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Live stream on today at 5 PM PDT!

Hi HEXers! It’s your weekly HEX update. We have a stream happening today at 5 PM PDT, but so much more going on so let’s get to it! 

More Decks For Our Stream at 5 PM PDT! 

We weren’t sure if these two would make the cutoff for our build, but here we are. Both the Coyotle Sapphire deck and the Orc Ruby deck will be added to our Gen Con server! We're going to add them to the Gen Con list of decks later today, and you'll see them in action tonight. Don't forget that if you can't catch it live, you'll be able to watch the archived version on Twitch.

Tickets! Tickets here!

Speaking of Gen Con next week, here's our breakdown of how everything works.

You can come to the Cryptozoic booth, #731, and demo the game with our staff. Once you've done that and know how to play, you can head to the TCG room. Purchase a $10 event ticket from Gen Con for the HEX League, and you can play on our LAN where you'll earn tickets for Jadiim sleeves, mercenaries, and the alternate art Ozawa. 

You earn 2 HEX tickets for a win, 1 ticket for a loss. (Real games, not "I concede to you over and over again" games) You'll get the GAX mercenary just for signing up (limited to one per attendee), and then you can redeem your tickets as follows:

1 Ticket - Jadiim Sleeves
2 Tickets - Alternate Art Ozawa
5 Tickets - Portensio of Avon Mercenary

(record scratch)

Portensio of Avon? I wanted to make a The Third Man reference here, but I mean, the movie is titled The Third Man. You kinda know there was going to be a third man, unless you didn't know the title of the movie you were watching. And that would be weird. Maybe Carol Reed should've titled it SPOILER ALERT: The Third Man. Anyway, yes, there's a SECOND MERCENARY! And you can have him for the low, low cost of 5 tickets!

Card Previews

In addition to the two new decks we’re adding to the site, we have two more card previews to dish before we head off to Indianapolis. Just a little nibble for you all.

Interview With Kevin Jordan 

Our lead systems designer took a short break from playing HEX dungeonmaster, beating down on the rest of the R&D team, to answer a few questions. With years of experience in MMO design and having worked on the biggest video game of all time, Kevin shares what initially inspired him to get into design, what he's been working on in HEX, and more.

Cory's Corner

Hello! Cory here…

Another week and another update, I have to tell you we are pretty excited this week, what with GEN CON right around the corner. I am really looking forward to interacting with some of the community and the Dragon Lord dinner is shaping up to be an amazing evening (we have a couple of special gifts in store those attending). 

The simple fact that we will have a playable version of HEX on the show floor of GEN CON is blowing my mind. I have been attending GEN CON for almost 20 years and I have never looked forward to the show more than I am this year; its really going to be special. I also want to take the time to announce another show we will be attending (in a more limited fashion) DRAGONCON! So Ben Stoll, Chris woods and I will be attending DRAGONCON as panel guests. Here is our tentative schedule for that show.

Title: MMO Design 101
Description: MMO designers of Elder Scrolls, WoW, DC Universe, Star Wars: TOR, and HEX discuss building massive interactive worlds.
Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Grand Salon D - Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: You're the publisher: Kickstarting Videogames
Description: Kickstarter has made crowd-funding easy, and most of its biggest projects are videogames. Come learn about how it's changing game development.
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Grand Salon D - Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: HEX, the MMO card game: PvP design
Description: HEX combines the best of trading card games and MMOs. Cryptozoic's Kickstarter was a massive success, meet the designers to learn what's next!
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: Grand Salon D - Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: World of Warcraft Costume Contest
Description: Like a dungeon boss respawn, the World of Warcraft Costume Contest is back! Pre-reg is held before the contest and is mandatory in order to enter.
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: Grand Ballroom East - Hilton (Length: 2.5 Hours)
Judge for panel

Title: HEX, the MMO card game: PvE design
Description: HEX combines the best of trading card games and MMOs. Cryptozoic's Kickstarter was a massive success, meet the designers to learn what's next!
Time: Mon 11:30 am Location: Grand Salon D - Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)

If you haven’t heard of DRAGONCON, it’s a pretty awesome event, check it out

I should also be clear we will not have a playable version of the game at DRAGONCON

I also want to thank everyone that joined my thread in the official HEX forum regarding Guilds and what you want to see in an TCG/MMO guild system, some remarkable ideas came out of that and I REALLY appreciate the community getting involved. As an example I really loved Mokog’s idea about guild Mercenaries, as unlocked for completing tasks or as a reward for the guild leveling up. That sounds like something I really want to get into the guild system, I seem to have an unhealthy fixation on mercenaries =)

That’s it for now, until next week (you can catch me at the front of the TWITCH stream introducing the session). Oh, and if you’re at GEN CON, I will be in the HEX area primarily and would love to talk about the game, feel free to chat me up.

That's a Wrap

On that note, if you're a media outlet or a HEX website looking to talk to us at Gen Con, please contact ASAP to schedule a time to come to the booth and chat. Saturday and Sunday are still somewhat open, with nearly all the Thursday and Friday slots taken up. 

If you're looking to talk to one of our team at DragonCon, please do the same. 

So, see you this evening at 5 PM PDT on our Twitch channel. New decks! Hooray!


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    1. Cryptozoic Entertainment 5-time creator on August 15, 2013

      Kami: We have some nice gifts, but nothing that involves in-game rewards, if that helps.

    2. Kami Yamabushi on August 14, 2013

      While this may be somewhat of a selfish question: For those of us who are eligible for the GenCon Dragon Lord dinner but are unable to attend, would we highly regret it? *cue embarrassing OCD-ish tendecies for collecting stuff*

      "the Dragon Lord dinner is shaping up to be an amazing evening (we have a couple of special gifts in store those attending)" - as Cory stated.

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      Jeff O'Neil on August 13, 2013

      Super bummed that Cory will be at the wrong convention at the end of August... but any news on what (if anything) we can expect at PAX? GenCon has been talked about for weeks now, Dragoncon is the same weekend as PAX and got info spoiled... no word on PAX.

      Seriously bummed

    4. jimmywolf on August 11, 2013

      @Sean Clapp
      thanks for the reply, despite my disgruntled post, am still very happy overall with the game an enjoy overall everything their doing. i agree the chest idea is a very nice compromise, an am look forward too see you all in game.

    5. Cryptozoic Entertainment 5-time creator on August 10, 2013

      AI exists, but what you described isn't how the game is functionally built from an engineering standpoint.

    6. Reser on August 9, 2013

      I was thinking more you could have made it offline with an AI, or local lan only, however that would rely on having some sort of AI already I guess.

    7. Cryptozoic Entertainment 5-time creator on August 9, 2013

      Hi all. I hope you all heard by now that Cory confirmed a playable alpha at the end of September.

      There are no DragonCon exclusives. We don't have an official floor presence there.

      Those two mercenaries and AA Ozawa will be potential pulls from the treasure packs next year during Gen Con 2014, so every pack has the potential to have one of those three items.

      As for letting people play remotely during the Gen Con weekend, scaling isn't that easy. Two computers is harder than one computer, four computers harder than two, 16 harder than those four. 17,765 players harder than those sixteen. And HEX is still growing, in a phase where it needs to keep connecting with people who may have missed the one-month Kickstarter window. Alongside our mission to bring the game to you as quickly as possible, the community must continue to grow. People getting access to demo the game next week isn't by default a slight against people who will get to touch the game in something like four weeks.

      Jeffrey: You should look into getting a refund for the second ticket.

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      Sean Clapp on August 9, 2013


      They said that the mercs from live events would be available during those events to all players via treasure chests that are generated from opening a pack.

      A chest opened during the event will be marked with the "event" tag, and has a chance to drop a mercenary that was exculsive to the event.

      Because GenCon is before release, they said the mercs from this year, will be available during next years' GenCon.

      I hope this clears up your concerns!

    9. Reser on August 9, 2013

      Is it not possible at all to let backers play the Gencon version during Gencon? To me it seems a bit annoying that the first people to play the game are going to be people who are not backers, unless they are backers that live close by.

    10. Mewkow on August 9, 2013

      What about those Dragon level collectors that couldn't make it out to Gen Con to join the dinner? Anything in store for them?

    11. jimmywolf on August 9, 2013

      i stated before my distaste for live only cards, for a "online only" game. the excuse it always been that way, it their game their rules, is also a easy, cheap get out jail free card to do whatever they want..

      in my opinion sleeves are fine, plush toys,posters, art books, are fine. things that have no effect in game are fine.

      but saying X person get this because i like making exclusive things, will create turmoil among players. am still looking forward to the game an want it too be a great success, but ill always be a advocate of change, for the greater good, not the elite few.

      i backed as a collector, an would not mind if everyone could archive getting the AA cards at a very rare/low rate.

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      cursedseishi on August 9, 2013

      @Brad Owens:
      "Released" and "Pay to play early" are too completely different things buddy. Solforge is an early-release title on steam, and if you weren't paying attention to that it also means it isn't feature complete. It's not the full game. It's not "out", it's a paid beta/alpha.

      That's just you. These promos aren't meant for JUST us, so complaining about how you won't be getting a card in a trading card game seems a little ridiculous. It sucks that I probably won't have that awesome bard, but at the same time I'm not going to act like Cryptozoic OWE me cards just because I threw 5-10-15-whatever bucks at them.

      If it's tradeable, you'll be able to get it. These are meant for the Gen Con-goers who stop by and decide to play, as a way of saying "thanks for spending some time with us". At best, they get a somewhat tanky card for PvE play only. This kind of stuff is far from new.

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      ivan on August 9, 2013

      What ..!!!!
      Cory did a McGuffin dance on the forum and I missed it?!!

      Damn I need a job without regional deployment.

      To the Team and those attending GenCon
      Happy hunting !

    14. Filena77
      on August 9, 2013

      IF remember you will can have these card in a chest aviable later when the game is out. just hope not at stupid rarity :)

    15. Paxe on August 9, 2013

      There are many backers who wont be able to go to Gencon. I am really disappointed with the Gencon only promos. You don't really need these to create a booth buzz. Your booth is guaranteed to be busy. The only thing these promos will do is help you exclude backers.

    16. Jeffrey Klingbeil on August 9, 2013

      When purchasing event tickets, we were given the option to purchase two tickets, which some of my friends and I have. Will there be any benefit from having two tickets, or should I look into getting a refund for one of them once I arrive at Gen Con?

    17. Brad Owen
      on August 9, 2013

      Do we have an update on release? I'm seeing ads for SolForge another digital collectible game that is already out on the market via Steam.

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      Matt on August 9, 2013

      Congrats to Mokog for getting a name drop. Is there any way we could possibly get a transcript or notes after the PvP and PvE panel at DragonCon? Maybe post them as an article the Friday after?

    19. Brad Owen
      on August 9, 2013

      Hmm.. collector tier.. doesn't get the collectibles.. sad.

    20. Svenn on August 9, 2013

      Any DragonCon exclusives sleeves/mercs/AA cards?

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      Frank on August 9, 2013

      Cryptozoic Entertainment: You just made my day/birthday with that information! It's also nice to know you guys read the comments :D.

    22. Cryptozoic Entertainment 5-time creator on August 9, 2013

      Frank: Cory just might talk about that today on the stream ;)

      Shane: You have to join the league to receive the league rewards.

      Andy: These will not be included in the collector tier.

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      Frank on August 9, 2013

      Is the Alpha supposed to be in September? I can't recall if I read that or just made it up hah.

    24. Shane Allen
      on August 9, 2013

      You get the promo or just the ability to enter the league from visiting the booth? I'd like to do the league but my schedule is pretty tight the whole week unless you have early/sunday leagues.

    25. Andy Cormack on August 9, 2013

      It's been a while since the Kickstarter ended so I've forgotten a bit but, will The Collector tier etc. be getting these Gen Con cards including the merc you just revealed?