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WizKids Inc.
Type Private
Founded July 2000
Founder Jordan Weisman
Headquarters Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Area served Worldwide
Key people Lax Chandra (President)
Joe Hauck (EVP)
Industry Collectible miniatures games developer and publisher
Products Mage Knight, HeroClix, MechWarrior, Pirates Constructible Strategy Game, Halo ActionClix
Parent Topps
Website www.wizkidsgames.com

WizKids, Inc. is an American Seattle-based company that first made its mark in the non-electronic game industry producing collectible miniatures wargames. The company was founded in 2000 by Jordan Weisman, a veteran of the game company FASA.[1] It was purchased by sports-card manufacturer Topps, Inc. in 2003.[2] (Topps was, in turn, acquired by Michael Eisner's Tornante Company and Madison Dearborn Partners in 2007.) Image File history File links Wkwikilogo. ... The term privately held company refers to ownership of a business company in two different ways—first, referring to ownership by non-governmental organizations; and second, referring to ownership of the companys stock by a relatively small number of holders who do not trade the stock publicly. ... July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... For the computer game by Peter Molyneux, see The Entrepreneur. ... Jordan Weisman is an American game designer and serial entrepreneur who has founded four major game design companies, each in a different game genre and segment of the industry. ... Seattle redirects here. ... For the capital city of the United States, see Washington, D.C.. For other uses, see Washington (disambiguation). ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... For other uses, see President (disambiguation). ... A vice president is an officer in government or business who is next in rank below a president. ... Mage Knight is a miniatures wargame using collectible figures, created by WizKids, Inc. ... HeroClix is a collectible miniatures game produced by WizKids, Inc. ... MechWarrior is the title of a number of games set in the fictional universe created for the tabletop wargame BattleTech. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Logo for Halo ActionClix. ... For the band, see Big Brother and the Holding Company. ... For the meat company, see Topps Meat Company. ... A website (alternatively, web site or Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or more web servers, usually accessible via the Internet. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... Bavarian Napoleonic Infantry, 1811, from the historical wargame Volley & Bayonet. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Jordan Weisman is an American game designer and serial entrepreneur who has founded four major game design companies, each in a different game genre and segment of the industry. ... This article is about the role-playing game company. ... For the meat company, see Topps Meat Company. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Michael Dammann Eisner (born March 7, 1942) was CEO of The Walt Disney Company from September 22, 1984 to September 30, 2005. ... The Tornante Company is a privately held investment firm founded by former Walt Disney Company CEO Michael Eisner in 2005. ... Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP) is a private equity firm specializing in buyouts of private or publicly held companies, or divisions of larger companies; recapitalizations of family-owned or closely held companies; balance sheet restructurings; acquisition financings; and growth capital investments in mature companies. ...

Contents

History

WizKids is best known for its collectible miniatures games (or CMGs) Mage Knight, HeroClix, MechWarrior, and HorrorClix, all of which make use of the company's patent pending "Clix" system, in which the changing combat statistics and abilities of each figure are indicated by a turnable dial inside the base underneath the figure. Their latest CMG is Halo ActionClix (based on the console game Halo), released in August 2007. Collectible Miniatures Games or CMGs are a form of miniature wargaming that is also similar to Collectible Card Games (CCGs) — the primary difference being that while CCGs are card-based games, CMGs feature miniatures. ... Mage Knight is a miniatures wargame using collectible figures, created by WizKids, Inc. ... HeroClix is a collectible miniatures game produced by WizKids, Inc. ... MechWarrior is the title of a number of games set in the fictional universe created for the tabletop wargame BattleTech. ... HorrorClix is a collectible miniatures game announced by WizKids Inc. ... A brand of pre-painted miniatures game by WizKids featuring rotating statistics dials in the base of the figures. ... Logo for Halo ActionClix. ... It has been suggested that Covenant Vehicles in Halo be merged into this article or section. ...


Though they proved less successful, WizKids also produced the short-lived CMGs Crimson Skies, Shadowrun Duels, and Creepy Freaks, as well as a baseball-themed CMG called MLB SportsClix. A CMG called ToonClix was announced in March 2006, but cancelled before it was released. Crimson Skies logo. ... Shadowrun Duels was a collectable miniatures game produced by WizKids, and based on the Shadowrun RPG originally produced by FASA. WizKids is most famous for their Clix line of games, and Shadowrun Duels was a large scale variant of those games. ...

Example of a Clix figure
Example of a Clix figure

In July 2004, WizKids created a new product category with the release of their first constructible strategy game (or CSG), Pirates of the Spanish Main. Their next CSG was a science fiction game called Rocketmen, released in the summer of 2005, followed by a NASCAR CSG called RaceDay later that year, though these last two games are no longer being supported with new releases. By 2007, WizKids was also calling some of their releases involving CSG elements "Pocketmodel" games, beginning with the Star Wars PocketModel game. Image File history File links Clix_figure. ... Image File history File links Clix_figure. ... A Constructable Strategy Game (or CSG) is a strategy game employing pieces assembled from components. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Rocketmen is a Wizkids produced constructible strategy game released in August of 2005. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Star Wars PocketModel Trading Card Game is a tabletop game manufactured by WizKids, Inc. ...


In 2005, WizKids released their first collectible card game, High Stakes Drifter. This game has since been discontinued. In May 2006, they released their second Collectable Card Game(CCG), a licensed Battlestar Galactica game based on the reimagined TV series. Collectible card games (CCGs), also called trading card games (TCGs), are played using specially designed sets of cards. ... Sample Battle Galactica card The Battlestar Galactica Collectable Card Game is a collectible trading card game based on the Battlestar Galactica science fiction media franchise. ... This article is about the reimagined universe of Battlestar Galactica in 2003; for more about the 2003 miniseries, see Battlestar Galactica (TV miniseries); for more about the subsequent television series, see Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series); for other versions, see the main Battlestar Galactica page or Battlestar Galactica (disambiguation). ...


WizKids has entered the board game market with a board game called Tsuro in 2005, followed in 2006 by Oshi and "Pirates: Quest for Davy Jones' Gold", a board game based on the Pirates Constructible Strategy Game. A shelf of board games. ... Tsuro is a board game designed by Tom McMurchie and published by WizKids. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


The company also owns the rights to the role-playing games Shadowrun and Classic Battletech, which they license to FanPro in 2001. Later in 2007, the franchise was licensed to InMediaRes, the games' publisher.[3]. A game created by the company called Zypods (with a physical structure similar to Matryoshka dolls) had a limited release, but was never distributed nationwide. This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ... This article is about the pen & paper RPG. For other uses, see Shadowrun (disambiguation). ... Classic BattleTech is a table-top wargame set in the fictional BattleTech universe, simulating combat between futuristic mechanized forces. ... Fantasy Productions (aka FanPro) is a German game company producing the German-language versions of Shadowrun, and BattleTech, and previously German-only Das Schwarze Auge fantasy Role-Playing Games. ... InMediaRes Productions, LLC was founded in 2003 by Loren and Heather Coleman with the express purpose of licensing the rights to publish new, canon Classic BattleTech fiction to the Internet from WizKids. ... This article is about the Russian doll. ...


Games and products

Product lines marked with a star (*) are no longer actively supported or expanded by WizKids.


Board Games

  • Oshi
  • Tsuro
  • Pirates: Quest for Davy Jones' Gold

Tsuro is a board game designed by Tom McMurchie and published by WizKids. ...

Collectable Card Games

Sample Battle Galactica card The Battlestar Galactica Collectable Card Game is a collectible trading card game based on the Battlestar Galactica science fiction media franchise. ...

Collectable Miniatures Games

Mage Knight is a miniatures wargame using collectible figures, created by WizKids, Inc. ... HeroClix is a collectible miniatures game produced by WizKids, Inc. ... HorrorClix is a collectible miniatures game announced by WizKids Inc. ... Logo for Halo ActionClix. ... Crimson Skies logo. ... Shadowrun Duels was a collectable miniatures game produced by WizKids, and based on the Shadowrun RPG originally produced by FASA. WizKids is most famous for their Clix line of games, and Shadowrun Duels was a large scale variant of those games. ...

Constructible Strategy Games

This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Dust jacket of the 1968 UK edition The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy story by J. R. R. Tolkien, a sequel to his earlier work, The Hobbit. ...

Pocketmodel Games

  • Star Wars PocketModel Trading Card Game
  • Pirates of the Caribbean PocketModels

Star Wars PocketModel Trading Card Game is a tabletop game manufactured by WizKids, Inc. ... WizKids Inc. ...

Other Games

  • Zypods*

References

  1. ^ Company Information. WizKids Inc. Retrieved on 2007-06-26.
  2. ^ The Topps Company, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Wizkids, LLC. Topps (2003-07-09). Retrieved on 2007-06-26.
  3. ^ FanPro FAQ. FanPro (2006-12-01). Retrieved on 2007-06-26.
  4. ^ WizKids Games

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External links

  • WizKids web site

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