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Q & A with Wizards of the Coast

Posted February 14th, 2008 at 09:43 PM by truth
Updated April 14th, 2008 at 03:57 PM by truth
If you have not been following along on our forums you have missed a great deal of Heroscape News.* Wizards of the Coast representative - Paul Barclay has been answering questions posed to him by the community of heroscapers gathered here.* We have compiled these questions and Paul's answers to them.* I now bring the results of that ongoing Q & A session here to the front page.

Design Questions:

Is the design team staying on HS?
WotC: Yes, kind of. There's been some shifting of responsibilities. The Heroscape playtester team have been given more responsibility for design and development of the sets. They've done a stellar job over the last 5 sets, and we're expecting them to do even better over the next 5 and beyond. Craig is working with them and with the R&D lead here at Wizards (Henry Stern, designer of Vegas Showdown) to keep everything running smoothly.

Will CVN play any role in future design/development? If so what specific role? ...
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Desert Terrain Pack

Posted January 25th, 2008 at 12:32 PM by truth
Updated April 14th, 2008 at 04:31 PM by truth
We recently learned that Wizards of the Coast plans on creating terrain packs to be made available for sale at hobby stores, also known as Friendly Local Game Stores.

Paul Barclay from Wizards informs us that the hobby stores are unable to stock Master Sets, they simply can't make a profit from them. This leaves a dilemma when trying to bring HeroScape into the hobby market, as you can't play the game without the terrain provided in Master Sets. Wizards' solution is to create terrain sets that are heavy on hexes and include a couple of line of sight blockers.

One such set is a Desert Terrain Set that will make use of repainted Glaciers from the Thaelenk Tundra Set. Paul sent me a conceptual picture of this Desert Terrain Set. Note that this is not necessarily how the final product will look.

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Wave 8 Packaging Photo

Posted January 24th, 2008 at 04:16 PM by truth
Updated April 14th, 2008 at 03:57 PM by truth
Wizards sent me this teaser photo of Wave 8 in its packaging.

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Wizards of the Coast Takes Charge of Heroscape

Posted January 22nd, 2008 at 03:43 PM by truth
Updated April 14th, 2008 at 04:04 PM by truth
Wizards of the Coast is the world leader in hobby gaming, and a subsidiary of Hasbro. If you've ever been to a gaming convention, they are the guys with the gigantic booth swarming with game fans. They produce a number of massively popular games, including Magic the Gathering® and Dungeons and Dragons®

Monday, January the 21st I found myself on a conference call with a round table of Wizards executives. They setup this exclusive meeting for the sole purpose of answering any questions I have about Heroscape's transfer over to Wizards of the Coast.

Already, dear heroscaper, your head is spinning with questions. You love every nuance of this game and are concerned about what this means for the future of Heroscape. Well the fine people at Wizards plan to interact with the fans that have gathered here on heroscapers.com and answer some of those questions directly. This interaction from those who will be working on Heroscape hearkens back to days of old when designers...
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A Heroscaper's Wish List

Posted December 12th, 2007 at 08:48 PM by truth
Updated April 14th, 2008 at 04:13 PM by truth
This Christmas season leaves Heroscapers sad and dismayed. Many of us have already grabbed up Hasbro’s latest Heroscape offering – Swarm of the Marro, and now in the wake of the giving and getting frenzy that is Christmas, we are left without new Heroscape goodies to write Santa about.
I could take this opportunity to **** and moan about Hasbro dropping the ball by not offering something new and shiny for the hordes of Heroscape fans to bow down before in worshipful bliss, as they toss fistfuls of money at their newest miniature plastic idols. I could talk about how those Jungle Trees (which we now know are delayed to ’08, along with everything else we saw at GenCon) would just sell themselves in massive quantities. But neigh, I shall take the high road.
Instead of complaining about the lack of Heroscape under the tree, I’ve compiled a list of great games that any good Heroscaper would love to have. Parents, take special note that none of these games are as child-friendly...
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