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Carl Forhan
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Any Heroscape fans who have also played Dust want to comment on how this game compares to Heroscape?
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I've been playing Heroscape for almost five years. Still my all-time favorite game. I got into Dust Tactics last fall, and though I still ultimately prefer Heroscape, I've come to really appreciate Dust Tactics.

They have a lot in common--simple rules but with enough depth to create a rich playing experience. Dust Tactics takes a little bit of an adjustment if you're used to Heroscape, but it's worth it. There's a little more of a chess-like element to it, in terms of planning and movement, and it can be brutally fast and vicious once the lead starts flying. I've felt a little more tension in DT's gameplay than in Heroscape's. Every move feels high stakes, more so than in Heroscape, but that's a quality I like. Both games can have twists and turns, last minute momentum swings.

I miss the 3D terrain, but the minis are much higher quality in terms of detail and intricacy. A lot of depends on how much you like the genre, of course. Weird War II, essentially. There's a nice variety of units, considering it's confined to one genre.

The painting aspect probably is a hurdle for a lot of Heroscape players. I've actually come to enjoy the painting--I find it oddly relaxing--but it is a considerable time commitment.

Overall, I think they compliment each other well. I've had a lot of fun playing DT. If you're a fan of Heroscape and don't mind painting--or have the dough to spring for painted sets--then I highly recommend it.
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I would also give Heroscape the edge.
Dust has a more grown up, tactical feel to it, whereas Heroscape can also be played that way I find it actually get's played in a much more fun flamboyant way, where personal safety just goes right out the window.

Also I expect someone must be thinking of making some unit cards for Dust figures in Heroscape.
 
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I've actually come to enjoy the painting--I find it oddly relaxing--but it is a considerable time commitment.

Amen.
I wasn't a painter growing up. But I found that painting relaxed me after a long day of studying in grad school.
It also gave me my "gaming" fix for an hour or so before bed when I had no real time to game.
Dust figures are nice in that you can do a fairly easy paint job, and they look pretty good. No overly detailed areas to stress over.
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I love Heroscape, and I've come to love Dust Tactics as well. When explaining the complexity/tactics of Dust, I like to think of it as firmly in the middle ground between Heroscape and Warmachine. I'm just now reading through the new Dust Warfare tabletop rules, which I think will click the complexity up a notch who want a little more meat to their games. Overall I highly recommend fwiw!

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