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Details on the WoW Minis game

Mike Schramm

WoW Insider has obtained a copy of the "sell sheet" sent to distributors about the upcoming WoW minis game, and it contains information about pricing, pack size, and even some hints at a release date.

Basically, the minis will become available in three different ways: there will be the core booster sets, which will contain three minis of the same Horde or Alliance faction, plus three character cards and six ability cards, and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $14.99 per booster. Additionally, each booster will have a chance to include an ingame Loot Card, supposedly from the Trading Card Game (there is no word if there will be loot cards specifically for the minis game), and a 1/8 chance to have an "epic" character.

More info on the starter sets, including the full text of the "sell sheet," after the break.

Then there will be two versions of the starter set, the core starter and the core deluxe starter. The core starter set will have four miniatures (two per faction), plus character cards (one for each) and eight ability cards (2 for each character), as well as six dice (three Horde and three Alliance), a game map, a rulebook, and a set 1 checklist. The deluxe set will have three minis from each faction (with character and 2 ability cards for each), six custom dice, a deluxe gameboard, a deluxe rulebook, and a customizable terrain/token sheet. The standard starter will SRP at $24.99, and the deluxe will SRP at $39.99.

There is no set release date, but the sell sheet says the game is due in Fall of 2008, with orders due by March 5, 2008. So lots of new info on the game, and even some hints at how it might be played (obviously the game will have Horde and Alliance factions, use character and abiilty cards during play, and have the characters navigate a game map, perhaps by rolling dice).

The complete sell sheet text is below. Keep in mind that this text is meant to go to distributors and retailers of the game, hence the "selling points" and continued references to "repeat purchases."



Code: UPRWWMB ( UPR62879 )

Category: Miniatures Game

Vendor: Upper Deck

Configuration: 16 boosters per case ( 2 inner-cases of 8 boosters each ) / 3 minis + accessories per booster

SRP = $14.99 per booster



Code: UPRWWMS ( UPR62870 )

Configuration: 8 starters per case ( 2 inner-cases of 4 starters each ) / 4 minis + accessories per starter

SRP = $24.99 per starter



Code: UPRWWMDLXS ( UPR62873 )

Configuration: 3 deluxe starters per case / 6 minis + accessories per deluxe starter

SRP = $39.99 per deluxe starter

RELEASES: Q3/??/08 ( FALL '08 )

ORDERS DUE: 03/05/08

Product Description and Content:

Hold the Power of Azeroth in the Palm of your Hand! Let the heroes of Warcraft enter your world as Upper Deck Entertainment Introduces...World of Warcraft Miniatures Game

Arrows fly through the air, axes crush the unwary, and spells illuminate the landscape. From the forests of Ashenvale to the rolling dunes of Tanaris – Horde, Alliance & Monsters battle for domination! Victory is huge in this miniature world.

The battle is here.

Cut your opponent down to size!

Core Set is the inaugural set in the World of Warcraft® Miniatures Game, a premium collectible miniatures game based upon the award-winning massively multiplayer online role playing game, World of Warcraft.

Key Selling Points (Brand):

* The World of Warcraft brand is one of the strongest hobby brands ever with over 10 million monthly subscribers worldwide.
* Our Premium quality figures will continue Upper Deck's tradition of category defining excellence utilizing more dynamic sculpts, more detailed paints, and a larger scale than other miniatures games.
* Our innovative detachable UBase1 allows figures to serve as both a gorgeous collectible and a functional gamepiece.
* We provide an exciting and open-ended gameplay experience with the Base102 game engine leveraging Upper Deck's expertise with trading card game designs by combining miniatures and cards.

Key Selling Points (Booster SKU):

* Epic Characters: 1/8 boosters will have an epic!
* Set size, quality level and variety will drive repeat purchase: Collectors and MMO players who wish to find someone similar to their character will drive repeat purchases
* Loot Cards: This product will contain randomly inserted samples of the popular Loot cards from the WoW TCG.

Booster Configuration:

* Contents:

  • 3 randomized miniatures – (from the same faction)
  • 3 character cards (1 for each miniature)
  • 6 ability cards (2 for each miniature)
  • 1 UDE Points Card
  • Some will contain a randomly inserted LootTM Card
* 8 Boosters per inner shipper
* 2 inner shippers per case

Key Selling Points (Starter SKU):

* Everything two players need to learn and play the game in each Fixed Starter (2 Alliance characters, two Horde characters, UBases, dice, game map). Extra Ubases encourage booster purchases.
* Clear Display shows off the high quality of the figures and will attract consumers to the brand.
* Exclusive Content- Contains 4 exclusive premium miniatures not found anywhere else.

Starter Configuration:

* Contents:
  • 4 exclusive fixed miniatures – (two Horde; two Alliance)
  • 4 character cards (1 for each miniature) & 8 ability cards (2 for each miniature)
  • 6 custom dice (three Horde; three Alliance) with unique crit icon.
  • 6 miniature UBases
  • 1 double-sided game map
  • 1 Quick Start Rulebook
  • 1 Set 1 Checklist
* 4 units per inner shipper
* 2 inner shippers per outer shipper

Key Selling Points (Deluxe Starter SKU):

* Double Epics: 1/8 deluxe starters will have two epics – 1 in each faction.
* 2 Fully playable factions in each Deluxe Starter (6 figures included, 3 each from the Alliance, Horde, or Monster factions)
* All components drive repeat purchase: This starter will contain one of three deluxe game boards, two out of the three types of dice, two out of three UBase designs and six randomized miniatures.
* Loot Cards: This product will contain randomly inserted samples of the popular Loot cards from the WoW TCG.

Deluxe Starter Configuration:

* Contents:
  • 6 randomized miniatures – (three from one faction; three from another faction)
  • 6 character cards (1 for each miniature)
  • 12 ability cards (2 for each miniature)
  • 6 custom dice with unique crit icon. (two of three varieties)
  • 6 miniature UBases (two of three varieties)
  • 1 Deluxe Game Board (one of three varieties)
  • 1 Rulebook
  • 1 Scenario Book
  • 2 UDE Points Cards
  • 1 LootTM Card (exact insert rate to be confirmed)
  • 1 Set 1 Checklist
  • 1 Customizable Terrain/Token Sheet (one of three varieties to match game board)
* 3 starters per case

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