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General Discussion / Re: Turn the page...
« on: December 05, 2015, 01:10:48 PM »
Thank you so much everyone, your kind words mean a lot to me and I appreciate it!

This truly is a great set of friends and community.  Sailor, not leaving the community, just my position.  I'll keep playing Mage Wars for sure! :)

General Discussion / Turn the page...
« on: December 04, 2015, 04:22:34 PM »
Hello everyone,

As most of you may know, I've been the Vice President of Business Development at Arcane Wonders since March of 2013.  I am posting today to let you know I have resigned that position and am pursuing another opportunity inside the industry.

It is with a heavy heart that I type this note to you all.  I love Mage Wars.  Absolutely LOVE the game.  I came to Arcane Wonders with passion and purpose and I believe we have done great work together.  Yes, it has not always been just Mage Wars work, and the Dice Tower Essential line of games has taken off very well with the success of Sheriff, but at the core, I came to AW to support and grow Mage Wars.

While my new opportunity will be a positive one, and I am departing from AW in a positive fashion, I want everyone to know I still fully believe.  Not just in the game, but in the team as well.  I fully believe Academy will provide existing players new meta while bringing new players into the game.  I fully believe the new expansions I have seen the team work on are going to blow people's minds.  I also fully believe that the DTE line will grow even more, and very soon.

It has been a pleasure meeting so many of you over the last few years.  I have enjoyed getting to interact with everyone in our community, and while I have other options, I look forward to still being part of the community overall. I wish everyone the best and look forward to seeing more from the team soon at AW for all of us to enjoy!

Now... bring me that horizon :)

Scott "Tox" Morris

Resources and Downloads / Mage Wars Academy Rulebook and Codex posted!
« on: October 16, 2015, 11:31:39 AM »
I'm happy to share that we have posted the rulebook for Mage Wars Academy online today under the Resources and Downloads page.  You can see more here:

The street date for Academy is scheduled for November 11th, worldwide, and we're looking forward to getting this game into your hands for everyone to enjoy!

General Discussion / Re: Battlegrounds Domination Release Update
« on: October 05, 2015, 09:21:15 AM »
Wanted to chime in quickly here on a few things.  First, the game has been released.  We have shipped web-pre orders recently to customers who purchased on our online store, and we have just recently shipped to distributors about a week and a half ago. This means that stores should have them in hands, or will be getting them in hands shortly.

On the topic of the promos... our plans were to have them inserted in the box, but in order to expedite delivery, we had to have them packaged separately.  If you have any stores, online or physical, selling the promos, please let us know and we'll contact them as they should not be doing that.  Those are to be included in all the first print run, this run, so everyone ordering, or having pre-ordered, should get them at no additional charge.

As always, let us know if you have any questions, and if you find stores selling the Domination Promos, please feel free to email me directly at scottmorris[at]arcanewonders[dot]com anytime.


Hello everyone,

First, I wanted to give everyone the good news that Academy is online for pre-orders today!

We're very excited about this!  Academy will provide both fast game play and deep strategy Mage Wars players have become familiar with, and ultimately, bring new players to our game.

As you may know, I'm a pretty transparent person.  I know that while we're thrilled with this announcement, many of you are saying "November!? Great, where's everything else like PvS and Battlegrounds?" So, I wanted to address the "Elephant in the room" and be forthcoming with everyone.

As we announced recently on our web site, Battlegrounds has been delayed due to manufacturing issues out of our control, and we're targeting October for it's release.  This was unforeseen and unfortunate and while we originally believed it would not, it has impacted our production schedule for other items.  We had plans and goals with Academy to full release at Gen Con, but that is obviously not the case.  Thankfully, those who played Academy at Gen Con can tell you, the game was a big success so the full release should be very popular with many players.

This means that yes, PvS will most likely push to early next year. I can tell you that in addition to finalizing PvS, many of you have heard of some of the follow on products (through interviews and podcasts) that we have planned after it; yes, there are two more expansions in the work, set to release after PvS, for Arena.  In parallel we are planning to release more mages through small expansions for Academy too.  When it comes to Arena, PvS is THE next item in our sights.  We are very confident with where PvS is heading and we think the final product will make many players happy.

For this, I can not apologize enough to you, our community.  You love our game, and it's evident in your passion here on the boards and in public when I meet you at conventions. We love you, and your passion, and while I could use all the phrases you've heard before, I'm not here today to give you a "company line", I'm here to simply say, we have an awesome game in Academy coming out asap, and we're working very hard to get you what you want for both it, and Arena to be supported more.

It's our goal to make great games, not cut corners, and with the best intentions and plans at hand, no matter the outside forces that rear their heads in challenge, we want you to know that we hear you, we're listening, and we're working hard to bring you the best possible product we can.

As always, if you have any questions, let us know.  Aaron and I are here for you, and we're happy to answer anything and everything we can.

I'll see you in the Arena... or at the Academy :)


Vice President
Business Development

General Discussion / Re: Mage Wars at GenCon 2015 - The Tournament!
« on: August 14, 2015, 01:51:35 PM »
Hi everyone!

We're finally releasing our coverage of the tournament at GenCon! Commentary is done by Harry Poppins and Coshade (with some Intangible later on). Rounds 1 - 5 are snippets of the actual matches (because we don't have the budget for 10 cameras), and the Semi-Finals and Finals we'll have full matches for you all.


Day One
Round 1 | Part 1 -
Round 1 | Part 2 -
Round 2 -
Round 3 - Coming soon!

Tremendous coverage guys, thanks for joining us!

General Discussion / Re: Battlegrounds Domination Release Update
« on: July 14, 2015, 04:56:51 PM »
First, I like must say that I agree with everyone in here that AW is doing an amazing job and your transparency is really appreciated.

Second, is it obvious to keep plan as is after an incident like this?
I mean, when a new and sudden setbacks like this emerges isn't a new adapted plan the best way to approach it? Yes, we (the fan base) have been starved for new releases over a year now, but I'm not sure the cure for this is to throw out a bunch of things at the same time (or within a narrow window). Now I don't know when PVS is planned to be released, but I think AW has worked their ass off to get a really amazing product in Domination. Why not let it get its time out there for fans to try its inside out? Without disturbens of other realeases.

Academy is a different story. It is a standalone game which has a life of its own. Maybe it would be better to throw things around and release the first expansion for Academy before PVS to make the stream of products have a better pace?

We will be looking at timing and not just "flood" anyone for sure.

General Discussion / Re: Battlegrounds Domination Release Update
« on: July 14, 2015, 04:52:43 PM »
I'm a bit confused about the pre-order message. It says that "the additional units had an issue", which is that the cards were lower quality. Are the additional units the full release units? If we opt to receive units from before the full release (the Origins print), will there be any defect with the quality? I'm perfectly fine with not receiving a special box with promos, but I may be willing to wait until October if the quality is lower.

Thanks for being open with this. It must be pretty stressful!

The "additional units" comment refers to the units manufactured on the first print run, after the first set of units for the pre-release.  The units affected are being destroyed and will not see distribution, hence the reprint request.  The option we sent to pre-order customers is for fully manufactured units and will not be affected with the issues.

Hope this helps.

General Discussion / Re: Battlegrounds Domination Release Update
« on: July 14, 2015, 09:41:51 AM »
I just want to take a moment and say thank you to everyone.  I, personally, was very concerned about this message.  As most of you know, I came to Arcane Wonders to work, leaving a steady corporate job, as I believe in Mage Wars, and I believe in Aaron and Bryan, our design team.  I love Mage Wars, and it's my favorite game of all time, but it does my heart good to hear all the positive feedback, both here, and in the emails we've received from making the announcement on our newsletter.

We have an amazing community, and yes, we work 100%+ for everyone out there.  We know we're not WOTC with multitudes of finance and designers, but we believe Mage Wars offers something no other games offer in the space, true strategic gameplay without the luck of the draw.

I can't thank you all enough for the support, the love, and the comradery during this time.  While yes, we are pretty dissapointed with this issue, and not being able to have this on your tables as planned, it's tremendous to hear that so many of you believe in what we do.

Thank you all!

General Discussion / Re: Battlegrounds Domination Release Update
« on: July 13, 2015, 04:39:13 PM »
Forged in fire released July 2nd 2014. As a fan, an October release date is disheartening. Are there plans to correct the delays that have plagued AW?

To be very direct, the majority of perceived delays in releasing new product for Mage Wars has been the announcement of items too soon in development (PVS) and the team's complications on managing new designs, like Battlegrounds and Academy.

We know fully, and are just as frustrated with, the time frame between releases right now and are working to fix that.  We understand fully that the fans want more, and we hope it's understood that our design team is small, but dedicated, to delivering great games.

General Discussion / Re: Battlegrounds Domination Release Update
« on: July 13, 2015, 03:55:29 PM »
It's unfortunate but it isn't Arcane Wonders' fault. & it's certainly better than releasing an inferior product.

The question now is, how does this change the release schedule of the upcoming products, if at all?

Academy, PVS, and the DTE line are separate from this and should not be impacted.  Academy is still scheduled for pre-release at Gen Con and full release later this year, and the team is working on PVS, Onitama, City of Gears, and Royals as well for the DTE line.

General Discussion / Battlegrounds Domination Release Update
« on: July 13, 2015, 03:02:56 PM »
Unfortunately, I'm the bearer of bad news today.  In short, our manufacturer used an inferior card stock and coating than specified for the July release units and as such, our release is being delayed until October.  More details are online here, and we have just sent notification to our pre-order customers with options, as well.

We understand this is disappointing for many of you, as it is for us.  It's an unfortunate circumstance in the hobby we love so much, that manufacturing "surprises" to even the best laid out plans.

Any comments or questions, please let us know, and believe me when I say, we are doing everything we can to bring this date in.


General Discussion / Re: Test your Skills... Steelclaws!
« on: July 08, 2015, 10:02:57 PM »
The pest trait is a big deal. He would be the perfect guard without it. Also if you see him you can make a lot of assumptions about your opponents book. That being said - he is a great!

Yes it is, especially in Academy when you're all in the same zone and guarding becomes a gigantic tactical maneuver. :)

General Discussion / Re: Test your Skills... Steelclaws!
« on: July 08, 2015, 10:01:20 PM »
Battle Fury for the win :)

Is his attack "greatsword" or "Hammer of Judgement"? According to the podcast it's greatsword, but the card image says "Hammer of Judgement"

As we mentioned, he's still "under development" and the card changed from the time we recorded the podcast to the time we posted this in terms of the attack name ;)

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