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WannaDemoGame please! HERO

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February 6, 2005 3:07:49 AM

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Hey, all...

I'm looking for at least one (preferably 2-3) short FREE
demo/intro modules for HERO, preferably in different genres
and different power-levels. One module with an "excuse" to
run at 2 or more power-levels would also be cool (maybe even
the most cool! e.g. start with "Talented Normals" or even
"Heros" (50-75 points), then have 'em go through an "event"
that elevates them to super-level; both versions of the
character-sheet would be pre-gen's).

My situation is this...

I'm going to DunDraCon this month, and my eldest daughter
(who is a gamer, and has hooked her friends on D&D) is
bringing a couple of friends for their first-ever RPG-Con.
The friends are a bit nervous, and one of the things I'd
like to do is run a session or two of a non-d20 game so
they get a taste of some other mechanics. I have at least
4 people who will play, maybe up to 6.

Looking over the schedule, I see that HERO mechanics are the
#2 mechanic at the 'con (21 separate games, by my count), so
my first choice to show 'em is HERO. Since HERO runs at
*SUCH* different power-levels, I'd like to show 'em at least
a couple of them (say, 60-75 points, and 250-300 points).

I have never *run* (GM'ed) HERO, but I've played both 4color
supers and "superheroic" fantasy, under 3 different GM's; and
I've GM'ed quite a few other systems.

I do *NOT* have HERO-5, nor the BigBlueBook. I have the soft-
bound Hero4 (#500, 1990) with a brown/red cover of 3 "heroes":
* a "viking" swinging an axe;
* a 4-color-comic heroine in blue with white "starburst"
effects at her hands;
* a mercenary/adventurer type in brown&green, with a couple
of powerguns cabled to his techgear belt, and blue-gray
bandolier/powerpacks hanging from his shoulders.

I also have the "Fantasy Hero" book (HERO24, 1985) with an
ice-green spine, showing a "black" dragon facing 5 heroes:
* foreground, facing away from us, a dark-chainmailed
longsword / kite-shield user;
* immediately before the dragon, a trident / buckler user
(female?) wearing a white mantle & white fur loincloth;
* behind (her?) a knight in red-and-white surcoat with an
odd sort of intermediate blade, neither shortsword nor
longsword, straight-edged from hilt-to-point;
* at the far side of the party, a knight bearing a green
eagle on his upper-right chest, red-and-white stripes on
his upper left, and a broadsword;
* in the background, on a stair, a green-clad spellcaster
with a white turban, wielding a staff with a glowing tip
All set in a ruin, battling under 3 intact arches, with sky
visible in the background. The title, "Fantasy Hero," is in
large red-and-white text, above which (in yellow text) is:
"the roleplaying game of epic adventure"

No, I *cannot* afford to upgrade my books, nor to buy the
nice commercial adventures that I don't doubt exist. Yes, I
would like to (I'd REALLY like to); but I can't.

Yes, there *is* a demo adventure in the back of the "Fantasy
Hero" book, and Google'ing has found a Fantasy adventure on
the HERO Games website ("Tomb of Rakoss"; BTW, what are the
3 ".hdc" docs in there? I see LOTS of cross-ref's to HERO-5
rulebook (including critter-stats), making Rakoss rather less
appealing to me). I may run one of those (can anyone comment,
or review those?), but that leaves the high-power game still
wanting a module... HELP?

I'm not sure I've got the time (nor, frankly, the skill) to
design a decent game myself, since I've never GM'ed any HERO
games before. Time, as well as money, are very tight at the

Any help/info/suggestions would be gratefully accepted!

- Steve S.


Steve Saunders
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February 6, 2005 7:42:43 AM

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About the only thing I can think of is to go to RPG Host and see if
they have any Hero adventures in their archives.

Ralph Glatt
February 8, 2005 9:55:30 PM

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On Sun, 06 Feb 2005 00:07:49 GMT, wrote:
>No, I *cannot* afford to upgrade my books, nor to buy the
>nice commercial adventures that I don't doubt exist. Yes, I
>would like to (I'd REALLY like to); but I can't.

As a financially strapped gamer with kids, I feel your pain. However, are you
sure you couldn't squeeze $10 (US) out of the budget to pick up the 5th
edition Hero Sidekick? It has most of the 5th edition rules in it, but
presented in a manner that makes it easier for new Hero players. You could
even get it online.

That said, there are some really cool little Fantasy Hero adventures here: (there's a tripod pop-up, too). Scroll down
-- there's tons of stuff there, with links at the bottom to tons more stuff.

Also, if you haven't already, you should ask this question at the Hero Games

Good luck!

February 16, 2005 8:09:09 AM

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> Hey, all...

Thanks for the suggestions!

I ended up with 3 players, and the demo adventure at
the back of the FH book had 3 sample PC's, and I was
short of time. Made my choice pretty easy...

But I bookmarked the FH Treasure-Trove, and SH Fandom
sites. Nice!

- Steve S.