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2004
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Best with 2 players
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8 and up
Playing Time
90 minutes
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8 and up
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Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie
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Heroscape Master Set: Aufstieg der Walküren
Heroscape Meesterset: Opkomst van de Walkyrie
Heroscape Set Maestro: el Auge de la Valquirias
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This Fantasy Battle Board Game comes with dozens of painted plastic miniatures, each representing a warrior from a different era, and hex-based hard plastic terrain pieces which can be put together in many different ways. The warriors include 30 plastic figures, including World War II soldiers, futuristic robots, aliens, a T-Rex-riding orc, a large dragon, and many more. Each hero or squad has its own card that details both movement and combat abilities.

There are 2 large ruins and 85 tiles of terrain in the base game. Some terrain tiles are large (up to 24 hexes) while others are small (1 hex). There are water, sand, rock and grass tiles (in roughly increasing order). Many different battlefields can be built by attaching and stacking the tiles.

The rulebook features two games: a basic and a master version. In the basic version (designed for younger players < 8 years), characters move, attack, defend, and have range -- but there are no special powers and some other rules are minimized and/or eliminated. The master game includes special powers, wounds, engagement rules, falling rules, and a few other additions.

A battlefield/scenario book shows how to build five battlefields, layer by layer. Each battlefield may have multiple scenarios, where the goals vary. It can be opponent elimination, getting to a certain space, protecting a certain figure, or holding out for a certain number of turns.

Each unit in the Master Set has a movement rating ranging from 4 to 8, which is the number of hexes it can move in a turn. Moving up a level counts as a hex; moving down does not incur that penalty. Moving down more levels than your height when moving from one hex to another counts as falling and you might take damage --unless you are falling into water.

Combat in the game is fairly straightforward. You roll attack dice as listed on your unit's card (1 to 8 dice in the Master Set), and the opponent rolls defense dice equal to the number on their unit's card (1 to 9 dice). Skulls rolled in excess of shields count as wounds (hero figures may have more than one Life).

The master game uses a point system in which players alternate drafting cards until they reach the pre-assigned point value for the scenario. It's possible to bring a "pre-fab" army to the battle in order to save time.

The basic game is for two players. The master game is for 2 to 4 (and more) players.
The game is eminently customizable, with many expansions which add more abilities, terrain, and options. There are also user-created maps, scenarios, custom units and advanced rules available online.

HeroScape: Rise of the Valkyrie is the original master set for the HeroScape series of games.

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Heroscape Cancellation FAQ

Q: Why are you cancelling the Heroscape line?
A: We have chosen to focus our business efforts on our core brands.

Q: How long will Heroscape products remain available in stores?
A: There is no specific limitation on this. They will remain available as long as supplies last.

Q: Will Wizards be releasing any more Heroscape products before the line is cancelled?
A: Yes! The final expansion set, named Moltenclaw's Invasion, will be released on November 16, 2010.

Q: Will you continue to support product replacement for damaged or defective Heroscape game pieces?
A: Yes, we will continue to do so as per our normal product replacement schedule.

Q: I have other questions, not answered by this FAQ. Where can I go to ask those?
A: Feel free to email in any additional questions to customer service.

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Components:

  • Mimring with Army Card
  • Finn the Viking Champion with Army Card
  • Thorgrim the Viking Champion with Army Card
  • Tarn Viking Warriors (4) with Army Card
  • Agent Carr with Army Card
  • Krav Maga Agents (3) with Army Card
  • Ne-Gok-Sa with Army Card
  • Marro Warriors (4) with Army Card
  • Syvarris with Army Card
  • Deathwalker 9000 with Army Card
  • Zettian Guards (2) with Army Card
  • Raelin the Kyrie Warrior with Army Card
  • Izumi Samurai (3) with Army Card
  • Sgt. Drake Alexander with Army Card
  • Airborne Elite (4) with Army Card and Grenade Marker
  • Grimnak with Army Card
  • 6 Grass Tiles (24 Hex)
  • 5 Grass Tiles (7 Hex)
  • 5 Grass Tiles (3 Hex)
  • 5 Grass Tiles (2 Hex)
  • 16 Grass Tiles (1 Hex)
  • 2 Rock Tiles (24 Hex)
  • 3 Rock Tiles (7 Hex)
  • 3 Rock Tiles (3 Hex)
  • 3 Rock Tiles (2 Hex)
  • 6 Rock Tiles (1 Hex)
  • 2 Sand Tiles (7 Hex)
  • 2 Sand Tiles (3 Hex)
  • 2 Sand Tiles (2 Hex)
  • 4 Sand Tiles (1 Hex)
  • 21 Water Tiles (1 Hex) (early versions were packed with transparent tiles embedded with sparkles.)
  • 2 Ruins (3 Hex and 2 Hex)
  • 10 Glyphs (Astrid, Brandar x2, Dagmar, Gerda, Ivor, Valda, Erland, Kelda, Mitonsoul)
  • 24 Wound Markers
  • Round Marker
  • 16 Order Markers
  • 12 Combat Dice (early versions were packed with 10 red and 10 blue dice)
  • 20-Sided Die
  • Rulebook (early versions split the rule book into Basic and Master rules booklets and a Battlefield Scenario booklet)

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Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie
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Hasbro Elite Onyx Vipers edition
Publisher: Hasbro, Milton Bradley
Artist: Stephen Baker, Rob Daviau, Craig Van Ness
Year: 2005
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Heroscape Master Set: Aufstieg der Walküren
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Year: 2005
Size: 20.87 x 10.24 x 3.15 inches
4.41 pounds
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Heroscape Set Maestro: el Auge de la Valquirias
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Size: 21.00 x 10.50 x 3.40 inches
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Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie
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First Edition
Publisher: Hasbro, Milton Bradley
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Year: 2004
Product Code: 41712
Size: 21.00 x 10.50 x 3.38 inches
5.00 pounds
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Publisher: Milton Bradley
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Year: 2004
Product Code: PN 65863200
Size: 21.00 x 10.60 x 3.30 inches
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A very special add-on to a regular game of Heroscape. To use the Secret Glyph Cards, scatter glyph tiles around the board. Face up or down does not matter. When a player moves a figure on to a glyph, pull one of the Secret Glyph Cards, blind and at random, and give it to that player. They must then resolve that cards effects. The effects may be beneficial or detrimental. Some of the cards require specific Heroscape figures. Use a proxy figure if you need to. Some cards require specific terrain. Again, use proxy terrain if you need to. Each card is independent of the others. Each card is labelled with either a positive or negative tag. Use the tags to customize how much support teams get, or how much hurt. For extra fun, make a rule that the flavor text must be read out loud for...
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Road to the Forgotten Forest Expansion for Quests of Heroscape. Developed by NetherSpirit.
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Version 1.3 of Quests for Heroscape created by Teamski and Malechi. This variation includes rules and cards to introduce Quests into your game of Heroscape!
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Partial Cover Rules by Hextr1p System of rules for partial cover using concepts and mechanics which are already in the game so as to make them as accessible as possible. Determine partial cover for figures using: • Terrain Tiles with a minimum Height of 1. • Terrain Obstacles, such as walls, trees, glaciers, etc. • Figures, including Opponent’s Figures and Friendly Figures. Why partial cover? Because I want the terrain objects in Heroscape (walls, ruins, evergreens, etc.) to do more than just ALMOST hide a figure. I want them to have more strategic significance during movement and positioning of units, as this affects both the way a defender moves, as well as an attacker. I also wanted to try and give melee units a bit more of a fighting chance as they move across the...
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