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Old February 23rd, 2018, 06:51 AM
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Hasbro crowd funding - could Heroscape be reprinted?

The Dice Tower News posted this article (here) announcing Hasbro’s new crowd funding platform and my only thought was could this be how Heroscape comes back? It seems if the demand is there this would be the way to do it at almost no risk to Hasbro. They could raise the funds before having to order the product, and since they already have the molds (assuming they still have these and they weren’t lost or destroyed), art, and design complete there shouldn’t be a lot of overhead cost. I would also think selling directly to consumers vs. to retailers would give them room to keep prices down and still make profit.

I’m not sure the demand is still there for a Heroscape reprint, but I would think if they actually put it up on their site and word spread through the board game media, they could get 5000 backers.

Anyway, not trying to stir up any false hope and I seriously doubt there would ever be new scape produced, but it just seems like the perfect avenue for a possible return for Heroscape.
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Old February 23rd, 2018, 10:21 AM
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Re: Hasbro crowd funding - could Heroscape be reprinted?

Heck yeah! Marvel Wave 1 and Star Wars Heroscape (two things we know were complete and/or they were working on) here we come!



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Re: Hasbro crowd funding - could Heroscape be reprinted?

Interesting. Following this thread.
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Re: Hasbro crowd funding - could Heroscape be reprinted?

From what I understood, the crowdfunding platform was more of an initiative for making more expensive collector's toys (like the massive Jabba's Barge that they're working on now) that likely wouldn't be able to sell in a normal retail store. I'm not sure that HeroScape fits that classification, as it is at its heart a game meant to be commonly accessible to children, albeit we hardcore fans have taken it up as a much more expensive hobby. I'm not sure that there are enough of us willing to fund additional HeroScape pieces; it would take massive community efforts to try and garner enough attention, which may be more difficult than we would think.

Whenever I had first read the headlines about the program, my mind immediately flew to HeroScape as well. I'm just not sure if the game actually fits with their vision for the crowdfunding items, and even then, sustaining a board game entirely through crowdfunding is a peculiar prospect. How long until interest dies out if we don't have new players finding the game in stores? I doubt that they can justify making new molds if there are only 5000 of us funding them each time.

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Heck yeah! Marvel Wave 1 and Star Wars Heroscape (two things we know were complete and/or they were working on) here we come!

As much as I loath to admit it, that ship has long since sailed. Both Marvel and Star Wars are way too big now to be easy to work with, and especially in Marvel's case, they'd want entirely redesigned units to match with their movies, even if they were willing to license their characters out. If only they had been released back in the day!
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Re: Hasbro crowd funding - could Heroscape be reprinted?

If nothing else, it's a good litmus test for how many people are indeed still interested in the game. If X amount of people fund the "kickstarter" that might let Hasbro know there's a market - either to reboot the game themselves or sell the license off.
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Re: Hasbro crowd funding - could Heroscape be reprinted?

Considering they did not make an effort to maintain control of the name Heroscape, I would not get your hopes up.
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Re: Hasbro crowd funding - could Heroscape be reprinted?

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Considering they did not make an effort to maintain control of the name Heroscape, I would not get your hopes up.
This is another huge factor to bring up. They let the trademark on the name elapse, which beyond being a pretty big indicator that they have little interest in continuing the game, means that it'll be a massive legal headache to reprint anything.
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Re: Hasbro crowd funding - could Heroscape be reprinted?

They don't have Craig anymore. I can't imagine there's much interest in Heroscape without him. I mean, when you're talking about Heroscape, you're talking about these guys, and they do not walk the halls of Hasbro anymore.

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Re: Hasbro crowd funding - could Heroscape be reprinted?

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If only they had been released back in the day!
By "back in the day" you mean "when the MCU was getting into full swing, and the simultaneous release of guaranteed blockbuster movies meant all you had to do was put Marvel product on the shelf and it would sell." Seriously, I hope the Hasbro marketing guy that failed so miserably with Marvel HS got fired very hard. I'm not bitter about it or anything, though.

And I'm well aware there is basically 0 chance we ever see new Heroscape again.
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Re: Hasbro crowd funding - could Heroscape be reprinted?

You all make strong, valid points for why this wonít ever happen. It has me thinking, is Heroscape valuable (thinking of the inflated eBay market) because there is still demand, or is it because there just isnít much of it left? If a new container of wave 4 and 9 showed up, would it sell out in hours or would it just sit and drive the inflated prices down?

I guess thatís the question. Most of us in this community either already have our collections or are willing to pay to build them, but to the more casual, or curious gamer it might not be of value.

I believe the fact that after all these years it still ranks so highly on Tomís top 100 gives it grail status with those that never got to play/own it the first time around. I tend to think if it was reintroduced, it might be a big deal. But I also know the chances are incredibly slim.
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Re: Hasbro crowd funding - could Heroscape be reprinted?

Very interesting. I think the Kickstarter (Haslab) idea would work, just depends if they (Hasbro) are willing or interested. Too bad they couldn't sell the rights as another game from the past, Confrontation, which went under a few years ago, is apparently being brought back through crowd funding.
http://https://spikeybits.com/2017/12/rackhams-confrontation-finally-set-to-return-in-2018.html
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Re: Hasbro crowd funding - could Heroscape be reprinted?

I still have the Marvel and Star Wars units in a notebook somewhere if they ever wanted them
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