One common complaint about the previous line of randomly distributed miniatures was how difficult it was for casual collectors to get a specific miniature to represent their PCs. No longer! This month, you can pick up the first of the new line of miniatures geared specifically toward player characters. The first series of D&D Heroes miniatures features six different packs where all three miniatures are visible and not randomly distributed. Each pack contains two male figures and one female figure, as well as three new power cards for use in your D&D games.
Over the next couple of weeks, we'll preview all of the figures in the first series of miniatures geared for PCs, with an MSRP of $10.99. Today, we show you the three figures found in the first martial box.
Male Elf Ranger
In 2007, Eddie Wehrenberg, Jr. fought back all opponents to win the D&D Miniatures Championship. As part of his prize, he was able to create a miniature that represented his character, Farris Nightbringer -- a male Elf Ranger that fits well with the beastmaster ranger build in Martial Power. The associated power hunter's teamwork works well with a ranged beastmaster; a beast counts as an ally, so hunter's teamwork makes it easier to get two allies adjacent to a single enemy. (This is slightly different from the Distant Advantage feat in Player's Handbook 2, which grants you combat advantage when allies are flanking distant targets. No flanking is required to get the bonus with hunter's teamwork.)
Male Human Fighter
While many of the cards provided in these packs will be new at-will powers, there are some utility powers. (As the line progresses, this will spread to new encounter and daily powers as well.) For this first set, each box contains two at-will powers and one utility power of either level 6 or level 10. The male human fighter has daring shout, a minor action that marks adjacent foes.
Female Dragonborn Rogue
The first female dragonborn miniature is a rogue, and her associated power is probing strike, an attack that's good for leading up to an encounter or daily power that you really, really need to have hit.
That's it for this first preview. Some people may be wondering what happened to the skirmish game, and if you're one of those people, you may want to read over our previous announcements here and here. The skirmish game isn't gone; it will now be handled by the officially licensed DDM Guild, a group of outstanding fans that will continue with the game. Check their website and this update about what they have in store.
About the Author
Peter Lee works as a game designer for Wizards of the Coast, where he splits his time between RPG design and leading the design for D&D Miniatures.
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