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Subject: Monster Cards for the D&D Minis Boosters rss

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Flo LeBlanc
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Is it only me or could anyone else see printable monster cards (on DnD Insider for example) that work with the newest mini-editions as nice addition?
Or would you not want that because of the "booster" approach.
(then again if you had all the stat cards you could proxy anyways)
 
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Vance VanGogh
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Adding more monsters only serves to dilute the 30 card monster deck, making it less likely to have two of the same monsters out at the same time, which is one of the core mechanics of monsters that really starts to put the pressure on the heroes.
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Well, they could always include CR stat cards with the D&D Miniatures. They already have D&D stat cards with their fixed Heroes D&D Miniatures.

As for a 30-card deck, WotC could put out guidelines on swapping out monster cards to create a deck. Descent already does this, so it shouldn't be difficult. Seriously, I'm not so stupid that I can't swap out three kobolds for three goblins or something...
 
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Flo LeBlanc
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You have a valid point there Vance, but as Freelance Police said you could swap monsters or perhaps they could design the monster decks in a way that the sets themselves provide "balanced" decks?

(If you use all monsters in all boosters you got you would have the commons more often than uncommons, etc.) but it would not be the same as fixed decks I agree.
 
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Brian Grell
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Agreed, swapping is probably the best idea. I have several concepts for monsters to swap in that are based on stuff from the monster manual. They also have existing miniatures from the DDM line. Some are the vanilla variety that can be swapped out for current monsters. Others will be promo level like the Gray Hag, my current example of that is a Boneclaw. Now that I have my game I can playtest them and release on here once they are finished. I'll drop the link below.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/560094/malgs-fan-made-st...
 
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Neomaxim Noefaith
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I will chime in every single time this topic is raised with the same comment and the wish that Peter/Mike/etc... will see it.

I barely manage to stop myself from buying masses of DnD miniatures as is (for myself at least). If the random boosters came with monster cards, and huge units had villain cards, etc... i'd be absolutely doomed.

Right now the DnD minis are beautiful and fun to collect, but have no secondary value outside of their use in table-top play (unless you use the semi-official war-gaming rules for them). Adding board-game value immediately increases the minis audience, and makes the newly hot board-game line have all manner of support impulse buy, items on shelves.

Frankly its too late for this to happen for Lords of Madness, but i'll be shocked if it doesn't happen for whatever comes out next. I already find myself lusting after the upcoming Beholder Limited Minis set, and can imagine using it with the great villain card someone already mocked up here.

PLUS... there is a weird potential synergy in the works....

1. People wanted more Darksun minis in Lords of Madness, but the minis tend to be in the cooker a year in advance. This meant despite Darksun getting awesome new campaign books, the minis just couldn't line up with the release.

2. If, and when Ashardalon does amazingly well for itself, they're going to need to start the next boxed board-game, or perhaps expansion.

3. All of that could form a perfectly timed storm of a DnD mini line with plenty of Darksun guys usable in the table-top game, as well as a Darksun board-game.

Mmmmm....

Everyone wins, every audience gets some product directed to them, and no product fails to benefit from the brand recognition and cross-marketing.
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Patrick Dolan
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I'd love to see this. I used to be a fan of the D&D Skirmish game, and even though I rarely played it, I bought a LOT of boosters (I have over 1,500 figures at last count).

Once they stopped including the skirmish stats, I completely stopped buying boosters. I would gladly start buying boosters if they included cards for the board game! I'm sure I'd buy even MORE boosters, since I can already tell that the board game is going to be played a lot more often than the skirmish game with my group...

 
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Jean-Philippe Thériault
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I have a really good collection of monsters for my D&D games already so recently I've mostly stopped buying their minis except for the occasional awesome visible mini in their latest monster sets (and then I get a couple of extra random minis as a bonus... sweet). I have no plans on purchasing any Lord of Madness minis. But if they start packing Monster cards for CR and Wrath of Ashardalon, well... let's just say I'll be a customer for blind booster minis again.
 
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Neomaxim Noefaith
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Mike... Peter... please tell me you're seeing posts like these?

We're stupid, weak animals. We WANT to give you all of our money like suckers... just push us over the edge.
 
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Flo LeBlanc
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An official maybe or a definite no would be nice
 
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