Heroes of Land, Air & Sea is a fantasy board game with miniatures that tells the epic tale of battling kingdoms, and the individuals who turn the tides of war. Featuring classic factions such as elves, dwarves, goblins, and orcs, this competitive strategy game turns armies against each other in a race to expand their kingdom into new territory. Each faction’s kingdom begins as a small township, therefore players begin with only a basic town hall, a couple of peons, and a single warrior. From there, players must explore the territory around them, build up their work force, fortify their army, and develop their kingdom — all through careful action selection, exploitation, war, and resource management. However, as players reach milestones, upgrades become available to improve their kingdom, workforce, and army; others expand it with vessels and mounts to more quickly seize territory, or position armies for more powerful attacks.
War in Heroes of Land, Air & Sea features a cost/reward system carefully detailed on tactics cards from which players must secretly choose. The availability of these tactics cards depends on the units and factions participating in the war. This game also boasts two economic systems, one being the risky acquisition and careful management of the resources (food, ore, and mana), while the other is a twist on worker placement that requires the leveraging of peons to construct buildings, peons that could otherwise be exploring, expanding, exploiting, and exterminating! Finding this balance is crucial to victory!
Equal parts strategy war game, resource management, and worker placement, Heroes of Land, Air & Sea is a must have on the shelves of anyone who enjoys a thematic challenge and a bit of good old-fashioned “Take that!”