Since HeroScape was published in 2004, I've been a huge fan. Being able to set up epic battles between armies made up of dragons, zombies, cowboys and robots with spectacular plastic terrain... absolutely brilliant. But HeroScape was never easy to transport (given the number of expansions I bought, my game is now stored in about half a dozen large plastic tubs) and, sadly, it is out of print.
The card game Summoner Wars solves both of those problems. Designed by Colby Dauch, a big fan of HeroScape, Summoner Wars puts players in control of fantasy armies which battle on a 6x8 board. The basic rules are simple, but each faction requires a different strategy to win, and each unit within the factions has a special power.
The end result is a game that will appeal to HeroScape fans and to anyone who likes the idea of an attack-based fantasy battle game that plays in less than 30 minutes. I love it. Read more in my full review of Summoner Wars.
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