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HeroClix Online: State of the Game 8/25/2011

Greetings Heroes,

It’s been a busy few months as we gear up for the official launch of HeroClix Online, and we’d like to take a moment to update the community on the status of HCO and upcoming development. New content and features including additional Super Hero and Super Villain collections from Marvel Entertainment’s vast universe,Infinity Challenge figures, a new map, revamped lobby UI and rolling tournaments are all on the horizon!!

 

What’s more, we know that several early Paid Beta adopters are anxious to know what exclusive figure they will be receiving at launch…and we’re excited to reveal that a virtual War Machine figure will be sent out to those players! (As always, please ensure the email address associated with your account is up to date.)

 

Infinity Challenge
Nostalgia, beware! We’re currently working on a virtual version of Infinity Challenge, the initial set that was released for HeroClix at launch


in 2002. Infinity Challenge (178 new figures, 50+ uniques!) will be open to all players and available in booster packs. These figures can be used alongside Marvel’s famed Hammer of Thor and Fantastic Four figures in friendly matches, and constructed tournaments, though be on the lookout for organized Infinity Challenge tournaments! We’ll be rolling Infinity Challenge out in single figure boosters in two waves.

 

Revamped UI
New Lobby UI
We’ve recently implemented an enhanced combat UI, and in the near future we’ll be releasing a new lobby UI that better matches the look and feel of HeroClix Online. However, it’s not just a color change and a polish, as the improved interface will also have new features for viewing and sorting your HeroClix collection.

Rolling Tournaments
Looking for a tournament? Good news. We are working on adding rolling tournaments to HCO. Once this feature has been rolled out (pun intended), there will always be a tournament available to join. As soon as enough players have joined, it will start immediately. We will still have special event tournaments, but with rolling tournaments you can play on your own schedule.

New Map

Coinciding with the Infinity Challenge figures, we’ll be adding a new map, “The Park”!

 

Shifting gears, we’d also like to take a moment to speak to items of community discussion, including pricing. HeroClix Online is designed to provide an alternative method for eager players unable to make it to their local hobby shop to enjoy the game. As such, it is not intended to compete with the physical tabletop game—neither in gameplay nor pricing. The local game and comic shops are the lifeblood of the product line. Willingly competing with our stores on front list product is NOT the intention of WizKids or HeroClix Online.

 

With that said, we do have several new developments and tie-ins on the way. Infinity Challenge will provide an additional, lower-cost option for collecting and tournament play, as single figure boosters will be available for $0.95 USD. The team is also exploring the idea of physical Clix tie-ins—codes inside select products that unlock content related to the product. Marvel’s The Hulk Fast Forces is the first product that will have unlockable HCO content “inside the box.”

 

Keep an eye out for upcoming dev journals and sneak peeks highlighting new content and work in progress! New maps and figures will be added as development continues.

As a reminder, for updated organized tournament schedules, contests and other news, check out the official HCO Website, HCO forums, Facebook or Twitter pages.

 

Thank you for all of your support and feedback on HCO. You’re an awesome community and we hope you’re enjoying the online experience!

-The HeroClix Online Team

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com. Super Hero(es) and Super Villain(s) are co-owned registered trademark.

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Product Replacement, HCO, and More!

Happy release week Clix fans!

With everything that is going on, I wanted to take a moment and provide a few updates on projects both near and far

Product replacement

First and foremost (and long over due) – we are ready to begin a low rollout of the product replacement program. We’re going to turn on one set at a time so we can manage the load carefully. The replacement program will require you to create an account and fill out an online request for replacement. The system will generally guide you through the process and only present you with options that are available. We’re going to start with Watchmen Collector set.

Product replacement for a collectible product is challenging in that it is so susceptible to abuse. We had to go back to the drawing board on several plans due to costs, and execution difficulties. We think we have a viable solution but expect to have to tweak the program over time.

Click to register for the Product Replacement program

Tournament Management Tools for Stores

Another project we’ve been working on is a set of online tools that will help stores schedule events, manage events and report events back to WizKids. I’ve used the system myself and we’ll be testing with a small group of stores in the coming days/weeks/months.

HeroClix Online

Plans for HeroClix Online continue to evolve and we’ll start to discuss those plans as they come closer to deployment.  Until then, we’re going to host some bigger tournaments that have both online and real world prizes. Keep an eye out for specifics in the coming days.

If you are going to San Diego Comic Con, stop by the booth, I’ll be there most of the week. If you can’t make SDCC, I hope to see you at GenCon!

-Justin

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HeroClix Online Tournament Testing Challenge!

Are you ready to put your skills to the test?! Starting tonight (Tuesday, May 17) at 6 p.m. EST we will be holding hourly tournaments ‘till midnight EST. Challenge opponents while helping the devs test and you can score a White Lantern! 

Our first HCO Tournament Testing Challenge will run hourly between 6 p.m. tonight and 12 a.m. EST May 18 and will consist of a variety of opponents, rounds and point costs. Submit a thorough report on your tournament experience to the dev team at heroclixcontests@icarusstudios.com and you’re automatically entered to win a White Lantern! Winners will be announced on Thursday, May 19th!

To Participate:

To participate, simply jump in game and join a tournament between 6 p.m. and 12 a.m. EST and be sure to check out tournament details below.

 Your report should include the following information to be considered:

  • Your In-game User Name
  • Tournament You Participated In (date/time including time zone and format)
  • Detailed Issue Reporting – Tell us about your experience by answering the following six questions. Please feel free to include any additional information on your experience:
  • Were you able to sign up to play in a Tournament?
  • When it was time for you to join your tournament match, how would you rate the ease of use of joining the match? (1-5 with 1 being very difficult and 5 being very hard.)
  • How would you rate the ease of use of the entire tournament system? (1-5 with 1 being very difficult and 5 being very hard)
  • Did you see the standings between rounds and, if so, were they correct?
  • If you were in line to win a prize, did you receive the correct prize?
  • Name the one thing you would change about the tournaments you have experienced

Submit your report within 24 hours of playing in the tournament to heroclixcontests@icarusstudios.com with the subject “HCO Testing Report.” Two winners will be randomly selected from all who participate and submit a full report. Each tournament and report you submit will qualify you for an additional entry. Winners will be announced Thursday, May 27.

In-game prizes will be rewarded for tournaments, however as a reminder any prizes earned in the tournament are only for test purposes as HCO is still in Beta.

Tournament Details

To sign up for a tournament:

1) Sign up during the set sign up time, pay the entry fee (and provide a valid force for Constructed tournaments). If the tournament is already full, you won’t be able to sign up.

2) Be logged in and accept the invite when the first round starts (or in the case of a Sealed tournament, the force-building round).

 3) Join the match that starts.

FAQs:

Can I sign up for a tournament at any time and come back?

Yes, you can sign up at anytime and come back to start the tournament.

Do I need to be logged in when the tournament starts?

Yes, you must be online when the tournament begins or you will automatically lose your match.

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Join the HeroClix Online Player Testing Team, Plus Enter to Win!

 
Greetings fellow HeroClix enthusiasts! We are proud to announce the formation of our new Player Testing Team for HeroClix Online and enrollment starts Now! In addition, we’re giving away one Flash White Lantern to one lucky winner who submits the most fitting name for this new testing group—see details below!
 
So what’s the Player Testing Team all about? As a Player Testing Team Volunteer, you will assist the HeroClix Online development team in ensuring all releases are bug-free, exploits are quickly identified and excluded and any other problems are eradicated prior to release patches.
 
During this open enrollment, we’re inviting all HeroClix Online players to apply to the Team. To apply, please email the following information to heroclixteam@icarusstudios.com:
 
   1. Your full name, mailing address, email and contact phone number.
   2. Your HeroClix Online in-game Username.
   3. Your hcforum.icarusstudios.com forum name.
   4. What time zone do you live in?
   5. What languages do you speak, write or read fluently?
   6. What days, times do you generally play HeroClix Online?
   7. Do you actively participate in the forum discussions on HeroClix Online?
   8. Why do you want to be a volunteer?
   9. Please rate and describe your knowledge of HeroClix on a scale of 1 – 10  (1 being a new player and 10 being very experienced).
 
In the subject line of your email please include “Player Test Team Volunteer.”
Applicants will be considered on a first come first served basis and initial acceptance emails will be sent out beginning on or about May 16, 2011.
 
But that’s not all! Got a killer name for the new Testing Team? Send your suggestion(s) to heroclixcontests@icarusstudios.com with your HeroClix Online in-game username. Please also include “Team Name” the subject line and submit by next Friday, May 20. One name will be selected and the winner will receive one Flash White Lantern! If multiple entrants select the winning name, we will randomly draw for the winner.
 
Good luck, we hope to see you on the team!

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Join the HeroClix Online Open Beta!

Greetings HeroClix fans!

The day has arrived at long last; we are pleased to announce that we are opening up the incredible world of HeroClix Online to you!

That’s right! HeroClix Online is now open for all of you to log in and play! It is here that you will experience firsthand all of the exciting HeroClix action in the digital arena!  HeroClix Online is the platform designed to make HeroClix even more convenient for players around the world to share their love of the game in a way that fits into their busy lives.

Ready to assemble your teams and do battle? Follow these instructions below!

Here is your HeroClix Online Open Beta Key:  BHCOD-9J2ES-UB38V-R96Q6

Download the HeroClix Online Installer here: http://l3cdn.fallenearth.com/HeroClix/HeroClix.msi

BE SURE TO READ THE INSTALLATION TUTORIAL: http://hcforums.icarusstudios.com/hcforums/showthread.php?t=2

And check out the Getting Started Sub Forum here: http://hcforums.icarusstudios.com/hcforums/forumdisplay.php?f=6

There is a lot of very useful info in there, so be certain you take the time to peruse this document!

Lastly, take the time to log in and introduce yourself to the rest of the HCO Beta community here:

http://hcforums.icarusstudios.com/hcforums/

So there you have it HeroClix fans! Log in, download, and get playing!