The skirmish game Heroscape, which is built on miniatures, is returning from the dead, apparently adding its iconic hex grid pieces to it.
The disturbing news was appended to the end of the publisher''s announcement of Avalon Hills Gen Con Indy 2022, which included little more than a name - Heroscape: Age of Annihilation - and the promise of future details.
A teaser video depicted several miniatures on top of the games'' modular hex tiles. Although it difficult to make precise details, enthusiasts of the originals high fantasy aesthetics will benefit from the fact that the ensemble included some extremely pulpy heroes posed with weapons, orcs and goblins arrayed against them, and one very ornate dragon with feathered wings growing up in the background.
The tiles create a scorched and dark landscape with lava flows, which is a fitting setting for the Age of Annihilation, according to one. Once upon a time, I collected Heroscape back in the mid-2000s, where it was still produced by Milton Bradley. The Wizards of the Coast picked it up in 2008 before discontinuing the game two years later. My items were unfortunately eliminated in a yard sale.
In retrospect, it was my first wargame. Modular hex tiles could be combined to create terrain with extremely diverse types and verticality. While I never played it, I nonetheless enjoyed constructing different fields and imagining the scenarios that would play out.
Heroscape has been officially dead for nearly 12 years, but it has survived as many discontinued games do amongst a dedicated fanbase who kept the hobby alive with custom battlefields, figures, lore, and more. It is not clear if original creators Craig Van Ness, Rob Daviau, and Stephen Baker, who released it together while at Milton Bradley, will contribute to this new version. Dicebreaker has reached out to the publisher for further information ahead of further details scheduled for August 8th.