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Comparing the AHQ Variants

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Comparing the AHQ Variants

Postby RECIVS » Thursday March 29th, 2018 11:02pm

Advanced HeroQuest was a unique dungeon crawler ahead of its time. Unfortunately, the original version came with some design flaws (such as monotonous characters and combat) that may render its gameplay bland and repetitive, so it may require some modifications to make it more varied and entertaining. The system, however, offers enormous potential as a dungeon sandbox that can be easily adjusted and redesigned, and this is where house rules and variants come into play.

There are several AHQ variants available out there, and they can be sorted into two major groups: revisions and fixes. Revisions are complete redesigns of the classic rules while fixes are intended to correct the major flaws in the game but preserve the original rules as much as possible. To the best of my knowledge, the following are the variants in existence:

Revisions

Advanced HeroQuest: Reforged (Reforged)

Advanced HeroQuest Second Edition (2nd Edition)

Advanced HeroQuest 2 (AHQ2)

Extreme HeroQuest (Extreme)

Fixes

Advanced HeroQuest 3.0 (AHQ3)

Allied HeroQuest (Allied)

Enhanced-Advanced HeroQuest (Enhanced)

Reforged, 2nd Edition, AHQ2, and Extreme are complete revisions of the original game, as they implement new RPG-like elements such as classes, feats, skills, etc.

AHQ3 and Enhanced preserve most of the original rules and mechanics, but they add some new features intended to address the main flaws in the original game.

Allied is a mix of HeroQuest combat (including the skull dice) with the random dungeons of AHQ plus more options for the GameMaster. We cannot say that Allied is a major revision of AHQ in the same way the other revisions are; therefore, it is considered a fix for the purposes of this comparison.

The objective here is to put forward an overview of each variant focusing on certain categories I consider essential and comparing them to highlight their basic differences. Therefore, after going through the rulebooks of the revisions and fixes in existence, I believe we can sort out their main features and make the following comparisons:

Character Creation & Advancement

Reforged introduces a new character-customization system through a series of paths (classes) that are selected during the Hero-creation process. Players may select a race and a specific number of paths for their Heroes depending on their type of character; the chosen paths are permanent and determine the core abilities and equipment allowances accessible to each adventurer throughout the game. Most of the abilities are attached to the different paths, so the Heroes may not acquire new ones after the character-creation process, with few exceptions. One interesting aspect of Reforged is that it offers its own PV scale, incompatible with the original and its other variants. One may see that the Toughness values (TH) of starting characters (2-5) are notably lower than in AHQ, making it also the variant with the lowest TH values; as a consequence, TH 10+ characters are rare in this variant. Reforged is the only revision of AHQ that allocates a fixed number of wounds to its characters depending on race and path. The Heroes may start with 6-9 wounds (the highest among the variants) in order to compensate for the changes that make the adventurers easier to attack, hit, and damage (such as lower stats, broader death zones, fixed value of enemies, etc.). Core characteristics may be increased a maximum of only two points by training between expeditions, which is the most restrictive when compared to AHQ and its other variants. However, this variant offers feats and skills for character customization, which may be purchased between expeditions by any Hero in exchange for gold coins. It includes more than 70 Abilities (most of them attached to a path), 16 Heroic Feats (Mastery and Proficiency), and 22 Heroic Skills. There are no levels of development but only a record of experience that increases after completing a quest, making the game progressively harder by increasing the Points Value of the groups of enemies in every encounter.

2nd Edition also allows the players to decide the race and class of their characters. Class determines certain bonuses and starting equipment; it also determines the group of skills accessible to each Hero throughout the game. The original number of starting wounds (2-5) is preserved for the same races included in AHQ, though ogres may start with 5-8. Toughness values are also the original ones (3-8), depending on race. There are four groups of skills (academic, combat, magic, and prowess), and they are all equally available for purchase between expeditions. This variant offers 32 Skills and 11 Traits (attached to race and class) for character customization; the Heroes may purchase skills of a different class at a higher price (known as cross-classing). Heroes may also increase experience levels by spending experience points (gained for killing monsters) and gold coins on training, skills, spells, etc.

AHQ2 also offers the possibility to select the race and profession (class) of the characters. Each race provides a certain number of proficiency points, which may be used to purchase proficiency skills during the character-creation process, in any combination up to the total allowed. There are 42 Skills for character customization and also new attributes (core characteristics in AHQ) such as reputation (charisma), which is a modifier that affects the result of the character’s interactions with NPCs. Characters may also select a religion, which may affect their magical abilities. They may also select a hometown based on the quest’s storyline (see Campaigns below). Characters may also select a career, which may grant additional proficiency skills and equipment. Once a character has been created, it may not acquire new proficiency skills during the game unless the GameMaster grants them. Characters may increase their attributes by training in cities between expeditions.

Extreme also introduces its own character-development system through a series of archetypes (classes) that are also selected by the players during the character-creation process; players are not allowed to choose race, as it is determined by the corresponding archetype. Each archetype also determines the starting abilities of the character (core characteristics in AHQ); they also determine starting equipment and the group of skills accessible to each Hero throughout the game. Characters in this variant may start with 3-7 wounds depending on archetype, which tends to be slightly higher than in AHQ and the second highest after Reforged. Toughness value of starting Heroes, on the other hand, are almost the same as in the original (5-7). Each archetype includes a skill tree that indicates the skills accessible to the corresponding character, divided in three different branches that form groups; there are also common skills accessible to all archetypes. Each archetype offers a variety of approximately fifteen skills (sometimes more) for character customization. As in 2nd Edition, there are (five) levels to advance; characters may increase level by spending experience points (gained for killing monsters) and gold coins on training core characteristics and purchasing skills.

AHQ3 allows the players to select the race and class of their characters. Race provides some special traits while class determines starting skills (core characteristics in AHQ) as well as equipment and special bonuses. Characters may be developed between expeditions by increasing their skills (or core characteristics) through training and by purchasing a maximum of three skill cards between expeditions, though some of them are exclusive to certain classes. Training is limited to three ranks, and it is more expensive than in the AHQ. There are 23 Skill Cards (with some additional variations) for character customization. Heroical Cards are also included as optional; these grant the Heroes some special powers and feats.

Allied retains the same characters and advancement system from AHQ.

Enhanced also retains the original character-creation system. The players may choose race and class; the latter determines the group of skill cards accessible to the character throughout the game. There are 23 Skill Cards for character customization (some appear more than once). Also, there are only three levels of development, and each one gives access to a certain number of skill cards, which are discarded upon use and may be purchased again between expeditions.

Actions, Movement & Combat

Reforged introduces a new standardized system that classifies all the possible actions in the game into two types: minor and major actions, which makes them more organized and easier to use. Adventurers may take one major or two minor actions per activation; some minor actions are also vigorous, meaning that they can be use only once per activation. Slev allows diagonal movement and diagonal attacks; movement through friendly models is allowed without extra cost (added in version 2020-09-07). This variant also implements broader death zones (every square around the model when using melee weapons plus every square adjacent to that smaller zone when using long melee weapons like spears and halberds) that do not focus like in AHQ, which produces a different feel of combat. Reforged also retains the bottleneck formation, so most of the combat in the game is conducted through (or near) double-sized doorways. Healing potions work in the same activation in which they are taken, restoring the adventurer’s full health as a free action even when in an enemy death zone. Healing herbs are available at a cost of 20 gold coins, and they can restore four wounds, also in the same activation. This variant includes rules for powder weapons.

2nd Edition also introduces some useful maneuvers like change places, push, and withdraw as standard actions for all models; they make combat more varied and engaging by allowing for different tactics. This variant also implements diagonal movement, but moving through friendly models is not allowed. It also retains the original death zone rules; however, a speed test is now required to leave an opponent’s death zone. As in AHQ, diagonal attacks are possible only with long melee weapons like spears and halberds. Combat is mostly conducted though doorways (as under the original rules), though the new actions mentioned above may spice up the encounters considerably. This variant offers a simple arithmetic formula to resolve combat without using to-hit tables; also, an unmodified damage roll of 11+ always scores a wound, which makes characters slightly more vulnerable but the game more playable. Healing in combat may be easier than in AHQ, as healing potions work in the same activation in which they are taken, though they only restore four wounds. Heroes also have access to bandages that may allow them to heal one wound themselves or an adjacent friendly model upon passing an intelligence test, which also work in the same activation. An ability to heal while in an enemy death zone is included (see dodge). Powder weapons are also included in this variant.

AHQ2 does not implement more standard actions besides the ones given by proficiency skills. Diagonal movement is not allowed (except for halflings) neither is movement through friendly models. This variant retains the original death zone rules with facing as a slight variation. As in Reforged and 2nd Edition, most of the combat is conducted through doorways.

Extreme offers a system of actions very similar to the original, but it includes new combat moves like knockdowns and pushes that spice up the experience. This variant allows diagonal movement, and it also allows movement through friendly models with no extra cost as long as they are not engaged in hand-to-hand combat. It also includes detailed rules for combat at different heights, darkness, impaired vision, and prone attacks. Likewise, it implements different types of special damage like asphyxia and catching fire. Death zones work differently than in AHQ, as a model must stop upon entering an opponent's death zone regardless of how many friendly models are already there unless the said opponent is engaged in hand-to hand combat. This variant offers a simple yet clever solution for the bottleneck issue (although it requires GameMaster intervention): If the Heroes win the surprise, the monsters are placed and attacked first, otherwise the opposite happens.

AHQ3 does not add more standard actions besides the ones given by skills and/or heroical cards (see Character Creation & Advancement above). It does not allow diagonal movement or movement through friendly models, and it also retains the original death zone rules from AHQ, with some clarifications. This variant deals with the bottleneck issue in rooms simply by leaving two empty squares between the adventurers and the monsters.

Allied uses the original HeroQuest rules for movement and combat, so it does not allow diagonal movement or movement through friendly models. Combat is resolved using the original HeroQuest rules, including the skull dice.

Enhanced retains the original actions and death zone rules from AHQ. It also allows diagonal movement without additional cost, but it does not expressly allow movement through friendly models. Diagonal attacks are allowed only with long melee weapons (such as spears and halberds) as in the original game. As in Reforged, 2nd Edition, and AHQ2, most of the combat is conducted through doorways. It also includes powder weapons.

Dungeons

Reforged implements new passage features such as corridor hazards, revealed pits, and revealed portcullises. All the doors in the game are double doors; locked doors may be encountered as corridor hazards, and they may be lockpicked, broken down or (sometimes) forced. Traps and Hazards are mostly the same ones implemented in the original AHQ, with some tweaks and additions. This variant also includes Quest Room Features (such as thrones, coffins, odd environments, etc.) that make dungeons more dangerous and varied. Optional rules for using HeroQuest furniture are also included. Dungeons in Slev's revision tend to be more compact than in the original game due to the revised exploration tables. The Points Value of the groups of enemies in every encounter is progressively higher depending on: experience gained by the party, dungeon level, expedition, number of Heroes, and a random factor. Dungeon level is also relevant when rolling for Traps. The difficulty-scaling mechanic implemented by Slev is very ingenious and simple to use. I believe it is reasonable to say that Reforged (as of version 2020-09-07) offers the most varied and interesting dungeon features among the other variants.

2nd Edition implements even more special features for passages and doors (such as crumbled ceilings, dead adventurersenergy barriers, etc.), but they are included in a separate table. The new special features are not optional like in Reforged. I have to say that I like this approach more, as it is more varied than finding the same features all the time (from the same Passage Features Table). All the doors are one space wide, but double doors are also available as special doors, which are (rarely) found as passage features or ends. Special doors may also be trapped, locked, heavy, false, riddled, etc. Traps and Hazards are almost the same ones implemented in the original AHQ. Levers are used to open certain locked doors, and they may be found in the next lair after discovering a locked door. Some additional pieces of furniture like pillars (which block LOS) are included along with stairs that lead two levels up or down. This variant offers some of most interesting dungeon features among the other variants.

AHQ2 retains the original dungeon features from AHQ with slight changes.

Extreme also implements its own difficulty-scaling mechanic based on experience gained by the adventurers. It also adds new dungeon features like collapsed corridors and X-shaped intersections; new Hazards are also included. Traps have secondary effects (such as dismemberment). Also, this variant introduces dungeon clues, which are limited random opportunities to change dungeon features in favor of the adventurers.

AHQ3 implements a card-driven mechanic for dungeon generation; therefore, there are different decks and types of cards such as furniture, objectives, passages, rooms, traps, etc. Dungeons are generated by drawing cards from a pile built according to the quest objectives. Rooms and dungeon features are almost the same ones used in the original AHQ; the dungeon features are added randomly to rooms and furniture (with some variances such as special features). This variant also includes ambience cards (which work pretty much like odd environments in Reforged or special features in 2nd Edition) that may be used to add more features to specific dungeon sections. This variant also comes with an optional dungeon-building mode for competitive play (see Campaigns below).

Allied also preserves the original dungeon features from AHQ, though it adds spawnpoints that are used to generate wandering monsters and escape points for them to leave the dungeon.

Enhanced retains the original mechanics, so its dungeons do not have new features to mention.

Equipment & Treasure

Reforged is (by far) the most developed, as it includes pages upon pages of new equipment and treasures.

2nd Edition is notably poor when it comes to new equipment and treasure.

AHQ2 retains the original equipment and treasure with slight changes.

Extreme also offers a slightly tweaked versions of the original equipment and treasure.

AHQ3 also retains the original equipment and treasure with slight changes.

Allied retains the original equipment and treasure without change.

Enhanced also retains the original equipment and treasure with very slight changes.

GameMaster

Reforged retains the original mechanics and options for the GameMaster, with some tweaks.

2nd Edition retains the same mechanics from the original game.

AHQ2 also retains the original mechanics, with additional options for city adventures and overland (see Campaigns below).

Extreme also retains the original mechanics, but it adds new dungeon tokens (dungeon counters).

AHQ3 introduces more powerful versions of the dungeon cards (dungeon counters) when the Game Master possesses four of the same type.

Allied includes major threats, which are more powerful versions of the threat tokens (dungeon counters); they are also available to the GameMaster when collecting four of the same type.

Enhanced also retains the original options for the GameMaster without change.

Campaigns

Reforged preserves the original focus on exploration and combat, so there are no towns to visit or a world map to explore. However, it comes with several pregenerated campaigns that are (mostly) adapted from White Dwarf articles, originally designed for AHQ.

2nd Edition also preserves the focus on exploration and combat, but it does not come with pregenerated campaigns or a quest generator, though it is not difficult to create custom adventures and quests.

AHQ2 does not focus solely on exploration and combat, as it goes one step beyond by implementing a new overland map with different locations and cities to visit between expeditions. The adventurers have to deal with encounters and random events when moving between locations.

Extreme also preserves the focus on exploration and combat, but it includes several different places to visit between expeditions (like guilds and even a coliseum).

AHQ3 introduces guilds or groups of Heroes that may be expanded during the campaign, and they may even battle against each other on Vassal or by playing one in front of the other until both dungeons connect (very interesting idea by the way). This variant also includes optional rules for traveling to other cities between expeditions.

Allied is designed for stand-alone quests, but they may be linked together relatively easy. There is only one town to visit between expeditions.

Enhanced comes with an improved version of the Shattered Amulet quest. It retains AHQ rules with slight changes.

Solo Play

Reforged retains the original solo-play mechanics from AHQ with slight modifications.

2nd Edition does not include a specific section for solo-play rules, though it is not difficult to play solo using this variant.

AHQ2 does not include a specific section for solo rules.

Extreme neither include a specific section for solo rules.

AHQ3 also retains the original solo-play mechanics from AHQ with slight changes.

Allied does not seem to be designed for solo play. Apparently, the concept is to make the game more interesting for a human GameMaster.

Enhanced also retains the original mechanics, so AHQ solo rules are used with slight changes.

Final Comments

If you are looking for a complete redesign of Advanced HeroQuest (it would be my recommendation), Reforged is, in my opinion, one of the most ingenious and well-developed revisions in existence. It significantly improves the original game while preserving most of its essence, thereby boosting the system’s potential even further. However, I believe some of the changes to the classic rules may be unnecessary and even counterproductive (such as the expanded death zones, the limited training of core characteristics, the modified to-hit table, and the modified turn sequence). Also, from my point of view, the options it offers for character development may be rather limited.

2nd Edition, on the other hand, offers one of the most versatile character-development systems among the other variants, but I find its experience points-counting mechanic somewhat clunky and out of place. I believe it offers the most varied and engaging combat system along with some of the most interesting dungeon features. However, I also believe it may need more variety of monsters, skills, treasures, and weapons.

AHQ2 is unique among the other variants in that it offers a world map with different towns and locations to visit between expeditions. However, I believe this variant does not entirely fix the flaws in the original game. The characters could be more varied; it could also offer more options for their development. Although it may be interesting to have a world map to explore, it is (clearly) not one of the essential elements of the original game. In essence, AHQ is a dungeon crawler focused on what happens inside the dungeons. There are other fantasy games out there with mechanics for traveling between towns and different locations, not AHQ.

Extreme offers its own character-development system with an experience points-counting mechanic similar to the one implemented in 2nd Edition, but Extreme comes with a more varied and polished set of skills. However, I find its development system more restrictive, as the possible combinations of core skills for each archetype (class) are limited and predetermined.

AHQ3 is a very interesting offer, with the possibility of online play. Although an improvement, I believe (as with AHQ2) it does not entirely fix the flaws in the original game. It may need more variety of characters, monsters, skills, treasures, and weapons. Personally, I do not support the idea of turning AHQ into a card-driven game, as cards are not necessarily more convenient than tables and dice (I believe cards tend to be more predictable, and they require shuffling to maintain the odds). AHQ requires (a lot of) dice rolling; it is clearly a part of its essence. There are other fantasy games out there based on card-driven mechanics, not AHQ.

Allied may be simple and fun to play, but it is not the type of variant I am personally interested in. I want something more along the lines of Reforged and 2nd Edition, which I believe preserve (most of) the original essence.

Enhanced is also an interesting improvement, but (as with AHQ2 and AHQ3) I believe it does not entirely fix the flaws in the original game. It may need more variety of characters, monsters, skills, treasures, and weapons.

I believe there is no such thing as the “best” variant, simply because it all boils down to taste and preference. Although Reforged is my favorite, each one offers several mechanics that I like and some others that I do not. The idea of combining the elements that I like into one set of variant rules (originally intended for my personal use) then came to me.

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Re: Comparing the AHQ Variants

Postby mitchiemasha » Friday March 30th, 2018 1:50am

You missed off mine. It combines both sets but only a small amount of AHQ, mainly the modular boards (A quest pack i reedited) and the Chaos Tokens, with a mild inbetween quest addition, in the form of a deck shuffled at the INN. The deck includes some negatives, like a Thief stealing, Traps illness, Witches curse, a gambler to utalise the Higher and Lower game using the HQ Monster deck and mercenaries that one might choose to hire. Most of the rules remain HQ, as AHQ wasn't very good at all. I've yet to do the Skaven Quests, utilising the models. Also in the pipes was Mighty Warriors featuring an Undead team, Orc team.

A huge part of the game is creating your character, putting together a group, a player may choose to create a new character half way through, that might more suit, playing it as his original has temporarily departed. Instead of the system being locked to classes/races, predecided, the various skills can be interchanged to make unique Heroes. Some combinations quite lethal. it's up to the players to figure that out and see what works best. Or, doesn't!

Character improvement is done purely via artifacts and purchasing weapons, the true HQ way.


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Re: Comparing the AHQ Variants

Postby RECIVS » Friday March 30th, 2018 2:01am

It is not included because I haven't seen it. However, it sounds interesting, more along the lines of Allied HeroQuest I think.
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Postby mitchiemasha » Friday March 30th, 2018 2:12am

Having a quick scroll through "Revamping Squads workshop" there's a lot of tables that need to be kept at hand. Lot's of paper at the table. Which i suppose is very AHQ but why we love HQ. I much prefer decks, like the weapon rack search, pick a random card from the weapons deck.

Also, i'm a dedicated supporter of the roll to move mechanic and the combat dice. I find a lack of the move roll too predictable. The only time it works well with out it is ditching squares altogether and going for zones. Counting the little squares is pointless with out a roll.


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Re: Comparing the AHQ Variants

Postby RECIVS » Friday March 30th, 2018 2:35am

mitchiemasha wrote:Having a quick scroll through "Revamping Squads workshop" there's a lot of tables that need to be kept at hand. Lot's of paper at the table. Which i suppose is very AHQ but why we love HQ. I much prefer decks, like the weapon rack search, pick a random card from the weapons deck.

Personally, I prefer the tables (one ends up memorizing them after a while), as I believe cards are more predictable and not necessarily more convenient to use. I like to see my D12s roll as some kind of "runes of destiny", deciding the fate of my Heroes.

mitchiemasha wrote:Also, i'm a dedicated supporter of the roll to move mechanic and the combat dice. I find a lack of the move roll too predictable. The only time it works well with out it is ditching squares altogether and going for zones. Counting the little squares is pointless with out a roll.

AHQ and its variants do not use roll to move. I find it more tactical that way, as the moves may be planned ahead.
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Re: Comparing the AHQ Variants

Postby mitchiemasha » Friday March 30th, 2018 3:02am

RECIVS wrote:AHQ and its variant use roll to move.

Ahh, i know allied does but I was referring to the 'revamping squads' it's wrote, "up to 12 spaces" in the basic rules.


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Re: Comparing the AHQ Variants

Postby mitchiemasha » Friday March 30th, 2018 3:20am

RECIVS wrote: Also, I like to see my D12s roll as some kind of "runes of destiny", deciding the fate of my Heroes and sometimes behaving like animated objects.


Yes i like that too. Perhaps you could make a more games table friendly version of the furniture, a 1 sheets that simply has the tables, possibly a few abbreviated notes, if needed. The furniture specifics are going to feature on the back of my EW screen but that's yet to be done. The original EU HQ screen has plenty of space next to each for the details.

I still prefer to utilise as much from both sets, hence the weapons deck for weapons rack rolls. The sorcerers table, 'Inscribe a spell scroll with a known spell', the wizard simply spends their action, no table roll needed. However, later on, the Sorcerers table is cursed and a Wizard inscribing a scroll would have to roll a Cd6 as a check to succeed or even lose 1 Mind, this would be noted in the quest notes. Kind of an unexpected trap unleashed on the wizard, once used to the standard table. The quest notes would mildly hint to the dangers too.

The torture rack can also be used to torture a Goblin to reveal secret doors, traps. A hero would have to catch one with the NET first and utalise 'Drag', a bonus action acquired when buying a NET, sacrifice 1 Md6. To catch a monster you simply have to win an attack with 1 Cd6.

Each room is limited to 1 treasure search plus the amount of furniture in it. Now the deck takes control of it been trapped or what is in it, on it, under it, near it etc. I like to keep a game as simple as possible, combining as much extras into the same core, this helps to add a lot, with out adding a lot, as in bloat, complexity, rules etc!!!
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Re: Comparing the AHQ Variants

Postby RECIVS » Friday March 30th, 2018 3:22am

mitchiemasha wrote:
RECIVS wrote:AHQ and its variant use roll to move.

Ahh, i know allied does but I was referring to the 'revamping squads' it's wrote, "up to 12 spaces" in the basic rules.

You are right. I meant differently; I don't know what I was thinking. That post has been edited.

mitchiemasha wrote:Yes i like that too. Perhaps you could make a more games table friendly version of the furniture, a 1 sheets that simply has the tables, possibly a few abbreviated notes, if needed.

I'll see into that, thanks for the feedback.

mitchiemasha wrote:The furniture specifics are going to feature on the back of my EW screen but that's yet to be done. The original EU HQ screen has plenty of space next to each for the details.

I still prefer to utilise as much from both sets, hence the weapons deck for weapons rack rolls. The sorcerers table, 'Inscribe a spell scroll with a known spell', the wizard simply spends their action, no table roll needed. However, later on, the Sorcerers table is cursed and a Wizard inscribing a scroll would have to roll a Cd6 as a check to succeed or even lose 1 Mind, this would be noted in the quest notes. Kind of an unexpected trap unleashed on the wizard, once used to the standard table. The quest notes would mildly hint to the dangers too.

The torture rack can also be used to torture a Goblin to reveal secret doors, traps. A hero would have to catch one with the NET first and utalise 'Drag', a bonus action acquired when buying a NET, sacrifice 1 Md6. To catch a monster you simply have to win an attack with 1 Cd6.

Each room is limited to 1 treasure search plus the amount of furniture in it. Now the deck takes control of it been trapped or what is in it, on it, under it, near it etc. I like to keep a game as simple as possible, combining as much extras into the same core, this helps to add a lot, with out adding a lot, as in bloat, complexity, rules etc!!!

That's why I love AHQ. As I said, it has great potential as a dungeon toolkit. Have fun!
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Re: Comparing the AHQ Variants

Postby mitchiemasha » Friday March 30th, 2018 3:36am

RECIVS wrote:AHQ and its variants do not use roll to move. I find it more tactical that way, more like a swat team storming rooms.

Yeah and it's simply not as fun. We always know who can reach, catch who. It's been 1 of the highest debated topics about HQ over the years. That's why i'm 100% on roll to move stays, all games, unless ditching squares all together and moving to zones or action points like space Hulk.

In the words of the Bardic. "Will I trip on a flag stone or leap heroically in to battle". Yes the junior set would be more fun. At our table most of the best moments have come about via good or bad movement rolls. Dwarfs chasing deadly goblin archers that have Move Action Move, not quite rolling enough. The uncertainty is the SPICE! Not forgetting making double 1 a hazard. “You stumble on a loose stone!” “Rocks fall from above!” “In your desperate attempt to escape, the floor greets your face!” now every roll is a threat. Improving 1 of the main mechanics experienced players will take advantage of, reducing it's benefit via adding the risk.


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Re: Comparing the AHQ Variants

Postby RECIVS » Friday March 30th, 2018 3:48am

mitchiemasha wrote:Yeah and it's simply not as fun.

I have come to learn that the concept of "fun" is a subjective matter.

mitchiemasha wrote:In the words of the Bardic. "Will I trip on a flag stone or leap heroically in to battle". Yes the junior set would be more fun. At our table most of the best moments have come about via good or bad movement rolls. Dwarfs chasing deadly goblin archers that have Move Action Move, not quite rolling enough. The uncertainty is the SPICE! Not forgetting making double 1 a hazard. “You stumble on a loose stone!” “Rocks fall from above!” “In your desperate attempt to escape, the floor greets your face!” now every roll is a threat. Improving 1 of the main mechanics experienced players will take advantage of, reducing it's benefit via adding the risk.

Thanks for the advice; it sounds like you are having a good time with the game. I play mostly solo; my variants are solo-play oriented. I haven't yet found another tabletop tactical dungeon crawler that delivers the same level of unpredictability and tension playing solo.
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