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Heroic Fantasy is a tabletop roleplaying game based on the wildly popular 'The Black Hack'.

This book provides an all-in-one package to play heroic fantasy games of wild combat, fiendish monsters and powerful magic. Heroic Fantasy uses simple and accessible rules that blend traditional and indie flavours into an appetising experience.

Find within:

  • Smooth game rules based on The Black Hack, reordered and polished with additional explanation and descriptions
  • Choose from the iconic four Races, each with their own flavour
  • Choose from nine Classes, full of special abilities and magic
  • The Bard and Necromancer have their own spell lists
  • Personalise your characters with signature knowledge and skills to give you an advantage
  • Face the intervention of Fate - rolling equal to your ability creates special narrative intervention
  • Enchant your own items of power. Magic item creation rules
  • Hold against the Hordes of enemies. Rules to manage many adversaries attacking one PC
  • Never forget that the gods still breathe. Gods and Alignment added
  • Ready for when friend becomes foe. Guidance on PVP action
  • Some new Monsters
  • A short adventure location: The Sorcerer's Lair.

An introductory roleplaying game, with everything needed for the beginner and more experienced player alike.

Play Heroic Fantasy!

 
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Jeremy H December 15, 2021 2:55 am UTC
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Hello. Would you guys help me boost my current Kickstarter? I'm putting together a third volume of monsters for Black Hack. I have two other volumes here on DriveThru. it's been a few years since I published those and hope to get some additional exposure via the current crop of Black Hackers. Thanks! :^)
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Christopher P December 01, 2020 11:41 pm UTC
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Dear Graham - do you anticipate ever making an expansion or setting/adventure book for this game? I (and others) enjoy it immensely and love for another sourcebook or adventure to come out.
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Graham S December 26, 2020 10:32 am UTC
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Hello Christoper, thank you for your kind words about Heroic Fantasy. I'm substantially happy with it, but having said that I do have three pages of notes for some expansions to it. I'd be sticking mostly to TBH 1st as the base, adding some tweaks here and there. My writing has taken a bit of a nosedive this year and I have a new version of Wordplay (TRIPOD) to get out. Maybe something tail end of 2021?

Setting/adventure wise, what would you like to see?
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Jeremy H December 28, 2020 1:31 am UTC
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I'm glad to hear you've got some ideas percolating for HF. It's still one of my favorite TBH hacks.

Regarding the aesthetics... If you update the original, it would be cool to see you use a heavier font. I'm partial to Dominican for fantasy-type settings.

As for rules... I have found that the TBH 2e monster rules work pretty well with TBH 1e. I've been planning to release a third volume of my Creature Feature Quarterly for Black Hack soon and so far (knock on wood) I've been able to straddle both editions. Have you checked out Black Sword Hack? There might be a few interesting tweaks in it you could incorporate as well. Also, it would be cool to see Horcs added as well... to me HF is nearly ADnD ala TBH... but no Horcs makes me sad. :^)

Cheers! Looking forward to what you cook up.
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Christopher P January 25, 2021 2:53 am UTC
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I really agree that this is like playing AD&D via TBH.
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Christopher P January 25, 2021 3:07 am UTC
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An expansion sounds great. Some GM tables and wilderness rules would be a nice addition.

I would love to see a Keep on the Borderlands type adventure for this system, but within your theme of the game (which seems to favor a more traditional Tolkien type setting). Even though characters are "heroic" in HF, they are still very squishy compared to modern systems like 5e, which I really like. KotBL is pretty basic but I would like to see what you do with it because you have a very traditional approach which is refreshing.

Another adventure I would like to see would be a very straight forward tale of a group of adventurers traveling to a far off dungeon to stop a dragon or wizard (via the wilderness, ships, and mountains). It's incredibly basic but nobody does it straight forward any more.

I would be very interested in any of these or any setting that you create. I like the implied theme in your game. Example, the way your game is setup, I could write a darkly...See more
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Jeff M April 02, 2019 6:15 pm UTC
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hello, i have a question, where cna i find a character sheet for Heroic Fantasy, or can i pick a generic Black Hack one ? i cant reach your website.
thank for your answer.
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Graham S May 18, 2019 8:27 am UTC
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The website is a bit slow and will be moved to alternative hosting. It's better than it was, so give it a go:

http://wordplaygames.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Heroic-Fantasy-PC-Sheet-v3.pdf
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Diego B March 20, 2019 1:02 pm UTC
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On page 32 (Tests) the "healing" action is listed below INT (in the Stats table). On page 45 (Healing) it says to use WIS to heal. Which of the 2 Stats is correct and which is not?
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Graham S May 18, 2019 8:29 am UTC
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In my play it is INT, so p.32 is correct.
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Charles B February 23, 2019 3:35 am UTC
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Hello there,

I just recently purchased this and so far I love it. I did have a question about Assassin poison:

1. How is the poison that the Assassin can make different from Blade Venom? If the Assassin poisons a monster does the monster roll a CON test to resist?
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Graham S May 18, 2019 8:36 am UTC
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The way I play it, the ingested poison uses the Lethality Die, whereas the blade venom simply increases the damage die by one step. You could have the damage die increase by more than one step for higher level assassins or even use an extra lethality die for more damage. I have kept it simple but layer on extra if you want to accentuate the use of poisons.
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Christopher N November 02, 2018 12:51 pm UTC
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Graham, now that the second edition of The Black Hack is out, d you plan on a second edition or companion volume of Heroic Fantasy?
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Graham S November 18, 2018 10:36 am UTC
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Hey Christopher, I'm taking a look at TBH2. It's really well put together and full of great ideas. Mostly, I like where Heroic Fantasy is pitched at and don't think it needs an overhaul. Having said that it would be really nice to either provide an update to the book or put out an expansion volume. I'm working on Wordplay 2 right now, but plan to get back to Heroic Fantasy after then. How about a setting/adventure?
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Jeremy H July 30, 2018 9:47 am UTC
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Graham, is this one final now? I was thinking I should finally get a printshop edition put together. But an update would be quite welcome. :^)
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Graham S August 20, 2018 9:16 pm UTC
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Hi Jeremy, it's fairly final :). I might revisit next year, though I'm fairly happy with the core game. I have some notion of a 'Companion' book that adds more races, classes, monsters, spells, mass combat etc. You never know!
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Diego B August 06, 2017 10:50 am UTC
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Are there any additional rules taken from "Additional Things" expansion?
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Diego B July 20, 2017 12:04 pm UTC
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Is there "FAILING FORWARD" or any similar modern rules?
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Graham S September 10, 2017 11:08 am UTC
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Hi, not in this version. Next year I may bring out a second edition with a host of additional ideas for the game, whilst keeping the core untouched.
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Adam D March 07, 2017 5:38 pm UTC
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Very nice! Solid OSR interpretation of TBH, with good "learners" advice. I noticed a lovely little bit of influence from Apocalypse World, too. Never a bad thing.

Two teensy quibbles:

1. Your dice progression is incorrect -- if the numbers in parentheses are supposed to be dice averages. The single-die averages, rounded down, are correct. The double-die averages are not. For example, d6+d8 = 2 to 14 (average 8, not 7). Not a deal breaker, for sure.

2. Your OGL Section 15 is missing the Copyright notices required by Section 6. Those are needed for folks like me who might want to scoop up some of the cleverest open-content bits for their own products.
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Graham S March 26, 2017 5:35 pm UTC
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Cheers Adam, I'm glad you've enjoyed the book. I'll take a look at those, when I can, and get them fixed.
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Adam D March 27, 2017 2:43 am UTC
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Turns out those dice mistakes are in the original TBH. <=)
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Jeremy H January 28, 2017 2:39 am UTC
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Definitely a cool utilization of TBH. I was wondering if you could include options for a Half-Orc PC race? Additionally, maybe some guidelines for creating unusual races in the DM's section would be helpful.
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Graham S February 03, 2017 9:11 pm UTC
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Cheers Jeremy! Yes, lots of endless permutations. They are hardy those Half Orcs, perhaps they get to roll their Hit Die with Advantage? ;-)
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Damien L November 22, 2016 11:20 am UTC
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Several months ago I bought the Black Hack (tBH) rpg (among many many others) as I continued the search for my perfect RPG. At the time I made the mistake of dismissing it as an experiment that was not for me. The other day I had another look and saw how wrong my first impression was. tBH is a wonderful piece of work, simple, flexible, expandable, and suited for both one shots and full campaigns. So it was by coincidence Heroic Fantasy (HF) appeared on RPGNow just as I was analysing all things tBH. As no one had commented on HF I only had the description to go on and today decided to buy and see for myself. I just spent less than 30 minutes scanning the rules and my impressions are as follows:
Nice Cover (Front and back) art, interior art sparse and simple, dyson map used for included adventure;
Unlike tBH if you roll 15 or more you dont limit the next rolled stat, rather they are capped at 15! (personally I would be miffed if I rolled an 18);
Races have been added (Dwarf, Elf, Halfling, and...See more
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Graham S November 22, 2016 10:07 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks for your review and I'm glad you liked the book. I'll update the p## references at the weekend and refresh the PDF.

Thanks again.
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