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World Championship Material.

August 31, 2009

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One human player will be crowned as the World Champion of the Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game. An entire team of superhuman allies will be responsible for the victory. Who will it be? One can only guess.

It might be a balanced group of abilities tuned to perfection by its cardboard pilot. The Fantastic Four should bring a varied menu of game powers and strategies to satisfy the cerebral among us.

Perhaps, on the other hand, our future Marvel Superstars World Champion might crush the field using sheer savage force with the Hulk and his rival Abomination.

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A World Champion needs to keep his or her cool during a challenging gauntlet of opposing teams and strategies. With Pepper Potts by his side, Iron Man may be the perfect candidate for the job.

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The Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game World Championship is very far in the future, and it will change an morph many times before it actually arrives. By the time it gets here, the many marvelous mutations of the X-Men legends may emerge as the most viable team in all the land. The years ahead will tell us which of our modern Marvel movie myths will end up on top.

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Legendary Obscurity Reinvented.

August 30, 2009

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The stories of superheroes that we tell each other from the pages of the comic books are passed on as the modern myths of our time through their film adaptations. Celluloid incarnations of our favorite characters and storylines spread the word far and wide. What were once obscure tales on thin paper pages have become celebrated legends of the silver screen.

Movies like Elektra may not have captured the collective attention to the same degree as some of her more well-known superpowered conterparts, but she will probably receive a big boost in popularity as a member of the Marvel Knights team in the upcoming Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game. When the rosters are revealed at the beginning of 2010, the Villains team might actually include her cinematic rival Tattoo.

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We do not know what characters will be included, but Tattoo’s ability to manifest living animals from the drawings on his body might end up fulfilling many of my own personal trading card game wishes.

Tattoo could search the deck for smaller character cards and put them into play. That would take his obscure legend and reinvent it within a Marvel Superstars swarm strategy. Will it actually happen? Only time will tell.

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Girl Power.

August 29, 2009

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The legion of lovely ladies found inside the modern myths of the Marvel movies is peeking around the corner. The future of the Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game is coming into focus. We have seen the basic structure of the system, and it is time to speculate. How might some of our favorite superpowered female characters fit into their cardboard frames?

Storm started us off with a stare, and she usually shells an opponent with sheet lightning and showers. Her power to control the weather might shock other characters into submission, or she might conjure the wind and blow the entire board sideways to stop all attacks.

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That is Callisto, and she is a Morlock. In the movies, she manifests her mental telephathy by finding and measuring mutants. And she is very, very fast. No one knows what she will do in the game, but maybe she could search the deck for a specific character card.

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Rogue has always been my favorite female character in the comics. She is all about the extreme physical empathy. When she comes in direct skin contact with another superhero, she absorbs their powers and gets to use them for herself. She can totally relate. Her abilities in the Marvel Superstars Trading Card game might allow her to copy another effect and use powers that she didn’t have before.

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Jean Grey filled with the Phoenix Force and became the femme fatale to end all in the film X-Men: Last Stand. When Marvel Superstars is released in February, she will probably be pretty pricey. Late in the game, no matter who is in the lead, there is a distinct possibility that there will be shattering global consequences to explode an entire opposing team. She might even take her own allies with her.

So far, no one knows for sure.  Right now we are just guessing about the cardboard incarnations of the girl superheroes of the Marvel movies. We cannot yet be certain what their abilities will look like, but it is beautiful fun to wonder while we wait.

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A Game For The Ages.

August 26, 2009

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“We want the game to be easy enough for younger kids to get in but we want it to have enough depth for the older players.”

– The Ben Seck

Yes, the Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game is being designed for maximum accessibility. Kids, teens, young adults, middle agers, and even old folks will be turning cardboard copies of their favorite Marvel movie superheroes sideways in pursuit of victory. There will be introductory starter sets to learn with, and advanced expansions to take to the World Championships. Some will play for fun, some will play for fame. Whether old or young, casual or competitive, this is going to be a game for the ages.

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I’m an Iron Man, I’m a Wolverine.

August 24, 2009

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From the first demonstrations at GenCon, to the interviews that followed, one thing is clear for the Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game. The initial starter set will feature Iron Man vs. Wolverine.

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How will these two ultimate luminaries of the Marvel Universe be incarnated in our new game? It looks simple enough; Iron Man locks and burns, while Wolverine rushes and heals.

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That is the Wolverine Leader character card. Leaders begin the game with 50 endurance. When their total is spent, the game is over. Every time you play an action card, your Leader gains a charge counter. Removing two charge counters from Wolverine heals for five. There are also reports of an effect that gives +2 attack points to all Wolverine characters you control. That promises to be a mad rush toward total opponent destruction.

The Iron Man Leader character card does three direct damage when its charges are removed. Bombs away! Is that all Tony Stark can muster? Of course not. We also have word of a lockdown strategy in the form of exhaustion. Feast your eyes.

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Exhausting a character stops it from attacking or intercepting. Locking a dude down for two whole turns is just nasty. A control player’s dream in a mighty metal suit.

There will be many, many other ways to play Marvel Superstars. These two strategies are just the beginning. Still, we have enough data to make an informed decision.

Are you an Iron Man, or a Wolverine?

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Iron Man 2 Screens Will Be Seen First In Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game.

August 21, 2009

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There is breaking news on IcV2, in a new interview with The Ben Seck.

The Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game is scheduled to release a 2-player Iron Man 2 Starter Set in March. The film will be premiered in May. Yes, that means what you think it means.

Iron Man 2’s Allies, Actions, and Areas will be seen for the very first time in a trading card game. Truly awesome news.

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There is no chain.

August 21, 2009

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Thanks to a brilliant report from Dylan Northrup, we have one big fat juicy detail about the Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game to share this morning.

There is no chain.

For anyone unfamiliar with that term in regards to flipping cards, that means the game will be much simpler than most. Much easier to learn. Much more fun for the masses.

When you play an Action card, it will resolve. Your opponent will not be allowed to respond with a card of their own. Hot stuff.

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