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Scaper of the Week # 40 - GreyOwl

Posted October 17th, 2009 at 04:32 PM by rym
Our latest Scaper of the Week is none other than GreyOwl, the Caretaker of the Custom Realm. Now, to be fair, GreyOwl had his answers to me in a very timely fashion, but I dropped the ball on getting them posted up on time. (Stupid army decison-making for NHSD)
But do not fret, the interview is here. Read on to discover more about another of our fantastic customs guys, and to see whether GreyOwl kept the streak of customs interviewees going. Besides, what else do you have to do until the NHSD Battle Reports start flowing in.

Our 40th Scaper of the Week:


Who are you?

I gotta agree with Sherman Davies, that's a tough question. But my name is John Varan.

Who, or what, is your avatar and how did you come up with your username?

I've been asked that many times and unfortunately there's no interesting story behind it. I signed up for the forum and needed a username, so I started Googling for avatar pictures. I thought the Grey Owl looked pretty cool...

Age: 37


Software Consultant. Sound boring? You might be right.

Allegiance and why?

Einar. I like the historical figures because I'm a history buff, especially about Chinese and other Asian history. The Shaolin Monks should've been Einar...

When did you get into HeroScape and why?

About 3 years ago my then 4 year old son saw it in a magazine and wanted to try it. I told him it looked like a really cheesy game and ignored it. He kepts asking. And asking. Then I saw it at Fry's on sale so I got the RoTV set. Two days later we bought the castle set. Then we were scouring Wal-Marts and Targets all over town for boosters.

Favorite aspect of HeroScape and why?

I have to go with the 3D buildable terrain. It's just like LEGOs!

Favorite Hero and why?

Nilfheim. Great sculpt, great card, and he's just so...cool.

Favorite Unique Squad and why?

Ninjas of the Northern Wind, because they're ninjas.

Favorite Common Squad and why?

Shaolin Monks, because they do kung fu. Seriously, I just love kung fu.

Favorite Special ability and why?

Mindshackle, because I've had it work in some amazing situations, both in my favor and against it.

It looks like you're another of the custom creators on the site. Favorite custom genre (Superhero, sci-fi, classic, or terrrain)?

It's really a toss-up between Superheroes and Star Wars. But if I had to pick, probably Superheroes mainly because of all the friends I've made over in the Marvel forums (you know who you are!)

Favorite custom piece, or unit, you've done?

I actually have two. One is Green Scar Hulk, because a lot of talented people helped out and there was an absolutely fantastic inspiration piece by DrinkMoreGuinness. The other is Nightcrawler, for similar reasons. It was one of the few superhero customs to go through TNT before that process unfortunately ended, and I got some fantastic feedback from some very creative people.

Favorite custom Special Attack or ability you would like to see incorporated into classic 'Scape?

I'd love to see something similar to the Remote Planner ability on my Oracle custom. It's basically a custom card without a figure to place on the board.

Anything you'd change about the game - a unit, rule, or mechanic?

If I could, I'd try to come up with a rule to encourage more melee fighting and balance out the advantage that ranged units have. But I'm not sure how to do it. Eclipse is on top of this though, and I'm confident that if anyone can do it, he can.

What do you enjoy most about Heroscapers.com?

The people and the general culture of the site. There's a lot of support and constructive criticism, and everyone is focused on what's best for the game.

How are things going with the Nonprofit Heroscape Organization?

Slow, but good. I'm in the process of learning about nonprofit law and branding and marketing strategies for nonprofits. Expect more updates soon!

Favorite HeroScape moment:

In one game against my son, he had 3-4 figures left totaling 150-200 points, and I only had Isamu remaining. I ended up winning, and I attribute it all to the roll of the dice. Pure, blind luck.

Classic or Marvel?

I really can't choose. I play both and if I play one for too long I get an overwhelming urge to play the other.

Another board game you enjoy and why?

Incan Gold. It's a simple game I started playing with my kids, and for some reason it's really fun.

Three true things and one lie about yourself:

1. English is not my first language.
2. I've composed string quartets and symphonies.
3. I own five real swords.
4. I drive a Lotus Esprit.

Other interests?

Martial Arts, Reading, playing Squash

Any Heroscapers member you'd really like to play against?

IAmBatman. I'm positive he'd kick my butt, but I'm also sure I'd have fun while it was happening.

What message do you have for the community?

Stay positive about the future of Heroscape. No matter what happens officially, we can all continue forward as long as we stick together. Oh, and check out C3G (IAmBatman, I'll be looking for my check in the mail...)

Who do you pick for the next 'Scaper of the Week?

NecroBlade, because at first he irritated me, and then all of a sudden he no longer did, and now we even agree more often than I'd like to admit. And I'd like to know why!
Total Comments 17


J4Jandar's Avatar
Cool read! Bouncing around in the custom circle now huh? I like it!

I had the same experience with the blade my self.
Posted October 17th, 2009 at 04:47 PM by J4Jandar J4Jandar is offline
AliasQTip's Avatar
Congratulations, Grey Owl. Nice interview.

I've been in the same situation with Isamu at the end of a game. He's a trooper.
Posted October 17th, 2009 at 05:28 PM by AliasQTip AliasQTip is offline
rym's Avatar
I'm gonna guess that #3 is the lie. I think you own either 5 fake swords or one real sword.

Or maybe it's 3 fake and 2 real, or 2 fake and 3 real, or 5 fakes and no real, or....

Posted October 17th, 2009 at 06:17 PM by rym rym is offline
Pickledpie's Avatar
I think #2 is the lie. Seems kinda far away from a software consultant.
Posted October 17th, 2009 at 08:55 PM by Pickledpie Pickledpie is offline
GreyOwl's Avatar
Hmm...I think I'll let some more people guess before I tell which one is the lie.
Posted October 17th, 2009 at 10:38 PM by GreyOwl GreyOwl is offline
NecroBlade's Avatar
Ah, crap, now I'm going to have to answer questions! Don't make me do stuff! I'm glad I don't irritate you any more (though I still irritate plenty apparently...). I'm gonna guess English as the lie.
Posted October 18th, 2009 at 01:30 AM by NecroBlade NecroBlade is offline
I'm gonna guess the lie is that NecroBlade doesn't irritate you anymore. :p
Posted October 18th, 2009 at 10:08 AM by Onacara Onacara is offline
NecroBlade's Avatar
Posted October 18th, 2009 at 10:32 AM by NecroBlade NecroBlade is offline
Sherman Davies's Avatar
Great interview, guys! I can't wait to see it on the front page - GreyOwl deserves the recognition.

I'm guessing that the 5 swords is the lie and you really own more than that. Also, I can't believe Necro hasn't been 'Scaper of the Week already.
Posted October 18th, 2009 at 10:59 PM by Sherman Davies Sherman Davies is offline
GreyOwl's Avatar
I couldn't believe he hadn't been Scaper of the Week either...I had to check a few times to makes sure I didn't miss it or something. You'd think with ALL of those posts, he'd have to time to answer a few questions, though.
Posted October 19th, 2009 at 08:57 AM by GreyOwl GreyOwl is offline
Aldin's Avatar
Hmmm, I call out #4 as the lie. I actually won one of NecroBlade's customs at NHSD and look forward to reading his interview.

~Aldin, Blacklockly
Posted October 19th, 2009 at 02:39 PM by Aldin Aldin is offline
nyys's Avatar
Posted October 22nd, 2009 at 08:56 PM by nyys nyys is offline
pixlepix's Avatar
I guess that the lie is either 1, 2 , 3 or 4.
Posted October 23rd, 2009 at 06:29 AM by pixlepix pixlepix is offline
rednax's Avatar
I also have had a similar experience with Necro.
Posted October 23rd, 2009 at 07:09 AM by rednax rednax is offline
GreyOwl's Avatar
pixlepix is correct regarding his guess on which is the lie!
Posted October 23rd, 2009 at 12:39 PM by GreyOwl GreyOwl is offline
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