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White Wizard Games Announces KAPOW! A Buildable Dice Superhero Game

KAPOW!

White Wizard Games will now sell and distribute KAPOW! worldwide. The game will launch through White Wizard in 2020 with a reprint and expanding the game universe with more superheroes via a partnership with 2 Ton Porcupine. The game was designed by Doug Hettrick, Carl Hettrick, and Larry Bogucki and was initially launched via a successful Kickstarter.

KAPOW! uses buildable dice, allowing you to add and remove dice faces during the course of a battle. This makes for a super-strategic dice-battling experience.

KAPOW! uses buildable dice, allowing you to add and remove dice faces during the course of a battle. This makes for a super-strategic dice-battling experience. With each roll, you decide how to attack, defend, and power up your character by choosing where to place your dice. The battles get more explosive with each roll and as you gain more dice and dice faces. KAPOW! is simple to learn (roll and place), but has layers of strategy as you customize your dice pool and leverage the unique powers of the KAPOW! universe’s heroes and villains.

KAPOW! is a 2-player game that can be expanded to 3 or 4 players.

Star Realms Kickstarter Reaches $1 million from over 11,000 Backers with Hours to Go

White Wizard Games LLC has announced that the Star Realms Frontiers Kickstarter has reached $1M in funding, far exceeding its initial goal of $100,000. Of the 365,780 campaigns created on Kickstarter to-date, only 248 have surpassed $1 million in funding, placing Star Realms Frontiers in the top 0.1% of the crowd-funding sites’ initiatives.

According to the list of the Top 10 Funded Kickstarter Boardgame Projects on BoardGameGeek, Star Realms Frontiers will move into 8th place in its category. The Star Realms Kickstarter ends today, August 10, 2017 at 10 pm EST.

Star Realms is an explosively-popular Deckbuilding Game that combines the fun of a deckbuilding game with the interactivity of trading card game-style combat. Star Realms has won 7 Game of the Year awards.

This Kickstarter features NINE all-new Star Realms Expansions:

  • Frontiers is a deckbuilding game for 1-4 players, that is both a standalone game and fully compatible with Star Realms Deckbuilding Game and all of its expansions!
  • Stellar Allies is a 12-card Kickstarter exclusive multi-faction expansion pack!
  • The Alignment, The Alliance, The Coalition, The Pact, The Union, and The Unity are 17-card Command Decks that allow you to play as a legendary commander!
  • The Lost Fleet is a Kickstarter exclusive* Command Deck!

The 27 Unlocked Stretch Goals for the Star Realms Frontiers Kickstarter include:

  • 38 Kickstarter Exclusive Promo Cards
  • All 7 Command Decks now contain an 8-cost Mega-Ship
  • Star Realms Frontiers now contains 8 oversized solo/co-op challenge cards!

Road to Gen Con 2016: White Wizard Games Brings Hero Realms, Star Realms United and more!

Hero Realms at Gen ConWhite Wizard Games is bringing a bunch to Gen Con 2016 including some debuts! Check out below what you’ll find at the convention and their booth #2647.

Hero Realms at Gen Con

Fans are very excited about White Wizard Games’ newest game, Hero Realms, a fantasy-themed deckbuilding game. They raised over $555,000 from nearly 6,000 backers on Kickstarter. The company will have Hero Realms on-site at Gen Con.

White Wizard Games also now have a Late Backer option for anyone who missed the Kickstarter.

Introducing Star Realms United!

 

Introducing Star Realms United! 

White Wizard Games will have the new Star Realms United expansion available for demos at Gen Con! There are five non-random expansion packs in the United Set. 

 

Promo Cards & Events at Gen ConPromo Cards & Events at Gen Con 

The company will be doing demos of Star Realms, Epic Card Game, and Hero Realms at our booth 2647 and giving out Epic and Star Realms promo cards.  They also have an extensive White Wizard Games event schedule at Gen Con. They’ll be running four Qualifiers for the $100,000 Epic Card Game World Championship. Star Realms fans can compete in their Star Realms Legend Series event to become a character on a card in the Star Realms universe. And they will be running fun, casual events for Star Realms, Epic Card Game, and Hero Realms through Gen Con with lots of cool prizes.

White Wizard Games Announces $100,000 Epic Card Game World Championship

Epic World ChampionshipWhite Wizard Games has announced their new $100,000 Epic Card Game World Championship. They launched Epic Card Game last year with a half-million-dollar Kickstarter and nearly 12,000 backers. The biggest piece of feedback they have gotten from their community is that they want more players to know about this awesome game! What better way to get players excited about a new game than giving away $100,000? Epic Card Game was designed and developed by Rob Dougherty and Darwin Kastle, two Magic the Gathering Hall of Famers and Pro Tour champions who want to provide large organized play events and big prizes to grow a strong player community.

Epic was designed to provide a full trading card game style experience at a fraction of the cost. The one thing Epic was missing was high-end events to inspire players to build the best-possible constructed decks and to push their strategies in awesome limited formats like dark draft. This high-end play doesn’t just benefit the competitive tournament player, it also provides a wealth of internet content like cool deck lists that casual players can build and try at home or in a local casual event.

Qualifiers for the Epic World Championship will be taking place throughout the year at major gaming conventions and large game stores. Players will have a chance to compete and win one of 64 coveted entries to the Epic World Championship in November 2016, where everyone will receive a cash prize and one person will win $25,000 and the title of World Champion! All told, $100,000 in cash will be awarded at Epic Worlds. There will be plenty of fun events open to the public as well. Epic World Championship Qualifiers will start at SXSW Gaming in March, and continue with events at Origins Game Fair, Connection, GenCon, PAX Prime, Dragon Con, and more.

The World Championship will be held in the Boston area (Framingham) on Nov 18-21. Running alongside the Epic World Championship Series, they will also be running the new Star Realms Legend Series Tournaments where winners will be become characters in future expansions of the super popular space combat deckbuilding game.

Game Review: Star Realms Deckbuilding Game

20131229-143517.jpgFully funded after a wildly successful Kickstarter run, sci-fi deckbuilding game Star Realms hit backers’ mailboxes  just in time for the holidays. In a refreshing change of pace, the White Wizard Games team maintained a receptive and transparent crowdfunding campaign that exceeded expectations by delivering decks, promos, and merchandise within their estimated delivery date. Designed by Magic the Gathering Hall of Famers Darwin Kastle and Rob Dougherty, Star Realms combines the addictive deckbuilding of Dominion with the offensive nature of MTG to create an original, fast-paced, and highly entertaining card game.

In this corner of the universe there exists four factions: Star Empire, Trade Federation, Machine Cult, and the Blobs. Through trade and combat, each faction acquires ships and bases to further its defensive or offensive posture and establish intergalactic dominance. The 128-card deck consists of 18 Authority cards (double-sided numerical cards that represent life), 16 ‘Scout’ cards, 4 ‘Viper’ cards, 10 ‘Explorer’ cards, and 80 trade deck cards (various ships and bases). Starting with 6 Scout cards (representing trade) and 2 Viper cards (representing combat), two players take turns drawing five-card hands, purchasing ships and bases, and attritting their opponent’s Authority from 50 to 0.

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The game mechanics and design decisions as a whole set Star Realms apart from other games in the same genre. For example, playing two cards of the same faction (i.e. two Star Empire ships or one Blob ship and one Blob base) triggers their ally ability which activates a second set of instructions on the card that can generate additional trade or combat. Another unique concept is the trade row, which consists of five cards placed face up that enables players to purchase ships and bases and build their decks (cards are immediately replaced once purchased). Lastly, credit must be also be given to Vito Gesualdi‘s graphic design and the exceptional artwork from various artists. Their vibrant bases, outposts, and locales breathe life into the factions.

This game is great…but it isn’t perfect. A few more openings and closings and I’ve got a feeling the card case is going to go over the rainbow. It appears to be standard card stock compared to similar games, but wear and tear appears imminent (I would have paid more for a better holder). Next, while the instructions come in a nicely folded sheet, after two read throughs, I still had to turn to the internet for a gameplay video. Fortunately, Mr. Gesualdi, the aforementioned designer, posted a thorough 20 minute gameplay video utilizing a beta version of their digital game. Finally, my biggest criticism…the Blob is too strong. In the first three games, the player that chose the Blob faction and all its offensive glory won every time. Maybe it was a shuffling issue or a haven’t-seen-the-whole-deck issue, but we got so frustrated we almost removed the entire faction from the next game. I’m not sure what the solution is (remove some of the most powerful ships?), but hopefully it can be addressed.

I don’t know when this game is supposed to hit shelves, but I do know those I played with are begging to borrow my Kickstarter copy. Star Realms is a near perfect example of what’s right, not just in science fiction gaming or deckbuilding, but in how to successfully conceptualize, launch, fund, and distribute a worthy product to the masses.

Designers: Darwin Kastle, Rob Dougherty
Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy