HoMM3: The Board Game – update #3 – Why do map tiles matter?

The world in Antagarich is… flat?

Heroes of Might & Magic 3: The Board Game world is represented as hexagonal map tiles. Each faction has its own unique starting one with a town on it. It’s your “home base”, so to speak. As soon as you leave your town, a real game of exploring begins. Bear in mind, that all of the assets are still work in progress, not final ones.

Fortune favours the brave

Every new tile is shrouded in a Fog of War. This means that you have no idea what’s waiting for you until you decide to explore it. Once you travel from your current tile to an undiscovered one, you draw a tile from a stack. It might come with new mines to flag, outposts to control, or secret locations to explore. Whatever it is, get there as soon as possible, as your opponent is not sitting and waiting.

But the real treasures await on tiles with a higher level of difficulty – they are labeled as tier II and III. These tiles trigger special events, which can reshuffle balance between players – they are tricky as fate itself.” Make sure to be prepared before you enter those, as an army is key in the art of conquest.

Explorers draw the map

Whenever you discover a new tile, you decide how it’s going to be placed. The map is built of tiles that can be rotated, and you choose how they will fit to already revealed terrain. You can turn a tile to ensure that the most valuable locations are closest to you. Flagging an important mine or acquiring an artifact sooner than later can have dire consequences later in the game!

But tiles are not only a Gift Festival. They can be used as a weapon as well! The majority of tiles come with mountains and other regions that cannot be traveled through. If you are into master strategy, you might build a “Great Wall” with sneaky tile play. But as I said before – be faster than your opponents, as only the explorer gets the right to adjust a tile. Once the tile is placed, you cannot modify it.

Map tile is the most valuable resource

While it’s essential to have plenty of gold, valuables, and building materials (those are three resources in Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Board Game), the ultimate resource is a map tile itself. You need mines, Mystical Garden, Windmills, and other places to get additional resources. All of them provide extra things when visited for the first time – while some will keep providing you income each resource round.

One thing is sure – you won’t keep up with your opponents if you do not conquer enough territory fast enough. They will simply out-resource you.

The world is yours

Playing Heroes of “Might and Magic III: The Board Game” is the ability to combine wise conquest with great army command. Before you meet your opponent on the battlefield, make sure to build a solid economy and hoard enough gold for a few beds. Otherwise, no reasonable dragon will look your way.
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