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


Week 1 To Publish or Present? Do I want

9 06 2013

Week 1 To Publish or Present?

Do I want to write a paper for publication?

What would be the pros and cons of this? The major benefit of this would be that I do not have to travel to do this. I would not be locked into working around a schedule of a conference. The academic publication does not seem like something that I would like to do.  I like to write for fun and this is just not my style. I enjoyed my journey on writing this and all the information a learned about instruction, but I do not see a personal benefit to publication of this. I also do not think anyone would want to read it.

At first glance of the title “To Publish or Present?, it was a no brainer to present.  After learning of the “the User-friendly” publication, the writing seems to be a useful process to make me a better teacher. It is more of a reflection that will take me in new directions.  The user-friendly seems like something I would enjoy writing.

Would I prefer to present at a conference?

I have attended a Mississippi Science Teacher’s Association (MSTA) conference and a National Science Teacher’s Association conference.(NSTA)  It was a really great experience for me as an educator. I walked away with so many ways to engage my students. I learned to effective instruct and add novelty to the curriculum.

The MSTA surprised me at its offerings.  I was able to attend workshops from super awesome science teachers in our state. Often in education we are given ideas from consultants who have never applied anything they suggest in a classroom. These were real classroom teachers, teaching in poor districts, effectively engaging students.


The NSTA conference is where I was first introduced to Google Docs.  I spent 14 hours a day going from workshop, to presentation, to product demonstration, to lecture. There were so many activities to do that I didn’t even have time to go meet Bill Nye.  Random thought: I totally jusy typed “ There was so many activities…”

I was running across the city of New Orleans getting fit in both body and mind.

The downsides of presenting are:

  • Getting the funding to go
    • Our school district is poor now
    • I can not afford out of pocket expenses
  • It puts me missing work
    • As a teacher that is extra work
      •  I have to create autopilot assignments for my students
      • I have to grade those assignments
    • I would also miss work and lose income from
      • My part time job
      • After school credit recovery
    • Science teacher conventions are more wild than anything I ever saw in college. It is hard to leave one without being tainted.  In a bizarre turn of events, I found out that science teacher convention groupies exist. I ran into situations were I had to tell my roommate, “these people are not coming into my room!!” MY roommate was not heard from again until checkout. He had partied the whole time and was just now grabbing flyers to pretend that he attended presentations. I hate being placed in a situation where I have to be the mature one.

Other than that, I really enjoy geeking out at a science teacher’s convention.

What should I do?


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