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Summoner Wars Review

7 January 2010 3 Comments

Summoner Wars
We had originally meant to release the Summoner Wars review before heading out of town for the holiday, but family and travel had a ruthless habit of intervening. Before all of the hustle and bustle, a portion of the 2D6 staff had a chance to get together and have a six person double, elimination tournament – which incorporated both of the currently available player sets. As usual, there was a fair amount of the swearing coming from Matt’s side of the room. Surprisingly, I think that Emily may have been the culprit.

Having delayed enough already, I present you with the 2D6 review of Summoner Wars by: Plaid Hat Games.


Review Cast: Ashly Simmons, Austin Lord, Emily Ross, Matthew Falk, Nicholas Cassidy, and Travis Ross,.
Filmed By: Ashly Simmons, Austin Lord, and Nicholas Cassidy.
Edited By: Nicholas Cassidy
Production Notes: The Summoner Wars play footage was captured while playing a six person, single elimination tournament. My apologies for the siren and car horn that are audible during the review.

Our Review:
Craftsmanship: 3 / 5
Accessibility: 4 / 5
Gameplay: 4 / 5
Replayability: 3 / 5
Final Verdict: Buy it – if you believe that it will scratch an incessant card gaming itch.

Other Summoner Wars reviews that we enjoyed:
10 Kinds of People: those who like Summoner Wars, and those who don’t By: James Sitz
Once More, with Feeling By: Chris Schenck

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User Review:
Rating: 3.8/5 (6 votes cast)
Summoner Wars Review, 3.8 out of 5 based on 6 ratings

3 Comments »

  • itzjames said:

    Nice review. I really like the format because it allows a prospective buyer to see multiple perspectives on the same game at once (in a video no less), which is pretty rare in game reviews.

    And thanks for the link to my goofy binary joke.

    I’m kind of surprised about the gameplay length you guys experienced, but maybe as you said it has to do with getting used to all of the cards. Most of the two-player Summoner Wars games I play finish in around 25-35 minutes. Or maybe I’m just really aggressive and like to burn my cards. I did have a team game go for about 150 minutes once, but that was with one first-time player, and two pretty new ones.

    The game has pretty high replayability for me, but that might be because I like both card and mini’s games quite a lot, so this is a cool mix. I usually feel like there’s more potential strategic and tactical options than there appear at first glance- as simple as the Goblins are, Sneeks’ Sly ability is a pretty neat monkey wrench at times with lots of potential applications.

    But then again, I think that Heroscape is a deep game!

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  • Luca CaltaBiano said:

    Nice video guys.

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  • craniac said:

    Interesting, multiple perspectives. Murky sound in the podcast, but it was free, so…

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