Greatest birthday present a gamer can ask for....
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As some of you might know, I had a birthday few weeks ago - on the 29th of June.

I got so many birthday wishes, cards and all sorts of positive things I could ever ask for. Then, few days before my birthday, my oldest friend, who i now consider to be my family and brother, became suddenly very secretive and silent...

So I knew that he had something planned, but as my family and friends know, there is nothing you can keep from me...or so I thought!!!
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1. Board Game: Summoner Wars [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:381] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
Raiko Puust
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Well, first of all - who the hell is Martin?

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Well, he is my oldest friend who in time turned into a family. I met him in the first kindergarten class in the year 1990 when I was 3 years old.

We were best friends til the end of the high school. Til then our biggest bond were video games. We played every game and we were good at games. I mean like word class good. We were the first one do make walkthrough for the FFVII, that included every single thing in the game and I was the first Tekken online champ and I still have not found an opponent for me in Tekken series although I won't even play the game that much.

So we were video game nerds.

At the end of the high school he moved to live with one woman, but he lived only 10 km away, we still had no contact. I went to University in Tartu and later to the US and when I came back I started working. We found contact again when he broke up with his girlfriend after being together for eight years when he found Helene, his fiance.
He now lives 20 km away, but I visit him few times a week and we talk and now play board games. He is still into video games, but he is now a board game geek as well...tnx to my strong influence.

So, few weeks ago he started doing me a birthday present. I actually figured out what he is going to do me - a board game.
I had no idea that he is going to do me a Summoner Wars card sets.

Great present.
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2. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Master Set [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:153] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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When I realized that he is going to do me a board game or a card game, I got really excited.
He and I have this great thing where we can make games out of nothing and fast and easy. We made our first games like about 5 years old and together we have made over 50 games at least, from which I still have few somewhere. We are actually now doing some more serious game designs as well, but that is another story for another time...

So, it was obvious that he is going to do something that he knows well. I was pretty sure it will be something video game themed, like Mortal Kombat, Tekken, Final Fantasy Series, Heroes of Might and Magic series or something like that what we used to played together.
I was partly right though...

My birthday went and I got nothing from him...so I thought for a second that I was mistaken - there will be no self made game...was my instincts wrong? I know the man so well...I cannot be wrong...

But, a week after my birthday he called me over for some board games and mentioned that I take Summoner Wars with me...he would love to play it again.

I thought that something was odd about it, but since he really did liked the game a lot, it kinda like made sense.
So I took the games with me - Warhammer Invasion, Game Of Thrones: The Card Game, Summoner Wars and few other games...

So late at night when I was ready to leave, her fiance suddenly run out of their bedroom and had something in her hands - a box!

The box looked like this:


WOW!!!
I was speechless.
He later told me that it took him 2 weeks to do the set, so this was the reason he wasn't able to get it done for my birthday.

When I opened the box I found 2 decks of cards, which looked like this:


WOW!

And I was right about the Heroes of Might and Magic thing...
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3. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Phoenix Elves vs Tundra Orcs [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:469] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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So then, instead of leaving, we whipped out all the Summoner wars stuff and started to play.

I was playing had Hon (Heroes of Newerth) and he was as HoMM (Heroes of Might and Magic)

In the picture below we were just started to play the game.


It was really great to read how he used the actual abilities from the games and made them fit to the Summoner Wars format.
And at the first glance they seemed somewhat ridiculous, like Hon has extremely strong Champions, but on the other hand the Commons are very weak. At the same time HoMM has weak Champions, but very strong event cards and a lot of them, so the game was actually really well balanced.



I have to say that I truly enjoyed the game. He was worried that the cards were laminated so they were little bigger than the spaces on the premium board (you will get when you buy Master Set), but I didn't even notice that.
I did win the game with final breaths I had left in the game. It was that close game.
Coolest thing is that the actually made the game in English.

He thinks the same way, that Estonian is not good language for games. Or at least we have gotten so used with English language in movies and games, that when we play something that has different language, it is kinda funny. So the version he made is also in English.

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4. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Guild Dwarves vs Cave Goblins [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:480] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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So I won the game.

Well done I guess. I am so happy about the present. For some reason the gift hit the spot...it is rare. The work he had to do for the game is insane...I guess that is what friends do for each other.

Anyway, I just wanted to share his insane kindness and creativity with you all, so you could make something like that to your friends as well.

His birthday is coming on the 3rd of September, so now it is my turn to reply....devil

For those who wonder about the cards I have them uploaded here as well. I asked Colby before doing this just in case. The Copyright laws and such, but since it was for fun and only one copy of cards I hope I won't get into trouble for showing these great fan creations.

Enjoy.


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