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Everyday Heroes™ Core Rulebook

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GET INTO THE ACTION! From the excitement of blockbuster action films to the combat options and tactical gear of first-person shooters, adventures in contemporary settings offer a wide range of opportunities and challenges. The Everyday Heroes Roleplaying Game provides everything you need to run a modern-day campaign, be that car chases, computer hacking, radiation hazards, or just lots of guns. Along with flexible rules to create characters from hard-bitten soldiers to genius inventors and masterminds, these rules open the doors to playing through nearly any present-day plotline. This complete core rulebook for both Gamemasters and Players brings the ease of the 5th edition of the world’s most popular roleplaying game into the Modern era.

Everyday Heroes™ is a modern-day roleplaying system based on d20 Modern, refreshed for the 5th edition. Updated by some of d20's original designers, Everyday Heroes will delight fans everywhere.

From the excitement of blockbuster action films to the combat options and tactical gear of first-person shooters, adventures in contemporary settings offer a wide range of opportunities and challenges for tabletop gamers. The Everyday Heroes Roleplaying Game provides everything you need to run a modern-day d20-style campaign with elements such as car chases, computer hacking, radiation hazards, or gunplay.

Along with flexible rules to create contemporary characters from hard-bitten soldiers to genius inventors and evil masterminds, the Everyday Heroes core rules open the doors to playing through nearly any present-day plotline—creating nearly endless possibilities.

This complete Everyday Heroes Core Rulebook for both Gamemasters and Players brings the ease of the 5th edition of the world’s most popular roleplaying game into the modern era. This single rulebook is required to understand and play the contents of all of our officially licensed movie franchise games.

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Thomas H September 05, 2023 6:43 pm UTC
How easy is it to incorporate fantasy elements from 5E? If a player wanted to be an Elf or Dragonborn, can I just plug them straight in as whichever type of hero? Can I pluck threats directly from my Monster Manual?
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Sigfried T September 30, 2023 9:53 pm UTC
It's very easy to bring in monsters/npcs. You can pretty much play the stat blocks as written. We do have a mechanic called Penetration Value that D&D creatures won't have, but its very easy to just eyeball that as a GM as its a 1-5 scale with clear examples in the game to base a judgement on.

Pulling in a D&D race is a little harder because everyone is human in Everyday Heroes so there is no "race" component by default in character building. We do have a mechanic like that called Origin, but it wasn't introduced in the core rules (It shows up in Highlander and Total Recall). That said, you could simply play a character generated in D&D in Everyday Heroes and they would work quite well for the most part. The system we build characters with is a bit different, but the end results are mechanically very similar.

We have a free kickstart guide if you want to check that out and see what is similar and different.
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Bryan A August 02, 2023 3:50 pm UTC
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Almost certainly going to pick this up for a campaign I was thinking about running based on the Uncharted video games. I'm surprised not to see a setting with a vaguely MCU flavor though. I get that you seem to favor licenced material but it would've locked me in much sooner.
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Bryan A September 30, 2023 9:04 pm UTC
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Having picked it up and played with it a bit, the only thing I'd do differently is how you're handling expansions. The licensed stuff is very limited in scope.
Pretty sure it'd be easier and more profitable to release books outlining gear and subclasses for various genres like Pulp, Western, Near-Future, etc.
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Scott N July 27, 2023 6:57 pm UTC
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I bought this brand new from my local game shop, took out of the shrink to find out there's no free pdf code, why? If I new that, I would have just ordered if from Drivethru and got both, pretty lame if you ask me. Not to mention I got the Crow and Escape from NY coming new and I figure they'll be like the core boook no PDF codes.
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Sigfried T July 27, 2023 11:11 pm UTC
Sorry about that Scott.

The reason why: We didn't have a website to download from when the book was sent to the printers so we couldn't include a link

If your store uses Bits and Mortar, you can get it through that.

You can email info@evilgeniusgaming.com and include a receipt of a picture of you and the book and they will send you a download link for the PDF.

We want everyone to get a PDF that buys a book, we just didn't quite have the infrastructure built to do that through a QRC code when the files were sent to the printer. We hope in 2024 we will have all that working for future publications we are working on now.
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Jye D July 05, 2023 5:55 am UTC
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If I purchased the hardcover, would I be receiving a physical copy of the book to my address? Also what currency is used?
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Sigfried T July 06, 2023 11:18 pm UTC
If you order the Print on Demand book from DriveThru it is entirely handled by them so I can't say exactly how it works. If you want the press-print version you can order it directly from the Evil Genius website.
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Ray C June 07, 2023 9:40 am UTC
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Over on EN World (and RPGNet) I did an in-depth review of the book's character creation and customization options: https://www.enworld.org/threads/mini-lets-read-everyday-heroes-character-creation-game-design-elements.697375/

In short, it's a phenomenal piece of work that exceeds its status as a D20 Modern successor by leaps and bounds.
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Sigfried T June 10, 2023 6:22 am UTC
Thanks so much Ray, It's really a pleasure to read an in-depth review like this as a game designer. I appreciate all the time it takes, and get a lot from the feedback both in praise and critique.
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Maya C June 13, 2023 3:47 pm UTC
Thanks so much for the kind words here, Ray! It means a lot to us that you're enjoying our game. Please keep us updated with more of your feedback as you play more of our titles! - Maya, Community Manager
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Kevin B May 24, 2023 11:57 pm UTC
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I have a question. I buy a lot of games and am familiar with many systems. How is this better than UltraModern5 or any of the other takes on 5e using the modern world?
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Kevin B May 26, 2023 3:40 pm UTC
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I went ahead and bought it. So far it seems like a good purchase but I haven't gone through the whole book yet. I like how equipment purchases are based on wealth level rather than actual monetary units. My guess is that I can port what I want from Ultramodern 5 over to this.
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Sigfried T June 10, 2023 6:13 am UTC
Thanks Kevin! I think Ultramodern 5 and Everyday Heroes material should be highly compatible. We have a few added properties on equipment. We tried to keep strong compatibility with rules elements from any 5e compatible game.
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darrell W May 09, 2023 2:55 pm UTC
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There has never been in the history of the world a gaming company that responded to criticism with positive change. I searched repeatedly for any place where it stated how many levels would be in the game before I "committed" to the kickstarter. I even asked in the kickstarter forums about how many levels. It was not until LONG AFTER the kickstarter money was collected that I got any response from the developer how many levels were in it, too late to back out. If there were interviews they were not readily available because I did look because I intentionally avoid LAZY developed 5e games with only 10 levels, because it is just laziness or lack of creativity, at best. You claim to care about the customer based, but clearly you BAIT AND SWITCHED me on this product. Yes, some people may not care, but if you had STATED CLEARLY ON THE KICKSTARTER how many levels I would have never joined the kickstarter. No matter what you claim now it was 100% BAIT AND SWITCH. When someone sees 5E they immediately assume...See more
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darrell W May 09, 2023 2:57 pm UTC
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Yes, I am angry as would anyone who got suckered by a BAIT and SWITCH product.
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Sigfried T May 09, 2023 9:07 pm UTC
Hi Darrel,

I'm sorry that you were disappointed. I try to make a game that I and others would love to play and have fun with, but I know I can't make everyone happy, and I'm sorry you didn't get what you hoped for.

I do take some offense to being called Lazy. I worked very hard on Everyday Heroes, working 7 days a week for up to 12 hours a day so that we could get the game to fans in less than 1 year from when we started writing it. The decision to have 10 levels was not for the sake of convenience, it was done to make room for content we though would be more valuable to the vast majority of players. Surveys show that most people do not play high level campaigns. By excluding the levels the most people never use, we are able to publish a lot more content for the levels that are played most often. We knew not everyone would like that, but we thought it was the best decision for the game. Ultimately, levels are an arbitrary number in a game system. We do more in those 10 levels than...See more
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Chris J April 24, 2023 1:27 pm UTC
For those of us who purchased thru the Evil Genius games website, will we get notified when/if the PDF is updated? I've bought stuff thru Chaosium and never got notified; only DriveThru has been reliable in that regard.

On another note, love the book. Ran a game this weekend in Foundry (I also purchased the VTT version) using the Escape from NY book (that book is riddled with errors btw, as I found out trying to recreate the NPCs in Foundry and the maths didn't add up -- though I still recommend it as I'm sure it'll be updated eventually). Had some issues with the cover mechanic (which is clearly written and presented, just not sure my group agrees with the implementation.) The FoundryVTT system for Everyday Heroes is also riddled with bugs, but not enough to make it un-usable.
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Sigfried T April 30, 2023 5:49 am UTC
I'm not sure if our store notifies on updates. We have a new store front in the works so I'll pass along the suggestion to send updates when the file updates.

We plan to do an accessibility update on Escape from New York and I'll try to get in updates to the pre-gen heroes and any other issues I can find. The adventure was created while we were still playtesting the game as a proof of concept, and our editors were new to the mechanics so it's a bit rough around the edges that way. Sorry about those mistakes!

Foundry is handled by a foundry dev, but hopefully it can get tuned up. I think the dev is working on fixing bugs but I don't have much involvement with the VTT implementations.
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John D April 23, 2023 3:49 am UTC
When will the Rambo book come out?
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Jason L April 26, 2023 4:25 am UTC
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According to the timeline on the EGG website, it'll be in July alongside Universal Soldier.
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Jason L April 26, 2023 4:56 am UTC
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... and, as I just discovered, according to a pic on BGG, says it'll be in October. Maybe the dates are for PDF and Print respectively, as both Pacific Rim and Kong are out as PDFs, but the info on BGG says they're a June release. So who knows? :)
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Nicholas M April 21, 2023 4:20 pm UTC
Got the hardback book recently! Going to use this system for a children's non-profit I work for currently. Great work!
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Carl A April 08, 2023 5:30 pm UTC
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I've read about half of the core book so far and I like what you've done with it so far. The 10 levels per class look fine to me, you get something good at every level and the scaling looks good. 10th level is quite powerful for each class. But one thing that bothers me is there are several charts that use a style that's basically unreadable, except in Acrobat Reader, where they look great. Unfortunately, the performance of Acrobat on my Mac can be terrible, while the default program (called Preview) is great (other than the background being super dark on these charts. Page 217, Intoxication chart is an example where it looks great on Acrobat and is basically unreadable on everything else I've tried. Same problem using Good Reader on my iPad (which I normally love due to performance and the ease of syncing my pdfs through dropbox automatically). Any chance this might get fixed? I'm assuming it can be since I've not had this problem on any other PDFs.
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Ajay P April 04, 2023 9:33 pm UTC
Chances of an Urban Arcana book? Literally the best thing about d20 modern back in the day
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Sigfried T April 04, 2023 9:57 pm UTC
100% chance. :) We are currently running a writing contests for setting ideas for it.

It won't be done this year, but we are working on it!
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Trampas W March 23, 2023 11:08 pm UTC
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Will there be a premium color hardback available?
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Sigfried T March 23, 2023 11:24 pm UTC
Yes. In fact we just started shipping them in North America.

We don't sell them through DriveThru (only the print on demand) but you can order them from our company website (EvilGeniusGames), and they will be available to local game stores through various distributors. We don't have a retailer list just yet but we are hoping to be widely available in stores.
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Edward M March 24, 2023 3:01 pm UTC
Okay, thanks.

Will the physical book have a code for a free PDF?
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Sigfried T March 25, 2023 6:21 am UTC
If you order the book from the Evil Genius Games website store, it will include a PDF download.

I don't think we have a code in the book that will be in stores. Unfortunately, we didn't yet have that set up. I hope in future we can do that. (I'm the lead game designer so I can't speak a lot to our publishing and sales side.)

If you email info@EvilGeniusGaming.com and can show proof of book, I think we could probably get you a PDF download. I can't 100% promise that, but I know the owner wants folks who get the book to have a PDF to go with it if they want one. We aren't looking to sell someone the book twice.
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CHRISTOPHER S April 07, 2023 1:57 am UTC
You might look at what Arc Dream is doing with Delta Green. Just send them a pic of the hardcover and you get a PDF
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James D May 19, 2023 7:30 pm UTC
Evil Hat does this as well.
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Matthew H January 18, 2023 12:01 am UTC
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How is the new Open Gaming License from WotC going to affect this?
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Sigfried T January 18, 2023 12:27 am UTC
We may start using a different license when one becomes available (we use the same law firm that is working on the ORC license so we are supporting that effort).

We don't plan on making any changes to the game system other than small refinements for the sake of game quality which we always have planned to do. We didn't copy rules descriptions from the SRD except for some generic animal stat blocks. I wrote all the rules descriptions from scratch based on my understanding and interpretation of the 5e rules system.

We are going forward with all our existing publishing plans. We won't be signing WOTCs new license and won't use the OGL for future publications unless WOTC backs down from their claims to deauthorize/invalidate/revoke it. The books that are already printed will have the OGL in place.

We are committed to the Open Gaming ideal and are happy for anyone to use our rules systems in their own creations. We also have a simple license that lets people use our iconic characters...See more
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David V January 05, 2023 12:18 am UTC
Is the book in Aprilish going to be offset print and do you have an idea of the cost. Also will the setting books be offset also? Looking at getting 3 core in offset.

Thanks David

Hope you had happy holidays
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Sigfried T January 07, 2023 8:42 pm UTC
The April books going out to stores and backers are offset print and in full color. The setting books are also offset print but are soft-cover rather than hardcover like the core book.
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Jimmy P December 29, 2022 4:41 pm UTC
Looks great. Any idea when a character sheet will be available on Roll20? I do most of my gaming online, so I need to hold off until there is one available.
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Sigfried T January 01, 2023 5:31 am UTC
Hoping for April when the books hit the stores (hopefully). Someone on the roll20 team is doing them. I was in a meeting explaining the rules to them and what was essential for a character sheet.
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Jimmy P January 04, 2023 11:43 pm UTC
Thank you for your response. We'll wait and see what comes out in April.
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