The game was loosely based around archetypes of fantasy role-playing games, the game itself was actually a game system, allowing the gamemaster to create dungeons of their own design using the provided game board, tiles, furnishings and monsters.
The game consisted of a board and a number of individual miniatures and items. The four heroes were Barbarian, Dwarf, Elf and Wizard who faced off with monsters such as Orcs, Goblins, Fimir, Chaos Warriors, Chaos Warlock, Gargoyle and a number of other undead such as skeletons and zombies. The original UK version differed slightly from the version that saw US release.
Throughout the years many different expansion sets were released in different regions around the world. Advanced HeroQuest was a revised and expanded version of the original HeroQuest game with the same heroes but a much more detailed and complex set of rules.
The game required between 2 and 5 players, one player being the evil dungeon master, with the other 1-4 players taking the roles of the heroes. The game used a very simple combat scheme that was copied by several other games. Your character rolls attack dice while the dungeon master rolls defence dice, the different monsters have body points, to defeat them you must roll higher than the dungeon master to take a body point from them.
How To Win The Game
To finish the game every player has to return to the spiral staircase, exited by a door or been killed by the wizard. If the objective of the quest wasn’t accomplished then the wizard wins. There was of course much more to the game than just fighting, treasure could be found and traps could be sprung, if you get the chance, it’s well worth playing again after all these years! They don’t make them like they used to!