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'Scaper of the Month - August 2017

Posted August 17th, 2017 at 05:05 PM by HS Codex

íScaper of the Month
Son of Arathorn
Author: The Grim Reaperís Friend

Our regular contributor for this series, Fi Skirata, hasnít been heard from for several months now, prompting me to take over the íScaper of the Month articles. Tornado, the last íScaper of the month, named ollie as the next choice. However, ollie never replied to my message, so I have instead selected Son of Arathorn as the next íScaper of the month.


Who are you really?
A philosopher-in-training.

How old are you?

What is your occupation?
Iím a full-time student, entering my senior year of college in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I study everything from ancient Greek theatre to Faradayís notes on electromagnetism.

What other interests do you have?
Baseball (Iíve been a Chicago Cubs fan since I was 4), writing (both for school and for pleasure), acting (whenever I get a chance), and running down mountainsides.

Whatís another board game/RPG you enjoy and why?
War of the Ring. I took the plunge a couple summers ago and spent an obscene amount of money on this board game, and Iíve never enjoyed anything so much (heresy, I know). I love it because it deals with my favorite fictional universe (Iím a lifelong Tolkien fan), while giving you and your friends the freedom to shape the story yourselves. Every time you sit down to play, you and your friends are reenacting or rewriting one of the foundations of modern fantastic literature, and it never plays out the same way twice.


When and how did you get into HeroScape?
When I was in the 4th grade, I went over to a friendís house after school, and saw a Rise of the Valkyrie set sitting on the table. The thing that really grabbed my attention was that the game allowed you to construct battlefields with so much freedom. I saved up, went halvsies on a master set with my little brother, and the rest is history.

I know youíre fairly involved in the customs scene, so what got you started with creating customs?
I found the HeroScapers forums when I was in high school, and the first thing to grab my attention was the plethora of custom threads at the time. Sertorious and Typhon2222 were cranking out cards, the SoV and C3V projects were getting their respective balls rolling, and people like Rocktroll, Soundwarp SG-1 and Grishnakh were creating masterpieces with plastic and paint. Once I saw all the amazing stuff being made, I had to try it for myself.

Do you have a favorite custom unit (yours or someone elseís)?
Iím gonna cheat here, and pick two, one from outside Valhalla Customs, and one produced by C3V. I love dokís Nidhog; I think itís about as close to a Valkrill dragon as youíll find anywhere. And I think Van Nessing is just about the coolest stand-alone hero in the game.


What do you enjoy most about Heroscapers.com?
The collaboration. Whether itís custom creation, terrain modification, writing fan-fiction, we all couldnít do what we do, as well as we do it, if we were doing it alone. I think having so many people to draw inspiration from, to bounce ideas off of, and to offer encouragement to, is a huge part of what makes this site so good.

Describe your favorite HeroScape moment.
My room in sophomore year of college turned into a game room for myself and three other residents in the dorm, one of whom was the R.A. We probably spent as much time playing 2 on 2 or free-for-all games during a semester as we did studying. Itís not really a moment, but it was a weird, wild run of games. If you want one moment out of that stretch, the R.A. lost a full-health Charos to Cyprienís Chilling Touch on two consecutive rolls of 20. Dice were thrown.

Is there any member of Heroscapers.com youíd really like to play against?
Dad_Scaper. I hear he runs a mean tournament.

Lie Detector:

Three Truths and a Lie
  • I can read ancient Greek, French, Arabic, and Elvish.
  • I have an irrational hatred of cows. Well, I think itís rational hatred, but people I trust tell me itís not.
  • I once taught a high school class on the fictional history of Middle-Earth.
  • Iíve been smacked full in the face while standing in front of a crowd of 350 people.

Last Monthís Truth (Tornado)
  • I never fake the funk on a nasty dunk.
  • I have a total of 22 screws and a plate holding my forearm and ankle together.
  • I am an arm wrestling champ.
  • I played Magic: The Gathering when it was released the first time at Gen Con.

Closing :

What message do you have for the íScaper community?
Donít be afraid to try your hand at something new. Youíll never get good if youíre not willing to suck for a while.

Whom do you pick for the next íScaper of the month?
Iím pretty sure Dad_Scaper was a íscaper of the month back in the day, though if he hasnít been, I choose him. Dude deserves it. If D_S has gone already, I choose Kinseth.
Total Comments 3


The Grim Reaper's Friend's Avatar
I apologize for the lateness. I just now realized that I accidentally posted this on my personal blog, rather than the Codex blog. My deepest apologies.

Posted August 17th, 2017 at 05:06 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend The Grim Reaper's Friend is offline
HS Codex's Avatar
We are pleased to bring back the 'Scaper of the Month Articles. Dad_Scaper was interviewed back in the day for a ''Scaper of the Week, but we've decided that since it was a long time ago - and since we've basically reworked the Codex - it can't hurt to interview him again.
Posted August 17th, 2017 at 05:08 PM by HS Codex HS Codex is offline
Tornado's Avatar
Great interview!

SoA is an excellent writer. Check out his Fan Fics sometime!
Posted August 25th, 2017 at 11:44 AM by Tornado Tornado is online now
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