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is a collectible miniatures game that uses the Clix system that centers on the world of superhero comic books, especially the Marvel and DC Comicsuniverses. Players construct teams of comic book heroes, villains, or characters from various video games series such as Street Fighter, Gears of War, and Haloand engage in a turn-by-turn battle on grid maps based on various storyline locations. The Game was originally designed and produced by WizKids, but was discontinued in November 2008 when WizKids owner Topps shut down their HeroClix line. In September 2009, collectible toy producer National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) purchased some of the WizKids’ intellectual property from Topps, including the HeroClix rights and then soon after began to produce and sell new HeroClix series.
Each HeroClix figurine is modeled in the approximate equivalence of the O scale for model train sets with a figure based on the design of the comic book character and a dial base that contains all statistics for the specific figure including:
These statistics are all printed on a dial that serves as the base for the miniature. When a piece takes “damage”, its base is turned a number of “clicks” clockwise, revealing altered stats to correspond to the damage it has taken from an attack. Most damage weakens characters, although some actually get stronger when wounded, to represent a transformation or rage. Pieces have an overall point value assigned, representing how powerful they are. Team creation is restricted to a predetermined total point value for the HeroClix figures, which is usually in multiples of 100. The Range value indicates how far away a character can attack another character and if they are able to attack multiple characters at once, generally defined based on the powers of each figure. Originally, characters would appear in multiple rarities with altered statistics. These altered stats represented the “Experience” of the character, ranging from “Rookie” (yellow ring on base) over “Experienced” (blue ring) to “Veteran” (red ring), the more experienced a character is the higher the stats usually are. As a result, the point value would also be higher. Some characters have multiple point values, and have multiple corresponding starting positions. The trait symbol corresponds to a character’s Character Card. A Character Card is a card specific to a particular HeroClix character. If for some reason you do not have the corresponding Character Card for your miniature, it is available through the Print and Play System on the WizKids Website. Character cards outline which abilities the character will have on its dial, but does not say where they will be on the dial. Also, it shows special traits and abilities would otherwise be too complex to communicate on the Combat Dial. Many of these abilities are completely unique to the characters that possess them.
The HeroClix game can be played by arbitrarily many players in principle, although the HeroClix rulebook recommends two to four players in practice. The Battles are played out on maps, overlaid with a grid of 35 mm x 35 mm squares. These maps generally come in two different sizes 3 ft by 3 ft (36″ by 36″) or 2 ft by 3 ft (36″ by 24″) (with the exception of the Marvel Universe Starter Map which was 13 by 13 squares). The maps used are of different locations found in a typical comic book story, often related to the “theme” of the HeroClix series the map was produced for. The older maps were generic places but recently the maps have taken on more comic-book-specific places, such as the Justice Society Museum. Participants take turn moving or attacking other players, using 2 six-sided dice to determine the success or failure or of their attacks. Games can be time limited or played until all other teams are eliminated.