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Scaper of the Week 10 - Ollie

Posted November 11th, 2008 at 11:09 PM by Hex_Enduction_Hour
Updated November 17th, 2008 at 10:56 PM by Hex_Enduction_Hour

Welcome to Week 10 of Scaper of the Week!
Our last candidate, Onacara chose Ollie for this week’s spotlight! Ollie has some answers that show he enjoys playing the game for fun and variety of units.

Our tenth 'Scaper of the Week is

Me vs. Cleon taken by Cleon's dad at NESA's National Heroscape Day.

And here are my answers:

Age: 31

Allegiance and why?
Vydar. Science and Science Fiction have always been my thing. Put any old mishmash Vydar army in front of me to play and I'm happy. That's not true of any of the other generals (well, it is, because if I'm playing any army then I'm playing Heroscape and therefore I'm happy). Vydar also seems to get the best of the cross-general categories: Braxas is my favourite dragon; James Murphy is my favourite cowboy; the Vydar soulborgs are my favourite soulborg grouping (though DW9K is my individual favourite).

When did you get into HeroScape and why?
A friend came to stay for the weekend a couple of years ago touting it as the best game ever. He was right.

Favorite aspect of HeroScape and why?
The community. I've been part of online groups before but Heroscapers has been my first instance of one that's crossed over into "real life". I was fairly wary going to my first tournament, driving a couple of hours to meet people I'd only interacted with online, but I had a blast. I'm now up to ten tournaments in the North East and the real-life aspect of heroscapers.com is as much a part of my life as the online parts. I've even travelled 3000 miles to meet up and play (technically not true: I was doing the travelling anyway to my home town of Birmingham in the UK, and RichardD, who lives about three miles from my family's house, kindly got a couple of games together).

Favorite Hero and why?
Deathwalker 9000. He was one of the big appeals when I first saw the game. I still love that nervous buzz you get when you have a bucketload of defence dice to roll against a single skull: you know everything should be fine, but you could lose the whole game with a slew of blanks. This happened in the final of Battle at the Border against a single skull from a 4th Mass Linesman:

And I still love him. (Photo by Eckels, who was sitting at the next table.)

Favorite Unique Squad and why?
This is a close one. There are plenty of heroes and common squads I prefer to any of the unique squads.
The Zettians and the Tarn Vikings are in the running for being there from the start, but I'll go for the Nakita Agents. They have a nice mix of reliability and D20 fun.

Favorite Common Squad and why?
Minions of Utgar. They look awesome, they're fun to play, and they're pretty competitive.

What do you enjoy most about Heroscapers.com?
I guess I answered this above, so I'll go for my second favourite here: theoryscape. "Theoryscape" is often invoked as a bad thing---it's what you do when you can't handle the real situations that you'll be facing. I think there are plenty of us here (and I certainly count myself among them) whose ideas are better than our practice. I love discussing how Heroscape should work. As a pure mathematician by training, I'm used to finding results interesting regardless of whether (or even especially if) they have no practical use. There's something indescribably pleasing about knowing that an Eldgrim-boosted DW9K can hurdle a ruin, or that a height-enhanced Laglor is better off using his normal attack against DW9K.

Favorite HeroScape moment.

My next game. The deathstalkers are going to prove their worth and run the board by themselves. Maybe.

One HS unit you would change and why?
The Dreadguls. Their lack of existence makes them difficult to use. They've been mentioned in the backstory and I'd love to see a full viking army (or two rival ones) developed in the same way that the samurai and the elves have become major subgenres.

Another board game you enjoy and why?
I've never played another miniatures game. Chess is probably the closest game I've played to Heroscape, but Heroscape is the game that I've played most over the last year by some distance. I'm ollie8080 at gameknot.com if anyone wants to challenge me to a game of chess while were waiting for an online 'scaping system.

Other interests?
Math, juggling, ducks and beer. Not necessarily in that order.

What message do you have for the community? Plant a fruit tree.

Who or what is that image you use for your avatar and why?
It's a T-shirt design from threadless.com. My wife bought it for me. She says it's because it looks like me: scruffy and bespectacled. She means that it reflects my lionlike bravery and Aslanesque wisdom.

Who do you pick for the next 'Scaper of the Week?
Total Comments 25


Hex_Enduction_Hour's Avatar
There's something indescribably pleasing about knowing that an Eldgrim-boosted DW9K can hurdle a ruin
Hahaha, funny situation!

Okay Ollie I'm curious about the ducks in other interests - you a bird fan???

Also, I agree with your wife - that avatar is you! Thanks too for providing a picture, Lionheart!

I enjoy your HS unit answers - Nakitas are fun to play, DW9k and the buzz of confidence when defending against 1 or 2 skulls! Sure, everything should be juuuusst fine.

And yes, the Deathwalkers always have their moment in the sun! Keep playing them! I think they're wonderfully fun.
Posted November 11th, 2008 at 11:18 PM by Hex_Enduction_Hour Hex_Enduction_Hour is offline
HEH you apparently missed his thread regarding the "[URL="http://www.heroscapers.com/community/showthread.php?t=18988"]Drakes[/URL]" (ducks)....I don't think you are going to like it so much :wink:
Posted November 11th, 2008 at 11:24 PM by Onacara Onacara is offline
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Nice to hear from Ollie. I'd just been wondering when this was going to appear! <Starts thinking "When will I get a million dollars...">
Posted November 11th, 2008 at 11:33 PM by Jim Jim is offline
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Thanks for having me HEH, and thanks for picking me Onacara. The ruin-hurdling idea wasn't mine, but I like it. I think Taeblewalker deserves the credit, but I'm not sure.

Following Onacara's Drake link will explain the ducks. Briefly: this summer we decided to raise some ducks for eggs and meat. It's going well but is taking a lot of time and effort.

Good luck with the million Jim!
Posted November 12th, 2008 at 08:24 AM by ollie ollie is offline
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I'm going to take this as a sign. Your favorite unique squad is the Nakitas eh? Well I will reveal that they will be represented in my army this weeked (Marlboro, VT Fall Brawl), and since we've not had the chance to face-off against each other yet, I see this as fate pitting that which you love against you.
Posted November 12th, 2008 at 08:29 AM by nyys nyys is offline
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I have the Nakitas in one of my potential armies too, but it's not the frontrunner at the moment. I hope we do get to play!
Posted November 12th, 2008 at 08:41 AM by ollie ollie is offline
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Sad for your DW9K. That lack of luck happened to me once when my friend mindshackled my Wo-Sa-Ga with Neg-Gok-Sa. It was basically a statement of "you lose, now I get to rub it in your face".
Posted November 12th, 2008 at 05:57 PM by Pickledpie Pickledpie is offline
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Guerillinator and I draft DW9K and DW8K quite frequently around here. We just shake our heads as they drop to one or two skull attacks.

I'd be very willing to try either or both DW's with a 2 Life stat adjustment.


Interesting choice to raise ducks, Ollie!
Posted November 12th, 2008 at 07:28 PM by Hex_Enduction_Hour Hex_Enduction_Hour is offline
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It wasn't too sad for my Deathwalker, PickledPie. He'd performed amazingly well up to that point. I think over five games one whiff is acceptable. I was also behind in that game anyway; it would've taken some outrageously lucky dice rolling to pull it back even without the whiff.

I'm not sure about a 2-life adjustment HEH. I think the potential whiff is part of the charm. Zetacron and Warden 816 both have that extra life. I like them well enough, but they don't generate the affection that DW9K does.
Posted November 13th, 2008 at 10:50 AM by ollie ollie is offline
Heroscape Elffy's Avatar
What unit reminds you most of yourself, Sir Ollie?
Posted November 13th, 2008 at 06:28 PM by Heroscape Elffy Heroscape Elffy is offline
Nadom's Avatar
"Aslanesque" is my new favourite word.
Posted November 13th, 2008 at 09:57 PM by Nadom Nadom is offline
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Given the "sir" that you've awarded me Elffy, maybe I should claim Denrick for my flowing locks and dashing good looks. I've never really projected myself into the characters. Maybe Eldgrim for the beard (and I like vikings), but Guido has the Eldgrim lookalike contest sewn up.

Glad to help you out with a new word Nadom, and also to help with your spelling!
Posted November 14th, 2008 at 01:20 PM by ollie ollie is offline
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That was a very nice "interview," ollie. Well done!
Posted November 16th, 2008 at 05:13 PM by Revdyer Revdyer is offline
Hex_Enduction_Hour's Avatar
On a technicality, we had to go with someone other than Ch1can0. Instead, this week's Scaper of the Week will be Zzzzz! Soon to be posted.
Posted November 17th, 2008 at 10:56 PM by Hex_Enduction_Hour Hex_Enduction_Hour is offline
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I one of ollie's ducks got a degree in engineering, would that make it a technical fowl?
Posted November 18th, 2008 at 07:02 AM by Revdyer Revdyer is offline
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