The Complete Guide to HeroScape

HeroScape's subtitle is "The Battle of All Time," and it indeed is. Everything about this game is well done: the figures, the terrain, the rules, the scenarios.

  • 01 of 08

    HeroScape Master Set - Review

    HeroScape. Photo © Erik Arneson

    If you're at all interested in the theme (battles involving warriors from different time periods), we strongly recommend that you try HeroScape. This is as elegant as I can imagine a battle game being. Its simplicity ensures that it will be played for countless hours by young boys—and the young at heart. Deservedly so. But it's also flexible enough to be enjoyed by more serious gamers. Here's our full review of the game.

  • 02 of 08

    Great Armies for Beginners

    One of the best parts of playing HeroScape is building an army and discovering how the different characters can work together. The HeroScape Master Set, Rise of the Valkyrie, includes 10 heroes and six squads with a variety of powers. For a beginner, the army options can seem overwhelming. With a little knowledge, you can feel confident that your army will be competitive.

  • 03 of 08

    Character Checklist

    Viper. Image courtesy of Milton Bradley / Hasbro

    Many expansions have been released for HeroScape. This character checklist (organized by faction) includes all of the official characters. Checklists organized by expansion, package, and race are also available.

  • 04 of 08

    Purchasing the Right Terrain

    Road to the Forgotten Forest
    Road to the Forgotten Forest. Image courtesy of Milton Bradley / Hasbro

    Building the battlefield before a HeroScape game is, for some players, one of the best parts of the game. The interlocking hexagons provide an almost infinite number of possible combinations. HeroScape's Master Set includes a remarkable amount of terrain. But if you want to build an epic HeroScape battlefield, you need more than just the Master Set. Here are my suggestions on what to buy.

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  • 05 of 08

    Fortress of the Archkyrie - Review

    HeroScape Castle
    HeroScape Castle. Image courtesy of Milton Bradley / Hasbro

    If you enjoy HeroScape, the Fortress of the Valkyrie is a must-buy. This castle expansion is the most impressive addition of new terrain, by far, for the HeroScape game. It comes with 141 pieces, plenty to build a castle worthy of the Master Set. The pieces are also flexible, allowing creative minds to use the walls and battlements in interesting ways.

  • 06 of 08

    Flag Bearers - Photo Gallery

    Laglor, Vydar's Flag Bearer
    Laglor, Vydar's Flag Bearer. Photo © Erik Arneson

    Although you don't need to know it to play the game, HeroScape's dozens of armies were originally separated into five distinct groups: those who follow Einar, Jandar, Ullar, Utgar, and Vydar. (A sixth faction, Aquilla, was introduced later.) The HeroScape Flag Bearers, which were available only at Toys R Us stores, made those divisions more important.

  • 07 of 08

    Marvel HeroScape - Review

    Marvel HeroScape Box
    Marvel HeroScape Box. Photo © 2007 Erik Arneson

    HeroScape has always been ideally suited for superhero characters, and Marvel HeroScape finally makes that happen. Although the battlefield is small compared to the original game, the battles are not. You can also take a look at our Marvel HeroScape character checklist, and two photo galleries of Marvel HeroScape: one from Gen Con and one from the American International Toy Fair.

  • 08 of 08

    The HeroScape Room - Valhalla

    In a nondescript room on the ground floor at Hasbro's office in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, decisions are made that impact everyone who plays HeroScape. This gallery includes a dozen photos taken inside what Hasbro game designers often refer to as "The HeroScape Room." (Note: Since this photo gallery was created, Hasbro shifted control of the HeroScape brand to Wizards of the Coast.)