Heroclix – They’re for collecting right?
So, my first encounter with Heroclix was seeing them in some big box retail store. I think the first ones I ever saw were Halo characters (in case you don’t know, Halo is a VERY popular video game). Since my son and I were so into Halo, it really caught my eye. Here were some really cool collectable figures that were also some type of game! This is something that might only appeal to gaming nerds, not sure… but regardless, I was impressed and turned onto the world of Heroclix.
My gaming nerd resume.
Let me give you a little background here… As I implied above, I am a gaming nerd. I started out at an early age being taught many different games by my father. My dad taught me how to play games like Feudal, Rail Baron, Outdoor Survival, Origins of World War II and Chess (I even played in my High School Chess club). As I got older, some much cooler games (in my opinion) started coming out. My brother and I started playing games like Blood Bowl and Space Marines (from the Warhammer world). Later still, I found myself playing Magic the Gathering. I list all of these games to show that, I do in fact play games.
I couldn’t have been further from the truth… I pride myself on being able to pick up on games and play them. Heroclix, however, stopped me in my tracks. They make starter packs that, by the definition on the box, look like they should be easy enough to pick up and play. So, I now own two or three starter packs and I’ve only played it once (I started collecting these things about a year ago). There are essentially two games. There is a basic game (which isn’t that basic in my opinion) and the advanced game where you get to use the special abilities for the characters. My daughter and I played what we think was the basic version once, but to be perfectly honest, I’m not quite sure that we did… What I think happened was that I read the rules and then my daughter and I played some bastardized version of Heroclix that I made up on the fly.
Maybe you could help me play Heroclix?
Are there any Heroclix fans out there? Because I need help! I’ve been tempted to go to a gaming store and ask, but most of the gaming stores are run by people who act like you should already know how to play the games they sell and they will forever look down on you for not being as geeky as they are.
There is one exception. Epic Loot Games is a new gaming store that opened up close to where I live and every time we go in there, they’ve been more than helpful. Just so we’re clear, this is NOT a paid endorsement for them. They are truly awesome and I’ll give you an example of just HOW awesome they are! Me, my wife (Andi-Roo), and my daughter went in to their store for my birthday. My wife had agreed that I could get something, so I got some Heroclix, because I’m determined to learn, dammit! My wife and daughter were going to get a comic book while we were there. Unfortunately, my 8 year old daughter discovered the free play room. In this room they have TONS of games that you can pull down and play while you are in their store anytime. In keeping with my father’s tradition of teaching chess, I have been trying to teach my daughter how to play. So, what does she find in this room but a Scooby-Doo Chess set! My daughter LOVES Scooby-Doo and she’s really loved playing chess too, so of course, she pulls me into the room and begs me to buy this game. I tell her that I don’t think they are for sale, but we’ll ask the salesperson. We ask the sales clerk about the game and he informs us that those games are there to play for people anytime, but unfortunately are not for sale. I then asked if they still make this game and wondered if we could order it. He told me that it was no longer made and that he thought it went for somewhere in the range of $70 – $80 online. So, for me, that was the end of that. We were still wandering around the store for a bit after this whole thing transpired when, what I can only assume was an owner, approached us and handed me the Scooby-Doo chess set. He said, “Here, consider it a gift.”
My first reaction was to ask, “How much do we owe you?”, but he said it was free. We were all kinds of blown away by this. I mean, this kind of thing just doesn’t happen. Apparently they were impressed that my daughter liked Chess so much and the fact that she was so excited about a Chess set that they just, well, gave it to us… Anyway, that’s the long way of saying, we love these guys!
I should ask Epic Loot Games to help me learn to play Heroclix!
I’ve known this for a while. I keep telling Andi-Roo that I’m gonna head over there and have them show me how to play. It’s just… Remember that bit that I mentioned earlier about how gamers are kind of elitist? Even though these guys are REALLY nice and helpful, I still have years of going into other gaming stores under my belt and I guess… It just feels a bit intimidating. I don’t want to walk in and proclaim my ignorance of a game in front of a bunch of other gamers… Or maybe Heroclix isn’t one of the “cool” games. I don’t know… That’s the bit that scares me about asking for help. Maybe I’ve bought into the fact that Heroclix has all these cool characters from Star Trek, Marvel, DC, Halo, Lord of the Rings, etc… but maybe they’re just the butt of the gaming world, you know?
Anyway, maybe I’ll write an update if I actually do make it over to Epic Loot Games and learn how to play. If I do, I’ll share that experience with you all. In the meantime, I’ve included some links to resources for learning to play Heroclix along the right hand side of this post, so feel free to check those out. Oh, and if you know how to play Heroclix… We totally need to hook up on Google Hangouts so you can teach me!
Let me know if you’re a gamer. Andi-Roo and I have discussed the idea of me writing a regular gaming piece on her blog, so any feedback or interest in this would be good to hear about!