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Whew...it is better than I had hoped!!!!!

Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 02:47 PM by R˙chean
Updated December 22nd, 2009 at 08:52 PM by R˙chean
I was sweating it. I will admit it. I had some very high concerns about what the finished product would be. What would it look and feel like once it was in my hands? Would D&D MS 3 be all it could be?

I was concerned for some of the same reasons you all are concerned. Maybe it is just the thrill of opening new Heroscape, but I have done that enough that I should be able to differentiate those emotions.

No, it was something more. There was a definite sense of relief upon opening the box. It isn't that I doubted what Truth, Chris, and Jerry put together. It was just the uncertainty of how it would look and feel.

Well, WotC came through with the polish and quality we have grown to love about Heroscape to go along with all the effort and ideas from Truth and Co.

I am very pleased with the look & feel and what was accomplished in this set. It is so many things all at once that it really is an impressive result given all the roles it had to fill.

It had to be a master set. This point seems so lost on most players around here. It has to be self sufficient, right out of the box. That means simplicity. This set keeps it simple for the new comers but gives some depth for the veteran.

It has to pop and follow through. This point can not be underestimated. This whole project was/is a bit of a gamble, in my opinion. The product it self had to look good to work. The Scape system is strong enough that the follow through is no problem; it is the look and feel on the board that was the concern for me. This set has enough pop to be worthy of it place along side all that has gone before.

It had to build on what had gone before. Most of the possible terrain types had been done. This set had to provide something to the current player that he didn't already have, something to further expand the world of Heroscape. Cave/dungeon is a highly workable, acceptable terrain type in Heroscape.

It had to cross promote. There is no doubt, that the product had to promote D&D. The obvious reason for it's existence. What is the point otherwise? I really think this set does a good job of capturing the dungeon, adventuring party feel.

So that is a lot to ask from one master set, wouldn't we all agree? It is like trying to be something old, new, borrowed and blue all at once. No easy task for sure.

Are there better ways or other directions this could have gone? Absolutely

Is the final product inferior and/or detrimental to what has gone before? NO WAY

This product may not be for everyone but it won't be because it doesn't look right or feel right. It will be because of prejudices that make it so. One could argue that the prejudice I have is the very reason I find it palatable. The only thing I can say there is to repeat my relief upon opening the box.

I am proud to have been a part of this project. The stakes were high, still are. Something we knew and loved was being changed and the thought of it not going well was a concern on all of our minds. The guys worked hard to try to make this set be all of these things without short changing any one of them.

The D&D master set is a good, strong addition to the Heroscape world while also being a great starting point that cross promotes another gaming system; whew.....quite an accomplishment.
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GreyOwl's Avatar
I think all of you did a great job on this set, and have had to put up with a lot of negative criticism on top of that. But now that it's almost out, the negativity seems to have gone way down and everything about the set is looking great. I can't wait until mine get here!
Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 04:29 PM by GreyOwl GreyOwl is offline
Bolo's Avatar
I too am excited to be able to open my set and smell that new Heroscape smell. Nothing like it in the whole world. This set does look fantastic and the rules work for me as well. As has been said by many, more worthy than me, great job to all involved and thanks.
Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 04:52 PM by Bolo Bolo is offline
J4Jandar's Avatar
Great news R˙chean. Thanks for the run down on the new set. I could see by the pictures of the figures that their paint jobs were quality.

What role did you have in the making of DnD heroscape any way?

Also scapers, remember that classic is not gone. DnD is keeping classics doors open.

DnD scape: Best. Doorstop. Ever!
Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 08:02 PM by J4Jandar J4Jandar is offline
R˙chean's Avatar
I am listed among the play testers in the credits portion of the rules. That is pretty much the extent and limit of my role.
Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 08:27 PM by R˙chean R˙chean is offline
Updated December 22nd, 2009 at 08:53 PM by R˙chean
I am actual interested in The Underdark Sourcebook WOTC is releasing for D&D in January too for more possiblwe scenario inspiration.
Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 08:48 PM by Onacara Onacara is offline
Eirikr's Avatar
Awesome! Thanks R˙chean. I love me some new Scape.
Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 11:48 PM by Eirikr Eirikr is offline
Jexik's Avatar
I agree. Better than I thought after all the grumbling I had seen around here. The scape-style washes help.
Posted December 24th, 2009 at 02:19 PM by Jexik Jexik is offline
Hendal's Avatar
I was never worried, it is more scape stuff, if it sucked i would just make my own customs out of it - at home I play the Gorillinators have the +1 defense to special attacks and not just regular - so I am not scared to house rule stuff to make it better - but I don´t think there will be a need for that with this new MS - It looks Awesome if you ask me!

Happy Holidays by the way.
Posted December 28th, 2009 at 09:04 PM by Hendal Hendal is offline
Cleon's Avatar
Additional solid, and completely awesome, figures makes the excitement alone. The new terrain, glyphs, scenarios, and above all, style of the set makes it another great Heroscape product, and holiday gift.
Posted December 29th, 2009 at 04:18 AM by Cleon Cleon is offline
rym's Avatar
Nicely stated, R˙chean. Truly.

Now I'm more anxious than ever for Livingston's giant order to come in.
Posted December 29th, 2009 at 10:06 AM by rym rym is offline
Taeblewalker's Avatar
Having played it finally, I am really impressed by how balanced the scenarios are, especially in terms of the map builds.
Posted January 5th, 2010 at 01:50 AM by Taeblewalker Taeblewalker is offline
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