What is Heroes & Other Worlds?

Heroes & Other Worlds is a game of adventure inspired by Metagaming's classic Melee/Wizard/TFT system combined with inspiration from the Moldvay edited basic game. The rules are easy to learn and use standard six sided dice. The system is simple, sensible and flexible in the spirit of classic role playing games from the early 80's. Become a Hero, Other Worlds await!

Saturday, December 20, 2014


The end of the year in the real job world was both highly gratifying in terms of finishing the year on a high note, but also quite stressful in trying to achieve some unprecedented goals.  As a result all my "work" energy was taken by the real job and my final editing of ToTaT is still in progress.

When I started to shift and change thing layout the whole work began to unravel.  Not in a sense of being destroyed or anything like that, just in the sense of going from what I thought of as "complete" into "still needs good work"  to be ready to release.

While I am blessed and lucky to have the next two weeks off of work, family is visiting all of next week (starting tomorrow) so my time is going to be dominated with  holiday hosting and playing games--rather than designing and writing them.   I am very excited by it but that means this project hits the pause button again.  I still think 2 good uninterrupted days of work should see it complete--but that won't be possible to start until the 27th. 

Even now I am getting "the evil eye" for being on my computer as there is house work to finish, gifts to be wrapped and things to be done for family arrives tomorrow morning.

Sorry this is taking so much longer than I anticipated originally.  I only hope at the end that all the tweaks and work will have been worth the wait for you--I can only say for me, its going to be something I not only will use and abuse regularly in my own game nights...but if someone breaks into the house, I could thump them pretty hard with this beast of a book. Thanks for your support an patience, I sure hope you will enjoy it when it is done.

I wish you and yours all the best and every happiness this holidays season!
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014


First I'd like to thank Buzzclaw for his support and for posting his honest first look and a new second look critique of the HOW core rules and Magi Carta.  Definitely worth your time!

Second a little package arrived today!

So the box arrived and tearing out the two copies I was happy to catch text errors on the back cover immediately, hooray!  :p

This thing is a freaking brick.  Below is a pic showing the ToTaT compared to the HOW rules book + Magi Carta stacked up.

Now the work on editing and cleaning up continues...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Message received loud and clear

Thanks all, hope to have the draft samples tomorrow and I will take pictures so you can see what's to come.

Appreciate all the great feedback and your patience!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Pick a path: BOGO

I got an email from Lulu saying on Wednesday (12/10) they are going to run some sort of BOGO promotion.  I do not know anymore details than this:

You loved our last buy one, get one offer so much, that we've decided to share a new one with you.
We will be emailing your BOGO offer on Wednesday and the offer will only be good for the day.

 Great right? EXCEPT I will not get hard copies to proof/review until...you guessed it...this Wednesday.

Which means I won't see them until after work which means too late to really be of any use. Oh the fickle humors of fate...what to do?  While I have spent weeks editing it and getting it ready for retail--no doubt there are new things I will "see" once I have the book in hand--but to miss buy one get one (IF the promo really ends up being buy one/get one)? That would be wicked cruel to think due to delayed shipping we all miss out.

So I will offer this option, YOU vote and choose your fate:

1) RELEASE THE KRAKEN--I know it may have some rough edges, but stop being prissy and make it happen captain!

2) STAY ON TARGET-I hate missing a good promo, but would rather let you have time to comb through it again before putting it up for sale.

Please vote in the poll off to the right hand side, top of the column...you have 24 hours to do so!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

and still waiting

Still waiting, just got confirmation today my sample copies shipped--more than a week after ordering...sigh.  Thanks for waiting and I will post picks when the samples arrive. I expect a day or two of edits after I get them before they go live. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cover girl

Another winner cover from my lovely wife! Switching computers worked so now I am ordering 2 print test copies and fingers crossed I should get them early next week.  While I will miss the 12/2 personal deadline, I know that Lulu runs all sorts of great promotions (discounts) during the holidays so one will come up later.  At over 400 pages and over 300 creature entries, this sucker is a door stop! It's thicker than 2 Magi Carta books stacked together--damn!  I will shoot a picture when the sample arrives!

Note, there is a Lulu code good through 12/25 for 25% off: KTP4.

As the ToTaT requires the Magi Carta (and the HOW core rules book) to get the most out of it, this code be a good chance to get both at a discount (once the monster book is released).  As with all Lulu codes: it is a 1 time use, and may not work in all countries or territories (sorry!)

So with Thanksgiving coming up here in the U.S., I want to say thanks to you for your support for this little game.  THANK YOU!! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tragedy and comedy

This project feels cursed:

Saturday power goes out 2 times I wind up redoing the same damn sections multiple times.

Sunday computer freezes  up spend 2 hours getting it working again.

Monday--finally get lay our complete, but now the file crashes when I get half way through reviewing it every damn time.

Currently It's 431 pages and a 153 MB file. I am trying my best not to freak out and remain patient, but I swear this thing is trying to kill me.

I am going to move the file to another computer and see if that helps me get it done.

Suffice to say at this point, I will not make a 12/2 deadline.  Doing my best despite the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

Monday, November 17, 2014


Son of a goat.  WAY too much travel and real job work stuff last week, so I did not get a chance to do any game stuff.  Good news though, I am going to do the lay out and get a print copy ordered this weekend.  Why motivate so hard? 

1) I want to get this DONE
2) With the holidays coming, my narrow time for game stuff is going to get pinched big time
3) Lulu.com is have an incredible sale: 35% off--but only until 12/2/14!!  Until December 2, you can save 35% off site wide with code SAVE35

So I am motivated to help you get the best deal/discount possible! 

Hammer down and 5th gear until it gets done this weekend.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Where are we now?

Another week, another an update! I spent 25 hours editing the new book this week.  I have 3 more creatures I want to add before calling it quits on that front.

Next tasks for me are (in order)

1) Grouping creatures by type (Undead, humanoid, etc.)
2) Layout and art
3) Index of creatures with p#
4) Table of contents
5) Print test

Tough week at the real job starting Sunday so I won't be able to get to the game work again until next weekend. Thanks for your patience and support!