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Scaper of the Week 10 - Ollie

Posted November 12th, 2008 at 12:09 AM by Hex_Enduction_Hour
Updated November 17th, 2008 at 11:56 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


ollie's Avatar
Stealing the idea to backdate a cool new SotW feature from Onacara, here are my four statements, three truths and one lie:

1. There is a mathematical object named after me.
2. I can see a peacock from where I'm sitting now.
3. Someone once called the fire brigade out because they saw a reflection of me juggling fire in a shop window.
4. I've shared a bed with Onacara.
Posted April 2nd, 2009 at 11:56 AM by ollie ollie is offline
Roland's Avatar
I am going to say 3, I think if you were juggling fire you would lose your hair.
Posted April 2nd, 2009 at 12:18 PM by Roland Roland is offline
Einar's puppy's Avatar
I say 2...you live in New England.
Posted April 2nd, 2009 at 04:35 PM by Einar's puppy Einar's puppy is offline
Heroscape Elffy's Avatar
But EP, who said the Peacock was alive? I bet its STUFFED!

I myself am going with number 1. Just 'cuz.
Posted April 2nd, 2009 at 05:31 PM by Heroscape Elffy Heroscape Elffy is offline
ollie's Avatar
Based on these three responses, should we conclude that sleeping with Onacara is a normal natural thing to do? I'm not so sure...

But you're all right that 4 is not the lie. I'll leave it a bit longer for some more guesses before revealing the truth.
Posted April 3rd, 2009 at 09:10 AM by ollie ollie is offline
ollie's Avatar
Heh, this came up on the random blog. I didn't mean to leave you all in suspense for two years on the truths/lie! (And I'm sure that you have been checking in often to see if I've revealed the answer.)

The lie is 2. I cannot see a peacock from where I'm sitting now and neither could I a couple of years ago. However, a bit longer ago than that my office on the campus I work at looked out onto the peacock house where there were housed about half a dozen peacocks left from an enthusiastic student's senior project. They make a huge amount of noise in the Spring and it isn't fun to be first into the building when someone leaves a door open overnight to be greeted by several peacocks and extravagant amounts of poo.
Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 07:33 PM by ollie ollie is offline
rednax's Avatar
Could you explain how the other three happened?

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 11:37 PM by rednax rednax is offline
ollie's Avatar
1. I wrote paper while I was a grad student that introduced a particular method for constructing an example of an object known as a terrace. A later paper (not written by me!) calls it the Ollie Terrace. If you find a stray mathematician on the street the chance that they have heard of it is about 0 (indeed I could probably list the names of those who have!).

3. There isn't really much to add here. It was earlyish evening but dark and a bunch of us were hanging out aimlessly, as teenagers are wont to do, and I had my fire clubs with me. Thought it'd be fun to have a play. Someone in the building I was standing immediately in front of could see the flames reflected in a shop window over the road and, quite understandably, called 999 (British for 911).

4. Well, probably the less said here the better. I will say that it was a more satisfactory experience than sleeping with Taeblewalker, who made me curl up at the end of the bed like a dog.
Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 02:16 PM by ollie ollie is offline
rednax's Avatar
Thanks a lot Ollie!

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 06:43 PM by rednax rednax is offline
ollie's Avatar
Thanks for the interest in the weird corners of my life!
Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 07:16 PM by ollie ollie is offline
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