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!"

5 comments:

  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

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    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.

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  2. And drivethrurpg has the most recent copy?

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  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:
    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/115827/Hero-Kids--Complete-Fantasy-PDF-Bundle-BUNDLE

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  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.

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