By now, it’s no secret how much of a fan of the Hero Kids line I am. In the great push to create games specifically geared towards bringing new young players into the space, this series is a major success. Naturally, I think their Hero Kids Complete Fantasy Bundle makes a great entry for Bundle of Joy Week here at the SPOD. Seriously – over $65 of stuff for $20 is a very nice deal that gives you the total package to get the kids gaming.
Hero Kids is the 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.
NOTE: The Hero Kids – Complete Fantasy PDF Bundle includes 50% discount coupons for the softcover print versions of Hero Kids – Fantasy RPG and the Hero Kids – Fantasy Expansion – Monster Compendium (the coupons are emailed to you when you buy the bundle). So if you want the whole lot (PDFs and print version of the rules), buy the bundle then use the coupon to buy the softcover print version of Hero Kids – Fantasy RPG for half price!
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 50-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 16 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, this basic game pack also 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.
Sean Patrick Fannon
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