Funded! This project was successfully funded on November 20, 2012.

Update #1

Hero-U Update #1 - Our Backers Rock!

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First of all, you guys rock! Over 800 backers and $60,000 in pledges on our first day, in about 9 hours! We really appreciate your support and vote of confidence in our game project.

There is another way you can help Hero-U succeed, and that's to share the news with your friends. Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Work, School, Gaming – Let them know that you are excited about our new game, and ask them to check out the project at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1878147873/hero-u-rogue-to-redemption.

Whether they choose to become backers or not doesn't matter. Our goal is to have as many people as possible look at the project description, maybe watch our homemade video, and learn about the game.

Oh, and ask them to tell their friends too, if they like what they see!

Hundreds of thousands of people have played our previous games, and we worry that many of them won't hear about the Hero-U Kickstarter drive in time to join us in this great crowdfunding experiment.

Project Changes

Thanks to feedback from our backers, we have made a few changes:

  • We rearranged the project description to put the details above the reward images
  • We added a FAQ with the first three frequently-asked questions
  • We added a new $1,050 tier because the $1,000 tier sold out so quickly (Wow!)

Concept vs. Final Art

Most of you understand that games are developed using "placeholder art", but I am adding this since we've seen some complaints about the "test dungeon" art in the video.  In previous games, we sometimes represented a character with a grey box or a red "X".  The "game images" you see in this Kickstarter project are all placeholders.  Some of them are really beautiful placeholders, but they may or may not be representative of final game art.

In particular, the 2D top-down image included in the video is a concept piece.  That is the point of view you will have in the game, but the actual image is a placeholder.  The actual Hero-U game will give you the freedom of movement and tactical actions that the top down view allows, but it will be carefully crafted to look Really Nice in the game.  As it is, our prototype is way nicer than boxes and X's. :-)

We will also have closeups of characters for dialogue and combat, and beautiful background screens for key scenes.  The number of background screens we can afford will be partially dependent on the budget we raise from this Kickstarter project.

We will share more concept art, design notes, and other information about the game in future updates.  We will also have links to press coverage and our blogs, testimonials from backers, and Other Cool Stuff.  Thank you for reading this!

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      Creator Corey Cole on October 22, 2012

      @Joe: Yes, we will allow those add-ons. I'm not quite sure technically how to list it. We originally planned an all-digital tier that would have all of the previous game keys, but we're trying to keep down to a reasonable number of tiers and avoid confusion between them.

      It looks as though we will be adding a few tiers.

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      Creator Joe Amon on October 21, 2012

      If I may make a suggestion...
      would it be possible to add the digital keys to the previous games (MacGuffin's Curse, Jolly Rover, the complete Quest for Glory collection) as a $15 add on for lower pledge levels? I suggest this for totally selfish reasons: I want to own all three keys and live outside the US, so I would have to pledge alot more than I intend to pledge, and get some rewards I'm not interested in, to get those three keys.

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      Creator Joe Amon on October 20, 2012

      You had me at "People who made Quest for Glory are making another game." :)
      Here's hoping this starts another great franchise!

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      Creator Amadeu Pumar on October 20, 2012

      Very cool to see over 1,100 backers and $75,000 pledged. I'm downloading the Quest for Glory package from GoG just so I can play the games again.

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      Creator Storm Blade on October 20, 2012

      I remember that moment, when i first played Quest for Glory. I said to myself " King Quest with levelling, awesome!!!"

      This is such a treasure game. I have no doubt about Hero-U.

      I am in for sure .

      Just let me get 2 more paychecks

      lol

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      Creator Joris on October 20, 2012

      A new game from the creators of Quest for Glory?
      Woohoo !

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      Creator Roger H ☜☆☞ Mighty No. 1337 ☜☆☞ on October 20, 2012

      Almost 1000 backers now in less than a day!

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      Creator Dablue on October 20, 2012

      Ewe rock too!

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      Creator Mark on October 20, 2012

      How could I not? I still play Quest for Glory on a regular basis ever since i bought it for my Amiga 500 about 20 years ago :D

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