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

Update #18

The Real Heroes of Hero-U

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We are now in the final week of the Hero-U Kickstarter project, and it's a nailbiter. As I write this, we're about to reach 3,800 backers and we're just short of $250,000 towards the $400,000 we need. 6 days and 12 hours remain to raise the final $150,000. Fortunately, we have a dedicated team of Heroes, and it's growing fast - You, the backers!

At first, Lori and I thought we might create a small Kickstarter project to write some paper RPG modules or a book. Our fans wanted more – They kept urging us to make a new adventure/RPG computer game. Then Michael started collecting press contacts and researching other projects. Andrew showed us a way to get the game done, and introduced us to Ryan, Eriq, and Paul. Eriq brought in additional artists and our 2-person team was up to 10 – enough to make a real game.

We did our best to get off to a strong start, setting up press releases and interviews before the project even went live. Eriq and his team made a number of cute illustrations for the campaign and initial concept art for the game. Even at that stage, it took more than two people to get the project running. Note that everyone on the team has volunteered their time so far. That's a pretty big deal; thank you!

A Team of Many

Our team is no longer limited to ten – Now we have hundreds or thousands working to make this project happen. Those are you, our backers! Many of you have stepped up to show how much you want us to make Hero-U. You've been visiting web sites and forums, talking about the game on Facebook, tweeting about it, and spreading the word.

Without your huge grass-roots effort, we would have no chance of funding Hero-U. With you, the odds are finally tilting in our favor.

We are proud, amazed, and delighted at the way so many of you have stepped up to the challenge of completing our funding effort. You are all part of the Hero-U team!

How You Can Help

Some of our backers have collected a long list of interviews, articles, forum posts, and other links relevant to the Hero-U campaign. Here is the full list on Christiana's wonderful Quest for More Glory site: http://www.questformoreglory.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=3155

Every one of you can help the project in just a few minutes of your time by visiting these links and "upvoting" them. Help the Hero-U project get to the front page of Reddit, 1Up, and other sites.

We have less than a week left, and we need everyone to pitch in just a little bit. Share a few of these links on Facebook, Google+, and other social sites so that your friends know what you're supporting and what is special about Rogue to Redemption.

With your help, we can reach thousands more potential Hero-U backers, and this project will become a reality!

Video Testimonial - What to Expect from Hero-U

This a two-part from Brad Herbert. We tried to include these in the first Update, but had technical issues. Part one talks about the innovations we introduced in Quest for Glory, Lori's and my first video games:

Part 2 is about the Hero-U project, and why it should be funded:

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      Creator Simon on November 14, 2012

      Well, fund wise, I could pledge higher. But, with other expenses besides Kickstarter out there, I can't really justify raising my pledge. Still, I'm confident we'll hit the goal. We still have the momentum and, while I hate the fact we'll probably get it on the last day, I don't see this one failing.

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      Creator Matthew on November 14, 2012

      I'd love to pledge higher but I am completely broke right now. I wonder if this is the same for other interested people who have already pledged what they had available to the other amazing kickstarter projects that were launched this year.

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      Creator Ratatoskr- Battle Squirrel of the AGL589 on November 14, 2012

      I like the autumn theme and that fits with Thanksgiving anyway so I wouldn't change it. They may have been thinking more the specific Halloween stuff like the witches' hats and things, but I wouldn't worry about it too much- I was just passing the suggestion along.

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      Creator Corey Cole on November 14, 2012

      Actually, we think of it as a "Fall theme" encompassing harvest festivals, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. But I'll look into Halloween-specific pieces we should pull. There might be some color issues, as the artists retinted all of the other tiers to match the Autumn theme.

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      Creator Ratatoskr- Battle Squirrel of the AGL589 on November 14, 2012

      Nice update. Although one person did mention on the comments page that it might be time to swap out some of the Halloween artwork since it's been 2 weeks and sadly they might be right. I thought I'd mention it here since the idea has been lost in the shuffle over there already.

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      Creator Corey Cole on November 14, 2012

      Rephrased, it was slightly confusing, thanks. :-)

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      Creator Muttala on November 14, 2012

      Corey, should be 150k left only (not 250k) and very near to your dream ^_^, all the best...

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