Heroscape was released in 2004. The game designers were Craig Van Ness, Rob Daviau, and Stephen Baker at Hasbro Games; this is the same company and designers who released HeroQuest and Battle Masters. The game is designed for 2 to 4 players ages 8 and older, although it can easily be adapted to more players, particularly if more than one master set and expansion sets are used. There are different sets you can buy.
The game comes with two sets of rules. The basic rules allow for simpler games accessible to younger players. The advanced rules are designed for more experienced gamers but are still very simple compared to most wargames. Each figure or group of figures has a card, called an army card, with basic game statistics printed on one side and advanced game information on the other. Advanced game information includes species, class, personality, size, special powers, and the point value of the card.
The master set that is required for play contains enough tiles to build a nearly limitless number of scenarios, but experienced players often combine sets to create larger and more elaborate playing surfaces. The master set includes grass, rock, sand, water and ruins to make the playing surface, various expansions add lava, road/bridge, trees, snow, ice, glaciers, swamp, and a castle.
At its essence, Heroscape is an epic battle between and among characters from multiple cultures, periods, and genres, taking place on a three-dimensional gaming surface of various elevations and terrain types. Although the game manual contains ideas for scenarios, many players combine multiple sets of terrain tiles to create large playing surfaces, and manufacture their own house rules and custom scenarios. The heroes are inspired heavily by popular science fiction and fantasy, as well as the Old West, the Roman Empire, ancient Greece, feudal Japan, the Scottish highlands, the Nordic sagas, American history, medieval Europe, classic mythology, among others. A single team may consist of heroes from many genres, with dragons, elves, robots, dinosaurs, and wizards fighting alongside (and against) soldiers, vikings, knights, samurai, cowboys, agents, space pirates, and more.