<House of X Spoilers Warning – Spoilers Ahead!!!>
This was some pretty big comic news, but this might not be the article to read before you’re done with the House and Powers of X graphic novel!
Internally we’ve often had people pose the question: What if your characters didn’t get KO’d?
It’s a pretty radical idea. We’ve dabbled in that design space previously, but never like this.
When we heard what was coming with House of X in comics, it worked as a creative pressure. If we don’t do it now, there will never be a better time. Moira MacTaggert worked with Charles Xavier, Mr. Sinister, and some powerful mutants to help mutants defy death. If they could do it in the comics, we wanted to try it in the HeroClix.
We really enjoyed the game play behind Krakoan Revival. We hope you will too.
In case you haven’t seen the previews already, this is how Krakoan Revival (KR for short) works. When one of your X-Men of fewer points is KO’d by an opponent, you may instead return them to full health and place them next to a character that can use this trait. Your opponent scores 10 points for every time you’ve done this this game (plus normal points for KOing the character) and they get to generate a bystander of their choice from among the X-Men’s BEEFY enemies.
It was important to us that X-Men within this set did more than just come back on their own. By letting the members of the Quiet Council revive the other X-Men on your force, it means that players will breathe new life into the X-Men in their collection. It also creates an interesting choice for players opposite Krakoan Revival: do I try to KO lots of X-Men and win on points, or do I try to KO the Quiet Council members first and KO the remainder of the X-Men after? Our playtesters had fun being able to evaluate this on a game-by-game basis and we hope you will too!
Krakoan Revival in HeroClix has great storytelling through gameplay. There’s a snapshot moment where your X-Man returns from the dead, and the opposing team rallies to face the mutant threat. There’s also a long-term goal for your opponent to eliminate mutant leadership. KR does a great job of using the entire team to pay homage to the themes of House of X without acting like a page-by-page simulator. The comic-feel is all there!
We believe that beginners will enjoy using their favorites and iconic characters for a greater duration of the game even if they aren’t able to evaluate the deep nuance of Krakoan Revival as a game mechanic. We also believe a player who experiences greater enjoyment of their early games of HeroClix will stick around longer and develop the attachment to the game many of you reading this already have. Now is a great time to introduce your friend to HeroClix who might love comics but not be a hardcore tabletop gamer.
From a game design perspective, we’re also excited at the context of Krakoan Revival within the House of X set. Characters who are great at multi-targeting will help offset the Bystander drawback of Krakoan Revival Characters with extra bolts or Energy Explosion will be especially useful. For example, Marvel Girl: