Prepping for Gateway!

Hello again, in preparation for Gateway (LAX Hilton, Labor Day weekend), I’ve been updating some of the powers (Monster, Size & Shape, Earth, Animal) and also modifying and simplifying a type of power that I am now calling a ‘Helper’ power.

A Helper power is a power that gives you another character of some kind that works along with your Hero.  It might be an animal friend, a robot, a Detective on the police force, or an elemental creature you can summon.  All of these, I realize now, are variations of the same basic thing – someone (or something) that will do stuff for you.

Each of the ‘Helper’ powers is different and unique, but from a game-design perspective, they needed to be considered and balanced together.  Check out the rules for how to create these ‘Helper’ characters, and see some ‘Helper’ characters examples and basic animal examples.  let me know if it makes sense to you.


Andy A

The Hero Instant at Gateway! (Labor Day weekend, Hilton LAX)

Hey kids!

Gen-Con was fun and I met some great new people and played some great new games, but now I’m happy to be back on home and running THI at Gateway again.  It was one year ago that I ran The Hero Instant for the first time here!

This year, I’m starting to get excited about Halloween, so I’ve concocted a two-part adventure featuring some classic monster-themed Heroes: a wolf-man, a zombie, a vampire, a lagoon-creature and an electrically revived flesh golem.  Monsters!  Heroes!  What will happen?!?

  • Friday (Sept 2)
    • 8pm-midnight:   The Shadow Heroes (Episode 1)
  • Saturday (Sept 3)
    • 9am-1pm:  The Shadow Heroes (Episode 1)
    • 8pm-midnight:  The Lair of Darkness (Episode 2)
  • Sunday (Sept 4)
    • 9am-1pm:  The Shadow Heroes (Episode 1)
    • 2pm-6pm:  The Lair of Darkness (Episode 2)

Of course, as with all The Hero Instant games, you do not need any experience or special equipment.  However, if you have played at Strategicon before, I will bring your prior characters back if you want to play your own character instead of one of the pre-generated characters.  (That is, unless you took your character with you.  In that case, feel free to bring it with you.)

I look forward to seeing you there!

Andy A