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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Easy Mode Lockdown Personal Thoughts 3/28/12


Personally I find this is very disappointing.  I realize capacity has become a problem, but if you break it down its really only an issue in Fantasyland first and foremost due to how close the portals are to one another.  Right behind the castle you have 3 portals right in a row, and 2 more portals virtually right across from those.

Another issue is the amount of villains your facing in that area, Ursula, Maleficent, & Hades/Chernabog which has the most portal visits for any villain with the combination of all those variables plus intro screens and end game screen.  Also considering that it is already an extremely high traffic area due to the amount of guests that want to walk through the castle, you are going to have waits and traffic jams.  It’s simply unavoidable.  (Yes I know Adventureland has 3 villains however, the portals have enough distance from one another to not cause log jams as often as Fantasyland)

The one thing that I’m hearing today from people both is that the game should be age restricted, which is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.

If you’re expecting to come to Walt Disney World and not have to wait in any lines for attractions or experiences you aren’t out of your mind.  The Walt Disney World Resort is one of the top if not the top tourist destination in the US.  With a new interactive experience such as this one where basically free keepsakes are being distributed it is going to become extremely popular.  However suggesting that older players, whether you’re a day guest, CM, AP, or local should be restricted to playing at certain times of the day is asinine.  As I said in another forum that’s like saying no one over the age of 16 should be allowed on attractions in Fantasyland or no one under the age of 16 should be allowed to ride Space Mountain.  That’s absurd, WDW is a place where everyone can have fun.  If playing SOTMK is all you want to do while in the Magic Kingdom that is your prerogative.

Here’s as idea for those who want reduced wait times for this attraction.
They need to develop an option to skip through the intro scenes when facing a new villain, for a repeat player its pointless to watch those animations repeatedly.  If repeat players where able to do that it would greatly reduce waits.  The only difference between the harder levels and easy is  2 more spells per villain, except Chernabog which is 3.

If I’m Disney I’d be loving this.  Here’s why, I spoke with many guests over the past week and roughly half of them told me they extended their stay by a 1/2 day or more just so they can continue to collect more cards and continue the game so they can play on the HARDER LEVELS.

The bottom line,  players no matter what age that are seeking to beat the game on medium or hard shouldn’t be penalized just because XYZ Family from Anytown, USA can’t handle waiting in lines at the portals.

It’s ridiculous.

Easy Mode Lockdown, Surveys & More 3/27/12


As someone tweeted earlier in the day guests that were trying to level up or had been playing on Medium or Hard have all been bumped back down to Easy until further notice.

Throughout my day of playing and trading I spoke with many guests, both locals, CM’s, and no one was really sure what was going on.  After I was done for the day I stopped by the distribution area behind the Christmas Shop and found a CM who was more than willing to talk to me.  Now of course take this with a grain of salt, lot’s of CM’s like to blow smoke its their nature, they’re good people, however they like to stir the pot, and trust me as a blogger I love it when they do : )

I asked him flat out, is the easy mode lockdown true? His response 100% yes, he went on to tell me that Ops had be conducting time studies to see how long players on Medium/Hard spend at portals, and what their success rate is on beating villains on the first try.  He told me the reason this was started is because there have been a huge amount of complaints from guests about how long they have to wait at portals, and how come other players get to cast numerous spells against one villain and their experience isn’t an depth as a more advanced player.  He also went on to say “Well it’s just AP’s & CM’s playing anyways, so they think it’s taking away from the day guest.  Since we’re the ones taking all the time to play.”   Well here’s my response to that comment, if all we want to do is play SOTMK during our time at the park that is our choice.  So as of now, it’s locked on easy.  Hopefully not for long, as far as I am concerned if I am forced to play on the easy level that will deter my game play and maybe that is what they want…

While playing in Fantasyland today, I was approached by a CM doing research surveys, I gladly obliged her and took it.  Most of the questions involved my thoughts on gameplay, pros, cons, waits at portals, animation, storyline, etc…  Then came the merchandising question….  One question asked me I was willing to purchase the following :

  • Posters
  • T Shirts
  • Spell Books (Binders)
  • Card Protectors

As suspected Disney has become wise to the amount of people carrying around things they are getting from outside sources to protect their cards.  It’s only a matter of time until this all comes to the Emporium.

The last bit of info I’ll share for the day is probably the most ridiculous rumor I’ve heard thus far.  This came from CM who told me they work in merch specifically at MK.  He apparently was told the price point for the “booster packs” he said that starting next month “booster packs” will be available at the Emporium for $3 per pack.  Yes that’s right $3! I hope that’s true but I highly doubt it.  If that’s the case cards 61-70 will be worth nothing on eBay and the resale market for them will die.

I’ll close with this little tidbit,  a longtime CM whom I trust and am very close with told me this last night in regards to cards 61-70.   “At first we were really upset to see those cards being resold at such ridiculous prices, however we  realized it was our own fault pulling those out of play in the first place thus making them such a hot commodity.  We caused that problem ourselves.”

So maybe the “booster packs” will be pretty cheap, if not than very affordable.

Only time will tell….

Trading Tips & Etiquette 3/27/12


Trading is an essential part of SOTMK especially if you’re looking to complete your deck, 1-60 that is. Even cards 61-70 can be had through trades as well.  Here’s some tips…

  • Star Cards are rares, be sure you’re only trading A STAR FOR A STAR, some people will take a 3+ cards (uncommons & commons) for a Star Card.  REMEMBER a TIANA for a TRITON IS NOT A GOOD TRADE : ) IMO I’m not a fan of trading multiples of cards for 1 especially if you’re not a local, you’re only getting a limited amount of packs during your trip.  Save your duplicate Star Card to trade for one you don’t have, someone will need it trust me.
  • As crazy as it sounds some people do have duplicate Lightning Bolts, that is if they haven’t sold them on eBay.  I witnessed 2 trades of those, it involved 5 Star Cards and a Vinylmation for a Finn McMissile.  The other was 10 unopened packs, pins, & a vinylmation for a Jasmine.  Yes people will part with them you just have to be creative and see what you can do to wheel and deal.
  • Be polite with traders and when you’re trading. I’ve experienced some nasty people first hand, and have witnessed it as well. It’s not uncommon to ask other sorcerers if they’d like to trade while waiting in line.  If you’re not interested a simple “No Thank You” will do. If the person says no let it be, don’t continue to pry and force a trade, it just makes you look creepy its that simple. Typically I carry around a lot of doubles of commons and uncommons and I will give them out to random families while waiting in line in order to help them complete decks.  I’ll open with, “Are you guys just starting out?” if they say yes I’ll pull out a stack of cards and allow them to choose a couple and I ask for nothing in return.  There have been a few occasions where before I can get to that point  someone in their party jumped down my throat assuming I just want to trade and take advantage of them for their “good cards”.  At that point I tell them what I was going to do, then they feel horrible and I have a laugh.

In conclusion everyone has a common goal here and that’s to beat the game and collect all the cards.  Work together and help others when you can! There’s no point in keeping doubles upon doubles of common cards, give some away, help out some traders.  You’d be surprised maybe some good karma might come your way when you’re battling with Yzma or you’ll get that last card you need in your next pack.

Tip For Beginners 3/26/12

Considering the overwhelming popularity of this game there are lots of beginners so my tip for today is specifically for you.

When playing on the easy level, any spell card will work on any villain. So use a variety of cards throughout your game play, by doing so you will power up your spell cards an even amount thus making them more effective when you are playing on the medium and hard levels.

For example, there is a villain that is weak against princess spells.  However if your princess spells are not strong enough, it will take you longer to defeat that villain when playing on the medium and hard levels.

There is a reward by powering up your spell cards, as they become stronger you will notice a change in animation whether its an increase in projectiles or a combo of different animations for that particular character.

So for all you newbies out there make sure you’re mixing it up!  Variety is the spice of life!