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Scaper of the Week 22 - Spider Poison

Posted March 2nd, 2009 at 03:01 PM by Hex_Enduction_Hour
Updated March 2nd, 2009 at 08:34 PM by Hex_Enduction_Hour
This Scaper needs no introduction! Amazing the presence he's carved for himself on the site and the game's history. For someone so young to accomplish so much - tournament wins and establishing a Heroscape power ranking - I can only imagine what he'll accomplish in gaming in the years to come!

Read on and find out more about this celebrity scaper!



Our twenty-second 'Scaper of the Week is
Spider Poison


Age: 23

Occupation? I'm an accounting clerk for my family's local businesses. Basically, it's up to me to find errors done by others so that all the money is accounted for and accurate. I also do various payroll, tax, and other financial tasks as well. It all amounts to endless sheets of data and numbers...it's probably not a lot of fun for most people out there!

Allegiance and why? Utgar. I'm one of those people who gets sick of the good guys always winning in movies. As such, I don't really care to see the other generals overcome him. What fun is it when you know the good guys will always win? Arrow Gruts were my tried and true army for a long time, Stingers are some of my current favorites, and Zombies are the most fun of any common squad out there. But most importantly, Utgar has Brunak, who is without a doubt the coolest figure in Heroscape.

When did you get into HeroScape and why? I got into Heroscape back in the summer of '05. Jormi_Boced told me about this really cool game he picked up the other day at the store that he wanted me to try out. Jormi introduces me to lots of new games, but this one was special to me. I played a few games with him on the Migol's Tomb map, and I was instantly hooked. I later learned that the summoning glyph is indeed a temporary glyph. For those of you who want a challenge, I recommend playing against an opponent who gets a permanent glyph of Erland. It'll be quite an uphill battle! Before too long, I had already printed out all the characters available and was scouring Wal-Marts and Targets to find whatever I could. A couple summers later, Jormi (on the right), my younger brother (left) and I (center) were fortunate enough to make the awesome trip to GenCon and come away with some tourney wins.




Favorite aspect of HeroScape and why? Flexibility. From map making to army building to game variants, Heroscape is one of the most customizable and flexible games I've ever played. If there is something you don't like, you can easily change whatever you want. Even the rules of the game can be manipulated to create a totally new environment. With new twists to the rules and army building restrictions, awesome events are held every year at GenCon. Even though you're ultimately playing the same game, just about anything can be changed to keep the game fun, challenging, and fresh.

Favorite Hero and why? I'm usually not too fickle to make my mind up on something, but I have two favorite heroes. The first is Raelin. Even if she dies within the first few minutes of a game, she probably allowed you to advance your figures to a key point on the battlefield. If she doesn't die within the first few minutes, your opponent will be in deep trouble. Just about any army can be made better by adding Jandar's original kyrie. The second is Kaemon Awa. I kind of see him as the duct tape of Heroscape. Just about any problem can be solved by this cheap and efficient wrecking ball of a hero. I can't recall the number of times I've thought I'm down and out only to see Kaemon Awa make it a game again. He can also be used to get you out of a pinch if some odd situation comes up. Plus, he always pwns Nilfheim. And yes, I use pwn a lot


Favorite Unique Squad and why? Marro Warriors. I don't often use unique squads, but when I do, these are the first to come to mind. The effectiveness of unique squads drops dramatically when you lose just one figure, and while this is also true for the Marro Warriors, they are so cheap and dispensable that it really isn't that big of a deal. Though I don't do it very often, you can also regenerate them if the time is right. They're also my favorite target for the viking spirits.

Favorite Common Squad and why? The Trons. While Zombies are the most fun for me to play, my favorite overall common squads are the Blastatrons and Gladiatrons. They're highly competitive figures, but I think they require a bit more finesse to play well than most commons. That's not to say that I think they're better than 4th Mass, Stingers, or any other highly touted squad, but I just appreciate the amount of choices you get with the Trons. A lot of Scapers don't have multiple sets of these hard to find figures, so it's nice to be one of the few people playing them.

Favorite Special ability and why? Paralyzing Stare. Me-Burq-Sa has always been one of my favorite figures in the game, and his Paralyzing Stare is a big reason behind it. From a 50 point figure, an ability this game changing ability is great. If your opponent has a Krav Maga Agent in Raelin's aura, roll a successful Paralyzing Stare and you'll almost certainly take one out. Deathreavers don't get their annoying roll, Sentinels suddenly become beatable, and higher defense heroes such as Cyprien and Sir Gilbert are in danger. Even if the roll doesn't work, you can always actually shoot at some other target.

Anything you'd change about the game - a unit, rule, or mechanic? I honestly don't think I'd change anything about the game. Some people complain about the luck factor in Heroscape, but in my opinion, Heroscape actually has a lower luck factor than most games out there that involve dice. Even most of the heralded games out there without dice involve a mechanic that randomizes certain events. Dice rolls are just so in-your-face obvious that I think that is the main reason why it receives a little flak. In the long run, and often even in the course of just one game, the dice even out to where good strategy and tactics will prevail.

What do you enjoy most about Heroscapers.com? Teh grammer . Some people think others come down harshly on people who don't write well, and while this may sometimes be the case, I do appreciate how most everything on the site is easy to read. I frequent some other forums, and it can sometimes be a nightmare trying to understand what people are trying to say. It's honestly a bit refreshing to come to Heroscapers.com and know that almost everyone will do their best to make coherent posts. My other favorite thing about Heroscapers.com is the community. I think it's so strangely awesome how many of the users here have made ties and friends in real life through a simple game. It really says a lot about the community to have such open and warm people on board. When I first joined the site (or actually HQ a while ago), I never could have imagined that I would get to know many of the people here as well as I do.

Favorite HeroScape moment: This one is a no-brainer for me. Ever since Heroscape has had a presence at GenCon, the winner of the championship event has gotten to play the designer, Craig Van Ness. After winning in '06, I got to meet and play Craig in what was my most enjoyable game of Heroscape ever. About a half dozen Hasbro employees and maybe a couple dozen others gathered around the table to watch Craig and me play one of the closest Heroscape games ever. It came down to my Theracus and one Knight of Weston against his Sentinel of Jandar. The Sentinel held strong and Craig won the game, but it was close the whole way and drew quite a reaction from the crowd. Some of the action from the game can be found here:






Another board game you enjoy and why? Last Night on Earth is one of my current favorites. I know many on here are huge fans of the game as well, but for those of you who haven't heard of it, it's basically a zombie survival game. It's an absurdly ridiculous game, but that's really half the fun of it for me. You can play as either the townsfolk or the zombies, and the game really captures that B movie feel that you might expect from crappy horror movies...but trust me, that's actually a good thing.

What is your strongest playing strength and what do you attribute to its success/development? I think my biggest strength is that I'm good at seeing and roughly calculating most of the math behind the game. Every time you place order markers, move figures, or choose a target to attack, there is usually a best play that can be done. A lot of people settle for making a play that is obviously good, but oftentimes there is a slightly better move that can tip the math in your favor a little more. The game ultimately comes down to your dice against your opponent's dice, but the real battle is in finding ways to tip the scales as heavily in your favor as you can. Randomization happens after that, but if you did a good job setting up your chances, you'll come out on top more often than not. If I had to attribute this to something, I would say it's from a combination of experience, trial and error, and an understanding of numbers. Having said all this, you can't lose sight of having fun and doing your best to make sure your opponent has fun as well. Those are the most important things in the game and should never be forgotten.

Is there one map you consider the epitome of perfection in a tournament? This one is pretty simple: go to either the Battlefields of Valhalla or Gamebear's map thread. Those are both full of tourney map gems. In my mind, there really is no such thing as a perfect map, but I think there are certain qualities that tourney maps should have. Some of my personal favorites include Ticalla Sunrise, Hot Heights, and Wolf Swamp Road.

Three true things and one lie about yourself:
I totaled my car within 30 seconds of driving after receiving my driver's license.
I have golfed two hole-in-ones.
I like pizza.
John Stamos asked if he could go in front of me at an airport baggage check line.

What message do you have for the community? Friends don't let friends play Q9.

Any Heroscapers member you'd really like to play against? I've played nearly as Heroscapers as anyone, so I'll list some Heroscapers that I haven't yet played but would like to play against: Revdyer, Gamebear, UranusPChicago, rdhight, Grungebob, markwars, Skyknight, mathguy, Bloody the Marro Stinger, killercactus, Nadom. I could come up with a dozen more easily if I had to.

Who do you pick for the next 'Scaper of the Week? Nwojedi
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S1R_ART0R1US's Avatar
I'm going to say the lie is "I like pizza" just because it seems so...normal.
Posted March 2nd, 2009 at 03:19 PM by S1R_ART0R1US S1R_ART0R1US is offline
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Cleon's Avatar
Awesome interview HEH and spider_poison. I was going to pick NwoJedi if I was picked as well, so I'm very excited for that too.
Posted March 2nd, 2009 at 03:44 PM by Cleon Cleon is offline
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Wind Lane's Avatar
NwoJedi is next? Heaven help us.
Posted March 2nd, 2009 at 06:11 PM by Wind Lane Wind Lane is offline
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R˙chean's Avatar
Thanks HEH for continueing SOTW. I look forward to them every.

great answers, s_p, and thanks for taking time to share your insights with us.

NWOjedi?? I pity the fool! and please no jibba jabba
Posted March 2nd, 2009 at 06:25 PM by R˙chean R˙chean is offline
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Einar's puppy's Avatar
Alright, I may be opening up something I don't want opened here, but I have to ask. Why do we need to be helped by heaven because NWOjedi is up?
Posted March 2nd, 2009 at 07:23 PM by Einar's puppy Einar's puppy is offline
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Hex_Enduction_Hour's Avatar
I'll fix the YouTube link tonight. Sorry, my work's server doesn't allow YT and I need the embedding info for the film.

Enjoy your week, Poison!
Posted March 2nd, 2009 at 07:27 PM by Hex_Enduction_Hour Hex_Enduction_Hour is offline
Updated March 2nd, 2009 at 08:34 PM by Hex_Enduction_Hour
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Revdyer's Avatar
I'd like to play you, too, SP.
Posted March 2nd, 2009 at 07:27 PM by Revdyer Revdyer is offline
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Jexik's Avatar
Great to see this up, HEH and SP! I only shook Craig's hand once at GenCon, and mistakenly called him Krug when I did.

S_P definitely takes time to think up the best moves. His games outside of tournaments often are a bit longer because he jokes around more and will talk out the moves sometimes. Watching him play 'trons is always scary.

One other thing I've noticed in tournaments and casual games alike is that he never gives up. He will never call a game no matter how far he's down, or make a move because he "might as well." He's rational to the end and makes almost no mistakes. I've seen him get a lot of come from behind wins that I don't think you can attribute to 'luck.'
Posted March 2nd, 2009 at 09:21 PM by Jexik Jexik is offline
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Heroscape Elffy's Avatar
S_P where am I in that list? :P

Congrats! I must say, meeting you wasn't as amazing as I thought. I expected some guy who wouldn't even look at a newbie guy like me, but instead you were nice enough to offer up some of your playing tips with the 'trons, and even let me USE your famous Blond-a-trons. This guy is TRULY deserving of all the recognition he gets. Even if he DOES like the Hawkeyes.
I'm gonna say the lie is...Golfing two Hole in ones. You just don't seem like a golfer to me.
Posted March 2nd, 2009 at 09:48 PM by Heroscape Elffy Heroscape Elffy is offline
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Nadom's Avatar
Anytime, anyplace, S_P!

I remember reading a story from someone on here (Jexik, I'm pretty sure) about you ordering a pizza, so I'm going to guess that's not the fake. The totaling the car thing is a little too absurd. Golf... I could see it. As much as I want the John Stamos one to be true, I'm going to have to say that Uncle Jesse didn't ask to cut in front of you in line.
Posted March 2nd, 2009 at 10:20 PM by Nadom Nadom is offline
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Heroscape Elffy's Avatar
Nadom, I think you mean Tony Gates. :P
Posted March 2nd, 2009 at 10:44 PM by Heroscape Elffy Heroscape Elffy is offline
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R˙chean's Avatar
Quote:
Why do we need to be helped by heaven because NWOjedi is up?
NWOJedi was banned at the HQ and has been known to really speak his mind. HEH might have to actually censor some of his replies.

Kidding (well mostly);It really is just some of us that know NWO poking a little fun at him.
Posted March 3rd, 2009 at 02:44 PM by R˙chean R˙chean is offline
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spider_poison's Avatar
Thanks for all the comments

Nadom, you are a clever detective. Jexik told me that he wrote something about that, but I thought it'd be fun anyway to see if anyone would have read or remembered that. I do in fact like pizza. I just thought it'd be a quirky and fun one to throw out there.
Posted March 3rd, 2009 at 04:33 PM by spider_poison spider_poison is offline
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Bring. It. On.
Posted March 12th, 2009 at 02:14 PM by Scapegeek Scapegeek is offline
 
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