Happy Thursday MTG peeps,
In our post to MTG Realm on Tumblr earlier in the week, we covered off news of a very interesting / mysterious display at Hasbro's 'Twas the Night before . . .' VIP event at the recent NYCC - Comic Con. It had showed nothing more than an image of a sign which showed 'Magic: The Gathering Strategy Board Game' along with the date of a supposed reveal (today 10.16.2014) and the location 'Essen' - thought to be the big SPIEL gaming convention in Germany.
The Magic: The Gathering® Strategy Board Game is a tactical miniatures game. Play as a Planeswalker—powerful beings from the Magic™ Multiverse—as you summon armies, cast game-changing spells, and outmaneuver your foes on the battlefield. Be the last Planeswalker standing to win!
What is the official name of the game?
The final name will be announced at a later date. Magic: The Gathering Strategy Board Game is a placeholder name.
Who is developing the game?
The Magic: The Gathering Strategy Board Game is being co-developed by Wizards of the Coast and the Hasbro Gaming team responsible for RISK LEGACY and HEROSCAPE.
Who is this game for?
The game is for new players looking for a great strategy game, as well as long-term Magic fans! The Strategy Board Game pays homage to the TCG by including many elements and references to the card game, but no prior knowledge of Magic is needed to play the game, making it great for first-time players.
How much will the game cost?
Suggested retail price will be announced at a later date.
When will the game be available?
The game will be globally available in Fall 2015.
Where will the game be available?
It will be available at hobby shops and mass retailers.
Where can I find more information on Magic: The Gathering® Strategy Board Game?
Stay tuned to Magic.wizards.com/boardgame and @HasbroNews for more information.
How is the game played?
In the Magic: The Gathering Strategy Board Game, players customize the battlefield by designing the map then placing terrain and powerful gylphs. Then players choose one of five different Planeswalkers and move their figure and unique creature squads around the map in a race to out-maneuver opponents and gain tactical advantages! Cast devastating spells, summon powerful squads, and tap into your unique Planeswalker abilities to defeat your opponents. Be the last Planeswalker standing to win!
How many players can play the game?
How long does it take to play through the game?
Between 25 and 45 minutes, depending on the number of players and their level of expertise.
Will the game include any collectible pieces?
Each game will include the same five highly detailed, fully painted Planeswalker mini-figures.
What are the five Magic Planeswalker characters who will be featured in the board game?
Chandra Nalaar®, Jace Beleren®, Nissa Revane®, Liliana Vess®. The final character will be revealed at later date.
Does the game include Magic trading card game cards?
No, the game does not include Magic: The Gathering cards, but it pulls directly from Magic lore and includes references to many classic cards.
Does the game work with the Magic TCG system?
No, the Magic: The Gathering Strategy Board Game is a stand-alone experience from the TCG. Many familiar concepts will be present, but streamlined for the board game.
Does the game use any mechanics from the Magic TCG?
Yes, the game utilizes several classic Magic mechanics, including deathtouch, flying, and first strike.
What plane will the game take place on?
The game will take place on the drifting, mana-rich world of Shandalar™.