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Up until a few years ago, the Hero Games website hosted a wide variety of book excerpts, supplements, and game aids for free download. However, with the most recent website upgrade, most of those items were considered not resource cost-effective to maintain, and were discarded. As a result most new Hero gamers are unaware they ever existed; and even some of the veterans may have missed the treasures they contained, or have since lost something from the collection they once had.

 

However, thanks to the magnificent Internet Archive Wayback Machine, virtually all those items are still obtainable if one knows where to look and what to look for. But since many people don't know, I thought it would be helpful to provide links to representative archived pages.

 

These downloads cover many areas: maps (from published books or supplementary), book excerpts and introductions (including supplementary info about the published official settings), wallpapers, color covers to PDF books, character sheets and hex maps, items cut from books for space (including supplementary forms mentioned in various books), adventure modules, character outlines for illustrations (under "Character Sheets and Hex Maps" for some reason), illos for cardboard mini figures, apps and utilities, graphics and sounds, and more. Many of these were generously created by Hero fans.

 

Because the website has gone through several revisions over the years since DOJ bought the Champions IP, and each version has made changes to the downloads it hosted, I'm including links to Free Stuff pages from different years to cover as many of the varied offerings as possible.

 

https://web.archive.org/web/20061201152750/http://www.herogames.com:80/FreeStuff/freestuffherogames.htm

 

https://web.archive.org/web/20071013030046/http://herogames.com:80/freeStuff.htm

 

https://web.archive.org/web/20110516165152/http://www.herogames.com/freeStuff.htm

 

NOTE: Sometimes a file linked to on one of those pages would not actually have been saved on the particular day that page was crawled by Internet Archive. At the top of each page you'll see a graphic representing how many times the page was crawled on various dates. Clicking on that to get to another date will bring up another page, on which the item you want may have been saved.

 

I recommend exploring. There's much there to enjoy. :)

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16 minutes ago, Duke Bushido said:

I just popped over for a quick look-see.

 

is this not what you are looking for?

 

https://web.archive.org/web/20061212105228/http://www.herogames.com:80/FreeStuff/charactersheets/New EF Rating.xls

 

I followed the link and it says the file can’t be found. ?

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Also, just to reiterate:

 

On 3/7/2018 at 2:29 PM, Lord Liaden said:

 

NOTE: Sometimes a file linked to on one of those pages would not actually have been saved on the particular day that page was crawled by Internet Archive. At the top of each page you'll see a graphic representing how many times the page was crawled on various dates. Clicking on that to get to another date will bring up another page, on which the item you want may have been saved.

 

 

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Thanks much, hopefully this will solve my problem with HD caused by Hero Games being lazy (BTW, that is the nice reason why some files for HD are missing) and not copying any 5th Ed usable word processor editable export files over to this site.

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An addendum to the above: older versions of this website also hosted the Tables of Contents for each issue of Digital Hero, along with selected samples from articles from each issue. Most of those can still be viewed on the Internet Archive. While the second and third links to Free Stuff in my first post include some later DH freebies which you can download, on the earlier website there was a separate page for all the issues through #40, with links which display those article samples directly: https://web.archive.org/web/20061020083104/http://herogames.com:80/digitalHero/

 

As noted previously, if the article you want isn't saved on that page, clicking on another date on the Wayback Machine crawl graphic at the top will call up another page, where you may find it. Should you find something of interest, all DH issues are still on sale from the website store, at bargain-basement prices: https://www.herogames.com/forums/store/category/31-digital-hero-magazine/

 

To facilitate locating what you might be interested in, I'll Attach a list of all the Tables of Contents from DH, as well as a list of all the adventures in the series organized by genre, compiled by our forum colleague JmOz.

DH Adventures .doc

DH TOC.doc

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