Why don't we have Bios on cards anymore? Can't we have them back?!
Something I've loved to have ever sense character cards came out were the bios that we've had on the back of cards. It made me understand why a character was a certain way or why their powers were the way they were, let me know about certain things going on in comics, and even got me interested in reading certain comics or playing some figures over the others. It was especially great when the writers had fun with them. Like on FF Bizzaro or WoS Deadpool.
Now to address a few possible arguments that may come up.
"But what about when we didn't have character cards?! Isn't it just like back then?"
No it's not. Namely because of one site. Whoclix. For those not in the know whoclix was a site that listed character bios and even bios pertaining to specific periods of time in characters histories that a certain clix is based off of. Heck, If I remember correctly the guy who does whoclix was HIRED by wizkids to write the bios on the cards because of his work.
Sadly the site has been offline for a few years now. If they'd bring it back that'd be great but i'd much rather see wizkids put in the appreciated effort of bios on their cards. So EVERYONE knows just who exactly this character is.
Can't you just wiki the character?
There's a BIG difference between a short bio that gets to the point of what's going on with this character in its current incarnation than a 20 paragraph bio explaining their entire history. It's especially hard to find certain information when it's an obscure character or you don't even know if the event a certain character has gone though is recent or is based on things they went though a few years back.
What about the "significant appearance" part of the card?
Why should I buy this comic when I have no clue who the character is?! There's no reason to care outside of sculpt and stats. Heck if I didn't know better i'd be wondering why Taskmasters significant appearance isn't issue #1 of he-man.
In some way i'm hoping to get wizkids to notice that their efforts for making these small nuggets of info are greatly appreciated.
And on a marketing side of things it really helped someone like me who rarely buys a comic book, buy more heroclix because that barrier of someone not being into comics in any major way was removed and I got to care about just who these characters were. And people will buy more of a set to get their team mates together and more people will be attracted to the game knowing they don't have to be "one of them thar comic book nerds to know who the hay these people even are" as some would say.
I was skeptical when the microsets didn't have any bios on the cards but now that chaos war has mostly been reveled and there isn't a single bio on the cards. I hope this isn't a start to a bad trend but it's really really starting to look like it. And all I ask for is our bios back.
I have been wondering why bios have stopped has well. By no means i am I torn up over it but it was a nice little extra, especially when you were not familiar with the character, saved you the time of looking it up. I would be all for starting bios back up.
I definitely agree with the OP. I love the bios, they actually are very important to me. Reading the nonsense some of these characters have been through greatly motivates me to read more about them online and in the comics, especially if the character in question is somewhat obscure.
The bios add just another fun element that, while not important on a practical sense, is extremely beneficial to the overall design of the game. Remember, in design and art, details matter!
I actually consider the dropping of bios to be a drop in quality. It's a big deal to me. As somebody else said, I can totally get with movie sets not having them, but normal sets should have them. Most people don't read everything put out, and I know of people (besides myself) who have purchased comics on the strength of a bio on the back of a HeroClix card. If that helps the venue stay open, thus helps WK look good to Alliance/Diamond in the sales dept, etc. it is a good thing. (I am not suggesting bios singlehandedly do this, but every little bit helps).
I really liked the bios. They helped me care about/get to know some characters who would otherwise have baffled me. I do not read many comics, so the bios were really nice for learning just who I was playing. Movie figures are a bit different, as a two-hour movie released in the last year is much more easily accessible than a decade or two of comic continuity.
Trying to catch up after five or six years away from the game.
I like the bios, I thought they really helped inform you as to who the character was (if you didn't know them) AND helped define why the character was given the powers that it was. Characters use different super powers in different ways in comics, so the bio helped me (and hopefully others) get a little insight into where the designers were drawing their inspiration from.