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Scaper of the Week Interview #69 -- ZBeeblebrox

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 09:13 PM by MegaSilver
Updated July 20th, 2011 at 09:16 AM by MegaSilver
Scaper of the Week Interview #69

Ths week's Scaper is a regular tournament director in the Michigan state area. He Hitchhikes across the galaxy. He also participates in the SoV and C3V.

This Scaper also likes to give a C3V sneak peek. You read right. So check out this week's leak ...err... Scaper...

-Scaper of the Week #69 -


Who are you? Shawn OíBryan

Who, or what, is your avatar and how did you come up with your username? I had just finished reading a Hitchhiker to the Galaxy Book (I think it was #2) and chose a character from it. And then went looking for a two-headed image, to represent that character.

Age: 39

Occupation? Security Audit for a major Financial Firm

Allegiance and why? Einar. Samurai, enough said

When did you get into HeroScape and why? Spring 2006 about the time when Mage Knight was ending, I saw Heroscape Customs using the Mage Knight figures I owned on ebay, and did some net surfing to see if I could find more. I then found the old Heroscape HQ and finally this site. I immediately went out to Toys R Us and bought a RoTV and have been hooked ever since.

Favorite aspect of HeroScape and why? The Custom-ability of it. Not only is this a simple game, but there is so much potential to take figures from other games and make them your own Scape Units. I started to get into the game for Customs, and 200+ Customs printed from this site later Iím still deeply involved in the Custom arena.

Favorite Unique Hero and why? Kaemon Awa. again a Samurai, but this figure when he came out, became my all time favorite. And many games Iíve played with him where his Quick Release has turned a game in my favor.

Favorite Uncommon Hero and why? Fen Hydra. Always wanted a Hydra in this game, and I had a couple of customs to represent them on my tableÖbut when this was releasedÖit made those obsolete and became and awesome figure in any Army.

Favorite Common Hero and why? Black Wyrmling. These guys are so awesome and can really lay the smack down on your opponents heroes when used correctly.

Favorite Unique Squad and why? Krav Maga Agents. They came in the original set, and have never been surpassed as the dominant Unique Squad in my opinion. Hard to kill at range and has enough range to stay far away from deadly melee units.

Favorite Common Squad and why? Wow, so many to choose from. My top two are the Warforged Soldiers and the Aubrien Archers. Tough choice, but I think Iíll choose the Aubriens. On a good day, Frenzy can be a game changer and Iíve always been partial to Elves.

Favorite Custom Unit and why? Well, Iíd cay C3Vís Marro Gnids are vastly becoming #1Öbut I canít tell you too much about themÖso Iíll pick my all time favorite from this site and that is Just Johnís Sisters of the Sai. The mechanic of having a dual sided card, that you can flip from an Attack to a Defensive personality and vice versa is just too much fun. I highly recommend them. I had three Electra figures lying around that I use for these gals and they are always at the top of my list for casual games.

Favorite Special Ability and why? Tactical Switch. The Warforged ability to change your opponentís tactics by switching figure placement is ideal. I love when these guys take away height advantage and then use that advantage to destroy an opponentís figure.

Favorite Map and why? Nadiís Bonded Spirit. Itís just beautiful. The way the is a large mountain that has a river that cascades down into a large pool is just majestic. Iíve built this map 4 times, and it is the only one Iíve built that many times, since Iím always trying out new maps from this site.

Mass or Stingers? 4th Mass. They just have the best ability to dominate a game.

Anything you'd change about the game - a unit, rule, or mechanic? Yes, the same as most people have Tough effect all attacks.

What do you enjoy most about Heroscapers.com? The Community itself. I am on here so much, that I feel I have friends out there Iíve never met. Iíve never been on a Forum like this one, where most everyone is kind and considerate to each other.

Favorite HeroScape moment: My friends and I were playing an Epic 6-man game on a huge map that filled an entire dining room table. 3 vs 3 (250 pts each) and I drafted the Aubriens. Well our side was not doing well until one round where I Frenzied 4 times during turn #1, 5 times during turn#2, and 3 times on turn #3. Needless to say our opponentís Armies were wiped out by the end of the round. It was awesome!

Another board game you enjoy and why?
Settlers of Catan. Each game can be unique and I like micro managing my resources.

Three true things and one lie about yourself:
1. I have helped shovel coal on a steam Engine.
2. I have visited all 50 states in my lifetime.
3. Iíve been in a vehicle that was charged by a Rhino.
4. My 3 yr. old son lives in another country.

Other interests? Movies and books. I read on average two to three books a week and watch two to three movies per week as well.

Five Fun Favorites

Favorite TV Show: Any Crime Drama, but Iíll say Hawaii 5-O. I love the old one when I was a kid and the new one is even more fun to watch.

Favorite Movie Of All Time: Empire Strike Back. Best Star Wars movie hands down.

Favorite book: The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandan Sanderson. Itís not a book but a trilogy but to choose one would in my opinion diminish the other two.

Favorite sport: Football

Favorite food: Steak and Potatoes

How did you obtain your title? After I finished in the top four two year in a row, in Lord Raidor's Heroscapers Tournament...so he offered me a title. I decided that I'm like the Michigan State Spartans who make it to the Final Four in Basketball year after year...thus my title: "Spartans of HS Tourneys". Kinda Corny, but it's best I could come up with.

So for those that still don't know, what is the purpose of the Soldiers of Vahalla? The purpose of the SoV to find the best of the best Custom Units to fit into the Heroscape canon to be played with Official Scape figures at events. This concept was based off the BoV which looks for the best competitive maps. We do rigorous testing to see if a Unit fits into the game, without being broken. With the partnership with the C3V, we maintain that SoV and C3V units can work together as well, and test them against each other.

Any custom goodies you would like to give us Heroscapers that's not yet mentioned on this site publicly? (One large slip shouldn't hurt. )
Well you've seen Zaeus' Basic stats, so how about one of his Special Abilities:
After revealing an order marker on Zaeus, you may take a turn with a squad of Gorillinators you control before taking a turn with Zaeus. The Gorillinators cannot move during this turn.
How would you convince more people to play Curse of Ne-Gok-Sa (CoN)? Itís for anyone whoís played a Role-playing game, or been in a play, or like Mysteries, or just want to have fun. CoN is like playing a character in a Heroscape game of Who Done IT? You use clues either provided by others ďSpecial AbilitiesĒ of by diagnosing dialogue in the game to ferret out the opposition and vote them out like on Survivor. Also fans of Survivor may like this too. Seriously, try it once and youíll be hooked for a while.

Any Heroscapers member you'd really like to play against? Again, so many to chose from. But I think it would be cool to play against Killercactus and witness first hand how he plays the Vipers or Runa.

What message do you have for the community? As long as we are here, Heroscape will not die. Stay strong in your conviction and dedication to this game and it will continue. The game will never stale, because of dedicated, imaginative members that continue to come up with ways to freshen up our game. Whether we try to break new ground with Custom projects like the C3V, SoV, C3G, CUC, the Legend System, the CHCG24; or we come up with new ways to play using Scenarios, game parameters and so forth. And I say embrace the multitude of the ideas on Scapers, so the game can continue to grow regardless of Hasbro or WotC.

What Units would you like to see in the next Unit Debate? How about the two young Dragons? Othkurik vs. Moltenclaw.

Who do you pick for the next 'Scaper of the Week? I have to choose the guy who was the Michigan Tournament Director, and helps me with Tourneys still, now that I have that role. damja
Total Comments 16


MegaSilver's Avatar
Tried to fix photobucket link, but .
Posted July 19th, 2011 at 09:16 PM by MegaSilver MegaSilver is offline
ZBeeblebrox's Avatar
Hey MegaS... I'm with the C3V, not C3G

Though the C3G is a bunch of great guys, I'm just not into Superheroes that much.
Posted July 19th, 2011 at 09:41 PM by ZBeeblebrox ZBeeblebrox is offline
Updated July 19th, 2011 at 10:20 PM by ZBeeblebrox
'Scaper94's Avatar
Why does everyone say "Empire Strikes Back" for their favorite movie?
Posted July 19th, 2011 at 09:51 PM by 'Scaper94 'Scaper94 is offline
Tornado's Avatar
Because Empire is the best. Is there any other movie where the lead character gets stuffed in a Tonton?
Great interview. I am honored just to have met ZB. Thanks for all you and damja do here in MI.
I bumped into someone who bore a striking resemblance to ZB a couple hours ago. I kept expecting him to say something about HS. Weird coincidence. Keep up the good work ZB. Loving those gnids. Looking forward to the official C3V release and seeing them in action at your next tournament. Hope to see you and damja at GC.
Posted July 19th, 2011 at 11:39 PM by Tornado Tornado is online now
Sylvano the Wasabus's Avatar
Book 'em Dano!

I'm going to say the lie is # 2, because it seems so reasonable. I was charged by an elephant, and also shoveled coal on a steam engine. And my children are from another planet....
Posted July 20th, 2011 at 09:34 AM by Sylvano the Wasabus Sylvano the Wasabus is offline
MegaSilver's Avatar
Posted July 20th, 2011 at 09:38 AM by MegaSilver MegaSilver is offline
boromir96's Avatar
Where does it tell you Zaues' stats?
Posted July 20th, 2011 at 10:40 AM by boromir96 boromir96 is offline
kolakoski's Avatar
Well met!

Scaper94, the opening space chase had me on the edge of my seat, mouth hanging open, for the whole thing. One of the most harrowing chases I have ever seen.
Posted July 20th, 2011 at 10:59 AM by kolakoski kolakoski is offline
boromir96's Avatar
There's an opening space chase in Empire Strikes Back?
Posted July 20th, 2011 at 11:04 AM by boromir96 boromir96 is offline
Heroscape Elffy's Avatar
More like and opening space scene where the Rebel Ship gets the snot knocked out of it, but the Star Destroyer has to chase it a little first.

EDIT: Wait, no, that's A New Hope. Wait, there's a space chase scene to open Empire Strikes Back?
Posted July 20th, 2011 at 11:12 AM by Heroscape Elffy Heroscape Elffy is offline
Shockma Ranyk's Avatar
Sweet! If Zaeus's stats are good, a Gorillanators/Laglor/Zaeus build could be quite fun.

I have to agree, I think the Marro Gnids will be one of the best units the C3V cranks out. They're a ton of fun to play-test.
Posted July 20th, 2011 at 11:21 AM by Shockma Ranyk Shockma Ranyk is offline
ZBeeblebrox's Avatar
@boromir96 see my blog fo Zaeus' Basic Stats:
C3V Public Announcement 7/12/11
Posted July 20th, 2011 at 11:48 AM by ZBeeblebrox ZBeeblebrox is offline
rednax's Avatar
Congratulations and great Interview!

I'll have to choose #2 for the lie.

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 12:34 PM by rednax rednax is offline
Taeblewalker's Avatar
Great interview!
Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 06:54 PM by Taeblewalker Taeblewalker is offline
ZBeeblebrox's Avatar
Well its been a week already, so here is the answer:

1. I have helped shovel coal on a steam Engine.
TRUE - I helped shovel coal on a Steam Excursion from Bellvue, OH to Columbus when I was 18. It was part of my father belonging to the Ohio Railfan Association.

2. I have visited all 50 states in my lifetime.
FALSE - I've only visited 43 out of the 50

3. Iíve been in a vehicle that was charged by a Rhino.
TRUE - I was 5 years old, and my family was at a Safari, type Perserve in Texas, I think its was called "Lion Country Safari", and a Rhino was unhappy with my Dad's Cadillac. (I've seen the home movies...intense stuff)

4. My 3 yr. old son lives in another country.
TRUE - My son lives in Windsor, Ontario with my ex.
Posted July 25th, 2011 at 02:33 PM by ZBeeblebrox ZBeeblebrox is offline
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