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The Houses of Heroscape

Posted January 27th, 2010 at 12:23 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus
The Houses of Heroscape
Or Who's Your General?

My sons and I started playing heroscape when they were little. We play our own weird version- and one of its weird aspects is the whole “summoning generals” theme. I'm familiar with the backstory mythology but my sons never really bought into that. Instead, over time, Jandar, Utgar, Ullar, etc have evolved from something quasi-religious (they first decided that Jandar was a god) into something like tribes, or nations. And then into something like “houses”- like at Hogwarts. That is probably the best description for the current state of our game.

My fifteen year old daughter is a dedicated Harry Potter Alternative Universe creature- All Slytherin, all the time. She likes to debate and we have many discussions about Utgar- are they evil, or are they just misguided? Not evil, she insists, just self-serving opportunists- she sees selfishness as a survival mechanism. Not misguided- those Utgarites are just going to get ahead any way then can, and that’s admirable if the alternative is defeat and death. I suppose it's easy to think that way when you're fifteen and have no responsibilities except homework. Those wild and nasty Utgar folks, she maintains, are just trying to survive and succeed anyway they can, and what's wrong with that? The Jandars are doomed- they'll die trying to save everyone else, Ullars are all pansies and Vydar takes itself too seriously to be of any use.

So my children have made a definitive list for me, the forgetful old one, who can't keep track of which category our ever-expanding collection of customs should be sorted into. Here's their list:

Einar- for those who are good at what they do; specialists, marksmen. (like our new catapult technicians) (all of our horses are Einar too; I guess they're good at running)

Jandar- for the noble and good (dzu-teh apparently are noble wild creatures- when they kill you, you deserve it)

Ullar- for the magical devotees and their kin (those skittish elves and our extensive collection of custom magic users)

Utgar- for the merciless, cruel selfish ones (you know who you are)

Vydar- for the legendary ones, like dragons and dwarves. (robots are legendary too- they never die, unless you help them)

They scoff at Aquilla, because she arrived too late to be included in their plan for the world. So Aquilla doesn't count.

And they have evolved another House- Magmar, for wild uncivilized water dwellers. This group consists of all sorts of gators, frog warriors, leviathans, and lizards that prefer fresh blue water but can still operate their specials in those yukky swamp tiles. Most of them can move on land too. Many have poison, and some, like the Vulver, lurk in wait and then drag you into the water if you come too close. You have a 20d chance to escape. Magmar's currently the group with the smallest population.

My children have all the HS cards memorized. I know three. They can quote specials and stats while choking on lima beans.

Our new system for storage has all figures and cards sorted by House. (I always take too long to pick my army and this new system is supposed to help me, the old feeble one). I admit the new storage system is better but I still can't find anything- I just can't remember who's in which House. On the way to school in the morning they drill me- “Who does Marcus Decimus Gallus belong too?” I almost always get it wrong. But I'm slowly learning. My kids are so patient with me. They’re trying their best to raise me well.

So for now, my family has sorted itself this way:
15 year old daughter- Utgar
12 year old and 9 year old sons – Einar- because they're so good at all this stuff
3 year old son- Half magical (Ullar) and half creepy water thing (Magmar)
And me, I’m well intentioned, hard working and would jump into lava to help my kids and they think that's kind of stupid. So I'm in Jandar, and sinking fast.
How about you?
Total Comments 12


Bolo's Avatar
Well said, anything that gets kids scaping can't be wrong. Thats one of the things that makes this game so great, is its so customizeable on all levels. Keep up the good work and hopefully you will be able to figure out your new system soon, or maybe you just feign ignorence to make your children feel smarter than you. If so, that works too.

Ooh I'm deffenitly Einar as I play very well.
Posted January 27th, 2010 at 12:48 PM by Bolo Bolo is offline
Creationist's Avatar
I thought Magmar was a flaming duck-thingy that could blend into fire
Posted January 27th, 2010 at 01:06 PM by Creationist Creationist is offline
Sylvano the Wasabus's Avatar
A flaming duck-thingy? Oh, what a cool idea. Sort of a suicide duck, packed with explosives- my kids would dig that. One minute you're safe, and the next QUAAACK!
Posted January 27th, 2010 at 01:25 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus Sylvano the Wasabus is offline
Updated January 27th, 2010 at 03:15 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus
Sup3rS0n1c's Avatar
He's talking about this:
Spoiler Alert!

I'm just about everything, I guess. If I could fit into any one, though, I'm probably an Ullar. I'm with Jandar for most everything, but except when we are talking about personality and such, I'm probably best with Ullar.
Posted January 27th, 2010 at 02:56 PM by Sup3rS0n1c Sup3rS0n1c is offline
Updated January 27th, 2010 at 06:52 PM by Sup3rS0n1c (Pic was replaced by advertisement...)
The B.I.V.'s Avatar
Vydar here. Even when they lose, they look good doing it...

Posted January 27th, 2010 at 05:18 PM by The B.I.V. The B.I.V. is offline
J4Jandar's Avatar
I claim Jandar though have been seen flinging around with Ullar (huge protectors fan!) and Aquilla (Dwarves, Migol, Darrak) though Knights and Omnicrons still own my heart.
Posted January 27th, 2010 at 06:05 PM by J4Jandar J4Jandar is offline
Creationist's Avatar
I like specializing with things (and samurai) so I guess I'd be a Einar recruit.
Posted January 27th, 2010 at 07:33 PM by Creationist Creationist is offline
Xn F M's Avatar
I'd probably be Vydar because I take myself to seriously to be of any use.
Posted January 27th, 2010 at 11:18 PM by Xn F M Xn F M is offline
chas's Avatar
I like to role play all of them. Definitely into General specific armies and themes, rather than "perfect" tournament teams. And my favorite Pokemon is Psi Duck (not flaming duck).
Posted January 28th, 2010 at 08:24 AM by chas chas is offline
Spartacus Maximus's Avatar
Wow nice. I like this whole house thing it makes sense. Couldn't Aquilla be the house of creatures and monsters. I mean she has giant spiders. Which i hate spiders and bugs. Anyway i would be Einar.
Posted February 2nd, 2010 at 11:06 PM by Spartacus Maximus Spartacus Maximus is offline
BassistofDoom's Avatar
I like the house thing it makes it easier to divide customs into generals. You should do a custom thread or blog so people can see all the things you and your children have created.
Posted February 16th, 2010 at 10:31 AM by BassistofDoom BassistofDoom is offline
Count me in with your sons. Einar all the way!
Posted October 26th, 2011 at 04:45 PM by Son of Osiris Son of Osiris is offline
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