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A new action platform RPG, inspired by all the people the heroes always ended up screwing over. Stupid heroes...
A new action platform RPG, inspired by all the people the heroes always ended up screwing over. Stupid heroes...
3,424 backers pledged $90,776 to help bring this project to life.

2014 Update #2: Casting Call #2, new artwork and more!

Posted by Donn Manalili (Creator)
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Hello ladies and gents! It's been a few weeks since the last update, two weeks to be exact. The first casting call has officially ended, which means I kinda sorta lied about the next one starting before the first ended. Nevertheless, it starts today so yay! Let's first look at the statistics and the people who were cast for the first call:

Casting Call #1 Results:

3 village nuisances applied.
Cast: The RPGenius

8 Village Soldiers applied.
Cast: Hobosonic and KamenRiderEru

2 Poor Villagers applied.
Cast: Evilkinggumby

1 Village Child applied.
Cast: Sargon

0 Village Farmers applied.
Village Farmer position open to next person who casts.

New Concept Art

We all love concept art! Here's a few more by our awesome concept artist Marko.

Hearth Village Cave System

Greencliff Forest

New Bust Art Style

As many of you have heard from a previous news post, we've got a new bust artist working on YANTH with us, and she's absolutely phenomenal. I think the new style she's given us is much more in line with the new environmental artwork we're using to retrofit the game.

 For your viewing and listening pleasure, here's a new screenshot and soundtrack of Petula's home village, Hearth Village:

Don't mind the graphical errors, and certainly don't mind Akika on the roof. Also, that door is still a placeholder...

T-Shirts and Hoodies - Finally!

I don't want to jump the gun, but I believe we've finally found a competent fulfillment service to print and ship your goodies out! They've been very professional and are already working on orders. Ironing out the details and placing the order with these guys took about a week, compared to the two months (Late November to Early January) it took for the first service, which didn't get as far as this one did.

The shirts and hoodies have not yet shipped, though they may ship as early as next week. Watch out for your packages! Remember that your packages will come to the addresses you have previously submitted through the survey. Just in case, double check and make sure you've given us the right address! It'll cost us time and money if they're shipped to the wrong place.

Casting Call #2

The second casting call is about to start! If you've pledged to become an NPC in the game, this is where to go. Throughout development we'll be having casting calls for pledgers to find a role for their in-game NPCs! Fret not, if you don't get your NPC in this time, there'll be plenty more in the future. There is no danger of not being included in the game! If you've pledged for an NPC, you'll get one in the game as long as you message me before it ends.

I forgot to mention that all characters in the Casting Call have the potential of appearing again later on in the game. Remember that if you have a sidequest in the game, you should not participate in the casting call.

Also note that if you prefer to be seen in the Modern World or Haunted House DLC, those will come later on in development! You have to be in the backer group in the forum! If you aren't yet, leave a comment here with your forum name!

Sign up for Casting Call #2 here!

2014 Update #1: Casting Call, Concept Art, Bust and Sprite Shop!

Posted by Donn Manalili (Creator)
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Hello everyone and belated happy new years! It's almost been a month since the last update! I hope you've all had a great holiday season! I got to catch up and spend time with family, give presents to me 5,000 nieces and nephews and hang out with all of the people I love! Now that that silliness is over, it's time to get back to work!

Concept Art

Another update, another opportunity to share some awesome artwork! We have a new concept artist and I'd like to share his work here with all of you! Below is some concept art for Hearth Village, the place Petula calls (or called?) home:

You Are Not The Hero Casting Call #1

Finally, the time has come! If you've pledged to become an NPC in the game, today begins the periodical casting call for NPCs! Throughout development we'll be having casting calls for pledgers to find a role for their in-game NPCs! Fret not, if you don't get your NPC in this time, there'll be plenty more in the future. There is no danger of not being included in the game! If you've pledged for an NPC, you'll get one in the game as long as you message me before it ends.

Remember that if you have a sidequest in the game, you should not participate in the casting call.

Also note that if you prefer to be seen in the Modern World or Haunted House DLC, those will come later on in development!
You have to be in the backer group in the forum! If you aren't yet, leave a comment here with your forum name!

Sign up for the Casting Call here!

Custom Bust and Sprite Workshop

For all of you people with NPCs or side quests, now's your chance to bring your characters to life! Our new bust artist Hirei and sprite artist Amicable will be making your Bust and Sprites, respectively! You have an option of being a human, elf or dwarf. Remember that if you need to take part in the casting call, this choice will affect your options.

For now your bust and sprite will not have any clothes, since your role in the game is not yet determined. These workshops are only available to people who have pledged at the $120 tier and higher. If you have an NPC in the game at the $55 tier, then you will be able to create your character using the character generator (to be available later).

Sign up for your Custom Bust here!
Sign up for your Custom Sprite here!

Shirts and Hoodies >_>

ehdakdh3qfduwhaefkufh3 The reason I haven't changed services yet is because I don't want to risk getting a different quality print compared to the proofs I had sent to us ahead of time. I realize it's been a month since these orders were supposed to be shipped, so please continue to grit your teeth along with me, my patience has been tested quite a bit with this physical reward. If the order isn't sent out soon, I'll be forced to change services. Thanks to everyone for their patience!

Bad News, Good News, Happy Holidays!

Posted by Donn Manalili (Creator)
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Hello ladies and gents! It's been over two weeks since the last update so you may be looking for a substantial one from this. Unfortunately, not too much has changed, though work has definitely continued, and we're more or less on pace. As many of you know, it's currently the biggest spending season of the year. Christmas is just around the corner, and New Years is soon to follow. I spent quite a lot of time shopping for my 17 nieces and nephews, all of whom are very cute and adorable!

New Sprites

Check em out! They're so cute o___o
Left to right: Akika, Petula, Cecilia, Leon, Panda

You Are Not The Hero World and Races

I forgot to mention that I've put up a new post on the forum that shows the world of Cielo'viv, the name of the planet that You Are Not The Hero will be taking place in. You can also read about the main intelligent races here:

http://youarenotthehero.com/forum/index.php?topic=91.0

Business Stuff

Other than holiday shopping, I've also gotten quite a lot of business-related business out of the way. Thanks to my awesome tax accountant, I may be able to hold onto more of the Kickstarter funds than previously estimated. This means good news for our budget and the game of course. I won't know how well it works out until he starts crunching all of the numbers, so I'll be holding my breath for that.

T-Shirts and Hoodies

I've been having quite a lot of trouble getting the T-Shirts and hoodies out of the way. The fulfillment service we've gone with have a pretty broken online ordering service and it's incredibly finicky with what it accepts. I've placed the order multiple times, but the way it handles information from the CSV is so precise that I end up putting in all of the information by hand anyway. After I did it by hand, there's obviously going to be random error 404xlmao that keeps me from submitting the order. The worst part is that it doesn't save the order! With so many addresses and orders to input, the whole process is very draining. I've asked them to input my order for me since it's just not working on my end.

Of course, it's the holiday season, so I can't blame them for not responding as much as I want them to. I just wish they would tell me they won't be available during their normal business hours. The bottom line here is, bad news, the order probably won't be placed until after New Years. Regardless, we'll make it happen so stay tuned!

Concept Artist

I've been doing quite a bit of research into hiring a new concept artist to work with us. Other than having a nice base to work off of, it'll be a great addition to the digital artbook we had planned for release. If you guys have any suggestions, please send them my way!

Last Day for Pledges, Voice Actors and NPC Casting Call

Now for some good news. As you know, pledges will no longer be taken after the 20th. That means that tomorrow is the last day to pledge to the project, and secure a copy at the discounted price! The bad part of this is that we're still about $3,210 away from the last stretch goal of voice actors. The good part is that, as I said before, our tax accountant may be able to keep more moolah in our account! This means that although we may not reach that last stretch goal, we'll probably go ahead with voice actors anyway!

As for the NPC Casting call, we're figuring out when the best time for the first one is. It's the holiday season so everyone and their grandmothers are very busy at the moment. If you think we can hold one in December or wait until after New Years, go ahead and chime down in the comments below!

Spambots

For those of you who frequent the forum, you know how annoying these guys are. I've stopped them from registering because I made it so an admin must approve a user first. If you're registering and you seem to be getting deleted, please send me a message here or by e-mail and I'll make sure you get through next time.

Forum

If you haven't yet, sign up on the forum and let's chat! Leave a comment here or in the main Kickstarter comments page so I can add you to the backer only list for access to the feedback forum. Remember, the casting call will be held in the forum!

Inching to Voice Acting! New art preview, In-Game NPC Casting Call, Dec 2013 Gameplan

Posted by Donn Manalili (Creator)
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Hello ladies and gents! I'm back with another update on current events happening with your favorite(?) indie devs. Remember, we're still accepting pledges for the same tiers until December 20th!

We're now $4,575 away from Voice Acting!

We still have 18 days to collect that amount, so please continue to spread the word! We're accepting pledges through the main website via Humble Widgets. If you want to increase your pledge or add add-ons, you can still do so by using the blue PayPal links under the reference sheet.

No More T-Shirt and Hoodie orders!

That's it guys! As of yesterday, we're no longer accepting T-Shirt or Hoodie orders. Those of you who have talked to me and have made different arrangements, I'll continue to honor that. We're still waiting to receive the proof shirts and hoodies before sending in the order, which should arrive tomorrow.

For those of you who have ordered them, congratulations! You've locked in your limited edition T-Shirt or Hoodie! At the moment there are no plans to bring back the NPC Life T-Shirt or Hoodie during development. We'll try to offer other shirts through a fulfillment service that'll do all of the work for us minus designs, so we won't be doing so much legwork outside of game development.

New Artwork

I want to show you all progress on the new revamped graphics we've been working on (mainly Xavier). It's always nice to see something tangible instead of reading about development.

 What do you think!? I love the slightly changed perspective, and the details are quite amazing! All of the pieces are still a work in progress at this point, so don't consider this final artwork.

First In-Game NPC Casting Call

For those of you who have pledged at a tier where an NPC will be provided for you (and you don't have your own sub-quest or storyline via the $250+ tiers), this involves you!

Throughout development we'll be holding casting calls for NPCs to appear in the game. The first one will be sometime this month. Essentially, we'll have a list of NPCs that are available for you to be. This list will be different for each casting call depending on what part of the game we're currently working on. Here is how it'll work:

  • We list available NPCs.
  • You choose an NPC you would like to be from the list (Baker, Soldier, Lunatic), or you can wait for a different casting call for a different role.
  • We set you up as that character. When we're ready for details of your character including looks (sprite and bust) and dialogue, we'll contact you.
  • If there is more interest in one NPC role, it will go to the person who pledged earliest.
  • If you are looking for a very specific NPC role, ask us in the forum where the casting call will be held to see if we can offer it.

Dec 2013 Gameplan

This is the last month of the year, and arguably one of the busiest outside of work! There's holiday shopping to do, self shopping to do, random shopping to do, taxes to prepare (bleh) and so on and so forth. Regardless, we still want to get work done despite all of this shopping going on. Here's the schedule for the rest of the month. Word of warning: I probably forgot to list some things.

Artists:

  • Start working on Sprite and Bust generator. Try to finish this month.
  • Concept art for in-game locales.
  • Revamp environmental art for both Chapters 1 and 2.
  • Possibly start working on custom bust/sprites for backers.

Musician:

  • Compose/edit soundtrack versions of current tracks from Chapter 1 and 2.

Programmer:

  • Work on mouse and controller support.
  • Smooth out turning animation.
  • Optimize previously finished/sloppy mechanics.
  • Slower jumps (mario-esque)

Lead Dev (me):

  • Finalize back-story and storyline.
  • Create world map
  • Create the development timeline for 2014
  • Order those freaking T-Shirts and Hoodies
  • Organize all paperwork, expenses and legal documents
  • Develop and test out rolling/diving mechanic.
  • Figure out alternative to button mashing for awesome kamehameha/hadouken action.
  • Modify new tilesets and import into engine
  • Figure out how to accrue expenses for next year (anyone wanna help?)
  • Spam-bots in the forum (go aaawwwaaaayyyy)
  • Get my sh*t together in general
  • Relax a bit, maybe. Spend Christmas not worrying about the game.

Forum

If you haven't yet, sign up on the forum and let's chat! Leave a comment here or in the main Kickstarter comments page so I can add you to the backer only list for access to the feedback forum. Remember, the casting call will be held in the forum!

4,895 away from Voice Acting! Last Chance for shirts & hoodies. Real work begins!

Posted by Donn Manalili (Creator)
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Hello ladies and gents! As you know, we are still accepting pledges until December 20th for that final stretch goal! Currently:

We are $4,895 away from Voice Acting!

Yes! We've got so much time to reach voice acting that it may be impossible not to reach it. However, keep in mind that we're no longer showing up on Kickstarters main page, and people cannot find us by browsing like they normally do! That means its up to YOU, our awesome backers to keep spreading the word! Send them to our Kickstarter page and then send them to our main website at http://www.youarenotthehero.com where they can pledge through the Humble Widgets or PayPal. Let's do this! LEEEROOOY....

T-Shirts and Hoodies - til the 30th!

Since we have yet to receive the proof T-Shirts and Hoodie (for quality purposes, we want to make sure those guys do it right the first time!) I've decided to extend the deadline to the 30th! That means for the two of you who have yet to send me your shipping address or shirt details, you've got just a little more time.

The Good Stuff

So it's finally Wednesday and the funds are available to us! I haven't taken it out of the Amazon account yet however, until I need to pay for those shirts. I've sent out contracts which are waiting to be signed by the team members, and work has officially continued on You Are Not The Hero! I'll be posting our game plan soon on the forum as well as some background information on the universe of YANTH, that may help out in our backers who have side quests in the game, or characters in general. Want to start fleshing out your character? Look forward to the timeline!

Both Tegan and Xavier(Vagrant) have been working diligently during the downtime, creating concept art and new environmental art to be included in the game.

Here you can see a new enemy they've been working on, the Kobold!
Kobolds in YANTH are very much pack rats and hoarders. Expect their place of residency to be very cluttered, messy and unkempt. Depending on your actions, they may be a footnote or a full chapter in the overall story of YANTH.

Forum

If you haven't yet, sign up on the forum and let's chat! Leave a comment here or in the main Kickstarter comments page so I can add you to the backer only list for access to the feedback forum.

Lords of Xulima

They have less than 40 hours to go, and they've got more stretch goals to reach! If you haven't checked out their RPG yet, nows your chance!

"Lords of Xulima is an isometric, turn-based, single-player, 2D role-playing game. It is set on a mythical lost continent called Xulima, where the world makers lived in ancient times. The game features a vast, challenging world where you will lead Gaulen the Explorer and five of his companions on an epic journey filled with the struggles of Gods and Humans."