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Old May 5th, 2019, 02:45 PM
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Announcing: Arena of the Valkyrie: New Master Set

Have you ever wanted to contribute to the future of Heroscape? How about the next Master Set? @Astroking112 put forth a wonderful opportunity here, and he along with several other Heroscapers (including myself, @Pumpkin_King , @flameslayer93 , @All Your Pie , and @capsocrates ) would like to lead the Heroscapers community in making it a reality. While not a C3V project, we aim to be as Valhalla Customs compatible as possible, to hopefully be as well-liked as those "official unofficial" units, and to maybe even submit units to the SoV down the road.

Here are our goals and what we're proposing:
  • Create a full and complete Master set, including units, glyphs, maps, and scenarios, that is fun to play both on its own and in conjunction with other Heroscape.
  • Design units for the AotP figures that are accessible to new players; units that are for the most part reasonably simple and do not rely on synergy outside of the set to be functional.
  • Maintain compatibility with both official Heroscape and VC releases to the best of our ability. While this project does not fall under the VC umbrella, it is our intent to create designs that can still be played seamlessly with C3V and SoV units.

There are as many as 24 viable units - prepainted Planeswalkers, translucent figures, and a handful of opaque figures - between the three Arena of the Planeswalkers sets. That's 1.5x the number of Heroes and Squads in the original Rise of the Valkyrie! Together we can create a new Master Set that would provide a cheap, available source of units for Heroscapers old and new to dive into the wonderful world of curated customs.



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The useable units will be split into groups of 4 known as Pods. Our team that has been brainstorming this project will group 4 of them with the 2 Glyphs that need Heroscape-compatible powers (Knowledge and Recall) and the cryptolith Destructible Objects into a special "Pod." We will design those in parallel with helping run the rest of the project.

The remaining 20 units are where you, the Heroscapers community, come in! We'll put up a poll of figures for you to vote on 4 to turn into "Pod A." You will then vote on 2 Project Leads (PL) from among a list of long-standing, high reputation Heroscapers to lead that Pod. Finally, we will take 5 volunteers to form a total of 7 "Pod A" members. The Heroscape community volunteers will be the backbone of designing and playtesting the unit. The elected PL are there to suggest the initial design ideas or directions for the units, then keep the process moving, stepping in as needed, and run any necessary votes.

Meanwhile, we will repeat this process to create a "Pod B", and so on, as long as there are enough volunteers from the community. There will be a total of five Pods (plus the special Pod that includes the Glyphs and DOs). How many Pods we get up and running at once depends on your participation!

Community members of each Pod can comment anywhere in the project, but are encouraged to focus on their Pod and let the PL keep their eyes on the other Pods and the project as a whole. Other members of the public are encouraged to help playtest, and can comment as well, but Pod members will have final say over their units. This will be a collaborative, public project, but we hope to let our teams do their best and only interrupt if necessary.

This Master Set is intended to be a stand-alone set. Synergy with existing units - official or VC - should not be the core of any design, but isn't ruled out if that direction makes sense for the unit.

Before we consider this project complete, and a true Master Set, we will also be designing maps and scenarios. We even have some ideas for the limited terrain pieces! Some maps and scenarios, though, will be designed with other terrain in mind to give players a starting point for mixing it up. First and foremost, however, we want everyone, whether they've been playing for years or if this is their first Heroscape purchase, to be able to jump right in and enjoy what this system has to offer!



So, fellow Heroscapers, we need your help! Come join us on this community project to provide Heroscape with an exciting source of new units in Heroscape's newest Master Set!

[Note: Info on the sets used and the name of this project here, huge shoutout to flameslayer93 for the additional detail here.]
[Also note: All units will be classic Heroscape, not MtG re-themes.]


Pod 0 Main thread (follow links to Pod 0 units).

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Re: [AotV] Arena of the Valkyrie: New Master Set (Main Threa

I'm glad that we've gotten this up!

As a quick clarification, we're proceeding with the name Arena of the Valkyrie (AotV) as a nod to both the original Rise of the Valkyrie Master Set and the Arena of the Planeswalkers sets that are being used for this endeavor.

In case anyone isn't aware, the names of these sets are Magic: The Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers, Battle for Zendikar, and Shadows Over Innistrad. All of the units that @NecroBlade mentioned are dispersed throughout those three boxes, so if you're interested but don't have these figures, they're fairly easy to find!
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Cool stuff. Glad to see y’all taking this on.

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Awesome to see this getting off the ground!

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I'm in! Time permitting I will be able to help play test some.
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I'm in! Time permitting I will be able to help play test some.
We will super appreciate any volunteers and are already looking for anyone who is willing to chip in.

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Re: [AotV] Arena of the Valkyrie: New Master Set (Main Threa

So from what I'm understanding, the intention behind this project is to make a Heroscape set using the AotP figures and components, but leaving out the Magic: the Gathering theme? The OP was a little unclear as to whether the MTG theme would remain or whether the heroes and squads would be renamed/rethemed.

If the set is completely rethemed, does this also mean that the Spell cards, etc. will be unused? I'm not saying it should be done one way or another, I'm just trying to gain a better understanding of the project. I believe the OP refers to a complete retheme, but I could see an MTG-themed Heroscape set working, similar to how the Underdark set was D&D themed.
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This sounds like an awesome project! I'm glad it's getting done. I hope to be able to help!

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So from what I'm understanding, the intention behind this project is to make a Heroscape set using the AotP figures and components, but leaving out the Magic: the Gathering theme? The OP was a little unclear as to whether the MTG theme would remain or whether the heroes and squads would be renamed. If the set is completely rethemed, does this also mean that the Spell cards, etc. will be unused? I'm not saying it should be done one way or another, I'm just trying to gain a better understanding of the project.
All good questions. The intent is to entirely re-theme the project to fit within established Heroscape canon, including VC additions. As such, spell cards will not be used, and all figures designed will be separate entities from their MtG counterparts. Inspiration may be drawn for specific powers or mechanics, but Jace will not be Jace, Chandra will not be Chandra, ect.
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