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The Castle of the Threefold Dead
The final battle from my February custom Heroica game that began in Croftwater village. After the old road, the heroes visit the Walled Town and a room from Kastlerock before reaching the Dark Druid's stronghold. This was the final battle that inspired the rules for the month 5 heroica map contest that I judged.
About this creation
This is the front of the castle, the main doors protected by a demon statue.


To pass, the heroes must combine clues and resources collected through the game and give the demon food and water. This puts out the fire and allows them to enter.


This is the rear of the castle. It doesn't do anything but I thought I'd show it anyway.


The Dark Druid (Strength 3) floats above his pedestal, protected by magic shields. He can only be attacked from three of the squares around the pit of molten lava. But when any hero attacks him, he immediately turns to face them. The shield repels any attack, save for a shield roll, which causes half of the shield to be lost. Immediately after the druid is attacked, he strikes back, attacking every hero in the room with a two dice roll (the best outcome for the druid counts). Heroes then each roll for defence (see my two-dice battle rules for details). This battle would be impossible for the Heroes to withstand save for one thing.


With magical staffs, collected throughout the game, when a hero makes an attack, any other hero that holds a staff may move one square and if they move into an attacking position, can join the attack. Now it is possible to combine the heroes efforts and hit the Dark Druid from his vulnerable sides. Anyone who attacks the Dark druid from an unshielded side rolls to attack as usual with the Druid rolling two dice to defend. However, if they roll a shield, the Druid still makes a defensive 1 die roll and can block the attack by also rolling a shield.


While it is still theoretically possible for a hero with a staff to join an attack, roll a shield, the druid not roll one and the game be over, the chances of this happening are much, much smaller than the quick victories that plague standard-rule games and as every hero is attacked several times between turns, there's a good chance several heroes will have to recover from defeat before they can finish the Druid off. Depending on how you define the terms of how the monsters win determines how likely it is but giving every hero two or three lives makes victory possible, but by no means, certain.


A plan view of the castle. While only three heroes can attack at once, there is sufficient space for more to join in and all of them to move around to vary their attack position. This was designed as a co-operative final battle where the heroes all win, or all lose.


Finally, a plan view of the entire map that was played. A bit fiddly in places but great to work through and the kids loved the puzzle solving and really got into the teamwork aspect which was mostly the point of this map.


Thank you for viewing.




Comments

 I like it 
  June 23, 2013
Wow! That's such a great idea for a boss battle!
 I made it 
  August 13, 2012
Quoting avacon clinton where do you get the inspiration to make all of yocs please reply.:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
Thank you for your kind comments. All of my mocs start with a brief so I always know what I'm trying to build. In this case, a room where heroes have to work together to defeat the final boss. Once basic layout is there so it will play, I build the scene around it and just make it up as go from there. Mostly it's about finding interesting way of using the bricks I have available (the fewer you have, the more creative you have to be) to build features like the face in the back wall, the turrets and the statue at the door. Fill in the gaps with higgledy piggledy bits so it doesn't look too plain and you're done. With Heroica, it's important to remember the colour palette; look at the existing sets and don't add too many contrasting colours at once. Hope this gives you a little insight into how I work. Keep building : )
 I like it 
  August 13, 2012
luc i love all your yocs(your own creations)ill be putting out some of mocs of heroica myself and where do you get the inspiration to make all of yocs please reply.:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
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  May 17, 2012
I really like your castle. The face in the back of the castle is subtle, but cool. The puzzle aspects with gaining access and fighting with the staves is cool. As always, top notch work that inspires me!
 I made it 
  March 11, 2012
Quoting Paul Gyugyi Fantastic! Excellent, beautiful map. Nice idea with the turning druid.
Thanks. We really enjoyed the game we played on this map. For the next one, they want me to mix in components from their lego games... Frog jump, Sunblock and Banana balance : S (bless 'em).
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  March 10, 2012
Fantastic! Excellent, beautiful map. Nice idea with the turning druid.
 
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