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Ayumi Hakase
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Expansion Pack Idea: Alternate Gender cards for all the mages.

I bought Mage Wars because it actually has a feminine mage category, Priestess.

How about Alternate Gender Cards for all the Mages? There could be a Priest card, and feminine Warlocks, Beastmasters, and Wizards.

Frankly, I'd really appreciate having these cards as a woman gamer, and you could set the standard for gender balance in gaming products. Everybody would have a wider choice.

Now THAT'S customizability!
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Bryan Pope
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Great idea Ayumi! We will release alternate versions of some of the Mages in the future, with fresh new abilities. For example a female Beastmaster who is more of huntress.

Also, you'll be happy to know that each of the next 2 planned expansions has a female character: Forcemaster (female) vs. Warlord (and she is awesome! My favorite Mage.) Then Druid (female) vs. Necromancer.

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Ayumi Hakase
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Bryan,
AWEsome that you're creating powerful women characters. I can't wait to buy the expansion and run the Beastmaster/huntress. From the previews, there are so many absolutely juicy creatures in Etheria.

Thank you!!

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Great idea! I'd love to see the exact same mages with the same abilities but gender switched. Dungeon twister did this for a bunch of characters and it worked really well!
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Marc Bennett
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i was actually thinking about this, once the huntress comes out there would be nothing stoping you from using the huntress mage card, with the normal beastmasters ability card (since they are seperate) the mage card is in essence just a large picture with your mage on it for the arena board. you could use any of the picture cards.

it would be really out of place but you could use the beastmaster ability card with the warlock mage card and game play wize the effect would be just that of a beastmaster.

that brings up a question for bryan, in an official event will you be allowed to swap out one mage card for another if you stay in the same class?

what if you really like the picture of the forcemaster? could you play her as a wizard?
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Ayumi Hakase
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EXACTly! Good point. This is what makes the customizable game so much fun.

I downloaded the rules and am going through them and have a question:

with the Mage races, like High Elf, Woodland Elf, Human, are there certain racial traits, ability limits, or ability enhancements to characters based on race?

There are certain, practical limits such as the Beastmaster is the only character who can have a lair--logical--but with other systems, race does impose limits and enhancements. Just wondered about MW

Once Dead/Undead categories are introduced, this will get really interesting, and more complex
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Marc Bennett
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i do not believe that race was a factor in thier abilities. i believe they balanced them how they wanted them and assigned the creature type, wood elf subtype just in case it became important for card interactions (for example down the road some form of conjuration might give all elf creatures +1 channeling.) not likely but they are leaving room for possible interaction based on subtype.
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Ayumi Hakase
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Thanks so much. Didn't see anything specific in the rules, and race traits can so easily unbalance a game.

It's mind boggling to think of all the elements that have to be weighed and balanced carefully to create a playable game. much less a playable game with so much complexity. And with so much art.

I wonder how long the creators have been working on this. It has to be a labor of love.
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Marc Bennett
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i am not certain but i thought i remember hearing bryan saying it has been in development for about 5 years.
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Since this game uses cards with art instead of minis, wouldn't it be possible to just have double-sided hero cards with one side male and the other female?

Perhaps, a BGG store promo expansion?
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Marc Bennett
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actually that would probibly be very possible. i will try to run it by bryan if he doesnt see this.
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