HeroClix: Avengers ID cards, and expansion of that concept.

Current thread in the “Dear WizKids” forum, some of the more devoted DC Comics fans wanting something similar to the Marvel AVENGERS ASSEMBLE and NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. sets’ “Avengers ID card” game mechanics for use with DC characters. —
http://www.hcrealms.com/forum/showthread.php?t=539747

For a primer on the ID cards — http://heroclix.com/marvel-heroclix/marvel-heroclix-avengers-id-cards/#axzz3a86pHoeH

Plucking some comments from the HCR thread–

Hatut Zeraze: I say let this be a Marvel thing.
Ebontail: It’s based on A well established marvel theme, why force it into DC? Or X-men? Or anything else? Besides after three straight sets I expect it will be quite played out.
Baron Impossible: I’m fine with it being marvel only. But if it were to be dc, the way that makes the most sense is for it to be villainous: suicide squad bringing in “expendable” recruits. They only last 1 turn, after all…

I decided to chime in–

As more of a Marvel fan, my immediate thought was the above. But,… I don’t see why the DC-side couldn’t have a similar “summoning/casting” effect. I like the idea of Checkmate or ARGUS or Suicide ID cards, for the DC guys & gals. Maybe even the Legion of Super-Heroes. ….also, since someone brought up Suicide Squad for DC, and other “Marvel villains” options for ID cards?

When I mentioned “summoning/casting” I was thinking about stuff going on with other games, the “card-flopper” games like Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Pokemon. Or even the “match three” puzzle game I play on my smartphone: Marvel PuzzleQuest. It has “team-ups” that operate much the same way “in spirit” [naive opinion] to the new HeroClix Avengers ID cards.

It’s a fun new mechanic/game effect. Yes, it could probably be applied in other ways.
Getting back to Marvel supervillains and and the aesthetic presentation of “ID cards”,…. HYDRA? A.I.M.? Secret Empire?

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AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!

Picked up my order of Marvel HeroClix AVENGERS ASSEMBLE yesterday after work. Wasn’t able to crack them open last night.

Getting ready for work, decided,  “I’ll just open *one* booster, sorta whet the appetite for this Saturday.”
First pull: Red Wolf! And his wolf, Lobo!

Yeah, baby. Character selection, character designs, continual rules refinement. That’s what keeps this game going.

AVAS has a wonderful character selection, by the way. Old and new, hero and villain.

2015: Marvel HeroClix & Supervillains (v1.2)

Finally had the chance to watch this 2014 Alliance Open House video of the various WizKids’ product previews: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SalfaekKbNU  HCRealms.com has a had a couple of threads going about it, and here’s one http://www.hcrealms.com/forum/showthread.php?t=520242

Obviously, I’m only paying attention to the HeroClix stuff — don’t care about their DiceMasters to Attack Wing lines of games — and even then, I’m mostly concerned with the major Marvel release, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, and its related Storyline Organized Play Event, AGE OF ULTRON.

AVA [didn’t want to call it “AA”, as that’s exactly how the DC HeroClix ARKHAM ASYLUM set (2008) is abbreviated] looks killer. Looks to have a lot of previously-UnClixed characters. I’m stoked for a particular villainess I’ve wanted to see, but never gotten around to doing a “Wish-List” post for: Superia, the militant pro-matriarchy scientist and leader of the Femizons. (Have actually done some wish-listing for a couple of the Femizons, FYI.)

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Still trying to absorb all the info.

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Don’t know if anyone else used to watch “Romper Room” back in the 1970’s, but “I see….”

  • Superia
  • The Hood
  • Arno Stark, Iron Man 2020
  • Blue Marvel
  • Avengers Security Card resource stuff
  • a Quinjet
  • Grim Reaper
  • Red Wolf & Timber (looks like another “Removables/Detachables” mechanic! Yay!)
  • Master Pandemonium
  • Demolition Man!
  • Traithlon!
  • Others I don’t recognize! (But am happy to have appearing!)
  • Some welcome Giant and Tiny characters. 🙂

I wonder if WizKids is ditching naming sets after a single character or solely by a single team name? I keep hearing that the sets named CAPTAIN AMERICA, INCREDIBLE HULK, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, TEEN TITANS,  and so on didn’t sell well? No proof seen, but plenty of “anecdotal evidence” floating around the ‘Realms. (I still love CA, IH, and IIM, just based on character selection. Some have panned the sets as not having “strong” or “definitive” versions of the “title characters” in the sets with their names on them, but they had some cool, different representations. And the villains! Some solid debuts of “UnClixed” characters, some great “ReClixed” characters, too.)

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