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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.

A World Full of Heroes

Loyal Backers and Other Readers,

I am excerpting a second of my Quest Log article ("A World Full of Heroes - The Power of We") because, first, I think it's important. And second, it may help you understand why our games are more than just games.  After the excerpt, one of our top-level backers explains why she made the decision to commit a large amount to this campaign.

Why do Lori and I make games about Heroes? It's because we think the world needs more Heroes, and that playing games the focus on heroism is a small start. The characters in our games start out pretty ordinary, but as they work and learn and grow, they become better. When they commit themselves to heroic goals, they slowly discover that they can achieve those goals.

We can be Heroes too.

Where do soldiers, firemen, policemen, philanthropists, charity volunteers, and other real-life heroes come from? They all start out as ordinary people - some rich, some poor, most middle-class - and they commit to higher goals. They set their sights on noble goals, join a team, and work their tails off to gain the skills they need to succeed.

You and I and each of us can do the same. It takes commitment, follow-through, and the “power of we”.

A World of Heroes

Imagine a world full of heroes. It starts out as one or two individuals saying, “Things aren’t right. Someone should do something about that. I guess it’s up to me.”

Then they get together and realize that two people working together can accomplish more than two individuals alone. So they talk to others and share what they’ve learned. Pretty soon, someone else stands up and say, “You know, if they could do it, maybe so can I.” And then there are three.

And four. And a dozen. Slowly the word spreads, and more people join the cause. They aren’t all Heroes at first, but when they commit to doing good, they’ve taken the first step to becoming Heroes themselves.

And maybe you and I read, and listen, and say, “These people need help. How can they take on all the world’s troubles themselves?” And each of us has a choice - We can sit back, and keep complaining, and do nothing. Or we can take those first small steps ourselves. We can commit to joining the movement, doing Good whenever we can, and working towards becoming Heroes ourselves.

Because there is no Superman, or Batman, in our world. And there’s only one Chuck Norris. But there are a lot of ordinary people working to do good deeds, one small task at a time. Every time someone does Good - even it’s not a big, scary, Heroic action - it makes our world a little better.

The Power of We

Every time *you* do good, you make the world *and yourself* a little better. You become part of the hidden team, the people who care, the people who would rather be Heroes than lie back and ignore the evil around them.

That’s what “the power of We” is all about. A whole lot of people who take a stand and strive to do things that matter... That can be the difference from a world that suffocates under its own pollution, starves to death because it has exhausted its natural resources, or lives in fear under the iron hand of despotic rulers. We won’t stand for that world; we can’t allow it.

And that means we all - each one of us as individuals and many of us working together - must become Heroes. The world needs more Heroes, and if you and I do not heed the call, who will answer for us? It’s up to us and the Power of We.

Katherine Owen On Backing at the Highest Tier

Dear Fellow Backers of Rogue to Redemption,

I am one of the proud Philanthropist level backers (the one who bumped up from High Roller yesterday). I haven’t written anything about my particular pledge level to date but as Hero-U hits the final push to reach its funding target, I thought I would just share a few reasons why I have chosen to back it in such a serious way.

Quest for Glory was an important part of my childhood. The game I played for so many hours, days, weeks, months…the one that kept me coming back through my teens, my twenties and, eventually, the first part of my thirties. I wasn’t crazy, nor was it the case to say I didn’t play other games or indeed have other hobbies besides the computer. I was a very serious musician who later chose to become a professional violinist. This series was special. The kind of game that can change your outlook, make you think…the game that literally changed my life. I’ve read so many other similar stories across forums, I know it had a positive and lasting effect on many people.

Something that also changed my life, though with much less of a positive effect, was a car accident back in 2003. It has left me struggling with chronic pain and increasing disability, infecting every single corner of my life.

Still… In 2004 I decided to play Quest for Glory again to lift my spirits. An internet search led me to the How to be a Hero website and I was finally able to meet Lori and Corey Cole. That was a singularly awesome experience for a long-time fan. Through a difficult part of my life, struggling to come to terms with pain and the need to find new directions, this reconnection with the game of my youth somehow directed my energies into teaching and helping others.

Fast-forward another eight years. I still have the same physical problems, but I have spent years in a profession that I love, helping young people to grow and develop, gain confidence and see opportunities each and every one of us can take to make the world a better place. In so many small ways, you can be a Hero: Lori and Corey taught me that.

So, I have used a portion of the money I received as compensation for my accident to help fund this and a couple of other Kickstarter projects, some charities and local opportunities for young musicians; although something horrible happened to me, I now have the ability to support the causes that are close to my heart. I am tremendously honoured to have pledged to this game; I believe it will live up to all of our expectations, and I look forward to the next three days as we hopefully push Hero-U over the line.

My backer level is something I could NEVER have afforded previously. Some might choose to invest that portion of money in something that will return dividends to provide some security later in life. I'm doing that to an extent, also. But by investing in opportunities and projects that matter, ones I feel will genuinely make the world a better place, I see that as an investment in the future of humanist and the dividends will be beyond worth. (By the way, I am not religious, just a humanist. One who likes beagles...not sure what you'd call that). All of us believe in this project and invest what we can reasonably afford.

People often reach old age and regret opportunities missed. I am determined not to miss out on the opportunity of helping this game become a reality. It might sound far-fetched to say that Hero-U will change the world. But it could, simply by virtue of changing the lives of individual people in any number of small ways.

Also...there are uber-cool rewards at each tier. Why not consider bumping up your pledge today?

 - Katherine Owen

Thank you, Katherine! Stories like yours inspired us to create the How to Be a Hero and School for Heroes sites, and they are the reason we want to make Hero-U now. Our #1 rule is, "The player must have fun," but close behind that is, "Our games must give players meaning and value." As long as it's fun. :-)

 - Corey Cole


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      Travis on November 18, 2012

      It is an honor to receive a reply from you Mr. Cole! If you feel my little story will be of help in the next update, please feel free to use it :) And while it might seem a little over the top to think a game is saving the world, rest assured that message you have sent through those games influenced many of us as children, inspiring us to be inquisitive about the world around us and pointing us to do the right thing in other aspects of our lives. (Although I did have fun with the thief now and then lol). I'm sure you will achieve that same spirit with Hero U!

      And Katherine, your story was even more inspiring to me, I never intended to type out anything about my experience with the Cole's games, I was just going to be a silent contributor. But your story, about how a game can help one recover from physical and emotional scars, inspired me to write that out. So thanks to you again!

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      Remi D. Finjord on November 18, 2012

      Thank you for the wonderful and touching stories, I bumped my pledge up a level. :)

    3. Katherine Owen - AGL 589 on November 18, 2012

      @Lori - in case Brian doesn't make it back to this page, he was Arkayanon.

    4. Joe Amon on November 18, 2012

      Thank you, Corey and Katherine, for sharing so deeply and honestly.

      Pledge upped. :)

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      Thomas Murphy
      on November 18, 2012

      Pledge increased! Hero's Quest: So You Want to Be a Hero defined my childhood! I played the original release that my brother got and the game drove me to learn how to read and type...
      Now I hope to have my very own meep!
      Best of luck to you Corey and Lori!

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      Mihail on November 18, 2012

      Thank you for sharing this touching story Katherine. It i a wonderful feeling that my love for the game is shared by such awesome people as yourself!

      If to look back then there definitely were moments of returning back to the world of this game just to experience some of the uplifting experience it carries. Now that you mention it, it would be great to see some remakes of the older games from QFG series so that the new generation will be able to experience them too, not just those of us who knows the somewhat secret path back to that world through DOSbox. But that is too much to ask from Corey and Lori at the moment, and for now, i just want to see the magic happen again in the form of Hero U, to see a beautiful creation from the masters again.

      I had the pledge at 50, and upped it to 65 now. So that Katherine sees the new game! =)

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      jh on November 18, 2012

      Pledge upped!

    8. Katherine Owen - AGL 589 on November 18, 2012

      Travis, that was so moving it brought tears to my eyes.

    9. Corey Cole 2-time creator on November 18, 2012

      Thanks for the great story, Travis. Lori says I should put it in the next Update, since most of our backers won't make it back to this page.

      I get embarrassed writing about "heroism" and my games in the same breath - We aren't exactly saving the world by writing a game - but that spirit is in everything we design and write. We ask ourselves questions such as, "What is the message we're sending if we do things this way?" Then we change it if we don't like the answer. Unless we're talking about finding something for a Thief character to do. :-) The people you kill and rob in the forest are Bad Guys, and they'll get you if you don't get them first, so I think that part is defensible.

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      Travis on November 18, 2012

      I upped my pledge by $55 yesterday before reading this, but it was an inspiring story none the less! I would pledge more if I could, but that's all I can afford!

      Quest for Glory (it was Hero Quest when I started playing!) was not the first video game I played in my life but it was my first PC game and the first game I truly loved. I was only 8 or so when my family bought QFG so I used to sit next to my dad, wrapped in a blanket on cold winter nights, and we'd play together. It was great for my early writing and typing practice with all the "ask about..." and "look at..." questions and statements. This was also right after he recovered from cancer, so it was a great time for us to be together again and share such a wonderful adventure after I spent the better part of a year worried he might not survive. When I'd go to work with him over school breaks I remember we'd talk and strategize all day about what we'd do next.

      I've remained a gamer (I'm 30 now) all these years and I've played hundreds of games, many of them I've long forgotten. Most are very similar with uninteresting stories and uninspiring game play. But QFG was so outstandingly constructed, I still remember it as if it was something that happened to me in real life. The amount of depth and care the Cole's put into the series remains unparalleled, all the little jokes and the amazing feeling of discovery like when you first stumble on the dryad, or discover a fairy circle in a scary forest at night (boy did I learn not to eat wild mushrooms from that zone lol). It makes the heart quicken, something rarely achieved in a game these days. Thus I can't wait to see what the Cole's have in store for us with Hero U!

      Thank you Cole's, for creating these beautiful little worlds and I hope this new game project gets funded so we can all experience more meaningful adventures.

    11. krist2 - Weresheepherder of Original Sin on November 18, 2012

      Great update, upped to 50 dollars, choose the 35 tier :-)

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      FireLite on November 18, 2012

      Thank you for sharing this touching story Katherine, pledge increased!

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      Jack The Shark on November 18, 2012

      I loved this update.
      I live in a country where every day I find out that what you wrote is true.
      I wish that heroism would come always out of decision.
      But sometimes it comes out because of circumstance.

      I love your games and what they represent. And I know I am not the only one here.

      Can't wait to play Hero-U!

    14. Lori Cole on November 18, 2012

      Hey, Brian... who were you at "How to be a Hero?"

    15. Kelsey Gardner on November 18, 2012

      This really made me want to up my pledge. I added the $18 for another copy of the game in the hopes that I can share the experience with a friend. Here's hoping others do the same. :)

    16. David How on November 18, 2012

      Amazing story Katherine, Pledge Increased!

    17. Brian Holder on November 18, 2012

      Darla, I'm glad to know that you're a part of this. Now I feel urged to let some of the other old students know about this if they don't already.