The first battle of Spider-Man vs. the Lizard: Classic HeroClix Match-Ups

22 06 2014

I like the concept behind this guys blog. He gives you a scenario to set up.
The Lizard he uses appears to be #30 from The Amazing Spider-man set. The Spider-man would seem to be #24 from this same set. Both are common figures from that set. I am not sure of the point total of the Gator tokens.  I am also assuming this is considered a 200 point game, because Spider-man is 125 points. That Means 2 moves per turn.

The Lizard

The Lizard

This Lizard starts off with charge, blades-fangs-claws, toughness, and shape change.  An attack value of 10 vs  Spider-man’s 18 defense is going to require an attack roll of 8 or better, and then you have to hope he doesn’t make his danger sense roll.  If you do hit, I would go for blades-fangs-claws and hope to roll higher than 3. Even if you only hit with a 1 or 2, it will still lower his defense to a 17. This will allow the gator tokens a better chance of hitting. The Lizard will have a hard time hitting  Spider-man, but if he does hit you will have the chance of wiping him out in 1-2 turns. Get the gators in quick .

If Lizard wins, he will do it fast with 1 figure and 3 tokens attacking on his team.  Also note, at click 2 he gains an extra attack as a free action.  Spidey will have 2-3 attack coming at him per round.









This is a common pull from The Amazing Spider-man set.

Spider-man will have a mud h easier time hitting the Lizard. He will need to only roll a 6 or better. He should also get the first strike due to his ability The Agility of a Spider, which gives him hypersonic speed allowing him to move 7 spaces and attack.  The downside is that this first attack will only deal 1 point of damage to the Lizard, because of his toughness.

The next bad news is that you do not have willpower or indomitable. You  are also the only figure on this force, so you will only be moving every other turn  to avoid pushing damage, until click 4. Also notice at click 4, you will do no damage to Lizard if he is at click 1-4.

This will be a long battle for Spidey.

Images are taken from

HeroClix Danger Room

Amazing Spider-Man #6:

“Half-Man…Half-Reptile…the Lizard will take over all of the earth unless Spider-Man alone can stop him!”

The Lizard has appeared, “without warning, in the murky swamps of Florida’s Everglades.” In an attempt to regrow his missing arm, Curtis Connors has turned himself into a crazed and aggressive monster. Only Spider-Man can stop him!

Spider-Man 125 vs the Lizard 88.

Just like in the comic, the lizard also has the assistance of four huge obedient alligators. Each is a one click creature with a 5 movement, a 9 attack with blades/claws fangs, a 16 defense with toughness and a 3 damage.

Good luck! And please email us and let us know who wins in your game!

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Fear Itself – My First Heroclix Tournament

22 06 2014

Last month I played in my first ever Heroclix tournament at Jak’s in Biloxi. The tournament was a Fear Itself sealed booster tournament with 500 point teams.

This is Nul aka The Hulk with a hammer from fear itself.

This is Nul aka The Hulk with a hammer from fear itself.

What that means is that we received 2 booster packs, opened them, and then had to build our team from figures we pulled out of those packs.   This is a really good format  for me as a new competitive player.  With this style of tournament, most of the players had no experience  playing with these particular figures.  We all had to quickly learn what our figures could do.

The tournament was Swiss format. This basically means  we  were allowed to keep playing, win or lose. We ended up playing 3 rounds each. Score was kept for the figures we defeated. Score only matters in the event of a tie.

The Breaker of Worlds

Indomitable gives a figure permanent Willpower. Use this to move and deal damage faster in the game.

Nul was my favorite pull from my boosters.  From what I have gathered on the character, Nul is The Hulk after he has taken an Asgardian Hammer (Like Thor’s Hammer).  The overall strategy is to run in an smash.  This figure was 300 points by itself. It had indomitable, which allows it to move 2 turns in a row without taking push damage.  As the tournament progressed, I realized how awesome  this was. I basically lost my second match because I did not use this ability.

I also learned that I should always read my opponents ability cards for myself. I did not use indomitable, because my opponent had an ability that would not allow any character in range of it to have 2 action tokens. After I lost, the judge pointed out that this ability would have only worked on figures that cost less than 240 points.

Nul has a range of 4. Normally in Heroclix, a range of 4 is not much use. 8 to 10 is what I usually look for, but in Fear Itself many of the characters have a range of 0. Nul also could use running shot. This allows him to move up to 5 spaces and make a ranged attack in the same move. As part of his special ability that allows him to to this, he takes a -1 to damage. Even after this -1, he will still hit for 4 clicks of damage.

I tied for 3rd place in the tournament. I learned a lot about the game by playing. IT was well worth the $25 entrance fee. I had a great time.

As of this post, I have participated in my second tournament, The War of Light. It was held on 6/14/2014. Month 2 will be held on 7/12/2014 at Jak’s in Biloxi and possibly a new gaming store found in Gautier, MS called MacNarb Gaming.

You can look for tournaments in your area using the Wizkids event system

MAC Week 1 – Peer Comment

9 06 2013

To re-mix or not to re-mix? That is the question.

(MAC Reading Blog-Week 1)

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I wonder how many people actually realize that Disney’s The Lion King is Shakespeare’s Hamlet “remixed”.   In fact, Disney is known for fierce copyright infringement prevention (and legal enforcement) but few, in fact, very few of the Disney stories are completely original. (In fact, there are even some who question if Shakespeare was the original author of some of his works.) Yet, I would be devastated, and feel like my children’s lives were missing something, if they hadn’t grown up on these Disney stories, and I am pretty sure that Disney writers didn’t get Shakespeare’s approval.  Oh, wait, he’s been dead long enough (over 70 years past his lifetime) where it doesn’t legally matter.  But isn’t the idea the same?

THOROUGHLY enjoyed the discussion of copyright, the ever so tiny “freeing” that fair use might provide, and the potential opportunities of Creative Commons and its mission.  I really appreciated the presentation of the material because of the multiple considerations.

  •  A work must be “published” to fall under copyright protection because that means the author is through creating it
  • Copyright is not about usage, it is about permission
  • Improvisational material can not be covered by copyright
  • Copyright protects intellectual property thereby encouraging artists to create because they are protected
  • Copyright is “withhibiting” culture (LOVED the new word…is IT copyright protected?)
  • Copyright law undermines creative abilities
  • Impact of piracy is grossly overstated
  • Digital downloading “killed” the music business
  • Copyright law is about “turf wars”

The back and forth of the two sides was intellectually stimulating and exhausting.  One presenter would present his/her argument and my thought was, “exactly…that’s right.”  Then the next presenter would present the opposing side and my thought was, “exactly…that’s right.”  And I am NOT a fence rider by nature, but clearly both sides of the argument have valid points.

Enter the idea of Fair Use, or rather the ability to use material to teach, tell the news, share a parody or critical comment, providing the use is transformative, proportionate to purpose, credits the source, and has no commercial impact (after all, the REAL ones making the money in all of these conflicts does seem to be the attorneys.)

I appreciate that Fair Use is not a blank check of free use because it is not a “right” but rather a “legally defensible position,” but it does allow for increased opportunities to use creative material for the right purpose in the right amount.

And then there is Creative Commons.  Perhaps Larry Lessig describes it best as “BALANCE” because it allows for protection for the creator as well as opportunities to remix and make “new stuff from old stuff.”  I buy into the idea that Creative Commons returns common sense back to the argument by providing the right of creators to exercise their copyright more ways and more simply.  This gives their creation an opportunity to grow and evolve.

My Reply

I really like the idea of removing extremism on both sides by restoring common sense balance to it all.  I am excited to create again…and will resist the temptation to quote more Shakespeare.  (*smiles)

Hamlet, Shakespeare, 1676 - 0001

The tragedy of The Tragedy of Hamlet is that we are made to read it and not watch it.

That is really awesome, I have never made the connection between Hamlet and The Lion King.  Random deviation: Why do we spend so much time in English classes studying Shakespeare? I read a minimum of two works from Shakespeare each year of high school.  Not that I don’t think his work was good, but why read it? Why do we spend so much time reading a play? In the future will they read movie scripts in English class? Shouldn’t Shakespeare belong in Theatre Appreciation? End random tangent.

Disney will soon own the most of the media world. Right now this is a good thing. They have done a great job with their Marvel comic book titles.  I am really excited about them acquiring Lucasarts. George Lucas gave us an awesome creation in Star Wars, but he was both the best and worst thing to it. But what will happen when Disney owns everything and they no longer have any competition? We have seen this type of situation occur in the world of sports entertainment. Vince McMahon purchased WCW and ECW. Innovation in the industry was lost.

I also really enjoyed this week’s lessons on copyright and fair use. I think there is much fair about fair use.  I am glad we have been introduced to Creative Commons.  I really hated having fair use in teaching defined for me. Now I know what I am violating.  This is especially true with music. Many times I would mix in some good ole 90’s alternative, alternative music that was made by guys who listened to Metallica, Johnny Cash, Bo Marley, and Run DMC, and said I want to make a song like that. Modern alternative bands are bands that listened to Pearl Jam and Nirvana and tried to bottle it into a marketable product.  I would play this music as the soundtrack for media presentations. The students would be engaged. At the end, students would always say, “Mr. Sanzin, I loved that song!”. I became the MTV that my students needed, not the MTV they deserved (Hail BATMAN!!!).  So I feel like I’m in violation of copyright, but I actually just gave a free advertisement for a band that would not get any radio airplay in today’s music industry.



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