Welcome to the Hero System Hall of Champions!
Looking for content or inspiration for your Hero System campaign? Or maybe you want to publish adventures, villains, powers, equipment, or settings you’ve created for your own Hero System games?
The Hero System Hall of Champions at DriveThruRPG lets Hero System fans and third-party publishers release products, large or small, for the Hero System. For players and fans, it's a great marketplace for Hero System compatible products. Below are the guidelines for all creators who wish to be involved with the Hall of Champions.
What Kind Of Products Have Been Published For the Hero System?
Hero Games (the publisher of the Hero System) and various third party publishers have been publishing products for the Hero System and Champions (the original rules that power the Hero System) since 1981: nearly forty years! There are currently over 400 Hero System products available on DriveThruRPG, with more being published every year. It’s award-winning products include Champions: The Super Roleplaying Game (which has had six different editions to date), Dark Champions, Fantasy Hero, Pulp Hero, Star Hero, Danger International, and Justice Inc. Really, whatever genre you can imagine, there’s been a Hero System product for it.
Or, if there hasn’t, you can use this program to fix that oversight!
Interested In Publishing Using the Hero System?
The Hall of Champions provides a variety of free resources for publishers, including logos, templates, and artwork. Publishers are free to use these resources, or to build their products from the ground up with their own graphic design, layout, and illustrations. If you’re interested in our creator resources, they’re listed among the products for the program (they’re free). After creating your title as a download-ready file, visit your account page and look in the "My Content" section. There you will find the link "Add a new title". You must agree to the Community Content Agreement in order to upload your new title. After publication, all Hall of Champions content is available here. You can check sales history, view reviews and fan discussions of your work, and book royalties through PayPal by clicking on the Account tap at the top of the page and selecting My Content.
Publishers may set any price they wish for their products, or make them free. Hall of Champions products are subject to the standard DriveThruRPG commission, and a portion of the selling price will be paid as a royalty to Hero Games Revenue from Hall of Champions content is split between you, OneBookShelf (the company that manages DriveThruRPG), and Hero Games. You take half of the revenue and we divide the rest between Hero Games and OneBookShelf.
There are some restrictions on what you may or may not publish at Hall of Champions, which are outlined below. Please read them carefully, and follow them to the best of your ability. They cover both the use of Hero System/Champions rules, as well as the use of settings and other intellectual property belonging to Hero Games.
Versions Of The Hero System And Champions
There are currently five versions of the Hero System or Champions which Hero Games has or will publish that are available for your use. All of these variants are available for you to use as part of Hall of Champions, though you do not have permission to reprint any of the core rules from any version under the community content license. All products created with a specific version of the Hero System/Champions rules must be specifically labeled as such in their title on DriveThruRPG: for example, Super Hero Product (4th Edition), Super Villain Product (Champions Classic), and Fantasy Hero Product (6th Edition).
Additionally, examples of material for all of them are or will be available through DriveThruRPG. In most cases every product for a particular version ever published is available through DriveThruRPG (they number in the hundreds). They are as follows in chronological order of publication and including the listed core books which may be of use to you:
Champions Classic (Champions editions 1, 2, & 3): Champions: The Super Hero Roleplaying Game (1st Edition), Enemies (1st Edition), Champions: The Super Hero Roleplaying Game (2nd Edition), Champions II The Super Supplement (2nd Edition), Champions III Another Super Supplement (2nd Edition), Champions: The Super Hero Roleplaying Game (3rd Edition), Star Hero (3rd Edition), Fantasy Hero (3rd Edition)
Fourth Edition: Champions: The Super Role Playing Game (4th Edition), Hero System Rules Book 4th Edition (4th Edition), Fantasy Hero (4th Edition), Western Hero (4th Edition), Horror Hero (4th Edition)
Fifth Edition: Hero System 5th Edition Revised, Hero System Equipment Guide (5th Edition), Champions (5th Edition), Fantasy Hero (5th Edition), Dark Champions (5th Edition), Pulp Hero (5th Edition), and Star Hero (5th Edition)
Sixth Edition: Hero System 6th Edition: Character Creation (6th Edition), Hero System 6th Edition: Combat & Adventuring (6th Edition), Hero System Equipment Guide (6th Edition), Hero System Grimoire (6th Edition), Hero System Skills (6th Edition), Champions (6th Edition), Champions Powers (6th Edition), Star Hero (6th Edition), Fantasy Hero (6th Edition), Champions Complete (6th Edition), Fantasy Hero Complete (6th Edition)
Champions Now: Champions Now
Settings Available For Content Creation
There are a variety of different exciting proprietary settings available for you to create content for. If you create original content derived from the Champions Universe Timeline (to be described below), that original content belongs either to Hero Games or Cryptic Studios. We have the rights to sell the work, and we also have the rights to its contents for future works. But if you are publishing original work, we have the right to sell the work as created for the Hero System, but you retain the rights to the contents. So, for example, if you wish to release twenty pages of non-setting specific supervillains for both Champions and Mutants & Masterminds, we don''t claim those villains as our property: only the rights to sell the Hero System version of the work.
Besides the modern Champions Universe itself, the Champions Universe Timeline created by Darren Watts and Steve Long details several other settings which you may create community content for. The Champions Universe Timeline includes (but is not restricted to):
The Turakian Age
The Atlantean Age
The Valdorean Age
Golden Age Champions
Lucha Libre Hero
The Champions Universe: You may create additional content for the modern Champions Universe as described in a variety of books published for Champions 5th and 6th edition (But not earlier editions). This is the Champions Universe as a superhero setting, beginning roughly in the 1930’s and ending in the 2020’s. For additional information, please see the Champions Universe Timeline. It also includes the Dark Champions setting. All works created using the Champions Universe ultimately belongs to Cyptic Studios, who may redact or use it in any manner they choose.
Lucha Libre Hero: You may create additional content for the Mexico City Lucha Libre Hero setting as described in Lucha Libre Hero. This settings begins roughly in the 1930’s and ends in the 2020’s. For additional information, please see Lucha Libre Hero. All works created using the Champions Universe ultimately belongs to Jason Walters, who may redact or use it in any manner he chooses.
What Types Of Content Can I Create?
The following types of content may be submitted as part of Hall of Champions.
Custom Settings: Do you have a homebrew Champions or Hero System setting you would like to share with others? Feel free to do so using Hall of Champions and let others experience the wonder and creativity of the world you’ve created!
Proprietary Settings: Expand upon the Champions Universe Timeline by providing new characters and setting information, or by expanding upon existing or little-detailed information from our books.
Equipment: Share your gadgets, vehicles, weapons, robots, bases, and other artifacts you’ve created with other fans using the Hero System.
Characters: Now you can sell the villains, monsters, gods, animals, and heroes you’ve cleverly created!
Powers: The Hero System is well-known for its ability to create highly customized powers. Sell your customized powers and spells to others!
Hero Designer Character Packs: Have some useful HDC and HDP files you’ve created using Hero Designer? Sell them using Hall of Champions!
What Types Of Content Are Forbidden?
The following types of material cannot be published as part of Hall of Champions. If you wish to publish this type of content, please contact Hero Games directly to inquire about additional third party licensing.
Core Rules: There can be no reproduction of any part of the core rules from any edition of the Hero System or Champions as part of Hall of Champions. You have permission to create content using these rules, not reproduce them!
Champions Universe Timeline Genre Books: There are many genre books listed as parts of the Champions Universe Timeline that have either not been written yet (for example, Solar Hero), or have not been released as part of the modern Champions Universe Timeline (for example, Western Hero). While it is permissible to create content for these periods on the timeline – for example, a selection of spaceships for Solar Hero or Native American characters for Western Hero – there can be no release of Champions Universe Timeline genre books as part of Hall of Champions.
Rules Variants: You do not have permission to publish your own house rules or variant of the Hero System.
Upgrades/Downgrades: You do not have permission to release earlier editions of characters as newer editions of characters, or vice versa. If you wish to publish this type of content, please contact Hero Games directly to inquire about additional third party licensing.
Other People’s IP: You do not have permission (or we the right) to release work based on the intellectual property of other people or companies as part of Hall of Champions. If you wish to for example show other fans your Champions 6th Edition write up of DC Comic’s character Green Lantern, please do so FOR FREE on the Hero Games website forums (https://www.herogames.com/forums/) or in some other location. But not here!
What Writer’s Guidelines Can You Offer?
1) Write a good RPG product. A fun one. An unusual one. The kind that, if you purchased it yourself, you would feel like you got a good deal.
2) Make it look cool. Awesome. Professional, quirky, sleek, or punk rock. It really doesn''t matter. Make something you would feel proud to have in your own digital library.
3) Craft it so that a parent who purchases it for their clever and beloved 12-year-old child will feel comfortable.
4) Have an editor check your grammar and spelling. Have an expert Hero gamer check your write ups. (Maybe you're one or both of these things yourself.)
5) Don''t have artwork that is or boarders on the pornographic. Woman like to buy games too! In fact, they are the fastest growing demographic in RPG gaming. So don’t be a slob.
What Legal Stuff Is Required For Publication?
All Hero System/Champions creations published in the community content program must contain the Hero Games Hall of Champions logo on the lower right hand corner of its cover image. It must also contain the Copyright Text listed below.
HERO SystemTM ® is DOJ, Inc.’s trademark for its roleplaying system.
HERO System Copyright © 1984, 1989, 2002, 2009 by DOJ, Inc. d/b/a Hero Games. All rights reserved.
Fantasy Hero © 2003, 2010 by DOJ, Inc. d/b/a Hero Games. All rights reserved.
Star Hero © 2003, 2011 by DOJ, Inc. d/b/a Hero Games. All rights reserved.
All DOJ trademarks and copyrights used with permission.
For further information about Hero Games and the HERO System, visit www.herogames.com.