My first draft of the 2FT set review is up --
read at your own risk!
I got my shipment of Two-Fisted Tales from Potomac, and cracked 4 boxes.
Again, I was very disappointed with my distribution. Zero Khalid Al-Haddad
and I got singletons of two rares (Change and The Nemesis), and 5-6 of
some rares. I'm working away on my un-abashed card review of 2FT, and I
hope to have it done in the next week or so.
There was some serious butt-kicking down at Gencon SoCal -- there was a
solid turn out of Shadowfist players, including a complement from the Bay Area.
You can read about it on
Two-Fisted Tales of the Secret Wars should be out any day now. This
set is set in a sub-juncture of the American Pulp Era (1920s-1940s) much like
Boom Chaka Laka was set in the 70s. Will 2FT be better received that BCL?
We'll have to wait and see on that one...
Important! The Shadowfist Secret HQ has moved to:
update your links!
Sorry about being lazy and not posting a KublaCon report -- you can find all
sorts of juicy tidbits about KublaCon (and Shadowfist in general at
And here's what you've really been waiting for, the real scoop on the KublaCon
Final Brawl winning deck, 82 Mooks.
Also, the Feng Shui RPG Jammer supplement,
makes an excellent read.
Here are some snapshots of the action at KublaCon!
laying some smackdown on Earl, Frank
make a monkey move,
a table in
awe at the mighty Steve administering beats,
table getting warmed up,
most-likely convincing someone to take back their attack at the finals,
secret tech from the Final Brawl winning deck,
Zev, and finally, that schmuck of a demon,
Desolation, getting pwn'd by a lowly Sinister Priest, with the help of a few
Who's the Big Man Now?!?
If you haven't heard, Seven Masters vs. The Underworld is in stores.
KublaCon is rapidly approaching, so get some decks together for the big
throwdown. I hope to be there for most of the weekend, with the goal of
hosting as many open games as possible.
I've been at it again -- the Card Reviews section has my first pass at the
latest Shadowfist expansion, Seven Masters vs. The
Underworld. Check it out at your own risk! I've also done a
little more Ranting, which you really should read
at your own risk =)
I updated the Hacker and
Underworld Tracker lists for Seven
Masters vs. The Underworld. As the set name indicates, the Underworld
Tracker is the big winner -- how can you not play with them now?
KublaCon is just a little over a month
away (pre-reg is $30 until April 15). It should be the first opportunity
for you to see the latest Shadowfist expansion, Seven Masters vs. the Underworld
in action (it's due out the end of April). The San Francisco crew will be
there, kicking butt!.
The new Kiii-YAAAH! (#4) has been out for a little while -- it features articles
from three San Francisco players -- check it out. There might even be
another article from me in #5. Rumor has it that the next Shadowfist
expansion, Seven Masters vs. the Underworld is already in playtest. It
will feature an all-new 9th faction, The Seven Masters, who blend magic and chi
-- look at the Ho Chen promo card if you don't believe me.
I'm in the process of updating the Strategy
Section with new stuff from Red Wedding. For example, I just added a
whopping 17 cards to the Beat the Ascended
Added the Rants section, along with it's first
rant on the recent Tactics/KHouse ruling.
Also a little spruce up here and there of some of the content. Our Red
Wedding shipment should arrive in a couple of weeks, so we'll have more to say
and a few decks after that. Also, I need to get around to updating the
Beat the Ascended section with all the hosers in RW.
Tired of all the bad rulings and rules changes? Check out the Rules
Revolt. Think you can do a better job than the Shadowfist rules team?
The odds are you can! Send me your additions and corrections and we can
make this thing work.
I've finished the first draft of my
thoughts on Red Wedding as a card set. As always, it comes with a
caveat emptor, as my opinions are, well, opinionated, and may vary wildly from
yours -- email me and let know where
you think I blew it!. Also, the name of the next
expansion has been announced - Seven Masters versus the Underworld
-- boy, that sounds like a bad faceoff, doesn't it?
I updated the Hacker and Underworld
Tracker references for Red Wedding. Not much for the Hacker, but it
looks like half of Red Wedding triggers Underworld Tracker...
The official Red Wedding spoiler can be found at the Shadowfist
web site. I've started the write up of my
opinion of the set. I've only done the Architects so far, but if you
want a hint of where I'm going you can take a peek at it.
The next Shadowfist expansion, Red Wedding is getting close, and I
think it's going to be very interesting for the game. You absolutely need
to checkout the
preview. You can also find some of Jeremy
Dale's RW art online as well as Melissa
KublaCon was enjoyable this year -- not the biggest turn-out, but it
was still great seeing most of the Bay Area players again. I think we had 25+
total Shadowfist players over the weekend, with varying amounts participating in
the different tournaments. I played in two - the Whirlpool of Blood and
For the Whirlpool, everyone got a random 10KB starter and 3 boosters of their
choice. You then had to choose 24 cards from your deck/boosters and cough them
up for a Rochester-style draft. People kicked in some surprisingly good cards
for the draft -- the #1 pick was a Temple of Angry Spirits and the #2 was a
Whirlpool. I was given a Purist starter and I took 2 DF and 1 BCL
boosters. One of my Rares was a Memory Palace, but I decided not to play it -- I
think the only card I played out of the 3 boosters was a Purist Initiate. For
the draft, my first four picks were Rama Singh, followed by Memory Reprocessing,
Purist Initiate and Zen Logician. My other 20 picks didn't wind up in my deck.
Basically, I just swapped 2 Arcane Scientists for the Initiates and added the
other cards and I was ready to go. We were playing four-player games, and
I don't remember too much about them. I do remember Memory Reprocessing being a
key in one game -- I reprocessed a Realpolitik (which had smacked my Quantum
Sorcery) to whack a Mentor on the Father of Chaos. Another cool play was burning
a Turtle Island for victory after blanking it with a Void Sorcerer. It was only
a 3 round event with no playoff, and I somehow managed to have the most points.
My prize was a cool Derek Han print by JerO -- thanks to Earl for running this
I also played in the extremely fun Memory Reprocessing tournament -- for
those of you not familiar with this event, basically it threw out all of the
Z-Man rulings/rules changes and card changes/errata. I didn't have a special
deck for the event, but lots of people did, and it was great seeing Vivisectors
eat themselves again (Randall had the Vivisector/Reinvig Process/Feasts of Souls
engine going one game with 3 of each in play!).
What was extra cool is that when you made an old-school play, you got to
announce it and get some "bonus points." I never got off my old-school
playof a first turn Mole Network, so I was a gimp. I got the biggest chuckle
from people have to reveal face-down Temple of the Angry Spirit before combat to
get them to work - I don't think anyone Tactics out, but it could have happened.
Q-Ball won the event with a BattleMattic/Spirit Pole deck of all things, that
had almost no cards that were effected by the special rules -- thanks to Jan for
running this event.
I skipped the Who's the Big Man Now (constructed dueling) and Final Brawl
(constructed multiplayer) in favor of gazillions of "friendly games" --
I think I got to play with almost everyone at one time or another. My best
game was with one I which my fire deck, when I got to "go off" and
take 4 sites in one turn for the win. I brought about 25 decks to KublaCon, and
I tried to play each one once, but I didn't make it through all of them.
There didn't seem to be a hot new game this year like HeroClix was as the
last KublaCon. The closest was the German boardgame Dwarven Dig which seemed to
be sort of like Talisman with dwarves.
It was cool meeting Zev -- this was his first trip to San Francisco, and Jan
was able to show him around a bit. I forgot to pump Zev for Shadowfist info
(like I usually do Paul) , but I did hear that Jeremy Dale will be doing some
art for Red Wedding. Zev also mentioned that Claws was his favorite Chris
Siksada art, and that Z-Man games is working on a few more RPG projects.
I have to say the most surprising part of the con were the rabid L5R
players. The friday night tournament had over 60 entrants, and they were
expecting 150 on Saturday for the Kotei storyline qualifier -- L5R players yell
Bonzai three times before each round real loud, and 60 was deafening, so we
stayed as far away from them on Saturday as possible.
All-in-all it was an enjoyable weekend, and I'm already looking forward to
KublaCon next year.
I added Braz King's Comprehensive FAQ for your perusal
A Couple of updates -- first, I've revised my card
reviews. About 50% of entries have revised text and new ideas.
Most of them are nothing spectacular, but I did come up with a few good ones
(like using the Gnarled Attuner against BattleGround sites). The second
update is that I've finally finished the first draft of my article on Alternate
Power Generation -- this article is a must if you are new to the game and
need some help building decks that fair better. I also did a quick pass at
my Faceoff Strategy article, adding some
comments on the newest faceoff cards.
KublaCon is coming up towards the end
of May. There should be plenty of Shadowfist action going on. Zev
from Z-Man games is going to be in attendance, running official tournaments.
List of Confirmed/Probable KublaCon Attendees --
Europe: Andrew Davidson
East Coast: Zev Shlasinger
SoCal: Steve "The Champ"
Valladolid, Jeremy Stamer
South Bay: Bryant Durrell, Earl Miles,
More to come!
I added a list of cards that can trigger Underworld
Tracker to the strategy section.
I merged the master card reviews
with those from the last 3 releases. Now I just need to go through the
entire list and update them, reflecting changes from the more recent cards, and
that might take a while...
A couple of updates -- I've added Ryan
Keane's Hacker list to the strategy section -- it's always good to know what
is Hackable and what the results are. I also added some new
decks featuring 10KB cards.
I've added some comments on the new cards
in the 10KB starters -- read at your own risk!
Z-Man has just put out the Can of Whupass: Old Skool edition, which reprints 6
of the 8 characters bumped off in Operation Killdeer (these are the characters
that were in Limited, and did not reapear in Standard). The set has a
tombstone as a symbol, and the cards feature new tags. This can be
purchased direction through the Official
Shadowfist Web Site. The cards in the
Adrienne Hart -- She was killed before her forbidden
love for the Unspoken Name could destroy the Lodge.
Jack Donovan -- He faced certain death without
Jueding Shulun -- His hubris was his undoing.
Mad Dog McCroun -- His time in the Death Ring left him
unafraid of dying.
Nirmal Yadov -- He was too cocky for his own good.
Sun Chen -- He fell because he could not bring himself
to remain an observer.
I've finished my first draft of my comments on
Boom Chaka Laka.
I've been slack in updating this site lately -- I've been busy.
KublaCon was a blast, and I'm looking forward to it next year. You can
find the spoiler to the new Shadowfist expansion Boom Chaka Laka at www.shadowfist.com
-- I'll get around to posting my comments on the set, but generally, I'm not
enthused by either the flavor or the card abilities.
Rob Caldwell has put up a pretty cool new Shadowfist site -- The
Smoked Pile -- what's extremely neat-o is that there are scans of all the
I've finished my first draft of my opinions on
the cards in Dark Future -- as always, they are unabashed, outrageous and
hopefully thought provoking. Read at your own risk!
The official Dark
Future Spoiler is up at the Shadowfist.com
site. I'm not going to post any more teasers, and instead work on my
commentary for the set.
More goodies from Dark Future -- first is the Tech
Puzzle -- Can you match the cards?
Second is a peak at the new Feng Shui Sites.
And just whipped up some Battleground madness.
Today being a slow work day, I've added another Dark Future preview, but
this time for Vehicles. I you haven't
guessed it, the pic to the left is Dirk Wisely, Man of Action.
I've added a Purist Preview for Dark
Future. Some major teasing is involved. It's a great DF fix for you
addicts that are still waiting on cards. The set is going to be reprinted to
correct the problems with the incorrectly colored card backs -- expect to see DF
in stores around tax time.
Just got back from LA where we got to be the first to play with Dark
Future, and here are some news blurbs, rumors and info from cards I was able to
put my greasy hands on (thanks Zev for okaying the early release of DF!):
Rare: The Destroyer, Johnny Badhair, Johann Bonengel, Sergeant Blightman
Uncommon: Memory Reprocessing, Smart Missile, Spawn of the New Flesh, MegaTank
Common: Killing Ground, Orbital Laser Strike, Alchemist's Lair, Secret Lab,
BuroMil Grunt, Cellular Reinvigoration, Just a Rat, Homemade Tank, Nuked
Updated characters: A bunch! Battlechimp, Jason X, Rhys Engel, Dunwa,
Pushing Up Daisies: Little Jim bites it big time, and things don't
look good for the Dragon's leader when there are cards called "Kar Fai's
Last Stand" and "Kar Fai's Legacy"
Speaking of Rare Cards: There looks to be a lot of variety in card
types. I saw at least 2 Rare Events, 2 Rare States, and 2 Rare non-FS sites. You
can tell rarity in DF by just looking at the shading of the expansion symbol.
Dirk Wisely, Man of Action: 'nuff said!
Card Backs Messed Up: The Common and Uncommon cards had some of the
yellow dropped out during the printing process, so the card backs are pretty
easy to distinguish from the other cards. It's unclear whether the current run
will be dumped for a make good from the printer. Expect a release delay if it
Card Corners: The corner rounding of DF are more like those of
Daedalus cards than the previous Z-Man cards.
Art: The art looks really sharp, probably the best of Z-Man to date.
The only real problem is that the batch we saw was printed a little too dark,
which was most likely due to it being early in the run before the plates got
'broken in' (apparently the printing gets lighter the more you use the plates).
Shaking the Mountain v2: The artist who did the questionable art on
Shaking the Mountain is back with two pieces this time =/
Good Art: Too many to mention! There is a new Jammer card "Close
Call" that has a vaguely familiar primate on it...
Most Disappointing Art: Thing with 1000 Tongues (yes, he's back, but
as an Abomination instead of a Demon) -- it's not that the art is bad, it just
doesn't capture the kick-ass feel of the Thing.
Hubba Hubba: Major Hottie is hot, wearing a clearing photoshop'd in
top. Rumor has it that one of the copyright owners on the world of Shadowfist is
unhappy with the nudie cards, so don't expect to see any more.
Tech Extravaganza: At least 12 Tech cards in the set, including the
first ever Tech only characters (I'm ignoring the 10K man, since he provides
Tank Warfare will never be the same: New tanks and cards that interact
with tanks, and a Proving Ground like card for Vehicles.
Promos: There are going to be 2 promo cards in DF -- A hand hitter
(you can see what he looks like by looking on the display box which features his
art -- he's the one who looks like Toshiro Mifune) and the Boom Shaka Laka
preview card Funky Monkey, who may have the rather dubious designator
"Chimp Pimp" -- guess it's time for Koko to trade in her low heels for
Speaking of BSL: Rumor has it that one of Shadowfist's original
designers will be making contributions to the next expansion.
New Starters: There looks to be a good chance that there will be a new
edition of starters, this time with 8 decks (one for each faction), with a
possible preview at Origins.
New Packaging: DF isn't in mylar wrapping -- it's more like the older
wax packs. The display box looks real spiffy when the top is folded open. No
visible secret messages this time around.
Purists: Their art looks really amazing, and has a real consistent
feel to it. Expect to scoop up about 1-2 displays to get enough Purists -- The
two main hitters (Primus and Rhys) are rare, so it's nice to have
multiples. Also, there is a foundation you are going to really want 5 of,
and the average is 3 per box. I was able to throw together what may have been
the first Purist faction deck ever, and Jan was able to score the first game
victory with it.
SoCal Players Turn Chicken: After hearing that Jan and I were driving
down, most of the LA and San Diego players turned Colonel Sanders and were
afraid to show...
Eric Lui's Mom: She rules! Fong Sai Yuk's mom ain't got nothing on
Paul Gerardi Sexy as Ever: Paul kept things going strong and ran some
fun Who Want's Some and Booster Drafts. With 4 expansions to draft from, it
definitely gets exciting. We hope to lure him to the Bay Area Memorial Day
Weekend for KublaCon.
My hard disk crashed last week, so I had to recreate this web site
from import -- it may be a little funky for a while.
Dark Future rarity info:
2 Promo (not in packs)
Dark Future is at the printers -- look for it in stores early next month. Potomac
has a great pre-order price of $39 a box (3 box minimum).
Eric Lui has taken over running the Shadowfist
Card Database, and it has now been updated with Shaolin Showdown -- check it
out. And thanks to Will Wagner for running it all those years!
Convention Info -- DunDraCon is coming
up Presidents' Day Weekend, and there should be some Shadowfist action
there. Last year had a huge turnout. Looking to the future, KublaCon
will be coming up in Memorial Day Weekend, and we are hoping to have a rep from
Z-Man out for that one.
Joe Ganis will be running a mini-tournament down at Neutral Ground early in
February. Format will be one-deck combo dueling and multi -- should be
pretty crazy. I'll try and find out some more info and post it.
DunDraCon is coming President's Day Weekend over in San Ramon. Look for
some hot and heavy kung-fu action. Come play your new N2 and SS decks!
If you've been paying attention to the mailing lists and the Z-Man website,
you've probably been clued into the next Shadowfist Expansion, Dark
Future. Set in 2061, the set will debut an entire new faction, The
Purists. Look for Dark Future in early-mid 2002.
Sorry I've been slack about updates. Joe Ganis has been running a Proving
Ground down in Mountain View and Neutral Ground -- you can get information by clicking
here. I'm still a little uninspired by Shaolin Showdown and haven't
been designing any new decks. In fact, since the school semester started,
we haven't been playing much.
AAARRRGGGH! That piece of crap Front Page crashed while I was doing some
edits and it hosed up my navigation -- please excuse the mess while I try to fix
it. There are also some various updates, but I'll wait until stuff is
fixed to announce them. UPDATE: I think I've fixed most everything --
take a look at our new updated decks section.
Here are our Top Shaolin Showdown picks. I've
also gone through and updated the full reviews of N2 and SS and have integrated
them to to the master faction lists (I also kept the separate lists). I
also re-orged the Decks section in preparation to
add a bunch of new decks incorporating cards from the last two sets. I
also updated the strategy articles Beat the
Ascended and Faceoffs.
Send us your Top 5 Shaolin Showdown
cards and a maybe a reason or two why -- we'll be posting ours after this
weekends Fu-Fest -- we want to hear what you guys think are going to be the hot
new cards and what's going to be shaking up the environment.
Shaolin Showdown has shipped -- it's in game stores and available over the web
from many distributors. We should be getting our big shipment next week,
so look for some new decks using SS cards later this month.
Boy, ConQuest was a joke. Poor layout and almost no support for CCGs
scores this con a big 1 out of 10 rating. Don't expect to see us there
next year, but we are still looking forward to DunDraCon for Presidents' Day
Weekend and KublaCon for Memorial Day Weekend.
In cleaning out my mailbox, I just found three decks that had been submitted
last year by Glen Murie. They are all example of how to build decent
mono-faction decks without too many rare cards that offer variety. Check
them out in the Decks section.
ConQuest is coming to the Bay Area for
Labor Day weekend! A bunch of us from the San Francisco Dojo will be down
in Palo Alto for some action. This may be your first chance to see
some Shaolin Showdown cards in action.
I posted a couple of GenCon 2001 tournament winning decks in our decks
section. Congratulations on Jan and Steve for their amazing repeat
performances and keeping their titles for yet another year!
Analysis of Shaolin Showdown! Get
some scoops, deck ideas and generally assault your senses with unabashed card
Shaolin Showdown Spoilers! 'Nuff said!
Potomac Distribution is taking
pre-orders on Shaolin Showdown, which is due out for GenCon at the end of
Added another N2 deck -- this one a surly Demon
deck based around Ravenous Devourer. I also added a short guide to picking
Whew... finally finished my write-up of Netherworld 2
-- It's still a little rough, but hopefully it will spark some ideas for decks
and help shed some light on the new cards. My next project is to post some
new decks using the N2 cards.
I updated the Beat the Ascended section
with a few new ideas -- this area is always worth looking at to make sure the
sneaky Ascended players don't rule the world.
I wrote up a quick report from KublaCon.
Here are some of my initial impressions of
N2:Back Through the Portals. They are still pretty rough, but I am
starting to get a feel for the set.
I was able to pick up a couple of early boxes for N2, and I was pretty much blow
away by the set. I'm only missing one card from the set, and had a bunch
of extra commons and uncommons left over to throw into some existing
Z-Man will have a presence at KublaCon
over in Oakland May 25-28. Netherworld 2 should be on sale, and you
can get a chance to play against the Secret HQ staff.
Netherworld 2 should be arriving in stores any day. Look for
reviews, strategies and fun things to do with the new set towards the end of the
month when I get a hold of some. Check the Shadowfist
website for more info!
I just posted two decks from Throne War Champion Steve Valladolid in the Decks
Section. These are Jammer and Monarch decks that are compatible for
play with the Year of the Dragon decks, and are a blast to play in that
We have two new decks posted for your perusal. Both are control based
dueling decks. One, Ting Rays and Fairy Dust
is a hand deck that is designed to slow down and cripple your opponent, while
the other, You Look Like Buro, takes control of
your opponents characters and beats him over the head with them.
All the card reviews are finished (except for editing out those stupid typos) --
whew! That's a lot of cards. Now we are going to concentrate on
strategy and play articles, as well as posting interesting deck ideas. If
you have something, send it on in.
The Dragon and Hand commentaries are finished and we have several new decks for
your veiwing enjoyment.
We have our first visitor submitted deck, the Bilge
Pump, a nice take on an Ascended Speed deck. Also the sections on Chi
and the Ascended are completed.
Architects and Unaligned cards are finished, and since ManaFest starts tomorrow,
I won't have much time to write until next week. See you at ManaFest!
The write-ups for the Four Monarchs and Jammers are done! Check them out
and feel free to mail back your comments on what we had to say.
We have a new section for Shadowfist Strategy!
Two articles so far (one from "The Man" himself, Jan Malina, on
building a winning deck), with more under construction. All of the write-ups
from Standard are done.
Finished writing up all the characters in Standard/Limited. Added a few new
decks this week. There is a demo today at Epic World in Castro Valley at
All card names typed in with placeholders. Profiles for the contributors
updated in San Francisco Play. Started on character review for standard.
Resource characters done for all factions. A few decks posted.
The Feng Shui sites are done, so I am starting on writing up opinions on the
There is still a lot missing, but
the content is slowly coming. You'll have to excuse the 'look' of this
site -- I am lucky to get FrontPage to do this much!
My first project is to complete the review of Feng Shui sites -- this should
be done the week of 9/11/00.
There will we be Shadowfist demos at Ballpark
Game Center in San Francisco on Saturday September 16 and at Games of Berkeley on
Sunday September 17.
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