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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 Fantasy PDF Bundle includes 50% discount coupons for the softcover print versions of Hero Kids - Fantasy RPG and the Hero Kids - Fantasy Expansion - Monster 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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ANDREY P December 07, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
Hello! Seems to be a very nice game. Any Russian version available / in plans?
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Robert S October 26, 2018 4:50 pm UTC
Just purchased this to start "making up stories" with my Son. He loves the images and the non human heroes too!
My question is are the images available easily outside of the pdfs? My son would love the be able to digitally colour his hero and pet. And also choose the colours for the monsters!
He is only 3 so has not yet grasped real world colouring, but thanks to the plethora of iPad apps he would be able to colour them digitally and then I could print the standees for him and they truly would be his heroes!
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edgar D October 06, 2018 12:07 am UTC
What order do we run the quest?
Basement O Rats first for sure but after that is there a specific order?
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Justin H October 06, 2018 3:18 am UTC
Hi Edgar, check the order listed here:
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Kender K September 08, 2018 12:01 pm UTC
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Justin H September 09, 2018 12:04 pm UTC
Hey Kender, the core 10 heroes are available in Spanish:
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Josh B September 03, 2018 7:26 pm UTC
Excellent RPG for children! The Hero Kids bundle is an awesome discount that comes with plenty of options and adventures to use for a family game night. This game is the perfect way to introduce your children to role-playing.
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Richard D August 23, 2018 6:37 pm UTC
Just bought the full PDF bundle nice stuff.
But did I miss something or there no straight black and white - printer friendly - versions of the character, pet, monster, etc. cards?
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Chad K August 01, 2018 2:12 am UTC
If this was "reskinned" a bit, and with different art aimed at adults, this would be a great quick pick up game for gamers of any age!
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Chad K July 31, 2018 12:13 am UTC
Is there a list of Heroes/Classes available somewhere? Id like to see the options available. thanks!
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Chad K August 01, 2018 2:11 am UTC
Nevermind, i took a chance and bought it, along with a few PDFs.
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Justin H August 02, 2018 11:27 am UTC
Apologies Chad. I've updated the blog with the full list of Heroes and Pets:
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Chad K August 02, 2018 6:19 pm UTC
No worries. I bought the game and think its great. You should think about an "adult version" with different art. Thanks!
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Matt W June 22, 2018 5:45 am UTC
Played this with my kids, 6 & 9 and they really loved it! Easy to follow and play. Fantastic entry into RPG!
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Marjorie F March 13, 2018 1:45 pm UTC
I'm really looking forward to playing the game with my kids.
Is there a french version of the character card?
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Justin H April 13, 2018 10:14 am UTC
Sorry, I missed this message. Yes, the cards are available in French here:
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allan P February 27, 2018 12:09 pm UTC
How to handle experience and the character improving?
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Wenhan W February 11, 2018 6:36 am UTC
Hi Justin, I'm a chinese buyer and I'm also a father of 2 years old boy. So far I haven't played Hero Kids but after reading through it, I think I like the ideas. I would like to translate it into chinese and maybe I can publish it in China. Please contact me if you are interested in.

Thank you!
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Tiziana D January 11, 2018 4:46 pm UTC
I like to purchase the RPG but I need some info for understand better what I would.
If I choose the "PDF + Softcover B&W Book" you send me all in PDF format or you send me some the printed book version?
I live in Italy so I would understand better. For me it's better PDF format.

In this version you send me also introductory adventure and printable heroes and monsters. It's correct?

Thank you in advance
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Justin H January 12, 2018 9:16 am UTC
Hi Tiziana,
When you purchase "PDF + Softcover B&W Book" you get the digital downloads of the PDFs as well as the physical print book. If you just want the PDFs, then select the "PDF" option, which is currently on sale. The PDFs come with the printable hero and monster standups, as well as the introductory adventure; Basement O Rats.
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Tracy R April 12, 2018 3:10 am UTC
Just for clarity - the item description says:
>Select the Print + PDF option (no extra cost) to also get the introductory adventure and printable heroes and monsters.

But your comment says:
>The PDFs come with the printable hero and monster standups, as well as the introductory adventure; Basement O Rats.

Does the PDF include the extras if I purchase the PDF only, or do I need to buy the Book + PDF in order to get the extras?
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Rachel S May 06, 2018 8:40 pm UTC
I have purchased the PDF only version. The PDF file is long; it includes 10 character sheets (each a half-sheet) and two DIY hero sheets, 10 matching character stand-ups, 12 monster cards (quarter sheet) and 7 full pages of matching monster stand-ups.

There is a color pdf, a printer-friendly (B&W) pdf, a Print On Demand (formatted booklet for copy-shop) pdf, a full color Basement O Rats adventure, and a printer-friendly Basement O Rats. The POD version doesn't have the stand ups in it, but all the others do. The adventure actually includes the creatures monster sheet & stand-ups that you need for that adventure, including the boss monster (King Rat).

I actually purchased the entire bundle; the expansion packs and other adventures also include lots of hero and monster stand ups. They are all excellent! All of the character/monster cards and stand-ups are line drawings so you and your kids can color them in as you like.
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Christopher R January 09, 2018 1:20 am UTC
Hi. I purchased the Hero Kids - Complete Fantasy PDF Bundle last month and it said I would be emailed a discount for the print version. I never got that email. Can someone send, or let me know where to send my order info? Thankyou
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Justin H January 09, 2018 9:33 am UTC
Hi Christopher, the code is included in the purchase confirmation email that you would have received from DriveThruRPG. Try your spam folder, or email me at
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William C November 26, 2017 6:36 pm UTC
So, I'm unsure if it's ever come up but does anyone use a Leveling Up system with this game to keep the adventures rolling with the same characters??
I ran my first game of this last night with a mix of ages (5, 13, 30 & 51) and it went over well but at the end of "Basement of Rats" I noticed there wasn't any sort of XP system, so, in the moment, I decided to give each player 2 "Special Dice" that they added to their character sheets. In future adventures they can "spend" one of their Special Dice to add a die to one of their rolls, be it attack or investigation or whatever.
Anyone else come up with any good leveling ideas?
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J L October 29, 2017 4:03 pm UTC

Any chance of getting a dutch translation? :D

Anyways, what does POD version stand for?
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Curtis B November 27, 2017 8:46 pm UTC
I am pretty sure POD means "Print on Demand". I think it would be if you sent it off to a service to be printed, it looks like once printed, it would turn nicely into a bindable book.
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Justin H November 28, 2017 9:43 am UTC
There's a Dutch translation of the 10 core Hero Cards here:

As for POD, that means Print on Demand. The Hero Kids - Fantasy RPG rule-book PDF comes in two sizes: US Letter and 6x9 digest size POD file. The second file is the one that's used for the print version of the book.
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