Design Insight – The Return of the Team Up!
We’re X-Cited that Team Up cards are making their debut in Marvel HeroClix! There are TONS of great X-Men stories, and Marvel’s mightiest mutants flow in and out of different teams. In some ways the special cards in the X-Men Regenesis OP series were the predecessors to Team Up cards. We wanted to give fans a peek behind the scenes to understand the design benefits and challenges involved with Team Up cards, how they impact House of X and why we wanted to do them again. This may be a review for some fans since we gave a peek at why we did Team Up Cards here, or you could read that first and come back to this to see how our thinking has progressed.
Adding Surprise, Delight, and Value
If you’ve seen a handful of Team Up Cards, when you open one in your booster it’s likely to be one you haven’t seen before. It puts the player into the creative driver’s seat in a fresh way.
The collectible value can’t be ignored – Team Up Cards in general are easy enough to acquire, but any given Team Up Card may be challenging to track down. We don’t anticipate most players will want a full roster of all the Team Up Cards in a set, but many players will enjoy trying to trade for their favorites. In particular, we suspect that beginners will be able to trade these to more experienced players for figures that might help them build their HeroClix collection, including staples for their teams.
Recontextualizing is another source of value. By that, we mean that players will be forced to rethink figures they’ve seen before (likely ones in their collection). By providing Team Up cards that name popular characters like Namor, Cyclops, Storm, and Wolverine, we hope that players will get a fun and interesting opportunity to reconsider those characters. Instead of trying to find the best piece for a certain role (support, ranged attacker, etc) players will search for a well-balanced core group of characters and fill out the remainder of their team as appropriate. However, if Storm is listed on your Team Up card, she probably makes it onto your team before a character that fills a similar role. Without the Team Up card, she might not. Speaking of Storm, she’s just one of the X-Men that Psylocke worked with on the X-Men Outback team. Storm also is known to have had a romance with Forge, so check out his Team Up card below that features Storm as well.