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The Comprehensive Soldier is Now Available

Nov 13 2017

For nearly two decades, one name has always stood apart in the field of Fantasy Adventure Role-Gaming: Qerth. After countless glorious Journeys into the Imagination™, though, Hex Games had to step away from Qerth for a bit. Let’s just say that we were resting; the rumors of lawsuits and vicious in-fighting are complete fabrications, and besides, the lawyers won’t let us say anything, so why not just pretend it didn’t happen? The important thing is that, at long last, Hex Games has returned to Qerth with the first in a new series of guides, The Comprehensive Soldier.

In the magical fantasy world known as Qerth, there are many Jobs, ranging from the flashy Cheesemaker, to the versatile Murderer, to the useless Knome. But one Job stands apart, central to the very fabric of the world yet often overlooked. We speak, of course, of the Soldier. The Soldier may seem boring at first glance, but take another look. Sometimes it’s refreshing to get inside the head of someone with the Soldier’s simple clarity of purpose: he just wants to kill some things and take their stuff. Deep down, isn’t that really what we all want?
 

The Comprehensive Soldier is a supplement for the Fantasy Adventure Role-Gaming classic Qerth: Apprentice Level Rules that includes all the extra material you could possibly need to play a Soldier, collected from across all rules editions, magazine articles, novelty candy packages, and other sources. Included are rules for character advancement, all the way up to God level; Competencies and Skins, for better customizing your Soldier character; new equipment, including weapons, armor, and contraceptives; a big list of monsters to kill; Soldier names; and more! 

The Comprehensive Soldier–as well as the QAGS rulebook, Qerth: Apprentice Level Rules, The Dungeon of Moderate Annoyance (Not Nearly as Bad as the Dungeon of Infinite Pain), and more—can be purchased in PDF form at www.hexgames.com and at the finer PDF sales sites for just $4.99. 

The QAGS Qik Start Rules, which you will need to begin your Journey into the Imagination™, are available for download absolutely free at www.hexgames.com and the aforementioned PDF sales sites.

The Comprehensive Soldier is written by Qerth co-creator Steve Johnson, with artwork by sword & sorcery savant Joshua LH Burnett.

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May 14 2017

Candyland Has Fallen

Game ID: RPG17103316

System: QAGS

Date: 8/17/2017

Time: 10am-2pm

Location: JW Marriott 201 Table 1

Sweetness and light couldn’t save them. Rainbows and cute cat videos were powerless. Now the ultimate evil-mancer rules in Candyland. Unless.... Well, when the good can’t help, it’s time to turn to the naughty and wicked. Suicide Squad meets Yellow Submarine meets Babes in Toyland in this desperate gamble to save Candyland from Utter Destruction.

 

I Psi: A Spy for a Spy

Game ID: RPG17103320

System: QAGS

Date: 8/17/2017

Time: 2pm-6pm

Location: JW Marriott 201 Table 1

Communist forces have captured an American pilot and are holding him as a chip in the poker game of international espionage. They’ll give him back, but only if America turns over a double agent. The first problem is the agent in question is good at his job and has fallen off the radar (though there’s only so far he can run in Berlin). The second problem is that he’s a friend. I Spy meets Men Who Stare at Goats.

 

Hobomancers in Time: Quest for the Cosmic Tchotchke

Game ID: RPG17104571

System: QAGS

Date: 8/17/2017

Time: 7pm-11pm

Location: JW Marriott 201 Table 3

It’s the height of the Great Depression, and those all-American shamans known as Hobomancers ride the rails, fighting unearthly monsters and protecting the soul of America. You’ve spent years traveling from small town to small town fighting evil men and their literal demons. But now Time itself is in peril! The Sneaky Snakes have summoned VLHRG the Timewyrm to devour all of Creation. You and your crew must travel to different points in history to find the artifacts that can defeat VLHRG and save the universe!

 

Hobomancers in Time: Quest for the Omni-Hoozit

Game ID: RPG17104572

System: QAGS

Date: 8/18/2017

Time: 9am-1pm

Location: JW Marriott 201 Table 2

It’s the height of the Great Depression, and those all-American shamans known as Hobomancers ride the rails, fighting unearthly monsters and protecting the soul of America. You’ve spent years traveling from small town to small town fighting evil men and their literal demons. But now Time itself is in peril! The Sneaky Snakes have summoned VLHRG the Timewyrm to devour all of Creation. You and your crew must travel to different points in history to find the artifacts that can defeat VLHRG and save the universe!

 

Beau Hexed: The Hands Beneath

Game ID: RPG17103322

System: QAGS

Date: 8/18/2017

Time: 10am-2pm

Location: JW Marriott 201 Table 3

There are strange things out in the colonies, and to control them France sends in the Foreign Legion. But when the strange gets too strange the Legion sends in its special squad, the Plus Etrangeres. Beau Geste meets Supernatural, with a hint of Lovecraft.

 

Team Force Alpha 37

Game ID: RPG17105108

System: Cinemechanix

Date: 8/18/2017

Time: 10am-2pm

Location: JW Marriott 201 Table 5

Super-heroes have been around for most of the 20th Century, but it wasn’t until the late 80s that they started to get EXTREME! In the 90s, hokey black and white morality, fisticuffs, and colorful costumes are out; moral ambiguity, impractically large weapons, and the paramilitary look are in. To be a super-hero these days, you need attitude, inexplicable anatomy, and a whole buttload of straps and pouches. It’s time to grit your teeth, clench your jaw until that vein in your neck is the size of a firehose, and be a hero!

 

Hobomancers in Time: Quest for the Infinite Gewgaw

Game ID: RPG17104575

System: QAGS

Date: 8/18/2017

Time: 2pm-6pm

Location: JW Marriott 201 Table 3

It’s the height of the Great Depression, and those all-American shamans known as Hobomancers ride the rails, fighting unearthly monsters and protecting the soul of America. You’ve spent years traveling from small town to small town fighting evil men and their literal demons. But now Time itself is in peril! The Sneaky Snakes have summoned VLHRG the Timewyrm to devour all of Creation. You and your crew must travel to different points in history to find the artifacts that can defeat VLHRG and save the universe!

 

Wet Hot American Monsters

Game ID: RPG17105107

System: Cinemechanix

Date: 8/18/2017

Time: 4pm-8pm

Location: JW Marriott 201 Table 2

Being a monster is hard. Being a teenager is harder. Imagine being a teeenage monster. Luckily, there’s a place where young monsters can forge new friendships, enjoy the great outdoors, and make all kinds of terrible mistakes with limited adult supervision. Welcome to Camp Windigo, the only summer camp catering exclusively to teenage werewolves, young Frankensteins, sons of Dracula, and other monster-Americans. You’ve been there as a camper before, but this year you’re getting paid well below minimum wage to be a camp counselor for the first time. You’ve only got a week to get everything ready for the campers and prove to the other counselors (especially the cute ones) that you’re not lame.

 

Ghost Wrasslers: The Tollbooth Phantom

Game ID: RPG17103324

System: QAGS

Date: 8/18/2017

Time: 7pm-11pm

Location: JW Marriott 201 Table 4

TV land is full of ghost hunting shows, but none are like the Ghost Wrasslers. These brawny paranormal investigators’ job is to put the smackdown on ghosts. Not your great-granny still making her rocking chair rock ghosts, no, we mean spooks with a mean streak a mile wide. Time to send varmints back to the Great Beyond where they belong.

 

Laser Ponies: Beware the Broccoli from Beyond!

Game ID: RPG17104569

System: QAGS

Date: 8/19/2017

Time: 10am-2pm

Location: JW Marriott 201 Table 1

The Laser Ponies are happy to spend their time romping, frolicking, and playing in their home of Glitter Valley, but now a spaceship has crashed nearby. And the inhabitants aren’t friendly—in fact, they’re evil vegetable invaders! It looks like it’s time for laser-blastin’ action! Flying saucers, ray guns, talking broccoli, rainbows, and valuable lessons about friendship—face it, adventure fans, this one’s got it all!

 

The Electric Team in: The Good, the Bad, & the Electric

Game ID: RPG17104570

System: QAGS

Date: 8/19/2017

Time: 1pm-5pm

Location: JW Marriott 201 Table 2

Civilization has been shattered by a war between science and magic, and now it’s up the Electric Team to defeat 1,000 villains and save the world! You and your friends have traveled a long way, and now you find yourselves in a charming small town. There’s more to this town than first appears, though . . . including a cabal of villains, dedicated to your destruction. Based on the Electric Team web comic

 

Guardians of Aetheria

Game ID: RPG17105106

System: Cinemechanix

Date: 8/19/2017

Time: 1pm-5pm

Location: JW Marriott 201 Table 5

The shining kingdom of Aetheria is a peaceful, magical place full of happy people and valiant heroes, but beyond the ruined ancient cities of the Scarred Lands lies an evil realm ruled by monsters and madness. Lately, the wastelands are crawling with minions of Bloodgrave the Witch King, and many worry that he’s amassing an army to bring war against Aetheria. If he does, he’ll have to face the Guardians of Aetheria, brave heroes with strange powers that almost seem like they were designed entirely to make kids want the action figure. Grimdark 80s animation meets Saturday morning cartoon toy commercials in this epic game of science-fantasy.

 

Beau Hexed: Fire & Storm

Game ID: RPG17103327

System: QAGS

Date: 8/19/2017

Time: 7pm-11pm

Location: JW Marriott 201 Table 1

There are strange things out in the colonies, and to control them France sends in the Foreign Legion. But when the strange gets too strange the Legion sends in its special squad, the Plus Etrangeres. Beau Geste meets Supernatural, with a hint of Lovecraft.

 

Candyland Has Fallen

Game ID: RPG17103318

System: QAGS

Date: 8/20/2017

Time: 10am-2pm

Location: JW Marriott 201 Table 2

Sweetness and light couldn’t save them. Rainbows and cute cat videos were powerless. Now the ultimate evil-mancer rules in Candyland. Unless.... Well, when the good can’t help, it’s time to turn to the naughty and wicked. Suicide Squad meets Yellow Submarine meets Babes in Toyland in this desperate gamble to save Candyland from Utter Destruction.

 

Qerth: Edition Wars

Game ID: RPG17105109

System: Cinemechanix

Date: 8/20/2017

Time: 10am-2pm

Location: JW Marriott 201 Table 3

 

Qerth is a magical place full of mysterious creatures, ancient wizards, haughty elves, surly dwarves, dimwitted soldiers, sneaky pickpockets, and humble cheese makers. Or at least it was when you went to bed last night When you woke up this morning the world was turned upside down. There were dwarves casting spells and wizards without spellbooks and all kinds of monsters just hanging out at the tavern like they were respectable adventurers and not dungeon dwellers who only exist so you can kill them and take their stuff. You don’t need the old man with the eyepatch to tell you that your next adventure is to figure out what the heck’s going on.

 

Hex Releases And One For All

Apr 4 2016

Hex Games has just released And One for All, a sourcebook for running games inspired by The Three Musketeers.  

It’s a time and a place made for swashbuckling adventure. France has a weak king, a barren queen, a wicked first minister, a splintered populace, and enemies on every side. Into that breach step the men of the King’s Musketeers. Brave men to be sure, but brave in a foolhardy way that you can’t help but admire, even as you shake your head in disbelief. Still, thank God for them, because it’s going to take a fool like that (or a company of them) to save the crown and the nation’s honor!

And One For All is designed for use with the QAGS Second Edition rules. It includes extensive setting information, combat rules, GM tips, a complete sample adventure (“How the Musketeers Stole Christmas”), invaluable appendices, Combat Cards, and more!  

And One For All–as well as the QAGS rulebook, So You’ve Decided to Run a Role-Playing Game, The Adventures of Sindbad, and more--can be purchased in PDF form at www.hexgames.com, or at other fine online vendors, for just $7.95.  

The QAGS Qik Start Rules PDF, which includes all the rules you need to play And One For All, is available for download at www.hexgames.com, absolutely free.

And One For All is written by Ian “Edison Force” Engle and illustrated by Robert “Aces & Apes” Kemp.

All for one. One for all!

Hex Releases So You've Decided To Run A Role-Playing Game

Jan 4 2016

Hex Games has just released So You’ve Decided to Run a Role-Playing Game, a guide for aspiring GMs written by Steve Johnson. While the book is geared toward first-time Game Masters, it contains a lot of practical advice and helpful tips that even veteran Game Masters are likely to find helpful, regardless of what system they’re using.  

Everybody’s heard of tabletop role-playing games (RPGs), but unless you’ve actually played one you probably don’t know how they work. Even if you’re an experienced RPG player, most game manuals spend more time explaining rules and genre trappings than offering practical advice for first-time Game Masters.

Whether you’re a wannabe gamer who’s never rolled a twenty-sided die or a long-time player who’s decided to take the plunge and run your own game for the first time, So You’ve Decided To Run a Role-Playing Game teaches you how to go from thinking about running a role-playing game to actually doing it. So You’ve Decided To Run A Role-Playing Game starts by describing what actually goes on during a role-playing game, then provides step-by-step advice for organizing and running your own RPG campaign, from finding a gaming group to plotting your ongoing story.

So You’ve Decided to Run a Role-Playing Game, as well as other Hex Games releases, can be purchased in PDF form at www.hexgames.com, and at the finer PDF sales sites, for just $2.99. The book is also available in print and Kindle format from Amazon. 

Steve Johnson is the co-creator of QAGS (the Quick Ass Game System) and the Operations Director of Hex Games. He has written, co-written, or otherwise contributed to numerous RPG supplements, including Spooky: The Definitive Guide to Horror Gaming, Sharktoberfest, and the ENnie Award-winning Hobomancer. He writes a (more-or-less) weekly gaming blog at www.deathcookie.com. For more about QAGS  and other fine products from Hex Games, visit www.hexgames.com. 

Hex Releases Suicide's Run: A Tale of the Hobomancers

Mar 30 2015

Hex Games is proud to announce the publication of Suicide’s Run: A Tale of the Hobomancers, the first-ever novel based on the award-winning game Hobomancer. Suicide’s Run is a fast-paced race that will leave the smell of coal smoke in your nose and the sound of the whistle singing in your ears. It is written by Hobomancer co-creator Carter Newton and features illustrations by Jeffrey Johnson.

A nation mired in the Great Depression elects a new president. Some men, supposedly “America's elite,” fear his reforms. They have a plan to overthrow Franklin Roosevelt and replace him with a dictator they control. 

One man has the power to stop this dastardly plot. Unfortunately, after a failed suicide attempt, Jakob’s woken up in a hobo camp with no way to tell what he knows. His only hope - America's only hope - are the hobomancers, train hopping hobo wizards defending the world against monsters and evil. 

In their way stand a corrupt wizard, vindictive robber barons, sadistic private eyes, and creatures who know only fire and death. The last hope to save themselves, to save the Union, and maybe the world, is SUICIDE'S RUN! 

Suicide’s Run is a complete standalone novel based in the same world as the Hobomancer RPG; you do not need any familiarity with the game to enjoy the novel. For those who play the Hobomancer game, though, there is plenty of rich material that will help flesh out your game world, as well as game stats for the novel’s major characters. 

Suicide’s Run—as well as Hobomancer, the Hobomancer Companion, American Artifacts, and more—can be purchased in PDF form at www.hexgames.com and at the finer PDF sales sites for just $10. 

Learn more about Hobomancer at www.hexgames.com. To see more of Jeffrey Johnson’s work, visit his blog at http://lifewithgirls.net/handmade-family/ and his Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/handmadefamily.

Hex Games Releases GILGAMESH!: The Lost Tablets

Jul 28 2014

Hex Games has just released GILGAMESH!: The Lost Tablets, a companion to the 2012 release GILGAMESH!, an epic adventure based on the world’s oldest epic.

If you’ve played the game GILGAMESH!, you know the story of the legendary Gilgamesh’s quest to find the secret of immortality, and his epic journey past the ends of the world and into the realm of the gods. But now, for the first time, you can learn how Gilgamesh befriended the wild man Enkidu. Watch as Gilgamesh and Enkidu venture into the Forest of Cedar to battle Humbaba, the most horrible monster in the world! See Gilgamesh and Enkidu defend their city from the Bull of Heaven, and witness the punishment the gods rain down on them!   

GILGAMESH!: The Lost Tablets is a supplement to the adventure GILGAMESH!, which is designed for use with the QAGS Second Edition rules. The Lost Tablets gives GMs the tools they need to incorporate additional scenes into the adventure, to run a prequel game, or even to create an ongoing campaign. It includes a summary of the first eight tablets of The Epic of Gilgamesh, GM Notes for each tablet, and game stats for Enkidu, Ishtar, Humbaba, and more.

GILGAMESH!: The Lost Tablets–as well as the QAGS rulebook, GILGAMESH!, The Hobomancer Companion, and more--can be purchased in PDF form at www.hexgames.com or at other fine online vendors for just 99 cents.

The QAGS Qik Start Rules are available for download at www.hexgames.com, absolutely free.

GILGAMESH!: The Lost Tablets is written by Leighton (Beowulf Vs. Grendel) Connor and illustrated by Joshua (Bernie the Flumph) Burnett.

Registration Trouble?

Jun 30 2014

For some reason our confirmation emails aren't always getting through, especially to users with Yahoo, MSN, and Hotmail email addresses. If you don't get a confirmation email, let us know via the contact form and we'll activate your account as soon as we get a chance. Sorry for the inconvenience. 

Dynateens: Surf Force On Sale Now

May 27 2014

In the early 90s, Chick Sabine of Sabine Entertainment decided the world needed a new show made by splicing together clips from a Korean action program with original content featuring hip young actors. Over the next two decades Dynateens spawned a dozen follow-up shows, all using the same formula that made the original such a hit.

Now in 2014, the latest show, Dynateens: Surf Force, is set to debut on Amerinet's affiliate channel, Bijou, as part of its Saturday night Action Hour. And Hex Games is proud to announce that they have produced the only officially licensed RPG based on this surefire hit!

When the evil forces of Megalodon the Mighty threaten the submarine city of New Atlantis, a team of super-powered teenagers, the Dynateens, arise to meet that threat. But are they strong enough to defeat the Great Shark menace and save humanity?

Dynateens: Surf Force is a game designed for use with the QAGS Second Edition rules that allows you to recreate the action, aquatic adventure, and thrills of the eagerly-anticipated new show. It includes background on the setting, rules for creating Dynateen characters, genre tropes, sample characters, adventure templates, character sheets, and more!

Dynateens: Surf Force–as well as the QAGS rulebook, Sharktoberfest, The Hobomancer Companion, and more--can be purchased in PDF form at www.hexgames.com and at the finer PDF sales sites for just $4.99.

The QAGS Qik Start Rules, which include all the rules you need to play Dynateens: Surf Force, are available for download at www.hexgames.com, absolutely free.

Dynateens: Surf Force is written by Ian “DynaRed” Engle and illustrated by Joshua “Great White” Burnett, with a cover by James Hornsby.

Go go, Dynateens! 

Welcome To The New Hex Site

Mar 17 2014

As you can see, we've redesigned the Hex web site for the first time in quite a while. With the new version of the site, we've tried to account for the new ways people use gaming websites in the age of social media, which means getting rid of things like the dedicated forums that for the last few years have mainly only served as bait for spammers. We've also done our best to integrate the site with things like Facebook and Twitter. The slider on the right edge of page points to our social media pages (mouse over to see our latest posts) and the one on the left lets you share content on popular sites. You can also comment on most articles using your Facebook account below the article. 

We've completely upgraded our web store, most importantly by making print editions of many of our PDFs available here for the first time (with more coming soon). And now when you buy a print book, you automatically get the PDF download thrown in for free. We've also come up with a limited Pay What You Want system for some products. You can't name the exact price you want to pay, but you can choose to get the items for free, $1, $2.50, or $5. If you want to give us more, you can buy multiple copies. If you want to give us less than $1, just take the thing for free. By the time PayPal takes their cut, there's not enough left to worry with anyway. 

We built the new site from scratch, so you'll need to create a new user account even if you had one before. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Enjoy the new site!