Posts Tagged Amigo

Unter den Hut geschaut: Change of Generations|Unter den Hut geschaut: Generationenwechsel

This year’s German Nationals will go down in history as the largest German Nationals ever! With more than 1060 participants, it raised the bar tremendously and all future German Nationals will be compared to this event.

Markus Wichmann took down more than 1060 opponents and won the whole thing! Veterans like Michel Grüner and Vittorio Wiktor made it to the top 32, but got elimited there. It’s a change of generations and that’s what I’m talking about in this weeks column: Unter den Hut geschaut: Change of Generations.

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Online Petition for the Nationals Coverage|Online-Petition für die DM-Coverage

Yesterday, I had been asked for (what felt like) the 354th time, if I would be present at this year’s German Nationals. I declined and explained that I did receive an invite by Amigo, however, we couldn’t come to an agreement regarding the compensation for the event.

Unlike so many before him, Giocci didn’t just say “Hm, that sucks” and leave it at that; he decided to take action. He started an Online Petition with the goal of collecting 5.000 votes to convince Amigo to have me there.

I find it amusing on the one hand, but feel honored at the same time. Collecting 5.000 votes is certainly no easy task (some of my older fans might still remember how hard it was to collect 1.000 votes to see Matthias in the Hot Sauce Field Trial), but feel free to throw in your vote if you want to see me at this year’s German Nationals.

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Unter den Hut geschaut: The OP program 2011|Unter den Hut geschaut: Das Organized Play 2011

The big news of the week has been the announcement regarding the Organized Play programs 2011. Basically, the American structure will be adapted for the European markets. Which isn’t too bad, a similar OP program in all the various markets can help to make the players feel like they belong to one huge community.

Still not answered is the question about a new Fortune Tour. Taking into account all the information we received during the course of the last weeks, I tried to come up with a best guess as to what will happen in September. Read it in my weekly column: Unter den Hut geschaut: The OP program 2011

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Unter den Hut geschaut: The importance of Coverages|Unter den Hut geschaut: Die Bedeutung einer Coverage

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If there was one topic haunting me all week, it has certainly been coverages. I had phonecalls about it, I put some thought into ideas for future coverages and I’m looking for ways to do coverages in some areas other than TCGs. Writing about it seemed to be the logical thing to do.

So there you go, a weekly column about the importance of coverages. I think that they truly can make the difference in an event. If there’s no coverage, the winner won’t rise to immediate fame, etc. Go check it out: Unter den Hut geschaut: The importance of Coverages.

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Unter den Hut geschaut: 2010 in review|Unter den Hut geschaut: Jahresrückblick 2010

2010 was a hell of a year for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game! Many good things happened for the community, most notably the start of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series in Europe.

On the last day of the year, I thought it would be cool to take a look back and check what happened throughout the year. Unter den Hut geschaut: 2010 in review.

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Essen Toy Fair Spiel 2010|Das war die Spiel in Essen 2010

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The last 5 days, the Spiel in Essen was held – the largest gaming fair in the world (yes, that includes the GenCon). My good friend Christian asked me ages ago to not plan something for this very weekend, however, just 7 days prior to the faire, I was still not sure if I would or should go. In the end, I decided to make the trip (despite the train tickets being ridiculously expensive) to catch up with some of my friends, have some talks with Amigo, Cryptozoic, Konami and… well, play some card games.

My friends from Cryptozoic and Konami were caught up in meetings most of the time and there wasn’t too much to talk about with Amigo, so I checked out the rest of the faire after I played some cards (on Saturday, I went 2 – 1 in the draft besides playing a horrible deck and on Sunday, I won the tournament which in turn gut me an Archives Uncut Sheet). It was probably the first time I was able to check out the faire; in the past I always helped out at some booth and was pretty caught up. Anyway, I came across the booth of the great guys from Gary Games, who introduced their very own game to the visitors: Ascension.

Ascension Board Game (Chronicle of the Godslayer)

My friend and former colleague (back in the Upper Deck days) Ryan O’Connor gave me a demo of the game and I had to say I liked it. I’m not a huge board game person, but Ascension is a little like a mix between a board and a trading card game. Some claim it’s just another Dominion clone”, but even though it’s also a “deckbuilding game” (a game in which you’re building and improving your deck while the game’s underway), there are some bigger differences between the two games (most notably: You never know what’s coming in Ascension while you can decide on a strategy for Dominion right at the beginning of the game – I guess that’s something intriguing to TCG players and that’s why I feel like Ascension is the better fit for me).

I was lucky enough to get to know some of the cool guys from Gary Games better, including the owner (and Magic Hall of Famer) Justin Gary. I learned that Ascension has picked up a lot of momentum in the US and they’re still in the process of getting it on track in Germany. Fortunately, I could be of help to the guys and make some introductions, so hopefully we’ll soon see it in game store shelves all over Germany. You really should give it a try or at least check out the website of the game: AscensionGame.com.

I also received a The Spoils demo. It seemed to be a good TCG, however, it seems to suffer from the same problem that already killed Vs. System: It’s simply too complex for mediocre players to master, so they’ll eventually get frustrated, getting beaten up by veteran players over and over again. It’s too early for me to give you a recommendation, but I guess I’ll keep you posted (don’t expect me to drop the WoW TCG for any other TCG, that’s not gonna happen).

The upcoming weekend, I’ll be in Leipzig for the 5 year celebration of the local Enchilada. On Friday evening, we’ll also be playing some other games and among them will be Ascension (and maybe also The Spoils). So expect some more information about the new games soon!

Let me know what you think about the Spiel and the games (in case you tried them already).

P.S.: Now, you can also find a review of Ascension in darkpact’s gaming Blog.

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The big problem of the WoW TCG|Das große Problem des WoW TCGs

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The World of Warcraft Trading Card Game has a problem.

Wait a minute, let me start all over again: The WoW TCG has a number of problems. However, one problem is overshadowing ’em all: The game is really fucking awesome. The problem with amazing products is that they tend to attract passionate people. Very passionate people. The kind of people that not only like a particular product, the kind of people that tend to fall in love with a product. Sometimes, this goes so far that they start to identify theirselves with the particular product.

So far, so good. You may ask yourself: What’s the big deal; what’s the problem? Well, here’s the thing: Passionate people also tend to live in extremes. If a product they fell in love with is not living up to their expectations anymore (for whatever reason), their strong feelings start to turn into the opposite – which would be hate in this case. Now this might sound a little far-fetched, however, most of you have seen what happened when Matt Markoff didn’t see his money for a while. It takes more than a little (alright, granted: a very long) wait for someone like Matt Markoff to start an epic rant.

What I’m saying is this: Matt was getting SO very angry because he loves this game SO very fucking much. Therefore, he really wants to see it succeed. And if that doesn’t happen, he gets all crazy. If you’ve ever been in love with someone and the person hurt you in some way, you might have also experienced your strong feelings turning into lots of anger or even something close to hate (and if you were able to clear up the misunderstanding afterwards, reverting back to love once more). Now this ain’t about Matt. He’s far from being the only one, there are hundreds of WoW TCG players that really love this game.

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Now, back to the other problems at hand. In case you haven’t heard, the Release Celebrations for the German product of the upcoming WoW TCG set Icecrown have been cancelled. And this after they had been re-scheduled. Twice. What sounds like a very bad joke is the sad truth. One more thing: I consider myself one of the players that really love this game.

Now all you need to do is putting the pieces together and you know why I’m trying to avoid commenting on the latest happenings in the WoW TCG. Therefore, I guess it’s best to pass the mic and ask for your opinion. Let me know what you got in mind for the WoW TCG and what you hope to see in the future.

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