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Softcover B&W Book (6" x 9")
$11.99

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 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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Shawn K August 20, 2016 11:38 pm UTC
My 10 year old HP printer just died on me. when I do purchase it Can I have parts of it or all printed at a print/copy shop?
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Justin H August 21, 2016 12:09 am UTC
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Hell yes! There's a printing personal authorization in the front of the Hero Kids Core Rules PDF.
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Shawn K August 21, 2016 12:14 am UTC
Thank you
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August 08, 2016 6:36 pm UTC
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Hello, just order the print version but I don't see where I can download and the book is not showing up in my library. How can I go about getting the digital version?
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Justin H August 08, 2016 8:56 pm UTC
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You may have selected the Print option only, instead of the Print + PDF option when you purchased the product. Send me your DriveThruRPG email address to justinhalliday@gmail.com and I'll send you a voucher for the PDF.
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Roger R July 31, 2016 10:08 pm UTC
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Hey! I bought this game on July 8th and it should be (and was) shipped to Spain, but I have not received the game yet. Is this normal?

Thanks!
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Justin H August 01, 2016 3:00 am UTC
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Hi Roger, there's usually an email about the print process and then another to track the shipping. Have you received either of those? Can you track the shipping?
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Roger R August 01, 2016 7:46 am UTC
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Hi Justin, ty for your answer.

Yes, I got an email, but it did not provide me any shipment tracking number. All I have is:

Product Hero Kids - Fantasy RPG has shipped.
Date Shipped: 2016-07-08
Shipped via: Lettermail Economy Packet
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Roger R August 02, 2016 9:29 am UTC
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So no further answer?
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Justin H August 02, 2016 10:16 am UTC
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The shipping's handled by Lightning Source. When you selected the shipping method, did it give a range for delivery times? I've only shipping to Australia, which has been fast with the express option.
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Roger R August 02, 2016 12:41 pm UTC
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Honestly, I don't know, I can't remember. That's why I asked =)

Well, I'll be waiting for the shipment. Thank you for your care.
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Roger R August 03, 2016 7:35 am UTC
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I received your shipment yesterday. Thanks again!
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Justin H August 03, 2016 11:58 am UTC
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That's a relief! Enjoy. :-)
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RJ C July 01, 2016 11:42 am UTC
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I just bought the complete bundle a month ago on June 1st, just checked and it's version 1.6 (Build 84), since 2.0 has been released will I get a link to download the new PDF? Thanks in advance!
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Justin H July 01, 2016 11:43 am UTC
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I just sent out emails to all purchasers over the last two months with a 50% discount code on the new print edition. Are you signed up to receive emails from DriveThruRPG publishers?
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RJ C July 01, 2016 12:50 pm UTC
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I did receive the email about the version 2.0 print edition but I was wondering when 2.0 would be available for PDF download sicne i still have the 1.6 PDF and only purchased 30 days ago...I'd hope I would be eligible to download the new version PDF.
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Justin H July 01, 2016 1:01 pm UTC
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Yep, all of your PDFs have been updated in your DriveThruRPG Library.
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RJ C July 01, 2016 1:04 pm UTC
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THANK YOU! Just went to the Library and sorted updates by date and they're there now! Most appreciated!!!
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June 29, 2016 11:27 pm UTC
PURCHASER
How much is the softcover? Where do you get it from?
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Justin H July 01, 2016 11:46 am UTC
PUBLISHER
The Hero Kids print edition is available again now. The softcover is $11.99, or 50% of with a discount voucher (available if you buy the complete PDF bundle or if you jump over to the Hero Kids blog and use the link there).
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June 22, 2016 2:03 am UTC
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Bought this and ran it for my kids (boy 4 girl 5) and they absolutely love it. After two adventures they want more. I can see that my oldest wants her warlock to have more than a spell that can be split. What are the options for leveling up and character improvement?

Thanks
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Justin H June 24, 2016 1:28 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Hey,

I discuss advancement and character abilities in this blog post:
http://www.herokidsrpg.blogspot.com/2012/12/equipment-races-hero-classes-and.html

Michael Henry has some rules for advancement:
http://herokidscampaign.blogspot.com/2015/06/leveling-scheme.html
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Leonard K June 18, 2016 5:59 am UTC
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First of all, thanks so much for creating this game. I was wanting to introduce my kids to table top RPGs for a while, but it was looking like I was going to have to cobble together something myself, which is why I was so excited when my wife found this. The whole family loves it and we're always looking for opportunities to play.

Has there been any consideration given to experience/increasing abilities? I've been working on a system where characters get 1-2 hero points after an adventure which can be spent permanently for an automatic success in a dice roll. If they save up 6 points they can get a new dice added to a skill. I'm concerned this may eventually make the characters too powerful, but so far so good.

Thanks.
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Justin H June 24, 2016 1:28 pm UTC
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Hi Leonard,

I discuss advancement and character abilities in this blog post (including your concerns about overpowering characters):
http://www.herokidsrpg.blogspot.com/2012/12/equipment-races-hero-classes-and.html

Michael Henry has some rules for advancement:
http://herokidscampaign.blogspot.com/2015/06/leveling-scheme.html

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Mike G June 12, 2016 12:57 pm UTC
Can we no longer order a print version of this? My 9-year-old girl's birthday is later this month and she has just announced she wants "Dungeons & Dragons" for her birthday........ ;)
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Justin H June 13, 2016 1:11 am UTC
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Hi Mike, I'm updating the print book to a new version, which is a long process because I need to get the physical proof to Australia.
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RONALD H June 29, 2016 4:24 am UTC
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What's the ETA for the print edition to be available? I'd like to order one!
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Justin H June 29, 2016 4:28 am UTC
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I got my first set of proofs a couple of weeks ago, and the cover printing was very washed out. I have uploaded updated files and ordered a new set of proofs, which are currently in the air from the UK to Australia. Best case scenario is early next week. Worst case maybe another four weeks.
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Justin H July 01, 2016 11:48 am UTC
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The print edition is available again now! Huzzah!
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Matthew G June 07, 2016 1:33 am UTC
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Sadly, I just received my print version of the core book and it appears that much of the art misprinted. For example, the full page piece on page 7 is just a black block, the four hero types on page 11 are just black rectangles, etc. What can I do to rectify this issue?
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Justin H June 07, 2016 1:50 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Hi Matthew, when did you order the print book? I am in the middle of updating the print book to the latest version, but it shouldn't have been available to order during this process. So maybe you ordered before the files got updated, or maybe something just went wrong! In any case, I'm happy to reimburse you for the cost of the book and shipping while I get proofs of the updated version. Justin
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Matthew G June 07, 2016 1:58 am UTC
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Hey Justin. Thanks for being so prompt and decent about this. I ordered the print book on May 26 using the coupon link provided in the email receipt. I look forward to the update and will *not* ask ETA - my daughter isn't quite 3 yet so I have a bit of time to prep.
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Justin H June 07, 2016 2:44 am UTC
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No problem. Drop me an email at justinhalliday(a)gmail(dot)com. And I'll get you reimbursed.
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April 05, 2016 1:03 am UTC
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Having bought the bundle and read through the core rules, I have a question about the bestiary in the back. Are the skeleton archer, skeleton swordsman, and skeleton warrior supposed to have exactly the same stats and special abilities as their pirate counterparts? It doesn't fit at all with the skeleton shambler, and it seems to me like it might be a copy and paste error, though that might just be my longstanding system bias toward undead not suffering fear effects (the Rattled ability that they share with the pirates) showing.

Also, the two snakes (giant snake and hissing snake) are exactly the same. Which is okay if you want some variety in the snake minis, I guess, but it seems like there could be some ink saved.
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Justin H April 23, 2016 11:57 am UTC
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Hello stranger from Sydney. Thanks for the feedback! I just posted a blog post that addresses your issue with the pirates. As you rightly point out, the pirates are the same as the skeletons, so I've redesigned them for the next update to the core rules. As for the snakes, their abilities are the same but their health differs.
http://www.herokidsrpg.blogspot.com/2016/04/hero-kids-pipeline.html
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April 03, 2016 1:26 pm UTC
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I'm strongly considering picking this up to run with my five year old nephew (he sees us play Pathfinder and desperately wants in; his parents tell me he's always trying to get the dice and make up games based on what he sees us doing on game night). I see the bundle and see that it has a coupon for buying the core rulebook at 50% off; if you use the coupon, does that also permit you to select the core rules PDF bundle with the book (i.e. is the PDF still free with the book if you use the coupon)? This isn't a huge deal either way; it mainly affects whether I buy the bundle first for the coupon or the core PDF first to check out the system before investing in the rest. Thanks! :)
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Justin H April 04, 2016 10:39 am UTC
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Hi Woodrow, if you want to whole bundle and the print rules, then the best option is to buy the Complete PDF Bundle, and then use the coupon (which you'll get in the confirmation email) to purchase the core rules print book for 50% off.
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April 04, 2016 9:22 pm UTC
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Yes, I grasped. The question was whether or not the coupon is for 50% off the print book only, or 50% off the print book and PDF bundle (in which the PDF is free). I know it doesn't make a material difference since the PDF is free when bundled with the book anyway, but coupon codes are often funny like that.
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April 04, 2016 9:52 pm UTC
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Derp. Now I feel like an idiot; I had thought the core rules weren't in the bundle because it wasn't up at the top of the list like I thought it would be. Never mind, I'll just go ahead and buy. :) Sorry for the mix-up.
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Richard O January 14, 2016 9:03 pm UTC
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I would like to get the Hero Card and Monster Card/Figure pages printed professionally on cardstock. Is there a way to get those pages in a separate file?
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brian W January 14, 2016 9:05 pm UTC
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Most printing companies you can simply tell them which pages to print and they can handle it from there.
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Richard O January 15, 2016 4:53 pm UTC
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I have to use online printing service which doesn't do that. The different orientation of the pages is also an issue, or I'd just print the whole thing and suck it up.
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Justin H January 16, 2016 2:01 am UTC
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You can use Abode Acrobat Pro to extract the images or rotate the pages. Otherwise, you can email me at justinhalliday@gmail with the images you need and I can see if I can email them through to you.
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December 07, 2015 2:50 pm UTC
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I just purchased everything Hero Kids! We tried the new Star Wars: Force and Destiny, but it was far too complex for my young kids, so the system itself got in the way of the kids having fun. We are very much looking forward to playing Hero Kids!

Quick question. How does everyone print out the cards and stand-ups? What paper/stock does everyone recommend? I'd love to keep them on nicer card stock to use over and over, and the standups would hold up better.

Also, does anyone know of plastic stands to put the stand-ups in?

New to this game, so hoping for some hints and tricks. Thanks!
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Justin H December 09, 2015 11:32 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Some players are using cardstock and binder clips:
herokidscampaign.blogspot.com/2015/06/papercardstock-minis-and-gm-screen.html
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Armand I April 12, 2016 12:24 am UTC
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With my kids, we cut them out, colored them, then used "fake lamination" by carefully enveloping them in clear shipping tape (or moving tape). Finally, we used office binder clips an removed the little leg things. I also saw on some websides, you can order generic plastic stands for cardboard things.
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brian W November 14, 2015 6:36 am UTC
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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
PUBLISHER
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
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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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Simone O February 11, 2016 2:32 pm UTC
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Boys can play female characters and vice versa. Since you talk about gender limits, why limit them to play a character of the same gender? My 5 years old son often chooses female characters.
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brian W February 11, 2016 5:29 pm UTC
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I never limit their choices. I hand them the stack of cards and let them choose. Some of the non-human characters get funny questions about gender but I give non-answers and let them figure out what they think. They usually side with "boy" if it's got scales. lol
I don't have children of my own so when I've run this game I only have a brief opportunity to teach the kids anything valuable for "real life". The reason for my original comment was that I wanted to see more examples of females in those roles to help introduce kids to the idea that girls are tough too and that boys can be gentle.
Role Playing is an amazing mode for kids and adults to explore many aspects of real life. I don't want to just teach these kids how to be the next generation of D&D players, I want to help them grow as an individual.
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March 02, 2016 1:38 am UTC
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Heh, I got the mega-bundle, printed out all the character sheets, and my kinder son did the same thing, choosing the girl healer as his first pick. And he's done quite well playing her.
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Hans V August 24, 2015 7:00 am UTC
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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
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The Game Crafter does one. What do you think would be useful for the GM?

https://www.thegamecrafter.com/publish/product/LargeScreen
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Steve N October 19, 2015 1:31 am UTC
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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.... ;)

Steve
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Steve N October 19, 2015 1:43 am UTC
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Oops! Forgot;
Google "CD case GM screen" for pics.
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Ben B March 12, 2015 7:07 pm UTC
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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
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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
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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
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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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