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Media [Chaosium] Chaosium's HeroQuest RPG titles to be permanently removed from sale next month; purchase while you can!

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All Chaosium HeroQuest RPG titles – print and PDF – will be removed from sale one month from today (July 15).

"Last year we announced the transfer of the HeroQuest trademark from Moon Design Publications to Hasbro. As part of that change of ownership we were able to continue selling our HeroQuest RPG products for a time, but that period comes to an end next month. These titles will be officially out-of-print permanently, so if you would like to make a purchase at Chaosium.com or DriveThruRPG please do so while you can!", said Chaosium head of licensing Michael O'Brien.

In April 2020, Moon Design Publications published the Questworlds System Reference Document (SRD) so independent publishers could use the HeroQuest RPG core rules system for other game worlds and settings.

"In due course we will be rebadging and rereleasing our HeroQuest RPG line of products as Questworlds. The rules themselves will remain unchanged", said Michael O'Brien.

For more about Questworlds, the rules and prep-lite RPG system that facilitates beginning play easily, and resolving conflicts in play quickly, see: https://questworlds.chaosium.com

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Ath-kethin

Elder Thing
Methinks I see a HeroQuest D&D campaign setting eventually.
As it stands HeroQuest is just about the best introduction to dungeon crawl style campaigns I can think of, so that makes sense.

And WotC has been trying to turn D&D into a boardgame - I'm sorry, has been providing miniatures-friendly rules - for almost 20 years, so it's a decent synergy.
 




Ath-kethin

Elder Thing
That HQ and the boardgame HQ aren't related are they?
Not at all as far as I am aware. The original HeroQuest boardgame was a Games Workshop/Hasbro deal, but I believe the trademark on the name lapsed. Chaosium picked it up for their (unrelated) game, but now the trademark is back with Hasbro (sans Games Workshop).

Phew.
 



Michael O'Brien

Adventurer
Publisher
Nope. And that's largely the point! :)

https://www.enworld.org/threads/hasbros-heroquest-and-chaosium’s-role-in-the-board-game’s-return.674860/

The HeroQuest trademark: some background...​

HeroQuest the boardgame was published by Milton Bradley (a subsidiary of Hasbro) and Games Workshop from 1989 - 1994. The trademark having lapsed, Greg Stafford registered the HeroQuest trademark in 2002 for his HeroQuest tabletop roleplaying game.

Note: in the 1970s, Greg Stafford used the term "heroquest" to describe a transformative journey in which a quester enters the realm of the gods to reenact a myth, returning with gifts or special knowledge, and began designing a roleplaying game exploring those themes. Greg Stafford's HeroQuest tabletop RPG is completely unrelated to the Milton Bradley HeroQuest boardgame.

Moon Design Publications became the licensed publisher of Greg Stafford's HeroQuest RPG in 2006. In 2012 Moon Design Publications purchased the HeroQuest trademark and other related IP from Greg Stafford.

In 2015 Moon Design Publications became part of the ownership of Chaosium Inc. Via Chaosium, Moon Design Publications has continued to publish the HeroQuest RPG, largely for tabletop roleplaying in Greg Stafford's fantasy world of Glorantha.

In April 2020, Moon Design Publications published the Questworlds System Reference Document (SRD) so independent publishers could use the HeroQuest RPG core rules system for other game worlds and settings.

The sale and transfer of the HeroQuest trademark from Moon Design Publications to Hasbro was completed in July 2020.
 

Michael O'Brien

Adventurer
Publisher
Missed the announcement before, does this affect the somewhat related RuneQuest line?
No, not at all.

And the word "heroquest", using Greg Stafford's definition of the word (a transformative journey in which a quester enters the realm of the gods to reenact a myth, returning with gifts or special knowledge) can continue to be used in that sense in the RuneQuest RPG.
 

imagineGod

Legend
So I never played RuneQuest, except once, Mythras.

So is this a good time to collect so discounted and discontinued Hero Quest for play?

Or just wait for Hero Quest 5e late next year Christmas, probably?
 

Doctor Futurity

Adventurer
So I never played RuneQuest, except once, Mythras.

So is this a good time to collect so discounted and discontinued Hero Quest for play?

Or just wait for Hero Quest 5e late next year Christmas, probably?
Runequest and Mythras are different game systems from Heroquest/Questworlds. It's just a bit confusing because both the current version of Runequest and Heroquest use Glorantha as a setting. So the only thing changing here is ownership of the rights to use the name Heroquest.
 


imagineGod

Legend
Taking a page Facebook Fact Checkers, this head line is not completely true.

I visited Chaosium online today

Yes, the brand "HeroQuest" will disappear from Chaosium, so that will only affect printed books that have the HeroQuest logo.

All PDFs can easily change logo and key terms to the new Chaosium brand "Quest Worlds".
 

Henry

Autoexreginated
What I ant to know is what progress has been made on the crowdfunded board game lately; I backed at the $150 level myself and haven't seen an update since March.
 

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