Hero Kids: The Game

Hero Kids is a ENnie award-winning fantasy RPG for kids aged from 4 to 10.   This game offers a fast and fun introduction to RPGs, perfect for younger kids who are just getting interested in role-playing games.   The game is for sale as a downloadable print and play PDF from DriveThruRPG.

•  Develop your kids' imagination and skills
•  Simple mechanics using only six-sided dice
•  Beautiful presentation, with fully illustrated heroes, monsters, and maps
•  10 heroes, including boys and girls
•  Challenge kids with combat and exploration
•  Playtime from 30-60 minutes
•  Includes a full introductory adventure, Basement O Rats, with more adventures available

Hero Kids has a simple combat and adventuring system which avoids the complex maths of full-blown systems.   Hero Kids' opposed dice pool system also keeps the players involved in the game even when it's not their turn.

The combat and adventuring mechanics in Hero Kids are based on six-sided dice, so you don't need to find any unusual dice to play!

The core game comes in a 39-page PDF and includes all of the rules and play instructions, as well as 10 heroes for the kids to play, plus a set of 8 basic monsters (and all of the separate adventures come with additional monsters).   The game includes male and female heroes, including Warriors, Hunters, and Warlocks as well as unique heroes like the Rogue, Brute, Healer, and Knight.   All of the heroes and monsters also come with printable stand-up minis to use in combat encounters.

Additionally, the basic game includes the 19-page introductory adventure 'Basement O Rats', which comes with an extra monster and five illustrated printable encounter maps.   Can the kids rescue their friend Roger from the unusually large rats that have overrun the tavern basement?

Hero Kids has undergone and extensive development and playtesting to ensure the game is as simple, addictive, and engaging as possible.   But don't believe me, listen to the actual players:

"The game was great, we were off and playing within a few minutes of reading the rules!"


  1. Is the version on RPGKIDS version 2.0? I have a friend whose kids dont play anymore so he gave me his old rules which I believe were version 1. I would like to be up to date when I start playing with my kiddos

    1. Yes 2.1 is the latest version of the core rules. The recent changes/differences from v1.0 are:
      • Updated Monster cards from Monster Compendium
      • Added Role-Playing section.
      • Added more monsters (new redesigned pirates).
      • Updated layout of Hero and Monster cards and stand-ups.
      • Renamed adventuring ‘obstacles’ to ‘obstructions’.
      • Added Knocked Down to glossary.
      • Added Advanced Combat section.
      • Updated Skills to include dark vision.
      • Updated Ability Test Examples for clarity.
      • Added Equipment and Items section.
      • Updated hero cards to improve consistency.
      • Changed Engaged to include targeted by an attack or with another adjacent enemy.

  2. And drivethrurpg has the most recent copy?

  3. Yep, DriveThruRPG always has the latest version. And the best way to get Hero Kids is to buy the PDF bundle, which is amazing value:

  4. I will be sure to head over now and by the newest version. I've already bought several individual items for my collection. I spent many years playing G.U.R.P S. And Savage Worlds rule sets. And am now personally breaking into the world of D&D. I have a 2 and a half year old and a 9 year old. My eldest has shown interest in the D&D rulebook. So I started looking around to see if their were rule sets for kids. And low and behold I found your stuff. Thank you so much for everything you have done. You've done a great service to RPG parents everywhere.

  5. Is there a hard copy of everything or do I just have to buy the files and print it to make it book like.

  6. I want to buy all the hard and soft copy books that u have and then all the file ones to laminate and make book like

  7. Hey, Hero Kids is mainly available in PDF, because many of the materials are best used printed out. There are three print books, the Core Rules, the Adventure Compendium, and the Monster Compendium:

  8. Are there spell cards? something similar to the equipment cards. I played a game with my 4 year old daughter and used some old Heroquest spell cards, which were easier for her understand.

    1. Hi Chris, I'm working on a character development expansion that incorporates additional action cards:

  9. Hi!
    Is there some "demo" mission with demo hero, so I can test it with my son and wife before actually buying?
    Thank you!

  10. There is no demo of Hero Kids, but you can find plenty of examples on YouTube or check out the reviews.

  11. Justin, thank you so much for creating this system; it is exactly what I was looking for to get my son into tabletop RPGs. And the price for what we get is mind boggling. I’m so excited to get the intro adventure printed so we can play! I bought the bundle so we should have plenty of adventures to keep us busy (I also plan to write some adventures of my own).

    I noticed in a video you posted recently that you had color copies of the rule book, Adventure book, and minis. Is this something you plan to have available at any time?

    1. The rule books in the video are the normal ones available from DriveThruRPG. The covers are full color, but the interiors are black and white.

    2. Thanks for letting me know; I figured that was the case after I typed out my message. I plan to order my printed copy as quickly as possible, as nothing beats thumbing through a physical book.

  12. Just wondering if there is a dedicated forum or message board where we can discuss/post ideas or questions. Or would this be the place?

    1. We have several places to discuss Hero Kids with the community:
      Facebook Hero Kids Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/herokids/
      Reddit Hero Kids Community: https://www.reddit.com/r/herokids/

      And for official discussion and announcements:
      Facebook Hero Kids Official: https://www.facebook.com/herokidsrpg/

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    1. Hi Jessopher, thanks!

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  14. Great system, played first game with my two kids last night. They asked this morning if we are playing again tonight. I suppose I had better get the full bundle for more adventures, whilst I work up my own.

  15. I'm getting ready to order the pdf bundle. So its about 700 pages? If i take it somewhere to have it printed are some pages going to be left blank intentionally to be cut out...etc. or will it be one continued book?