More Trouble in the Pen and Paper Industry – HERO Games Scales Back


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A while ago I posted about White Wolf only offering print-on-demand and pdf products. This was in response to economic troubles. Now HERO games has reported they are laying off all but one member of their production team. The HERO system is a great system, initially designed for playing super hero games. Later, the system was separated from the super hero setting, and modified to allow any genre to be played. The system really is great, it feels like playing with Lego blocks when you build a character. There are lots of little modifications and extras to lock into each trait. This is great for people that love complexity and precision. Its not so great for those that are easily overwhelmed by too many options. If you sound like the type that might like this system, its worth taking a look, and perhaps supporting the company by buying some books.
Here is the official statement:
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Hero Games has been around for 30 years with ups and downs. The economy’s been pretty rough lately, as has the gaming market. With declining sales and fewer releases, Hero has reached the point where it’s no longer possible to maintain a full time staff of three, so it’s scaling back.
Darren and Steve will be departing December 2nd, with our thanks for a decade of hard work that gave us 108 books, and best wishes for their future endeavors, which may include producing new books under a Hero System license. We’ll keep you posted on that.
Jason will remain to continue shipping books and handling day-to-day matters. Existing books will continue to be available for purchase, and the company will continue in business, just a bit more slowly. The online store remains open. Steve will continue to answer rules questions on the Hero boards as “the guy who wrote the rulebook.”
We’re looking into doing a Kickstarter to print Book of the Empress, since it’s complete and ready to go.
For the near future Hero would appreciate your kind thoughts and your patience. Transition periods of this sort take time, and Jason has a lot of work cut out for him, so the support of our fans is much appreciated.
Jason Walters
General Manager

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I’ll be keeping an eye out for the kickstarter when its up, and will post a link to it for any that want to support the project.

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