As many of you already know, Hero Games currently has a project running on Kickstarter. With six days remaining it (at last count) has 430 backers and is 74% funded. Thus we are tantalizingly close but not over the finish line just yet. So obviously I want all of you to back this project. Equally obviously, a sizable minority of you object to this project, and have strongly voiced those objections on various forums, including the Facebook Hero System fan group. So I thought it might be a good idea for state why I personally, as a publisher, would like to see Champions Now come to fruition, and what the long term benefits of its existence might be.
Let me start by explaining how this project came into existence. Originally, Ron Edwards came to Steve Long and proposed the idea of Hero Games publishing his own version of Champions, based in the roots of the game from the 1980s but updated with more modern storytelling techniques. Steve then brought the idea to me and, after discussing it with the company director, we decided this would not only be an interesting little project, but might work well for the other half of our business: the rpg small press distributor Indie Press Revolution. (More on that later.)
That’s it. It’s not a profound statement of anything else. I just thought it would be neat. Ron Edwards is an important figure in the early history of self-published, independently produced roleplaying games. The Forge – the website he helped to create – was and remains incredibly influential on subsequent game design. Two of the games which came out of that school of designers – My Life With Master and Dogs In The Vineyard – permanently changed the way I look at rpgs. He’s also a profound thinker about the nature and experience of roleplaying games. I personally found his GNS theory of how roleplaying games work to be both helpful and inspirational in my own work.
Also, I personally like Ron. He has interesting things to say about roleplaying games and comic books. Like a lot of the storytelling crowd, his writing technique is brash, personal, informal, and even confrontational: very different from what Hero Games has typically published throughout its long existence. And that’s part of the point. In my time as the publisher of Hero Games I’ve focused my energies on four things. One, get out a Hero System book about once year – even if it meant publishing it myself for various reasons. Two, encourage third party designers and publishers to release Hero System material. Three, preserve the history of Hero Games by getting older products released in PDF format, and newer ones made available through print-on-demand when their print runs sell through. And, finally, four: get new players to try the Hero System, and old ones who have moved on to other games to come back and try it again.
This last part is the important one to Champions Now: I wanted to publish a product that would simultaneously interest some older players, while encouraging the generally younger fans who purchase books from Indie Press Revolution to give a form of Champions a try. These are typically players who are much more interested in immediacy and narrative, but much less interested in constructing beautifully conceived characters out of math and rules. Ron knows both fan groups well, because he’s been a part of both since their beginnings. So he seems like the man for the job to me.
If we succeed and, over the course of a year of playtesting, create something unique and special that catches the imagination of the small press fans and game designers, who knows where it might lead? In my capacity as general manager of IPR, I’ve seen dozens of games spin off from systems pioneered in products like Apocalypse World and Spirit of the Century. It would be nice to see something like that happen for Champions, even if its in a form that some of you might not find to completely to your tastes. That would be a nice legacy for Hero Games to have, as well as for me to personally leave behind.
So, for those of you who have voiced your opposition to this project, please consider reconsidering. I’m attempting to do something creative and productive here as a publisher, not invalidate your many years of enjoying the fourth, fifth, and sixth editions of the Hero System. Give it a try and see what happens. Who knows? Maybe by participating you’ll help to create something you can be enthusiastic about after all.
Many villains are always in the news; many are always on our minds. Some however, have not been seen for years and to some this means that they are retired, in jail or dead. Only if this was in fact the truth of the matter, but it isn’t.
Many villains have gone into hiding while others are simply enjoying the fruits of their labor. Some are sitting on a secluded beach getting a tan or perhaps amusing themselves in a casino or nightclub in a friendly country. Still others are upgrading their tech or learning some new ricks to use on heroes and law enforcement. The truth is that all villains aren’t created or driven in the same way.
Here you will find villains of old back from their self induced hiatus and ready to pounce on the world again. Villains from some of Hero Games older material that have yet to be upgraded to 6th edition. Some of your favorite or perhaps “lightly” use villains perfect to inject into a new Champions campaign.
In this installment 6th edition stats for Griffin, Halfjack and Hideous will be given including Hero Designer files & printable cardboard miniatures.
The first wave of role-playing design was its own Renaissance, marked by greatness of all kinds. If you were playing then, you'll remember. And if you weren't, you'd be amazed at what that wave held. One of them was Champions, the Super Role-Playing Game.
Hero Games is proud to present Champions Now, to be created by pioneering game designer Ron Edwards, author of Sorcerer and co-founder of The Forge. Ron will revisit the original three editions of first-generation Champions (1981 to 1988), recovering the power of this foundational era of superhero roleplaying.
To learn more, including reading a playtest document and watching videos, head over to Kickstarter. If you like what you see, please back our ambitious, fan-inclusive project.
Hero System Kickstarter project update. High Rock Press' Champions Character Creation Cards have been completed, reviewed by fans, and are currently in layout. The Champions Character Creation Expansion Deck has been completed, is undergoing fan review, and will be moving on to layout shortly. Thank you for all of your help and support in seeing this project to completion!
Madness. Revenge. Dare to wear the foolish clown face and you will revel in the dreams and nightmares of all who are a witness. Lacey Terra is unleashed: and it is up to the heroes to survive her “antics.” Character is available from DriveThruRPG.
Welcome to the third collection of Wondrous Treasures. Here you find varies magical items to add to you Fantasy Hero campaigns.
This collection houses stats for Wondrous Treasures – Belts, Sashes & Girdles Wondrous Treasures – Boots, Bracers & Gauntlets, Wondrous Treasures - Jewelry and Wondrous Treasures – Unique Items. You will also find handy random charts for all these items as well.
The ZIP file includes the PDF and Hero Designer files.
Welcome to the inaugural installment of Monster Mash. Here you will find new creatures and/or new takes on old creatures for your Fantasy Hero Campaign.
This installment will cover a new creature known as Krylon. Krylons are an insect like race that have suddenly appeared in the Realm. Here is information on some of the Krylons that have been spotted in the realm.
They are dangerous creatures and coming is several different forms. They will kill any creature they can for food, cows, rabbits or humans.
These creatures could spell the end for the realm and all that inhabit it. Can your players defeat them or at least safe some of the realm from them.
These creatures were originally presented in Tome Of Villainy