Heroscape stylized as " heroScape " or " HeroScape " is an expandable turn-based miniature wargaming system originally manufactured by Milton Bradley Company , and later by Wizards of the Coast ,  both subsidiaries of Hasbro, Inc. The game is often noted and lauded by fans for the relatively high production quality of the game materials, in particular the pre-painted miniature figures as well as its interchangeable and variable landscape system. Heroscape was released in Heroscape is designed for 2 or more players ages 8 and older, although it can easily be adapted to more players, particularly if more than one master set and expansion sets are used. There are additional expansion sets that can be purchased see: Master Sets and Expansion Sets , below. The game comes with two sets of rules.
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Heroscape stylized as " heroScape " or " HeroScape " is an expandable turn-based miniature wargaming system originally manufactured by Milton Bradley Company , and later by Wizards of the Coast ,  both subsidiaries of Hasbro, Inc. The game is often noted and lauded by fans for the relatively high production quality of the game materials, in particular the pre-painted miniature figures as well as its interchangeable and variable landscape system. Heroscape was released in Heroscape is designed for 2 or more players ages 8 and older, although it can easily be adapted to more players, particularly if more than one master set and expansion sets are used.
There are additional expansion sets that can be purchased see: Master Sets and Expansion Sets , below. The game comes with two sets of rules. The basic rules allow for simpler games accessible to younger players.
The advanced rules are designed for more experienced gamers but are simpler than most wargames. Each figure or group of figures has a card, called an army card , with basic game statistics printed on one side and advanced game information on the other.
Advanced game information includes species, class, personality, size, special powers, and the point value of the card.
The master set that is required for play contains enough tiles to build a nearly limitless number of scenarios, but experienced players often combine sets to create larger and more elaborate playing surfaces. The master set includes grass, rock, sand, water and ruins to make the playing surface; various expansions add lava, road, trees, snow, ice, glaciers, swamp, jungle, a castle, a bridge and more. After taking over Heroscape, Wizards of the Coast issued new products with a Dungeons and Dragons theme another of their product lines.
This caused an instant backlash in the Heroscape community, including petitions and threats of boycotts. Despite the lack of official production, the game remains popular with a strong community, regular tournaments, and user-created content. At its essence, Heroscape is an epic battle between and among characters from multiple cultures, periods, and genres, taking place on a three-dimensional gaming surface of various elevations and terrain types.
Although the game manual contains ideas for scenarios, many players combine multiple sets of terrain tiles to create large playing surfaces, and develop their own house rules and custom scenarios.
The heroes are inspired heavily by popular science fiction and fantasy , as well as the Old West , the Roman Empire , ancient Greece , feudal Japan , the Scottish highlands , the Nordic sagas , American history, medieval Europe , and classic mythology , among others.
A single team may consist of heroes from many genres, with dragons , elves , robots , angels , demons , vampires , werewolves , dinosaurs and wizards fighting alongside and against soldiers , vikings , knights , samurai , cowboys and futuristic agents and more, including various forms of animal life, such as wolves, spiders, and serpent-like vipers.
Heroscape requires players to construct the three-dimensional playing surface for the game. Scenarios that come in the game, in master set and some large expansions, include detailed instructions for board setups, but many players enjoy designing their own.
Two new master sets were released in The Marvel edition is fully compatible with the regular Heroscape figures. Another master set was released in titled "Battle for the Underdark" which was based on the Dungeons And Dragons franchise. There are also separate smaller expansions that contain a new set of themed terrain and a new unit s that takes advantage of said terrain.
Volcarren Wasteland contains lava and lava rock surface tiles along with obsidian guards, Thaelenk Tundra contains ice, snow and glacier surface tiles plus the dzu-teh yeti-like creatures armed with stone clubs miniature, and Road to the Forgotten Forest contains roads, bridge and tree surface tiles and a dumutef guard.
Ticalla Jungle based on jungle and tree surface tiles with fylorg spiders was supposed to be available in early , but was delayed during the transition of making Heroscape a Wizards of the Coast product instead of a Hasbro product.
It was instead released on June 13, Each player selects one or more "units," where a unit may be a unique and distinct hero, or an entire squad of generic figures. Hero cards are associated with a single figure and squad cards are associated with a set of two or more figures. A given player may only have one of a unique unit, be it hero or squad, in his army, but there is no limit on how many copies of a common unit may be selected.
The idea proves unpopular, as most players simply played with them as if they were exactly like Unique Heroes, only having one in their army build. All basic game scenarios and some advanced game scenarios specify the units for each player. Most advanced game scenarios allow players to choose units based on the points values printed on the army card.
Usually scenarios have a different amount of points that you can use to buy characters. Depending on the scenario, players may be required to place their team in a specific location, or they may randomly select where each player begins.
The flow of play in Heroscape is broken up into rounds and turns. The terms are often used interchangeably in other board games, but there is a key distinction in Heroscape with each round including 3 turns for each player. Order markers determine which armies will be used during that round and what order they will be utilized. These markers indicate the turn in which each unit will be activated, but the numbers are hidden from the table. A fourth "dummy" marker may also be placed to add some ambiguity as to which units one will be activating.
The same unit may be activated multiple times in a single round by placing multiple order markers on it. After order markers have been placed, each player rolls a twenty-sided initiative die.
The highest roller takes the first turn and play passes to the left. After movement has been completed, each surviving figure in the unit may attack any figure within its range and line of sight. Melee units are those with a range of one, and ranged units typically have a range of four or more. The number of dice rolled for offense is listed on the army card, but may be improved by various bonuses, including terrain bonuses, elevation bonuses, or special abilities.
The defender likewise calculates how many defense dice he may roll, based on his unit's natural defense value and any other bonuses terrain, elevation, special abilities, etc. The defense dice contain only two shields, giving a statistical advantage to the attacker.
In the second edition the defense and attack dice are combined into one, with three chances for attack, two chances for defense, and one chance for a blank roll. If the defender rolls a number of shields equal to or higher than the number of skulls rolled by the attacker, nothing happens.
If the number is lower, the defender receives a number of wound markers equal to the difference. Once a unit receives a number of wound markers equal to its total life points, it is destroyed and removed from the playing surface immediately. Heroes usually have multiple life points; squads always have one life point per figure in the squad. In the basic rules version of the game the wound marker system is not used, and each unit simply has one life point; hero units usually have exaggerated defense to compensate.
Various abilities by specific units may modify these rules to some degree e. Once the player has finished all of his attacks, play passes to the left, and that player then reveals his first order marker and takes his turn. Play continues in this manner until the final player has completed his first turn, and then play resumes with the first player, who reveals his second order marker and takes a turn with that unit. This process is repeated for the third order marker, and then the round is completed.
Sometimes a player will lose a turn if the unit he had placed an order marker on was destroyed on a previous player's turn. The conditions for victory vary with some scenarios involving quest-like goals and others simply being the last player with any surviving units. Time limits, round limits, and points for first to or holding certain locations are all common. In tournament settings, there is often a "Fractional Scoring" system used when time expires.
The player with the most points at the end of the time limits wins. There are six Valkyrie Generals on the world of Valhalla, the planet upon which Heroscape is set.
The six Generals and Valkrill are listed below:. A Master Set is required to play the game. The first master set is titled Rise of the Valkyrie. This set contains 30 pre-painted miniature figure warriors all unique but a mixture of hero and squad , cards with the stats of the different warrior figures, a large amount of interlocking hex-based tile terrain, and the rule booklets, which include battlefield plans and scenarios for both basic and master games.
The master set comes with enough order markers to play a person battle. There are three versions of the Rise of the Valkyrie set available. The first edition is sought by some collectors mainly because it has sparkly translucent blue water tiles rather than the solid blue ones in later runs of the first edition, and all runs of the second edition.
The first edition came with two sets of six-sided dice: a set of 10 red "attack" dice skulls and 10 blue "defense" shields dice.
A special promo version was also sold at some Wal-Marts which included a free set of three figures, the Black Onyx Vipers. This version was the most sought after. The third edition combines the dice into a set of 12 unified dice that are rolled for both attack and defense; 3 sides of each die are skulls, 2 are shields, and 1 is blank. The second edition is more common and also has slightly different packaging and a revised rulebook. Multiple set purchases are common among devoted players, as the Master Set is the only way to obtain significant numbers of terrain tiles, which are generally used to build bigger battlefields.
Doom and urban style terrain. The Marvel Heroscape set is compatible with other sets, but Marvel characters are generally higher in points in comparison to other Heroscape figures.
A second Master set, Swarm of the Marro , was released in Fall of It was revealed at Toyfair Most of the figures included are from the Marro, which are an alien race designed for the game. Two remakes of figures from the Rise of the Valkyrie master set Raelin and Sgt. Drake Alexander and several other heroes are also included.
Swarm of the Marro also features a "hive" which can rebirth fallen Marro figures and a new "swamp" terrain tile type. Using the setting from the 'Forgotten Realms', Battle for the Underdark introduces the "new" dungeon and shadow tiles in reality the set include no "new" figures or titles but repaints , along with new rules and game play dynamics.
Instead of one-of type games, the new campaigns use a "dungeon crawl" experience similar to a RPG type video game or the 'real' Dungeons and Dragons game. A game played on one map, is connected to another map, in that way the party is ultimately trying to reach the end map and survive the dungeon. Expansion sets have been released regularly since the game debuted.
The most common expansion set releases consist of four different booster packs , each containing 3 - 8 figures. Most sets contain extra terrain hexes, and Wave 1 packs contain special power glyphs that grant in-game bonuses.
These booster pack expansions are sometimes referred to as the wave expansions , as opposed to the expansions which come in larger boxes Large figure sets or large terrain sets. There are ten waves of expansions so far, the most recent being Valkrill's Gamble. A Marvel Heroscape master set was released, including other figures, as well as some city-themed terrain.
As the Heroscape line has been canceled, these expansions will not be released. However, a fan project known as C3G has been making army cards for both Marvel and DC Comics characters, to be used with the Heroclix line. Currently Heroclix has taken place of these. A Dungeons and Dragons Heroscape master set was released which included previous DnD figures that were repainted and some DnD-themed terrain.
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