Got Beta? 6/19/12

Notice how the card on the right has a little tab near the bottom right corner.

It appears there is still some confusion as to what a beta card is and how people can get them.  Unfortunately they are highly sought after by collectors and can be difficult to obtain. The beta cards were distributed during some parts of testing, soft openings, & early in the official launch.  As a result of them being discontinued and having a high demand people are starting to counterfeit them.

Here are some characteristics to look for in a beta.  First is the obvious larger rounded corners.  Another being the color of the image, the beta cards seemed to of used a higher quality ink that made the colors appear darker.  Also the card stock they were printed on is a bit thicker and more durable than the cards currently available.  Finally if you take a close look at the bottom or top of a newer card you’ll see a little tab where the cards were pulled from the sheet after printing.

Although I have yet to see a fake first hand I’ve heard from others that people are simply hand cutting corners of the new cards trying to pass them off as betas.  Considering there are people faking pins & vinyls this shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone.  So as always be cautious when trading and if you’re not sure don’t take the risk.

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Uhhh… 6/15/12

I’m sure most of you have seen last week’s live chat that was hosted by the Disney Parks blog with Imagineer Jonathan Ackley.  Though many questions were left unanswered thus leaving fans disappointed there was one answer that certainly confused a few of us. 

Comment From DisneyDayByDay How many spell cards can you hold up? I’ve tried a few before but it seems to only grab one of them.

Jonathan: If you’re playing as a single player, it’s limited to two – it’s limited by the number of people in your party. Depending on the size of our party, you can cast up to six spells at once.

If you’ve played SOTMK enough you know that’s simply not true.  As many sorcerers can attest to there are several three card combos that will work with no problems whatsoever.  It just comes down which animations will not block each other out.  For example, Colonel Hathi, Mowgli & Baloo is a win just about every time.  Now of course it’s not going to work if you aren’t standing on the circle of power or if you’re waving your spell cards around like a mad man.  No need to get discouraged sorcerers keep calm and hold up 3 cards!

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Trade Bait 6/14/12

 

Having completed my set long ago I personally don’t need or desire to do much trading.  I will however do my best to help others complete their sets whenever possible.  So if you find yourself in a jam with not many cards that traders are looking for here’s my suggestion to you.  Hold on to a couple unopened packs.  With as many people playing on a daily basis and the variety of groups that have popped up on Facebook, it’s important to get creative.  I’ve also seen people trading pins, vinyls, & even transportation cards.  People are swapping anything to get deals done!  As far as what the ratio for spell cards to pins or vinyls I’m not sure about that.  That’s something you’ll have to work out on your own.   In the end holding on to a few unopened packs could be a deciding factor in helping you finish your set!

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Trading Groups 6/12/12

Hey everyone just wanted to give you some info on some Facebook groups that were started by a couple blog readers.  If you’d like to join to set up trades or just to chat with your fellow Sorcerers visit these 2 groups!

SOTMK Helpers

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Group

Thanks to Suzy and Martin!

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Spellbook Art 6/8/12

First off I’d to say how great it has been interacting with you guys, whether its via the Facebook page, Twitter, or at the Magic Kingdom itself.  I really appreciate all the kind words and suggestions for the blog.  With that said I’d like to thank Tim for passing along a graphic that you can all use for your custom spellbooks!  In addition to looking totally awesome, the graphic works when you need to show the sorcerers crest during your adventure.  So once again a big thank you to Tim, and I hope you all enjoy your weekend!

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Protect Your Cards 6/5/12

I have to admit I get a kick out of people who walk around with huge trapper keepers & binders filled with spell cards.  However their cards are always in immaculate condition and those are the folks you want to trade with.  Well what about your cards?  Are you one of those people who walk around with your cards out-of-order and crammed into your pocket?  If you are you’ll probably find it difficult to trade with other sorcerers.  Why you ask, well it’s pretty simple no one wants your creased, ripped & sometimes sticky spell cards.  These cards have become highly collectible and people want them in as mint condition as possible.  Here are few inexpensive items you can purchase online or at many retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, & Toys R Us.  If you don’t feel like spending any money on accessories like these at least store them in a Ziploc bag.  Otherwise you can’t be upset if someone refuses a trade due to the poor condition of your cards.  Can you blame them?  Call me crazy but I certainly wouldn’t want any cards dredged in turkey leg slime.

Deck Boxes are available in a variety of colors for around $5

These card sleeves can be purchased for $1. These are great to use with the deck box!

These 4 pocket pages will fit in any small binder you’ll find at an office supply store. Plus it’s great for casting multiple spells.

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Lightning Strike! Redux 6/4/12

In an effort to bring quality content to the site, friend of the blog Martin has provided me with a higher quality & resized photo of cards 61-70.  So once again instead of waiting until they come back into circulation feel free to download the image, print and enjoy!

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Error Cards 6/1/12

With the growing popularity of SOTMK, and the ridiculous yet inevitable resale market that has spawned.  I feel obligated to point out that it is quite possible for some of these cards to have value in the future.  Specifically those being the cards that were distributed during testing.  My advice to anyone who has these cards, hold on to them.  Think of it as the ground floor of SOTMK similar to Park 1 Vinylmation.  So here’s the current list or error cards that I am aware of.  I know some are missing but these are the only ones I’ve seen first hand.  If you know of any others please leave a comment so I can update the list!

  • 02 Mama Odie’s Magic Charm
  • 12 Mr. Incredible’s Power Heave
  • 20 Pinocchio’s Sawdust Blast
  • 22 Woody’s Cowboy Lasso w/ Slinky Dog
  • 24 Mike’s Grand Entrance
  • 25 Mushu’s Fiery Breath
  • 31 Belle’s Mountain Blizzard
  • 32 Cinderella’s Magic Ribbon
  • 35 Pocahontas’s Colors of the Wind
  • 40 Eve’s Laser Blast
  • 42 Lightning McQueen’s Ka-Chow
  • 43 Wall-E’s Trash Crunch
  • 50 Caballero Donald’s Piñata
  • 55 Mowgli’s Swinging Vine
  • 60 Bolt’s Super Bark
  • 61 Colonel Hathi’s Righteous Stomp
  • 70 Thumper’s Mighty Thump

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Lost? 5/24/12

We often forget that each Sorcerer has a different amount of experience.  Some novice some advanced.  With that in mind many Sorcerers have been known to get lost while trying to save the Magic Kingdom.  Its even happened to me.  If you’re new and stubborn like I was this will certainly come in handy!  When I was starting out I didn’t like to keep folding and unfolding the map, I found it to be a nuisance.  So thanks once again to reader Martin, here is a jpg of all four lands with magical portals.  It even fits perfectly in spellbooks!  Now your quest to save the Magic Kingdom is just that more efficient!

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Lightning Strike! 5/23/12

It’s human nature to want something you can’t have.  I for one am chomping at the bit for cards 61-70 to be released back into the wild.  As I stated in an earlier post if you can find quality images to print you’ll have those cards.  I mean it’s not the real thing but it’ll do for now.  A wonderful reader by the name of Martin passed along a sweet jpg of cards 61-70 all sized up and ready to go.  So no more searching it’s all right here!  If you have access to a quality printer, fire it up and you too can be just like the crazy guy I was referring to in this recent post.

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