Hero Kids – Mini Review

Getting Kids into Role-playing

Image result for hero kidsDo you have kids or spend time with any ever? Want to share the joys of role-playing with them but just don’t know how? Look no further than Hero Kids! For kids as young as 4 all the way up to around 10, Hero Kids will offer you a simple and fun game that kids will beg you to play. Not only that, but it is perfect for busy parents as well with easy setup and not a long playtime.

The first thing that makes Hero Kids something I’d recommend over other child-friendly games is the fact that it transitions well into bigger games when the time comes. You love D&D? Great! It’ll get your kido ready by building concepts slowly here.

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An example of how you can expand the game

Another reason is that the game is flexible. You can make things more, or less, complex depending on the needs of your child as they develop. I’ve already mentioned that things are easy to manage parent-side, so this isn’t really any extra work either! Personally, I spend about 10-20 minutes getting a game ready and play only takes an hour at the absolute most.

Need more info still? I encourage you to check out my monthly posts over on Reddit (I use the same Jon Spencer Reviews handle there). I explain in great detail how I took a group of kids of widely varying ages, and zero play experience, and got them hooked on Hero Kids. I also give tips and advice alongside this, which can help with children’s activities, even outside of tabletop gaming.

Hero Kids is very affordable at $5.99 for the base book, but I would go all out and get the everything bundle if this interests you. It is great value, and better yet, if you decide to upgrade beyond PDF, you’ll get a 50% off coupon. Additionally, future content is free for you as well!

This is a great game and I really love it. The benefits of role-playing are really great so I encourage you to give them the gift of Hero Kids. Not only will they love you for it, but you will have fun too! That’s a win-win in my book.


Have you heard of Hero Kids? What role-playing games do you play with the kids in your life? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments! If you want to support my work, consider a donation with my Ko-fi button below. Thanks for reading!

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Into the Woods… – A Solo Role-playing Game I Made!

Play it for Free!

Edited 7/7/19 to reflect the update to the final version 2.1!

I’ve already announced this on Twitter, but I figured I should make a formal announcement here. Into the Woods… is a solo role-playing game I created in a one month time period for the Never Alone Jam on itchi.io. This was something I did mostly for fun, but I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could create a fun and engaging role-playing experience for one. So, what exactly is this game?

Overview

You’ve lived in these woods for many years. It’s treated you well all this time. The passing of each season has brought with it great beauty, but it has also presented unique hardships. Still, you managed to always make do and survive. Lately, you’ve noticed the forest has begun to change as less people dare to venture into this serene, magical place. Now only the Hunters rarely cross your path. This doesn’t bother you though, you’ll always do as you have and survive.

-The game’s page

Into the Woods… is a solo tabletop role-playing experience that tasks you with surviving a full year in an ever-evolving forest. There will be magic, whimsy… and of course, danger! As the year progresses, the challenges you face will grow but you’ll have to overcome that adversity in order to survive.

What’s in the Box?

Included is a 39 58 page rulebook that’s been totally revamped since the original publication of this article. Featuring several tables for everything from encounters to bonuses, a bestiary, and convenience features to make playing a smooth process. Despite the game being simple and the rules fitting on about 10 pages, there is a lot of content packed into this with room to grow. You’ll find that there is a decent amount of variety here that should allow you at least a few hours of fun.

What You’ll Need

To play Into the Woods… you’ll need a standard deck of 52 playing cards, a pencil and some paper, a journal or recording medium of preference, at least one six-sided die (two would probably be better, ideally in different colors if possible), and these rules.

Download it here!

Everything above this can be found on the game’s page where you can also download the game absolutely free! If you have a good time, I do suggest a donation because I put a lot of effort into this, but it isn’t required. You can do that on the game’s page or use my Ko-fi button below. Either is fine. I do ask, that you do rate and share the game if you can even if you don’t want to donate as that helps me out a lot!

Hope you have fun with the game and I eagerly await your feedback! Best of luck to you as you travel, Into the Woods…


Normally I’d write up some questions and such for you here. Just providing my Ko-fi link and wishing you an excellent day! 🙂

Golden Sky Stories – Helping Out in a Rural Village

Heart-Warming Fun

This is a slightly expanded review which I featured on Reddit, which you can view here. It won the monthly review contest there for April 2019. I’m trying out a slightly new format for this sort of content, so feedback is appreciated.

What is Golden Sky Stories?

“Golden Sky Stories is a heartwarming, non-violent role-playing game from Japan, by Ryo Kamiya. In this game, players take on the role of henge, animals that have just a little bit of magical power, including the ability to temporarily take on human form. You can be a fox, raccoon dog, cat, dog, rabbit, or bird, and each kind has their own special magical powers. Players will then attempt to solve problems around a small enchanted town with ingenuity, co-operation and friendship.

Golden Sky Stories requires one Narrator, 2-4 players, pencils and paper, and tokens to keep track of Dreams.”

-The game’s page

Continue reading “Golden Sky Stories – Helping Out in a Rural Village”

Galaxy Trucker – Long-Hauling in a Dangerous Space Time

A Great Digital Version!

Please note that I received a review copy of Galaxy Trucker from the publisher for review purposes.

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As you may know, I have a HUGE board game collection. It sits somewhere just over 200 games, but there are great titles that I don’t have for one reason or another. Galaxy Trucker is one of them. It’s always been a game that has interested me with its real-time, frantic, ship-building action that is mixed with random events that may-or-may-not end up destroying your hard work. There just aren’t a lot of games like it out there, so it is a very unique one on that front.

However, I never even gave it a go in all these years. I tend to not really enjoy real-time games, even digitally, with only a few rare exceptions. The idea of building this awesome spaceship, just to have it (probably) fall to ruin, kind of puts me off too. Plus, in the physical version it is a bit fiddly sounding. When I was offered a chance to take a look at the upcoming release of Galaxy Trucker for Steam I jumped at the chance to finally give this a go. I’m sure glad I did too, and here’s why! Continue reading “Galaxy Trucker – Long-Hauling in a Dangerous Space Time”

Haiku Warrior – Fighting Warrior, Fend off Discord in the Land, Wear Neat Hats & Boots

A Role Playing Game Told Entirely Through Haiku?

Image result for haiku warriorFor Christmas this year I received a few games, as did some of my friends. Naturally, we deiced to give one of them a spin during one of our (mostly) weekly get-togethers. This time we chose to play Haiku Warrior, a game created by Jason Anarchy, who has also created other party-style games, most notably Drinking Quest. Claiming to be a role playing game told entirely through haiku, does Haiku Warrior deliver, and most importantly, is it fun? Continue reading “Haiku Warrior – Fighting Warrior, Fend off Discord in the Land, Wear Neat Hats & Boots”

The Plant – A Solo Role-Playing Experience

The Plant

Intro:  The Plant is a solo role-playing experience that I have adapted into a short story for your enjoyment. I did this run completely blind with no knowledge of what could occur or any of the game’s contents, so be sure to keep that in mind while reading. Also, no edits (outside of minor spelling, grammar, and tense changes) were made to what I wrote down. This will also act as a review/endorsement of the system, as well as other Bully Pulpit Games. Personally, I highly recommend Fiasco if you have a few friends around, it is a great game! That cost some money, but they have several free games, including this one (an award winner, by the way), on their website. As for what The Plant is, the story setup is this:

Your daughter is in the plant. You are going to find her. Continue reading “The Plant – A Solo Role-Playing Experience”

But Wait, There’s More! – Mini Review

Hey, Jon Spencer Here!

Today I’d like to tell you about this exciting board game called, “But Wait, There’s More!” a game that can be experienced with 3-10 players! Imagine yourself as one of those infomercial people having to sell products like a hammer or key. Not just any ol’ hammer or key though, oh no sir! Your hammer may be able to solve all your night-time worries or expand on command. Did I mention you were being timed? You have to give your spiel fast or risk those pesky viewers from changing the channel on you. Sounds exciting right? But wait, there’s more! As you pitch your idea you have to include an on-the-fly feature making for one wacky experience. So what are you waiting for?!? Grab your copy of, “But Wait, There’s More” for just… wait, this game is out of print now?

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The blue cards are products, the pink cards are features

That’s pretty much an example of the game right there. it’s very similar to another game called Snake Oil but I love this one a lot more! Unfortunately, as I was writing this I learned that the game is unavailable right now. If you do manage to find a copy of this one for cheap someplace pick it up because it is one of the most fun party games I have. It’s always a huge hit!

To see the game in action and get a second opinion, check out The Dice Tower’s review of the game which I’ve posted below:

Tom recommends this too!


What are your thoughts on games that are primarily about talking and improv? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. If you want to support me here, just hit the button below to toss a few bucks my way. Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you back here at Jon Spencer Reviews again soon!

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Sentinels of the Multiverse – Reviewing the Board Game, Video Game, & Opening the BIG Box

After Years of Waiting it Finally Came!

Sentinels of the Multiverse, or SoTM, is one of my favorite board games that I own. That’s why when the last expansion went up on Kicstarter years ago, along with the BIG box to hold it all, I jumped on it immediately. Well it took its sweet time but it finally came! Today I review the game, its digital version, and of course, the BIG box! Continue reading “Sentinels of the Multiverse – Reviewing the Board Game, Video Game, & Opening the BIG Box”

Onitama – Simple & Fun

Chess has a Deep History

A game that has existed for some time now, chess, is a game that many of us are familiar with. It’s a game that evokes intelligence, strategy, cunning, and something that a lot of people just don’t have any interest in frankly. Despite how much I enjoy the game, it is something I’m pretty willing to admit about chess. With any game like this, you are bound to see variations across different cultures and evolutions as time goes by. Today I’ll be looking at one such game:  Onitama. Don’t worry though, this is one game you’ll want to play! Continue reading “Onitama – Simple & Fun”

Taking a Look at my Desktop Backgrounds

Doing Something a bit Different

Today I felt like talking about my desktop backgrounds and my thought process behind how and why I choose the ones I have. This article is a good way to get to know me some more and an opportunity for folks to share some cool images with each other. This isn’t really meant to be in-depth or anything, just for fun. I know this is something fairly atypical of me but I hope you’ll indulge me a bit and enjoy 🙂  Continue reading “Taking a Look at my Desktop Backgrounds”