New Keycards? Well Sort Of… 10/17/12

Thanks to Jeremy from SotMK Helpers for the heads up!

Although quantities have been limited, it seems that SotMK Booster Packs are being restocked at a much quicker pace.  Just this past week there had been several days in which the elusive merchandise had been available.  The price remains at $13.95 and they are currently only available at the Emporium with the (5) pack per guest per day rule still in effect.  It also appears there has been a change to the contents of the booster pack in regards to the keycard.  Since their release, each pack has included a keycard which was identical to the one used for the in park experience, minus the RFID chip of course.  Apparently this caused confusion among Sorcerers as many believed they could use their booster pack keycard to continue their quest.  This caused guests to complain to cast members as to why the card “they paid for” didn’t work.  To combat this the next few batches of boosters released included keycards with holes punched in them.  Well apparently that didn’t do the trick.  So they’ve added some color to the keycard as well as a little disclaimer.  While the reasoning behind these changes is not official, one can only make this assumption as why the changes were made.  Personally I am happy to see Disney take notice of the cast member feedback regarding the merchandise.  I am always on board for a smoother experience for both the cast and the guest.

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Reader Questions 10/11/12

Plenty of SotMK Power Up T-Shirts are available. These pictured were for sale at Sir Mickey’s in Fantasyland. $24.95 for Adults & $19.95 for Kids.

I’ve received a lot of emails as of late, and as much I would love to respond to each one I unfortunately just don’t have the time.  However I would like to touch on a few that I think would be the most beneficial to all SotMK fans.

When do SotMK Booster Packs come out? 

SotMK Booster Packs are arguably the hottest piece of Disney Parks merchandise at the moment.  Unfortunately there is no specific timelines or dates as to when they are in stock.  Instead of blistering poor CM’s at the Emporium my best advice to those inquiring is to follow us on Twitter as we post any and all info regarding the sale of Boosters there.

I am not local to WDW and don’t get to the parks often.  Is there anywhere I can trade with others in an online forum?

Yes, there certainly is!  I would recommend joining SotMK Helpers on Facebook.

We started playing on our last trip and I noticed we have some beta cards, should we sell them, keep them? Is it even worth trying to complete a set of betas?

It’s all about personal preference.  If you’re really into the collecting aspect hold on to them.  Of course its worth it to try to complete the set.  As hard as the beta cards are to find there are many people who would be more than willing to trade and help you complete your set.

Where do you get those spellbooks?

Let it be known I am not a fan of the trapper keeper.  If you’re going to create your own “Spellbook” I would recommend using Amazon and searching “4 pocket card album”.  They are perfect for SotMK.

When is hard mode coming back online?

As of right now only the medium level is active.  However it is still on a test basis, and I was told it could be turned off at anytime.

If you’re looking for more FAQ be sure to visit the Getting Started, Gameplay, & Tech Support tabs at the top of the page!

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Power Up! 10/2/12

Photo courtesy of The Disney Parks Blog

Today on the Disney Parks Blog it was revealed that 4 SotMK T-Shirts will be available for purchase later this month.  Not only do the shirts look awesome, according to Imagineer Jonathan Ackley “When guests wear one of these shirts while adventuring, their spells will hit with maximum force.”  That is pretty cool considering how useful that will be on the harder levels!  I am really looking forward to the release of these shirts and am even more excited and hopeful for more merchandise in the future!  Be sure to visit the link for more info on these shirts as Steven Miller wrote a wonderful post in anticipation of their release!

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That’s Enough 9/20/12

I’ll be the first to admit that I have been critical of the way certain things have been handled with SotMK.  However what I witnessed in the Emporium today was absolutely disgusting.  First of all I get it, the booster packs are highly sought after and people are growing impatient with the limited quantities.  As consumers we have high expectations, and as Disney fans those expectations are even higher.  However this does not give you the right to verbally abuse a Cast Member when you are politely told that they are all sold out.  No one cares what kind of passholder you are, how long you’ve been coming here, or how much money you and your family spend.  Your behavior today embodied every negative stereotype that is bestowed upon local annual passholders.  Grow up!

As for everyone else, I know it’s disappointing the price went up and that they’ve sold out yet again.  But it’s not the end of the world, the cards aren’t gone forever.  They will probably to continue to pop up whenever, that’s just the way it’s going to be.  You can’t expect them to announce every time they’re going to restock an item.  Do they announce when there are restocks of Mickey Ear Hats, T-Shirts, Plushes, etc.  When they get them, they get them.  Keep Calm and Sorcerer On.

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Oh Well… 9/19/12

Today marked another rare SotMK Booster Park sighting at the Emporium.  Even though the highly sought after merchandise was once again available, today’s batch was met with some disappointment.  But how can that be?!?  Shouldn’t we be over joyed and feel honored that we get to spend our hard-earned money?  It appears that in addition to this being the Emporium’s largest shipment received, the boosters were given a price increase of $2.  Bringing the new total to $13.95 w/o tax.  The 5 pack per person limit was again enforced and the boosters were only available behind the counter.  Your $13.95 still includes 7 seven spell cards one of which is a super-rare (61-70), home game rules, game board, card checklist & game tokens.

Like most of you, I am not pleased with the price increase.  However I do understand the concept of supply and demand, despite how unfortunate this may be.  To be perfectly honest I felt $11.95 was a tad much considering what poor quality the game tokens are.  Since they are such an integral piece to the SotMK home game I would of expected them to be of much better quality.  I’ve heard from most people that have attempted playing the relatively confusing home game have taped the tokens to coins as to make them easier to flip.  Enough about that, where do we stand now?  Can we expect a steady stock of boosters in the parks?  I don’t know, they sell out and they restock them as fast as they can.  As tough as it is try and be patient, they’ll eventually be available online and when that day comes everyone will have a crack at them.  Until then, it’s a mad dash to the Magic Kingdom.

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Check Out These Tricks! 9/17/12

Hello Everyone!  Like most of you I was so excited to put Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Bag Of Tricks to use over the weekend.  I was even more surprised to find out I was still playing on the medium level!  Here are a few videos showing all of the animations the spell card displays, enjoy!

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Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Bag Of Tricks 9/11/12

All those people who called me a liar when I posted the rumor on 8/31… BOO TO YOU!!!

At 6:30PM a horde of SotMK fans lined up outside of a closed Firehouse in hopes to be among the first to receive the “rumored” special edition spell card.  And its a good thing they did!  What we learned this evening is that the spell card is only available at the Firehouse and a wristband and event ticket are required to obtain the card.  In addition to that your event ticket will be stamped as to prevent anyone from getting multiples.  As expected they are already popping up on eBay, which is unfortunate but not surprising in the least.

The card is numbered 01/P as to denote the possibility of more special event spell cards and it appears to be a “SUN” symbol.  So now we have, Stars, Moons, Planets, Lightning Bolts, & Sun icons.

As far the animation goes here is a video courtesy of TouringPlans.com.

There is no confirmation as to how many cards they had available this evening let alone for the entire event.  Since there was never any official announcement from Disney Parks I expect these to go fast.  Good Luck Sorcerers!

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