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Can several heroes own the same item?

Postby WizKid » Wednesday March 29th, 2017 5:16pm

Hi there,

I'm new to the forums so I'm sorry if this question has been asked before. Apart from a couple of quests recently the last time i played HQ was 20+ years ago. I remember that we agreed that only one hero could own an item (e.g. the helmet) at any time. I don't remember this as an official rule but I guess it was because there only was a single equipment card for each item. Is there an official rule I've missed? How do you play?
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Re: Can several heroes own the same item?

Postby StratosVX » Wednesday March 29th, 2017 5:21pm

I'm a US player so I never had the equipment cards. As such, we always played that anyone could buy (or find) anything that was in the armory regardless of whether or not someone else already owned that item. They aren't unique so there was no reason this wasn't plausible.


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Re: Can several heroes own the same item?

Postby knightkrawler » Wednesday March 29th, 2017 5:33pm

The EU cards were intended for one card to represent one item.
The second edition having two shields and two helmets is proof for that.
The US version had the chart and everybody could buy everything, writing a list instead of building a card deck.
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Re: Can several heroes own the same item?

Postby WizKid » Wednesday March 29th, 2017 5:38pm

Back then I wasn't aware of different rulesets. Having limited number of weapons can make it more challenging for the heroes. On the other hand they have to spend their gold on something.
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Re: Can several heroes own the same item?

Postby Gold Bearer » Wednesday March 29th, 2017 6:39pm

If you allow multiples to be used without the cards then it makes the short sword and hand axe completely pointless. A simple fix if you want to go that rout is to increase the spear cost and reduce the hand axe cost. Another good option if you want to keep the prices the same is to make the staff and spear two handed.

Personally I think they shouldn't be limited, the staff and the crossbow should be two handed (which is important if you want to add the US long sword because that also costs 350gp) and to not allow the crossbow to attack a diagonally adjacent target (the rules are clear on that). 180gp is a good price for the spear and 50gp for the hand axe, it could be lower but then you'd need to lower the cost of the US daggers (can be thrown with one attack dice) if you're using them.

knightkrawler wrote:The EU cards were intended for one card to represent one item.
The second edition having two shields and two helmets is proof for that.
The US version had the chart and everybody could buy everything, writing a list instead of building a card deck.
Other way round. The first edition had two shields and two helmets, the second replaced one shield and one helmet with the bracers and cloak of protection. ;)
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Re: Can several heroes own the same item?

Postby knightkrawler » Thursday March 30th, 2017 1:58am

Gold Bearer wrote:
knightkrawler wrote:The EU cards were intended for one card to represent one item.
The second edition having two shields and two helmets is proof for that.


Other way round. The first edition had two shields and two helmets, the second replaced one shield and one helmet with the bracers and cloak of protection. ;)


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Re: Can several heroes own the same item?

Postby Goblin-King » Thursday March 30th, 2017 2:10am

With limited equipment you'll alsoencounter paradoxes if the heroes has bought some of the equipment, but later finds gear in a quest.
This happens quite early with the spear.

Still I kinda prefer this method as it prevents all four heroes to pack almost the exact same gear. Also prevents 3 crossbows.


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Re: Can several heroes own the same item?

Postby knightkrawler » Thursday March 30th, 2017 2:20am

I fixed all these problems listed here in HQ: Heroes & Villains by design.
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Re: Can several heroes own the same item?

Postby Gold Bearer » Thursday March 30th, 2017 2:51am

Gold Bearer wrote:...and to not allow the crossbow to attack a diagonally adjacent target (the rules are clear on that).
I meant the rules aren't clear on that. I think that' must be the correct rule though because in the US version a long sword costs the same as a crossbow and the halberdier costing the same as the crossbowman seems to confirm it.

Goblin-King wrote:With limited equipment you'll alsoencounter paradoxes if the heroes has bought some of the equipment, but later finds gear in a quest.
This happens quite early with the spear.
I think equipment you find in the quests is in addition to the equipment cards. In Keller's Keep you find a crossbow and they're bound to have bought one by then, it must be meant to give them a second one.

Goblin-King wrote:Still I kinda prefer this method as it prevents all four heroes to pack almost the exact same gear. Also prevents 3 crossbows.
I prefer it for gameplay reasons but I don't like that it makes no sense.
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Re: Can several heroes own the same item?

Postby cynthialee » Thursday March 30th, 2017 11:27am

I kind of like it when they all have the same gear. When they all have similar gear they develop tactics for their weapons/armor load and it brings out the best of each hero. Helps them shine brighter when they do a job meant specifically for them.
Also when they get all decked out in the same gear, they get complacent and lazy. They are actually much less likely to react well to a strange or previously unseen danger/challenge.
Then there are balancing issues. Much easier to balance things when 3 of the heroes are in carbon copy gear of each other. You don't have to take into consideration a hodgepodge of weapons and armor.
And lastly I like it because it is more realistic and makes them look like they are in uniforms. They are soldiers doing the bidding of the Empire. They should look like soldiers, not a ragtag band of halfassed mercenaries.
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