We're doing a livestream tonight (May 4, 2019) on YouTube starting at 6 pm PDT (3 a.m. UTC on May 5) and ending at midnight (9 a.m. UTC). Corey and Lori will play partway through Quest for Glory III: Wages of War (aka Seekers of the Lost City) and answer questions. Roberta Vaughan is hosting and will be running contests and giving away several amazing prizes donated by Himalaya Studios, artists, and the Coles.
The stream is supposed to be at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJLMIcRLZWw. If you don't find it there, find the Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption channel on YouTube and look for the livestream there. We'll also be saving the entire livestream as a video so you can watch it later. Subscribe to the channel to keep up with all of our YouTube content posts.
While you're at it, subscribe to our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/TheSchoolForHeroes/ - to keep up with Hero-U projects including next year's Summer Daze at Hero-U.
We've also created a Discord server for discussion of our games and related topics. Join us at https://discord.gg/Z7dp47M. This will be our main discussion forum in the future.
Finally, after many requests, Corey and Lori have set up a Patreon page for fans who would like to help us afford to continue making games. We'll be posting a lot of unique content there including comics and articles from our 1980's fantasy gaming newsletter, The Spell Book. We'll also include articles from Corey and Lori's Quest Blog on the original School for Heroes website as well as new articles, artwork, and art photography.
The Patreon page is https://www.patreon.com/coreyloricole . Our tiers are $2/month, which will get you most of the Patreon material and access to a special Discord channel for patrons, and $10/month, which will also include a new desktop wallpaper each month and occasional special rewards.
This is a quick update; read the longer version at https://hero-u.com/leaders/valentine-treats/.
We're Shipping Game Boxes!
Game boxes and posters are going out! If you backed at a level that gets physical goods, you have probably gotten an email notice from Geekify.
If you’ve moved and haven’t updated your address on BackerKit, your package may end up in limbo, which will make everyone sad. There’s a small chance you can still fix that - Stop reading this and send your current address (along with your old address and email) to email@example.com right now! Then update it on BackerKit as well, please.
What we aren’t shipping yet: Autographed postcards and Yearbooks. We have the postcards, and just need to get to them - probably next week. Digital rewards remaining - the Making of Art Book and the Hint Book. We’ve decided to make the latter available on the https://www.hero-u.com website for everyone.
Lori and I have previously done two marathon livestreams on YouTube - a “slow play” of the first week or so of Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption and a live play with commentary of Hero’s Quest.
We’re doing it again. In less than six hours from when I post this, at 6:00 pm PST (0200 UTC), we will do a six-hour long live play of Quest for Glory II: Trial By Fire with contests and commentary. There’s more about the livestream in Lori’s news post (linked above). We hope you can come join us for at least a few minutes. After we’re done, the stream will become a YouTube video.
The Live Stream is at 6 pm PST on Feb. 14, 2019 at https://youtu.be/zL8NqHagZew. Or maybe somewhere else; we’re new to this streaming business. If we get moved, we should be able to post a comment at that URL with the correct place to join the stream.
A Time For Love
Love and relationships are a big deal in Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption. One of the most loving characters is Aeolus; he's a true romantic who can fall in love with anyone. Here's Maus Merryjest's take on one of his love songs for Esme:
Since launch, we've continued to improve Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption with content and combat improvements, bug fixes, and other new features. The latest "Patch 4" makes the Wraith Sorcerer combat more challenging and fixes some problems with Katie's quests and the Aeolus romance options.
We've also made a much-requested change to movement speed. While the standard walk, run, and sneak speed are designed to work best with the movement animation, some players prefer to be able to move faster through the hallways. The Options screen now has a Movement Speed slider that lets you customize character movement speed.
There's a detailed update on the patch over at the Hero-U news blog. Keep an eye on that page, because more updates are coming soon! We're already working on a Patch 5 that fixes some combat display and audio issues along with some incorrectly-displayed text messages. That will be a minor patch, likely coming next week.
Game Price Change
Last July, we launched Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption with little fanfare and not much of a marketing plan. I priced the game at $35 - unusually high for an indie game - for several reasons:
- Give our Kickstarter backers at the basic level the best possible deal
- Position Hero-U as a premium game like Quest for Glory
- Break-even on expenses with fewer sales
In contrast, a $15 or $20 price point:
- Matches other “premium indie games.”
- Encourages impulse buys
- Keeps player expectations reasonable
- “Primes the pump” with early sales
I took a position, made a guess, and got it wrong.
In hindsight, the arguments for the lower price should have been more compelling, and we’ve had very slow sales so far. Part of this is simply that the game market is extremely tough right now. Thousands of new games are released every month. We are also competing against heavily-discounted classic games, including our own. Players have tough decisions to make, and visibility is hard.
Today we are starting over. Rogue to Redemption is now $19.99 on all stores - Steam, GoG, the Mac App Store, and our web site. We are also preparing to launch on Fireflower Games in Europe.
There’s more! We’ve decided to include the Bestiary ebook as free DLC for all purchasers. For Kickstarter backers, I’ve added the Bestiary to all accounts that got the game.
We are also going to make the interactive hint book free on the Hero-U website.
If you have friends who were hesitant about trying Hero-U at the original price, please suggest that they take a fresh look at the game.
Geekify is handling fulfillment of the boxed games and other Kickstarter rewards. They are currently working with our Backerkit database to get everything shipped.
There are two exceptions - autographed postcards and the Yearbook. Lori and I have the postcards here, and will be autographing and sending them out soon. We printed extras, which we will make available on the Hero-U website.
I’ve mentioned previously the issues we’ve had with completing the Yearbook. We now have a designer who will help us get that done. We will get the assets to him soon, and plan on shipping autographed Yearbooks in April.
Keep an eye on the Hero-U “Leaders” news page for more updates - http://hero-u.com/leaders/.
Thank you for supporting Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption. The game would not exist without you. We’re excited to be delivering the final Kickstarter rewards even as we move forward to upcoming projects. We hope each of your New Years will be exciting, fun, and rewarding.