|My, What Large Fangs You Have!
A preview of the new transformation spells and alternate miniatures in Wiz-War
|Wiz-War | Published 27 December 2011|
Pop quiz, aspiring wizard! What do you do when all the ferocious balls of fire you fling fail to rout your rival mages?
If you answered 4, then you may be ready to tackle the new transformation spells developed by the master mages responsible for the magical mayhem of Wiz-War, the classic board game for 2-4 players.
Fantasy Flight Games’ Wiz-War is nearly here, and one of the game’s new enhancements of which we’re particularly proud is the addition of schools of magic, including the Mutation school, wherein you’ll find a number of spells to manipulate, mutate, and otherwise master your physical form. While all the game’s new mutations offer tremendous power, they also all have weaknesses, and no wizard can wear more than one mutation at a time.
Along with these new shape-shifting spells, Wiz-War offers players five plastic transformed wizard figures, one for each transfigured state. Any wizard who transforms himself into the form of a Big Man, Golem, Gnome, Slime, or Werewolf replaces his wizard figure on the map with the figure for the assumed alternate form.
New shapes for every situation
But why would you want to change your shape? After all, you’re a powerful wizard with both hygiene and magic to maintain your dapper good looks!
Mutations can provide significant sustained advantages, increasing your movement rate, decreasing the damage you take, allowing you to evade damage altogether, and more. Most mutations are temporary, meaning you can maintain them (at the cost of a card slot from your hand) as long as they have energy remaining. In turn, this means the advantages your altered forms grant you last longer than the instant zap of a lightning blast or brilliant burst of a fireball.
Meanwhile, a true shape-shifting mutations master learns to measure and balance his spells’ needs for energy against the benefits of maintaining any mutation. How long do you really need extra arms? Or the tough hide of a giant golem? Or the bestial brawn of a big man? How much will you need your energy for an elemental blast a few moments later? A master of mutation must consider these questions.
Classic roots, exciting enhancements
While Wiz-War remains true to its roots as a light-hearted and imaginative game in which wizards can cast fireballs, create rose bushes from thin air, and manipulate gravity, these new mutation spells are one of the ways by which Fantasy Flight Games has enhanced the play experience.
Wiz-War is nearly here! For now, study your spellbooks, young mages, and keep an eye toward our crystal ball (website) for future updates.
Deep underground in a magical maze, dueling wizards scheme to steal each other’s treasures during the classic, clever (and sometimes comical) confrontations of Wiz-War! This classic board game of magical mayhem for 2-4 players pits players’ wizards against each other in a stupendous struggle for magical mastery.
The game is awsome. Since I'm not hanging the cards on my walls I really don't care about the art style differences. And for those who like the cartoon art alone. Buy a comic
Man, you guys are a bunch of whiners! I don't mind the art mix one bit.
At first, I thought these comments about the game's art were petty, but after looking at the Werewolf and Gnome cards, I agree. The art doesn't match the rest of the game. Listen to your fans, Fantasy Flight.
Cartoon art, all the way, please (I'm sure it's too late for my comments to make any difference at all, of course). The werewolf art is out of place. I was actually put off by the box art too, as it doesn't properly convey the whimsical fun aspect of Wiz-War. I'm glad to see that some (hopefully most!) of the card art is more in-line with the feel of the game.
Will it smell as bad as Drakon?
But I actually prefer the less cartoonish art, it also reflects what's in the boxart aswell.
Curator, the art might not be final but if it is, it was in my opinion a bad decision.
I like this!!
I'm so sad I just downloaded a version and am literally almost done with it. Don't know if I can justify buying this now or not. Damn you, FFG, DAMN YOU!!! :D
Amazing, keep the updates coming!
I agree with Curator. A mix of cartoonish and more classical drawings really ? These styles are too different to be featured together in the same game. What a stange idea.
I was enjoying the cartoon-ish art direction, but now I see this game has no real art direction. Who made this decision? The werewolf and gnome form look out of place.