Sunday, October 10, 2010

Make your own keywords

I'm always interested to know what kind of keywords that players or judges find that aren't in the game officially. A judge has the power to accept any keyword that a player suggests, but in most cases should be careful in what they approve. Keywords should be something that's somewhat unique to a group of characters that they have in common. They should not be things like color of outfits or power use (like all having outwit). Here are a few that I have found that I think are interesting and suggestions are always welcome.

Circus Performers: A favorite of mine because of Nightcrawler. Others include, Hawkeye, Mister Miracle, Deadman, Nightwing, Ghostrider (the Johnny Blaze version) and Swordsman.

Acrobats: Characters known for that special mutant acrobatic ability that doesn't really come into play in powers so directly include, Spiderman, Beast, Nightwing, Deadman, Nightcrawler, Deadpool and a few others. For that matter, pretty much any of the "spider" characters could hit this area.

Clones- or, if you prefer, Genetically Engineered: Scarlet Spider, Ben Reilly, Adam Warlock, Drax the Destroyer, Superboy (in the black t shirt), Goblin Queen, X-23, Guardian, Arc Light, Harpoon, Scalphunter, Vertigo, Genesis (Mar-Vell).

Mercenaries: Deadpool, Deathstroke, Maverick, Elektra, Hand Ninja, Bullseye, Silver Sable, Sandman, Cable, Domino, Paladin, Taskmaster, Ravager, Deathlok, Swordsman and I'm sure you can name a few others, maybe even Heroes for Hire.

Elementals: These are people who's power or ability are based strictly on a particular of the four elements somehow: Sandman, Hydroman, Iceman, Metamorpho, Human Torch, Thing, Mr. Fantastic (water), Invisible Woman (air), Crystal, She Thing, Fire, Firestar, Sunfire.

I've seen shapeshifters accepted before with Mystique, Clayface, Morph, and any Skrull you care to add.

How about Poker Night? Wolverine, The Thing, Doctor Strange, Human Torch, Spiderman (look up the poker nights Wolverine and the Thing put together, some cool names come out).

These parallels allow you to return to some of the cool comic book crossovers we all loved to make before "keywords" came along. Another area of Keyword acceptance that could be cool for a tournament is to build based on a specific story and the title becomes the keyword. Marvel Team-ups could give tons of cool ideas for this.

What sort of creative key word combos can you come up with?

(image property of Marvel Comics)


  1. Dare I say it, I am starting to understand Heroclix more.


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