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!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Quest complete!

It is done, commence quaffing of beer to toast the release of Heroes & Other Worlds.

 Thanks very much to those who have supported this effort over the year with their feedback, enthusiasm, and comments.  I am especially indebted to my lovely wife, to Mr. Beau Chambers for his eagle eyed editing and efforts to make the game great.  (Beau don't order one because I have a very unique thank you kit I am putting together for you!)

I'd also very much like to thank the fine folks at Dark City Games. They allowed one of their programmed adventures to be used in HOW and as the games are compatible, I hope you check out an adventure or two from them!  They are great!

If you are interested in purchasing your own copy of Heroes & Other Worlds, follow the link below to purchase:


You can use the coupon code NOVBOOKS12 to get a 20% discount through the end of the month! 

Heroes & Other Worlds is inspired by Melee/Wizard/ TFT system as well as by the Moldvay edition D&D Basic Rules book. So what does that mean exactly in terms of the game?

1) Only d6 are used
2) There are two broad scope character classes: Adventurers & Wizards
3) Each Hero has 4 attributes and tests are made by rolling 3d6 versus your attribute. Roll equal to or lower and you succeed, roll over and you fail. No AC or charts.
4) You build your character, both attributes and selection of skills/spells.
5) Combat can be played tactically using a map (squares or hexes), but it is not necessary.
6) Armor hinders the Dexterity of the wearer and subtracts from damage done to the wearer.
7) The basic tropes of dungeon creation, exploration, creature catalog, magic spells and treasure tables are all included.
8) TWO adventures are included, a programmed adventure courtesy of Dark City Games and a simple starter Refereed adventure.

If I had to compare it to something, I would not say TFT. Instead an idealized Dragons of Underearth by way of Moldvay D&D.

What HOW endeavors to be is a sensible and simple game system.  Where TFT and later GURPS took a detailed/simulation system path, HOW seeks to retain the original simple resolution but adding a Moldvian sense to game play.

So the HOW Rules book comes out and then what?

Well first, I am happy to say HOW has the support of Dark City Games. The systems are compatible and they are allowing inclusion of one of their short programmed adventure in the rules book.  More importantly for the HOW player, this also means a tremendous amount of programmed adventures are immediately available to support playing the game at launch.

This will act as a sort of  Expert Rules book for HOW. It will include a few additional character options such as faults and favors.  It will include more spells, more treasures, more creatures and wilderness/ hexplore rules and charts. A simple sample Hexplore will also be included.

This will be a (ideally) quarterly 'zine to support HOW.  I will take player submissions as well as creating original content.  Dark City Games has already discussed including additional sample programmed adventures, and any optional rules for HOW going forward will be done via The Cauldron.

This will be a programmed adventure I write inspired by Death Test adventures.

If you purchase the game and take time to review it just let me know!  I very much hope you will enjoy the game and I look forward to seeing where and how far this little journey takes us.


  1. This looks very cool. Copy ordered!

  2. Thank you very much for your support! I hope you enjoy playing it as much as I do!

  3. Copy ordered. Thanks for the coupon code. Now to wait.

    1. Thank you very much for your support! I hope you will enjoy the game!

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    1. Indeed sir! Much joy on this side of the interwebs as well!

  5. Ordered. Thanks again for the link to Legends of the Ancient World, it really helped with me making my decision.

    1. No problem Andrew, DCG makes great stuff and as the systems are compatible its a win-win! Thank you very much for your support!

  6. I ordered this sight unseen. I just completed a translation of Tekumel, the first setting, to TFT, my favorite system.

    1. Thanks for the support Brett! Man I'd love to see Tekumel TFT! Outstanding!

  7. Great idea Brett, I've been thinking of adapting Skyrealms of Jorune to HOW

    1. Jorune was an incredible game world, geordie if you start this project let me know!

  8. My copy just arrived and it looks great! After a ten minute skim I really like what I see. Excellent stuff.

    1. First character (for a rennaissance era setting):

      Josiah Bleake (A university educated physician. Left his profession amidst allegations of unseemly acts and turned to a life of adventuring)

      ST: 8, DEX: 13 (12), IQ: 13, EN: 8

      MV: 6, AR: 1

      Skills: Physicker 2, Naturalist 1, Scholar 1, Swords 1

      Gear: Saber (13, 1d6+1), Padded Armour, Needle & Thread, Ink & Quill, Parchment (5 sheets), Lantern (small), Flint & Steel

      Starting Coins: 130, Remaining: 7

    2. Hey Andrew! WOW you got yours before I got mine! Fantastic first character! I plan on a Musketeer era article for an issue of The Cauldron next year!

  9. Excellent, I'll look forward to it.

    And yes, I often receive books before their authors. Lulu UK provide an excellent service these days.

    A quick question -- will you be making individual character sheets available? I *really* owl-bordered one from a few weeks back.

  10. Hi Andrew, I put the book mark sheets up in the downloads, and will post the others in the next day or two!

    1. Excellent.

      I've given HoW a shout on Google+ so people can take advantage of Lulu's weekend discount. :0)

  11. thanks very much for your support Andrew, I truly appreciate it.