Game of Focus #9 (October & November 2007)


Miniature Games Focus!


Game #1: Marvel Hero Clix


Synopsis:
Based on the popular Mage Knights system, but utilizing super hero characters from the Marvel and DC Comics Universe.

The game plays much like a miniatures game, but without the measure-and-move system or the constant consultation of hit charts. Rather, most of the vital statistical information is directly on the base of the characters, which can be rotated as characters take damage from hits.

Since we're talking super heroes here, each character has special abilities and powers, which give the game its 'comic' book feel. While these powers are listed on separate charts, sometimes the interaction of these powers can cause confusion.
# of Players:
2+
Avg Play Time:
60 minutes
Game Mechanics:
Variable Player Powers, Action Point Allowance System, Dice Rolling
Published By:
WizKids
Designed By:
Jordan Weisman, Jeff Grubb, Jon Leitheusser, Seth Johnson, Jeff Quick


Website:
http://www.wizkidsgames.com/heroclix/marvel

Game #2: Mechwarrior: Dark Age


Synopsis:
Mechwarrior: Dark Age is Wizkids Games continuation of the BattleTech property. Jordan Weisman has tasked his design team with using the click-dials used in Mage Knight/Mage Knight Dungeons/Hero Clix to present a system of combined arms warfare in the BattleTech universe. The system encourages use of Battlemechs, vehicles, and infantry to conquer your opponent. The vehicles and infantry have dials similar to Mage Knight figures, with some new symbols to indicate new game mechanics. Vehicles have long bases, like the mounted units. Battlemechs use larger dials and include a heat dial which modifies three of the stats as the mech performs more actions. The final result, while similar to Mage Knight is much more, using the simple action based system and dials, and bringing a new form of wargaming to the table.
# of Players:
2 - 10
Avg Play Time:
60 minutes
Game Mechanics:
Variable Player Powers, Action Point Allowance System
Published By:
Wizkids
Designed By:
Kevin Barrett, Matt Robinson, Paul Nobles


Website:
http://www.wizkidsgames.com/mechwarrior/

Game #3: Star Wars: Miniature Battles


Synopsis:
This is Wizards of the Coast's take on a Star Wars miniatures game, similar to their D&D Miniatures offerings. Each figure is prepainted and comes with a stats card.

Sets include Rebel Storm, Clone Strike, Revenge of the Sith and "Universe," each of which has a theme to it, spanning the original trilogies, the prequels and the Expanded Universe.

Figures are sold in starter kits, booster packs and special sets, including the monstrous AT-AT!
# of Players:
2+
Avg Play Time:
45 minutes
Game Mechanics:
Dice Rolling, Modular Board, Role Playing
Published By:
Wizards of the Coast
Designed By:
Jeff Grubb, Jonathan Tweet, Bill Slavicsek, Rob Watkins


Website:
http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=starwars