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Scaper of the Week 28: Pumpkin King

Posted April 27th, 2009 at 01:22 AM by Hex_Enduction_Hour
Updated April 27th, 2009 at 01:39 AM by Hex_Enduction_Hour

Our newest Scaper of the Week is yet another upstanding young'un - He does his generation and HS community proud!
This guy is at the forefront introducing the next generation of potential gamers to one of the very best of the scene has to offer.

He teaches varied subjects to 3rd -5th grade students of a homeschool co-op. He's brought his Heroscape collection to show the fun and excitement of the battle of all time!
Here's the thread

Imagine being a young boy no older than 11 years and this teenager walks in one day with armloads of customizable terrain, painted minatures and cupfuls of battle dice.
What a blissful and imaginatively exciting opportunity to arise in a young boy's life - and it has nothing to do with a computer game or television!

Truly, he's another very worthy young Scaper for our weekly Spotlight. Read on to discover more about this excellent fellow - he's got a interesting view for keeping the world of Heroscape shaken up a bit!

Our twenty-eighth 'Scaper of the Week is
Pumpkin King

Who are you?
Chris McFarlane

Who or what is your avatar and how did you come up with your username?
Jack Skellington, at your service, sir.

My username came from my favorite movie. No prizes for guessing what it is.

Age: 18

Occupation? Student

Allegiance and why?
Jandar. The good guy always wins, unless the bad guy wins for a bit, but then even then the good guy comes back to kick face and take names.

Besides, Jandar has the Knights, the Airborne, a Giant Frickin' robot, and an Ice Dragon for good measure.

When did you get into HeroScape and why?
I'm probably one of the few people who saw the cheesy commercial and thought, "Holy crap. That's got to be the best thing I've ever seen." So, three years ago, I asked for Rise of the Valkyrie for my birthday and got it. I took it out, read the rulebook and the cards, looked at the cool plastic tiles...

...and put it all back in the box. I had no one to play with; by brother wasn't quite old enough at the time to play. The game sat in my closet for a year until my good friend visited from far away. I remembered that game I stashed in my closet, and we broke it out to play a game. The rest is history.

Favorite aspect of HeroScape and why?
The absolute adaptability. It's like a giant sandbox. A big, plastic sandbox that people kill each other in.

I can take a character from any kind of media whatsoever, add some stats and abilities to it...and it'll work. Not just mechanically, but thematically. To me, that's mind-boggling.

Favorite Hero and why?
Oh, Lordy. If I was at gunpoint and had to choose, I'd say probably Johnny "Shotgun" Sullivan. There's just so much character in that pose, and such a great sculpt. Shotgun Blast is the single most awesome ranged special attack in the game. Plus, he's got the Mustache of Power. That has to count for something. Close seconds are Drake 2.0 and Sir Gilbert.

Favorite Unique Squad and why?
Zettian Guards, and power rankings be darned. They're the dark horse in Heroscape, they're the underdogs. That's what I like about them.

Favorite Common Squad and why?
You know it's Zombies. I'm not prone to cackling maniacally, but I can't help but laugh when the Horde closes in.

Favorite Special ability and why?
Jandar's Dispatch. Such a great ability with dozens of applications. I will consistently roll two symbols a roll with that thing. Nothing quite like what is essentially 6-move Knights.

Anything you'd change about the game - a unit, rule, or mechanic?
Nothing mechanically, but I'd like to turn the Good Race/Bad Race thing on its head a little. Give me some benevolent pentient vampires for Jandar, some rebellious un-shackled Marro for Ullar, some honor-bound Orc renegades for Einar. A good Shade, even? Heroscape has been good about that so far, but it could stand be shaken up a little.

Also, Steampunk. Please?

What do you enjoy most about Heroscapers.com?
The fact that you can post on any given topic and make an offhanded reference to something, and someone will quote you and play along. I've seen pages composed of 75% Princess Bride quotes. Then the next page abruptly goes back to the priginal topic. That's hilarious to me. Also, the CoNs.

Favorite HeroScape moment:
Hum de dum...it had to be the moment when I played a 1000-point Marro/undead army against an army composed primarily of Orcs.

Kee-Mo-Shi makes a suicide run towards Tornak...rolls a 20 on Mindshackle. My opponent's a great guy, he laughs and I pretend gloat, the whole shebang. On his next turn, Mimring comes over, lays two wounds on KMS. The warwitch goes again...and rolls a 20 on Mindshackle. Greatest. Feeling. Ever.

Another board game you enjoy and why?
Um...Monopoly? To tell you all the truth, I don't play any board games besides Heroscape.

How would you describe your playing style?
I play like a sledgehammer. I just go, and try and survive on the way there. Nothing fancy; that's why I like the Knights. They get the job done, and they get it done right.

Three true things and one lie about yourself:
1) I do most of my best work at one in the morning.
2) I am minorly Obsessive-Compulsive and dyslexic.
3) I couldn't come up with three truths about myself that could conceivably be lies.
4) I couldn't come up with a lie that sounded truthful, either.

Other interests?
I love to draw, read, write a little...that's about it. Nobody ever said I had an exciting lifestyle.

Seventeen Genders?
And each and every one is lookin' for love, baby.

What message do you have for the community?
Well, there's not a lot of things that haven't been said already. I'll just say that I get really depressed when I see really long discussions on things nobody is ever going to change their minds about; religion, politics, Stinger denial...all these are off-limits at the dinner table, and really shouldn't be encouraged here. That's not to say we aren't capable of having an intelligent discussion on higher subjects, it's just that it has a tendency to turn pear-shaped, more often than not.

Also, a lot of you abbreviate my username P_K. Save yourself some effort and type it PK.

Any Heroscapers member you'd really like to play against?
Anyone. No, really.

This is the best online community I have ever had the extreme pleasure to be a part of. Each and every one of you brings something to the table. I'd be deeply honored to be completely owned by anyone on the boards, and I mean that.

Besides, I have only one person out where I live who plays, and he's my brother. I'm desperate for a game.

Who do you pick for the next 'Scaper of the Week?
There's a man who has gone without this for quite some time, and it's up to me to put a stop to that. The monstrousities he has created dwarf even the largest thing I can make with my mortal hands.


I give you Dr. Weirdscaper.
Total Comments 17


S1R_ART0R1US's Avatar
Excellent choice 1mmirg! I always learn something new when I read these!
Posted April 27th, 2009 at 02:43 AM by S1R_ART0R1US S1R_ART0R1US is offline
I've been waiting a long time for someone to pick Weirdscaper.
Posted April 27th, 2009 at 09:26 AM by Land-based AE Land-based AE is offline
EternalThanos86's Avatar
What!?! Not even a mention of the great fiction works? Sorry, but PK is probably the best fan fic writer (although gorthan313 is pretty darn good too) on this site.
Posted April 27th, 2009 at 10:11 AM by EternalThanos86 EternalThanos86 is offline
braveheart101's Avatar
Nice, Pumpernickle! Did I mention that me and him ar the only two terry pratchett fans on this site( that I know of)?

Cant wait to see weirdscapers interview!
Posted April 27th, 2009 at 12:25 PM by braveheart101 braveheart101 is offline
Does this mean that anyone can be interviewed? Also, I can't believe that your fanfic wasn't mentioned. Anyway, great interview!
Posted April 27th, 2009 at 02:33 PM by ABOMINATION ABOMINATION is offline
AliasQTip's Avatar
Nice interview, Pumpkin_King. (I prefer to spell it out ) Congradulations! I'm also looking forward to Dr. Weirdscaper's interview too.

Are you a real doctor? How many sets do you own? How much did that cost? Some of you're pics look like they were taken in a secret underground bunker - Can I come to see your SECRET BUNKER!?
Posted April 27th, 2009 at 04:58 PM by AliasQTip AliasQTip is offline
Pickledpie's Avatar
Can I come to see your SECRET BUNKER!?

I'm with QTip!! Hey, maybe there'll be pics in the interview!!
Posted April 27th, 2009 at 05:37 PM by Pickledpie Pickledpie is offline
Heroscape Elffy's Avatar
If it's anything like Ace's Shed, I don't wanna see the Bunker.
Posted April 27th, 2009 at 05:38 PM by Heroscape Elffy Heroscape Elffy is offline
Deathclaw767's Avatar
Go, PK! I was, for lack of a better word, hooked by the comercial as well. You sound remarkably like me, except my brother utterly hates Heroscape. He got "bored" and melded three of my old RotV Drakes together with an arc welder. Not much left. At least he didn't get at anything important. Looking forward to the good Doctor.
Posted April 27th, 2009 at 09:08 PM by Deathclaw767 Deathclaw767 is offline
Einar's puppy's Avatar
I know for a fact that you are dyslexic, because of the CoN OOC thread. The day when I sort of spaced out with a horrible migraine, I remember coming back the next day to read "Oh yeah, pick on the dyslexic guy!"

I say #3 is the lie. It sounds truthful, but it could be a lie.
Posted April 27th, 2009 at 09:27 PM by Einar's puppy Einar's puppy is offline
scottishlad5's Avatar
Nice one P_K I can;t for dr.Wierdscaper.
Posted April 27th, 2009 at 10:08 PM by scottishlad5 scottishlad5 is offline
TheSparkleInYourWater's Avatar
Sorry for putting my comment in the wrong place. I realized the mistake about 5 seconds later.

Anyway, I guessed the dyslexia for the lie, but I think I already got an answer.

After reading your heroscape class day post I thought you were in your 20's because of that comment about not letting your kids by you if you weren't you. If that would of been a choice I would of guessed the lie was being 18.
Posted April 27th, 2009 at 10:25 PM by TheSparkleInYourWater TheSparkleInYourWater is offline
Pumpkin_King's Avatar
@ET86: I wanted to mention it, but I felt it would be shameless, needless self-promotion, and you know I hate that.

@Ep: You are correct, sir.

@Sparkle: Well, if I had kids, I wouldn't let them near me.
Posted April 27th, 2009 at 10:40 PM by Pumpkin_King Pumpkin_King is offline
I already knew he had dylexia. There has been three instances. I kinda wanted to nominate PK with 'das hylexia' but your title right now is funny. Also, if #4 is true, you should suck at CoN....
Posted April 27th, 2009 at 10:59 PM by ABOMINATION ABOMINATION is offline
gorthan313's Avatar
PK: Check my fanfics thread. It's here at last!
Posted April 28th, 2009 at 08:53 AM by gorthan313 gorthan313 is offline
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