As you can see from the above image I am almost 80% finished downloading the Hex: Shards of Fate Alpha client. Starting late yesterday Alpha invites began trickling out as the servers came up. They of course are starting off with the highest supporters and working their way down the list, only allowing small bits in at a time to keep from cratering the servers. As a result I figure it will take a few days for them to reach us plebeians that only supported enough to get INTO the alpha in the first place.
However at one point yesterday they stated that it would likely take a few weeks to get down to the “slacker backers” aka folks who supported the project after the kickstarter finished. If that is the case it should be a matter of days not a matter of weeks, which is good. I know there were a large number for $250 backers and that is the tier that is starting invites now. The majority of my friend are all like me and in the $60 mere-human range.
I have to say I am really looking forward to getting some playtime with this. Everything about it feels like a different take on Magic: The Gathering for the online age. I am already pretty fond of the Shin’Hare… which happen to be a combination of Wild (green) and Blood (black). That was the deck combo I always relied on in MTG so here is hoping it will be equally effective in Hex. Besides any race that has a card called Bun’jitsu has to be amazing right? I just love the concept of these crazy twisted anthropomorphic bunny rabbits.
They released a PDF with all of the initial cards in it yesterday to backers and almost immediately someone took that and broke it out into an amazing deck builder site, so you should totally check that out. Additionally on Reddit there is a Hex Alpha FAQ thread that is worth checking out as it has a number of useful links… including the downloader for the alpha client. Like usual we have a pretty decent sized community that will be playing this off and on so I expect it to join the ranks of League of Legends as one of our regular non-MMO games. If you are part of this madness as well let me know! I am always looking for more people to hang out with while playing various titles.