EDIT (2016-07-03): Originally posted on 2016-07-01. Reposting to 07-03, with additional comments at the end. (sidebar: I love how WordPress archives all my old revisions, with original publish dates.)
Yes…. This is more like it! WizKids put up these previews today. Awesome.
Here’s that Carnage one again. Can’t believe fanboy’s love this whacko so much. His symbiote is more interesting that its ‘host’ [Cletus Kasady]. Venom is more interesting than Carnage. I’ve never liked Venom. But I like him better than Carnage. (“Like” is a rather inverted term here. Villains are NOT role-models. But, these fictional concepts can serve as ‘examples’ of a sort.)
EDIT (2016-07-03): Can’t say enough how much I’m enjoying the new character card format.
And I have to say again how much I’d be willing as a fan of HeroClix to pay something like $9.99/month for an official WizKids subscription service that revises and maintains a digital character card resource. That WizKids could work out deals with Disney/Marvel and Warner Brothers/DC Comics to: (1) create character cards for older sets that didn’t have character cards originally, all the way back to the inagural Marvel Comics’ INFINITY CHALLENGE and DC Comics’ HYPERTIME, all done in the new format; (2) to update older character card HeroClix sets (from 2007’s Marvel AVENGERS set up to 2016’s Marvel’s UNCANNY X-MEN) to the new format; (3) provide continuing revisions as necessary to the cards (cards should be clearly marked in some way, i.e. “Rev-20160703” or something).
They don’t have to ‘release’ cards for entire older sets at once. Update here or there, here and there, with at least one card ‘released’ or ‘revised’ every third or fourth day.
Kinda hoping, then, that it eliminates a need for ‘permanent errata’ on the WizKids Rules site, that errata posts to that site may be necessary, but disappear from that forum once the character card is updated. (Clarifications are another matter, as they describe interactions and applications. The errata simply tries to correct or streamline the wording. IMUO.)
I’ve also expressed my interest in seeing the older characters recieve “Ret-Con Traits” to help make them more-playable in the modern game. NEVER use the cards to change stats from what is physically on the dial; all info should accurately reflect what is on that older piece’s dial/base. The “Ret-Con Traits” I’ve been doing, for example, seek to make older characters more-playable by adding additional powers or game effects at no additional point-cost (because older figures seem to have ‘inflated’ point-values compared to newer designs), but making the effects an option that cost points to play is also a possibility, if it’ll help game balance.
Frankly, long-term, I’d like to see the service expanded to provide cards for all objects and other game elements, and even have something that’s akin to HCRealms.com’s on-going “HeroClix Atlas” and even a full-blown “UNITS” section (team-building using the character cards and plenty of filters).
The future of the game is physical Clix and other elements on a physical map on a physical tabletop, using electronically provided information (via pads and smartphones). “Living” subscription service supports game design and helps players’ previous purchase retain value while also feeding new purchases.
Would hope the WIN system also provides loose ‘formats’ for playing these older figues with new ‘ret-con character cards’, encouraging play.
Meanwhile, I do miss keeping up with comics. I hear Marvel has a digial subscription service. Will have to check into it. I not only can’t afford to buy the collected trade paperbacks in order to keep up, I’ve no desire to physically store them. “The Cloud” and the internet is the only way to go.