Every once in a while I get an email from a site I use to purchase all manner of tabletop board gaming gear. OK. That’s a lie. I get these emails every day. Most of the time, I resist the urge to click through and buy more Magic: the Gathering cards. Today, though, I am intrigued. Apparently, Assassin’s Creed is getting the tabletop treatment.
For those of you who restrict your gaming to the digital realm, please let me take a moment to introduce you to Wizkids’ Heroclix. The game was born out of Mage Knight, a miniature game featuring figures with stats that change via a dial on the base that “clicks.” Each time a figure takes damage, their stats and powers change. It keeps the game dynamic, and adds a great deal of strategy to each match. While Mage Knight was played on an open table (much like Warhammer), when the company brought Heroclix to market, it changed things up. Oh, and if you were at all interested in the integrity of the game mechanics, you should know that Jordan Weisman of FASA, MechWarrior and Shadowrun fame is the founder of the company.
The first set was solely focused on Marvel superheroes, with battles played on a gridded map. Later on, DC heroes were brought into the fold. Since then, there have been figures from horror movies, smaller comic labels, Halo and Gears of War. While Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed isn’t breaking new ground, the franchise’s move to physical form is still exciting.
We’ve reached out to Ubisoft for some more info on release dates, pricing and distribution plans and will report back once we know more. For now, here’s the official product description and a pack shot:
Nothing is True… Everything is Permitted in the all new WizKids HeroClix Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood & Revelations 24 ct Gravity Feed! Featuring 12 all new sculpts from the Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood & Revelations in this special split Gravity Feed. Join the infamous Ezio Auditore and his Assassin brothers as you try and defend all of Europe against the treacherous Borgias and Templars.