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On the Road: Gen Con 2014!

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Greetings WizKids Fans and Supporters!

WizKids and HeroClix return to Gen Con Indy on August 14-17, 2014. Players will have the chance to play in many tourneys at Gen Con Indy this year between HeroClix Worlds, HeroClix Team Worlds, HeroClix Battle Royales, Star Trek Attack Wing, Marvel Dice Masters, and many other events.

HeroClix Modern Age Worlds returns to Gen Con Indy and players have 2 chances to qualify. Test your mettle against other players in a constructed event on Thursday or Friday where the top 8 players from each day will qualify for the Worlds Finals on Saturday. On Saturday, can you emerge victorious against the other 32 players including the HeroClix International champions from around the world? Win the HeroClix World Finals and claim the top prize of designing a HeroClix figure, a badge to Gen Con Indy next year with a spot in the HeroClix World Finals, and many other HeroClix prizes like factory sets and convention figures.

Debuting at Gen Con Indy is HeroClix Team Worlds where you and 2 of your friends can team-up to claim your victory. This event will be sealed where you and your teammates build the 3 best teams that you can out of 6 HeroClix boosters. Teams will have 2 chances to qualify with an event on Thursday and Friday where the top 2 teams from each day will qualify for the Team Worlds Finals on Saturday along with the 4 teams with the best combined record from Thursday and Friday.  Teams on Saturday will build the 3 best Modern Age constructed teams that they can with the qualifier that no game elements can be shared amongst the 3 teams and compete to claim the title of HeroClix Team Worlds champion. Win the HeroClix Team World Finals and you and your teammates will share the top prize of designing a Figure and many other HeroClix prizes like factory sets and convention figures.

The WizKids Booth (Gen Con Indy Booth 1817) will be open for demos and purchases beginning on Thursday August 14th where you can acquire the DC HeroClix: Black Lantern Corps Anti-Monitor (SRP $50), DC HeroClix: Resurrection Man (SRP $15), Marvel HeroClix: Zombie Galactus (SRP $50), and Marvel HeroClix: Impossible Man (SRP $15) which will be available on a first come first served basis while supplies last each day.

Want to see which side will emerge victorious in a battle between the Avengers and the X-Men? Then sit down for a demo of Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men!  Want to rule the skies while riding a dragon? Then take a demo of the D&D Attack Wing game. Both of these great games and more will be available for demos throughout the weekend at Gen Con Indy!

The full list of WizKids events for Gen Con Indy 2014 is below and we look forward to seeing you there!

 

Gen Con 2014 Event Descriptions

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DC HeroClix Battle RoyaleInterested in fast and furious HeroClix play? Want to prove you’re the best no matter what team you draft? Then this event is for you! The DC HeroClix Battle Royales will have groups of 16-64 players that will be randomized into four-player pods and will utilize boosters from a DC HeroClix expansion. The winner of each 4 player pod will receive a 2014 DC Convention Limited Edition figure as a prize.
Cost: $12 (or 6 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).
Availability/Schedule: Thursday-Saturday 10 AM-Midnight & Sunday 10 AM-4 PM

Marvel HeroClix Battle Royale: Interested in fast and furious HeroClix play? Want to prove you’re the best no matter what team you draft? Then this event is for you! The Marvel HeroClix Battle Royales will have groups of 16-64 players that will be randomized into four-player pods and will utilize boosters from a Marvel HeroClix expansion. The winner of each 4 player pod will receive a 2014 Marvel Convention Limited Edition figure as a prize.
Cost: $12 (or 6 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).
Availability/Schedule: Thursday-Saturday 10 AM-Midnight & Sunday 10 AM-4 PM

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HEROCLIX SCENARIO EVENTS

Game Play: Every day brings a variety of HeroClix games to play. See the scenarios described below for more details.

Prizes: The top half of players in these events will choose from a pool of HeroClix 2014 Convention Limited Edition figures.

Availability/Schedule:

Thursday 11 AM: Modern Age Constructed AvX Scenario – Build a 400 point Modern Age Avengers themed team and a 400 point Modern Age X-Men themed team with no tactics or team bases. Before the game begins, roll a d6 against your opponent and the higher roll gets to pick which team they play with and the opponent plays the other themed team.

Thursday 3 PM: Golden Age Constructed No Cards Scenario – Build your best 300 point team from sets in the pre-carded era. No tactics allowed of course because that would require cards.

Thursday 7 PM: Modern Age Team-Up Constructed Event – You and a friend each build the best 200 point Modern Age team with no tactics that you can and team up to take on another pair of opponents. This event uses the team-up rules for the HeroClix comprehensive tournament rules.

Friday 11 AM: Modern Age Team-Up Constructed Event – You and a friend each build the best 200 point Modern Age team with no tactics that you can and team up to take on another pair of opponents. This event uses the team-up rules for the HeroClix comprehensive tournament rules.

Friday 3 PM: Modern Age Constructed War of Light Scenario – Build 2 different “Lantern Corps” themed teams at 400 points each with no tactics. Before the game begins, roll a d6 against your opponent and the higher roll gets to pick which team they play with and the opponent plays the other themed team.

Friday 7 PM: Golden Age Constructed Meteorite Scenario – Build a 500 point Golden Age team that contains no tactics. During the event, the judge will call out map coordinates where the meteorites land! Find out at the event what the meteorites do.

Saturday 11 AM: Golden Age Constructed Everything Scenario – Build a 1000 point Golden Age team but you must include a vehicle, a colossal, a team base, a giant, a peanut base, and a single base figure on your team and no item can qualify for more than 1 of those requirements. No tactics allowed in this event.

Saturday 3 PM: Modern Age Team-Up Constructed Event – You and a friend each build the best 200 point Modern Age team with no tactics that you can and team up to take on another pair of opponents. This event uses the team-up rules for the HeroClix comprehensive tournament rules.

Saturday 7 PM: Modern Age Constructed Themed Team Scenario – Build a 500 point themed team using no tactics or team bases.

Sunday 11 AM: Modern Age Constructed Protect the Boss Scenario – Build a 400 point team with 1 figure of 100 points or under declared as the boss. If the boss is KO’d, all other characters on that force are immediately KO’d as well. No tactics allowed

Sunday 11 AM: Modern Age Constructed Zombie Scenario – Build a 500 point team with no figures over 100 points. When a figure is KO’d, it returns to your starting area on its first click and can fight again and again and again. No tactics allowed.

Sunday 11 AM: Modern Age Team-Up Constructed Event – You and a friend each build the best 200 point Modern Age team with no tactics that you can and team up to take on another pair of opponents. This event uses the team-up rules for the HeroClix comprehensive tournament rules.

Sunday 11 AM: Modern Age Constructed Brawl Event – Build a 500 point team but no figure can have range for this event printed on their dial. Also, you cannot use range for any power or ability during this event. No tactics allowed.

Sunday 11 AM: Golden Age Constructed Joker’s Wild Scenario – Build a 400 point team with no tactics. Also bring one figure that is not a part of your force, shares a name or real name with a character on your force, and has a point value of no more than 50 points different than that figure on your force. In addition to the normal rules, each game will utilize a custom deck of cards.

Cost: $12 (or 6 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).

If you like playing HeroClix with some of the other licenses, we have a full roster of events available!

 

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HEROCLIX FANTASY

Game Play: Only figures and objects from the Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, Mage Knight, and DOTA2 are legal in these events.
Prizes: The top half of players in these events will choose from a pool of HeroClix 2014 Convention Limited Edition figures.

Availability/Schedule:

Thursday 11 AM – 300 point constructed force

Friday 3 PM – 500 point constructed epic force

Saturday 7 PM – 600 point constructed epic force

Cost: $12 (or 6 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).

 

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STAR TREK HEROCLIX TACTICS

Game Play: Only figures and objects from Star Trek Tactics are legal in these events.
Prizes: The top half of players in these events will choose from a pool of HeroClix 2014 Convention Limited Edition figures

Availability/Schedule:

Thursday 3 PM – 300 point constructed force

Friday 7 PM – 500 point constructed force

Saturday 11 AM – 500 point constructed theme force (all ships must share a keyword)

Cost: $12 (or 6 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).

 

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YU-GI-OH! HEROCLIX

Game Play: Only figures from Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix are legal in these events
Prizes: The top half of players in these events will choose from a pool of HeroClix 2014 Convention Limited Edition figures.

Availability/Schedule:

Thursday 7 PM – 300 point constructed force

Friday 11 AM – 500 point constructed force

Saturday 3 PM – 500 point constructed theme force (all figures must share a keyword)

Cost: $12 (or 6 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).

 

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HEROCLIX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS

HeroClix Modern Age Worlds Constructed Qualifying Event: Want to play in HeroClix Modern Age Worlds and prove you’ve got what it takes to be the BEST? This constructed event will be run for at least 3 rounds and the top 8 players will qualify for the HeroClix Worlds Finals on Saturday. Build a 300 point HeroClix Modern Age team to compete. The top half of players in this event will get a prize from a pool of HeroClix 2014 convention exclusive figures.
Cost: $12 (or 6 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).
Availability/Schedule: Thursday at 11 AM & Friday at 5 PM

HeroClix Team Worlds Sealed Qualifying Event: Want to play in HeroClix Team Worlds and prove you and your 2 friends are the best team? Each sealed event will be run for at least 3 rounds and the top 2 teams will qualify for the HeroClix Team Worlds Finals on Saturday. This sealed event will utilize 6 boosters per team from a Marvel HeroClix expansion to build 3 300-point teams. The top half of players in this event will receive a prize from a pool of HeroClix 2014 convention exclusive figures.
Cost: $24 per person (or 12 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).
Availability/Schedule: Thursday 5 PM & Friday at 11 AM

HeroClix Modern Age Worlds Championship Event: THIS IS IT! You’ve battled through the event on Thursday or Friday and victory is in sight! Build the best 300 point Modern Age force! Fight it out with the rest of the top players and see who emerges victorious as the 2014 HeroClix Modern Age World Champion!
Cost for this event will be covered by WizKids.
Availability/Schedule: Saturday at 11 AM

HeroClix Team Worlds Championship Event: THIS IS IT! You’ve battled through the event on Thursday or Friday and victory is in sight! Build the best 300 point Modern Age force for each player on your team but no game elements can be shared across the forces! Fight it out with the rest of the top teams and see who emerges victorious as the 2014 HeroClix Team World Champion!
Cost for this event will be covered by WizKids.
Availability/Schedule: Saturday at 5 PM

For players in the HeroClix Worlds events, there is a map menu for what maps you can use in these events. These maps will be used in both the qualifiers on Thursday and Friday and the finals on Saturday for Worlds. The maps are:

Marvel:
1-2 Avengers vs. X-Men Latveria/Drowned Wakanda
3-4 Avengers vs. X-Men Kun’Lun/Moon
5-6 Wolverine and the X-Men Danger Room/Canadian Wilderness
7-8 Captain America The Winter Soldier Triskelion Helibay Indoor/Helicarrier Outdoor
9-10 Deadpool Fast Forces Thunderbolts/Submarine

DC:
1-2 Teen Titans N.O.W.H.E.R.E.: The Crucible/ Teen Titans Tower: Great Hall
3-4 Teen Titans Fast Forces N.O.W.H.E.R.E.: Arctic Base/Teen Titans Tower: Tower Ground
5-6 Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes Apokolips/ Legion Plaza
7-8 Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes Fast Forces Hall of Doom/Slaughter Swamp
9-10 War of Light Ranx/Oa Plaza

The HeroClix 2014 convention exclusive figures for the above events will be Worlds’ Finest, Jonah Hex, and Amazo for DC HeroClix and Whiplash, Doop, and Hulk & Red She-Hulk for Marvel HeroClix.

 

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STAR TREK: ATTACK WING EVENTS

Star Trek Attack Wing Quick Play Event: Want to captain your own starship? Then this event is for you! These will be 16-player single elimination events.  Build a 100 point constructed force and battle it out with other captains to see who will rule the stars! The top players in these events will receive a Star Trek: Attack Wing OP element!
Cost: $10(or 5 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).
Availability/Schedule: Thursday-Saturday 10 AM-Midnight & Sunday 10 AM-4 PM

 

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MARVEL DICE MASTERS EVENTS

Marvel DiceMasters Quick Play Semi-Constructed Event: Want to prove that you have what it takes to be a Dice Master? These events will use the Standard Sealed/Constructed Hybrid format rules and will be 32 player events with a Swiss format with 3 matches per round (45 minute limit per round). The top players in these events will receive a prize!
Cost: $10(or 5 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).
Availability/Schedule: Thursday-Saturday 10 AM-Midnight & Sunday 10 AM-4 PM

 

For questions regarding any of these events, please email us at: HeroClixConventions@gmail.com

Thanks for all of your support and we’ll see you at Gen Con Indy 2014!

 

 

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Lord of the Rings HeroClix: The Two Towers Preview

Lord of the Rings HeroClix The Two Towers: Galadhrim Elven Soldier and Haldir!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

For today’s Lord of the Rings HeroClix: The Two Towers preview, we bring word from Lord Elrond of Rivendell.  An alliance once existed between Elves and Men. Long ago they fought and died together.  When Saruman’s forces marched upon Helm’s Deep, Haldir and a number of Galadhrim Elven Soldiers arrived to honor that allegiance and fight alongside men once again!

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Let’s first take a look at the Galadhrim Elven Soldier!  Coming in at 32 points, the Galadhrim Elven Soldier has a range of six squares and can target one character with its ranged attacks.  On each of its four clicks Galadhrim Elven Soldier has a special power in its defense slot called Hold the Line.  This special power lets Galadhrim Elven Soldier use Energy Shield/Deflection.  Additionally, Galadhrim Elven Soldier modifies its defense by +1 when he is targeted with a close action and is adjacent to a friendly character with a shared keyword.  Galadhrim Elven Soldier has two keywords, Elf and Soldier.

The Galadhrim Elven Soldier is primarily a ranged attacker on his first two clicks, with Leap/Climb in his speed slot enabling him to get into position for an attack and Ranged Combat Expert in his damage slot boosting either his damage or attack values (or both values).  On his last two clicks, Galadhrim Elven Soldier drops Leap/Climb in favor of Flurry as he fights in close combat.

Leading the Galadhrim Elven Soldier into battle is Haldir, who comes into play at 60 and has the Elf and Soldier keywords.

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Haldir also has an Epic Ability called Eleven Archery.  Once per game, Haldir can be given an epic action to choose up to 1 friendly character per 200 points of the game’s build total.  Then during your turn you may give each chosen character a power action to make two ranged combat attacks as free actions.  If Haldir is one of the chosen characters, his power action may be given as a free action.

Haldir has Leap/Climb on all but his last two clicks which allows him to move as needed among his troops.  Haldir also has a special power in his attack slot called Target Their Armor’s Weak Points! that appears on all but his last click.

When Haldir is on the front half of his dial, he has Defend to share his defense values with adjacent friendly characters.  Haldir also has Enhancement to increase damage dealt by adjacent friendly characters who make ranged attacks.  The back half of Haldir’s dial features WillpowerHaldir also has a range of eight squares and one target for his ranged attacks.

Thanks for reading!  Please join us for our next Lord of the Rings HeroClix: The Two Towers preview when we spotlight a Rohirrim who arrived with Gandalf at dawn to aid the defenders of Helm’s Deep!

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Lord of the Rings HeroClix: The Two Towers Preview

Lord of the Rings HeroClix The Two Towers: Theoden!

Greetings HeroClix fans!

We continue our series of previews for The Two Towers our next Lord of the Rings HeroClix set, which releases on October 30.  To start things off, we visit with Theoden, the king of Rohan who fought against Saruman’s armies at the Battle of Helm’s Deep!

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Theoden comes in at 50 only points, which leaves plenty of room for other attackers and support characters on a 300-point force.  Theoden also has an Epic Ability called Make for Refuge, which can be used once per game.  With Make for Refuge, you may place Theoden and up to 1 friendly character per 150 points of the game’s build total in your starting area.

As the 17th king of Rohan, Theoden begins his dial with a click of Leadership and WillpowerTheoden also has access to a special power called Exiled by the King, which appears on his first three clicks.  Exiled by the King lets Theoden use Force Blast as if he occupied any square within 6 squares and line of fire.  Once Theoden is off his top click, he gains two clicks of Blades/Claws/Fangs and PerplexTheoden also switches from Willpower to Barrier on those same two clicks.

The back half of Theoden’s dial sees him ditch Exiled by the King in favor of Plasticity as he grips his opponents close instead of knocking them back.  Perplex makes way for Close Combat Expert as he attacks with his mighty sword, Herugrim.  Willpower returns for Theoden’s last two clicks.

Theoden’s Make for Refuge Epic Ability makes him a viable option when a retreat to your starting area is necessary.  Theoden also has consistent combat values throughout his dial.  Additionally, Theoden has the Man, Rohirrim, Ruler and Soldier keywords for ease in team building.

To have some fun with Make for Refuge in Golden Age matches, you can pair up Theoden with Leash from DC HeroClix: Teen TitansLeash can use the Capture ability on his first three clicks and he also has the Piece of Me trait, which allows him to choose a character at the start of the game.  That character then modifies its defense by -2 when Leash targets it with the Capture ability.  Once an opposing character has been captured, Theoden can then use Make for Refuge to bring Leash back to your starting area and release the captive character.

Theoden and Leash come to 146 points, which still leaves plenty of room for attackers and support pieces.  Let’s see what you can come up with to bring the point total to 300 points!

Thanks for reading!  Please join us for our next Lord of the Rings HeroClix: The Two Towers when we take a look at what has gathered outside of Helm’s Deep.  Until then, keep your Clix off their KO’s!

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Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix: Celeborn!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Welcome back as we spotlight another figure from the upcoming Fellowship of the Rings HeroClix set!  Today we bring you a ruler of Lothlorien and husband to Galadriel, Celeborn!

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Celeborn has the ability to invite friendly figures into his homeland and offer them Sanctuary, an Epic Ability that allows Celeborn and friendly figures within 3 squares to use Stealth until your next turn.

Celeborn begins play with a couple of clicks of Leadership, giving him the potential to add an action token to your action pool as well as clear a token from an adjacent friendly figure.   For the front half of his dial, Celeborn will be able to try to avoid attacks with Super Senses.   He also has a special power called Farsight, that will allow him to manipulate dice rolls to his benefit as well as modify a combat value by plus or minus one, as he can now use both Probability Control and Perplex. 

Around the middle of his dial, Celeborn begins to shift his power set a bit as Leadership is replaced with a good run of Outwit, allowing him to deprive an opposing figure of a key power once per turn.  Another click into his dial, and he gains a run of Mind Control.

On the back end of his dial, Celeborn can attempt to heal back up into better support powers as well as live longer, as he has Regeneration, for the rest of his dial.  One click at a time, Celeborn will lose the rest of his powers, first losing Outwit, and finely, Mind Control.

As a unique figure, Celeborn can be play in theme with his fellow Elves, or with other leaders on a Ruler theme team.  No matter what force you choose to include him on, Celeborn brings a plethora of useful support powers to your force, with most occurring simultaneously.  At 100 points, his useful power set, as well as his Epic Ability, will be useful on many team builds.

Thank you for joining us for our latest Fellowship of the Ring preview.  Be sure to stop by your friendly local game or comic store on release day this Wednesday, June 19th! Until then, keep the Ring secret, and keep it safe!

 

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Fellowship of the Ring Preview

Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix: Legolas Greenleaf!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Welcome to another preview from the upcoming Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix set. When last we left the Fellowship they were in Isengard and in perilous battle with Saruman. Now they must traverse the Misty Mountains and travel through Gladden Fields to seek refuge at Mirkwood, the home of their traveling companion, Legolas Greenleaf.

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Legolas Greenleaf has Improved Movement and ignores elevated terrain; this shows how agile is it for Elves to get around.

Go For the Weak Points in Their Armor!” is Legolas Greenleaf’s epic action and will allow him to choose up to 1 opposing character per 200 points of the game’s build total. Until your next turn, when a chosen character is dealt damage by a close combat attack, roll a d6; on a result of 2 – 6, the damage dealt can’t be reduced to less than 1.

Legolas Greenleaf has a trait called “Whirlwind of Blades.” When Legolas Greenleaf or an adjacent friendly character KO’s an opposing character with a close combat attack, after actions resolve, Legolas Greenleaf may immediately use Charge as a free action.

This is a different version of Legolas Greenleaf from what we have seen in the past and it really showcases that he is more than just a great bowman but quite handy with the steel as well. Legolas Greenleaf could easily be paired up with a couple of Elven Warriors to take full advantage of his epic action and trait.

Legolas Greenleaf starts out with his top 3 clicks having Charge, Super Senses and Exploit Weakness. His next 3 clicks have Flurry and Combat Reflexes. The Combat Reflexes will help him during close combat attacks by modifying his defensive value by +2 and giving him the ability to ignore knock back.

Legolas Greenleaf has a special attack power called “Thinning the Ranks.” Once per turn, when a target opposing character takes damage from a close combat attack made by Legolas Greenleaf, you may place an action token on the target after the attack resolves. With this special power overlapping with Flurry, Legolas Greenleaf would not only have two attacks in which to deliver damage to his target but if either attack is successful in dealing damage he could then place an action token on the target.

After the use of Combat Reflexes, Legolas Greenleaf switches back to Super Senses and the use of Exploit Weakness, while stilling being able to use “Thinning the Ranks.

Legolas Greenleaf has an 8-click dial for 125 points with a lot of options. Let us not forget that Legolas Greenleaf still carries his bow and can make ranged attacks against two targets from 6 squares away as long as he has line of fire. He can also use Willpower through the combat ability Indomitable.

Legolas Greenleaf has Elf, Fellowship, Martial Artist, and Warrior as his keywords to build around, if theme building is your thing.

Thanks for reading! Please join us for more upcoming and exciting Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix previews. Until then, Shape Change for the Win!!

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Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix: Saruman!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Welcome back to “Mordor Monday” as we spotlight another preview from the upcoming Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix set. Today we travel near the Gap of Rohan to Isengard and set our gaze upon one who has traded reason for madness; the wizard of “many-colors”, Saruman.

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Arguably the most powerful of the Maiar, this version of Saruman demonstrates his ability to exert considerable control over others on the battlefield thanks to his special power, The Power of Isengard.  This special power allows Saruman to use Mind Control as if he possessed a range of 10 (replacing his more standard 6 range for other attacks) but that’s not all; Saruman may also ignore elevated and blocking terrain for line of fire purposes! Maneuver Saruman to an elevated position or behind a wall while running interference with your Orc Warriors and Orc Archers, or reach back to the Lord of the Rings HeroClix set and team Saruman up with some of his Uruk-Hai like Shagrat or Ugluk for more muscle!

Being able to hide -er, position Saruman behind blocking terrain or out of reach on a different elevation from his Mind Control target is not to be underestimated.  Saruman can Mind Control a key support piece and command it to maneuver closer to one of your pieces for an attack, or re-position an opposing heavy-hitter to attack another opposing piece or simply further away from your pieces.  With some good positioning and the right map, Saruman can easily dominate the battlefield with little fear of retribution!

However, if you prefer Saruman to be more openly aggressive, or if an opposing figure happens to base Saruman where’s he hiding-er, positioned, his Palantir special power allows him to use Outwit and Probability Control (similar to the version of Saruman found in Lord of the Rings HeroClix)!

If I Go, He Dies” is Saruman’s epic ability. You may choose up to 1 opposing character per 200 points of the game’s build total that’s marked with an action token and roll a d6 that can’t be rerolled; if the result of the roll is 4 – 6, deal each of the chosen characters 1 penetrating damage.

“What is an Epic Action?” you may ask? Firstly, epic actions only come into play if the build total of the event is 400 points or more. An epic action is a type of power action, but each player may only use one epic action per turn. Unlike a typical power action, an epic action does not count against your action total.

Saruman has the Indomitable combat ability which will grant him the use of Willpower which pairs nicely with both his epic ability and his The Power of Isengard special powers, allowing Saruman to go on the offensive without fear of pushing.

A healthy run of Shape Change affords some protection for Saruman early- to mid-dial while a strong run of Penetrating/Psychic Blast ensures that Saruman can cut through his opponents’ defenses with ranged attacks (be careful when challenging Saruman to a Wizard’s duel!)

At 130 points, Saruman will make up almost half of your force in a standard 300 point event, but paired with good support and attack pieces (see above), he will easily cause a headache or two for the opposing force thanks to strong, consistent combat values and power selection.  Saruman also has the familiar Forces of Sauron and Mystical keywords, and the all-new Maiar keyword for theme team construction.

Thanks for reading! Please join us for more upcoming and exciting Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix previews. Until then, Shape Change for the Win!!

 

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Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix: Galadriel!

Greetings HeroClix Fans! 

And welcome back as we take another look at a figure from the upcoming Fellowship of the Rings HeroClix set.   Today we visit the land of Lothlorien to meet the leader of this land’s Elves, the fair Galadriel!

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Galadriel has an Epic Action ability called  Look Into My Mirror.  When given an Epic Action, you get to choose a friendly character for every 200 points of the build total, and until your next turn, the chosen figures can use Probability Control as long as they occupy hindering terrain.   Galadriel also has a trait called Fairest of All Beings, which allows her to use Super Senses, and when she does so successfully, the attacking figure gets an action token.

As a unique figure, Galadriel brings some solid assistance to your force, first with a few clicks of Defend, to share her defense values with adjacent friendly figures.  If a a friendly figure is damaged, Galadriel has the ability to heal them for a good stretch of her dial with Support.  However, Galadriel is not just an expensive support piece, as her Penetrating Psychic Blast will allow her to target figures up to 10 squares away, by passing any damage reducers they may possess.  A couple of clicks into her dial, Galadriel gives up Defend for Willpower, allowing her to attack foes, or heel friendly figures without fear of pushing damage.

Another click into her dial and Galadriel trades Penetrating Psychic Blast for a special power called Even the Smallest Person Can Change the Course of the Future.  This special power allows you to give  Galadriel a double power action, and when you do, all combat values of the lowest point cost friendly figure who is also 100 points or less are modified by +1 until your next turn.  This special power will overlap with one click of Willpower, allowing you to ignore the pushing damage from this double power action.  After this, Regeneration will allow Galadriel the opportunity to heel herself after a round of clearing.

Galadriel can be played in theme with her fellow Ringbearers, her people the Elves, other magic wielding Mystical beings, or with other leaders as a team of Rulers.  No matter the force you choose to include her on, at 110 points, Galadriel’s solid attack values and ability to support your force as well as attack her enemies will always be a welcome addition. 

Thanks for joining us for our latest Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix preview.  Join us later this week as we explore even more realms of HeroClix to come, and until then keep your Clix off their K.O.’s!

 

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Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix: Frodo Baggins!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

We travel to the Shire for today’s Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix preview and pop in unexpectedly on one of the residents of Bag End, Frodo Baggins, as he prepares for a long journey to Mount Doom!

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Frodo Baggins comes into play at 55 points and has an Epic ability called Hide! Over Here!, which reads: “Give Frodo Baggins an epic action; until the beginning of your next turn, up to 2 friendly characters per 100 points of the game’s build total who occupy the same area of hindering terrain as him or are adjacent to him can use Stealth until your next turn.

During his quest to destroy the One Ring, Frodo Baggins received several gifts from the elves Celeborn and Galadriel.  One of those gifts was a Lothlorien Cloak, which is represented on the Frodo Baggins’ first three clicks as Stealth.

Frodo Baggins’ uncle, Bilbo Baggins, gave the young Hobbit a protective Mithril Shirt when the two briefly reunited in Rivendell.  Starting on his second click and staying for the remainder of his dial, Frodo Baggins gains a special power called Mithril Shirt in his defense slot.  When Frodo Baggins is hit by an attack, roll a d6.  On a result of 4 to 6, he can use Invulnerability until the end of the turn.  Frodo Baggins’ extraordinary resilience is also shown defensively via the Indomitable combat ability, which allows him to use Willpower.

Another gift Frodo Baggins received from Bilbo Baggins was the sword Sting, which is represented as a short run of Exploit WeaknessFrodo Baggins’ damage slot begins with two clicks of Probability Control, which recalls Galadriel’s prediction that the time would soon come when Hobbits would shape the fortunes of all.

Frodo Baggins makes a viable choice for forces that are built around any of his three keywords: Fellowship, Hobbit, and RingbearerFrodo Baggins brings attack values that only dip below 10 on his first and last clicks, and damage values that are bolstered on the majority of his dial by Probability Control and Exploit Weakness.

Thanks for reading!  Please join us for our next Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix preview when we travel to the protected realm of Lothlorien.  Until then, may the light of Eärendil illuminate your way to victory!

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Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix: Orc Warrior & Orc Archer!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Welcome to another preview from the upcoming Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix set. The Forces of Sauron were made from legions of Middle-earth’s monsters and today we look upon the armies of Orcs with an Orc Warrior and an Orc Archer.

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The Orc Warrior will be the first into the fray making full use of his first two clicks of Charge. On the Orc Warriors top 3 clicks on his damage slot he has a special power called “Frenzied Attack”. This will allow the Orc Warrior to use Probability Control, but only for his own attack rolls. When he does, if the target character is hit, deal 1 penetrating damage instead of dealing damage normally.

On click 3 the Orc Warrior gains the use of Toughness, and he finishes out his dial with some Flurry.

The Orc Warrior is meant to be played in groups and for just 35 points it will be easy to field a whole squad of these guys. As far as thematic team building goes the Orc Warrior lends himself to teams like Forces of Sauron, Monster, Orc, and Warrior.

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Joining in on the fight is the Orc Archer, who starts out with a special power called “Blacken the Sky”. If the Orc Archer is adjacent to a friendly character with which he shares a keyword and which has a range value of 5 or greater, then the Orc Archer gets to ignores hindering and elevated terrain for line of fire purposes. The rest of the Orc Archers top dial has Toughness and Enhancement.

On the next 3 clicks the Orc Archer over laps Running Shot with Willpower while still holding on to his special attack power for clicks 2 and 3. On Clicks 4 and 5 Orc Archer regains the use of Enhancement.

For 40 points the Orc Archer is his own best friend. Over lapping “Blacken the Sky” with Enhancement and a 7 range, just line 3 of these guys up and let loss your volley of arrows. Being able to build theme should be easy as with the Orc Warrior, the Orc Archer has Forces of Sauron, Monster, and Orc but also has Soldier for keywords.

If you and some friends are going to gather around and play a 500 point Epic Battle, I would look at playing with these two guys and building a Forces of Sauron themed team. Start off with 3 Orc Archers for 120 points, 3 Orc Warriors for 105 points, then add in LOTR #205 Captain Lurtz for some Leadership, LOTR #007 Gorbag for even more Leadership and Enhancement, LOTR #19 Sauron to bring in some Outwit and Probability Control, and you will have 19 points to round out with some Horde Tokens. Or play around and go in your own direction.

Thanks for reading! Please join us for our next exciting Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix preview. Until then, Shape Change for the Win!!

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On the Road: GenCon Indy 2013

Greetings WizKids Fans and Supporters!

After all of the fun and excitement of the HeroClix Nationals at Origins Game Fair, the convention season turns to Gen Con Indy on August 15-18 2013.  Players will have the chance to play in many tourneys at GenCon Indy this year between HeroClix Worlds, Battle Royales, and many, many different exciting side events.  These events at Gen Con Indy will be the first WizKids run events that will use the updated HeroClix Comprehensive Tournament Rules which includes new map rules and the update to HeroClix Ages.

HeroClix Worlds returns to Gen Con Indy but with a new format and twice the excitement.  This year will see the crowning of two HeroClix World Champions – Modern Age and Golden Age!  Do you have what it takes to win both championships?  Win the HeroClix Worlds Finals in either Modern Age or Golden Age and claim the top prize of designing a figure in addition to other prizes.  Or prove you are the best in both formats and design 2 figures!

The excitement isn’t limited to the Tournament area however! Stop by the WizKids Games booth on the show floor and try out some spectacular new games! Does the Final Frontier beckon? Then take a look at the all-new Star Trek Attack Wing, available in both standard demos and LARGE, oversized demos! Want to live large as a Rail Baron? Then try out the all-new railroad-based dice-building game, Trains and Stations! Do you want to claim the city of Gotham for your own?  Then demo the Batman: Gotham Strategy City Game.   Can’t have enough dice?  Then demo Quarriors! for all of the dice you could ever want.  Want to bring home a tentacled new friend? Then purchase the Marvel HeroCilx convention exclusive, Shuma GorathOr purchase the as-of-yet unrevealed DC HeroClix convention exclusive! It would be a sin to not take something home with you!

The full list of events for Gen Con Indy is below and we look forward to seeing you there!

HEROCLIX BATTLE ROYALE (MARVEL or DC)

Game Play:  Four players sign up and four boosters go into the pool.  Each player opens a booster, drafts a character for their force, and passes the rest of the booster to the next player.  Once all figures have been drafted, game play begins.  While the rules have every player for themselves, watch out for alliances and choose any partners carefully.  After an hour of play, time is called.  The winner is the player with the most points.

Prizes:  Once the match is over, all characters are returned to the center and the judge will add a 2013 Convention Limited Edition figure to the pool from the correct universe.  For DC, these prizes will be Bat-Mite, Gentleman Ghost, or Superman and Wonder Woman.  For Marvel, these prizes will be Death Mask, Obnoxio the Clown, or Old Man Logan.  A snake-draft is then used to distribute the figures.  The winner drafts a figure from the pool (this time, to keep), followed by whoever placed second, then third, and then fourth.  As a snake draft, the next draft round starts with the fourth player, then third, then second, and then first.  And so it goes until all figures are in someone’s possession.

Cost:  $12 (6 Generic tickets for each player).  This year, in addition to generic tickets, we are selling 100 tickets for Battle Royals on the even hours (10 AM, Noon, 2 PM, 4 PM, and 6 PM).  At those times, we will be placing the on-demand line on hold, calling for ticket holders and seating them.  Once the reserved ticket-holder line is complete, we will go back to running the on-demand line.  If you have a Battle Royale ticket for a particular time and you miss that particular call, have no fear as those tickets will be honored as a generic ticket for another event, whether it’s a Battle Royale at a different time or a different WizKids event.

Availability/Schedule:  Thursday-Saturday 10 AM-Midnight & Sunday 10 AM-4 PM or as long as we have product.

HEROCLIX WORLDS: MODERN AGE & GOLDEN AGE

Modern Age Game Play:  Players have 2 opportunities to qualify – once on Thursday and once on Friday.  Undefeated players from these events will qualify for Saturday’s finals.  This event will have a 300 point build total and all Modern Age game effects are permitted.  This event will use the new updated HeroClix Modern Age and will use the following Map Menu:

01 – Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War European Castle

02 – Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War Quinn Jet Hangar

03 – Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War Avenger’s Mansion

04 – Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War Negative Zone Prison

05 – Marvel HeroClix: Amazing Spider-Man Dr. Strange Mansion

06 – Marvel HeroClix: Amazing Spider-Man The Bell Tower

07 – DC HeroClix: Justice League Gotham Rooftops

08 – DC HeroClix: Justice League Paradise Island

09 – DC HeroClix: Batman Lazarus Pit

10 – DC HeroClix: Batman Bat Cave

11 – DC HeroClix: Streets of Gotham Gotham Clock Tower

12 – DC HeroClix: Streets of Gotham Crime Alley

13 – DC HeroClix: No Man’s Land Wayne Manor

14 – DC HeroClix: No Man’s Land Post-Quake Wayne Manor

15 – DC HeroClix: No Man’s Land Robinson Park

16 – DC HeroClix: No Man’s Land Post-Quake Robinson Park

17 – DC HeroClix: No Man’s Land Blackgate Prison

18 – DC HeroClix: No Man’s Land Post-Quake Blackgate Prison

19 – DC HeroClix: No Man’s Land Gotham Power Plant

20 – DC HeroClix: No Man’s Land Post-Quake Gotham Power Plant

Golden Age Game Play:  Players have 2 opportunities to qualify.  The event will have a 300 point build total and all Golden Age figures – including Lord of the Ring, Hobbit, Gears of War, Street Fighter, Halo, etc. – are permitted.  What is restricted are “Tactics”.  Tactics are defined in “Part 4” of the rule book and include:  Special Objects, Resources, Feats, Battlefield Conditions, Event Dials, Bystander Tokens, and Themed Teams.  Your team can’t make use of any of these mechanics.  Some helpful clarification for you:

Does this mean I can’t use keywords, like if my character has a special power that activates when he’s near someone with a particular keyword?  No.  Keywords are still a part of the game and can be used.  It is ONLY themed team rules that are not used.  Heck, your team can even have a group of figures with an exclusive keyword.  It just isn’t considered a “themed team”.

What about characters that have special objects or bystander tokens – can I use those? Well, you can certainly use those characters on your force.  However the “No Tactics” rule still applies.  So, for example, you can play with Falcon (from Captain America), and he even begins the game with Redwing attached, however, since the game does not allow bystander tokens, you can’t detach Redwing and play the bystander.

The Golden Age event will use the new map rules included in the updated HeroClix Comprehensive Tournament Rules (or just to clarify, the map menu is not part of the Golden Age event)

All 4 qualifiers have been carefully scheduled so as to allow you to play in all 4, should you want to try for the ultimate championship.

Game Play:  Undefeated players from these events will qualify for Saturday’s finals in the corresponding format.  There will be some pre-qualified players who will already have seats from events like the US Nationals, last year’s World Champion, etc.  After these folks are seated, we will start looking at the 2-day overall record of people in the qualifiers and seat based on rating and who is present.  We will keep going down the list until we’ve seated 32 people.  Those 32 players will play until we get ourselves a champion.

As with the qualifiers, the Saturday finals are scheduled so that you can play in both events.

Prizes:  The top half of players in each qualifier will choose from a pool of 2013 Convention Limited Edition figures that will include Bat-Mite, Gentleman Ghost, Superman and Wonder Woman, Death Mask, Obnoxio the Clown, or Old Man Logan.

World Championship Prize:  A complete set of the 2013 Convention Limited Edition figures, Shuma Gorath, DC Convention Purchase Exclusive, a Teen Titans factory set, and many more prizes and, of course, Design-a-Fig.

Cost:  $12 Event Ticket (or 6 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).

Availability/Schedule:  Modern Age: Thursday 11 AM, Friday 6 PM, and finals Saturday 10 AM.  Golden Age: Thursday 6 PM, Friday 11 AM, and finals Saturday 5 PM

HEROCLIX SUPER BOOSTER/CONSTRUCTED EVENTS

Game Play:  With all those Battle Royale events, we’re going to need to do SOMETHING with the extra Super Boosters!  Bring a 200 point Modern Age force and receive a Teen Titans Super Booster.  Build a 400 point force from that and battle your way to victory!

Prizes:  The top half of players in this event will choose from a pool of 2013 Convention Limited Edition figures that will include Bat-Mite, Gentleman Ghost, Superman and Wonder Woman, Death Mask, Obnoxio the Clown, or Old Man Logan.

Cost:  $24 Event Ticket (or 12 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).

Availability/Schedule:  Thursday 7 PM, Friday 7 PM, and Saturday 1 PM

HEROCLIX SUPER BOOSTER/CONSTRUCTED UBER MAP EVENTS

Game Play:  Eight players are all playing on one GIANT sized map.  Players bring a 200 point Modern Age force and receive a Teen Titans Super Booster.  Build a 400 point force from that and you’re ready to take on all 7 opponents!

Prizes:  The top half of players in this event will choose from a pool of 2013 Convention Limited Edition figures that will include Bat-Mite, Gentleman Ghost, Superman and Wonder Woman, Death Mask, Obnoxio the Clown, or Old Man Logan.

Cost:  $24 Event Ticket (or 12 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).

Availability/Schedule:  Thursday 1 PM & 6 PM; Friday Noon, 4 PM, & 8 PM; Saturday 11 AM, 3 PM, & 7 PM.

The winner of each event is invited to play in an Uber Map play-off on Sunday at 11 AM.  Playing in this event will reward you with additional prizes and the winner gets to go home with the map itself! (Runner-ups will be determined based on points earned in a single individual Uber Map battle)

HEROCLIX SCENARIOS

Game Play:  Every day brings a variety of HeroClix games to play.  See the scenarios described below for more details.

Prizes:  The top half of players in these event will choose from a pool of 2013 Convention Limited Edition figures that will include Bat-Mite, Gentleman Ghost, Superman and Wonder Woman, Death Mask, Obnoxio the Clown, or Old Man Logan.

Availability/Schedule:

Thursday Noon:  Golden-Golden Age – Build a 200 point Golden Age force using characters only. All standard HeroClix rules apply EXCEPT: (1) A character may be given a non-free action after it has been carried and (2) Fliers are not restricted from being carried!  Play HeroClix like you used to way back in the day!

Friday Noon:  Magnificent Seven – Bring a 1,000 point force (Modern Age) with exactly 7 characters.  The characters must all share a named keyword.

Will my force get a Themed Team bonus? No. At 1,000 points, a themed team would need to have 10 characters on it.
Can I use other game elements besides characters?  No.  Game elements that cost points may only be characters.

Saturday Noon:  Build a Bigger Army – This event starts out as a 300 point Golden Age force (no tactics allowed – that means no special objects, no themed teams, no resources, no relics, etc.). After the first round you add another 100 points to your build total.  And after the second round?  Another 100 points!  And so on.  Players should be prepared for this event to go up to 7 rounds (that’s 1000 points).

If my starting force is 295 points, can I add 105 points of characters in the next round? Yes.  However, as each round begins, you may not have more than 25 points leftover.

Saturday 2:00 PM:  HeroClix Mashup – Build a 500 point Golden Age force (characters only, no ships).  The only catch is that each character must come from a different HeroClix brand.

Sunday is “Scenario Day”: All events begin at 11:00 AM

Meteor Shower – This event is a 400 point Modern Age force.  But whatever map you choose, a swarm of meteors is falling.  During the event, the judge will call out map coordinates where the meteors land!

  • If a character occupies square, they are dealt 3 unavoidable damage.
  • If a character is adjacent to that square, they are dealt 2 penetrating damage.
  • If a character is within 2 squares of that square, they are dealt 1 damage.

What happens with a multi-base character? Characters are only dealt damage once and they are dealt damage based on the square closest to the “impact” square.

Choose Your Enemy – For this event, build two 300 point Modern Age forces.  Each force can’t have any game elements that exist on the other force.  As you are seated to play, you will review your opponent’s 2 forces and choose which one they are to play in the coming battle.  Choose wisely!

Golden-Golden Age – Build a 200 point Golden Age force using characters only.  All standard HeroClix rules apply EXCEPT: (1) A character may be given a non-free action after it has been carried and (2) Fliers are not restricted from being carried!  Play HeroClix like you used to way back in the day!

Protect the Boss – Build a 300 point Modern Age force with at least 5 characters.  The character with the highest point value is “The Boss”.  Game plays as normal, with one twist.  If the Boss is KO’d, all other characters on that force are immediately KO’d as well.

Cost:  $12 Event Ticket (or 6 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).

If you like playing HeroClix with some of the other licenses, we have a full roster of events available!

LORD OF THE RINGS/HOBBIT

Game Play:  Only figures and objects from the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit are legal in these events.  The Middle Earth epic battles grow and grow as each event ups the build total a little more!

Prizes:  The winner of the event will get a Hobbit factory set plus the top half of players in this event will choose from a pool of 2013 Convention Limited Edition figures that will include Bat-Mite, Gentleman Ghost, Superman and Wonder Woman, Death Mask, Obnoxio the Clown, or Old Man Logan.

Availability/Schedule:  Thursday 1 PM – 400 point force

Friday 7 PM – 600 point force

Saturday 11 AM – 800 point force

Saturday 5 PM – 1,000 point force

Cost:  $12 Event Ticket (or 6 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).

STAR TREK TACTICS

Game Play:  Only figures and objects from Star Trek Tactics are legal in these events.  Can you captain a starship to victory!

Prizes:  The winner of the event will get a Star Trek Tactics II factory set plus the top half of players in this event will choose from a pool of 2013 Convention Limited Edition figures that will include Bat-Mite, Gentleman Ghost, Superman and Wonder Woman, Death Mask, Obnoxio the Clown, or Old Man Logan.

Availability/Schedule:

Thursday 6 PM – Bring a 300 point force!

Friday 1 PM – 500 point force that must be a Themed Team!

Saturday 11 AM – “Uneasy Alliance” 400 point force but you may not have more than 1 ship with any given team ability.

Saturday 5 PM – 500 point force
(updated 6/9 to correct “1,000” to the actual build total of “500”)

Cost:  $12 Event Ticket (or 6 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).

VIDEO GAMES PROPERTIES

Game Play:  For those who enjoy the video game challenge in HeroClix!

Prizes:  The winner of the event will get a factory set (TBD) plus the top half of players in this event will choose from a pool of 2013 Convention Limited Edition figures that will include Bat-Mite, Gentleman Ghost, Superman and Wonder Woman, Death Mask, Obnoxio the Clown, or Old Man Logan.

Availability/Schedule: 

Thursday 7 PM – Bring a 400 point force using game elements from Assassins Creed, Gears of War, Halo, or BioShock HeroClix sets.  Your force must either be a Themed Team with a shared named keyword OR all characters on your force must share a team ability.

Friday 6 PM – Halo – Bring two 500 point Themed Teams.  One must use the Covenant keyword, the other must use the UNSC keyword.  Whichever player goes second chooses which force they will use while their opponent must then play the force with the other keyword.

Since I will have two themed teams, what would I add to my dice roll when rolling to see who goes first?  For this event, there is no Themed Team bonus to rolling for first.

Saturday 1 PM – Street Fighter – 400 point build total.

Cost:  $12 Event Ticket (or 6 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).

For questions regarding any of these events, please email us at: HeroClixConventions@gmail.com

Thanks for all of your support, and we’ll see you at Gen Con Indy!