Thursday, June 28, 2007

New News From Bungie and Halo Actionclix Site up

below is the news post posted on the Bungie website
Halo ActionClix: A Different Game Design
Posted by lukems at 6/28/2007 11:48 AM PDT

Several Weekly Updates ago, we talked about a partnership with Wizkids that would bear fruit in the form of Halo ActionClix, a table top game in the vein of Wizkids previous Clix games like Mage Knight and HeroClix. Halo ActionClix will be a CMG (Collectible Mini-Game), a property that players and hobbyists alike will gravitate toward. “Even if you aren’t a Clix gamer,” says Mark Tuttle, “You may end up checking out Halo ActionClix because they can adorn your workspace.”

I’ve never played a Clix game in my entire life – so I headed over to the Wizkids outpost near Seattle to learn about this different kind of game design.

In Halo ActionClix, as opposed to previous games, a bunch of core changes have been made to the way the actual game is played. In a typical match, players will place two spawn points and then their five Clix figures onto the playing field. Players are playing on a gridded map, each package of Clix figures contains a map and either four or five-figure booster packs.

Each of the figures fits into a class, these classes are divided by points. Without drilling too deep into things, a marine is worth less than the Master Chief carrying a Needler, who is worth less than the Master Chief carrying a Rocket Launcher and so on. At the beginning of a round, players are capped with how many points they can have among their five units, so everyone won’t be pulling out their Tartarus figure right away.

Instead over the course of a match – a match’s goal is to record five kills (when your units are killed they respawn on your next turn, at which point you can swap them for another unit of the same point level [units have different abilities based on their weapons, unit type, et cetera]) – your units will earn upgrade tokens from a number of things. Landing on an enemies spawn token results in the roll of the dice that may award players an upgrade token, logging a kill earns units an upgrade token – these tokens can be redeemed so that your force can evolve from greenshirts into more seasoned roles (Spartans, Sgt. Johnson, Invisible Elites with Plasma swords).

Movement, damage and defense are all dictated by the “Clix” portion of the game. Each figurine is on a clickable stand that boasts a given character’s statistics. As players take damage (done by rolling a dice and adding it to the attack rating of a character and then subtracting the defense value from the total, if the result is greater than zero damage is done per the damage rating on the click). As characters take more damage, their movement ranges, offensive capabilities and defensive skills begin to suffer.

While this all sounds fairly complicated, within a few minutes of watching a game being played it started to make sense. The Halo ActionClix does an incredible job of translating elements like respawns, dual-wielding and a wide cast of characters from the Haloverse into a table top game. To find a little bit more about how, we talked to Senior Game Designer (and comedian) Mike Elliott from Wizkids.

Q: When developing a game for an existing IP, what are some of the biggest challenges, and how do you overcome said challenges?

A: The biggest challenges are figuring out the important elements of the property that the players really love, and represent that on a flat board with miniatures with no moving graphics or sound. You have to convey the story through the game play.

And it has to be fun. And by fun, I mean it has to be really fun. You have to make it so players want to come back and play your game over and over, and they want to tell their friends about it and teach their friends to play it also. I can’t tell you how many hundreds of games I have played where I finished saying, “Hmmm. That was sort of interesting.” and throw it in the basement to never be played again.

Q: When starting to design a game, are you beginning with pencil and paper?

A: I never start out with pen and paper. I usually start out seeing how I would represent the game in Interpretive Dance. I don't usually get a great deal of usable design out of this, but I consider it an important first step. I've been told that some other designers bypass this step, but I like to be thorough. My next step is usually to pick out what the key elements of the game are going to be. Game design is one part brilliant creativity, three parts thievery, and four parts mixing the "borrowed" material into your game in a way that makes it look like the one part brilliant creativity was 8 parts brilliant creativity. There are tens of thousands of games out, and even if you are some sort of fantastic Rock Star cutting edge game designer with women hounding you everywhere you go, you are probably still covering someone else's songs.

So I sit, and stare, and think, and read message boards, and of course, play games. And finally I hit on some game mechanic that seems innovative enough to play around with that fits the property. Then it starts to go really fast. What's the random element of the game going to be? Where is the strategy? Does it capture the property well? Is there enough depth in the game system to keep players coming back?

Once I have reasonable options for most of these questions, only then do I start writing stuff down. The failed concepts, like the Halo farming game which used the Warthogs to plow the fields and the Banshees as crop dusters; or the economic game where you try to get the most money you can selling different kinds of weapons to Marines and Brutes, those game concepts stay safely locked up in my mind where they can't harm anyone.

And the part about women hounding game designers? I made that up. It's a common game designer fantasy. Someday maybe I will get to make that into a game.

Q: What’s the process of getting one of these games made?

A: The first step is always to figure out who is going to be buying and playing the game. Your marketing and brand people will usually start with "The entire population of the planet." and work down from there. For Halo ActionClix, we finally narrowed them down to "everyone who doesn't faint when they get a paper cut." and eventually got them down to the primary audience of fans of the Halo 3 game, with casual gamers and especially casual miniatures players as a very important target group as well.

Next is to figure out what elements of the IP you can capture and which ones you should ignore. Take ammunition. It's an important concept in the Halo game, but if you had to keep track of your ammo every turn it would slog the game down and annoy everyone. So ammo is out as a mechanic. When I talked to people about what they thought about when they thought about Halo, after the number one answer of Master Chief (who we did in fact incorporate into the game), a very common answer was weapon swapping. So we came up with a cool and interesting system where you could swap out a figure with one weapon for another figure with a different weapon, and the side effect of this was that now instead of just the figures you started the game with, your ENTIRE collection you brought to the table was available for the game.

For Halo ActionClix, we also were able to represent one of the other key elements, which is respawning. When one of your figures is eliminated from play, you are not out of luck like you are in many miniatures games. Your figure gets to pop right back onto the board and start shooting again. In fact, if your figure started with a grenade and you used it up, you get a new grenade when you respawn. Because your figures are never permanently destroyed, the game is played until one player gets to a certain number of kills.

The last step once you have all the mechanics pieces together is to put it all together and playtest. In playtesting the goals are, it feels like Halo, it is easy to learn but has a good amount of play depth, and mostly importantly, it is fun to play and you finish the game up with both players saying, “Let’s play again.”

At this year’s San Diego Comic Con, Wizkids will be unveiling something pretty incredible for Halo fans and ActionClix players alike. We’re not telling you what it is, though; you’ll just have to wait until the Comic Con which runs from July 26-29 this summer.

Hay guys, wut's goin' on in this boxen?

also over at wizkids website there is finally a proper section for there halo line on the new website they have a description of what the game is you can either read it below or go to the site yourself

ActionClix® is a 3D tabletop miniature game that features highly detailed sculpts with exciting game play.

The innovative Halo™ ActionClix® Clix dial tracks a unit's health and vital combat stats like attack, damage, speed, and defense. For each 1 damage dealt to your Halo unit during battle, you click its dial once clockwise. As the dial clicks down, the unit's combat abilities evolve. When the dial goes black, the unit is eliminated and must respawn at one of the spawn points on the map.

Halo is a game about firepower, and the over 80 figures, vehicles, and 3-D objects in Halo ActionClix allow incredible combinations of weaponry from the Halo universe. The unique "weapon swap" game mechanic allows you to give a unit on the play map a stronger weapon. Halo ActionClix also features character cards for each unit, which describe the special abilities that units possess.

You can also upgrade your units by eliminating your opponent's units or controlling vital areas on the map.


Build your force.

Finish the fight!

Friday, June 8, 2007

sorry my non existing fans :P

so yeah theres been some new photos and a comic from penny arcade first some new info and pics directly from wizkids

Title: Halo Hunter Combat Pack
Stock Number: WZK1304
MSRP: $24.99
Expected Release: September 2007

Product Information:
Halo® ActionClix® brings the battle with the Covenant to a whole new arena and into players’ hands as they stand between the Covenant and the destruction of all humankind. The Hunter Combat Pack contains everything two people need to play Halo ActionClix. A must-have for Halo fans of all ages!

• 4 regular-sized figures
• 2 giant-sized figures
• 1 3-D object
• 6 character cards
• 20" x 30" double-sided color map
• Tokens and dice
• New Halo ActionClix rulebook

Title: Halo ActionClix 4-Figure Game Pack
Stock Number: WZK1309
MSRP: $119.88

Expected Release: September 2007

Product Information:
Halo® ActionClix® brings the battle with the Covenant to a whole new arena and into players’ hands as they stand between the Covenant and the destruction of all humankind. A must-have for Halo fans of all ages!

• Five randomly packed figures

• Five character cards
• 15"x10" Color Map
• Rules
• Two Micro Dice
• Tokens

Key Selling Points
• Easily seen from across the counter
• 12-ct. Game Pack (WZK1309) refills floor Display

Title: Halo ActionClix 5-Figure Game Pack
Stock Number: WZK1311
MSRP: $10.99
Expected Release: September 2007

Product Information:
Halo® ActionClix® brings the battle with the Covenant to a whole new arena and into players’ hands as they stand between the Covenant and the destruction of all humankind. A must-have for Halo fans of all ages!

• Five randomly packed figures
• Five character cards

• 15"x10" Color Map
• Rules
• Two Micro Dice
• Tokens

Title: Halo ActionClix 4-Figure Game Pack
Stock Number: WZK1318
MSRP: $359.64

Expected Release: September 2007

Product Information:
Halo® ActionClix® brings the battle with the Covenant to a whole new arena and into players’ hands as they stand between the Covenant and the destruction of all humankind. A must-have for Halo fans of all ages!

• Five randomly packed figures
• Five character cards
• 15"x10" Color Map
• Rules
• Two Micro Dice
• Tokens

Key Selling Points
• 36-ct. self-standing floor Display
• Announces Halo ActionClix from across the room
• 12-ct. Game Pack (WZK1309) refills floor Display

and now from penny arcade there latest strip including the Halo actionclix

Friday, June 1, 2007

Bungie announces Halo Actionclix

thats right now bungie's talking about it also they posted some figures that I've already shown bun in much better quality here is what they said about it and there pics

HaloClix is Also Coming!

Yeah, you read it right. A Halo based ActionClix game is coming in September, 2007. From the folks who brought you HeroClix, comes a tabletop game set in the Halo universe (featuring characters, scenarios and equipment from all three games) that requires skill, strategy and is basically great fun. We did a brief mention of this a while ago, but we finally have some color shots of some of the characters.

One of the most satisfying, fun and pleasant aspects of working with WizKids was just how much they “got” the Halo universe. The WizKids designers’ most fundamental task was to build a game that Halo players would appreciate and enjoy, taking elements of the fiction and the gameplay and pairing them correctly.

Which means you’re not just going to see another version of a Clix game with Halo characters bolted on, but rather a game that’s built from the ground up to support Halo themes and ideas. For example, there will be respawn points, accurate species specs and even the ability to swap weapons with teammates (a la Halo 2 campaign). But it still retains the classic Clix gameplay engine.

As with all the Clix series of games, you’ll be able to buy packs – in the case of Halo ActionClix, these will be $10 per pack and each will contain four game figures, four stat cards, a couple of dice and a startup map. Not bad for the price of a couple of Frappucinos.

During the game, two or more players can choose to field teams of UNSC or Covenant units, or mix ‘em up for highly entertaining, but probably non-canonical action! Series one launches in September and the complete set will contain almost 100 pieces. If you don’t know anything about Clix, it’s basically a really approachable turn-based board game that anyone can play. Read more here:

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

"We're on a role"

We just got word that the line is completed and apparently looks awsome but don't take my word for Mark Tuttle the brands manager had the following to say
Hey gang,

I just wanted to pop in quick and tell you some cool things.

We're just starting to see some of the packaging for Halo ActionClix and we have recently seen the entire set painted. All of it looks just cooler than you can imagine. I'm a big Halo fan so I might be biased, but this is good stuff.

Also, you're going to see a much different product mix than with our other Clix lines. There's just so much good stuff there and it's hard to contain it in a small package.

Very soon, you'll probably hear something about the first Halo piece you'll be able to see. Just keep watching! It's going to be an amazing Autumn around WizKids.


Mark Tuttle

so what do you think I think the Halo Actionclix has alot of potential

Monday, May 21, 2007

"What we have pictures?"

I have recently found some more photos of some more halo action clix we now have Master chief an ODST, a hunter and Tartarus enjoy these pictures

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Ok this is a cool one once again not to much info but what ever its a movie enjoy.

Halo Actionclix FAQ

This FAQ was snatched from the Wizkids forum:
Q: What is Halo ActionClix?
A: It is a pre-painted, plastic miniature, table top game based on the award winning Clix game engine and featuring the incredible content of the Halo universe.

Q: How is ActionClix different from HeroClix and HorrorClix?
A: ActionClix focuses on the video game genre and features specialized game mechanics, like weapon swapping and figure re-spawning, that reflect the excitement of video game play. HeroClix is focused on the comic book super hero genre and HorrorClix focuses on the horror movie genre. These games have mechanics that reflect what’s fun about those genres.

Q: Is ActionClix compatible with HeroClix and HorrorClix?
A: The simple answer is yes. All of these games share the same basic combat stats and 2d6 combat resolution system. They are all at the same scale and played on the same kind of grid maps. Like HorrorClix, ActionClix will feature character cards. However, the ActionClix game environment includes mechanics not found in HeroClix or HorrorClix, and is intended to provide a different game experience. WizKids’ sanctioned tournaments for each game will remain distinct.

Q: How does weapon swapping work?
A: Players can bring a number of special swap figures to the table, each with a different weapon type. They can choose one figure to start the game and place the others off the map in a sideboard area. During the game circumstances may allow the player to swap his shotgun figure (for example) with his rocket launcher figure from his sideboard. Look for more details on this mechanic as the release date approaches.

Q: How does figure re-spawn work?
A: In ActionClix some figures don’t leave the game when they click to the bottom of their dial. They reappear on the map at a re-spawn point – just like in video games. Re-spawn allows the game to be much more lethal and still be fun.

Q: What Halo vehicles are planned?
A: There are several Halo vehicles in the works. Right now we are ready to confirm that we will have the Warthog. We will announce more vehicles later.

Q: What can you say about the Halo 3 preview content?
A: Absolutely nothing - and keeping our mouths shut is killing us because the stuff we have been working with is absolutely awesome.

Q: What is the big surprise planned for San Diego Comic Con?
A: If we told you, it wouldn’t be a surprise, but it is totally cool. There has never been anything quite like it before.

Doesn't really tell us much but oh well its something to read