Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Hero Kids Lockdown Bundle now available!

What a time to be alive, eh.

With so many people stuck at home at the moment, we've thrown together a dirt-cheap Hero Kids LOCKDOWN bundle to get you started with role-playing with your kids.

These bundles include the core Hero Kids rules, the Basement O Rats introductory adventure, the Fire in Rivenshore and Wizard's Tower adventures, and three expansions with new heroes and pets!

The bundle is currently available in English, French/Français, Spanish/Espanol/Castellano, Russian, and German/Deutsch:
Hero Kids Lockdown Bundle English
Hero Kids Lockdown Bundle French/Français
Hero Kids Lockdown Bundle German/Deutsch
Hero Kids Lockdown Bundle Russian
Hero Kids Lockdown Bundle Spanish/Espanol/Castellano

Stay safe friends.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Hero Kids Bundle of Holding 2020!

For the next 17 days, the Bundle of Holding is offering the best value Hero Kids deal!

The Bonus Collection includes the Hero Kids Fantasy products as well as the Space Heroes expansions!

Check it out: https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Kids2020

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Brecken Vale Gazetteer

I'm working on something new for Hero Kids, and it's taking a while! 

It started as a simple idea to produce a official map of Rivenshore.  But since then, it's expanded to a gazetteer of all of the Brecken Vale.

The gazetteer will feature an overview of the regions of the Brecken Vale, a rundown of the key locations in Rivenshore, as well as details about notable characters from across the vale.  Additionally, the gazetteer will be packed with gameable adventure hooks to inspire your Hero Kids game.

Here's my original layout of Rivenshore:

Rivenshore layout

From my layout, Eric Quigley illustrated the village:

Rivenshore early sketch

Rivenshore work in progress

Which has become this thing of beauty!


Speaking of Eric, he's also illustrated a whole bunch of notable characters, both friendly and villainous, from across the vale:

Sheriff Walt
Lizardkin Shaman S'Lis
Mortain and Crow
Old Madge

Keep an eye out for the Brecken Vale Gazetteer in the not-too-distant future.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Hero Kids review round-up

What better time for a round-up of the latest Hero Kids reviews than... RIGHT NOW!

"This whole rule system is a perfect way to introduce younger children to tabletop RPGs. I have played 3 seperate sessions with my son and my nephews, and they absolutely love it. I forget the rules for damage sometimes, and railroading sometimes comes into play, but with younger kids it is best to keep the game moving on and Hero Kids provides a great way to do that.

Not only does this system have a great starting base with the Basement O' Rats adventure as well as several other follow-on modules, the author is allowing for a ton of additional content to be written and published as part of the Hero Kids label. Kudos for that! And the price just cannot be beat!

Another awesome perk of this is that you can go ahead and purchase the hardcopies if you want, but for me the digital works just fine. I just print what I need for the adventure, and keep the rest on my computer or tablet.

Overall, I love this system, and am currently using it to build a campaign for my son for when I return home. Highly recommended!!!"

How 'about this one:

"I genuinely like this better than expensive competitors like Mice and Mystics (and even HeroQuest). 

Paper minis enable Hero Kids to have a larger variety of creatures to encounter, and creatures of many different sizes. 

The stories in this are better (the prose is more concise), and the rules are cleaner. This means you get to play faster without spending much time in the rulebook. It's a game I like to bring to the table with kids."


"I'm afraid I've not played a roleplaying game for years, but my 9-year-old daughter found my old dice, asked me how they worked, and she was entralled with the idea—so I poked around the internet to see what there was nowadays and i settled on HERO KIDS. 

My two younger kids were hooked from the beginning of Basement o' Rats. My 11-year-old, initially disdainful, got interested and asked to join in—we had to contrive a way for her to join in partway through. 

The combat was exciting enough, and they got into it, but their favorite part was the side trip to the chamber with the pool, where they had to figure out how to extricate a small treasure chest from amidst magically frozen rats, without getting trapped and frozen themselves. I also decided the mushrooms there would be useful magical ingredients and were safe to eat, but made the characters glow blue the remainder of the adventure, which tickled the kids. 

In all, you've roped in three kids, 7 through 11, who had a blast with their first RPG and one dad who had a blast with them, and got to roll some serious dice for the first time in ages. I highly recommend the bundle for grownups whose professional life doesn't leave lots of time for creating—the adventures are a lifesaver."


"This product as a whole, Hero Kids, is an amazing investment. 

My 5 year old son and I have played over ten times in the first few weeks of owning it. I love how imaginative he gets. My D&D group has a few dads and we got together to all play. Each adventure is unique and has many options to increase the replay factor

It's flexible enough that we can go rules lite and really let the story be the focus, or play it straight up and work on his math and counting! And the narration is wonderful, putting the kids as the heroes to do what the grown ups can't! 

I have recommended this product and all of its adventures and expansions to all of my friends with kids."

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Hero Kids Creator's Guild Adventures!

The Hero Kids Creator's Guild is now live on DriveThruRPG, so this is a good time to check out a few of the great community-created adventures.  These adventures are available as a bargain-priced bundle:
Hero Kids Creator's Guild Adventure Bundle

Worries in the Weasel Warren
When weasel raiders steal a flock of sheep, it's up to the heroes to rescue them in this four-encounter adventure.

Treasured Possessions
Can our heroes help the mayor and track down the thief who has stolen his treasured possessions in this five-encounter adventure.

Mage Missing
The most mysterious man in Rivenshore warns our heroes of the terrible danger behind a series of kidnappings carried out by purple blob creatures.  Can the heroes find the missing children and free them from their captors before its too late in this six-encounter adventure.

The Case of the Repulsive Fart Monster
In this four encounter adventure, the heroes find Farmer Billy lying unconscious on the ground and soon discover the culprit; a large fart monster that they must defeat in order to save Rivenshore, once again, from a most repulsive demise.

101 Koboldz
In this fifteen-encounter premium adventure, a traveling merchant named Boris arrives in Rivenshore with a cart smack full of kobold hatchlings. When the kobolds escape, it's up to the heroes to recapture them, or maybe rescue them instead.

Picture Day
In this eight-encounter premium adventure, the heroes must figure out who stole the town's fund to rebuilt after the devastating Fire in Rivenshore.  Along the way they will meet colorful characters, pass dangerous terrain tests and battle in furious combat. 

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Hero Kids Creator's Guild coming soon!

People of Hero Kids, in June we're launching the Hero Kids Creator's Guild on DriveThruRPG. The Hero Kids Creator's Guild is home to community created adventures, translations, monsters, equipment, heroes, pets, and expansions.

For game designers, translators, and enthusiasts, the Creator's Guild is a place to contribute to the Hero Kids universe. Here, creators can build on existing Hero Kids materials or create something new. Creators can publish and sell their work to the growing community of Hero Kids fans.

If you're interested in participating in the Creator's Guild program and getting something ready for the launch, get in touch with me here or at justinhalliday(a)gmail[.]com.

Friday, 12 April 2019

Hero Advancement Cards

Phew!  That was harder than it should have been.  The Hero Advancement Cards for Hero Kids are done, dusted, and released:

The Hero Advancement Cards expansion includes 120 cards, and allows players to improve all aspects of their heroes:
• Improve abilities (melee, ranged, magic, or armor)
• Gain new abilities (melee, ranged, magic, or armor)
• Add an additional health level to their hero
• Learn new skills
• Train new special actions
• Master new bonus abilities

Here's a look at the cards in the pack (warning; there's a lot!):

Check out the Hero Kids Complete Fantasy PDF Bundle at DriveThruRPG