HEROES RULE!"The World of HEROICA was a peaceful place of culture and beauty. Now overrun by monsters and in turmoil, the fate of the world now hangs by a thread. Join the heroes and free HEROICA!"
LEGO Heroica is a mixture between a boardgame and an adventure roleplay game, based on LEGO miniatures and bricks. I really like the idea as I'm not only into boardgames and RPGs, I also like building LEGO stuff with my kids a lot. Now I have the possibility to give the kids an introduction to the world of adventure RPGs and solve lots of exciting quests together with them.
In difference to "normal" RPGs in LEGO Heroica you have to start building your adventure world in the known LEGO style first. The miniatures (monsters as well as heroes) are great, also the world itself is exciting and offers lots of details (treasure chests, weapons, gold,...) You have a proposal for a starting setup, which can be adapted to your individual needs and ideas.
The rules are good. Simple, but covering the most important aspects of an adventure game. And for younger kids the rules can be modified easily.
Each player chooses a hero and moves him according to the result of the dice in the Heroica world. You have to find treasure chests, collect gold, buy weapons and - of course - fight monsters and evil forces. Combat is solved by symbols on the dice, and could lead to loosing all of the heroes energy points - depending on the strength of the respective monster. These can be re-gained by magic potions or healing. The final target of the game is to reach a predefined space on the board and to eliminate all evil forces on your way getting there.
There are 4 different sets available at the moment, which can be played stand-alone or combined together:
- Draida Bay: "The Goblin army has seized control of Draida Bay, cutting off supplies to the region. You must take a stand against the Goblins, but can you defeat the powerful Goblin General and take his Crystal of Deflection? An expandable world of adventure for 2 players."
- Waldurk Forest: "Hidden in the ruins of Waldurk Forest, the Dark Druid is restoring his strength. You must use all your skill and power to find your way past his lurking monsters, but can you escape with the Chalice of Life? An expandable world of adventure for 2-3 players."
- Caverns of Nathuz: "Deep inside the Caverns of Nathuz, the Golem Lord has discovered an ancient artifact and is using it to create his own army of monsters. You must fight your way into the caves, but can you recover the Sceptre of Summoning? An expandable world of adventure for 2-3 players."
- Castle Fortaan: "Castle Fortaan has fallen to the Goblin King and his army of monsters. You must find a way past the Goblin horde to defeat the King, but can you discover his secret battle plans and return with the Helmet of Protection? An expandable world of adventure for 2-4 players."
LEGO Heroica is an amazing expansion to the existing LEGO product lines, which goes far beyond just building with bricks and offers lots of possibilities to experience exciting adventures together. I am really looking forward to further expansions of this series.
You can buy this great sets online (see link above) or at your favorite toy shop!