ISS1001 HeroQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha (2003)

Design by Greg Stafford.
Original Game Design by Robin D. Laws.
Development assistance by Mark Galeotti, Roderick Robertson, and Stephen Martin.
Cover art by Lee Moyer.

NB: Boris Sirbey has contributed illustrations but is not listed in the credits. We apologize for the mistake.

Runner-up of the 2003 Pen&Paper Fan Award for Best Game.

HeroQuest, formerly announced in 2001 as the second edition of Hero Wars contains the contents of Hero Wars (ISS 1101) and the former Narrator’s Book (ISS 1104), which have been revised, re-edited, and laid out in a completely new format. It contains the complete rules for HeroQuest, including beginner-friendly Character Creation, new rules for Hero Bands, simplified Contest resolution, and streamlined Magic systems. New scenarios, a new heroquest, three hero bands, and new adventures and heroquests help to breathe new life into the rules for players and narrators alike.

All previous Hero Wars supplements remain compatible with these revised rules.

Table of ContentsDownload
Chapter 1 – Playing HeroQuestDownload
Chapter 13 – Introduction to GloranthaDownload
Bibliography of Books, Movies, and TV SeriesDownload
Index of HeroQuest, complete with separate indices of Keywords and Common Magic, Contests, and IllustrationsDownload
Glossary of Important Game TermsDownload
A basic introduction to Gloranthan RunesDownload
Game Aids – This contains a Character Creation synopsis, Consolidated Hero Point Costs, Sample Resistances, and the Rules Synopsis. Download
Game Aids Booklet*Download

*This is a version of the HeroQuest Game Aids with the pages shifted so that you can make it into a bound booklet by printing it out, folding it, and stapling over the fold.

What You Need
A printer that can DUPLEX (that is, print on both sides of the page). If you don’t use such a printer, then you can try printing out first the odd pages, flipping them over, and reinserting them into your printer and printing the even pages on the blank sides; however I would NOT RECOMMEND doing this in a laser printer, as this can mess up your imaging drum.
A LONG STAPLER is ideal. A long stapler has especially long arms so that you can fit lots of paper length under the hinge. If you’re going to be making big booklets, this is pretty much vital. If you’re making small booklets, then you might be able to carefully do it with a regular stapler.
Patience — be prepared to make several test printings first. Keep notes of exactly what printer settings work for you; different printers will perform in subtly different ways.

To make a small booklet:
Print out these pages onto US Letter or A4 paper in landscape orientation. Make sure that you duplex along the SHORT EDGE.
Make sure, also, that you set Acrobat to “Fit to page” to fit the paper size.
Once you have the pages printed out, make sure that they are stacked so that the top sheet you see contains the last numbered page on the left and the first numbered page on the right.
If you peek under the stack, you should see that the last page lying face down on the desk contains the two middle pages with consecutive numbers (pages 4-5).
GENTLY fold the pages over to make a “binding” so that the first numbered page faces you and the last numbered page faces away from you. Press a little so that you have the start of a crease line on the pages.
Unfold the pages and lay them flat again on the desk.
You now have a booklet that’s ready to be “saddle-stitched”.
With your stapler, you want to staple so that the bar of the staple sticks out of the top of the sheets, just along the crease line, as you would see with a normally stapled booklet.
A long stapler works best for this. (Once you own one, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it.) Some regular staplers can just manage a small booklet, but with most you will likely have to gently fold one side of the booklet over again to get it to fit under the stapler’s hinge.
Voila! Small booklet!

To make a large booklet:
Follow the above instructions, but do not set “Fit to page” in Acrobat, and print out the pages onto tabloid paper (11″ x17″ or the European equivalent; for the latter, you will set the “Fit to page” option selected in Acrobat) in the same way you did with the small booklet.
Fold and staple in the same way as above. (Now you really will need that long stapler!)
Voila! Large booklet!

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