Archive for the ‘Marvel Superstars’ Category


The Ben Seck Interview.

August 17, 2009


(Photo by Scott Gaeta.)

The Ben Seck is the only character of his kind in the entire world. I fondly remember getting waxed by his off-curve Gotham Knights draft deck at the top tables of Pro Circuit Indianapolis 2004. That was exactly five years ago, and the good times still linger. Having him in charge of the new Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game is a very comforting experience. Our new cardboard obsession is in the best of hands. Enjoy our interview with TBS, there is some explosive information enclosed. Notice, especially, the terms “World” and “Championship”. Game on!

What mechanics does Marvel Superstars share with traditional trading card games, and what mechanics are unique?

While all Trading Cards are somewhat related, I see games as a mixture of ingredients that form together to provide a unique experience. Though Marvel Superstars definitely shares some ingredients with some other games, it also brings to the table its own unique mechanics, and the combination of these create a new game experience!

Which Marvel characters and storylines will be featured?

The movies that have included Marvel Comics heroes and villains are all fair game for inclusion into this game. Don’t worry if you don’t see your favorite movie or character represented, with the current boom in comics movies, it will be only a matter of time before your favorite character is in a movie! Marvel has a full slate of upcoming feature films (such as Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers movie) and there are plans to integrate each of these into the Superstars umbrella.

Will Marvel Superstars have an Organized Play tournament circuit?

Marvel Superstars will have an exciting and robust tournament circuit, all the way up to a World Championship event. More details about this will be forthcoming.

How long does each game take to complete?

Each game takes about 5-15 minutes.

How many cards are in a Marvel Superstars deck?

Currently, Constructed decks are 50 cards (with a limit of 3 of each card) and sealed pack has a size of 30 cards. It’s possible that both of these numbers are subject to change.

Does Marvel Superstars support sealed pack play, including draft?

Yes. We’ve made sure that this game will be perfectly playable in sealed pack as well as booster draft.

What kind of artwork will be used on the cards?

This game will exclusively use images that are taken from movie images that include Marvel characters.

What will the first set be called?

The first set will be called “Premier Edition”, an homage to the cinema movies that the game is based upon.

What are the plans for future sets?

There will be future sets – we plan to release 3 major expansions per year.

Where will Marvel Superstars be sold?

Marvel Superstars will be sold in hobby game stores, comic stores, as well as other stores that carry Trading Card Games. Major retailers will also have access to some configurations of this game.

Who are the designers involved in the creation of Marvel Superstars?

There are many hands involved with the creation of this game engine – every member of the Upper Deck R&D team has worked hard to put it together. Mike Hummel, Dave Humpherys and Jeff Liu were pivotal in providing the foundation of the game engine, and myself, Dan Scheidegger and Justin Reilly also had a hand in developing the engine.

What do you hope players will experience when they play a game of Marvel Superstars?

The excitement of playing your favorite super-hero that you have seen on the silver screen!



Maiden Demonstrations: How to play Marvel Superstars.

August 14, 2009


It is the morning after the maiden demonstrations of the Marvel Superstars Trading Card game at GenCon 2009. We have multiple confirmed reports describing the gameplay. Mad grats to everyone who provided information, including Goku and Bliven at

The seed information has been released, like a bliss virus into the gaming community. Here we go. This is what we will be playing for years to come. The actual card terms may not be completely accurate or final, but this is what we have learned.

You choose a Hero. This card might actually be a villain from the Marvel movies, but it will be your Hero for the game. Each Hero Card is placed on the board to start the game, and it has 50 points of defense. When your Hero reaches zero, you lose.

The two demonstration heroes are Wolverine and Iron Man.

X-Men vs. Avengers.


You build a deck to support your Hero. 50 cards of your choice. Each card is limited to 3 copies per deck. This deck will include Ally characters that you will recruit to fight alongside your Hero. It will include Action cards that cause direct changes to the battle. It will include Area cards that act as resources to pay for Allies and Actions.

When you build your deck, you may use cards that are keyed to a different team. If you play an Ally or Action from another team, you simply pay one extra resource point.

There is a main phase of each turn, followed by a combat phase, followed by another main phase.

You will only attack on your turn. When you attack the opposing Hero, you may be blocked. When a character is attacked, its allies can exhaust themselves to force the attack their way. The exhausted Ally card becomes the defender instead of the original target.

When you play an Action card to alter the game, your Hero gets a boost. One charge counter is added, and these counters are used to pay for the Hero card abilities.

You start the game with three Area cards in play. Each turn you can add one more Area card to your resource row.

That’s the basic game structure, and the details sound delicious. We will be back later with something keen about War Machine, for now you get one juicy truth.

There is a 2-drop Pepper Potts.

Honestly. There is a 2-drop Pepper Potts. Bliss virus released, good games straight ahead.