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…