn if possible or lose 5 life.
      Hello Dwarf Cleric!

      Great thoughts Isaac. Pooling ideas from the greater community can help us ask the right questions of our local communities to get the input that makes these events desirable and successful.
    1. Indy Mon's Avatar
      Indy Mon -
      I know of two stores (including mine) that did the following format:

      Halloween Constructed
      All cards must have Villain affiliation or Evil alignment. No super rares allowed.

      We did this last week and will be doing it again tomorrow. The diversity at these events so far has been great and it's been pretty balanced. I have to admit, this format immediately jumped up to be one of my favorites just after one event

      REMEMBER THAT YOU GET A SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN THE EVENT SYSTEM FOR PLAYING ON HALOWEEN!
    1. joshaber's Avatar
      joshaber -
      Quote Originally Posted by Flexei View Post
      I had an idea I was trying to iron out for a Halloween day event, but unfortunately no one at my LGS was interested in or available for an event on Halloween. Because of that I didn't playtest it to see how it went but the idea was this:
      Zombie Hordes
      Make a team, any team, with 7 cards, 16 dice. Your 8th slot must be filled with a common D&D zombie and 4 dice. Each turn, after your roll & reroll step if you are capable of buying a Zombie, you must do so or lose 5 life.

      I'd thought about making it 6 cards 12 dice and then the zombie has 8 dice, but thought that might be a bit excessive (and not many people have 8 zombie dice available to them), so instead possibly use the common skeleton and zombie and call it hordes of the undead and you must buy an undead character each turn if possible or lose 5 life.
      that is a harsh punishment for not buying a zombie....
    1. Flexei's Avatar
      Flexei -
      Quote Originally Posted by joshaber View Post
      that is a harsh punishment for not buying a zombie....
      Well the idea is both players are suffering from an unrelenting surge of the undead and I would want players to play around that. After all the undead are purchased the player wouldn't have to worry about the 5 life loss again unless someone was using BL Aquaman.
    1. joshaber's Avatar
      joshaber -
      oh, i thought if you bought all them then you would have to take 5