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Hero-U is a turn-based PC RPG with adventure game puzzles and immersive story, by the award-winning designers of Quest for Glory.
Hero-U is a turn-based PC RPG with adventure game puzzles and immersive story, by the award-winning designers of Quest for Glory.
Hero-U is a turn-based PC RPG with adventure game puzzles and immersive story, by the award-winning designers of Quest for Glory.
6,093 backers pledged $409,150 to help bring this project to life.

Baby Meep Stretch Goal and "Why A Rogue?"

Just when we were getting nervous, 260 new backers joined the team today and kicked us up to almost $302,000. $98,000 to go in a little under four days. We have over 4,500 backers now. Let's go for 6,500 before we close!

Just in case that seems too hard, here's the chart for Shadowrun Online - They were almost exactly where we are at this stage of their project, except their goal was $500,000. They went from 4,100 to 6,000 backers in the last two days, raising almost $100,000 each of those days.

I won't promise that Hero-U will do as well as Shadowrun Online at the end. We all have a lot of work to do in these last few days to let people know that "It's now or never!" But based on past projects, our chances look Very Good.

That makes it time to announce our First Stretch Goal if Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption reaches $500,000 in funding. Drumroll, please...

(NOTE: Staff, sheep, and ribbon not included, subject to Artist Whim.)

The Meep That Came Out of the Woodwork

As we approach the Outer Limits of our goal, we begin to look around the hidden nooks and crannies of Hero University. There among the woodwork hide some of the rather odd furry creatures we know as "Meeps". (Think of Tribbles with legs, eyes, and very sharp teeth.) Most of them are shy, and avoid the students and school staff.

But what's this? One little baby Meep seems to have formed an attachment to Shawn. Or at least, it will form an attachment if we reach our first Stretch Goal at $500,000. The baby meep will be Shawn's unreliable companion – Sometimes following him, and sometimes running off on its own.

Meeps require a lot of care. You'll have to feed this one, pet it, and generally treat it with care. If you do, you will have a loyal (though strange) companion to help you explore the catacombs. Of course, it might alert monsters to your presence just when you thought you were sneaky. On the other hand, it might distract an enemy long enough for you to get by it, set a trap, or sneak up behind it.

Just remember the Roger Rabbit rule: "You mean you could have done that at any time?" "Not any time! Only when it's funny!"

In addition to the Companion Meep, if we reach the $500,000 stretch goal, we will be able to add more art and content to the game. Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption will become an even richer experience.

Can A Rogue Even Be A Hero?

Some of you may wonder why we chose the Rogue class for our first Hero-U game. Of all the fantasy game archetypes, the Rogue or Thief is usually considered the least heroic.

That's exactly why we decided to start with Shawn. He's an "unlikely Hero." Think of the game subtitle, "Rogue to Redemption". This game gives you – the player – a chance to experience Shawn's redemption, or to see what happens if you fail to redeem him. There is no greater Hero than one who starts out as a scoundrel.

I talked about Rogue Heroes in my "Hero on the Ropes" Quest Log article (the full article is at Here's a brief excerpt:

Some famous Rogue Heroes include James Bond, Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and Robin Hood. Note that we only listed fictional ones. The real ones are too good at disguising their Roguishness. African and Native American mythology prominently feature "trickster gods" (Anansi the spider and Coyote) in devious roles. In the old Greek stories, Prometheus was a Rogue when he stole fire from the gods and gave it to man. So Rogues have been around for a long, long time.

Rogues know that when you do things "by the book," you get mediocre results. They strive for exceptional results by breaking the book, tearing out the pages, and using them for something more practical, like ransom notes or toilet paper. They tend to do things indirectly, because direct action is too easily countered. And boring. Rogues have a problem with boredom.

Heroic Rogues go a step farther. They may break the rules – or even laws they consider stupid – but they always have a Heroic goal in mind. Spiderman isn't concerned with reading criminals their Miranda Rights. He leaves that to the authorities… and stays away from those authorities himself.

So Shawn is an unlikely hero, but he comes from a long tradition of troublemaking heroes. And he will have just as hard a time of it as most of them did.

Backer Art and Testimonial

Jon Cassou sent us this nice illustration and letter:

I am a huge fan of the Quest for Glory games! I first played the games via the Quest for Glory Anthology back when I was 9, and I fell in love with the games ever since! I've always enjoyed the storytelling of the games, the more natural and intuitive speech system (Ask about... Greet, barter, etc.), the witty and random humour, the extremely customizable character creation system, and the fast-paced action combat system! And after finding out that both you and Lori were pitching the Kickstarter campaign (funny enough, near my birthday), I REALLY got hyped!

So far, Hero-U looks to be a fantastic series! I really can't wait for when Rogue to Redemption begins production! I believe you'll make it to the pledge goal soon!

Thanks, Jon, for the great drawing and for supporting Hero-U.


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    1. Cassandra on November 17, 2012

      Come on people, we can blow past the minimum goal to fund this thing and get a cute little meepy sidekick in the process! I am ridiculously intrigued by the possibility of a baby meep assistant. Even if it will occasionally be more of a hindrance than a help. Probably especially because it will be unpredictably both of those things. :D I wonder if it will be a green meep...

    2. Oscar Tong on November 17, 2012

      Heh heh, I named my Fighter (later Paladin) Chaz in QfG. :P But that was because I lacked the creativity to think of my own names, so I ripped off the name of the hero of "Phantasy Star IV". XD

    3. Egamruf on November 17, 2012

      Why so it is; now I feel a bit foolish.

    4. Maus Merryjest AGL589 on November 17, 2012

      I am a bard, but I have no objections to playing a rogue. After all, make-believe is what the bard does best ;)

    5. Markus on November 17, 2012

      Love the characterization of rogues. Let's use kicktraq for toilet paper and beat the 400k!

    6. Chaz the Paladin on November 17, 2012

      @Egamruf That already exists in the add-ons. You can add an additional digital copy for $18. Top up your pledge for $18 then at the end a survey will be sent out and you can let them know that the extra $18 was to reserve another copy. Check out the other add-ons too and see if anything there appeals to you. You can also pre-order the next game in the series, buy a digital key for one of the team's other games, or purchase a meep of your very own. The list is on the main page, just scroll down a ways.

    7. Egamruf on November 17, 2012

      Any chance of adding a level at, say, $40.00 which could give you an additional digital keys I don't really want this one to fail, but I also don't want any of the other perks - I'd probably consider backing a 'two digital copies' option with the thought of giving the other one to someone later on.

      Alternatively, for people who back high-ish levels, could you have a post-kickstarter backer survey that would achieve the same thing (ala the Reaper Miniatures survey).

    8. Rinu on November 17, 2012

      Aww, I so want a meep like unreliable tamagochi-like companion :3,

    9. Darklord on November 17, 2012

      Who doesn't enjoy rifling through other peoples treasure chests? I know I do! :-D

    10. Gavin Lambert - Tormented Dreamer on November 17, 2012

      I *always* play a rogue class first, whenever I can. :)

    11. Jog, OOoE / EiT / WoOS on November 17, 2012

      I think (ab)using academy like a "boot camp" for a junior thief is a great idea, especially when we have the opportunity to be a wolf in sheep's clothing. This is the little twist that makes the whole idea of a hero academy exciting for me, just imagine the possibilities of a rogue among all these would-be-wizards and paladins-in-training.

    12. Blackstaff on November 17, 2012

      Can't say I wish anyone to go through what SRO was for us. :) Backers have only one heart you know ?

      But I sure wish to have my lightning meep with my rogue :)

    13. ☜☆RSF☆☞ on November 17, 2012

      First!! haha But more to the point.. $500K or bust! :D