Sunday, 14 September 2014

Riotous GM's Hero Kids review

The titular Riotous GM from Riotous GM posted a long piece on running Hero Kids for his 8 and 15 year-old kids:

Riotous GM: Kids – Heroes, etc


"I decided that Hero Kids was worth picking up, at the ridiculously cheap price for the complete bundle even if I didn't like or run it I wouldn't have lost much."

"What I found quickly was how much of a joy the published adventures were to run. The layouts are very simple and each encounter simply lays out what changes are necessary depending on the number of players, anything from one to six is a doddle."

"While my fifteen year old (who plays in my regular Pathfinder campaign) unsurprisingly wasn't a huge fan the eight year old loved it."

"While we were on holiday my eight year-old not only reread the rules but also (at my prompting) Basement O Rats so that he could GM it while I played. While he still needed some guidance on the mechanics he improvised an attack by a giant lobster (which he reskinned from the character sheet and mini from a giant scorpion) at an appropriate point and messed around with the ending so that I got a bit of a surprise."

"We've loved boardgames and been playing lots but
Hero Kids has really made me rethink my approach and I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes."

Check out Hero Kids and its adventures at DriveThruRPG:

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Work, work, work...

Ages ago Ted Arlauskas did a Star Wars hack of Hero Kids, which inspired me to start work on a sci-fi expansion for the game.  I'm not finished yet, but here's a quick look at the work that's gotten us from the original Hero Kids hero cards to sci-fi versions of the cards.

I'm sure you can all work out the various changes yourselves, but from here I need to create all ten of the sci-fi heroes, a bunch of monsters, and an adventure!  Easy!  :-)

The new sci-fi heroes (and monsters) are by Eric Quigley, as usual, and the custom border is by David Graffam.

Check out Hero Kids and its adventures at DriveThruRPG:

Hero Forge Games at DriveThruRPG

Monday, 4 August 2014

Hero Cards in Polish and Swedish!

The Hero Kids hero cards are now available in Swedish and Polish on DriveThruRPG!

Polish: Hero Kids - Supplement - Hero Cards - Polish

Swedish: Hero Kids - Supplement - Hero Cards - Swedish

Special thanks to Ulf Bengtsson and Filip Pawlicki for the translations.

Check out Hero Kids and its adventures at DriveThruRPG:

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Need words for the next expansion...

Alright folks, I need a few sci-fi-ish words for the next Hero Kids expansions:

•  A mystical power source, and a wizardly type who channels it
•  A high tech sword, and a person who uses such a sword

What do you guys think?

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Hero Kids review from Engaged Family Gaming...

Dustin Crewell from Engaged Family Gaming has just posted a review of Hero Kids:

Tabletop RPG Review: Hero Kids


"Like any good roleplaying game (RPG), there are plenty of supplements available: extra adventures, new characters, the ever-important loot, and even pets. Or, for those feeling adventurous themselves, you can create your own material, using the information that comes with the basic rulebook as a guide. This will likely come in handy later, as some kids may chew through the available pre-made missions faster than new ones come out."

"The most critical skill, though, is imagination and problem solving. Beginners can be guided and prompted, but there’s a good chance that parents will find themselves surprised by how fast kids pick up on this form of make-believe. As gameplay progresses, concepts like tactics and teamwork can be stressed, helping the young heroes face ever more difficult challenges."

"As with many independently published RPGs, Hero Kids does have some grammatical and spelling issues that you might need to watch out for."

Hmmm. I wish people would actually tell me what these errors are, 'cos I'd fix them! :-)

"For gamer parents wanting to introduce their kids to tabletop RPGs, at $6-$15 ($6 gets you a PDF rulebook, while $15 gets you a PDF rulebook, coloring pages, extra features & 9 pre-made adventures), Hero Kids is a fantastic stepping stone to future gaming."

"For non-gamers looking for a good outlet for their kids’ imagination, this system requires very little additional investment (just a couple of standard dice), and will give your kids hours of creative entertainment!"

Check out Hero Kids and its adventures at DriveThruRPG:

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Hero Cards III - Heroes from out of town!

Hero Cards III - Heroes from out of town is now out on DriveThruRPG.

This expansion adds ten new heroes for your Hero Kids game:

•   Arbalest - The dwarf arbalest's powerful crossbow can shoot right through enemies
•   Blade Dancer - The scything blades of this dragon-kin can attack two enemies
•   Blade Dancer - With two blades, this drow blade dancer is a fearsome attacker
•   Brute (Male) - This unstoppable dragon-kin trades off armor for a heavy blade
•   Druid - This eld druid's magic allows her to entangle foes and protect herself from attack
•   Knight (Male) - This dwarf knight is dangerous with his shield and even more dangerous without it
•   Mancer - The halfling mancer's magic can topple enemies like leaves blown by the wind
•   Rogue (Female) - The halfling rogue's tiny frame deceives her enemies, to their surprise
•   Stonemaster - Dwarves are masters of stone, and this one uses magic to shape the world
•   Woodswalker - Raised in the forests, this elf is the master of the longbow

Get them here:
Hero Kids - Expansion - Hero Cards III

Check out Hero Kids and its adventures at DriveThruRPG:

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Two more Hero Kids reviews...

Here are a couple of quick reviews of Hero Kids:

My Hero Kids And Their First RPG Session
"I recently introduced my board game loving boys, Josh (11 years old) and Evan (9 years old), to role-playing games. It was a fantastic experience..."

Board Games With Geeklings: Hero Kids
"I’m going to abandon my usual 1 to 5 scale for this game and say that if you enjoy RPGs and you have kids and an extra $10, this game is worth having."

Check out Hero Kids and its adventures at DriveThruRPG:

Hero Forge Games at DriveThruRPG