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Scape Hunting: Magic Arena of the Planeswalkers

Posted October 10th, 2015 at 03:01 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus
We were so excited to read about AofP. I was going to say we havenít been that excited about Scape stuff in years.... but of course there hasnít been any Scape stuff in years. Fanscape is great, but for us the game is really about new minis and terrain. And wound markers. And dice.

So the prospect of getting new Scape stuff was really exciting. It was a little reminder of how things used to be.

Canada is a great place to live but we donít get the variety of games or new releases so quickly. I live about 15 minutes from the US border so I really donít understand how things canít make it across that imaginary line. I know things get tied up in red tape. We understand that. We donít cross the border because of some trouble in the past involving a toy hand grenade, but we wonít go into that. Anyway, we were excited and so I went to my LGS to see if they had AofP.

Guess what? Both LGS were closed. Not closed as in weíre at home sleeping and please come back tomorrow but closed as in we have dropped off the face of the earth and the store space is bored up and empty. When did that happen? Okay so I havenít been there in a while, but still Ė I guess the internet kills LGS. Or is this part of some larger plot?

In the summer I went on a strange trip to Ottawa (Canadaís capitol) where I became trapped in a cave. Actually thatís another story. But I did hit some of their games stores, and even TRU Ottawa had AofP. I was tempted to buy it but I was on my way to the airport and where would I put it? If itís in TRU in Ottawa wouldnít it be in TRU where I live?

Did you guess the answer was no? It was not in the store. I even asked. They had never heard of it. They tried to tell me that I was wrong, that Magic was a card game. They looked in their computers. They had no record of it. They were so certain I was wrong. It was so infuriating, I almost peed in their Wii display. But Iím Canadian, so of course I didnít do anything. Weíre way too polite.

I opened up the internet and looked in various forums. It was suggested that AofP was only for sale at one or two stores in Canada. Thatís really stupid. Canada is geographically the largest country on earth. If AofP was for sale in only two stores Iíd never be able to find them.

So in typical Canadian fashion, I chose to wait a while, which is also called doing nothing. Weeks passed. I went back to my TRU and now they had AofP on the shelf. Ha! I said in the board game section! Ha! I was right! Ha! People began to move away from me. Donít they know toys make people crazy?

The game is about twice as expensive in Canadian dollars as it is in US dollars. Everything is. Thatís not fair, you know?

I was very excited to get the game home. I gave it to my oldest son and he opened and we looked at the pieces. Scape terrain. Some big cardboard pieces that could be used for quick set up maps, though we didnít really like the way the water was laid out. The cardboard scenery -the LOS blockers- were a little weird. How do they fit on the map? We sat for a moment in silence, reappreciating those RofV ruins one more time.

The minis were okay I guess. We would have preferred them to be painted. Should we paint them? We miss Scape minis. Scape had the nicest minis. The dice seemed strange without skulls on them.

I know it sounds silly, but what disappointed me the most was the wound markers. These were little square cubes like the energy units in King of Tokyo. I miss the old wound markers. Good thing we have six large jars of them.

We set the terrain up, read the rules a bunch of times and played a game. Those rotten elfish archers got glyphs and slaughtered me. The game was over quickly. We remembered why we made our own custom game.

Iíll admit I need to give it a second look and a second try. But if you remember, my family has mostly played our own custom game and not Classic Scape anyway. We already have a magic system, one that works better with Classic play.

Now Iím sad. It was so much fun to feel that Scape hunting rush again- the excitement of hunting it down, fighting with TRU employees and finally buying it. But now itís done. I know thereís supposed to be expansions. Will we buy them? I donít know. Money is tight these days.

It has been said that one cannot appreciate a golden age without experiencing its decay. That makes me sad too.

Itís nice to see excitement here though, and I hope yíall are enjoying the new crack! Though this crack doesnít seem so addictive....
Total Comments 7


The blue and red translucent mini's I actually appreciate. The other none painted ones...not so much.

I collected MTG in my day but mostly for the aesthetic look of the cards as the game play was really mostly annoying to me.

This set would have been great as a Heroscape set, without the cards and with some paint. As it stands...it's not bad but it's just not 'Scapey enough for my tastes.

And you're right, that imaginary wall that stands between us and our friends to the south is really difficult to get across. Even in my neck of the woods, very close to Toronto, the sets have only just begun to show within the last week or so.

I may still pick up the expansions if I have the time and inclination but it's simply not the same.
Posted October 13th, 2015 at 09:41 PM by AMIS AMIS is offline
Updated October 13th, 2015 at 09:42 PM by AMIS (Bring back scape! We need to customize what we know! :))
Tornado's Avatar
I may have asked this before but I would love to see your magic system for Classic.
Posted October 15th, 2015 at 12:09 PM by Tornado Tornado is offline
chas's Avatar
I'm going to combine the two games. You should just draft it into yours. And that's that.
Posted October 19th, 2015 at 11:13 PM by chas chas is offline
Arch-vile's Avatar
I've missed your blog posts Sylvano! You have a great sense of humor in them.
Posted October 21st, 2015 at 01:32 AM by Arch-vile Arch-vile is offline
Sylvano the Wasabus's Avatar
Thank you for your comments. As you know, that's what keeps us all posting and blogging.

I have posted the 2015 magic system for your amusement:
Posted October 21st, 2015 at 12:42 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus Sylvano the Wasabus is offline
flameslayer93's Avatar
Oh man I thought these had dried up. I'm sorry AotP wasn't a huge hit over at your guys' house, but at least you had the chance to play it.
Posted October 21st, 2015 at 08:31 PM by flameslayer93 flameslayer93 is offline
Evar-Scarcarver's Avatar
After playing AotP, (which I found surprisingly fun) every piece of plastic in Heroscape feels like a high quality hand made board game piece comparatively. Those cardboard LoS blockers make me cringe every time I put them together.
Posted October 26th, 2015 at 04:26 PM by Evar-Scarcarver Evar-Scarcarver is offline
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