Would you dare to enter the dungeon? ;) After so many years I've finally brought the game back to life! Let's have a couple of introductory games, I'm aware that many of you may have forgotten the rules... in case you are not too young to never have actually played it!
So let's go! This is the display for the first game in the booklet, The Trial:
'You have learnt well, my friends. Now has come the time for your first trial. You are to travel east and enter the catacombs of Verag, a foul Gargoyle. The catacombs guard the tomb of Fellmarg. The trial is not easy and some of you will not return. Those who do survive will continue their training. This is your first step on the road to becoming a hero... tread carefully, my friends'.
|Doesn't look that impressive, I know. Just wait for the adventure to unfold|
The goal here is to kill the Gargoyle and to get to know the basics of the game. Let's see...
|So our adventurers begin to explore the dungeon...|
|And the first blood is spilled!|
Quick note: The original Spanish HeroQuest edition contained several mistakes. Some of them regarding the translation (for example, the Elf is called 'Troll' -seriously, guys, WTF-) and some of them regarding rules. As a matter of fact, the Goblin stats were insanely good, making them just as good as a Chaos Warrior. I grew up my childhood believeing that Goblins were witty creatures with some kind of unnatural agility that allowed them to hit hard and fast and dodge enemy attacks even better. :O For this game I didn't have the corrected stats at hand, so we played the enhanced Ubergoblins :D. I promise I will correct that for the next time.
Let's go on. The Wizard opened the door...
|Oops, am I interrupting anything?|
|Fireball towards the ugly Orc. I should have added fire effects with Photoshop|
|Finally! Someone my size!|
|I've been waiting for so many years for this to happen again...|
|Looks like the Barbarian matches his enemies by pairs...|
|Ehm... He just leaves and go kicking some poor Goblin's ass with the help of his Dwarf friend. Group battle anyway|
|The Wizard invokes a Genius to kill the Fimir. Nobody here seems to be able to do things on their own!|
|Barb kills an Orc while Grumpy faces two Skellies|
|What's this, Barb? You get 100 gold coins and I have to face the Raggedy Men?|
|Don't worry, little pal, let me handle this|
|Ehm. Sometimes I see dead people|
|Verag the foul Gargoyle and his foul acolytes!|
|A shield! Aaargh!|
|One by one, gentlemen, please!|
|The Barbarian and the Dwarf also run towards the bad guy...|
|...Being chased by a whole graveyard|
|Easier to say than to do|
|Die, foul gargoyle! Dieeee!! (Oh, c'mon, tell me this is not epic!)|
|OK, now you can tell this is totally unepic|
|And the Gargoyle finally dies!|
The game was fun as hell, maybe I was so eager to play this game that everything looked so shiny to me, but anyway I can say that 25 years later, HeroQuest still rocks!
In fact, as the game was so quick, we decided to play the second scenario, The Rescue of Sir Ragnar.
'Sir Ragnar, one of the Emperor's most powerful Knights, has been kipnapped. He is been held prisoner by Ulag, the Orc Warlord. You are to find Sir Ragnar and bring him back to safety. Prince Magnus will pay 200 gold coins to the character who rescues Sir Ragnar. The reward may be split between several adventurers, but no reward will be paid if Sir Ragnar is killed whilst escaping'.
Using the treasures found in the previous encounter, the Wizard bought a staff and the Barbarian bought a shield. And then they all run to the rescue!
|Back to the game again!|
|A Goblin! Run! Run for your lives! Nooo, don't leave me aloooneee!|
|Out of the frying-pan into the fire (without Wargs)|
This time the game unfolded even quicker, so everything went smoother. Pure dungeon joy!
|A secret door! And more monsters behind!|
|All the minis must be immediately deployed|
|The Elf rolled unusually high scores. The cliche about Elven agility proved right|
The fight was really hard, the characters trying desperately to keep the greenskins at bay to proetct Sir Ragnar.
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I can tell you this is not the last you have seen here about HeroQuest. Now I have to attend (many) other pending issues, but it is my intention to keep on playing and, in time, to expand my ranges. That will come, my friends, that will come...