D0803 T2217 Y2007Readers Poll: Whatever Clicks Your Chief

With the announcement of Wizkids Games producing a Halo version of their Action Clix line, it made me think, how many gamers are going to be putting down their controllers and picking up their dice and rulers?

I am a fan of tabletop games. In fact, I used to play MageKnight and HeroClix, Wizkid’s first two games, when they first came out about 6 or 7 years ago. I got really into playing the games, trading the figures, and picking out my lucky dice that I had a feeling would roll high for that night. One could almost claim that giving up these games and playing more video games was the evolution of this Dweezle. I used to attend tons of tournaments with my armies I built. GenCon and Dragon Con were conventions that I attended more than once to show off my tabletop skills and grab the latest exclusives. Now I play with my virtual army of Gunslingers on Xbox Live, and I find myself attending gaming LANs that are less focused on body paint and more focused on gaming, relaxation, and hanging out with community members.

It seems to me like the two hobbies, videogaming and tabletop gaming, are very similar. Both have strong communities and culture. Is it possible for someone to do both though? This makes me wonder, who are they marketing with the Halo Actionclix game. Perhaps I am off base, but I would not expect a Halo fan to put down their controller and stop playing Halo 3 to go simulate playing it on a tabletop. It would seem irrational for their audience to be videogamers, because gamers would obviously prefer to actually play the videogame than collect miniatures from it.

Maybe this is aimed toward those that already play miniatures games and would like to get in on the Halo hype; makes sense to me. It gets Bungie involved in another market, and essentially, another community. We already know they are expanding in the videogame genre by coming out with an RTS (in cooperation with Ensemble Studios). They have also made a graphic novel and are working on a comic series with Marvel. It would be logical for them to expand into another gaming genre like tabletop games. Bring Halo to everyone, unite the nerds of the world (and then get to them buy tickets to the Halo Movie?).

So, my question is, are you, the average Halo video game enthusiast, going to try your hand at the tabletop version of the Halo Universe? Do you see yourself balancing both games and playing both, or will you play the game and collect the figurines because you want another Master Chief in your room? What are your thoughts on this Bungie experiment? Are you going to pay extra to get a special edition Soccer Ball figure? I know I will…

Posted by Dweezle

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    bs angel wrote...

    I won’t play the game, but I may collect the figures. You can never have too many Halo toys!

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    TTL Demag0gue wrote...

    Nope, I’ve never been into Heroclix stuff, so it’s not likely I’ll be buying any of these.

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    Permit2Kill wrote...

    I never got into miniatures myself. I think you hit the issue right on the head. This gamer, for one, isn’t dropping his controller to go play with the tabletop Master Chief.

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    DTS Wheels wrote...

    Nice article Dweezle! Like I would admit to playing with action figures. ; )

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    TTL Stuicide wrote...

    I’d love to see the game played in person, but picking up a Master Chief figure wouldn’t be too bad.

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    roodboi187 wrote...

    Still not as gratuitious as Covenant Laser Tage.

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    Tex wrote...

    I had the opportunity to experience the new HaloClix first-hand at Comic-Con this summer. Being new to table top games (but a life-time partner to Halo) I fell in love with it. It gave me a new way to experience Halo as well as feed my obsession. Not to mention I also found out I could enjoy something other than a video game.

    Although we were only allowed to play to one kill (and I won with two spartans, an ODST and a marine on my table) I really enjoyed playing. The small moment I had at the table was more than enough to get me on the bandwagon and anticipate the release of HaloClix. I’ll be spending my paychecks at Target for a while, now :)

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    Alekat wrote...

    I’m totally down for this, played some Mageknight back in the day. I wouldn’t consider myself a big collector, but some of these models are must haves.

    P.S. the code embedded in the image to make this post was “TTLLL”

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