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!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Chaos to Order

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Work is still cooking right along on the Terrors and Treasures book, and I wanted to get your input on arranging the creatures and adding some order to my chaos.

Currently I have separated out some creature types:

Insects + Vermin
Dire Animals
Swarms, Flora, fauna and fungi, Oozes & Slimes
Demons & Devils

Then other creatures Abolteth, Minotaurs, Orcs. Lycantheropes, Skeletons etc. are  all i the Terrors section.

Okay why do it this way? because when I design adventures and stuff I just want to find a slime, or some vermin, or a dire animal and I like to be able to see them all at one time and not flip through pages and pages trying to compare them....but that may be my own hang up.

So I can either continue to section out by types (Aquatic, Undead, Humanoids) or scrap the whole damn thing and just alphabetize it all from A to Z regardless of type.

Thoughts and opinions are most welcome!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Moving right along

Quick progress report, I am 2/3 done with the new Terrors and Treasures book.  My goal is to have it done and out in October--no trick, just treat!

I also plan to have Cauldron #2 out by Christmas this year. 

Feels like a long way still to go to the summit of this trail, but its a fine trip.

With the release of the monster book--the "core" books are done (Basic Rule/ Expanded Magic/ Monsters).

Then for 2015 the Blades & Black Magic book of options will come out as well as the "Grim Venture" ode to Death Test module and another Cauldron issue.  Further on I have 2016 as the "Revised Rules" release year, but take heart it is not a ploy to make anything obsolete! The revised core rule book will only clean up, revise and combine some features from all the previous works.  Lots of ideas, but its a bit further off so no rush to decide now.

So that is a "best laid plans of mice and men" look at what's to come from where I see things today. As always, thanks very much for playing and for your support!  Game on!

Saturday, August 30, 2014


And the work continues...

One of the "extras" in the TTT (Tome of Terrors and Treasures) will have some humanoid races listed with a playable character option!  So if you wanted to have Bugbear, Gnoll or Frogling characters you could! Most of these races have no EN, but of course a Referee could always over rule that.  So here is a sneak peak at the Frogling:

Encounter: 1d6                             Behavior: Territorial (12)
ST: 6-9                                         Habitat: Jungle, Marshes
DX: 10                                         AR: -2
IQ: 8                                            DM: 1d6 (Dagger or Javelin)
EN: 0                                           SP: Hold Breath
MV: 4/8 leap/ 6 swim                     TR:Pocket, Pack

Frogling's are 3'-4' tall amphibious humanoids that resemble frogs. Known to be of gentle spirit and even temperament, they are respected by all races. They are fond of gathering knowledge, telling stories and love to sing. The deep croaking voices of the Frogling do take awhile to appreciate when in song.

Frogling's live in small clan habitations of domed huts made of mud, lily pads and grasses. While this may sound dreary they are actually quiet cheery and green with the constant curves and rounded nature of architecture providing a peaceful and happy feeling. A typical village will be found near rivers, ponds, lakes and wetlands. In any clan two or three will be wizards with 1d6 spells each, while the rest will be adventurers.  

Frogling prefer only cloth armor or clothing and will rarely wear leather, and never metal armor. They will use shields as these can be discarded if the need to swim or leap arises.

Froglings are fond of wet climates and locations. They will avoid desert areas or dry areas. In such environments where the frogling may dry out it suffers 1d6 ST damage per hour. Salt water is equally unpleasant to froglings and they suffer 1 pt of damage per minute they are exposed (immersed) in salt water.

Hold Breath: A frogling can swim underwater and hold its breath a number of turns equal to 2xST

Frogling characters possess the following racial traits as a base.
ST -2, DX +2, IQ +0, No EN.
Natural AR-1
Medium size.
Special: Hold Breath
Favored Class: Adventurer.

Currently (w/o the treasure portion) this beast is 300 pages!  HOLY CRAP!  There is still a lot of editing and work to do but I wanted to give you a sense of how big this sucker is going to end up being and you can see why this is taking a lot of time!  More coffee and back to work...  

Friday, August 29, 2014

Snake Bomb

In 190 BC, the Carthaginian general Hannibal won a  surprise victory against King Eumenes II of Pergamon. Although vastly outnumbered, Hannibal had an ingenious strategy. Short on other weapons, Hannibal filled clay pots full of venomous snakes. 

During the proceeding naval battle, Hannibal's forces fired hundreds of clay pots filled with the poisonous snakes against Pergamon's navy. Between the snakes and Hannibal's fighters, his army scored a resounding victory.

Snake Bombs in your game
This seems like the perfect kind of weapon to be used by bandits in a desert/jungle environment. They ambush a caravan by launching snake bombs into the caravan scattering everyone and then picking off distracted guards. Or maybe by weaker (but dexterous) creatures like kobolds and goblins who use them to defend their treasures, forts, or as a disruption tool to scatter and break up a stronger, cohesive opponent.

In general a pot should be considered to contain 1d6+1 poisonous snakes.  It can be thrown 1/4 ST in distance (minimum 1) or if launched through some sort of trebuchet/catapult contraption, it would have a minimum distance of 50' and a maximum of 1500'.  

A goblin or kobold slingshot style launcher (4 creature crew) could launch a pot min 30' maximum 150'.

If dropping a snake bomb from above it will break upon impact and the snakes attack the next turn after being released from the broken pot.

The goal is not a direct hit on a target, but an indirect shot that hits near targets and "explodes" the pot open sending snakes all over. The snakes will scatter within 1 space of the "explosion" space. They will attack any target in or adjacent to their spot the turn AFTER they have "exploded" out of the jar.  

This snake bomb creates a deadly distraction as the foes must shift their attention to the new immediate threat. giving the launchers a chance to run or overwhelm their confused and distracted foes.

How to
To capture a snake and handle it requires a 3/DX roll to catch it w/o being bitten! Failure mean the snake can roll to attack immediately!  A character with animal handling skill can apply that skill to this test.

No more than 7 can be put in the same pot and they will survive for 1d6+1 days in the pot.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Smiling from the undergrond

After a lot of time flying on business the past few days (finished 3 books while flying!) I have taken time off and plan on 3-4 solid days of uninterrupted work on the monster/treasure book this weekend. With my wife out of town for a few days I should have nothing but hardcore focused writing to fill my days. 

She's about 70% done with the cover image and its coming along nicely!  I asked and she is not wanting me to post an image yet as I asked for some revisions. Sorry, but I think it should be worth the wait!

So with a smile from the basement, the pale glow of a monitor illuminating the dark, the calming sounds of various baroque composers in the background and a pot of coffee to keep me rolling, the work continues.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fight or Flight revisited

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Well at Heroes & Other Worlds HQ (besides working on the monster book) I have worked on the Fight or Flight idea some more.  Thanks to lots of great input and some play-testing encounters I would like to humbly present a new take on Fight or Flight (morale) rules for your consideration:

Summary of FoF idea:
1)      Chance of Fight or Flight is based on the creatures behavior
2)      That number is a 3 die test-roll: under or equal means fight/roll over means flight
3)      A FoF Test occurs whenever:
A)      A member of the creature's side is killed
B)      A creature takes a total of 30+ damage in one turn
C)      The Referee decides to make one.

Making a test
The creature's behavior gives it the FoF #
  • Cowardly (7)
  • Unpredictable (10)
  • Territorial (13)
  • Aggressive (16)
Test is made by rolling 3 dice and comparing to the Behavior Number . (This is noted as 3/B#)
Rolling equal to or under the Behavior Number (B#) means the creature will continue to fight
Rolling over the B# means the creature will flee.

A fleeing creature and will move its full movement each turn away from its foes.  If it is cornered or unable to flee:
  •  A Cowardly creature will surrender
  • For Unpredictable creature roll 1d6: 1-3 it surrenders or 4-6 it fights  
  • Territorial or Aggressive will turn and fight desperately.  It will attack at DX+1 and -1 IQ until it is able to flee or is killed.
I want to make special note of testing option B) A creature taking 30 pts of damage in one turn. 

That means a coordinated party attack against a major high ST foe (Dragon, Frost Giant, etc.)  So rather than figuring ST levels and rolling, I used a massive damage done to influence the creature FoF roll for major creatures.

As an alternative, here is an optional reaction chart. You could roll 2d6 on this chart (rather than test 3/B#) whenever a FoF test is necessary. In this version, when to make a FoF test is the same, but a DRM is applied to the 2d6 roll based on the creature's behavior:
  • Cowardly +3 DRM
  • Unpredictable: +1 DRM
  • Territorial: -1 DRM
  • Aggressive: -3 DRM
2d6 Roll              Reaction
 2- 5           Continues fighting, no reaction
 6-7            Hesitates, will not engage voluntarily this turn, but otherwise fights normally.
 8-9            Hesitates, will not take any attack option this turn.
 10-11       Break and run, will try to disengage and/or run off map away from danger.
 12+           Surrender - opponent drops to knees, drops weapons and tries to surrender.
Let me know what you think. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

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