For those of us who were born in the eighties and liked a certain sort of game, this advert was a revelation. I recognise now that in many ways Heroquest hit a lot of sweet spots for my ten year old self. It was basic enough that I could play it without assistance from my Dad or another adult and short enough that you could actually get through multiple games in an afternoon. This was a boon and while I always enjoyed playing Aquitaine with Dad; Heroquest was a game that I could pick and play without an adult interpreter.
The Heroes knee deep in adventure
(our Wizard has been slain and can be seen lying on his side)
Target got a copy of Heroquest for Christmas last year and we've been meeting at his home to play the occasional game over the last few months. So far it has proved excellent fun and I've thoroughly enjoyed it, leaving Evan the Self Hating Elf to victory on several occasions. The game is simple enough to be picked up quickly with enough variety in the scenarios to keep things interesting. One change that Target did introduce was using a print out of the American rules for the monsters, which were tougher than those in the UK version. This has added a frisson of extra danger to the play so far.
The Dwarf and the Barbarian bravely take on the Witchlord
(while I bravely hide with only two body points)
We played through three scenarios in an evening, made all the more pleasent by Targets cheese board and excellent whiskey. Show me a man who plies his guests with Crested Ten and I will show you a man who will find me returning to his home with monotonous regularity. The games we played formed part of the Witchlord campaign.
Target shows his usual restraint and magnanimity
In the Witchlord campaign, we bravely broke into the Witchlord dungeon, murdered his friends and stole his house hold goods. Once that was done, he rose from the grave to smite us and we had to run away as we discovered that he could only be slain by the Spiritblade. We then toddled off, got the Spiritblade, came back and hit him for six. It is was splendid fun.
Target also cackled rather spectacularly when Jon's Barbarian was killed by an Ork and Liz died when rocks fell on her head. I always consider a casualty or two the sign of a good dungeon crawl, as Lady Gaga eloquently put it in her anthem for Heroquest GMs everywhere Pokerface, "...if it ain't rough it isn't fun."
Evan the Self Hating Elf
On examining my character sheet, I have discovered that Evan the Self Hating Elf has survived quite a few dangerous encounters (six in fact) and it looks like we are going to have to embark on "The Return of the Witchlord" campaign (apparently we wasn't really dead...or was that undead?)
An impressive piece of cutlery
Target picked this up recently. It doesn't appear to be sharp, so I suspect it is a wall hanger, but still very nice to look at. If it is a wall hanger, I think it's an oldish one.
The full thing
Given that those who read J&F are often interested in swords, I thought I'd take a few pictures. If it does strike a cord of recognition with anyone, I'd be interested to know.
Detail on the hilt
But on the whole, a good night was had by all and I shall look forward to the next one.