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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 print option includes the core rules, heroes, and monsters.  Select the Print + PDF option (no extra cost) to also get the introductory adventure and printable heroes and monsters.

EXTRA NOTE: The Hero Kids - Complete PDF Bundle  includes a 50% discount coupon for the softcover print version of Hero Kids - Fantasy RPG (the coupon is 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!

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  • 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 adventure: Basement O Rats
  • More adventures available now

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, 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.  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!"

"Was woken up at 6am this morning by my son, saying he wanted to play Hero Kids right now!  There's no such thing as going back to sleep in a 7yo's universe!"

"The game was simple enough for my precocious three-year-old to enjoy, and my five year old to not be distracted from. With the included adventure we all had a lot of fun, including me."

"The art in the book is great: the character portraits are great and very evocative, bringing forth things kids interested in this will probably be familiar with anyway. There's a character who resembles Rapunzel from Disney's Tangled, another who reminds me of Prince Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender."

"The game mechanics are easy to understand and fast enough to keep young players interested and do not get in the way of the story that is unfolding."

"The only real complaint I have is that there aren't full-page coloring pages available for each of the character portraits, something my kids (and myself!) would really enjoy."

"The design is clever, well thought out, and guaranteed to make you jealous that you didn't come up with it first."

"Providing stand-ups for each character helped a lot as well - it saved me from having to dig through my existing figures to find ones that resembled the children, and it reused the wonderful art."

"A great 'starter' rpg for kids, and even better gaming experience for parents to play with their kids. The core rpg experience has been boiled down to its bare essentials here. It only takes about 15-20 minutes to read the entire rulebook and have a good enough grasp on the rules to play your first session. Games will typically take under 30 minutes to play, which short for a typical rpg session, but absolutely perfect when playing with kids."

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brian W November 14, 2015 6:36 am UTC
I just downloaded and read through the core rules and am somewhat disappointed by the lack of gender variants for the Brute, Rogue, Healer, and Knight. I think I'll be buying the extra Hero Card PDFs so the redeeming factor is it won't cost me much to expand the choices.
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Justin H November 14, 2015 6:55 am UTC
The core set of heroes includes five male (Brute, Hunter, Knight, Warlock, Warrior) and five female (Healer, Hunter, Rogue, Warlock, Warrior) heroes. There are more variations and gender combinations in the Hero expansions, so you should be able to find what you're looking for!
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brian W November 14, 2015 7:03 am UTC
My thought wasn't on there being an even amount but that it could be a bit limiting to one gender or the other. e.g. a boy wanting to play a healer.
I love that the Fighter, Hunter, and Warlock have the variants.
I just purchased two card expansions and I see that it covers all the bases well. The Hunter in the second Hero Card expansion is awesome, looks like Merida from Brave.
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Hans V August 24, 2015 7:00 am UTC
Just bought the game and it looks like exactly what I need to play with my 6 years old!

Is there by any chance a game master screen available somewhere?
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Justin H August 24, 2015 7:13 am UTC
The Game Crafter does one. What do you think would be useful for the GM?
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Steve N October 19, 2015 1:31 am UTC
Get yourself a pair of cd cases (unscratched!), tape them together with transparent packing tape so they hinge. Now open a Word Doc and using the Insert Tool, insert a rectangle onto the Doc. Make it the size to fit the interior of the case, they'll be two sizes.
Then import any art you want.
You'll have to design your own tables, do it right in the box; right click on it and use Insert Text, now you can type right in the box.

Sorry for monotonizing the thread.... ;)

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Steve N October 19, 2015 1:43 am UTC
Oops! Forgot;
Google "CD case GM screen" for pics.
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Ben B March 12, 2015 7:07 pm UTC
As a side note is there any chance of a compilation of all the other PDFs (adventure packs, and cards etc.) In print?
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Justin H March 13, 2015 12:13 pm UTC
Hi again, I've considered another print book, but the adventures rely so much on the printable maps and minis I didn't think that an adventure book would be a great idea.
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Ben B March 13, 2015 11:13 pm UTC
Yeah, im one of the few with a cruddy printer. Scanning at my library, with varring paper and card tthickness helps out a lot. This is why I prefer print to digital any day. But I'm just one person, just a thought. BTW if you did the aadventure thing in print you could do a hard back release (kids a rough on books no matter how well you try to protect them ;)
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Steve N October 19, 2015 1:35 am UTC
You could print the text portions in a book and separate the maps, hero cards and figures onto separate stiff paper stock to accompany the book.
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Ben B March 12, 2015 7:05 pm UTC
Hey there I just got the print version but for some reason it wouldn't let me get the PDF too? Anyway anyone can help me?
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Justin H March 13, 2015 12:12 pm UTC
Hi Ben, you may have chosen the print-only option. Email me at and I'll send you a comp version of the core PDF.
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Ben B March 13, 2015 11:09 pm UTC
I just sent you an email, thanks a million, that was my mistake.Your Awesome!
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Rob M February 09, 2015 8:34 pm UTC
my printer friendly version of the pdf wont print everything on all the pages, partial pages on many of them only. I cant print full pages from the version with the antiqued pages but that chews through my ink.
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Justin H February 10, 2015 11:50 am UTC
Hi Rob, I haven't heard of this problem before. What program/OS are you using to print the PDF? You can email me directly at Justin
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Erin K January 02, 2015 3:06 pm UTC
Is there a pdf version that has the pages split so it fit will fit onto a kindle screen?
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Justin H January 03, 2015 1:09 am UTC
Hi Erin, I don't include one in the bundle because it will further bloat the download size. But I do have a digest size PDF which is made for the print version. Drop me an email at justinhalliday(a)gmail(dot)com and I'll email you the PDF.
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Pat G June 13, 2014 2:22 pm UTC
Is there a community site for fan made adventures for those of us who like pre-made content?
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Justin H June 14, 2014 12:14 am UTC
Not that I know of, but I'm happy to link them from
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Steve N October 19, 2015 3:04 am UTC
You oughta put your blog link (and maybe your eMail) up with the product description above.
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This title was added to our catalog on October 30, 2012.