“Corvus, Jackdaw, & Rook”

How to Be Creative (Ep. 354) – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/creativity-1/

Where Does Creativity Come From? (Ep. 355) – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/creativity-2/

Westworld: “My father used to say, ‘Only boring people get bored…'”

The Westworld Experience: https://www.imaginaryworldspodcast.org/the-westworld-experience.html

When You Just Want to be Alone [Role of Solitude in America][Dovetails with: Creativity] | BackStory with the American History Guys: http://www.backstoryradio.org/shows/when-you-just-want-to-be-alone

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EDIT: Below, originally posted 2018-12-30 @ 14:07 EST:

The Rook & Pawn, a “Board Game Cafe”: http://www.therookandpawn.com/

Love the name of this place, love the concept of this place.

I stumbled across it by googling names at random, to see what already exists.

I’m a lowly blue-collar tax-paying shlub. Listening to “This American Life” show this morning about libraries revived an old dream of sorts: of owning and operating my own combination “pub/chess/HeroClix shop”.

I was thinking of the name and symbol of such a pub/shop. Been thinking of “Rooks”, both the chess piece and the bird, incorporating both into a logo.

Anyway, name variant of “rook and pawn” crept into my head, so I had to Google it, because it sounded too good to not exist already as a name. And, well, it exists. Very cool.

Sidebar: there’s already a local game/comics shop named “Infinite Monkey”, but had also toyed with names like “Atomic Monkey” (because logos started appearing for it in my mind’s eye), but there’s one of those out there, too.

Chess/Pub: I often look at some of the stuff my more “maker/hacker” coworkers like to do with 3D printers and freeware like TinkerCAD, and it gets me dreaming about the Chess/HeroClix/Pub idea, and having a side business within in, involving servers, 3D printers, and paid-interns from the local community college to design and print custom chess pieces/armies.

Of holding tournaments, for both what I call “20th Century Chess” (or “Chess 20c”) and tournaments using Sirlin Games “Chess 2: The Sequel” rules (which I think of as “Chess 21c” or “21st Century Chess”).

Disclosure: been a fan of chess since my Dad taught me as a kid. But I suck at it. I also suck at HeroClix. Love it, too.

EDIT: I don’t miss being single. I’m blessed, lucky, to have found my Love, my fiance, whom I’ll be marrying very, very soon. [EDIT (2019-01-22): And as of 2019-01-01, she became my Wife. 🙂 ]

I do miss the “game room” I had set up while I was single and living completely alone. It was my “Den”, my “man-cave”, my “Sanctum Sanctorum”, my “Citadel Dominion”, a place of my own, where I had the Time & Space where I could engage some sort of hybridized low-brow intellectual and artistic pursuits: PBS, NPR, Joseph Campbell, post-industrial superhero mythomanes, philosophaster of my own plane.

I guess with the idea of a business, of a Pub that also sells Chess paraphernalia and HeroClix, that I’d have a secure place to Pursue Life, Liberty, & Happiness with some “regular familiar strangers” as well.

Probably a terrible idea, though.

EDIT II: Hmmmm,…. “Jackdaw & Rook”??

(Yeah, I don’t know why I have a fascination with Raven-like birds either. My fascinations with monkeys, apes, turtles, octopi, and cuttlefish are at least a bit more “mainstream”. They’d probably conjure better names and symbols as well…)

EDIT II: Went down to N.C. with my fiance. While there, visited a game store called “Parker, Banner, Kent & Wayne”. Made it sound like a law firm.

Maybe “Corvus, Jackdaw, & Rook”? People might think it’s a specialty pet store or something, tho.

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Marvel HeroClix: Secret Wars – Battleworld| HeroClix

Marvel HeroClix: Secret Wars – Battleworld Unboxing Videos | HeroClix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/2018/09/24/new-marvel-heroclix-secret-wars-battleworld-unboxing-videos/

I bought my “usual” [Marvel HeroClix] purchase when this came out: 2 cases of boosters, 2 Fast Forces, 2 Dice & Yoken packs.

All unopened. Life. Older I get, less time I seem to have.

Still, great game, love of the concept, so I keep buying, supporting it with my after-tax, after-living-expenses dollars.

Love this stuff.

EDIT: Finally, Serpent Society member, Bushmaster!

Should America Be Run by … Trader Joe’s? (Ep. 359) – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/trader-joes/

Good listening.

Among other things, it’s got me thinking about “choice” in relation to the game of HeroClix….

“Choice architecture.” “Variety-seeking exercise.” “Decision Theory.” “Nudging.”

Marvel HeroClix: Secret Wars Battleworld Previews! | HeroClix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/2018/09/04/marvel-heroclix-secret-wars-battleworld-previews/

Marvel HeroClix: Secret Wars – Battleworld | HeroClix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/secret-wars-battlworld/

Marvel HeroClix: Secret Wars – Battleworld Pre-Release Event | HeroClix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/marvel-heroclix-secret-wars-battleworld-pre-release-event/

HeroClix Wish-List: “Incredibles!”

So, weekend of June 16th, the long-awaited sequel to the original “The Incredibles” movie came out, “The Incredibles 2”. My Fiance had never seen the original, so we bought it on Netflix and watched it that weekend. She said she liked it, and enjoyed it. Yay!

Last weekend, weekend of June 23rd, she indulged my sci-fi/superhero nerdy-obsession: we saw “The Incredibles 2”! I’m a very lucky dork.

We both enjoyed it, by the way. Good stuff, a lot if fun. In a way, I compare it — in one way — with the more-recent Marvel movies, volumes 1 and 2 of “Guardians of the Galaxy”. In what way? As a kind if two-part “origin story”. Which will hopefully lead to more stories with these beloved characters, new challenges, new developments, new adventures, new worlds to explore.

Anyway, this post is a HeroClix Wish-List post. Done this once before, covering the original movie. A lot has changed in the game since I last wish-listed them. Rules have improved, game design overall and character dial design in particular has evolved continually, and character selection has become incredibly diverse. Playing and collecting this game is a fun, wonderful experience.

Since I’m more of a “Marvel Zombie”, this Wish-List will be drawing inspiration largelt from the Marvel HeroClix sets: THE MIGHTY THOR; AVENGERS/DEFENDERS WAR; AVENGERS INFINITY.

HEROCLIX WISH-LIST: THE INCREDIBLES (Super-Booster Expansion Set):

EDIT (2018-07-01]: Sorry this is taking so long, “real life” gets in the way. I’ll start with listing “predictable” stuff first, hopefully as time marches on and the list gets revised the ideas will get better…

  • “Civilian Alter Egos”: Basically, redesign and reintroduce the Alter Ego (in a way that the language can be retrofitted back onto existing Alter Ego empowered HeroClix characters of past sets), maybe incorporating STOP click special power type of effects. Then, put them on “civilian” versions of Robert Parr, Helen Parr, Lucius Best, Violet Parr, Dashell Parr. These versions of the characters would be Unique-ringed Super Rares. Traited Shape Change.
  • Mr. Incredible: Basic power set: Super strength, suite of damage reducers. Need versions for Common, Uncommon, and Rare rarity levels. Common: 1st movie, orange/black costume, “super-dad”, keyword-based Perplex when within so many squares of Frozone and other Incredibles. Uncommon: 1st movie, blue/black “golden age” version; some sort “danger sense” (may be reflected with Energy Shield/Deflection, or Defend, or some combination of the two). Rare: 2nd movie, orange/black supersuit, stronger keyword-based ally-proximity-based special effects.
  • Elasti-Girl
  • Violet
  • Dash
  • Jack-Jack
  • Frozone
  • Edna Mode: Unique, Super-Rare
  • Rick Dicker: Unique, Super-Rare
  • Syndrome
  • Syndrome Mercenary
  • Syndrome Agent/Mirage
  • Omnidroid Mk I
  • Omnidroid Mk II
  • Omnidroid Mk III
  • Omnidroid Mk IV
  • Gazerbeam
  • Gamma Jack
  • Thunderhead
  • Brick
  • Krushhauser
  • Void
  • Screenslaver
  • Vechicle: Syndrome Hoverblade
  • Vehicle: Incredibile
  • Vehicle: Mohawk (mentioned in Incredibles 2, not seen)
  • Vehicle: Elasti-Cycle
  • Vehicle: Snogg’s Jet
  • Vehicle: Underminer’s Drill (Colossal)
  • Vehicle: Underminer’s Drill (Giant)
  • **more to follow**

DC Comics HeroClix: “Batman: The Animated Series” Set Previews| HeroClix

DC Comics HeroClix: Batman The Animated Series Previews! | HeroClix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/2018/06/27/dc-comics-heroclix-batman-the-animated-series-previews/

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(EDIT: Originally posted on 2018-06-15):

DC Comics HeroClix: Batman The Animated Series Pre-Release | HeroClix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/dc-comics-heroclix-batman-the-animated-series-pre-release/

Looking forward to this. Brings back great memories of the TV series.

As long as they’re including characters from the “Batman Beyond” series, I hope we get the Dee-Dee Twins….

Also: I hope WizKids makes a set based on another DC Comics’ animated series: “Justice League Unlimited”!

Really want a new Vigilante.

And finally see a Longshadow clix, preferably as a colossal figure.)

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Infinity | HeroClix

EDIT: This post will be frequently revised and re-posted.

NEW! Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Infinity Unboxing Videos | HeroClix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/2018/04/16/new-marvel-heroclix-avengers-infinity-unboxing-videos/

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Infinity | HeroClix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/2018/04/09/marvel-heroclix-marvel-avengers-infinity-previews/

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Infinity Pre-Release | HeroClix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/marvel-heroclix-avengers-infinity-pre-release/

007b-Firefall

024-She-Hulk

027-Starfox

041b-Starshine

G011-Wasp-Heart-of-the-Avengers

G012-Tony-Starks-Car

G022-Infinity

Marvel HeroClix: Marvel Avengers Infinity Previews! | HeroClix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/2018/04/09/marvel-heroclix-marvel-avengers-infinity-previews/

World Championships Update! [With Previews!]| HeroClix

World Championships Update! | HeroClixhttps://wizkids.com/heroclix/2018/05/14/world-championships-update/

A new STARRO! And more “Starrophyte Minions”! Never thought I’d see WizKids produce another, very cool.

Love that “Bat-Bot” as well, not familiar with the storyline, very cool.

*sigh* more to “chase” after….

HeroClix 2018 Rules 2: Wrapping Up the Core Rules and PAC | HeroClix

HeroClix 2018 Rules 2: Wrapping Up the Core Rules and PAC | HeroClix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/2018/03/23/heroclix-2018-rules-2-wrapping-up-the-core-rules-and-pac/

Well, the game of HeroClix had a “rapid evolutionary burst” with last year’s [2017] changes to the Core rulebook and Powers & Abilities Card.

Looks like it’s back to gradual, incremental changes, “tweaks”.

No problem with that here.

DCC HeroClix: HARLEY QUINN & The GOTHAM GIRLS

DC Comics HeroClix HARLEY QUINN & The GOTHAM GIRLS set.

[HC&GG] Due out around 2017-11-15, just in time for the Holiday Buying Season (Yay, Christmas-Capitalism)!

FIRST LOOK: WizKids DC HeroClix Harley Quinn & The Gotham Girls – Poison Ivy, Supergirl, & Wonder Woman | Figures.com: http://www.figures.com/2017/11/01/first-look-wizkids-dc-heroclix-harley-quinn-the-gotham-girls-poison-ivy-supergirl-wonder-woman/