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Wizards of the Coast GTS 2010 Seminar

March 23, 2010 | | Comments 17

This post is the liveblog for the Wizards of the Coast seminar at GTS 2010. It will begin at 0900 on Wednesday, March 24. UPDATE: time is now 1:00 PM Pacific time.

  • 3:07 AM: Trask The Wizards of the Coast seminar will begin at 0900 on March 24, 2010 MST. This is a liveblog, so do not refresh your page. New content will appear automatically.
  • 12:10 PM: Trask The time zone is PST.
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  • 12:29 PM: Trask
  • 12:46 PM: Haaldaar
  • 12:49 PM: Haaldaar We are now seated waiting for the fun to start.
  • 12:50 PM: Trask
  • 12:50 PM: Trask We begin!
  • 12:52 PM: Trask Greg Leeds talks about state of the business
  • 12:53 PM: Trask 2009 was a good year. Record performance driven by Magic sales.
  • 12:54 PM: Trask Wotc wants to expand the hobby game industry as a whole
  • 12:54 PM: Haaldaar It is good to see thy WOTC is optimistic of 2010 sales. Mostly driven by the Magic The Gathering engine.
  • 12:54 PM: Trask Scott knoblich vp of sales is speaking
  • 12:56 PM: Trask Active players for wotc 330000. 20 percent increase in 2009
  • 12:56 PM: Haaldaar
  • 12:56 PM: Trask On iPhone. English is suffering. Sorry.
  • 12:56 PM: Haaldaar More Magic and D&D players then ever before.
  • 12:57 PM: Trask Focus more on Magic and DnD and instore play.
  • 12:58 PM: Trask WPN has three levels.
  • 12:58 PM: Trask Wizards Play Network
  • 1:00 PM: Trask Focus on building a game community In a retail store.
  • 1:06 PM: Trask Bad news. The seminar was rescheduled. They are covering the wpn now. The Magic and D&D seminar is now at 1300 pacific time.
  • 1:22 PM: Trask We will cover the seminar at 1:oo. See you there!
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  • 4:57 PM: Trask Comments are on, but moderated. Post away! Be sure to comment in the liveblog frame so I can see your comments.
  • 5:00 PM: Trask WOTC GAMA seminar starts in 5 minutes!
  • 5:03 PM: Trask Pat Hildebrant speaks about MTG
  • 5:04 PM: Trask Presenting some facts onmtg history
  • 5:05 PM: Trask 2 million events since it began
  • 5:06 PM: Trask 2009 mtg sales up 70% over previous year
  • 5:07 PM: Haaldaar MTG Duels of the Planeswalker (X-Box Arcade Game) doing very well. Plans to keep adding new content.
  • 5:08 PM: Trask 2009 events up 35%
  • 5:09 PM: Trask Rise of eldrazi is a large set 248 cards
  • 5:09 PM: Trask Big monsters in the new set
  • 5:10 PM: Trask Deck Builders Toolkit is aimed at beginners that want enter the deck building arena
  • 5:11 PM: Haaldaar Exactly. Looks like the Deck Builders Toolkit will be a gateway for new players from the starter decks to booster packs.
  • 5:11 PM: Trask Archenemy multiplayer format. All vs one format
  • 5:11 PM: Trask June release
  • 5:12 PM: Trask 2011 core set. 60 card intro deck. Increased from 40.
  • 5:12 PM: Haaldaar
  • 5:13 PM: Trask Releases 7-11-2010
  • 5:18 PM: Trask Focus on Friday Night Magic events
  • 5:18 PM: Haaldaar
  • 5:19 PM: Trask Added store locator to Magic articles on web site
  • 5:20 PM: Trask Magic will shift focus to multiplayer games. Archenemy and Planeswalker
  • 5:21 PM: Haaldaar
  • 5:21 PM: Trask PT San Juan will have Archenemy preview.
  • 5:23 PM: Haaldaar
  • 5:23 PM: Trask D&D section starts
  • 5:24 PM: Haaldaar
  • 5:25 PM: Trask 1.5 million players. 24 million lapsed players
  • 5:25 PM: Haaldaar
  • 5:25 PM: Trask August is the Dark Sun release
  • 5:26 PM: Haaldaar
  • 5:26 PM: Trask D&D redbox returns
  • 5:27 PM: Haaldaar
  • 5:28 PM: Haaldaar
  • 5:28 PM: Trask Changing the way people enter the game.
  • 5:28 PM: Trask Red Box is a complete game experience.
  • 5:30 PM: Trask After Red Box is the DM kit followed by Monster Vault that includes monster tiles
  • 5:30 PM: Trask New books are trade paperback. Cheaper for new players
  • 5:32 PM: Haaldaar All of the new D&D Essentials will have new material. Not a reprint of existing product.
  • 5:33 PM: Trask The old hardback books are still supported.
  • 5:34 PM: Haaldaar No rules changes. This is still 4.0
  • 5:37 PM: Haaldaar D&D tiles will move to core sets for what everyone needs then expansions to add new stuff. No need fr more releases with empty cooridors.
  • 5:38 PM: Trask D&d board games. Coop play
  • 5:38 PM: Haaldaar
  • 5:39 PM: Trask Board games use similar rules and have the ability to use each others parts
  • 5:39 PM: Haaldaar Castle Ravenloft the board game. Haaldaars loves him some Ravenloft.
  • 5:40 PM: Trask Board games use miniature sculpts from the d&d mini games. They are monochrome, not painted
  • 5:40 PM: Haaldaar
  • 5:41 PM: Trask Lords of Madness miniature set. Fully random. Comes out late this year.
  • 5:41 PM: Haaldaar Moving away from the visable figure. Only one release now planned per year. 60 figures in set. 1 huge 5 random per pack.
  • 5:42 PM: Trask Gargantuan Orcus $75.00
  • 5:43 PM: Haaldaar $75 gargantuon Orcus. “Super Exclusive” to bring up demand. Hobby stores only.
  • 5:43 PM: Trask Tightly controlled release of Orcus. Hobby shops only. No Barnes and Noble release.
  • 5:45 PM: Haaldaar
  • 5:47 PM: Trask Talking about dnd encounters setup. It will be run in seasons and one season will be a Dark Sun preview.
  • 5:48 PM: Trask Gamma World for 4E
  • 5:48 PM: Haaldaar WPN stores will get D&D product 10 days earlier then other channels (I.e. Amazon.com)
  • 5:49 PM: Haaldaar WOTC will be working hard to build and maintain game days in the stores.
  • 5:50 PM: Haaldaar No more promo minis from WOTC. Too expensive with there scaling back on the mini line.
  • 5:55 PM: Haaldaar
  • 5:55 PM: Trask
  • 5:55 PM: Haaldaar
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  • 5:57 PM: Haaldaar Meeting is over. If anyone has questions, please comment and we will try to get answers. Thanks for watching!

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