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

Update #29

PayPal Store and Meeting Tonight

Yesterday was "Thanksgiving Day" in the U.S., and we are very thankful for all our wonderful fans and supporters.  Thank you again, everyone!  We are very excited about moving from the uncertainty of the Kickstarter phase to the chaos and overtime of the design and production phases.  Most (99%) of the payments from backers have cleared, and we will have access to funds in about two weeks.

I will start sending Backer Surveys in the next few days so that you can provide a shipping address, tell us which add-ons you want, and so on. If your rewards include keys to previous games, we will try to get those out in December.

Meeting Tonight

Lori and I will host a meeting tonight at 8 pm EST (Saturday 1 am GMT). Visit http://www.anymeeting.com/HeroU1 at that time and enter your name, location, and email to attend.  This is a free site and we haven't used it before, so we'll all learn as we go.  Up to 200 people can get in to the meeting, there is a chat window to ask questions, and you can visit the site later to hear the recording.

Post-Kickstarter Store

We now have a PayPal page for people who missed, or were unable to contribute to, the Kickstarter.  It allows you to back the project with reward tiers identical to the Kickstarter $20 - $500 tiers.  We will also add a Donate button soon if you just want to contribute.

Visit - or send your friends to - the Hero-U KS Store at http://www.hero-u.net/get-hero-u.html#storetop. You can purchase with a PayPal account or with any major credit card through PayPal.  All purchases made at the KS Store through February will count towards project stretch goals.

We are not selling add-ons through the store at this time.  We will be adding a separate page for them later.  For now, there are some school-related items available at http://www.cafepress.com/herobazaar. Purchases at the Hero Bazaar are print on demand, so you will get them quickly, but we can't count them towards project stretch goals.

Partner Projects That You Will Enjoy

Some people have the idea that there is a "gaming pie" (mmm, pumpkin), and one slice of it for all the adventure game sales.  So if a lot of people buy one adventure game, all the others suffer.  To this I say, "Stuff(ing) and nonsense!"  Each successful adventure game gives players more fun and helps the rest of us too.  So please support these games if you can.

There is still time to back the Shadowgate CRPG. They are almost at their goal with 56 hours left - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zojoi/shadowgate.

The other three games I will mention were all successfully funded on Kickstarter, and are being created by "Sierra On-Line Alumni".  Ken Williams got behind us because we are part of "the rebirth of the spirit of Sierra".  All of us made fun games in the 90's, and now we're showing you what we can do with modern computers. (We give thanks for not having to ship a game on 8 floppy disks!)

The folks at Replay Games, and especially Josh Mandel, gave us a lot of valuable publicity towards reaching our goal. They are making a new and improved version of Leisure Suit Larry 1 over at https://www.replaygamesinc.com/.

We also got some big boosts from SpaceVenture, the new game by Space Quest creators Mark Crowe and Scott Murphy.  You can back their new game at http://guysfromandromeda.com/paypal-reward-tiers-spaceventure/.

Jane Jensen - designer of the Gabriel Knight games - has a new game studio, Pinkerton Road. Her first new game is Moebius, and she has several other games planned.  You can join her CSG (Community Supported Gaming) group at http://pinkertonroad.com/join-csg/.

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      Creator John Garretson on November 26, 2012

      Thanks Corey. I feel better knowing I didn't miss out on any important info!

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      Creator Corey Cole on November 25, 2012

      @John: Not really. We thanked people and we answered questions on a variety of topics. I thought there would be an automatic recording, but if so, the location isn't obvious. I'll ask Lori to check on that.

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      Creator John Garretson on November 24, 2012

      For those of us at work during the meeting, did we miss anything critical?

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      Creator Corey Cole on November 24, 2012

      @Rata: Fixed, the store works now, and we've added a Donate button for people who want to contribute to the project without pledging. (It's useful, for example, if you made a small Kickstarter pledge, but want to donate more to help us improve the game.)

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      Creator Ratatoskr- Battle Squirrel of the AGL589 on November 24, 2012

      Thought I should mention that the paypal buttons on the main page currently take me to a 404 Error message. So you might want to fix that.

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      Creator TheChosenOne on November 24, 2012

      @twin; No.

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      Creator Maus Merryjest AGL589 on November 24, 2012

      Aw, blast! I missed it!
      Pouting commences in 4..3...2... ;)

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      Creator Corey Cole on November 24, 2012

      @Rinu: Thanks - I redirected the store page. I worked on that all evening yesterday and never noticed the page I was editing wasn't the one to which I'd linked. :-)

      Ref 99%: Curiously, that's both the dollar amount ($4045.89) and the backers (61). The actual dollar amount we've received so far is slightly better (90.40%) than the 90% we expected. We'll probably end up between 90.5% and 91%. I think the Banner Saga also reported 1% bad pledges, and that's what I used for my estimate.

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      Creator Palindrome Bob-XSF-I'm in AGL589-AA496 on November 23, 2012

      Been a backer at those three other Sierra-alumni too, 'relics' of my presence on the last two can still be seen in my KS-name and sig I fly when at home (and sometimes copy/paste when at work). Congratulations on the 99%. Can I say: 'We are the 99% now?'
      ### Member of the Pinkerton Road Cavalry ###

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      Creator twincast: Eternally Tormented Mangy WoOS on November 23, 2012

      @TCO: Maybe to keep out spammers? /wildguess

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      Creator Kurt on November 23, 2012

      Thanks for all the links regarding former Sierra people and their new projects and remakes. Great to see so much adventure game support. If only someone would do a Phantasmagoria 3, because I'd be all over that. :) Either way I can't wait to play Hero-U and the artwork for it looks amazing.

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      Creator Rinu on November 23, 2012

      By the way, may I suggest to add PayPal link on this page too? http://www.hero-u.net/KS-store

      A random visitor can bump into it and be confused by an absence of clickable link to the service.

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      Creator JuanitaD-ArmikrogArmyGoat @ AGL589+$4.96 on November 23, 2012

      @S.D. - Since I pledged such a high tier on this one, I actually called my credit card company and gave them a heads up that a huge charge was coming through, so security wouldn't jump on it and stop it. THAT'S how much I want this game! And yes, 99% is an amazing feat!

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      Creator JuanitaD-ArmikrogArmyGoat @ AGL589+$4.96 on November 23, 2012

      @Serena - While I personally agree with you, that might make those FPS players move from virtual shooting to real shooting. It's probably best to let them have at least a few games. :D

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      Creator S.D. on November 23, 2012

      99%?! Really? That's unheard of for any project above $50K... Kickstarter campaign creators for medium-sized projects ($250-500K or so) should expect a failed pledge rate around 6-8%, and in mine and Lurker's shared experience (around 100 campaigns now) that's always been the rule. If you've truly gathered a pledge rate even above 95%, that's an extraordinary feat, and a chunk of bonus cash you should not have expected to receive. Kudos on having not only strongly dedicated fans, but some of the most personally organized and fiscally deft fans as well :-)

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      Creator Rinu on November 23, 2012

      I realize how significant this year was for adventure games only recently. So many of them are coming after long hiatus... Wow. *still processing*

      I hope you had good Thanksgiving Day :).

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      Creator Serena Nelson - Hero of the AGRM on November 23, 2012

      The ENTIRE pie should be nothing but adventure games and RPGS.

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      Creator TheChosenOne on November 23, 2012

      via = like
      instead*

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      Creator TheChosenOne on November 23, 2012

      Why not do a proper something via twitch insted of some weird 200 backers max thing which will exclude most people?

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      Creator speedster -Armikrog Army Annelid- $4.96 on November 23, 2012

      We adventure game backers are fully behind you on growing the adventure game market with a diversity of quality games, rather than fighting over a small pie!

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