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hQuestBuilder - Browser-based Quest Creation

Postby squidgem0nster » Tuesday March 15th, 2022 10:38am

Hello Ye Olde Inn Folks

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but after announcing it on Reddit:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Heroquest/comm ... _creation/

I have created a browser-based quest creation tool for HeroQuest, that may be of interest:

https://www.hquestbuilder.com/

The quests you create are saved to your browser storage, but you can download them/back them up and upload them elsewhere if you wish. It should also play nicely on touch devices, mainly tablet (and even mobile in landscape... at a pinch!).

You can print from your browser too, and save out to PDF using the option within Chrome etc.

I recently added the ability to toggle between the new graphics, EU and US original graphics - and there's a little easter egg to find to have an old school icon for the abomination in the old style maps too!

I'd be curious to hear feedback - there's a brief intro video link when you visit the site, and there's a list of requests/recently released features on the site too.
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Re: hQuestBuilder - Browser-based Quest Creation

Postby Xoxxala » Tuesday March 15th, 2022 12:19pm

I played with this a bit after seeing a post on BGG.

It’s very nice! Kind of shocked how well it worked on my ipad mini. Very usable.

Have bookmarked it and will use it some more. Thanks!
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Re: hQuestBuilder - Browser-based Quest Creation

Postby squidgem0nster » Tuesday March 15th, 2022 1:10pm

Thanks - I was trying to target a landscape tablet as a good fallback for desktop use - glad it's working well for you.

Pardon my ignorance - but what is BGG?

Thanks again! :)
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Re: hQuestBuilder - Browser-based Quest Creation

Postby Xoxxala » Tuesday March 15th, 2022 5:37pm

BGG == BoardGameGeek

Here’s the link:

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/283157 ... eation-app
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Re: hQuestBuilder - Browser-based Quest Creation

Postby lestodante » Tuesday March 15th, 2022 7:43pm

Thank you for the builder.
I found it a bit uncomfortable that I can't drag and drop icons on the map.
US map version features wrong colors.
Font on the exported document are wrong, it would be nice to see the correct font, depending by the region you've selected and possibly the parchment for the quest intro.


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Re: hQuestBuilder - Browser-based Quest Creation

Postby squidgem0nster » Wednesday March 16th, 2022 6:56am

Ahh - Board Game Geek - thanks for letting me know, great to see that it's getting posted elsewhere now.

@lestodante - sorry if you found it uncomfortable! I appreciate that a drag and drop may be a more natural choice, but for touch is can be a bit of a fiddle, and getting things to snap to the grid was a little beyond the scope of what I was trying to achieve with hQuestBuilder. Most have found it's a bit of an adjustment, but once you get the mechanic, things move pretty quickly. Good to get the feedback though.

You're the first person to mention the colours being wrong for the US version. I took the icon-set from HeroScribe's base set of icons... which I took to be stock/accurate. If you could let me know what is incorrect that would be helpful.

Printed exports are still a work in progress - it's a little tricky to get webpages to print nicely at the best of times, so my main focus was on the map - which should print perfectly. Matching the exact styling of the quest book style may well be a bit of an ask given I have to accommodate ANY length of narrative and notes for a given quest. If you look on the Help/Info panel within the app though, print getting more attention is certainly on the list, so I'll see what I can do when I get around to looking at that functionality again :)

Thanks again for the feedback!
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Re: hQuestBuilder - Browser-based Quest Creation

Postby Tott » Wednesday March 16th, 2022 8:58am

Obviously the biggest issue with this is that it wasnt released twenty years ago. aside from that,
Bloody well done! Awesome job! :)

took me a few minutes to figure out how to rotate icons, (click the icon again) but once i did i felt like i should have figured that out sooner.

i think my only wish list would be - would it ever be possible for users to import their own icons?
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Re: hQuestBuilder - Browser-based Quest Creation

Postby squidgem0nster » Wednesday March 16th, 2022 9:03am

Ha! Yes - though the web-tech may have been a little less sophisticated then ;)

Yes - there is definitely a plan to add bespoke icons. I'd be curious to know if you'd likely only use single tile bespoke icons (for creatures and traps) or if you'd likely want more sophisticated larger/multi-tile graphics too?

Also - what kind of limit do you think you'd want... or not want, on the number of bespoke icons per quest?
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Re: hQuestBuilder - Browser-based Quest Creation

Postby Kurgan » Wednesday March 16th, 2022 12:41pm

Interesting...!


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Re: hQuestBuilder - Browser-based Quest Creation

Postby lestodante » Wednesday March 16th, 2022 12:43pm

squidgem0nster wrote:You're the first person to mention the colours being wrong for the US version. I took the icon-set from HeroScribe's base set of icons... which I took to be stock/accurate. If you could let me know what is incorrect that would be helpful.

In your builder, the US map is using the same map from the UK version. Shaded tiles are also a bit different.
Trap icons should be orange, not pink.


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