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Unleash your kids' imagination with Hero Kids, 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.

"Hero Kids is 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!"

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.

HERO KIDS BUNDLE: The best way to buy Hero Kids is the Hero Kids - Complete Fantasy PDF Bundle, which offers 75% off Hero Kids products.

HERO KIDS PRINT BOOKS: The Hero Kids - Complete Fantasy PDF Bundle includes 50% discount coupons for the softcover print versions of Hero Kids - Fantasy RPG, the Hero Kids - Fantasy Expansion - Monster Compendium, and the Hero Kids - Fantasy Expansion - Adventure 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!

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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 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.  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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Tim S March 29, 2020 4:34 am UTC
This is a truly excellent introduction to RPG for kids. My kids (6 and 4) got the idea and love the story. Game-play is simple and rules are easy to follow (and change) to suit to their ability/age. They also just started playing the old Pokemon game, which is very similar in game-play and helps them understand the concept. The first Rats story is a brilliant starting point and can be played many times. Even before we started the actual game, we spend a good half day printing and colouring which kept them entertained and build anticipation and excitement. Highly recommended!
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Nate C March 25, 2020 7:09 pm UTC
Thanks so much for this!
My kids (10 and 7) and I just played the intro adventure and had soooo much fun! The rules were easy for me to explain to the kids (without modifications) but still kept the game from getting "dumbed down" as a consequence.
Definitely made our quarantine (waiting for test results) more bearable!
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Laurent R February 27, 2020 11:00 am UTC
Please, french version POD ! I'd love to buy it for my children, they loved play, now my daughter can read so I want to gift her the book !
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Christopher S February 13, 2020 5:20 am UTC
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Christopher S February 11, 2020 1:47 pm UTC
How many soft cover books are there (English), and do they cover all of the PDFs?
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Justin H February 11, 2020 9:38 pm UTC
There are three softcover books:
• Core Rules (including 10 Hero Cards and base monsters)
• Monster Compendium
• Adventure Compendium I (which includes seven adventures, from Basement O Rats to Tomb of the Lost King)
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Frank G December 07, 2019 2:08 am UTC
I purchased the French bundle and I wanted the also purchase the paper copy (in english) (we want to give it as a gift and the paper copy looks nice), would it be possible to get the 50% discount code mentioned on the english page of the book? (
- Frank
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Justin H February 01, 2020 10:18 am UTC
Hey Frank, sorry I missed your message in December. Drop me an email at justinhalliday(a), and I'll send you the discount link.
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Nelson F December 03, 2019 9:36 pm UTC
Amazing system for young children ! They loved it !
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Mathieu L November 19, 2019 2:17 pm UTC
Hello i purchase a bundle pack in English and now the french version is available, how can i switch my pdf to french so my 8years old daughter can play with her friends ?
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Justin H November 19, 2019 10:06 pm UTC
Hi Mathieu, email your DriveThruRPG account details to me at justinhalliday(a)gmail(dot)com and I'll send you the French bundle.
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Robert S November 10, 2019 6:41 pm UTC
This product line is amazing. Five year old daughter has been harassing me daily to play more; since we played Basement O' Rats.

I am not sure if I missed it, but is there instructions anywhere on creating encounters (or even monsters)? The monsters seem to vary a bit in strength, so I'm not clear on what makes for a 'balanced' fight. Thanks so much for making this.
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Adam G September 13, 2019 7:34 pm UTC
I purchased the complete collection with 24 modules... how do I go about getting the book for this? Is there a discount?

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Justin H October 25, 2019 1:57 am UTC
Hi Adam, if you purchase the Complete PDF Bundle, your confirmation email includes 50% discounts for the three Hero Kids print books.
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César O August 15, 2019 5:27 pm UTC
Hi, I just ordered the complete bundle, and the printed versions and after I realized that there is an Spanish version.....for me it's not a problem to read on English, but for my 7yo children it will be so great to have the items in Spanish....It's any way on changing this?
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Andres P June 24, 2019 9:51 pm UTC
existe la posibilidad de comprar el pdf en español?
o se puede traducir el pdf con algun traductor?
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Ignasi T August 03, 2019 7:30 pm UTC
Hola Andres, recientemente se ha puesto a la venta la traducción en Castellano!
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Michal S June 20, 2019 11:42 am UTC
Hi, does it cover some basic adventures (Basement of Rats)?
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Justin H June 20, 2019 12:11 pm UTC
Hi Michal, this Hero Kids product includes the core rules, 10 heroes, a selection of monsters, and an introductory adventure. If you want the complete bundle, check this:
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Michael W June 13, 2019 4:46 pm UTC
My printer prints every page of this(both versions) up in all black. Is there a printing protection?
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Justin H June 14, 2019 8:20 am UTC
Hi Michael, this is usually caused by trying to print with MacOs's Preview. Preview does not properly decode transparency. Install a PDF reader to fix the project.
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Adam K May 09, 2019 9:09 pm UTC
Hi. I am absolutely loving your game. I am using the game in a school working with SEN children to develop social skills and positive interaction. It is working great. Do you sell any posters or other rescorses that I can use to promote your game around the school?
Adam K
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Bianca S March 18, 2019 1:58 pm UTC
Very excited to play this game with my 6yo son, but have a couple questions I couldn't figure out answers to using the guide book. (And forgive my ignorance: this is my first RPG.)

1. What happens if all heroes fail an ability test? Is it simply that they need to come up with another creative solution to overcome the obstacle or solve the puzzle -- and then roll again using that attribute/skill, etc? In the case of a trap, I understand there could be another consequence of failing the test, but I'm confused about ability tests like some suggested in the Basement O' Rats adventure. For example, one suggestion is an intelligence test "to know that the basement is often overrun by rats (but not usually this big)." I don't quite understand what the consequence would be if all heroes fail this test (or, frankly, what the consequence should be if they pass it). Would you clarify for me?

2. "Prone" is defined as when a character is lying on the ground, whether because...See more
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Justin H March 19, 2019 10:49 am UTC
Hi Bianca,

If the heroes fail an ability test, then usually the GM will allow them to try again or give them the chance to come up with another solution.

Some of those ability tests in Basement O Rats are designed to engage the players through the exploration ability tests, and to give them hints about the enemies they face. In some cases, failing one of these tests will simply mean that the players miss out on clues or warnings, while others (such as missing a set of rat tracks that lead to the final room) may mean that the heroes take a short diversion.

For 'prone', this condition is defined in the core rules. Characters can be knocked prone by the special actions and bonus abilities of heroes or enemies.

"While prone, the character’s actions all have 1 fewer dice, melee attacks against them gain 1 extra die, and characters gain 1 armor die when their attacker is not adjacent to them. To stand up, prone characters need to get up, which costs 2 squares...See more
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