Saturday, 22 October 2016

Hero Kids Random Encounter Generator

Hero Kids enthusiast and all-round spreadsheet wizard Josiah Fiscus has put together an amazing Hero Kids random encounter generator:
Hero Kids - Random Encounter Generator


The generator is pretty straightforward, but has deep underlying sophistication. It basically reverse-engineers my difficulty tuning for Hero Kids encounters, based on number of heroes and the type of encounter.

The generator allows you to plug in a few settings, and then gives you an approriate encounter, using creatures from the Hero Kids Monster Compendium. The settings are:
• Location
• Number of heroes
• Desired difficulty
• Type of encounter (normal or boss battle)

Here are some examples:



Also, Adam Bragg has put together a blog post at Spiralbound Studios that demonstrates how to use Josiah's random encounter generator with the Hero Kids Monster Compendium to quick generate an adventure:
An Endless Supply of Adventures for Hero Kids

If you don't have it, you can get the Hero Kids Monster Compendium here:
Hero Kids - Fantasy Expansion - Monster Compendium

Monday, 3 October 2016

Free Hero Kids books for libraries!

I'VE HAD OVER 20 RESPONSES, SO ROUND ONE IS NOW CLOSED!

Are you a library, or a librarian?  Send me an email and I'll mail you free copies of Hero Kids for your collection:



The first 10-20 libraries that get in touch get the books.  For serious.

My email is justinhalliday(a)gmail.com

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Monster Compendium 50% off in print!

Alrighty-then.  The new Hero Kids - Fantasy Expansion - Monster Compendium softcover book is DONE!  Here's proof:



Let's take a look inside:





Use this link for 50% off the softcover Hero Kids Monster Compendium:
Hero Kids - Fantasy Expansion - Monster Compendium

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Hero Kids Flat Plastic Miniatures

In all of the excitement of the work on the Hero Kids Monster Compendium, I almost forgot that a neat box arrived containing 64 Hero Kids flat plastic miniatures from ArcKnight's Kickstarter campaign.

Even better, these are now available from ArcKnight's online store:
Hero Kids Flat Plastic Miniatures.


The set contains 64 miniatures from these sets:
•  Hero Kids - Fantasy RPG
•  Hero Kids - Fantasy Expansion - Hero Cards - Set II
•  Hero Kids - Fantasy Expansion - Hero Cards - Set III
•  Hero Kids - Fantasy Expansion - Hero Cards - Pet Cards
•  Hero Kids - Space Expansion - Hero Cards - Set I
•  Hero Kids - Space Expansion - Hero Cards - Set II




Saturday, 20 August 2016

Introducing Hero Kids Monster Compendium

It's DONE!  (The PDF anyway...)


Now, I know you're dying to know what's in this bad boy!  The PDF of the Monster Compendium has 136 monsters in the 60 page book.  I've designed multiple monsters for most of the 'types', so you can mix and match them to create interesting (and challenging encounters).

Bats, Beguilers, Boars, Brigands, Bugbears, Commoners, Constructs, Coot and Crone, Cultists, Dragons, Elementals, Firestarter, Flaming Skull, Foxes, Froglings, Gargoyle, Ghost, Giants, Gladiators, Goblins, Gorillas, Guards, Helm Knight, Hydra, Knights, Kobolds, Lizardkin, Minotaur, Mummies, Pirates, Ratlings, Rats, Scorpion, Sea Serpent, Skeletons, Slimes, Snakes, Spiders, Tengu, Water Beast, Weasels, Werewolf, Wolves, Wraith, Wyvern, Zombies...


Each monster section contains ecology and adventure hooks for the monsters.  As Brian Benoit says:

"From the perspective of a GM, I absolutely love all the hooks you've included in the book.  You could literally flip to any page and run an off-the-cuff adventure off of any one of the hooks provided, so I love the book from that perspective.  I also like the lists of names included, makes it easy to name an NPC on the fly.  It's a nice touch."


The PDF also comes with another 51 page PDF for all of the monster stand-ups.  They look like this:


It's slightly hard to see here, but the top half is monsters numbered 1 to 4, and the bottom half of the page is the monsters numbered 5-8.  So depending on how you play, and how many monsters you throw at your heroes, you can just cut the top half of each of these pages.

Now that the PDFs are finished (pending any updates), I'm gonna put together a print version of this Monster Compendium.

Get the Hero Kids Monster Compendium here:
Hero Kids - Fantasy Expansion - Monster Compendium

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Monster Compendium Cover Art...

I loved working with Hero Kids resident artist Eric Quigley on the cover for the new Monster Compendium.  One of life's greatest pleasures is watching other people work. :-)

In honor of Eric's work, and so that others can have the pleasure of watching Eric work, I created this GIF of the each of the steps we followed creating the cover for the new book:


Although technically it was mostly him doing the work...

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Monster Compendium Editing...

Spent the week editing the Hero Kids Monster Compendium.  I'm noticing a pattern that little projects develop into big projects...


The compendium is now 120-ish monsters, but also includes details about the monsters, a sprinkling of history, and a boatload of adventure hooks.  As Brian Beniot states:

"From the perspective of a GM, I absolutely love all the hooks you've included in the book.  You could literally flip to any page and run an off-the-cuff adventure off of any one of the hooks provided, so I love the book from that perspective."

The compendium also features an amazing new cover by Eric Quigley: