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Posted April 17th, 2010 at 11:57 PM by Kaemon Awasome
Updated April 18th, 2010 at 12:20 AM by Kaemon Awasome
If you are like me, then you don't usually have time or space to play HeroScape. But you love playing it. Enter dilemma.

I have come up with a system of organizing and execution that gets a game of Scape going in a matter of minutes. It takes a little time on the front end to set up, but once you do the heavy lifting, it's smooth sailing from there.

The Map

First, you need to pick out a couple maps that you want to play on. I usually circulate between some BoV maps and ones that I'm tweaking (which I would post if there was a Mac friendly way of doing so).

Next, buy some thick cardboard (you can usually find some at WalMart or various hobby stores) to build your map on. This will allow you to store the map under your bed, or in a closet somewhere for quickage (quick usage).

Build the map, trim the cardboard, and store away for future use.

The Figs

I store my figures in stackable plastic storage bins from Wally World. White ones tend to be the most compatible to home decor, and much less threatening than green, or blue...

Anyway, I put my uniques into one bin, commons in another, and my large and huge characters in the bottom bin.

You can further separate them out with plastic bags. Put all your Jandar uniques into a large plastic bag, then Ullar... so on and so forth. And then the different Generals commons will all go into a large plastic bag (the clear zip lock kind) with each unit getting its own smaller baggie. For example, you can open up my second bin, pull out a large Ullar bag, and from that a little baggie with all my Venoc Vipers. This makes it easier to quickly identify the squads and pull the amount you need. If you have TONS OF SQUADS then you can just put into a little baggie what would be reasonable for quick games. E.g. you typically don't need five squads of Minions available to you for tournament type games.


Do you have a lot of different armies you think up? Semi-competitive builds you want to try? Or stuff that's just fun? Write 'em down, and keep a list of 20 different armies. Assign each army a number between 1 and 20. When it's time to play you and you're opponent roll a d20, look up the corresponding number and botta-boom botta bing! that's your army. No ridiculous amounts of time waiting for dude to pick out his last 60 points. If you're a crazy strategist like Jexik or dok then maybe you have several lists at varying points. I like 520-540 point teams. You can always throw in Isamu or Marcu afterward to even things out. If you tie on your die roll, both of you can roll again. This also causes you to not simply default to the same army over and over when you are crunched for time.

Order Markers, glyphs etc.

Lastly, you can divide up the OM's, dice, d20 and wound markers for four to six players into plastic storage bins (I'm thinking of the little ones you put leftover soup in, or I found some cool side snappy ones from... er, WalMart, for a dollar a piece). Then I put all the glyphs I actually use (for a 45 minute to an hour tourny type game) into a container.


So you do all that and a real-life scenario might look a little something like this:

You and your wife are having another couple over for dinner. They come over around 5:30 because dinner is supposed to start at 6:00. You hear your wife holler from the kitchen. Much to your dismay *wink wink* she accidentally over cooked the rice (and added too much water) so it's all mushy and gross looking. Being the refined couple that you are, you decide to push dinner back 30 minutes so you can offer a decent, non-mushy meal to your friends. BOOM! You now have an hour to set up, play, and tear down some Scapage before you need the table for card games after dinner.

You run to your bedroom and grab Stroll Through the Park from under the bed (or whatever Gamebear's latest awesome map is). You toss your buddy a plastic box or baggie with his OM's, and dice etc. You both roll a d20 and find out the fun, random army from your 1-20 list. You then proceed to easily grab the relevant units out of the neatly organized plastic bags, which came out of the respective larger bags that you keep the uniques or commons in. You pull out a couple of random glyphs from your usable glyph pool and in 10 minutes you have a game of Scape happening on your kitchen table (the Dining Room is set up for dinner remember?).

You leave the common squad baggies that you used out on the table while you're playing. When you're done, sweep up your commons into the little baggies. Place your huge/large into the bottom bin, and find your General uniques bags to finish putting away your armies. Toss all the OM's etc. into the little plastic box and put the map back under the bed.

Why waste an hour of fun any longer? It's senseless. Is it as fun as crafting, drafting and counter drafting, while your stacking your hexes and unpacking your next pickses? Maybe not, but it's efficient. And you'll have time for all that day long drawn out stuff later. This is the fun business. And if a little fun can be had in a short amount of time, then that's profit enough now isn't it?
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Pickledpie's Avatar
The only problem I have is with this part.
You can further separate them out with plastic bags. Put all your Jandar uniques into a large plastic bag, then Ullar... so on and so forth. And then the different Generals commons will all go into a large plastic bag (the clear zip lock kind) with each unit getting its own smaller baggie.
That is a lot of bags.

Otherwise, I really like this idea, especially the bit about rolling the d20 to pick armies.

Maybe, each of those 20 armies can be put in plastic bags, instead of each figure/squad.
Posted April 18th, 2010 at 07:46 AM by Pickledpie Pickledpie is offline
Updated April 18th, 2010 at 07:52 AM by Pickledpie
Kaemon Awasome's Avatar
Hey, that's a good idea Pickledpie!

I'm a bit of an organizing freak, so all the bags and such don't bother me. And I don't have a designated area for all my Scape, I have to find ways to keep it organized in various places around the house (and out of eye shot).
Posted April 18th, 2010 at 08:59 AM by Kaemon Awasome Kaemon Awasome is offline
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I really like that randomized d20 idea for armies.

Thinking it through a little further, you could always come up with your different point totals and have 20 armies for each total.

Roll the d20. 1-5, 450 points; 6-10, 480 pts, and so on and so on (or whatever point totals you want).

Then roll the d20 again for the particular army for the corresponding point total.

I really like the concept behind this Kaemon. I hope you don't mind, but I plan to do this.

Now, off to find a random post of yours so I can pos rep ya.
Posted April 18th, 2010 at 08:06 PM by rym rym is offline
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Thanks rym, I've always liked the attitude you bring to this site. And I posted the idea so others could use it, or make it better. Whatever helps others...

Also, with the d20, for people who have less figures, they could have 10 different armies and just go 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, etc.
Posted April 19th, 2010 at 09:41 AM by Kaemon Awasome Kaemon Awasome is offline
Excellent blog.

I still store all my stuff in the HS boxes I bought. As I'm buying more of the small expansions though space is getting limited.

Where do store do with the left over terrain pieces? Assuming you have leftovers from the map under the bed.
Posted April 19th, 2010 at 02:18 PM by AMIS AMIS is offline
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I don't tons of extra terrain because I actually keep 3-4 maps under my bed. BUT the extra terrain I do have I keep in those same storage bins from WalMart. I don't mind keeping the terrain in the garage, so I have one stack of drawers for the units, and one for the extra terrain, which stays in the garage.
Posted April 19th, 2010 at 02:53 PM by Kaemon Awasome Kaemon Awasome is offline
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Also, I started a new thread for more ideas, anyone is welcome to add to it.
Posted April 19th, 2010 at 02:55 PM by Kaemon Awasome Kaemon Awasome is offline
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