I’ve mentioned that I am a huge nerd, but I’ve not really delved into that very much yet. Well, buckle up cause it’s about to get nerdy in here. But first, the obligatory picture of Katherine Heigl in a bra.
This past weekend, some friends and I took a break from our weekly game of Heroclix to try out Brik Wars. Brik Wars is a ruleset that someone made that takes the building toys we all played with as a child (namely Lego, Mega Bloks, etc) and turns them into game pieces for a Warhammer-style strategy wargame.
Now take a moment to let that soak in…the same mock battles that we had our Legos fight as a child, now with rules of engagement.. Yes, this is one of the most awesome ideas to come down the pipe in a long time. There are rules to cover pretty much anything you can build. Build a custom vehicle and cover it with weapons; a simple series of formulae based on the size of your creation will calculate how it works in the game.
Another aspect of Brik Wars is that you can take those great licensed characters you’ve got in Lego form like Darth Vader, Jack Sparrow, Harry Potter, and yes, even Spongebob. and make them the commander or “hero” of your army. You hero gets extra skills that the rest of your troops don’t get, and can perform “heroic actions” limited only by their schtick and your imagination. For example, you can have Vader force choke opposing characters, have Harry Potter perform feats of magic, and have Spongebob…make reall uncomfortable sexual innuendos? An example of this, I had my hero, Lord Voldemort, use his magic to influence the mind of an opposing clown flying a bomber toward my army and make him turn around and attack another player instead. Yes, it was as awesome as it sounds.
If you’ve ever had any love in your heart for Legos or similar block-toys, I highly recommend you head over to www.brikwars.com and check it out. It’s reignited my long-dormant love for legos, and paired it with my love of over-the-top wargames.