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    by Published on 05-26-2014 11:00 PM
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    Well so far, I have been trying to address the similarities between the two games and contrast to see if there is enough difference. But today, let's just simply look at part of the game that is fundamentally different. HEX uses Champion as a representation of player. This system not only provide every once and a while special power usage, but much more potential in the overall game play. This is well demonstrated in the special type of ...
    by Published on 05-24-2014 11:00 PM
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    What truly defines the TCG is the individual card mechanics. No matter how good the general design appears if individual pieces that you actually play are mediocre, that becomes the bottleneck and your experience would be limited by it. Let's compare and contrast HEX and Magic in regards to this topic.

    Permanent Mechanics

    Nerfing or buffing your creature/troop is by no means unique to Magic or any other TCG. You can buff or nerf your creature/troop by utilizing various method such as via some card ability, or other creature/troop interacting each other and so on.



    What makes HEX different from Magic, and perhaps unique is PERMANENT effect.



    In games that are based on the physical card, when you buff/nerf card you use some sort of counter to keep the track. But when the card is destroyed or go back to your hand/deck, the counter resets. This is an necessity to keep the game reasonable under the ...
    by Published on 05-19-2014 11:00 PM
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    Today, let's take a look at the general design of the HEX and Magic. How do they compare?



    RPG Analogy

    Throughout this article, I will put a subsection called RPG Analogy. Here basically I compare the similarities between the two games (HEX and Magic) is whether beyond the game genre or not i.e. so many RPGs are out there now, and you can argue at one point certain things were unique to the RPG but there are so many overlaps/standardized pieces within the genre itself and many games share them.

    If you like FPS or any other genre, I am sure you can come up with the similar analogy.

    Deck Size

    In both games, deck sizes are 60 for standard play and in draft mode they are 40. Both games use resource dedicated ...
    by Published on 05-19-2014 11:00 AM
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    With a recent lawsuit, I have decided revisit the assessment of similarities and differences between the Magic the Gathering and HEX. The original article I have written back in last year was prior to the actual game release of the HEX, so primarily written based on the available information from the developers. Now we are roughly 8 months into the game since the first public alpha release, how do they compare? This time I am going to look at piece by piece. Let's start with the foundation of the game, the resource system.



    Terms

    Perhaps the least important aspect for the comparison as name can be easily changed, but in the HEX resources are referred to as "Resource" and generally generated by "Shard" cards. Whereas, in ...
    by Published on 05-18-2014 11:00 PM
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    From the day 1, several players in the community suggested the similarity between the HEX and the gold standard of the TCG, Magic the Gathering. Apparently, the similarity was enough to catch the wizard of the coast eyes, and they have filed a lawsuit in United States against the HEX/Cryptozoic. Here is my quick take in regards to this issue.

    What is the Crypzoic's response?

    HEX Entertainment will be releasing an official statement ...
    by Published on 05-14-2014 09:04 PM
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    May 14, 2014 (Renton, WA) – Today Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington against Cryptozoic Entertainment, LLC and its alter ego, Hex Entertainment, LLC (collectively, “Cryptozoic”), for willful infringement of intellectual property rights.

    Cryptozoic develops and publishes the digital trading card game, Hex: Shards of Fate, a clone of the world famous tabletop collectable trading card game, Magic: The Gathering®, and its digital expressions, Magic Online® and the Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers® franchise.

    “Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast vigorously protect our intellectual property. This infringement suit against Cryptozoic demonstrates that while we appreciate a robust and thriving trading card game industry, we will not permit the misappropriation of our intellectual property” said Barbara Finigan, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Hasbro. “We attempted to resolve this issue, but Cryptozoic was unwilling to settle the matter.”

    The suit includes claims for copyright, patent and trade dress infringement.

    Source: wizards.com
    by Published on 02-24-2014 08:47 PM
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    As I've mentioned in other articles, my Mechwarrior gaming group is called Clan Mutant Sea Bass. In our fiction, our Clan has launched an invasion of the Lyran Commonwealth, seeking to place a lost scion of House Steiner on the throne. ...