A Vote of Confidence
First, the news. Two new interviews came online yesterday, and more are on the way.
New interview in Alternative Magazine Online: http://alternativemagazineonline.co.uk/2012/11/12/interview-in-conversation-with-corey-lori-cole-hero-u-rogue-to-redemption-kickstarter/
Interview by Liam Dawe in Gaming On Linux: http://www.gamingonlinux.com/index.php?threads/q-a-with-hero-us-corey-lori-cole.1153/
The creators of "Make Leisure Suit Larry come again!" (http://kck.st/Haj4Fx) and "Two Guys SpaceVenture" (http://kck.st/JdMvCc) mentioned Hero-U in their most recent project updates. I'll be telling you more about these two great games, and Jane Jensen's "Moebius" (http://kck.st/HejXwb), in another update. For now, I'll just mention that they are all projects by former Sierra On-Line game designerts that have completed their successful Kickstarters. They're now making exciting new games that you should support because you will enjoy them.
We are moving into our final week. We will pass 3,700 backers and $240,000 today. That's 60% of our goal. Both numbers are trending upwards as more people hear about Hero-U and take the important step of backing the project.
Your Support Is a Vote of Confidence
Each backer is casting a vote. When you vote for a political candidate, you aren't voting for any particular agenda. You are saying, "I trust this candidate to represent me fairly."
When you "vote" by supporting the Hero-U project, you are doing two things – You are saying that you like the concept of the project, and you are casting a vote of confidence in the game's creators. You believe we will make games you want to play.
Lori and I express ourselves in every game we write. Our players learn something about us from each one – Our belief in Heroes, our emphasis on the individual, our view that everything in a game must make sense in context, our styles of dramatic and humorous writing, and much more.
By supporting Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption, you are helping us create this game, and you are also saying that you want to see what we will come up with next. Having played or heard about our previous games, you are saying, "I like what I see, and I want to see more." You are giving Lori and me both the means and the call to action for us to return to the game industry.
We assure you that we still have a lot of important things to say in our games. They will be fun, but they also just might make a difference in your life. We have received hundreds of emails about how our games have helped players, and they are a large part of why we are using Hero-U to make adventure/role-playing games again. We think our games are actually important, and these letters say that our fans agree. Here are a few recent ones.
The Heroic Difference
Dimitris Doukas wrote:
Hi Corey, I wish you good luck on this project, I'm so glad that the people whose work I enjoyed so much as a kid are making a comeback and can create games that matter once again.
I grew up in Greece, an ordinary Greek kid whose parents bought him a 486 computer. Through search an exploration of my own I discovered the magic of Sierra's and LucasArt's games and I think that in part they made me who I am today. Contrary to the trend of the industry, your games were important to the people that engaged with them.
One I'm keeping anonymous since a health condition is involved:
Let me tell you a little bit about my time with the "Quest for Glory" series. I have Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. If you know anything about Asperger's, you can imagine how social interaction was (and still is) not my strong point, to put it mildly. When I was playing "Quest for Glory III", one day, I noticed properly greeting and saying goodbye to other characters raised the hero's Honor statistic (at least, I *think* it did). Eventually, I started doing the same to imitate the hero. So, there you have it. Your little game taught me a basic social skill.
Alexander Freed (a writer on the SW:tOR team) wrote:
I've worked as a fiction writer for about a decade now, largely in the world of video games. I won't say I wouldn't be doing this without Quest for Glory (or Hero's Quest, as my ten-year-old self will always think of it), but those games absolutely shaped my sense of what was possible in an interactive narrative.
Breaking down plots with other writers, I've repeatedly used Trial by Fire as an example of the Right Way to generate player emotional investment in a city setting--not just by giving the player quests involving a place's residents and history, but by creating a large and rich supporting cast with attitudes that evolve slowly and subtly. Other games have tried it, of course, but few have executed it as well.
Shadows of Darkness remains one of my touchstones for how to give a player the chance to make All Things Right--not requiring it, but allowing players who want the happiest ending for everyone to actually achieve it. (Yes, I saved the Rusalka.)
To this day, I'm still comforted by how few "bad guys" the series had (Ad Avis and the Demon Wizard are the only ones who spring to mind)--my bleeding heart wishes there more modern games that didn't insist on having a Guy You Hate and Kill.
All this is to say: Thank you. I loved Quest for Glory. I still do. I wouldn't hesitate to call it an important influence in my life and career.
Best wishes with Hero-U, and I hope you find great success. I'm sure it will be a challenge to do independently, but I hope it's also an opportunity to craft the game you want to make. You've certainly earned it.
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DFA (Doctor of Fine Arts): You will be featured on an in-game painting. When players click on it, they will see your chosen name, image (this could be you, a favorite character, pet, or other approved image, converted by our artists to look like other in-game portraits), and humorous description. You also receive all of the benefits of a Master Rogue, You will have a listing including your chosen image in the yearbook, and of course will receive an autographed copy of the physical edition. We will send you a canvas art print of your in-game "portrait" in addition to the school art print, and you will be one of the proud few to complete a graduate school education at Hero-U. We'll also provide you with the secret location and key to the Faculty Lounge. (Other players will be able to break in later in the game.)Estimated delivery:Add $40 USD to ship outside the US
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