No doubt about it, HeroClix is a rule laden game that can be complex when approached with little attention. The payoff, however, is a great experience [re]creating comic based battles with a myriad of characters that would sometimes prove hard to see on the pages of an actual comic.
Where else can we get Batman and Judge Dredd to lay the smack down on those upstart kids from the Runaways while being helped by Incredible and the Comedian? And think, pretty soon, Chun Li and M. Bison of Street Fighter fame can be fielded to help which ever side they want.
Well, lots of fans loving this game has driven the creation of great sets of resources for the game. From the fantastic community for Clix fans HCRealms, to third party game enhancements from Gale Force 9 and Grid Reality, fan interest in the game makes other folks think of some great ways to improve the game-playing experience.
Today, I'd like to look at a few of the resources available on the Android Market that may help enhance your game. If you like what you read, there is a scannable barcode that will take you right to that App in the Android Market when scanned
The first thing you will notice at the Android Market is that a search for "heroclix" turns up only a handful of Apps. All but one are by fan/developer (and funny man) Adam Komar. Adam has been a fairly active member of the HeroClix community at HCRealms.
HCRealms, but as far as mobile planning, this is tops. Plus you have the option of downloading the entire database to your SD card, so you don't even have to have a network connection to use the App, just plug in what you want to work with and go. Oh yeah, it also calculates theme team bonuses.
I feel as if I am just glossing over this, because frankly, I cannot say enough good things about this App. Every click, every FEAT, right there on your mobile device for you to peruse anytime you want. WIN WIN WIN!
This is a pay app. But for $2.00 you get a go-anywhere clix library that is constantly updated with the new sets and can search for just about any parameter you can think of. (For the record, this is the only App I have ever paid for and I don't regret it one bit!)
But let's not over state what this tool is. It is just a replacement for a straight edge, albiet a very precise one that is free of any accidental misplacement, it cannot tell you what the effects of terrain are. For that you still have to refer to the rule book.
Kyrre Havik Eriksen. This is impressive as well as simple. All it is, is the PAC in a scrollable single power per screen presentation. Very fast to find each power.
This was a paid app but quickly went free, I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't have (or want to carry) the PAC to each game they go to.
Update: The Developer even plans to include ATAs in a near future update. Making this an even better resource.
A note about using these apps in a game. You should always tell your opponent (and the Judge) that you are planning on using them. Just like with any other set of dice, if your opponent says "no", then switch to some real ones. And if ever there is a discrepancy between what is displayed on the App and what is in the paper Rules Book (including the Player's Guide) then the paper wins!
One should also note that having HeroClix Team Builder open during a game can get you disqualified. There is a no "cheat sheets" rule for organized play. Having it open means you can see the entire dial of your opponent or your own team, that is a big time NO! So remember what Uncle Ben says folks, "with great [App] Power, comers great [App] responsibility."
It works great for what it does. but I'll tell you the same this I said when I left a review for it in the market, "Works well but be careful of hitting the back button when you have spent 15 minutes of dial making :)"