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HERO Designer

(6 reviews)
$25.00
HERO Designer is the character creation software for the HERO System. Including full support for both HERO System 5th Edition and HERO System 6th Edition rulesets, HERO Designer is all you need to start creating, printing, and sharing characters for your games.
 
While HERO Designer will help ensure rules-legal characters, support is included for customization and house rules, allowing you to change the rules by which characters are created and the costs of abilities.
 
HERO Designer will run on any system with a full installation of Java SE version 8 or better. Note that at this time, mobile platforms do not include support for the full Java SE -- a full laptop/desktop OS is required.

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About HERO Designer

HERO Designer is the character creation software for the HERO System. Including full support for both HERO System 5th Edition and HERO System 6th Edition rulesets, HERO Designer is all you need to start creating, printing, and sharing characters for your games.

 

While HERO Designer will help ensure rules-legal characters, support is included for customization and house rules, allowing you to change the rules by which characters are created and the costs of abilities.

 

HERO Designer will run on any system with a full installation of Java SE version 8 or better. Note that at this time, mobile platforms do not include support for the full Java SE -- a full laptop/desktop OS is required.


SurmaSampo

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

This application although not perfect, and what software is, makes building stuff with Hero System an order of magnitude faster and easier. The speed and amount of depth available is amazing using a very efficient interface.

Even better is that regular updates are available and getting it running is super easy. It is in fact so good that I bought extra licenses to cover all my players and made using it a requirement for my games.

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MagePro

   10 of 11 members found this review helpful 10 / 11 members

The absolute answer to Hero Creation there is out there and well worth the price!!

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Senjaz

   11 of 13 members found this review helpful 11 / 13 members

It's complicated, just like the Hero System, and it's clunky, likely because it's written in Java. 

 

Despite this Hero Designer is still worth $25. It's simpler than building powers on paper as it checks that you are conforming to the rules and you can include notes everywhere so you know why you built something the way you did. Despite the user interface quirks I am glad it is written in Java, because it would very likely be Windows only otherwise.

 

If you are planing on running a game of Hero – buy it. If you are playing a game of Hero tell your GM to buy it.

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I have 3193 hdc files created using Hero Designer. I purchase my first version in 2008 so that means I have had the program about 4000 days, plus or minus.  That means I have created a new character at a rate of about 4 a week.  No way I would have made that many character in that time by hand.  This program might be primarily for building characters but it is also a great teaching tool.  You learn how to experiment with your builds, and how to optimize them. This is my third purchase but I primarily use my old 2008 version for one reason ... I can't double click on a power to go straight to edit.  That annoys me to no end. I bought my 2010 copy to work 6th ... which I never used.  I bought this version just to catch up ... I was hoping for the double click thing.  Maybe next version?  Anyway, I highly suggest this program for not only old Luddite 5th Ed players but you new players too.  The price is reasonable and there's no quicker way to learn to build characters.  
Edit: Simon contacted me and informed that by double clicking on the Cost or END box the Edit comes up.  Thanks, for the info, Simon.  

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Hero System has been my favorite pastime for several decades, just to put the following into context. That said, I consider Hero Designer to be the best $25. I have ever spent in my life. No exageration.

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