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'Scaper-of-the-Month #77 - GameBear

Posted April 5th, 2012 at 02:26 PM by AliasQTip
He's arguably one of the finest map makers on the site and has been chosen as April's 'Scaper-of-the-Month. Introducing...

'Scaper-of-the-Month #77 is...


Who are you, really? How old are you?

Justin, 36.

What is your occupation?

Dad. Formerly computer programmer.

What other interests do you have?

Basketball is my most consistent activity; I also play ultimate (frisbee) in the summer. I like reading, but spend more time screening children's books than reading adult books these days.

What’s another board game you enjoy and why?

Sadly, my game collection mostly sits neglected on the shelves, although I have started introducing my kids (6 and 7) to some - Survive, Pompeii, 7 Wonders ...

Dungeon Lords (2-player) is the game I have played most frequently in the past year. I like the mind games that come into play when choosing orders.

Why no avatar? And how did you come up with your username?

Not having an avatar suits me (answering essay questions and identifying favorites, not so much... this is painful).

The name is pretty straightforward - I attended UC Berkeley, and needed a username for BoardGameGeek.


How did you first get into HeroScape?

BoardGameGeek + sales. I couldn't resist. Once I discovered LandSCAPE (and then VirtualScape) I was hooked.

What is your favorite aspect of HeroScape and why?

The terrain. Mapmaking has always been the primary draw for me.

Which General is your favorite and why?

Ullar. The Vipers intrigued me, and helped pull me into the game. I spent some time trying to track down a Walmart master set, but without success. I was thrilled when the EOV were reprinted for Wave 10.

Who are your favorite heroes and why?

Krug is the clear winner. Of the D&D stuff, the Fen Hydra is pretty cool. Generally, though, I prefer trying to come up with armies that incorporate uncelebrated characters.

What are your least favorite units and why?

Deathreavers and Raelin. I don't mind seeing (or using) them in armies, but I am tired of taking them into account when designing maps. The move toward smaller maps has made it harder, too.

What is your favorite Special Ability and why?

Zombies Rise Again sounds fun, but I have not had an opportunity to play with Zombies yet. The abundance of interesting abilities (and diversity of characters) in Heroscape is amazing. I also like some of the abilities I have considered for custom units, but none of those are likely to ever be finished.

What is your favorite map and why?

Ayrwode's Bluff. Asymmetric maps are just cooler. Also, the positive response to this map was very encouraging. I doubt I would have stuck around this long without all the feedback along the way.

What's your thought process when designing a battlefield?

I am most interested in experimenting with new ideas, so my maps often start with a specific feature, or a concept for the layout. The process is not very structured, but terrain restrictions and design guidelines influence decisions (i.e. force compromises) throughout development.

The last few steps are important to me. Once I have a design, I always review its polish (terrain arrangement, tile placement, support, etc.). I also check for extra available hexes, and decide whether I have a use for them.

My maps then sit for a while (a week to a month or more) before I upload them. The delay arose from trying to name my maps (not my strength), but I have found that it gives me an opportunity to catch issues I may have missed.

Which one of your lesser known own map creations would you recommend for us to try?

Well, I can't really claim that any of my maps have been overlooked, but I would love some feedback on my most recent map, Fireworks.

Not interested in trying the map? Then just try the glyphs - add them to the glyph pool for some other map. In any case, please visit my map thread and share your thoughts.


What do you enjoy most about HeroScapers.com?

The resources available through this site. My top 5:
BoV Discussion Thread
VirtualScape by Zzzzz
GHS Characters by GaryLASQ
Heroscape Matchup Calculator by mathguy
MSE - Easy Army Card Creator by bmaczero
That list is way too short - this site is full of good content.

Is there any member of HeroScapers.com you’d really like to play against?

There are so many members I would like to meet, my preference would be just to attend GenCon. Short of that, I'll go with Matthias Maccabeus.


Which unit would you say is better: Deathwalker 7000 or Hatamoto Taro?

I would rather use Hatamoto - at least an army can be built around him (510: Hatamoto + Raelin + Izumi + Tagawa + Kaemon). DW7K is just a waste. I suppose the counterargument is that both are a waste, and DW7K is 30 points cheaper.

How would this 510pt Hatamoto army fare against competitive 380pt (+Hatamoto) or 410pt (+DW7K) armies? In other words, if you are stuck with one of these two in your army, is there a benefit to building the rest of the army around them?

What two units would you like to see in the next Unit Debate?

Agent Carr vs. Elite Onyx Vipers.


Tell us two true things about yourself and one lie.

1. I designed a rocket, and oversaw a test launch this year.
2. I once went the distance with a world champion boxer.
3. I have yet to win a game on any of my 5 BoV maps.


Favorite movie studio: Pixar.

Favorite comic: Calvin and Hobbes.

Favorite food: Bacon.


What message do you have for the ‘Scaper community?

Thank you.

Thank you for trying my maps, and thank you for all the support. I am happy to have been a member of this community.

Whom do you pick for the next ‘Scaper of the Week?

My pick is a Site Supporter and the developer of one of my favorite Heroscape tools: mathguy.
Total Comments 9


lefton4ya's Avatar
Lie: 2. I once went the distance with a world champion boxer.

Fun read though and great picks for Unit Debate & next 'Scaper of the Week.
Posted April 5th, 2012 at 03:52 PM by lefton4ya lefton4ya is offline
Sylvano the Wasabus's Avatar
Lie: I must go with number 2 as well. Unless he's not talking about boxing....

Great read!
Posted April 5th, 2012 at 04:02 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus Sylvano the Wasabus is offline
Tornado's Avatar
Never used the Zombies? For shame, for shame. Great interview and keep making those incredible maps. Looking forward to the mathguy interview. Challenge him to a game of Wizard of Wor, I dare you.
Posted April 5th, 2012 at 05:30 PM by Tornado Tornado is offline
ZBeeblebrox's Avatar
Another great interview
Posted April 5th, 2012 at 05:39 PM by ZBeeblebrox ZBeeblebrox is offline
dok's Avatar
He didn't say he went the distance in boxing with the boxer... I'll go with #3, just 'cuz.

Nice interview, and I look forward to another of the great contributors to the site getting his moment next time around.

Hey, it's not that long of a drive to Gencon...
Posted April 6th, 2012 at 02:22 PM by dok dok is offline
Originally Posted by Tornado
keep making those incredible maps
I think I am done for now. It has been fun, though.

Originally Posted by dok
I'll go with #3, just 'cuz.
Nice to see at least one person thinks I am capable of winning a game of Heroscape.


You are all very kind. Thanks for reading!
Posted April 7th, 2012 at 02:12 AM by GameBear GameBear is offline
AliasQTip's Avatar
Done for now, GameBear? You're never really done. Just it's a longer time between posting. I've still got plenty of map ideas left, just no time to finish them.
Posted April 7th, 2012 at 05:20 PM by AliasQTip AliasQTip is offline
I know this is a monthly blog now, but a week still seems long enough for the Lie Detector.

1. I designed a rocket, and oversaw a test launch this year.
Spoiler Alert!

2. I once went the distance with a world champion boxer.
Spoiler Alert!

3. I have yet to win a game on any of my 5 BoV maps.
Spoiler Alert!

Spoiler Alert!
Posted April 12th, 2012 at 09:57 AM by GameBear GameBear is offline
Deroche's Avatar
Oh, are we supposed to reveal the truths and lie? Never did that on mine...
Posted April 17th, 2012 at 12:13 AM by Deroche Deroche is offline
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