Introduction to Heroes

Heroes is the campaign manager and social media network for your characters in World Anvil. This guide is a quick explanation of the layout of Heroes to get you started! For more information on a specific Heroes feature, take a look at its specific guide.  

The layout

The Dashboard

  Let's look at each element individually:
  • Sidebar menu (highlighted in red): this contains links to the different parts of Heroes: your Dashboard, your Characters, your Campaigns and your RPG Sheets. Clicking on the Heroes logo will always take you to the Dashboard, and you can click on the "World Anvil" link to go back to your World Anvil Dashboard. If you have currently selected a campaign or character (see below) it will appear below the logo. In the example screenshot, the campaign "Tests and Dragons" is selected. You can toggle the sidebar with the hamburger menu (highlighted in green).
  • Profile picture and notifications (highlighted in cyan): clicking on your profile picture, on the top right corner of the screen, will toggle a drop-down menu to different parts of your account configuration.
  • Followed characters stream (highlighted in yellow): when you follow a character (see the Guide to character interaction), all of their posts will automatically appear in this stream.
  • New Heroes (highlighted in purple): this is a list of the latest characters that have been created in Heroes. Clicking on their names will take you to their profile.
  • Footer

    At the footer of Heroes there are two links to report bugs and request features. Feel free to use them if you want to see improvements to the system! Below these links, you can find the regular World Anvil footer with links to various pages.  

    A quick look to...


    When clicking on Characters in the sidebar menu, two options will appear: My Characters and Followed Characters. The first option lets you see all the characters you have created in Heroes, as well as create a new one. When you click on a character in this list, it will be selected as your active character and will appear on top of the sidebar menu (you can click on it to quickly switch between character or access different parts of their profile).   The second one lists all characters that you're currently following. From there you can access their profiles or quickly unfollow them.  


    The Campaigns link will take you to the list of campaigns you are currently gamemastering. If you click on a campaign it will be selected as your active campaign, which means that any settings that you change will affect that campaign. You can see the currently active campaign on top of the sidebar (click on it to quickly switch between campaigns or access different parts of its settings).   At the bottom of the page there is a button that lets you create new campaigns. The process of creating a campaign is explained in the Guide to campaign creation.  


    This part of Heroes lets you create new statblocks for different RPG systems, as well as generic blocks for embedding web pages and making random tables. More on that in the Guide to Sheets.  


    Clicking on the Worlds option will take you to a list of all your worlds. Clicking on them allows you to invite characters into that world by sending them a link. In order to put a character into a world, just access that invite link with your active character. Once that is done, the world will appear in the character's profile.


    What is Heroes?
    Heroes is a World Anvil projects that lets you both manage an RPG campaign and your characters, using the platform as if it were a social network. You can post as your character, give Renown or comment to other characters' posts and even follow them. Write campaign journals, share your excitement when leveling up and post fan art in your characters profile!
    Is it free?
    Yes! There are some features limited to Guild members. However, most of the functionality is free for all.
    Where do I start?
    Using Heroes is pretty straight-forward. However, all features need documentation, so if you need some guidance, this is the place to start! If you need further help, you can always connect to our Discord server and ask your questions there.
    Aaaaah! MY EYES!!
    Worry not, for we have a dark theme! It's called the "Villain theme" and you can enable it from your interface settings (click your profile picture on the top right -> "Interface Settings").


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    23 May, 2019 00:18

    Can you add information on how to access Heroes please?

    23 May, 2019 19:24

    Hi! I wrote for the Guild release, when Heroes and the main World Anvil site were still separate things. That's no longer the case, so this character will soon be merged with the Getting started guide. As for your question, it really depends on which feature of "Heroes" you want to access. Basically, go to your World Anvil global dashboard ( and use the left sidebar to navigate between the different parts of the site. New features introduced with this update can be found in Characters and Campaigns.

    [they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
    23 May, 2019 20:55

    Understood. Thanks for the clarification.

    25 May, 2019 15:25

    Hi! Just making a quick check!   New Heroes interface looks awesome, good work! But I was wondering; well, I started here just short while ago, and I've just ran one game and one test run with old system. My players don't have accounts at this points, but it has gone fine - but can I expect any setbacks if they decide NOT to make heroes accounts? Can I still manage the games and all other features here as normal and drag player characters around in npc list or something? The Heroes doesn't recognise my players as protagonists anymore, as there is no users behind them yet, and I try to just make sure I can use all the features I can in our game next Saturday to take notes and find articles and such without a hassle if there is no players connected to my game. ^^

    Can I have a cookie? | Come and snoop around Melyria
    25 May, 2019 16:33

    Hi Tiirikka! So, with the new system, all PCs are required to have a player account behind them, so if you could have your players create the account and then a character, that would be the best option.   The workaround is creating all the characters yourself. Then, copy the invite link and access it once for each PC (make sure you activate the PCs, one by one). As a Master Worldsmith (thanks for the support!), the character limit should be enough for the whole party (unless it's a big one!), but of course, you will have less space for your own characters (NPCs don't count and are unlimited).   So yeah, there's a workaround but the best option is to have the players create the characters themselves.

    [they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
    25 May, 2019 19:05

    Alright! Thank you so much! x3

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    Candra Kirana
    3 Jun, 2019 09:32

    Hi, can I ask something? Can we import characters from worldbuilding to heroes?

    3 Jun, 2019 11:52

    Hi! That's not a feature right now, but maybe it will be in the future. PCs (and so characters with social profiles) can't have an article in the world. However, if you're a GM and create an NPC for the campaign, it will have an article (but not a social profile on Heroes).

    [they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
    22 Jun, 2019 23:02

    Hey there, I was wondering how you would go about deleting a Hero?

    23 Jun, 2019 11:29

    Go to the character profile -> Edit button -> red Delete Character button at the bottom of the page.

    [they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
    8 Aug, 2019 20:39

    How do you change the name of your world? It says that you can use a placeholder name and update it later, now I can't find where to do so.

    Frank Mutsaers
    10 Aug, 2019 15:13

    Go to the dashboard, you see the menu of your world, it starts with things like Summary, Articles, Categories, the last one is Configuration. That's the one you need. Click on it and you are at the page where you can change the name of your world (and change the Description/Introduction, Genre, RPG System. You can also chance your cover image. Good luck.

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    Joseph Paternoster
    29 Jan, 2020 04:07

    Hi! I was just wondering if it were possible to send messages from one NPC/Hero to another, I'm DMing a game at the moment and I though that would be a great way to track dialogue between characters!

    29 Jan, 2020 14:42

    I think so, but they are private (even for the DM), so I don't think it would really be useful to you. To do so, one of the players has to access the other player's character profile and click the "message" button.

    [they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
    7 Sep, 2020 23:20

    Can someone please inform me of the character limit in the Hero journal entries? I keep getting 404'd and can't find the limit number. thank you in advance. (the link from the codex to get to this page has a spelling mistake FYI)

    7 Sep, 2020 23:20

    "Connect Hereo Characters to World"

    8 Sep, 2020 10:14

    I don't think there's a character limit in journal entries! How many characters does it have? Also, make sure the entry doesn't have characters such as emojis, the editor doesn't like those.

    [they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
    5 Jan, 2021 06:45

    Hello, could you tell me how to add to the History tab on my RPG characters profile page? When I click "Edit", I get a personal history section under the Mentality tab, which is under the Extended Profile tab. When I fill this out and then click "Go to Character Profile, " all of that info ends up under the About tab, not the History tab.   Thank you,   Ryan

    5 Jan, 2021 11:00

    Hi! The History tab is populated automatically from the character's posts when you use the "achievement / life event" post type.   Hope this helps!

    [they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
    6 Jan, 2021 04:45

    Ahh, I see. Thank you very much!

    18 Jan, 2022 03:42

    I'm confused and concerned about PC visibility. When I encouraged all of my players to create their character profiles, character sheet blocks, and associate their character sheet blocks to their profiles, I operated under the presumption that only the sensible people (i.e., myself the GM and the specific player themself) would be able to see the very private details of their character sheet. I run campaigns in which PCs need to have their privacy from other PCs and let their traits and aspects unfold through the story... What we've discovered however is that now every player can see the details of every other player's profile and character sheet - which totally ruins the immersion for us as a party. I've had to take my game off of WA. I cannot find any combination of privacy settings that correct for this over-sharing... Any guidance?

    18 Jan, 2022 10:42

    Hi! When you have an active character, click the "Settings" option in the left sidebar. It will expand into four options, one of which is "Privacy". From there, you can toggle the visibility of the character profile and its sheet.   Let me know if you have any other questions!

    [they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
    27 Feb, 2022 00:09

    I'm the designer of a page and one of my player's can't access their character anymore that's on my world. How do I delete their character/ get them to NOT show up on the world page anymore?

    28 Feb, 2022 08:37

    Hi! You can delete a character by editing its profile and using the button in the "delete character" panel in the bottom right. If you just want to hide characters from your homepage, go to the world settings and uncheck the "Display List of Characters related to your campaigns on the World's homepage" checkbox.

    [they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
    28 Apr, 2022 15:19

    Hi, My search bar doesnt work, it keeps loading when I write in it. And if I press Enter it just take me back to the Heroes Home page.

    29 Apr, 2022 08:59

    Hi! Can you be a bit more specific? Which search bar and what do you mean when you say it keeps loading? Thanks!

    [they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.