Monday, April 16, 2018

Why You Should Play role playing Games

this week's Rolling for Initiative column looks at reasons why it is good that people play Dungeons and Dragons or other role playing games. Any game that combines literacy, math, problem solving, socialization and strategic thinking should be encouraged.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Dominaria Spoilers

Remember about 20 years ago or so, when WOTC went to great lengths to keep the card lists for new Magic releases secret until the release date. Well, those days are long gone.  Here is the spoiler list from WOTC for many of the new Dominaria cards.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

6 Things You Should Know About Dominaria

WOTC just posted this list of 6 things they think are important about Dominaria. Here's a summary:

1. Two promo cards, one stamped and one foil stamped Legendary card in every pre-release pack.
2. The Historic mechanic which give Arifacts, Legendary and Saga cards additional benefits when played together
3. FNM promos are now playable cards, rather than tokens, with alternate frames rather than alternate art.
4. Every booster pack contains at least one Legendary card.
5. The Buy a Box cards are unique. You will not find them in booster packs
6. Karn, Squee and Teferi all return.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

How to Win at Rock Paper Scissors

This article looks at the psychology behind Rock Paper Scissors and presents a couple of strategies for winning. Based on an analysis done by the World Rock Paper Scissors Society (yes, there is such a thing), you will most likely win if you throw paper. Here is the reasoning:

In Society tournaments, players throw scissors 30% of the time (well 29.6%). That means there is a 70% likelihood your opponent will throw rock or paper so if you opt for paper and your opponent chooses rock, you win. Paper covers Rock. If you opt for paper and your opponent also chooses paper, you tie.

The other thing to take into consideration is that players will usually throw the same thing twice in a row, then switch. So if someone chooses Rock twice in a row, your best choice on the third game is scissors as they will most likely change to scissors or paper. If you change to scissors, you will either tie or win.

Glad to help

Monday, April 2, 2018

Kickstarter Pros and Cons

This week's Rolling for Initiative column looks at the pros and cons of a Kickstarter campaign, this time from the publishers perspective, rather than the retailer's.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Kickstarter Sales

According to this, gaming sales via Kickstarer are still healthy, up about 37% from 2016. However, we are seeing a few gaming companies pulling back. Stonemaier Games announced last year they were pulling projects off Kickstarter and Ninja Division announced at the GAMA Trade Show that they would not fund large projects through the platform anymore, though they might still use Kickstarter for smaller one.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Early Dominaria Sales

This week's Rolling for Initiative column looks at the change in WOTC policy on early sales of Dominaria booster boxes and the replacement for the From the Vault sets.