HeroQuest - a possible return?

So this page appeared on the internet a few hours ago:

And it is on "heroquest. avalonhill .com " which suggest a boardgame instead of a computer game. What’s very interesting is that Hasbro moved the board game part of the company out from under Wizards of the Coast just this week.

However, to add confusion, Restoration Games (Downforce, etc) filed a trademark for “HeroQuest Legacies” on July 1st. The above page thinks that it could still be the Restoration Games version though.

So… it COULD be a boardgame not a computer game? Or some kind of celebration of the “legacy” HeroQuest has left on the entire industry? I hope they know how much money they’d make with a board game re-issue, which is “ALL the money”.

10 days to find out!

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So there’s two more bits of news on this:

  1. That mystery page has an ESRB rating. That’s the Entertainment Software Rating Board which suggests it’s a frickin’ phone app or something.

  2. A new twitter account was registered in August, blue ticked, claiming to be " The official Twitter account for HeroQuest. A board game of high adventure in a world of magic." with the words Board Game in it. https://twitter.com/heroquest

So… maaaybe a boardgame?

Anything to stop HeroQuest fans whinging about the latest copy they found in a charity store missing bits. They are the worst.

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Gotta admit, this is pushing to me look up copies of Advanced HeroQuest. One of the first, and best, things I ever painted was one of those skaven.

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This suggests to me an app to make the big money plus a Restoration Games treatment of the boardgame,

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Potentially an app for a board game, though.

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Oh. Yeah, RG would consider that reasonable, after Stop Thief and Dark Tower

I’ll be interested to see what they do with it. I think HeroQuest is a little too simple for me these days and I don’t especially want one-vs-many, but for example they made Dark Tower a coop game, so it feels possible that they might make an app-adjudicated full coop take. And if they did something similarly striking with the artwork and added just a little more depth? Yeah, I might bite.

So, looks like a straight-up remake of HeroQuest 1, on Hasbro’s own Kickstarter page (“Hasbro Pulse”).

Remodeled characters and box art, but all sticking to the original template. Same board, same spells (with one new category of “Dread Spell”).

The base game for… $100.

Base game and the two original expansions for… $150.

And hey, if you do the “pulse” pledge, you get four extra bonus heroes who are the… female versions of the 4 heroes. As extras. F*** s sake, Hasbro.

Oh, and it doesn’t ship outside the US and Canada. Hahahaha.

This is jaw-dropping. I’d have expected a full global release.

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In Hasbro’s (very tenuous) defense, if they change too much, they’ll outrage the community that has been fanatical about this game for decades.

That said, I don’t see the value and I’m not impressed. I hope this is just “wave 1” where they sell a large volume to fund and justify future development of the brand.

I also expect that the US/Canada limitation is because there are negotiations in-progress with a company that wants (some of?) the RoW distribution rights.

Or maybe I’m giving them too much credit and this is just the first glimpse of a soon-to-be-train-wreck-of-a-cash-grab.

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Oh, I think keeping it 90% the same is a good move - as you say, there’s a hunger out there for the original and it’s a classic.

…For about $50.

Not $100, as part of a pre-production pledge kickstarter type thing. Those are supposed to be for a big discount - are they saying the final retail price of the base box will be over $100?

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I’ve almost never gotten much of a discount by Kickstarting stuff.

But, yeah, if it’s just going to be the old game, pass. I have fond memories. I’m gonna let them stay that way.

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I think the price is probably comparable to some equivalent KS projects. I expect that the limited release to US & Canada is completely down to licensing. Someone else has the license for HQ for the rest of the world. Sadly, this is not unusual. There’s been a fair few other examples of different companies holding the license to something but being restricted in the geographical area they can distribute. One example is Dr Who, which had different rights to license a game or RPG (I forget which) sold to two companies with different geographical distribution, partly helped by one company agreeing a deal with the BBC and the other talking to BBC Worldwide.

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Hmm. $30 for the base box in 1989, using usinflationcalculator, is $81.75 in 2020.

HQ was originally a co-production between Milton Bradley and Games Workshop. As I understand the situation not everything written for it was available in all regions.

If they were going for all-out nostalgia I think they’d offer a “collector’s edition” with all the expansion material. This smells more of “boardgames are big, this boardgame in particular was big, time for a new print run”. Approximately nothing Hasbro does is aimed at the sort of gamer who watches SU&SD; this will be ruthlessly mass market. (So how do they expect to compete with computer games, which beat up board games like this and took their stuff back in the 1990s?)

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