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Update #47

A Hero-U Holiday

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Lori and I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Joyous Solstice, Happy New Year, and any other seasonal holidays you may prefer to celebrate.

Lori and I sing carols with a local chorus every Winter, so we were inspired to write a little parody very loosely based on one of the Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption events.  Not willing to leave well enough alone, we recruited backer (and professional opera singer) Maus Merryjest to sing our silliness, then Lori put together a video with some of the preliminary game art and more than a few Kristmas Kwirks.  I did the narration.  Please share it with your friends.

Physical Goods Delay

I just heard back from the company that was going to distribute our physical goods. Apparently they've had some family issues and will be unable to fulfill the orders, so we need to scramble again to find a distributor.  As a result, the toy meeps, t-shirts, and baseball caps that were supposed to go out last month will take a few more weeks.  The designs and mailing list are done; we just need to find someone who can box up over 1,000 items and mail them for us.

Art Update

Concept Art House continues to amaze us with the speed and quality of their work. Our in-house team continues to work on the locations, furnishings, and other items.  Eric and Paul have done a great job on painting fantasy versions of our Yearbook backers.  We are adding Chris Willis as a 3D artist specializing in environments. Chris worked on King's Quest VI and VII, Space Quest, SWAT, and many other games, at Sierra.  Chris also contributed art to Fallout, Asheron's Call, and Dungeon Siege 3. He's a terrific artist and we are thrilled to have him on the team.

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      Creator Avotas on December 24

      Hi,

      A long time I use to send out corporate gifts for Christmas. I worked at a small pack and ship store and the agreement worked out to a buck or two per box. Once the Christmas rush is over you might be able to strike a similar deal with a local business nearby.

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      Creator Darklord on December 23

      That was well and truly insane! :-P

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      Creator Jeremie Lariviere on December 23

      Thanks for the update!

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      Creator Corey Cole on December 22

      We plan to ship the soft items (toys, t-shirts, and caps) together (to those who are getting more than one), and the hard items (boxed games, etc.) in a different package. If we let the toys sit for six more months, we will have warehousing fees on them, and they won't fit comfortably in a package with the flat items.

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      Creator Maus Merryjest AGL589 on December 22

      This is how Bards earn their extra credit at Hero-U ;3

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      Creator Palindrome Bob-XSF-I'm in AGL589-AA496 on December 22

      Merry Kwirkmas! Since it will no longer be possible to receive the toy meeps and other physical stuff before Christmas, I fully concur with Benjamin and wouldn't mind one bit receiving them in one big package. I have a hunch even sending that one big package would cost more than what I added as shipping cost. Also, customs seems to have become aware of me ordering things from overseas and have even started inspecting one very small, very lightweight package recently. So, if they do inspect, I'd rather have it in one package.
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      Creator twincast: Eternally Tormented Mangy WoOS on December 22

      I ♥ parody songs. :D

      And a happy solstice to you all, too! =)

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      Creator Sean Ulfik on December 22

      Dear Lovely Coles,

      Happy holidays to you too! I am ecstatic that you guys are making us such a wonderful game. My friends and I still play through all of the QFGs every few years - our non-QFG friends think we're nuts...until we convince them to play through!

      Much love and joy to you and yours!

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      Creator David Melanson on December 22

      Great singing, Maus! Cute video. Sorry to hear about the distribution problem but understood - these things happen. Merry Kwirksmas everyone!

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      Creator Steven "Blackthorne" Alexander on December 22

      Way to sing it, Maus! Very nice! Merry Christmas to all!

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      Creator Rudy Marchant on December 22

      Merry Christmas! Awesome to hear Chris Willis is in the team!

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      Creator William on December 22

      Awesome update! Thanks!

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      Creator Serena Nelson - Hero of the AGRM on December 22

      Awesome video. I loved hearing Maus sing.

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      Creator Corey Cole on December 22

      I really wanted the toys to go out in time for Christmas gifts, but things happen. We'll get them out as soon as we find a new distributor and get them set up with the toys and designs.

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      Creator Michael Shaw on December 22

      Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Joyous Solstice, Happy New Year, Magnificent Meep Day to Corey and Lori and all my fellow Hero-U backers!

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      Creator Benjamin Penney on December 22

      Not worried about the delay. Would prefer to receive it all as one big package when the game is done.

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      Creator Tech, R. Sheep Curator/Last Cipher (EiT) on December 22

      Sad to hear about the delay but totally understand. Good luck to you all in finding a packager.

      Merry Christmas :)

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