HeroQuest, a cult-classic board game that was first released in 1989, is returning to retail in 2021 following a successful crowdfunding campaign. Now, the designers at Avalon Hill are expanding the line, adding a new hero with unique and powerful abilities. The Rogue Heir of Elethorn will be available at retail starting in October. Pre-orders begin Wednesday.
HeroQuest became a household name after being among the first campaigns-in-a-box, a trend that is now one of the most popular board game genres around. From its humble beginnings on the shelves of Toys R Us, it is the basis for contemporary masterpieces like Gloomhaven, Descent: Legends of the Dark, and the upcoming ISS Vanguard. A diverse assortment of characters emerged from the franchise, but they never expanded beyond the original four heroes, including the melee-focused barbarian
The remake completely changed all of that, adding additional female-presenting sculpts to the game along with additional character classes, like the bard, the druid, and the warlock. Now Hasbros board game imprint is adding another class, the rogue, who is described as a swift skirmisher deadly with small blades.
Anyone who has played HeroQuest knows that daggers are pretty much useless beyond the first few missions. Maybe you'll carry one or two around for a handy ranged weapon, but they're basically useless. A rogue character may change that. The new class will also require you to manage mobility, which is a challenge when you're rolling dice for movement. This particular character is prohibited from using metal armor or shields of any kind.
In an email to Polygon, the Rogue Heir gave us an opportunity to demonstrate new abilities that improved on two specific difficulties large parties may encounter in the dungeon. First, players will be able to make attack rolls at range while the heroes in the back do all the dice rolling. Through the use of the Rogues Combat Mobility, players will be able to maneuver around the dungeon more freely while the heroes in the front do all the dice rolling.
Plus, even more characters are on the way.
Nadeau said the inclusion of new characters in HeroQuest would enable players to change their play style and create a sense of replayability. HeroQuests selection of heroes should reflect the vast world we are creating within the brands story and provide endless hours of replay play for players who want the most out of their game.