So I’m making it my mission to go to the CON in 2014!
I’m also planning to construct a costume of one of my favorite black heroes for the event.
Care to take a guess who?
So I have a year. I will be posting on my progress, stay tuned…
If you love superheroes as much as I do, you should check out the DC deckbuilding game by Cryptozoic Entertainment.
This game is like the opposite of Magic the Gathering. Instead of making a deck and playing a game to win; the deck creation is actually the game. DC deckbuilding utilizes the Cerberus engine (whatever that means).
First you choose a DC superhero champion or avatar; Your options are Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Green Lantern, or Flash. Each hero gives the player some static ability to assist with the deck building.
After you have your hero, you are given 10 starting cards. 7 PUNCH cards and 3 VULNERABILITY cards.
There are 5 basic types of cards available for “purchase”. These types include: heroes, villains, super powers, equipment, and locations.
While you are getting your cards for your starting hand, the remaining cards are set up in different stacks with the majority of the cards in a stack called the main deck. The first five cards from the main deck are turned face up and these are called the line up. As cards are removed from the line up, cards are drawn from the main deck to replace them.
So how do you build your deck? You shuffle your 10 cards and draw 5 of them. This is your starting hand. Some cards “produce” POWER when you play them. POWER is the currency a player uses to buy other cards. So on your turn you play your hand (lay down your cards). Lets say you have 3 PUNCH cards and 2 VULNERABILITY cards in your hand. That turn you have a total of 3 POWER to “spend”. The order in which you play your cards doesn’t really matter at the start of the game, but it can make a difference on your later turns.
Different cards give the player different options for building his/her deck. For instance, the SUPER POWER card “KICK” to the left costs 3 POWER to purchase and when played produces +2 POWER.
As you play and purchase cards, you put those into your discard pile. Once you have no more cards to draw, you shuffle your discard pile and use it to draw from. So you are constantly recycling your cards.
Game play continues with players purchasing basic cards until players can produce enough POWER to purchase a SUPER Villain card. The JOKER card to the left costs 10 POWER. The game ends when the last SUPER villain card is purchased.
Every card in the game is worth a number of victory points. Let’s look at the JOKER card again; its worth 5 victory points (the number in the orange star). The winner of the game is the player whose deck “produces” the most victory points.
There are a few other game mechanics not mentioned in this review, but this covers the basics.
PROSE AND KONS
Game play and rules are pretty simple.
Card art is visually pleasing.
A decent game could be played under 2 hours.
Rules are flexible enough that allow variations.
After a while the game can get monotonous.
Need to have at least 3 players for a decent game.
$40 price tag.
Game packaging is a bit cumbersome for storage.
Being a superhero fanatic, I love DC deckbuilding. While I listed monotony as a con, it’s only because that’s what some of my friends said to me; as I could play this game forever without boredom (ok, maybe not forever…). The reason for this review is that a new expansion for DC deckbuilding called HEROES UNITE is coming out. This expansion is said to have new hero champions/avatar including Batgirl, Hawkman, and others… Stay tuned for more info
Iron Man 3 Does the black guy live?
The after credit scene was awesome!
B+ grade for Iron Man 3!
|Static’s creator: Dwayne McDuffie|
I think my favorite thing about Static is that he’s a fanboy. He collects comics, is a gamer, and uses a lot of pop culture references.
STATIC as a HEROCLIX
This figure isn’t a game changer, but seeing it for the first time almost give me a nerdgasm. Allow me to elaborate. Comics in general have a lack of strong major black characters. For instance, there was a time that the X-Men featured more BLUE characters in its membership than BLACK ones. So when Heroclix gives me one of my favorite black characters…oh believe me I’m UBER excited; regardless of stats. Speaking of which, let’s take a look:
Its not what you might think. I admit to being a superhero fanboy and when I found out about the Mission Marvel that Disney was doing with their Phineas and Ferb show; only one thing came to mind….. AWESOME!
I have loved the Phineas and Ferb show since the first time I saw it. But I’ve been a Disney nerd since my wife and I started dating (she was and it became something we could share). So this amalgamation has me very excited. So I bet you’re wondering, where’s the nerd rage… Well here goes…
As I read the comments over youtube about this “crossover”, some of the fanboys are hating. And I don’t mean regular hate… like oh this is going to suck rocks, I’m not going to like it, or something. No, I mean little girlie boy, cry baby hate. Oh wah wah… I knew Disney was going to do something like this…wah wah… F#*$ Disney, they better not mess with Star Wars. wah wah…
Oh geez…really guys? I mean I have just as much fanboy lovin’ for Mavel heroes as the next nerd…But the level these guys are taking it to is ridiculous!
Let me give you a little backstory so you can understand. Phineas and Ferb is a kids show about 2 brothers who have fabulous adventures and create impossible devices; all while their older sister is trying to prove to their mother what the boys are doing. And in Disney fashion, after a song or two, everything is gone by the time the mother appears. The show also includes….wait for it…an evil scientist and a platypus that’s a secret agent. So yeah, we’re talking really serious stuff…lol.
Well in the Mission Marvel story, the heroes lose their super powers. Would you believe the fanboys are cursing like sailors over continuity issues like “Iron Man is in a suit, how can he lose his powers? If the Hulk loses his powers, why is he still green?” These guys are almost making me ashamed to be a nerd. Its one thing not to like the story. Its another thing to b!$#* and moan about something that has the lasting effects on continuity of an SNL sketch.
Let’s just be real here. Marvel was dying. All of my fanboy love and the love from my fellow fanboys wasn’t enough to save it. Things like this “crossover” only help to keep our heroes alive. Through the show, our beloved heroes will be exposed to a totally different audience (and their parents) which will undoubtedly create a new legion of fans that will grow up loving the heroes. How is that a bad thing?
And frankly, with the way Lucus was messing up Star Wars; you guys better hope that Disney does similar endeavors.
My advice to those ultra crybaby fanboys is leave the sanctity of your mother’s basement, put down their still mint-in-box limited edition action figure, walk around in the sunlight for a short while and quit treating your/OUR favorite heroes like sacred cows.
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