“Yes, but what about ‘HeroClix Dinosaurs’?”

Above is a photo I took back in 2010. I was living on my own, and where I  was living was roomy enough that I set up a “game room”. It was dominated by HeroClix. 

In the picture (which I’d posted to this blog at one point), I’d taken some extra Marvel and DC HeroClix dials, cut off the sculpts, then removed the sculptures from some of WizKids’ HorrorClix “The Lab” set’s Velociraptors I’d managed to get, and glued them to the bases; made my own HeroClix-compatible “mods”. Still have them.

Why bring this up? 

Well, WizKids has been flirting with the idea of making a set or two of HeroClix figures with in-house ideas, rather than relying on official licenses, as they do when using characters from Marvel comics and movies, DC comics and movies, various videogames, et cetera. 

Looks like one idea will hit games and comics shops soon: HeroClix “UNDEAD”. 

I’m excited. In a way that other attempts, like reviving its “MageKnight” brand (the game that gave WizKids its start, which lead to HeroClix) hasn’t been able to do.

UNDEAD looks to be a smaller number of chatacters, “generic” (mostly), in single figure ‘foil packs’. Sounds perfect. 

Why? Sounds like it will be completely compatible with HeroClix, which provides thematic adversaries for our Heroes in HeroClix to combat. The superhero genre is such a mash-up of genres — sci-fi, cosmic/space opera, magic, fantasy, pulp crime, horror, et cetera — it makes sense and provides more options for players. 

Sidenote: I do hope WizKids keeps licenses to continue to produce at least the Marvel characters, but have to admit, the current pace of Marvel and DC releases is crushing to keep up with, and despite never-before-clixed characters finally seeing the light of day and some wonderful dial design, it also feels “diluted”, with so many versions of the same ‘marquee’ characters showing up every year. (And certain characters caught in licensing limbo, like Marvel’s Fantastic Four, making no appearances at all due to legal rights battles.)

Would love to see some other “generics” see publishing as HeroClix, given the “UNDEAD treatment”, so to speak. The old HorrorClix line’s “The Lab” set was chock-full of mad scientists, clones, aliens, cat-people, lizard-people, insect-people, mutates, dinosaurs, robots, apes, and even haunted spacesuits. Theme-y fun.

EDIT: ChessClix, an idea I’ve wanted to see for awhile: do-able as a foil-pack gravity feed set? Had alway imagined them as 100% compatible with HeroClix, just with a “rulez overlay” for playing pieces as thier own game, as “ChessClix”. 

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Shared from WordPress: “Quantum Chess”

Quantum Chess – http://wp.me/p2zxm3-1TD

Fun article, brain-tingling game! (Seems that way to this blue-collar layman, anyway.)

EDIT: http://quantumrealmgames.com/

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MARVEL Chess Collection: https://www.marvel-chess-usa.com/

O. M. G! Had zero-idea this existed. (Shows how disconnected I am from most everything.) Can’t believe this. Wonderful. Individually designed chess figures based on Marvel Comics super-characters.

Apparently, DC Comics is doing the same thing. Very cool.

“Abstract”

Back on Father’s Day, my own Dad (and my Mom) encouraged me to get out of my ‘comfort zone’ and head down from Elyria to Columbus, visit ORIGINS’ last day at the convention center. I did so. (Thanks, Mom & Dad.) [Sidebar: Something happened to my smartphone that day, the mini-USB port managed to fry itself, and I’d rapidly depleted my battery before I’d realized what was wrong. Aspect of modern living, I suppose, but I found my self being really, really anxious not having a smartphone — and access to *everything* — for few days. That smartphone is still unrepaired, as I try to find parts for a decent price. Broke down and simply bought a new phone, intending to turn my old phone into a back-up phone and a portable data storage instead.]

So, great breakfast with my Dad and my brother that morning, then a couple hours milling around ORIGINS, a great mildly-scenic drive both ways, and in the evening the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA finals. Good day, good day. (Considering the state of the world as a whole, full of death and pain, misery and destruction.)

Anyway, at ORIGINS, had stopped by the WizKids’ booth, scooped-up the Convention Exclusive HeroClix that were on sale. Cools.

*AND*, bought a couple games! New to me, but they’ve all been out for awhile.

Stumbled across someone demonstrating Onitama, was floored by its elegance and simplicity (chess-like, but with cards simulating fantasy martial arts moves, with which any piece can be moved), and scooped it up.

Along the same lines, stumbled across and bought QIN, another Asian-inspired and themed game, a map-tile-building kind of abstracted strategic game. They also had a separately-sold double-sided ‘advanced’ game board — Qin: “Toad” and “Dragon Turtle” Game Boards — which I then ‘had to have’.

I look forward to trying to teach my nephews both (hopefully my niece as well; she’s at That Age ™ [teenager]).

I have WizKids’ original of Tsuro. Wishing I’d spotted the Calliope Games revised version Tsuro of the Seas, or its add-on pack, Tsuro of the Seas: Veterans of the Seas. Would love to add the ‘updates’ to my collection, eventually play with my nephews.

Haven’t seen anything like what was done with Tsuro being done with another older WizKids’ board game called Oshi. WizKids had to sell-off a lot of properties back when parent company TOPPS dumped them, and NECA bought-up WizKids. Oshi’s ‘pushing’ gameplay reminds me of a different, older game called Arimaa. Both are ‘stable staples’ of my collection, my ‘library’.

All of these ‘abstrated strategy games’ make me think of revisiting and tinkering with “ChessClix”. They put me in mind of not only traditional (20th century standardized) Chess and various ‘chess variants’, but of the amazing 21st century “Chess 2” rules (which is free, but you should ‘leave a tip’ for to help), as well as the older Knightmare Chess and Knightmare Chess 2.

Mulling ideas, various ‘levels of play’ or ‘formats’, permutations…..

“ToySoldierClix” & “ChessClix” (v1.1)

Still mulling over this HCRealms.com thread tossing HeroClix set ideas around. It inspired me to do this “OspreyClix” (military history HeroClix) post. The thread’s gone ‘deep into the weeds’ over the non-DC Comics and non-Marvel Comics ideas, especially videogame-based licenses.

I still can’t get the ‘military history idea out of my head. Mostly because of the potential for ‘generics’, that ‘slice’ of HeroClix figures that are supposed to represent the ‘anonymous cannon fodder’ present in all manner of storytelling, as opposed to the specifically-named protagonists and antagonists and supporting characters.

This morning, the thought occurred to me while browsing the toy aisles in Wal*Mart (which I like to do after I’ve picked up the actual, real-world necessities life requires; I didn’t buy anything): “Army Men“, the little plastic “toy soldiers“. I still like the thought of WizKids putting out a “set of Fast Forces” once a year of such ‘generics’.

Looking at the baggies and plastic containers of the cheap “army men” soldiers in the Wal*Mart toy aisle — near some of the non-poseable superhero figures — made me think again of the “ChessClix” idea, of putting out completed clix-figures that were unpainted, the sculpt’s plastic done in all one color. For ChessClix, one ‘side’ of the chess board usually is black, the other white. Was originally imagining the ChessClix army sculpts being stylized medieval/gothic looking. But to expand the game, create new styles of dials or ‘armies’ based on subjects more-fantastic, with sculpts being done without paint and in solid colors — mythic beasts (color of plastic could be a stony gray plastic, like granite statues), Amazons (blue? rose?), 1930’s/40’s/50’s sci-fi or contemporary sci-fi or Japanese cartoon sci-fi or whatever (orange? yellow?), heck re-use all the sculpts from the old “The Lab” HorrorClix set (blood red!).

So, again, “OspreyClix” or “ToySoldierClix”: A ‘set” of five Fast Forces, each FF of 5 to 6 clix figures each. Examples: One of WWII U.S. Army soldiers (green); one of feudal era Japanese samurai (red?); cowboys (brown?); Celtis warriors (tan?); Spartan soldiers (blue?).

All could become part of a HeroClix “Kang’s Crosstime Army”. Yesss….

As pointed out above, horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genres could see generics.

Army Men Brainfood