A rainbow draft is a nice format for a Dice Masters event. Each player gets to open 12 booster packs (always fun) and choose cards from among the packs that all the players opened. (Details). Players make a tournament-legal team from their drafted cards and any 2 Basic Actions from their collections, and then play some games.
With the draft format, players can't use the deadly Super Rare cards from their deep collections, so the format tends to be a little more even than fully-constructed tournaments. It's also an excellent way to fill in holes in your card collection. But there are a few strategies to keep in mind:
- Draft multiple cards for character you intend to play, because that's the only way to populate your character card with multiple dice.
- Plan for characters with a range of costs. Support higher-cost characters with lower-cost ones of the same energy type. On more than one occasion, I've been unable to buy the high cost characters that I needed because I didn't have the correct energy type showing.
- Unless you're drafting from Uncanny X-Men boosters, you won't see any of those Professor X cards with the economy-generating global action. If you're used to relying on PXG, keep in mind that you won't be able to buy expensive characters as quickly without it.
- You can fill in strategy gaps in your team with your Basic Actions. For example, if you have some expensive character to buy, try Gearing Up. Or if you're short on low-cost characters, bring 2- and 3- cost Basic Actions. (Be careful not to overload your dice bag with Actions; you'll still need typed energy to buy characters.
- Keep an eye on drafting cards to fill in your collection. You probably always want to keep those Super Rare cards with the red stripe. And if you still need more Storm dice in your collection, you probably want to grab Storm cards when you can. You probably won't be able to draft to both win the tournament and fill up your collection, but both strategies have their benefits.
Me and Duke came into Arkham at the docks, so naturally I peeked into a few crates and rustled up a motorcycle and a shotgun. Unfortunately, the local deputy happened by, so me and Duke got a free ride down to the station.
Deputy Warren probably should have arrested me, but it seemed he needed someone to talk to. So he gave a hot cup of joe to me and a ham bone to Duke, and he talked. Warren talked about stranger and stranger crimes in weeks past, and his eyes got darker and emptier as he talked. "Just last night, the sheriff was murdered and his head ..." Duke pointed towards the door, and barked just loud enough so's we'd notice. There were things out in the street. I went outside and Duke padded after. I wasn't real surprised to hear station door click locked behind me.
Three dark shadows - not human, not anymore - were coming towards us and Duke was barking up a storm. It didn't matter what they were; I just pulled the shotgun into my shoulder and fired and fired and fired. Eventually I'd put enough holes into the things that they stopped moving. From then on, I wasn't "Ashcan Pete", I was "Shotgun Pete".
As Duke and me explored this town, we found ourselves in a strange dark place; where the light and the air were like no place I'd ever been. I can't rightly say what happened there, but I did find a statue which I was able to pawn for a few bucks. Duke and I were lucky to come back to Arkham from there. He'd been stalwart this whole time, but I got the feeling this place would get him eventually. So I sent him off; out of town to a safe place that I remembered from years back. Once he was safe, I finally felt at peace, and I could focus on fighting whatever evil was around here.
I zipped around town collecting spells from other like-minded folks, and followed their instructions to cast some kind of spell to prevent some kinda great calamity. Then the town doctor and I got caught up by a posse of monsters. That idiot doctor was throwing my aim off, and it took the longest time before we put those creatures to pasture.
All the time while we was fighting, I heard Sister Mary praying and praying and praying to close the last hellhole in this town. It took so long for her prayers to be answered that the redhead (Mindy, I think it was) jumped in the hellhole from the front door to close it. Of course it was then that the sister's praying finally got that gate closed.
Suddenly the fog lifted from Arkham, and the sun shone brighter and the birds chirped louder than we'd remembered they could. We never did hear from Mindy again. I figured it was finally time to leave Arkham; time to go get Duke.