Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Miniatures Finished: Wave 1

Been steadily working on my Annihilation wave so that I can use the collection as a Veer Min army for Firefight. 

 "Nightmares", heavy infantry with a variety of weapons, converted Heroclix Hulks. 

 "Maligni", veteran infantry, Mantic Dreadball teams. 

 Maligni special weapons, converted Mantic. 

 "Night Terrors", giant killer monsters that hide in infantry units, kitbashed from Tyranids and Chaos Spawn. 

I'm hoping to do a few more games in the near future where I use systems like Firefight, Lion Rampant and Black Ops to play Supers games, which is why these bugs got a new coat of paint. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Superhero Media: Iron Fist

So the Netflix Iron Fist is generally regarded (on the internet) as the absolute worst thing to be associated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Due to having to watch all of the Nextflix Marvel programmes with first my girlfriend, then my mother, I get to see all of them twice before I put them up as "Superhero Media" articles. I feel this gives me a bit of time and perspective to really get to the grips of the intended themes, characters and mood of the works that I watch. So my analysis of Iron Fist? It's pretty good. Not as good as Daredevil or Jessica Jones, but well worth a watch and better than most of Arrow. After supposedly dying in a plane crash fifteen years ago, Danny Rand returns to New York City to seek out his old family friends, the Meachums. To his shock, Danny is not welcomed with open arms, the world having long ago adapted to his absence and moved on. 

Danny has changed also, becoming the Immortal Iron Fist, defender of Kun-Lung and destroyer of the Hand, able to channel his chi into his fist to form a devastating weapon. When Danny, along with new friends Coleen Wing and Claire Temple, discovers that his father's company has been infiltrated by the Hand, his quest begins to discover what kind of Iron Fist he will be. The major focus on the Hand, which is clearly building up for The Defenders, is probably the big misstep that Iron Fist makes; it really feels like we're just waiting on the rest of the team to show up most of the time. I think that, also, the business intrigue is a little overplayed and detracts from the martial arts action, but I warmed up to it the second time due to just how good David Wenham's performance is as Harold Meachum, he really carries the programme at some points. The return of Madame Gau is welcome and whilst the martial arts sequences are too few, the ones that are there are really good. 

If you're having trouble getting into Iron Fist, start with "Immortal Emerges from Cave" (Episode 6), it's directed by the RZA, features a martial arts tournament with interesting opponents and is probably the high point of the series. Episode 8 features another good fight and I have to say that Coleen Wing is probably the strongest supporting character in the Marvel Netflix canon outside of Claire, who is brilliant as always. Iron Fist is probably the weakest of the "pre-Defenders" programmes, but there's still a lot to enjoy if you're willing to give it a go. Yes, it does read as a lead-in to The Defenders more so than a stand-alone programme, but that really hurts it less than most critics seem to think.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Yet more characters I want in Smash Bros - Pokemon Edition

I think it's pretty much a forgone conclusion that we'll be getting more Pokemon characters in the next Smash game. Pokken Tournament has been a huge hit and Pokemon hasn't really dipped in popularity for several years, so to expect any less than one new Pokemon hitting the Smash roster would be foolish. I'm not entirely up-to-date with the Pokemon franchise, as I find the games a bit tedious these days and I don't have the time to grind levels for hours, though my casual playing of the online card game does keep me somewhat in the loop. 

Along those lines, the Pokemon I've chosen here are more about what I think would be interesting to play, more so than who's popular or likely to make an appearance. Yes, I'm one of those people who like characters in Smash for how they play as opposed to how well they play. Mr Game & Watch? Love him. Lucario? Not so much. So yes, there are Generation 1 Pokemon on this list, but for reasons other than nostalgia.

A great many fighting games have a character that uses the move sets of other characters, like Combot in Tekken or Edge Master in Soul Caliber, but Smash has never gone this route. Yes, Kirby can copy powers, but otherwise he has a pretty solid set of moves that don't change. Ditto could fill this role nicely. You choose Ditto, load the stage and then have a mad scramble to figure out which character you're actually fighting with as your opponent closes in. Yes, he's a fun character rather than a competitive one; am I the only one that cares about Smash being fun anymore?

There are a few reasons behind this choice, one of which is the batshit crazy but still awesome backstory to this Pokemon; "The DNA of a space virus underwent a sudden mutation upon exposure to a laser beam and resulted in Deoxys. The crystalline organ on this Pokémon's chest appears to be its brain." (Pokemon Ruby Pokedex) Add to that Deoxys' awesome and unique design and transformation-based powers and there's something really cool to play with there. Deoxys has four different "Forme[s]", Normal, Defense, Attack and Speed, each with an obvious focus. Smash-wise I'd really like to see a character which has to change between different forms to fight the most effectively, creating a challenging play-style for committed players.

What I'd really like to see as a playable Pokemon in Smash would be a "heavy" character, someone like Donkey Kong, Bowser or King Dedede, who's slower and more powerful. Really, a character like Golem, Venusaur or Kyurem would do just as well, but I have a longtime love for Metagross, the Psychic/Metal type with big stompy feet and a mean face. For me, Metagross was a great Pokemon card when I started playing again at Good Games Blackburn, as I liked Psychic types and he made the deck competitive. For many, Metagross was a "must have" for any team and competition play in the video games. Metagross is tough, strong, hovers a little and has powerful psychic attacks, seems like a fun character to play in Smash and more than unique enough to be a worthwhile addition. 
For many, Zoroark was the ideal pick for Smash Wii-U/3DS, until Greeninja took the world by storm. Zoroark is a "Dark" type Pokemon, basically a category invented to make more bad guys for the manga and anime. Zoroark is one of the few dark types to rise above its bland origins to become an interesting character in its own right, with a unique look and plenty of fans thanks to the adorable previous evolution. Zorarok is a tricky brawler, appearing and disappearing, slashing with its claws and stealing items as it goes. In Smash, Zoroark would likely play similar to Greeninja, but with some of the "dirty" techniques that characterise Wario and Bowser, the kind that make you scream out "come on!" as you fall for them for the millionth time. 

Ok, hear me out on this one. Pokemon is one of those video game oddities where the fandom is pretty much evenly divided along gender lines, mostly because there's something there for both boys and girls (in traditional marketing terms) when they get hooked as children. For the "boys", there's monsters fighting, for the "girls" there are cute animals to collect (yes, I think the gender division of toys is bullshit, but I'm making a point here and I bought my ex a Fennekin plush for our anniversary one year). Thus, Eevee is one of the most popular non-starter Pokemon in the entire brand's history, being a cute animal with many collectible evolutions, a few of which are pretty decent. A cute little rodent[?] beating down other characters in Smash would be a lot of fun, and maybe there could be an evolution mechanic with the right item? Don't know, sounds fun anyway. 
Ok, so I know a lot of people are expecting and/or asking for Decidueye or whatever character out of the latest generation that is currently popular, but this is my list and these are Pokemon I want to play Smash with; deal with it. Unlike most commenters online, I really don't believe that I can know what will be in the game and what the designers are thinking, so these lists are entirely opinion, and unabashedly so. This is for my own amusement, for the most part, so just enjoy it for what it is. 
Also, because someone will ask, here is the Metagross card in question: 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Superhero Media: Doctor Strange (2007)

Did you know that Marvel Studios did a series of direct-to-DVD films about some of their heroes in the early 2000s? In many ways they feel like test runs for the live action films that would follow, especially Iron Man and Doctor Strange. Stephen Strange is a brilliant, but egotistical, surgeon who only cares about his near-perfect record and high-profile cases. Secretly, he is haunted by being unable to save his sister's life and takes out that anger on those around him. When a college shows Strange a series of children in a mysterious coma, the flashbacks to his sister's illness distract him and he runs his car off the road. The rest of the film folds out pretty predictably from there; broken hands, the Ancient One, road of trials, Sorcerer Supreme, showdown with Mordo and Dormamu. 

Frankly, I think the twist reveal is better in this version of Doctor Strange than in the MCU version. Dormamu is attacking the Sanctums as a distraction, his true plan is entering our reality through the dreams of the children in comas all around the world. Mordo advocates killing the children, but Strange and Wong can't conscience that kind of thing and Mordo defects. Also, in this version, Strange becomes the Sorcerer Supreme because of an inherent ability to absorb and redirect his opponents' spells, rather than "destiny". I'm not saying that the animated film is the better version, rather that both have their merits. The animation is not brilliant, the performances passable at best and the plot is pretty predictable, it's obvious why these films never challenged the DCAU's domination of the market. 

That's not to say that Doctor Strange isn't worth a look, it's pretty good in places and at least serves as a concept of where the MCU may have gone in an alternate universe. I'm not sure what an MCU led off by Doctor Strange, Iron Man and Hulk would have looked like, but it is kind of fun to think about; I doubt that we'd be ten years in at this point and looking down the barrel of Captain Marvel. I had this on DVD from years back, but I'm fairly certain it's on Netflix if you feel like checking it out. Not much more to say here, it really feels like this has been superseded and is of no real consequence anymore. Shame, some effort went into it, after all. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Kill Team Aesir - Part I

As many of you will know, I do the best I can to cram superheroes into every miniature war game possible, partly because I never get to play as many Superhero games as I want to, but it's also become something of a joke with my gaming peers. So far, I've worked superheroes into 1949 Secrets of the Third Reich (Captain America, Union Jack, the Howling Commandos and Red Skull), Warpath Firefight (Colonel America), Empire of the Dead (David Lo Pan and the Lords of Death), Frostgrave (Guardians of the Galaxy) and have just finished my Red Ribbon PMC for moderns. I also have my Latverian army (primarily for SotR, but works in other games) and a growing collection of Skrulls. 
The big "setting" that I've never been able to figure out a way to get supers into has been Warhammer 40,000, as the tone just doesn't work. Sure, there are Grimdark superheroes, like The Darkness and Spawn, but they never really did it for me, and other than just making them another interpretation of Chaos worshipers, there's not a lot there to play with. As I've been playing some Kill Team lately (great game), I got thinking on this again and finally came up with a solution; Deathwatch but Asgardian heroes! 

It makes pretty good sense on the surface, powerful Space Gods with magic weapons become powerful Space Marines with a variety of exotic weapons. And the conversions are petty easy, Deathwatch Plastics with the odd Heroclix head and some reworking with parts from my endless box of bits. I started with ideas for Thor, Heimdall and The Warriors Three, but I'm already looking at Sif, Loki, Tyr, have built a Beta-Ray Bill, maybe Odin and Balder down the line. Most of the parts haven't arrived yet, but I have managed to get a couple of games in to see if I like playing the team (which I do). Last Friday night, a friend and I played the Strike at the Heart mission from the Deathwatch Kill Team Box. 

The battlefield for Kill Team is small, (22x30") which makes for fast and bloody games. 

Kill Team Aesir is on the scene, (from the left) Hogun the Grim, Fandral the Dashing, Beta-Ray Bill and Volstagg the Voluminous. 

As we get our teams and terrain better painted, the games will be nicer to look at, I promise. 

I didn't get a good picture of Benny's (really nice) Death-Cult Kill Team, for which he uses the Dark Eldar rules. This Acro-Flagellant (Wytch) did not stand up to the Deathwatch Frag Cannon very long. I'm glad that the weapon I chose because it 'looked cool' was also effective on the table. 

As I went for a more melee-orientated Kill Team (both Beta-Ray Bill and Hogun had no ranged weapons), I had to be careful to avoid the long-ranged shots of the Death Cult. Even Power Armour was not always enough to save the Asgardians. 

Fandral and Beta-Ray Bill held the objective bravely, but weight of fire brought them down in the end. 

Volstagg and his Frag Cannon really saved me in the game, 2D6 automatic Strength 6 hits within 8" is pretty nasty. 

 The game came down to a clash between the Radical Inquistor and Hogun, with his power mace. 

In the end, Hogun won the combat, which forced a draw, but Benny really won the game, he played much better than I did and had me on the ropes from the first turn. 

Hoping to get more Kill Team games in soon, but work isn't helping and it will be a few weeks before the parts I need to finish Kill Team Aesir arrive. Next time, I'll try for a little more narrative as those AARs tend to be better received.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Superhero Media: Gantz:O

Gantz is a sprawling franchise encompassing manga, anime, video games and cinema that I've somehow never come across before I started watching this film. So to any fans, sorry if I get stuff wrong, but I'm coming into this cold and my impressions are based on a total lack of previous exposure. The narrative, though not the film, begins with our protagonist dying in a subway spree killing and waking up in a strange apartment with a black sphere and several strangers in odd outfits. Turns out he has been chosen by Gantz (the sphere) and must fight monsters until he earns enough points to come back to life. The monsters, which attack major cities in Japan, are all traditional monsters from Japanese folklore, such as Kappa, Oni and Trolls. The strength of this film is probably in the representation of the monsters, they all look like traditional prints and woodcuts, but the stark lighting and CGI work makes them frightening. The heroes, on the other hand, are disappointing, as clearly more effort has been put into pleasing boob jiggle than making their faces move when they talk. 

Odd little aside, because I do a lot of research into psychology, philosophy and literary theory in my spare time, I tend to keep "safe search" switched off, otherwise I don't find a lot of the deeper thought stuff out there. When searching for the images for this post, I found a lot of images of the female characters from this film (and the broader franchise) that would be considered pornographic, or at lest erotic, in nature. Sure, I find the same when I search up anything with a broad fanbase, but the ratio here was really high, enough that I'd comment on it. It's a shame that so much focus is on women in black latex, because the bones of the concept are pretty good. Those who die untimely deaths can earn their way back to life by defending the innocent from monsters, the framing device being something akin to a video game. When players accrue enough "points", they are given three options; leave the game and return to their lives, get a more powerful weapon or revive a fallen comrade. 

I may need to hunt down more of the Gantz franchise, as the bare bones mentioned above are a great concept for a role-playing campaign. Ordinary people, forced to fight aliens and monsters in an attempt to find their way back to the world of the living. I wouldn't be shocked if there was something like that out there already. Can I recommend the Gantz franchise on the back of Gantz:O? No, but I will seek out more to take a look at. I probably wouldn't jump onto this film unless you can get by on the concept and visuals alone, it creates more questions than it answers. Fights are still pretty cool though. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Miniatures Finished - 17/11/17

Dipping into the obscura now, character-wise. 

 Atom Eve (clix), Splinter (Clix) and Snoopy (custom job, not my work). 

 The Mandarin, Doombot and Bebop (all clix). 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Superhero Media: Dragonball Evolution

Brace yourselves, because I'm about to say nice things about Dragonball Evolution. Not a lot of nice things mind you, just a couple. The film is terrible, but not because it's a bad adaptation of Dragonball; it's terrible on so many other levels that are, actually, far more important. So before I get into dissecting the flaws in production, tone and development in Dragonball Evolution, I'd like to talk about what actually works, because some of it actually does. Firstly, Justin Chatwin aside, the casting is actually pretty good. Chow Yun-Fat as Master Roshi? Good cast. Emmy Rossum as Bulma? Nicely done. Jamie Chung as Chi-Chi? She was in Big Hero Six, why not? Randall Duk Kim as Grandpa Gohan? Fuck, that's good casting right there. Clearly, some care went into the creation of the film. Also the speech Piccolo gives at the turn of the second act, "Imagine, being shackled so tightly, that every atom in your body stood compacted, that was my hell", is a great moment that no one really seems to remember. 

Just as I'm typing this, I'm recalling other bits I liked about Dragonball Evolution, the fight between Goku and the bullies is a lot of fun, this was probably the best interpretation of Mai until Dragonball Super and the joke with Goku's hair is pretty much lifted whole-cloth from the anime. Where Dragonball Evolution really fails is that the entire production is simply far too lazy. Lazy direction, lazy effects work, lazy adaptation. Sure, there was basically no way this film was ever going to be a direct take on the manga or anime, but it didn't need to be this... bland and generic. A common criticism of Dragonball Evolution is that it "turned Goku into Spider-man", and whilst I can see where that comes from, it's inaccurate; what the film does is take the typical Hollywood template of straight, cis-male, adolescent and give it a handful of DB iconography to wear for the narrative. Sure, that sucks for us fans of the original, but that was all we were ever going to get, and it's not like Fox came around to your house and smashed your DVD collection. 

I'll say it again, Dragonball Evolution is bad, but hey, it pretty much was never going to be anything else but bad. Dragonball just doesn't have that much material that really translates well to live action. Sure, I like fan films like The Fall of Man and Light of Hope, but they're still kind of dumb and crummy, just in a fun way. Remember, I read Fletcher Hanks comics and own almost every Gamera film on DVD, something doesn't need to be "good" to be enjoyable. Dragonball is awesome. Silly, illogical, goofy, self-contradictory and fucking awesome. We don't need a serious, high-minded, dramatic take on Goku and friends, because that would suck. It sucks in Dragonball Evolution, not because the film fails to get there, but because the concept doesn't work from the ground-up. Much as I love the Cell Saga or The World's Strongest or the Tien vs Goku fight, I don't need to see them in live action, it wouldn't make my affection for them any more or less relevant. Give this a watch if you haven't, form your own opinion.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Super Mission Force: Savage Land Stouche

I finally got a chance to play a game of Super Mission Force, only more than a year after its having been released. I played at the Axes and Ales Wargames club in Preston, Melbourne, with Viv (of Knights of Dice fame) and Ara (from Mana Press). Yes, the Melbourne wargames scene is so small that I know both those guys. Anyway, I found some nice stat cards for the game here: 

Sorry I can't find the original link right now, so I can't credit the creator, but if they're yours, tell me and I'll correct that here. 
I wanted to play a couple of games before I started creating my own characters, just so I had an idea of how various powers and skills worked. 

 One of the gorgeous tables at Axes and Ales, made for Tribal (from Mana Press), but it works perfectly for the Savage Land as well. 

 The clash was between Team Bat (Batman, Robin [Tim], Nightwing and Batgirl [Babs]) and The Avengers (Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Beast). 

 Hawkeye was easily the most effective model on the table, taking out Nightwing and injuring Batgirl. 

Much as can happen with SuperSystem, the combats became bogged down with little progress. 

Batman made an early move for the objective (the statues in the centre of the table), but ended up stuck nearby. 
Team Bat are surprisingly colourful as a group. 
Another glimpse of the clustercuss that knotted itself near the objective. 
Captain America flings his mighty shield! But neither Batgirl nor Nightwing yield, nor take any damage. 
Batman and The Boy Wonder stalk through the jungle. 
Viv wishes I'd printed the cards a little larger. 
Batman and Black Widow clash. 
  As is appropriate, Hawakeye pulls off a risky shot into combat, taking down Nightwing and winning the game for the Avengers. Boomerang arrow Katie, trust it. 

After my first game, I can't say I'm all that enamored with Super Mission Force. From what I've been reading on various blogs, the Lead Adventure Forum and the Super Miniatures Gaming Facebook group, SMF is possibly the best thing Scott Pyle has ever produced. Sorry, but I'm not seeing it. I will play a few more games before I render any verdicts, but at the moment, SMF seems to have all of the problems that SuperSystem has, but sacrifices the granularity in favour of fast character creation. I like that attack and damage have been reduced to one roll, but that doesn't stop combats from bogging down as they always seem to in Goalsystem games. The good news is, I'm keen to play more rules with Supers in mind, maybe I'll find something that covers the bases I'm looking for other than my own Ultimate Alliance stuff. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Superhero Media: Seige

Annihilation and 52 aside, I'm not the kind of comics fan that really goes in for the big "crossover" events. If I get the chance, I read them, some I like, most I don't, but I'm happy to co-opt ideas from them for supers games. Siege is one of those "events" that copped a lot of flak for being "continuity management" when it was being pushed by Marvel, and whilst I think there's more to it than that, the criticism is not unfair. Norman Osborn, the Iron Patriot and Director of HAMMER is manipulated by Loki into attacking Asgard, which is currently in the American Mid-West and ruled by Balder, who was revealed to be the bastard son of Odin. God, that's a lot to get out of the way for what is, essentially, a big fight comic. By the end of the fight, Steve Rogers is Director of SHIELD, Osborn is in prison and both Sentry and Ares are dead; basically a reset for the new paradigm. 

All of that works against the overall quality of the comics, but there are enough fun moments and not-overdone fan service to make it a fun read. Most of the "world building" happens in the bookends, leaving a fun romp in the middle where a host of classic Avengers battle an army of supervillains. Most of the big names get a fun panel or two, Spider-Man quips, Cap beats face and Iron Man is arrogant, all the hits. Actually, that's a good way to describe Siege, it's a new Avengers "album", but when you start to listen, there's only two new tracks and the rest are reversions of old hits. It's not bad, just not really that good either. One major moment that I have to talk about is the death of Ares at the hands of Sentry. I like the idea, no really, that a superpowered human gone rogue has the power to take down a literal god; there's a nice sense of rationalism versus religious dogma there, that has been explored better elsewhere. The problem is the [splash] panel in which it happens:

Now I'm no prude; I own the entire run of Garth Ennis Punisher MAX, I think A Serbian Film is brilliant and I regularly rewatch both Luther and Wire in the Blood, however... This is too much. For a comic that is meant to be read by a large swathe of Marvel fans, the fact that I can see Ares' spine shatter takes it beyond the acceptable for me. This could have been even more evocative in shadow, or stylised, almost anything but two-page gore porn. It really leaves a sour taste in the reader's mouth and spoils an otherwise fun comic. As an excuse to have dozens of heroes and villains beat on each other, Siege is good enough, but it's not Secret War or even Secret Wars. If you want to see where Marvel NOW! started to spawn from, maybe worth a look, otherwise pretty forgettable.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Even more Smash characters... getting silly

Man, I thought my wants for "Smash Switch" were self-serving and backwards, that was before I watched a bunch of YouTube videos of "hardcore" video game fans and their wish-lists. Say what you like about mine, but at least I'm not demanding that Smash become a Fire Emblem fighting game spin-off or feature every single protagonist from the Golden Age or think that fucking Goku is going to work. No, stop it, I don't care that there are Goku mods for the existing games, it's never going to happen, so use the space you've been saving on your shelf for that Goku Amiibo for something useful. 

Rant aside, I, too have a wish list of utterly improbably characters that I'd like to see in Smash, so here's another list of characters that I want to beat up the Fire Emblem crowd with. Yes, they're silly and unrealistic, but that's half the fun.

Segata Sanshiro
A brilliant marketing icon for the Sega Saturn, Segata Sanshiro has gone on to have a life of his own, appearing in comics, video games and even songs. A master of martial arts and every Sega Saturn game, Segata possesses superhuman strength and agility, being able to deflect a cruise missile with his body alone. Oh, and he carries a giant Sega Saturn as strength training and a handy weapon. In Smash, Segata would likely be a tough and agile melee character with brutal Special Moves and taunts that encourage the playing of Sega Saturn.

Duke Nukem
I said these were silly, and there are few video game icons sillier than Duke Nukem. For the younger readers of Lead Capes, the classic Duke Nukem games were actually a lot of fun, with "Duke Nukem 3D" actually being something of a deconstructionist classic, not that we got that at the time, we just liked the blood and boobs. Duke is a goofy spoof of the '80s action hero, complete with buzz-cut and tank top and really only seems more at home in the current era of poorly-shaven, Caucasian "dude-bro" game protagonists. With all of the sword-based characters in Smash, why not a guy with guns? Also, he could "rocket-jump", because that would be a lot of fun.

Phoenix Wright
That's right, I can enjoy Japanese pop-culture without being a full-on weeb. Full disclosure, I've never played an Ace Attorney game, but I have watched a couple of the adaptations and think the character is pretty unique and enjoyable. I'm not sure how he'd work in Smash, but I would totally play him as an alternate when I didn't want to stomp one of my friends.

Cole MacGrath
My "Superhero Media" of inFamous 2 was a while back, so for those who missed it, I thought it was a great game. Cole isn't an amazing character, but his powers are cool and Bayonetta proved that having only two games and a cool set of moves is more than enough to get into Smash. I'm not sure how it could it be managed, but some kind of switch between "Good" and "Evil" Cole would be fun, especially if it was based on player choices throughout the match. Perhaps picking on foes with higher damage brings out "Evil" Cole? I don't know, but it sounds like a fun mechanic.

Travis Touchdown
The real question is how has this lightsabre-wielding, Otaku assassin never been in Smash before? No More Heroes was a brilliant game that used mechanics to tell the story in a way few video games manage. Suda51 has mentioned several times that he'd like to see Travis in Smash, so that's at least two people who would be happy to see him again. Play wise, I'm thinking a hard to control sword character with some randomness to him. Much like Conker on a previous list of mine, Travis could easily keep some of his adult humor, so long as it was subtle enough to go over the heads of younger players. 
Think I'm done? Not yet! There's at least a couple more of these I want to do, so stay tuned for more Smash stuff in the future.