Friends, a few days ago as I was about to call it a day, when one of my friends on Facebook happened to share some news that made me shout out loud in excitement. Thanks to a crowdfunding campaign started by HasLab, which you can join by way of Hasbro Pulse – those of us who fondly remember sitting around a table enjoying HeroQuest – have an opportunity to do so once again thanks to Avalon Hill. A mere 31 years after the game was originally released – the quest is calling again!
HeroQuest was originally designed by Stephen Baker, who had not only worked at the Games Workshop store but for the UK arm of Milton Bradley too. I suppose with his working relationship with Games Workshop and Milton Bradley – the two companies saw the wisdom of joining together and releasing the game system to the World. And that is most assuredly what HeroQuest was – a game system – everything you would need to run the included adventures and create future quests was found in that rather large box.
One player took on the role of Zargon, the evil sorcerer and master of the dungeon – picking an adventure from the supplied Quest Book or using their own. As well as placing the doorways, furniture, and enemy forces miniatures on the game board as dictated by the chosen quest. It was up to four other players to act as the heroes, each choosing one of the champions of Mentor – Barbarian, Dwarf, Wizard, or Elf. The players attempted to navigate the dungeon and complete whatever task was put before them, then making it successfully to the spiral staircase before Zargon’s forces defeated them.
While not required to role-play during the game, my group of friends always did so – they also kept track of the items they had collected during the quest for the next game. While I was never fortunate enough to secure any of the HeroQuest expansions – at the very least I still have the core game itself.
For what it might be worth I have actually pledged for the Mythic Tier set for this updated HeroQuest – one of those reasons besides receiving the two expansions – is I really want that Mentor miniature and character card. In addition that tier allows me to receive the “Unlocks” when the stretch goals for the crowdfunding campaign have been met… in less than 24 hours the project was fully funded and shows no signs of slowing down.
You might be interested to know that Hasbro’s PulseCon begins tomorrow – an online event featuring panels covering such franchises as Magic: The Gathering, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, HeroQuest and more.