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Are they the same game? Or is D&D Minis like an abridged toned down version of D&D 4.0? Or is it a separate rule-set entirely?

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D&D miniatures is an entirely different game. The main similarities are:

  • Square Grid (and scale, though D&D can be played on any scale).
  • d20 mechanic
  • World

Otherwise they have nothing to do with one another.

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I believe also they share the same miniature scale and by "World" we could also mean "creature set", so that you could use minis for one incarnation with the other incarnation's physical component demands? –  Viktor Haag Sep 9 '10 at 18:26
"Nothing to do with one another" is a bit of an overstatement. Monster powers for the minis game are essentially simplified versions of the creature in D&D, and the stat cards for the minis thoughtfully have the roleplay stats on the back. Minis is really D&D's skirmish-wargame cousin. –  Tynam Apr 18 '11 at 18:12
@Tynam Distant cousin. The mechanics have little to do with one another, and there is no RP aspect to minis... –  C. Ross Apr 18 '11 at 19:41
Granted; they're not close. Still, they're undeniably related. –  Tynam Apr 18 '11 at 21:51

WotC does a lot of cross over between the two. You will often, for example, see a Mini's power make it into the Character Builder. So mechanically, they are very similar. Also, the mini's sets are designed to be used in 4ed games in addition to the skirmishing game, so they tend to follow similar release formats. For example, Eberron themed mini's came out around the same time as the Eberron CS was released.

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