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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.  

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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 53-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.

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Additionally, this basic game pack also includes the 20-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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Jordan S September 29, 2021 7:01 pm UTC
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Heya, So I bought the large package, and I was hoping you could let me know what package I should print out first to achieve the following: I would like to print out and laminate the Maps so I can use them
The rest I am confident I got from Core, and Hero Cards packages, but in terms of Maps, so i can easily lay them out, id love some advice. Also, what adventure is recommended to start?
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Justin H September 29, 2021 11:26 pm UTC
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Hey Jordan, the order of the adventures is listed here, which will help you select which maps to print and laminate first:
https://herokidsrpg.blogspot.com/p/hero-kids-adventures.html

For printing the maps, print them at 'actual size' or even a little bit larger if your printer can handle printing right to the edge. This will give you a bit of extra space in each printed square.
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NCT F August 09, 2021 1:44 pm UTC
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I tried to print Basement O Rats maps, but the output is an entirely black page! Any ideas on how to fix that?

System: MacBook Pro / Catalina (10.15.7)
File: Hero_Kids_-_Fantasy_Adventure_-_Basement_O_Rats_-_Printer_Friendly.pdf
Printer: Brother J4120 DW
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Justin H August 09, 2021 11:53 pm UTC
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This happens when you use the Mac's preview function for printing. Preview doesn't handle transparent layers properly. Use Adobe Reader instead and it will work properly.
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Jay M July 29, 2021 7:35 pm UTC
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Are there spells for the magic classes? I didn't see any in the book.
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Justin H August 09, 2021 11:54 pm UTC
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Hi Jay, each individual heroes has a couple of powers they use, and for the 'magic' characters these are spells. There are also a bunch of spells in the Hero Advancement Cards expansion:
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/272529/Hero-Kids--Fantasy-Expansion--Hero-Advancement-Cards
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Prido W June 10, 2021 7:57 am UTC
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Is there any editable/fillable PDF file for the hero cards so I can change the information to our own language? thank you for great system
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Justin H June 10, 2021 10:12 am UTC
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There are blank Hero Cards in the PDFs, but not a fillable form due to the way the hero abilities work.
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Prido W June 14, 2021 3:37 am UTC
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I am aware of this but what I meant was hero cards with picture but editable on the ability part (right side)
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Justin H June 14, 2021 7:36 am UTC
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Not really. Your best bet is the either extract the image from the PDF and editing in something like Photoshop, or download the source PSDs using the Creator's Guild program to make your own custom hero cards.
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Eric D April 27, 2021 4:30 am UTC
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I am looking forward to playing this with my kids. I am working on making high definition versions of the maps to use. Here is a link to the first part of the Basement O Rats map if anyone is interested in using it.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ff1YLAVjjAfm73DYn8GkHADiKZ2xMzO1/view?usp=sharing
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Justin H April 27, 2021 4:55 am UTC
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Looks amazing!
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Ed S March 27, 2021 2:30 pm UTC
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Is there an OGL/SRD for this fine product to allow 3rd party support/releases?
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Justin H March 27, 2021 4:05 pm UTC
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Check out the Hero Kids Creator's Guild:
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/cc/24/Hero-Kids
https://support.drivethrurpg.com/hc/en-us/articles/360027079072-Hero-Kids-Creator-s-Guild
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Matthew H March 26, 2021 12:06 am UTC
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Fantastic game. My son has been playing for 3+ years now. It's such an easy system that I even replicated it for Tabletop Simulator.
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Neil T February 23, 2021 10:20 pm UTC
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What is the POD version for?
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Justin H February 24, 2021 1:57 am UTC
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Hi Neil, this is the PDF for the 6x9 digest size book. It's better for reading on a smaller tablet, compared to the full size PDF.
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Mateusz C January 31, 2021 3:33 pm UTC
Hey! I wanted to ask for an advice which adventure should I choose next for my kids. We've been playing couple of the adventures like 'Escape from the Ghost Pirates', 'Mines of Martek' and few others. But now my kids (8 and 9) asked me play adventures with more puzzles, traps, more dense plot and less linear.

Could anyone recommend adventures like this from Hero Kids author?

Thanks a lot!
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Justin H February 01, 2021 11:18 am UTC
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Hi Mateusz, the adventures can be ordered as listed in the link below. If you're looking for adventures with more puzzles and more player choices, maybe check out Reign of the Dragon, The Lost Village, or Fire in Rivenshore?

http://herokidsrpg.blogspot.com/p/hero-kids-adventures.html
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André S January 19, 2021 2:16 pm UTC
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Hi! Sorry if this is a stupid question, but where can I find the list of attacks (like Searing light, Parrying Strike...) and special actions (like Strikedback Attack, Healing Touch...) and even some Bonus Abilities (like Retaliation, Ninble...) for when the kids want to create their own characters? I can only see the ones in the pre-made hero cards! Am I missing something?
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Justin H January 20, 2021 12:48 pm UTC
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Hi Andre, the best place to find all of the various abilities is in the Hero Advancement Cards, which have a whole bunch of special actions and bonus abilities, as well as rules for constructing bespoke heroes:
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/272529/Hero-Kids--Fantasy-Expansion--Hero-Advancement-Cards?src=also_purchased
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André S January 20, 2021 12:51 pm UTC
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Thanx! I have just seen it there!!
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Malcolm R December 30, 2020 10:19 am UTC
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Hi. Interested in doing RPG with my sons (nearly 6 and just over 9 at time of writing). I have done a brief intro session of a DnD duet adventure (First Blush - got to the end of the training combat) with the older boy, simplifying the rules a little, but am wondering whether something simpler might be better. I tend to look after the boys on a one-to-one basis at the moment. Do any or all of the published Hero Kids adventures lend themselves easily to duet-style play (GM and one player)? Are they easily scalable to different party sizes (if, say, I get to run an adventure with both boys or if they invite friends to take part, once the Covid situation normalises or through Zoom, Skype, etc.)?
Thanks.
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Justin H December 30, 2020 10:37 am UTC
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Hi Malcolm, all of the Hero Kids adventures are designed for play with 1 GM and 1 to 4 players.
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Malcolm R December 30, 2020 11:51 pm UTC
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Thanks.
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Erin G December 22, 2020 6:22 am UTC
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What should I purchase to start my nephew out in Hero Kids. Someone said the fantasy bundle has a print verions of the main book and that Basement O' Rats is the starting scenario. I'm just not sure which bundle includes everything I need to get him started.
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Justin H December 22, 2020 6:53 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Hi Erin, the Complete Fantasy PDF Bundle gets you all of the PDFs plus 50% off the print books:
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/115827/Hero-Kids--Complete-Fantasy-PDF-Bundle-BUNDLE
However, the Hero Kids RPG print book is currently unavailable as I update it to full color, but your 50% discount will work when the color version of the book is ready again.
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Kevin W December 05, 2020 6:54 pm UTC
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Have all the products in the fantasy bundle been updated to full colour, or just the core rule book? I have been using a heavily stripped down homebrew version of D&D for my five year old, and I'm looking forward to playing Hero Kids with him.
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Justin H December 22, 2020 6:55 am UTC
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Hi Kevin, I missed your message. The Core Rules, all of the Heroes and Pets, and the Equipment cards have been updated to full color. I'm still working on the Hero Advancement Cards and the monster cards.
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Marco E November 27, 2020 2:15 pm UTC
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Hey! I love minimalist approaches ad an adult as well so... Be honest: would this fit a regular adult gaming group's needings, considering most of us don't care about deep systems? :)
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Justin H November 27, 2020 2:28 pm UTC
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There are a few adult groups who use Hero Kids as their primary system. It's pretty lightweight and versatile.

I think it would need an unusual group that wants Hero Kids' level of simplicity. You never know... :-)
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Marco E November 27, 2020 3:55 pm UTC
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Hey, thanks for the answer!
I love ez games like OneDice and old school minimalist games, so... Gonna buy this, at least to support your project!
I'll let you know after the test :)

Is there a chance to have a non spread / single page PDF format version after purchase?
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Justin H November 27, 2020 3:59 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
There's a PDF of the single-page POD version of the core game included in the core rules.
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Kody M November 04, 2020 7:11 pm UTC
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Hello Justin,
My family absolutely love Hero kids! I bought the base game years ago and most of our old pieces have worn out. My wife and kids wanted to print off all of the hero and monster figures and cards to color and paint. I was trying to find the old black and white version of the monster sheets but I couldn't find them anywhere. Is there any chance there is a black and white copy of the monster cards and figures available somewhere? I hate to even ask but I can't find them anywhere. Thank you so much for your time.
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Justin H November 04, 2020 9:37 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Hi Kody, there's a new file that contains the B&W Hero Cards and Stand-Ups:
Hero_Kids_-_Fantasy_RPG_-_Hero_Cards_-_BW.pdf
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João Pedro O October 07, 2020 12:53 pm UTC
Hi, I would like to buy the print version but only found it in PDF. Is this the print version? Thanks
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Justin H October 07, 2020 1:55 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
I'm just updating the print version to the latest version. It should return shortly!
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Paul E October 19, 2020 12:34 am UTC
Just came here to find a print version for my friend's kids, and can't wait for the updated print version to return - thanks for the info.
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