Saturday, March 1, 2014

Hero Kids GM Screen

I thought that a GM Screen would be useful for the Hero Kids RPG, so I created one. It is 6 pages, on 8.5 x 11 inch paper, and prints in Landscape format. It is designed to slip into an old Savage Worlds GM Screen (holder) that I have.

This link will take you to Google Docs where you can print or download a copy of the GM Screen PDF file.

Please take a look at it. If you use it during an Adventure I would welcome some feedback. 

 Hero Kids GM Screen Page 1

 Hero Kids GM Screen Page 2

 Hero Kids GM Screen Page 3

 Hero Kids GM Screen Page 4

 Hero Kids GM Screen Page 5

  Hero Kids GM Screen Page 6

Friday, February 28, 2014

Hero Kids RPG

Hero Kids: A Fantasy Role-Playing Game for Children Aged 4 To 10
By Justin Halliday
Art by Eric Quigley

Hero Kids is designed to be played by 1 to 4 children and an adult Game Master. It can easily be used with more children, but the maps become congested. You will either have to split the adventures into two groups (unwise) or use bigger maps. Six-sided dice are used throughout.

The core rulebook contains 10 Hero Cards, each
with a different type of hero and two blank cards to make your own heroes. There is a good mix of heroes, some boys and some girls. There are also 10 Monster Cards. Each Hero and Monster has a Paper Standee. The monsters each have 8 additional standies, so the heroes can fight them in groups. No maps are included in the core rulebook.

A Print-on-demand version of the core rulebook is available. It has a slightly different mix of Monster Cards. All but one appears again in the Hero Kids Adventures. There are no Paper Standies in the printed book.

There are, as of this date, 10 Hero Kids Adventures and several other supporting materials. The Adventures all contain new monsters, Paper Standies and maps.

The artwork and paper standies are mostly black and white line drawings. The style is simple and elegant. Eric Quigley does an excellent job of bringing the Heroes and Monsters to life.

The maps appear to be hand drawn on a 25mm (1 inch) grid. The style is simple and elegant. I like this style of map and find it perfect for RPG game maps.

The only issue I had was with the download, and printing the maps to the correct scale: 1 square = 25mm (1 inch). When printed out on one page the maps had 20mm squares. I finally printed them as 2 page posters, which had 25mm squares. A quick trim and tape the two pages together and the correct size map is ready for play.

Want to Know More?
Everything can be purchased as downloads from and Look for Hero Forge Games. All downloads contain a printer friendly version. The Hero Kids Core Rulebook download comes with an adventure; Basement O Rats.

For more information see the Hero Kids RPG Blog (

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Still Learning How to Use My Blog

The Individual Pages do not behave in the way that I thought they would, so I am going to start posting on this Home Page. I hope it works out better.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My Blog

My Blog is used to comment on many different games, not just one. Please see the Pages Side Links to see which games/publishers I am currently commenting on.

Goodbye to Miniature Figure Painting
I have finally had to admit that my efforts at painting miniature figures are a failure. I don’t have any artistic ability at all and the whole process of painting miniature figures just frustrates me. I do not enjoy it. Also the results of my labors mostly look awful.

Paying someone else to paint my miniature figures has produced very mixed results. I’m fed up with painting miniatures and miniature painters. On top of all that it is expensive. No more.

I still like to play miniatures based games. I have decided to use LEGO Miniature Figures instead of lead miniatures that require painting.

Gaming with LEGO Miniature Figures
The whole secret to gaming with LEGO is approximation. LEGO rarely looks exactly like the actual person or item. It looks approximately like it. The exception to this is that licensed LEGO minifigures look like the character they represent (LEGO Batman looks like Batman, &c.).

The effect that I am aiming for is that people will look at my LEGO minifigures and say “I recognize that. It is X.” And they will have identified it correctly. At least I hope so.