In case you might have missed it, Lego recently released a new series to their line of game sets – Heroica. These four box sets each contain the rules and material to play a basic board game in the spirit of such titles as Heroquest and Talisman. This is a great product line to introduce a number of gaming concepts such as heroes vs monsters, rolling dice, keeping track of hit points/gold/loot, navigating obstacles, and more. While the rules straight out of the box are definitely designed for the younger crowd, with a little tweaking (which I will get into later) this can be expanded upon to make a nice little customized gaming experience.
So what do you get in the box? Well, for starters Heroica used a special d6 for all rolls. One side is a shield which when rolled yields a special results (additional movement, additional damage, special ability triggered, etc). The other 5 sides are contain a split result with one half of the die face being either a sword or skull (used in combat to indicate either damage taken or damage dealt) while the other half of the die face has a number of dots between 1 and 3 (used in movement). Modified one-piece Lego micro-figs are used to represent both the players (Heroes) and the monsters (goblins, werewolves, etc). There is a weapon rack which acts as the “store”, holding extra gold coins and weapons. The players also receive their own rack where they can store loot and track hit points.
And finally, there is the game board itself. The board design utilized colored 2×2 pieces with one point in the top center to simulate the path that the heroes can take. Each individual square counts as one move and takes the player’s through multiple environments including forests, deserts, caves, castles, and more. Some of the “rooms” have a great deal of detail to them including furniture and other cosmetic pieces. The best part is that these are standard Lego pieces and as such you can dig through your box of blocks and probably create a few yourself.
My wife and I have played through a couple of the box sets (we own 3 of the initial 4) and we both loved every minute of it. We decided to play using the default rules first to get a feel for things before trying to house rule anything. While things proceeded rather smoothly a couple of omissions did crop up. We also took some notes on elements that we would want to house rule at a later date. I will be working on compiling everything into a formatted document and will post it here once it is all done. In the meantime, here are a few things that we saw that needed to be changed:
- Remove instant kills. It really sucked the possibility of any tension out of the game when Amy killed the end “boss” just because she rolled a sword on the d6.
- How many actions can you do in a turn, ie can you move AND fight or just move?
- How is ranged combat handled? Do I just roll at any time?
- How do you activate non-combat related special abilities on your character/equipment? Do you roll anytime during the turn?
If you enjoy board games or have a little one you want to get into gaming, this is the perfect entry point. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my modifications including additional weapons/armor, using standard-size mini-figs, and additional adventures. In the meantime get to building and enjoy yourself some Lego Heroica!