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There are only 2 "official" tournament types sanctioned by Wizkids: Golden Age and Modern Age, which doesn't leave much room for variety in the HeroClix World (see what we did there). Fortunately we're here to help with new Tournament Types for your home games and venues. Note that these are unofficial tournament types, but fortunately Wizkids gives you a lot of latitude to run your games any way you want.
Note: "traits, specials powers, and character cards" started with the Legion of Superheroes (LOSH) starter set. Anything before that set used the old REV colored-rings system.
Golden Age (official)
Mostly unrestricted tournament that allows for nearly everything: All legal figures, Special Objects, Bystander Tokens, Colossals, ATAs, Feats, etc. There's only a handful of things not allowed (purple ring figures,the Holiday Turkey and Turducken, etc).
Modern Age (official)
A heavily restricted tournament type (also the most common) that is limited to figures from specific sets (the most recent ones).
HeroClix World is happy to present these new unofficial Tournament types for your venues and home games.
Note that none of these tournament types allow for Bystander tokens or Alternate-Team-Abilities. When announcing your tournament please specify if ATAs and Bystander Tokens are allowed or disallowed. While Colossal figures are allowed, you have the option of disallowing them.
Also, many of these types allow for non Marvel/DC sets. You can specify "Marvel/DC only" if you want to avoid players coming in with Yu-Gi-Oh or some other madness. When you announce your tournament, simply specify "Marvel/DC only".
Only pre-LOSH-Starter figures allowed. Feats/BFCs are allowed.
All figures allowed, but no Feats/BFCs allowed.
All figures allowed, but only pre-LOSH-Starter figures are allowed to use feats/Bfcs.
NO pre-LOSH-Starter figures allowed. No feats/BFCs allowed.
Only non-Marvel and non-DC figures allowed. No feats/BFCs allowed.
Only Marvel/DC figures allowed. Feats/BFCs only allowed on pre-LOSH-Starter figures
Only figures from game sets allowed: Street Fighter, Gears of War, Halo, Assassin's Creed, etc. No Feats/BFCs allowed.
There you have it. Seven new tournament types for you home games and venues. The most useful types are likely to be Silver Age and Heroic Age games, since they are the most sensible and gives you the best bang for your buck. To keep it simple we recommend you specify "Marvel/DC only".