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Old May 8th, 2008, 02:52 PM
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Civil war units for Heroscape

The idea for civil war units for Heroscape comes up often. I think it's a great idea but I wonder how they could be sufficiently differentiated both visually and mechanically from the revolutionary war era units we already have to make them distinct enough to be a welcome addition. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
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Re: Civil war units for Heroscape

One easy way to distinguish Billy Yank and Johhny Reb from the other historical Heroscape units could be to give them a range of seven to represent the advancing rifle technology. After all, if elves with bows can shoot seven spaces away, why not trained riflemen? It might not seem like a big change, but I think most people on this site know how advantageous one extra range can be.
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Re: Civil war units for Heroscape

I've been interested in an American Civil War Master set (not simply an expansion or two) on the lines of the Marvel Master set (but better <grin), which would have two big heroes (Lee and Grant, obviously) and couple of lesser heroes each (Sherman and McClellan; Jackson and Stuart, possibly), then a mix of infantry, cavalry, and, perhaps, artillery units. Sharpshooters would work, of course. Something mixed up like that, all in one big box.

(And I know that Little Mac never served and never would have served under Grant.)
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Re: Civil war units for Heroscape

(Copied and somewhat changed from my recent post in the Wizards Feedback Thread)

I've been hankering for some Civil War soldiers for a while, though I do see the obvious problems in making them. I recall someone bringing up the idea of a split four-man squad, you know, two confederates, two unions. They were summoned to Valhalla and suddenly realized that they're all Americans and shouldn't be fighting or something equally cheesy... seems like a pretty cool idea to me.
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Re: Civil war units for Heroscape

Thoughts copied from the WotC feedback thread:

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I think we'd need new categories. Which general does Spiderman fight for? (I know, Capt. America fights for Eisenhower.)
Spot on. I know they don't end in -ar, but I would like to call the new generals "Grant" and "Lee". This would work just fine, since there's no reason you couldn't still put those units in your Ullar (or whatever) army.

The Rev's master set idea is perfect: 24 to 30 figures evenly divided between North and South, a bunch of appropriate terrain, a few period LOS blockers, all the usual master set trinkets, and a few scenarios representing some pivotal battles. Make most of the figures common, and Civil War buffs will buy dozens of master sets to make their battles bigger and bigger, even if they don't care about the rest of Heroscape. Some of us will mix & match, some of us will keep the lines pure, and we all get to discuss the merits of both approaches.

As to kenjib's question of differentiating vs. 4th Mass and 10th Foot, one possibility is to just make the special abilities of the Union & Confederate units slightly specific to the blue-vs.-grey scenarios. For example, balance them so they are 95% as good in regular Heroscape but 110% as good vs. the opposing themed army. Or maybe they aren't Valiant but have new personality adjectives. Or maybe they don't have Wait Then Fire, but have bonding with their respective Captains/Lieutenants/Colonels. (It doesn't take much of a tweak to give things different value in different armies; consider Sacred Band vs. the Romans). There are always ways to balance such things.

And a marketing considering to think about on a Civil War master set: To maximize the product's appeal to Civil War buffs who don't know anything about Heroscape, the product would probably not have a Valhalla backstory. Much like Marvel, this would probably have to be developed as a historical game set on Earth, but of course everything in the box could get summoned to Valhalla by all of us who are used to the melting pot that is The Battle of All Time.

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I know this is further deviating this thread, but I just want to say that a Civil War Heroscape set, separate from the rest of the game system, is a brilliant idea. Brilliant. BRILLIANT!!!
It was RevDyer's idea, and you are absolutely right. I'd buy it in a heartbeat. Several heartbeats, as a matter of fact.


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Re: Civil war units for Heroscape

I like the idea of it as a separate game, like Marvel. That would rock and I would love the terrain pieces. I've been wanting some more modern style terrain for quite a while. Marvel was pretty cool in that regard. I wonder if Target, Toys R' Us, and Walmart would stock something like that though...
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The Marvel-like set would be cool but, big stores might not stock it. Maybe hobby stories would.

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Re: Civil war units for Heroscape

I would love to have a Civil War Master Set it would be awsome
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Re: Civil war units for Heroscape

I would love some abatis as LOS blockers, or stone walls.

As General Bee said, "There stands Jackson like a Krug! Rally behind the Virginians!" Hence, the nickname "Krug" Jackson.

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Re: Civil war units for Heroscape

We already have the Harquebus (Or however you spell it), the 4th Mass, and the upcoming Red Coats.



IMO, we don't need anymore "Stand in a long line 5 feet from each other and blast each other apart with musket" units.





I say we need WW1 Infantry. That way we can have an enemy to the AE without having Nazis.

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