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The announcement of new games or new expansions can often cause euphoria among gamers.

  • Exalted's fanbase had been divided about the idea of including the Infernal Exalted in Second Edition. Not so much about the Green Sun Princes existing, as about just what the hell they were supposed to be like. When it was announced that Michael Goodwin, the writer for Manual of Exalted Power: The Abyssals, was going to be doing the Infernals, all the backdraft shut up and we're waiting to see what he'll come up with.
    • Wait's over. It turned out pretty damn good.
    • Pretty much every Ink Monkeys project/errata/fix does this for White Wolf Forum's Exalted fanbase.
  • The spoiled plane cards in Magic: The Gathering's Planechase box set surprised quite a few fans when some older planes were announced. Who woud have thought they'd bring back Segovia, which was mentioned on only one card (Segovian Leviathan) and created entirely to explain that card's abnormally small power/toughness[1]? Who would have thought they'd bring back Moag, which appeared only in one of the books? Who would have thought they'd bring back Shandalar from the 90's Card Battle Game? Needless to say, many old-school fans were happy.
    • And then they went and upstaged even those, with stuff such as Bolas' Meditation Realm.
      • The return of Nicky B. himself during Time Spiral and the Alara block was a pretty good shout out to the fans, and got a few people I know back into the game. Time Spiral itself was a brilliant love-letter to the fans.
      • Returning to the metal plane of Mirrodin and bringing back poison both got a pretty big pop from the crowd...and then Wizards got an even bigger pop by having Phyrexia return as the Big Bad. And with the news that the Phyrexians successfully conquer Mirrodin, the Misaimed Fandom Rejoiced.
      • On the gripping hand, Karn – first and only artificial Planeswalker – escapes Phyrexia's clutches, regains his Spark, and has a shiny new Planeswalker card to join you as a combination Legacy Weapon and Time Machine. Phyrexia may have won Mirrodin, but this war ain't over yet, bub.
    • This happened again with the Commander preconstructed decks. At first, everyone was like, "EDH is Ruined FOREVER!" and "Wizards is taking over the format!" Then came the announcement that every deck would have a copy of Sol Ring, and soon everyone wanted one. That, and the Commander decks are gonna be the limit of Wizards' influence over the EDH format.
    • Ravnica was among the most popular worlds of all time. The name was a bit blunt but Return To Ravnica got a very positive reaction from fans.
  • Ugh, Synchro after Synchro after Synchro... When will Konami stop pandering to the hardcore Yu-Gi-Oh! gamers and ignoring their casual players? Wait... is that what I think it is? Guardian Eatos? Orichalcos Shunoros?! Playable Egyptian God Cards with artwork done by Kazuki Takahashi himself?! New support for Gravkeeper's, Spirits, and Daedalus decks?! Konami, you are forgiven. This time.
    • Exceed Summons. This will be as popular as Geminis and Unions, only there will be a lot shoved down our throats. There will be maybe one deck that will actually use them, and it won't be high tier at all... wait, they go into the Extra Deck? Have a sweet black border with designs on them? Only require two monsters? Yes please!
      • Eh, so it goes in the Extra Deck? *sigh* Another Game Breaker card type that will take no actual effort to Summ... wait, you mean they aren't Boss Monsters? And are actually balanced in comparison with normal Effect Monsters? Whoa.
    • Okay, Konami, you know have full control of the game on both sides of the Pacific. When are you going to stop with the Flip-Flop of God and give us a clear answer on what the ruli...Oh...
  • "Green Ronin has a big licensing announcement coming up... wonder what it'll be? Torg? No. Mass Effect? Nope. Wait... DC Comics??? And it'll be compatible with Mutants and Masterminds? HELL YEAH!!!
  • Games Workshop finally confirmed the long awaited 5th edition update for Dark Eldar in Warhammer 40000, with new models and a codex written by Phil Kelly (also behind the Orks, Space Wolves, and Eldar codices). The fluff turns the Dark Eldar into psychotically evil bad-asses with megalomaniacal and grandiose schemes-- case in point: when they decided Commorragh needed a source of light and heat, they figured the simplest solution was to go and steal a few stars. The Internet's response?


    • Plastic Sisters of Battle models, letting fans of the Sororitas build their armies for cheap.
  • Huh, the changes to Pathfinder's paladins from D&D 3.5 are kind of cool, but those nerfs to fighter feats seem kind of pointl- DREAMSCARRED PRESS IS DOING THE PSIONICS SYSTEM?!
  • When news broke out that designer Monte Cook was forced out of Wizards of the Coast and was therefore taken off of development of Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. For context, Cook is often blamed for 3rd Edition's shortcomings, such as making wizards (who he admitted were his favorite class) overpowered while making non-caster classes weaker, and his "Ivory Tower" design philosophy making the game very unfriendly to new players. To many fans, Cook's departure can only mean good things for 5th Edition.
  • New World of Darkness: Mummy: the Curse...not sure if want...holy crap. Greg Stolze and Michael Goodwin are working on it? And Greg did the Cult rules? Where do we sign over our firstborn children?


  1. The plane of Segovia is roughly 1/100 the size of Dominaria
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