Many of our largest offers have featured the Hero System. Why? First, as you’d expect for a game entering its fifth decade, there’s just a lot of Hero books (viz. 452 DriveThruRPG listings). But also, Jason Walters of Hero Games has undertaken several ambitious projects to scan the backlog of Champions products from the dark times before .PDF, and he’s kindly allowed the Bundle of Holding to premiere the impressive results: the April 2017 Champions 4E Essentials and Universe offers (revived this past May) and the November 2018 double offer of Early Champions and Early Hero System. This Hero Magazines offer marks another milestone in this multi-year effort.
Before the modern web and its many campaign portals, blogs, forums, and subreddits, enthusiastic writers and journalists made do with Amateur Press Associations (APAs). (Some still do. The oldest APA, the National Amateur Press Association, was founded in 1876 and is still going.) The Hero System APAzine Haymaker produced 67 weighty issues (1992-2014) of hand-collated manuscript contributions from many Hero System aficionados.
Now Hero Games has assembled almost 280 Haymaker articles in seven giant .ZIP archives, a 180MB barrage of characters, organizations, locations, equipment, vehicles, adventures, rules variants, and essays. These thousands of humble manuscript pages encompass everything from two-page character outlines to full-scale campaign supplements, plus the contributors’ informal musings on the state of the Hero System and commentaries on each other’s works. These Haymaker archives are deep waters; lower your net here and there, and you never know what you’ll discover.
Hero Games started Digital Hero magazine in 2002, soon after publishing the Fifth Edition of the HERO System Rulebook. Digital Hero maintained a regular monthly schedule through 2006, going bimonthly in 2007 and ending its 47-issue run in 2008. Supporting Champions, Star Hero, Pulp Hero, and Fantasy Hero, each issue presented a varied assortment of characters, variant and advanced rules, articles, and (sometimes lengthy) adventures.
The Adventurers Club issues are .PDF image scans of the original 1990s hardcopies. Text is always readable but not copiable. Haymaker articles are simple .PDFs of manuscript pages; text is clear and often copiable.
Ten percent of your payment (after gateway fees) goes to this offer’s pandemic-related charity, Heart to Heart International. HHI provides medicines, supplies, and equipment to safety-net clinics in the US and to international medical teams. Now HHI is delivering urgently needed equipment to providers fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.