HeroQuest 25th Anniversary Edition Coming to Kickstarter

Heroquest on Kickstarter

Here’s an unexpected (for me at least) piece of news.

It appears that Spain’s Gamezone Miniatures have somehow found themselves with the right to re-do HeroQuest – a classic dungeon-crawling game (formerly?) set in the “Old World” of Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy. Now Gamezone Miniatures are getting ready to kickstart a deluxe anniversary edition of the game.


#1 – HeroQuest History

For those of you unaware of what HeroQuest is, I am simply gonna go with Wikipedia…

HeroQuest, sometimes also written as Hero Quest, is an adventure board game that was created by Milton Bradley in conjunction with the British company Games Workshop and set in the latter’s Warhammer Fantasy fictional universe.

The setting is revealed by a map of the Warhammer ‘Old World’ printed on the back of the Quest Book for the Return of the Witch Lord expansion pack.

The game was based loosely around archetypes of fantasy role-playing games: the game itself was actually a game system, allowing the gamemaster (called “Morcar” in the original British version and most localizations, but “Zargon” in the USA) to create dungeons of his or her own design using the provided game board, tiles, furnishings and monsters.

These days, of course, a healthy selection of games like this exist. The best known is probably Fantasy Flight Games’ Descent.

Moreover, I doubt the new 25th Anniversary Edition of Heroquest will be set in Games Workshop’s “Old World”, though it might still hit that nostalgic spot for many “old school” gamers regardless.


#2 – Kickstarter Titbits

For those (potentially) interested in the Kickstarter, Gamezone miniatures have tweeted about the pledge-structure of their crowd-funding campaign.

It appears to follow the blueprint of most miniature game Kickstarters these days.

 

 

 


#3 – Thoughts?

Soooooo…. ;)

What do you think?

I am really looking forward to your thoughts on this one!

Z.

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  • KJensen

    Well… What do YOU think? =)

    Generally have a nostalgic fondness of the original Hero Quest, having played it to death with my brother back when I was between around 9 and 13 years old, but I’ve aso played it as an adult and… well quite frankly the game feels pretty nab.

    A game can be completely ruined by a few bad rolls, which leaves the gaming experience as very “hit or miss” from game to game and the mechanics are quite shallow and not very fun when it comes down to it.

    Compared to modern systems like Decent, Hero Quest feels dated and really needs a decent update by Gamezone to bring it up to snuff – it can’t just be a re-hash of the old formula, if they aim to also include an adult audience in their target group (Hero Quest was pretty much a gateway drug for kids into the Warhammer world like Space Crusade was for 40k).

    The original version was really easy to pick up though, so if I were to try luring an unsuspecting non-minuature enthusiast into the world of miniature games, it’d probably still be one of my “go to guys” if I had a copy of my own.

    It’ll be interesting to see what they do with it though, as I think a lot of people have a soft spot for the game in their hearts and would like to see it “brought back” – however sometimes nostalgic things just need to stay “dead”, which might also be the case with Hero Quest (Robocop reboot? Pfff! Just give me the 1990′s ridiculous ultraviolence version thank you very much!).

    • euansmith

      “Dead or alive, you’re coming with me…”

      Robocop, Total Recall and Starship Trooper, all classics.

    • http://pinsofwar.net/ Zweischneid

      Well, they are obviously going for the nostalgic angle, and Gamezone make good miniatures.

      How much will they revamp gameplay? Well, I know as much as you do on that…

  • euansmith

    One question… WHEN?!

  • Leonard Anthony P. Arcilla

    Shut up and TAKE MY MONEY!

  • Joe Reil

    Loved HeroQuest back in the day and it is the single game most responsible for me becoming a lifelong gamer, but with everything that’s been done with the dungeon crawl boardgame model since it came out, they’d better be bringing something innovative to the table. A simple rehash isn’t going to cut it.

  • Gamehorder

    When is the KS launching… missed 22nd date obviously

    • Uselessinfomine

      It did launch on Kickstarter. But then it was taken down after an intellectual property dispute.
      Either Games Workshop or Milton Bradley disagreedwith people making money from their old ideas…

  • Kurgen

    I’ve been waiting for this forever! Its about time someone got the nerve to bring Heroquest back.

    In my opinion Heroquest is a superior product to Descent. Descent suffer’s from FFG’s trademark gluttony and unnecessary complexity. Heroquest’s simplicity and speed is large part of what makes it so enjoyable. Also I prefer the exploration aspect of Heroquest that’s lacking in Descent.

    The Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Boardgame that was only released in Europe back in 2004 was a Heroquest clone that had a few nice new touches, like different coloured dice with varying odds of success, and a modular board. I also liked the turn-order cards. I’m hoping the new Heroquest applies some of those ideas.

    But it needs to have 3D dungeon furniture and it needs to have good artwork and the sculpts should be badass. It would also be nice to have larger chambers where battles can be more complicated and furniture should have rules for searching and moving etc.