The Ghost of Christmas Future Presents: An Upcoming Game!! (Or, The Second Night of Clix-Mas 2017!!)

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome to Clix-Mas 2017, wherein we here at Critical Missives rather foolishly try to provide you with twelve different articles in twelve days, all brought to you by either the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, or the Ghost of Christmas Future! If you need to catch up with our intro to all of this, the first Night of Clix-Mas 2017 can be found right here!]

Christmas Future

“And that tiny speck, way off in the distance? That’s the day the Marvel/Fox deal clears regulatory hurdles and the X-Men can finally join the MCU!”

Welcome to Night Two of the Twelve Nights of Clix-Mas, 2017!

Today, we going to peek into the future by… well, by about five days!

Have you ever wondered what would happen if all the different holidays started fighting each other for supremacy? No? That’s weird… anyway…

This is the next scenario I’m going to be running at Comics & More in Madison Heights, MI on December 20th at 6:30pm!

THE GAME: Holiday Havoc!!

THE BUILD:Each competitor will field a 400 Point Golden Age team aligned with one of the Holiday-Themed factions listed below. Each character on a force must have at least ONE of the required keywords OR meet the Alternative Requirement.




Keywords:Mystical, Deity. Alternative Requirement:The Snowfall Team Ability.

Christmas Wish: At the beginning of the game, place a single d6 set to the number 6 on your Sideline. Once per game, you may remove the d6 from your Sideline and replace any rolled die result with the d6 removed from your Sideline. That die result cannot be further rerolled.

Halloween Image


Keywords:Mystical, Monster. Alternative Requirement: Translucent ORANGE somewhere on the character’s sculpt.

Trick or Treat: Once per turn, choose a friendly character. Modify that character’s Attack OR Damage by +1. If an opposing character has been dealt damage this turn, instead modify the chosen character’s Attack AND Damage by +1.

St. Patrick's Day


Keywords:Mystical, Translucent Green somewhere on the character’s sculpt.Alternative Requirement:The Tiny symbol.

Kiss Me, I’m Irish: Once per turn, you may give a friendly character an action token. That character can use Enhancement, Empower and Probability Control until the start of your next turn.



Keywords:Cosmic, Deity. Alternative Requirement:Any two characters who have been romantically linked in their comic book source material (Note: Must field BOTH characters).

Love Hurts: At the beginning of the game, choose an opposing character. Whenever a friendly character is dealt damage by the chosen character, they can use the Mystics Team Ability.


No Team Bases;

–No Resources;

–No Relics or Weapons UNLESS they’re specifically brought into play by a character;

–No ATA’s;

–No Possessors;

–Themed Team Rules ARE in effect for Map Choice ONLY! No Themed Team Probs. 


PRIZES:Aplenty! This will be our last game of 2017!

NOTES:Yes, I know there’s plenty more holidays to choose from, but I decided to start with these four. If things go well, maybe we’ll bring this game back with updated Holiday Factions come Valentine’s Day!

That’s all for now! If you have any comments or questions, leave them below. Otherwise, come back soon for Night Three of the Twelve Nights of Clix-Mas!!

Yup! It’s the Ghost of Christmas Present, Back Again!! (Or, The First Night of Clix-Mas 2017!!)

Star Wars Christmas

Welcome back to the gimmick that never dies!!

Yup! It’s our annual Twelve Nights of Clix-Mas event, wherein we try to bring you twelve articles in twelve days, or die trying feel really bad about ourselves!

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Some quick rules clarifications:  this doesn’t necessarily mean one article a day. Some days might have none, some might have two or three. The goal is twelve articles in twelve days!]

Will we succeed? Probably not. We’re batting like 1-3 with these things.

But we will have fun? Uh, … hopefully?

This year, we’re going to separate each article into a “Ghost” subcategory: either Past, Present or Future. What exactly that means will be explained as we go on…

Still, all of us here at Critical Missives want to thank each of our readers and supporters for another great year of content!

Here’s to a healthy and happy 2018!

See ya tomorrow!


Coming Soon… Again!! (Or, We Rip Off the 12 Days of Clix-Mas Gimmick… Again!!)

DC Christmas

So, Christmas is sneaking up on us, and once again, Ninwashui and I are mixing our metaphors, flying high with our training wheels off and jumping into the deep end without a net.

Yup. We’re gonna try doing the whole “Twelve Nights of Clix-Mas” all over again this year. That means that one of us will post an article every day for twelve days straight, with the last one appearing on Christmas day.

This, of course, is assuming that our fingers don’t fall off as we keep typing for 12 straight days.

(To see how it all ended up, here’s the last entry from 2014. It contains links to every article we wrote during the first “Clix-Mas” last year.)

Some articles will be short little rants or observations; a few may be long continuations of some of our popular staple columns; many entries will fall somewhere in-between.

So we’ll see you right back here real soon for the 12 Nights of Clix-Mas!

God help us.

(Every one.)

Until then, Stay Safe, and Watch Where You Draw You lines of fire!

All’s Well That Ends Well!! (Or, The Twelfth Night of Clix-Mas!!)

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is part of the 12 Nights of Clix-Mas, an ongoing Critical Missives Clix celebration wherein we’re trying to publish new content for 12 straight days. If you’ve missed anything, you can check out Night 1, Night 2, Night 3, Night 4Night 5Night 6Night 7Night 8Night 9Night 10 or Night 11 just by clicking the preceding links!]

12 Nights of Clixmas


Well, I think a hale and hearty “Merry Christmas” is due, wouldn’t you say? I also want to wish a Happy Holiday season to all our readers, whether Christmas is a holiday you celebrate or not.

In 2014, Critical Missives grew from a blog without much direction that averaged a few clicks a day to one that features lots of original content and several recurring features that draw thousands of views a month from all over the globe (we recorded views from 92 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES!!). And we have all of you folks to thank for that.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.

No, we’re not, nor are we trying to be–those fine folks already do a great job with their site. But we do feel that we have some original thoughts about gaming in general and Heroclix in particular every now and then, and we’re delighted every time one of you stops by to check us out. Hopefully you found something worth your time, whether it was a Build idea, a new way of looking at a character, venue information or–even better–just a cheap laugh or two.

So Night 12, the final night of Clix-mas, is devoted to you folks. We wanted to express our gratitude to you all for getting us to where we are, as well as tell you where we plan on going.

Before the end of the year, we have HypeFox’s Second Opinion on the Top Ten Figures in Flash, and once January hits we’ll have more Weekly Roundups, and end 0f year “Best Of” (not unlike this column that we ran last year) and we’ll dive deep into the Gotham Episode Guide!!

We hope to see you there! But until then, Stay Safe, and Watch Where You Draw Your Lines of Fire!

Avengers Thank You