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HeroQuest , sometimes written as Hero Quest , is an adventure board game created by Milton Bradley in conjunction with the British company Games Workshop. The game was loosely based around archetypes of fantasy role-playing games : the game itself was actually a game system , allowing the gamemaster called "Morcar" and "Zargon" in the United Kingdom and North America respectively to create dungeons of their own design using the provided game board, tiles, furnishings and figures.
Several expansions were released, each adding new tiles, traps, artifacts, and monsters to the core system. Games Workshop worked with Milton Bradley to produce HeroQuest , an adventure game where the players cooperated against a single adversarial Games Master.
The game was released in Britain, Europe and Australia around It was released in America and Canada in in a slightly different version. The game consisted of a board and a number of individual miniatures and items. Many expansions for the game were published, starting with Kellar's Keep , released in Europe and Australasia in , and The United States and Canada in Kellar's Keep added new quests, new items and artifacts and a further batch of monster figures more Orcs, Goblins and Fimir.
Released shortly in the same years was Return of the Witch Lord which extended the undead with more skeletons, mummies and zombies. In Europe and Australasia, Against the Ogre Horde was released in , and included Ogres, a more powerful monster type, while Wizards of Morcar was released in , themed around the addition of enemy wizards.
A HeroQuest Adventure Design Kit was released in Europe in , containing items to help HeroQuest players design their own quests, and an Adventure Design Booklet was published with 4 sheets of adhesive labels and with an page pad of a new design, larger character sheet. There was also a blank quest map printed in the middle of the original game's quest booklet for creative players to make their own adventures.
HeroQuest Advanced Quest Edition also known by the German version name "HeroQuest Master Edition" was released later with 12 added miniatures "black guards" with 4 kinds of detachable weapons and a new 13 part adventure "The Dark Company" in addition to the original contents of the basic HeroQuest Box.
A version of the game for the NES was developed to a prototype stage, simply named "HeroQuest", but never released. Advanced HeroQuest was a revised and expanded version of the HeroQuest game. The basic concept is the same: four heroes venture into a dungeon to fight monsters and gain treasure, but the rules are more detailed and complex.
The heroes are agents of the Wizard known only as Mentor, Zargon's former master and keeper of a book called Loretome, which contains all the world's knowledge. The four player characters offer a choice of gameplay. The Barbarian and Dwarf allow a more combat-oriented game, while the Wizard and Elf can cast spells. The artwork and miniatures of each character are standardised, but the equipment stats vary somewhat from this basic portrait.
The game is played on a grid representing the interior of a dungeon or castle , with walls segmenting the grid into rooms and corridors. The map details the placement of monsters, artifacts, and doors, as well as the overall quest the other players are embarking upon. Quests vary and include scenarios such as escaping a dungeon, killing a particular character, or obtaining an artifact. The evil wizard first places the entry point on the map, usually a spiral staircase, although on some quests the players enter via an external door or begin in a specific room.
The map may also specify a wandering monster. This is a monster that may enter the game if a player is unlucky while searching for treasure. The remaining players select their character from the four available. If the wizard is chosen while the Elf is not then the wizard player may choose any three spell sets. If the Elf is chosen while the wizard is not then the Elf may choose any spell set.
If both the wizard and Elf are chosen then the wizard chooses a spell set first, then the Elf chooses a set and the wizard gets the remaining two sets. The players may also start the quest with items collected on previous quests, such as extra weapons, armor, and magic items. The game begins with the gamemaster reading the quest story from the perspective of Mentor, to set the scene for the game about to be played.
During a Hero's turn, the player can move before or after performing one of the following actions: attack, cast a spell, search for traps and secret doors, search for treasure. Players roll two six-sided dice , referred to as "Red Dice" in the game manual, and may then move up to that number of squares. A player does not need to move the full amount of the roll and can end movement at any time. Players may move over a square occupied by another player if the occupying player grants permission, but may not occupy the same square.
Doors, monsters and other objects are placed on the board by the evil wizard player according to line of sight. Once placed on the board they are not removed unless killed, thereby providing a steady stream of monsters for the evil wizard player to use. The character players and the evil wizard player use the same dice, but the evil wizard player has a smaller chance of rolling their specific shield.
The number of dice used is determined by the basic statistics of the player or monster, whether they are attacking or defending, plus any modifiers due to spells or items being carried. The attacker attempts to roll as many skulls as possible, and the defender as many shields as possible. If the attacker rolls more skulls than the defender rolls shields, the defender loses body points according to how many skulls they failed to defend.
If a character's body point count falls to zero, they are killed and must be removed from the game. If there is a fellow hero in the same room or hall when the hero died, that hero may then pick up all weapons, armor, gold and any artifacts. At the start of the next quest a new hero can be created and then given all items. If the hero dies with no other hero in the same room or hall then the monster collects all items and all are then lost forever.
The Wizard and the Elf are the only two player characters allowed to use spells, and must choose their spells from four sets of element-themed Air, Fire, Water, Earth spell cards, each consisting of three spells.
A further set of 12 "Chaos Spells" is available to Zargon, but the use of those spells is restricted to special monsters. Spells can be broadly split into offensive, defensive and passive varieties, and their use and effect varies greatly. Some spells must be played immediately before attacking or defending, and all require the target to be "visible" to the character using the game's line-of-sight rules.
Each spell may only be cast once per quest in the base game. There are four kinds of traps in HeroQuest: pit traps , spear traps, chest traps, and occasionally falling rocks.
Of these, only spear traps and chest traps do not appear on the board as they are activated only once and then they have no lingering effects.
If a pit trap is not discovered and a player walks over it, they fall in and lose one body point. The pit will remain in play as a square that may be jumped over. A falling rock trap will cause a rock slide tile to remain in play as a square that must now be navigated around, much like a wall.
A quest may also contain secret doors which allow alternative routes to the objective or access to secret rooms containing treasure or monsters. A player can only search for traps and secret doors in the room or corridor they are currently standing, and only if there are no monsters within the room or corridor.
When this happens, the evil wizard character indicates where any traps may be and places secret door objects on the map. Trap tiles are only placed onto the board once a hero trips the trap. It is important for players to remember where traps are once they have been revealed.
The dwarf is the only character that can disarm traps without the aid of the specialized kit which is either bought in the armory or found during certain quests. In a similar manner, players can search a room for treasure if no monsters are in the room. On some quests, searching for treasure in certain rooms will yield a particularly valuable artifact. More likely, however, the quest will not have specified any treasure for the current location and instead a treasure card is taken.
Out of the 25 Treasure Cards, 6 are Wandering Monster cards and 4 are Hazard Cards, making a total of 10 "bad" cards that get put back in the deck when discovered. There is also a chance that searching for treasure may trigger chest traps that were not disarmed, or cause monsters to attack, usually a Gargoyle already in the room that does not move at first and cannot be harmed until it does move or attacks a Hero.
The game ends when every player has either returned to the spiral staircase, exited by a door or been killed by the evil wizard. If the objective of the quest has not been accomplished then the evil wizard character wins. Items collected during the quest may be kept for future quests. The quests usually form part of a longer story, especially the quests which are part of the expansion packs.
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HeroQuest , sometimes written as Hero Quest , is an adventure board game created by Milton Bradley in conjunction with the British company Games Workshop. The game was loosely based around archetypes of fantasy role-playing games : the game itself was actually a game system , allowing the gamemaster called "Morcar" and "Zargon" in the United Kingdom and North America respectively to create dungeons of their own design using the provided game board, tiles, furnishings and figures. Several expansions were released, each adding new tiles, traps, artifacts, and monsters to the core system. Games Workshop worked with Milton Bradley to produce HeroQuest , an adventure game where the players cooperated against a single adversarial Games Master.
HeroQuest Adventure Design Kit ENG, 1989 CHEAP Create your own adventure
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