*Gavin and Adrian (bothers age 13 and 11) look back on their experience of Summoner Wars tournament
Gavin (Phoenix Elves and Benders)
"Something very big was coming my way. I knew the moment the Summoner Wars tournament was announced that I would definitely join it with my brother and compete. It happened on the 16th of March, 2pm at the Appraisery.
FLASHBACK! The night before the actual tournament I knew that since I didn’t play Summoner Wars in a long time, there is a big chance that I might lose so I started asking my brother Adrian to practice playing with me. But typical of him, he’d rather play his video games than play Summoner Wars with me. J So I just practiced using the iOS app against the computer.
I really felt excited about the tournament because Summoner Wars is my favorite game and it was my first time to actually join a game tournament that I like and would enjoy. I also felt excited because it would also be my first time to play against other people besides my brother and the game center opponents.
During the tournament, it felt like you are playing in the big leagues and every game would matter (because two losses equals elimination) but I would sometimes remind myself to just relax and enjoy the games.
The two decks I chose were the Phoenix Elves (Prince Elien) and the Benders (Tacullu). I felt happy that I would get to use the Benders for the first time because in the iOS app there is no Benders :-(.
Everybody who joined the tournament were really good (like…Hans). Overall, I really enjoyed the whole thing because it is exciting to play and discover more of Summoner Wars. From my experience of the tournament, I have revived my liking of Summoner Wars because I haven’t played it in a long time. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves like I did. Thanks for the promos! :-)
Adrian (Tundra Orcs and Guild Dwarves)
Have you ever felt so happy in a certain period of time? Well last 3/16/13, I just experienced one of the biggest excitement of my life. My brother Gavin & I both joined the Summoner Wars tournament. We both think that the game Summoner Wars is a very cool & exciting game of war and strategy that is great for adults & kids! We sometimes play this game in our free time or when we get bored.
*Adrian having a good time by placing 3 freeze cards on his opponent's summoner =D
During the tournament, I suddenly felt the excitement of Summoner Wars while playing with other people besides my brother, so I tried my best to concentrate and play seriously. I won a lot of games and lost some to a lot of good players. But to sum it up, the tournament was very memorable to me. It was one big experience that I would like to repeat!
Stay tuned for more exciting news from Gaming Library's Events center!
With the board game community now growing more and more, Gaming Library sought out help to better serve the community. These individuals are now part of the "inner core of Gaming Library", where they will be taking on key roles. These individuals are taking time and effort as they believe the board game community will grow even further with Gaming Library supporting it.
Without further ado, let's meet them!
1.) Hans Keinrich Fernandez
Position : Operations Manager
Start : Keinrich first started becoming more active in the latter part of 2012. He now oversees the deliveries, customer service and sometimes even event management. Look to him to becoming more and more visible in 2013!
Favorite board game : DnD Series (Ravenloft, Ashardalon, Drizzt) / Legendary Marvel Deck Building Game
2.) Adrian Manahan
Position : Marketing Manager
Start : Like Keinrich, Adrian was approached to help out in the field of marketing. He has guided the success of Explo : Learn and Game Caravan last November 2012 and Explo : All aBOARD Ateneo Edition. He now actively prepares the marketing campaigns for Gaming Library.
Favorite board game : Agricola and Twilight Struggle
3.) Gerald Gan
Position : Board Game Reviewer
Start : Gerald has always been a respected member of the community. He takes a lot of time writing unique articles that shed light on the different types of board games out there. Look to his articles to check whether you are getting the right board game or not.
4.) Raymond Tan
Position : Summoner Wars Game Manager
Start: Raymond was one of the first to answer the call when Gaming Library asked for volunteers. Raymond will now be overseeing the growth of Summoner Wars, Gaming Library's first ever winner of the Game of the Year award.
Here's his Summoner Wars background :
- Started playing on VASSAL with thenightshadow, joepinion, and the other SW veterans while waiting for my SW copy - Eventually got my Starter and Master Sets from Gaming Lib and played with the Summoner Wars Group, although didn't get to join the SW tournament - Now I have a complete set and waiting for the second summoners - If you're looking for the best player, it's not me. But if you're looking for insights on strategies, faction playstyles, SW game theory, tier lists, I'll be happy to share them with you - Favorite Factions in Theory: Vanguards, Sand Goblins - Top Factions in Practice: Tundra Orcs, Shadow Elves, Mercenaries, Mountain Vargath - Weaknesses: Filth
When: First Tuesday of the Month 7pm and Third Saturday of the Month 2pm
Where: The Appraisery (8 Annapolis St. Greenhills San Juan - beside Fountain International School)
Newbie Tuesdays will be a game night where new players can be introduced to SW and learn the game on the spot! There will be demos/tutorials held to familiarize the players with the rules and to help the participants get into the game, a 5% discount will be available on that day only for all Summoner Wars products. It will be a great opportunity for veteran players to introduce new players to the hobby. For every player you introduced to the hobby, you'll get a prize!
There will be a tournament held on every Fight Saturday and the winner gets a prize! There will be specific formats as well to help familiarize players with the mechanics and strategies of each faction and this will be decided and announced by the SW organizer.
More to come when the compilation is complete...
1.) We are still looking for the ff: Dominion, Star Wars X-Wing
Time really flies. I just took a 10 minute breather and realized that we're now just days away from the "BER" months! September here we come =D
As I currently look back for 2012, we've introduced about 30 new games at the minimum this year. I then took the data that I had and compiled the current best sellers of Gaming Library for current 2012.
So without further ado..The top 5 Hotness!
1.) Summoner Wars Master Set
I don't think there's any question as to what is the king of board games nowadays. The Summoner Wars Master Set simply offers a high value for money by offering 6 unique faction decks plus one premium wooden board for only 2,200php! (That's around 380php for one deck.)
Aside from this, Summoner Wars has proven that it offers a great deal of strategy (in customizing your faction) and tactics (in-game play, maneuvering and outwitting your foe) in less than 1 hour of game play. Therefore, a lot of people can play it multiple times to try out different techniques and combos!
Tournament events have already been accomplished, each getting attendance in double digits. The community continues to grow as it now has its own facebook group!
So what are you waiting for? At the very least try it out, it is Gaming Library's #1 game for a reason =)
7 Wonders continues to be the gateway/beginner game of choice. With play time of only 30 minutes that can serve from 3-7 players, people are finding that it is very quick enough to play multiple times throughout a game day/night. The simplicity of the game enables people from all ages to be competitive enough to stand a chance against other veterans.
At the same time, another factor that people really like is the multiple paths to victory which offers depth in tactics. Should I go for science or resource engine? These are just the questions that a player must answer in order have a cohesive strategy.
Eclipse took everyone by surprise. It is one of the hottest games to come out as it jumped to the rankings of boardgamegeek, ranking #5 (yes higher than 7 Wonders even!). A lot of people anticipated its arrival on Gaming Library and was rejoicing when the pictures were posted on our facebook fan page.
One player comments that "Eclipse is very simple to learn but is still deep enough to really immense you in the experience of building your own civilization and wage war with others in space!" It takes a good 30minutes per player which is very quick for civilization building games.
As of now, Gaming Library only has 1-2 copies left so get yours now!
I am lumping the two together as they are both from the same license. (This way I can get more titles in!) A Game of Thrones TV series has become such a hit that people want to taste what it feels like to in Westeros! Take sides and pick your houses.
Unfortunately, we are currently out of stock of both. We are calling for reinforcements though and they will be arriving soon! Special order them here.
5.) Carcassonne 10 Year Anniversary Edition
We now come to the classic. Carcassonne remains to be one of the best beginner games and is a staple for any board gamer. The 10 Year Anniversary edition comes in a cool tin meeple shaped box and comes with a mini-expansion already! All this for only 1,370php. No questions asked.
The long dead card game is now getting a new lease of life! On the plus side, it is now a LCG, meaning each expansion will have fixed contents! No more rare cards or arms race decks where the best players are the ones with the most purchasing power.
Enjoy the game and take sides : Runner or Corporation? Which faction? It is the number one most anticipated game of Gaming Library!
MouseGuard story telling! From the makers of Gaming Library's best selling game - Summoner Wars, comes Mice and Mystics!
The new cooperative game featuring players as mice! Get Cheese and avoid cats.
Mice and Mystics is a deeply story driven game. Players play through the chapters of a Mice and Mystics storybook, taking on the roles of mouse adventurers as their story unfolds. This box set is stuffed with everything you need to go on the first adventure with Prince Collin and his allies.
Living in the walls
Lurk things that aren't nice,
That nobody knows of
Except for the mice.
5.) Heap! - the new game that looks to replace Monopoly Deal!
Heap is the madcap game of vehicular mayhem where the player who cobbles together the most outrageous vehicles wins! In this game, players race to get scraps by screwing other people's plans. Build the best car with the best parts and run over everyone.