NOTE: WE'VE RECEIVED A LARGE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. THOSE WHO WILL BE PLAYTESTING WILL BE CONTACTED OVER THE WEEKEND. THANK YOU!

Plaid Hat Games is once again opening up an opportunity to our Plaid Hat Corps members to participate in playtesting for an upcoming release.

Summoner Wars Alliances is the next Summoner Wars release and will be undergoing heavy playtesting during the entire month of April. If you are an experienced Summoner Wars player and are interested in participating, make sure you are signed up for the Plaid Hat Corps. Once that registration is processed, you can submit an NDA and let us know of your official interest in playtesting. Those who complete their playtesting responsibilities will receive PHG.com store credit and will have an opportunity to stay on as playtesters for future Summoner Wars releases.

More details are below and on the playtesting opportunities page.

Summoner Wars Alliances is the newest big box starter set for Summoner Wars in the style of the Summoner Wars Master Set. It will feature 8 complete faction decks and so will be playable right out of the box or in combination with other Summoner Wars products. All 16 factions will be represented, as each new summoner will be a hybrid of two existing factions, both blending the theme of the two factions and expanding deck-building possibilities.

We are seeking experienced Summoner Wars players to help finish testing for the upcoming release. Current active playtesters should not apply through this system. Those who complete their responsibilities will have an opportunity to remain a playtester for subsequent releases. The window to apply may only be open for a short time.

Sign up for the Plaid Hat Corps.

Apply to playtest for Summoner Wars Alliances.


Comments


Hilgendwarf commented:

I'll be submitting mine tomorrow!

Posted on 2014-03-25.

theskywhale commented:

I plan on submitting an NDA and testing via VASSAL, but hypothetically, if one was to "print and playtest", would everyone they played with have to be accepted playtesters as well?

Posted on 2014-03-25.

killercactus commented:

I believe you can playtest with your friends, but they have to keep quiet as well.

Posted on 2014-03-25.

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BuckWilde commented:

Submitted! At least I think I did it right...

Posted on 2014-03-26.

HeroscaperGuy commented:

Well, I submitted my NDA. Hopefully, I did it right as it's my first NDA.

Posted on 2014-03-26.

TrueLink commented:

A mixed faction set sounds interesting. Submitted the NDA. Looking forward to testing this out. :)

Posted on 2014-03-26.

joepinion commented:

You've already screwed up, you're not supposed to admit you submitted one. ;) j/k

Posted on 2014-03-26.

Alba commented:

I've become an avid Summoner Wars player through the iOS app and would like to get the physical game. However, the incredible number of products, including doubts about whether I would be buying duplicates if I got everything, have held me back.

I encourage PHG and playtesters to consider how a new master set will suit not only current owners of the game, but especially new adopters. I myself would prefer a Big Box version that includes everything: make it simple for me to get everything, make it all fit in one box (with room for further expansions), and take my money.

Posted on 2014-03-26.

Smitty commented:

Alba, no Summoner Wars products contains any cards from another product. So buying everything would not give you any duplicates.

Posted on 2014-03-26.

cookiewizard commented:

Summoner Wars is the best two person game. I wonder what the faction pairs are going to be? I would love to see Fallen Kingdom and Guild Dwarves set aside their difference to form Zombie Robots!

Posted on 2014-03-26.

Alba commented:

Thanks, Smitty. One source of confusion is that some boxes come with another playing board. I'd continue to advocate for a Big Box set, and wonder whether this new master set will introduce duplicates.

Posted on 2014-03-26.

Hogg commented:

I think avoiding duplicates is one of the goals of PHG. I really doubt we'll see any in the new master set.

Posted on 2014-03-26.

Filth4ever commented:

WOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MORE FILTH UNITS!!!!!

Posted on 2014-03-26.

Cyprien Esenwein commented:

sooo.... what's the 'effective date' on the NDA? today?

Posted on 2014-03-26.

Industrial Mage commented:

I think some of the alliances are hinted at in the summoner bios. Phoenix Elves and Fallen Kingdom, Mountain Vargath and Vanguard, and Cloaks and Sand Goblins.

Posted on 2014-03-26.

CupidsArt commented:

Ooooh, new blood, hehe.

Posted on 2014-03-26.

Heitsola commented:

I submitted my NDA, looking forward to hopefully playtesting this with Azzurricoach. We've both playtested a number of our custom factions. It would be awesome to do it on the real thing.

Posted on 2014-03-26.

Bent Cloak commented:

I am fascinated by the possibilities of the dual-Faction decks. Second Summoner fiction indicates they'll include Vanguard/Vargath (which seems logical, as both like to rock with many tough Commons), Cloaks/Sand Goblins (which makes some sense - Sand Gobs never really worked for me, but they're both supposed to be tricky and tenacious factions who can transition between attrition and assassination), and Phoenix Elves/Fallen Kingdom (which really surprised me, but as I think about it, they both love walling in fragile Summoners with late-turn Common placement).

I wonder what else might be out there - Swamp Orcs/Guild Dwarves for the ultimate in board denial? Filth/Jungle Elves with unparalleled ability to change which unit does what when? Cave Goblins/Deep Dwarves to take advantage of ALL the action economy tricks? The mind boggles.

I really hope they'll have me as a playtester... these possibilities are too exciting to wait - plus, my birthday falls within the playtest period

Posted on 2014-03-26.

Cuffs Alister commented:

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Posted on 2014-03-26.

takoyakioc commented:

submitted! time to invite friends over to have some fun!

Posted on 2014-03-26.

Hilgendwarf commented:

There we go, submitted my application.

Posted on 2014-03-26.

killercactus commented:

Keep your emails peeled this weekend, gentlemen. By then, I should have what you need all setup.

Posted on 2014-03-26.

Grisamentum commented:

Does that mean everyone who applied will be accepted? If so, it seems like I came back at the right time!

Posted on 2014-03-26.

MarcJWaters commented:

Just submitted mine. To be honest - this makes me MUCH more excited than the M&M expansion does. Personal taste, but SW is my favorite game, of all time, period. Twilight Struggle being a close second.


Posted on 2014-03-26.

Steamtech commented:

Signed up to get in on this! First time posting here, but just gotta say, I love the game, and I'm happy to help out the next iteration!

Posted on 2014-03-26.

MarcJWaters commented:

The Vassal thing is interesting. Are you guys making the module with all the hybrids programmed in? If so - we should just organize nightly sessions - maybe even make a tournament bracket? Could be really fun.

Posted on 2014-03-27.

kkortekaas commented:

Question, Why aren't these notices hitting my email?

Posted on 2014-03-27.

joepinion commented:

Hmm, the volunteer opportunities are wired up to email, but I haven't wired up the playtest stuff. For the moment you'll have to keep your eyes on the site for playtest opportunities until I get a chance to do an email thing with that.

Posted on 2014-03-27.

schmots commented:

You're doing fine Joe. No one ever appreciates the admin :-)

Posted on 2014-03-27.

kkortekaas commented:

ah, I thought it was a toggle I hadn't hit. Thanks.

Posted on 2014-03-27.

RustyKettle commented:

Oh boy. I am glad I got in and hope that I am contacted over the weekend!

Posted on 2014-03-27.

EpicGollum1499 commented:

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! ARRRGH!!!!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE I MISSED THE SIGN UP!!!!!! WOE IS ME.....................

Posted on 2014-03-27.

BuckWilde commented:

There, there, EpicGollum1499...there, there...

Posted on 2014-03-27.

MtS commented:

Well, I missed it too. But it's all good. I don't know if I would manage to be dedicated enough. I hope you'll do a good job guys! And the whole idea of a new master set with all the factions represented and a 8 new decks in total sounds sooo awsome! I'm hyped even though the realese is probably like a year and half or maybe even two years away :D

Posted on 2014-03-27.

MarcJWaters commented:

GenCon, this year. Calling it now.

Posted on 2014-03-27.

killercactus commented:

Guys - if you got in and are chosen, the email you get over the weekend will come from me ([email protected]), not from a PHG member, so don't disregard it!

The response we received on this was kind of overwhelming. I can't wait to get started with all of you!

Posted on 2014-03-28.

BuckWilde commented:

Thanks for the up, KC! I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Posted on 2014-03-28.

TriforceHearts commented:

Yesterday I missed the signup by mere seconds. I clicked on the link for the application, but it just reloaded the same page, and the link was gone. :(

Posted on 2014-03-28.

Bent Cloak commented:

Wow, TriforceHearts - that's truly unfortunate. My condolences, mate.

Posted on 2014-03-28.

MtS commented:

Wow, already at Gencon! I hope the testing will be finished soon so the previews can start, then? ;D I expected the rest of the SS would be realeased first, but that's probably not the plan.
I'm looking forward to the Alliances. Sounds like a good way to add 8 new decks without adding new factions. Gotta be kinda hard to make the summoners balanced though and not to miss any game-breaking combo. Well, I can't wait, I'm really exited about this.

Posted on 2014-03-28.

madslaust commented:

Drats!

Posted on 2014-03-28.

killercactus commented:

I just sent an e-mail to all of the playtesters. Hope to see you around soon!

Posted on 2014-03-28.

TrueLink commented:

Looks like I didn't make it then. Good luck to all the testers.

Posted on 2014-03-29.

Izalot commented:

I'm bummed out for not being selected...any chance of having alternates?

Posted on 2014-03-29.

killercactus commented:

I pretty much took everyone that submitted an app before the deadline. If you think you got one in in time, email me at [email protected]

Posted on 2014-03-29.

davidrose commented:

@killercactus I sent you an email with my application. I for sure got mine in on time.

Posted on 2014-03-29.

killercactus commented:

Ok - Colby will be re-sending an email soon. For whatever reason, it seems like mine only made it out to a few people. Sorry about that - it'll be cleared up soon.

Posted on 2014-03-29.

MooseyFate commented:

That's 40 armies (leaving out deckbuilding) once this and second summoners are out! So happy :D

Posted on 2014-03-29.

BuckWilde commented:

Thanks KC! I'll send you an email, just in case, if that's ok.

Posted on 2014-03-29.

Ad Hoc commented:

My mind just exploded

Posted on 2014-04-03.

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