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, April 4, 2020

And now for something sort of different...DIE 20!

Blame the stay at home order if you like.  Well you cannot blame it for what this is. I guess the social distancing and stay at home order gave me uninterrupted time to think.

I have very much enjoyed reading streamlined games like Microlite, Searchers of the Unknown, Knave, Maze Rats, the Black Hack, Tiny Dungeons and Swords & Six-Siders. 

Part of the appeal are the quick play mechanics and simplified rules which let you quickly create and go after the action.  For anyone that has read this kind of game before it is intuitive and easy to understand. 

For a number of years, in the background, I have tinkered away on something similar/inspired by these other games.  Somehow this week it all sort of crystallized and become DIE 20!  Now that thing is here as a 1 page brochure for you to download and play.

DIE 20! is a spin on what's come before and the brochure format level 1 rules give you a feel for the simple and quick game system.  Culling the core down to a double sided brochure to cover Level 1 characters was quite a challenge. Thanks to some constructive criticism, eagle eye edits and suggestions from my lovely wife, Jeffery Vandine, Marc Tabyanan and Bill Burdick--the level 1 intro to DIE 20! is now ready for public consumption.

In addition, there is a Level 1 adventure available for download to give the game a spin. It is a reworking of a 1 pg dungeon by Daniel F. Walthall.

So is here more beyond the brochure?  Indeed there is!  There are demi-human races. At Level 2 you get to pick a specialized class like Ranger, Cavalier, Cleric, Necromancer, Ranger, Assassin etc. More spells, more monsters, more bits and bobs that add on to the range of options but maintain the simplified rule set. I am still construcitng and tinkering so let me know what you think.


  1. Well, I was waiting for someone else to make a comment first, but to heck with that! I am REALLY looking forward to seeing the whole book for this one! The single sheet of paper thing is pretty cool, but if you don't realize it by now, I love me some chrome and extras!! ;-)

  2. Hi, C.R.! Is there any update on Black Magic progress for the month? Also, when do you think you might be ready to publish the full Die 20 book?

    I know, I know, we're all so damn impatient out here! ;-)

  3. Appreciate your patience!!--I am thankful I am still gainfully employed and still have 50+ hours weekly of work from home. My job still dominates my time and time for writing is still limited.

    Die 201: I did commission art from Luigi for DIE 20! so that is another project that will get done.

    Black Magic-still working on spells

    Wish I could snap my fingers and make it happen quickly, but these things take time.

    1. It's great to hear that you are still fully employed! At least that disaster hasn't befallen you! I too, still have a job, though my hours are down, so I am among the fortunate.

      Anyway, I wish you COULD snap your fingers; I am really looking forward to both products! (There you go; "New spell: IQ12, INSTAPUBLISH, the caster instantly publishes any book of secular knowledge or entertainment.")