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It seems the news has been circulating for a couple of months, but I just found out. Heroscape is returning


I'm already all in.
 

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It seems the news has been circulating for a couple of months, but I just found out. Heroscape is returning


I'm already all in.
Hey Gabriel Gabriel can you sell me on this, please?
 

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The email for the return of Heroscape was pretty cool, since I did my darndest to collect most of the sets when it first came out. When I played it as the everyman gamer, I appreciated the options between simple and advanced rules and the modular hex-plate terrain was fun, and I'd imagine usable for other games? The downside for me was the set up. Those cool hex-plates can be a small chore to put up and take down IMO. The price for the new release on Pulse is too rich for my wallet right now, though I'd guess not too far from unfair for the amount of stuff on offer.

OTOH got a couple buddies to play some more Heroquest with my kid, and an interesting time was had by all. Seven year-olds are natural agents of chaos.
 

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Hey Gabriel Gabriel can you sell me on this, please?

But a more serious answer. Heroscape is a fun light wargame where the star of the show is the modular terrain system the game uses. Each game of Heroscape, you build the terrain from the interlocking hexgrid terrain pieces, and construct a multilevel play area. To add to this are more traditional terrain bits like walls and jungle trees.

Heroscape terrain is extremely useful for any gamer who plays hexgrid based games such as Battletech or The Fantasy Trip.

Heroscape is also a pretty cool source of minis. Thematically, the models are extremely varied. The modern set does seem tilted a bit towards the monstrous, but even still it has elven fantasy, high tech cyborgs, bio monster horrors, etc. The classic materials varied from american revolutionary war figures to samurai to cowboys to Matrix-style secret agents as well as a pretty cool selection of dragons.

The modern set will not have painted minis, but it will have over 70 single piece or extremely simple snap assembly figures. The molding looks at least as good as the previously done Heroquest.

While this set promises to be fully backwards compatible, certainly implying that the rules of the game are still very much the same, the units in this new game look to be all new. There are only a few returning units from the old sets, and they seem relegated to stretch goals. So this Annihilation set, seems to be the same game system but brand new armies for the fight.

Heroscape is sort of the skirmish wargame version of Heroquest. There's not any setting or thematic crossover. It's just that they use the same core dice mechanic and are similar philosophically in their playstyle.
 

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Thanks for the hot take Gabriel Gabriel I appreciate it. There was a period a while back where it seemed to be everywhere. Were Marvel and Battletech a couple of the big IPs involved?
 

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Thanks for the hot take Gabriel Gabriel I appreciate it. There was a period a while back where it seemed to be everywhere. Were Marvel and Battletech a couple of the big IPs involved?

Nah. Battletech never had a Heroscape set or units. It's just that the terrain is useful for Battletech games.

There was a Marvel set. And as Skywalker Skywalker indicated there was a D&D set towards the tail end of the original line when Wizards handled it for the final year.
 

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AND a new quest pack for HeroQuest is coming: Mage of the Mirror. This is still basically a reprint, this time of the old Elf Quest Pack, but considering the rarity of the original it's going to be new for a lot of people (including myself).

HeroScape still hasn't hit 1/4th of the backers needed yet. Hopefully some more enthusiasts will hop on it.
 

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AND a new quest pack for HeroQuest is coming: Mage of the Mirror.
I had the original. It was pretty awesome… for a while. The ogres were a boring chore to hack through (10 body points!!) and my family, who’d been playing HeroQuest weekly for ages quit the game entirely.

Luckily in the remake they fixed that. Some “purists” are whining about the change, but I cheer it on, not because it makes the game easier or anything, it just makes it less FUCKING BORING.
 

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Well... The Heroscape campaign isn't going to make it.

Kinda bummed. I guess Heroscape is dead. There's not enough money in it for Hasbro to consider doing it.
 

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Well... The Heroscape campaign isn't going to make it.

Kinda bummed. I guess Heroscape is dead. There's not enough money in it for Hasbro to consider doing it.
Really?! That’s weird.

I wonder if part of the problem is the platform? For example, I completely missed the HeroQuest campaign on HasbroPulse, despite my presence on social media and game forums. If it isn’t on Kickstarter, it misses a lot of eyes.
 

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The email for the return of Heroscape was pretty cool, since I did my darndest to collect most of the sets when it first came out. When I played it as the everyman gamer, I appreciated the options between simple and advanced rules and the modular hex-plate terrain was fun, and I'd imagine usable for other games? The downside for me was the set up. Those cool hex-plates can be a small chore to put up and take down IMO. The price for the new release on Pulse is too rich for my wallet right now, though I'd guess not too far from unfair for the amount of stuff on offer.

OTOH got a couple buddies to play some more Heroquest with my kid, and an interesting time was had by all. Seven year-olds are natural agents of chaos.
I found that setup is much faster if, instead of doing it exactly like the scenario, you get a kid who loves building toys to build something with the pieces. If the same kid is slightly ocd, they will also be great for taking it apart and putting it away.

When my kid was younger, we played Heroscape a fair amount and I picked up sets cheap when I could. It's has some tactics but it's not overwhelming for grade school kids and non-gamers. Some of the figures make cool rpg monsters.
 
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