• 2015 Year In Review: My Personal Year In Review

    As the year comes to an end, a time of reflection and reminiscing usually settles in for most of us. I am no exception with most areas of my life, and this year Dice Masters has become one of those areas. I wanted to share with you everything the game of Dice Masters has meant to me in 2015 for myself as a player and part of this community.

    The year started off with me finally getting ahold of some AvX cards and buying way more Uncanny X-Men then anyone should. I also began to learn more about what it means to play this game outside of the casual arena. I stopped doing things like playing The Thing. I stopped bringing 4 Professor X dice, and I quit buying them when I did bring them. I learned how to ramp, how to churn, how to plan and how to prepare as a player. I learned how to run combos and discovered some stuff on my own. When I finally figured out how to use PXG effectively, it was like a new layer of the game had revealed itself. I also discovered sites like The Reserve Pool, DA, Wizkids and the numerous Facebook groups that showed me what others were doing.

    Eventually I stated listening to the podcasts, and even ventured into our FLGSs to start to play competitively. And I lost a lot. I won occasionally. And then I started learning to play against others. First thing I learned was how to not lose, and then how to win with a plan. That was a turning point in the game for me. That is when I started to feel less like a casual player and started to gain some confidence in my abilities as a pilot.

    I debated buying YuGiOh and D&D and thought I would never bother with those sets. I flipped to both sides of the “mix or not to mix” when it came to multiple IPs. I worried about serial numbers for all sets moving forward and was relieved to see it not happen. I laughed at myself as I bought more and more YuGiOh packs, and eventually gave in. I became a collector as much as a player.

    Once Origins rolled around and WizKids starting making announcements to a World Championship for the game, I planned to play. The I decided not to. Then I decided to play again. I hoped to win at least one game, or maybe two. And then I thought I could qualify. And then I went back to assuming I would not. And I stated reading and listening a lot more. To anyone and everyone talking about the game. I listened to all the podcasts, read all the articles and tried to prepare a team. I playtested in person and on hangouts. I played some awesome people around the country and talked about the game and what we loved about it. I felt optimistic and went to play at Worlds.

    I won a few, lost a few and just missed qualifying. I had a great time playing the game, and did better than I ever would have imagined. I played doubles with my new friend Dave. I watched good players I had seen online and chatted with them and enjoyed my conversations. I saw flowing locks. I watched Charlie pretend to be Superman with the most expensive cape I had ever seen. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. I left assured that the community in this game was amazing.

    After Origins I was invited to come be a part of this site, to be a part of the community as a name, face and a voice more than just a consumer. I found a niche, wrote articles and took it in. Going to JT’s house and playing in the first “TRP competition” made me feel like an official part of the team. I participated in my first podcast. I bought a mic and learned how to use Audicity. I dipped my feet in the podcast pool just a bit. And now I find myself hosting a podcast I once anticipated every week, hoping that I am bringing to it the level of commitment, enthusiasm, fun and professionalism it deserves.

    I watched people I respect and call friend quit the game. I watched even more people I know and love get further into the game. I saw our community wax and wane. I've seen complaints and compliments, satisfaction and frustration. I've experienced them all myself. I have seen personalities and archetypes grow. I have seen them dwindle. Local plays scenes have flourished and they have died. And the game continues to march on.

    I have seen the start of a new exciting second season of professional play, new improvements and answered questions from the team behind the game. The start of a new and exciting first season of professional play from the community. The beginnings of rivalries and storylines between players and archetypes. We are on the ground floor of something special, and it is fun to watch it grow from its infancy.

    As the end of 2015 approaches, I find myself anticipating what 2016 brings but being thankful for what 2015 brought. Thank you Dice Masters for becoming a chapter in my life. Thank you to our amazing community for coming along with me for this ride. Here is to another amazing year of rolling dice and playing a game we all love.

    Comments 5 Comments
    1. Jwannabe's Avatar
      Jwannabe -
      Excellent job all year. I'm glad this site continues to grow where others have fallen off. That is a testament to the TRPs staff's commitment and the quality job you guys do. I hope the crew continues to grow and we'll see you some old faces (or voices - no Giant-man love lately ) return! Keep it up!
    1. GRider10's Avatar
      GRider10 -
      Thank you for all your work. I enjoy all the Podcasts and articles on this site, and i am glad for your contributions. Thank you and Happy New Year!!!
    1. gkpon66's Avatar
      gkpon66 -
      Doing a great job, keep it up in the new year!
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      They haven't been giving Giant-Man any love?! WHAT?!
    1. Jwannabe's Avatar
      Jwannabe -
      Quote Originally Posted by RJRETRO View Post
      They haven't been giving Giant-Man any love?! WHAT?!
      He does exist!