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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.

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You Are Not The Hero Funded!

Posted by Donn Manalili (Creator)
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Holy crap in a bottle! We've been 750% funded! That is absolutely amazing, and it's all thanks to our backers, every single one of you have made sure that we will be making this game a reality, and making it better than we had envisioned! Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!

Before you say it, I know I probably forgot to address something here. Please get to me asap so I can add it!

The Forum

We've created a forum on the website for all of our backers to migrate to after the Kickstarter campaign. The forum is our primary form of communicating with our backers. If you have not yet done so, please register there. If you'd like to be added to the Kickstarter Backers group in the forum, send me a message on Kickstarter with your forum name.
You Are Not The Hero Forum

PayPal Still Open

We are still accepting pledges to reach the final stretch goal of voice acting! If you missed your chance to pledge during the campaign, you can still do so there. Click on the link above or click here:
You Are Not The Hero PayPal

The Next Few Weeks

For the next 14 days, Kickstarter and Amazon will be processing your pledges. Most of you by now will have been charged successfully. I'll go into detail about what will be happening for the next few weeks.

Payment Error

For some of you, your pledge will not have gone through due to an error in the process. Perhaps you entered your card information wrong, the card has expired, there were insufficient funds or something else entirely. If this is the case, please check out the Kickstarter FAQ here:
http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/backer+questions?ref=faq_nav#Trou

If your payment has not gone through, please fix it asap! As we stand, we are below the 85k stretch goal. I have already heard from some backers who have had their payment declined, thank you for notifying me.

If you cannot fix your payment, please message me here or on the forum and I will get back to you as soon as possible so we can make other arrangements.

Backer Surveys

I will be sending out backer surveys to each tier within the next week, preferably within the next few days. The questions in the survey are mandatory! This survey will only be sent out once to our backers. Failing to complete the survey may result in you not getting your reward! We need this information to deliver your rewards, especially if you have ordered a physical reward.

Add-Ons

Many of you have asked about the add-ons that you have included in your pledge. The backer survey will ask you which add-ons you have added. If the numbers do not match up, we'll get back to you to make sure that everything is correct.

T-Shirts

T-Shirts are the only physical reward that will be sent out within the next month. However, payments are still being processed by Amazon and Kickstarter for the next two weeks, so we cannot yet pay for the T-Shirts to be made, packed and shipped. This also means that you have two extra weeks to order a T-Shirt!

We're checking with our fulfillment service to see if we can offer both a white and black shirt instead of just the black for the same base price. If you want to order extra T-Shirts along with your current pledge, make sure to send us a payment through PayPal with all of the details necessary. If you're unsure of how to do this, please send me a message on here or on the forums.
PayPal T-Shirt order

What I'll Be Doing

I originally thought I only had a week to do this, so this would be somewhat nice to have some extra time. I'll be working closely with all of you guys, our backers to make sure payments have gone through! I'll be consulting with tax lawyers about the business taxes and income taxes we'll be paying based on what we get. I'll be signing the contracts for all of the members of the Dev team.

From there, we'll be planning out our battle strategy to tackle the rest of development. I'll work on the mechanics that need to be done with Drew, the new sprites for the characters with Tegan, Darren and I will be planning out new musical scores, and I'll be hunting down our ninja bust artist Mantas because he has been MIA for three weeks. He lives in Lithuania. Unfortunately, we cannot wait forever and if he doesn't show up in the next few weeks, we may have to look for a replacement. I'll also be working to see if we can hire Vagrant aboard as our resident environmental pixel artist! His work is quite amazing.

For everyone else that has a part to play in the game, from your NPCs to your Side Quests, make sure to register at our forum! We'll all be communicating there.
You Are Not The Hero Forum

Other Kickstarters Still Going

Now that we're here, we're not going to stop cross promoting other great campaigns! We want to re-introduce the projects you probably missed and should really check out:

The Mandate

The Mandate is a futuristic space sandbox-RPG in which you, as the captain of an intergalactic spaceship, lead a crew through the galaxy in your quest to bring order to the galactic empire! Your crew is an integral part of the operation, and your interactions with the hundreds or so on-board will help to bring this universe to life! They'll grow with you as you lead them through battles, boarding operations and space exploration.

They have 19 days left and they're past half way, so let's send them some support!

Super Roman Conquest

Developed by former LucasArts developers, Super Roman Conquest is a side scrolling strategy game that allows you command units through a 3D landscape in the setting of ancient Rome. It’s got a classic throwback vibe with a 16-bit pixel art style mixed with modern strategy gameplay yet unseen in the side-scroller genre. Super Roman Combat blends the nostalgia of your favorite older games with more sensible design touches and larger scale meta game features similar to the indie hits of today.

Another great game that really deserves to be funded! They have 10 days to go with just under $9k before being fully funded. They're awesome guys, let's send them some support too!

SCALE

You wield a device that can make any item any size. A tree, a wall, an enemy, a passing cloud, even the levels themselves are all "SCALEable". Space is relative in the game so progress is as much conceptual as it is physical. The unique mechanic of SCALEing is inspired by games like Portal and The Swapper. Progression through the game is freeform and open like Mario 64 or early Zelda overworlds. It’s all about exploring and discovering secrets!

They have three days to go and they're well on their way to get funded! Give Steve some love!

Lords of Xulima

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.

They've blown past their initial funding goal but they could use more help with their stretch goals!

The Escapists

"I can't understand why, but the idea is rarely touched in video games, despite it having loads of potential. We've had some good attempts over the years, but the genre has been explored fully at all.

Surely a game that encapsulates the tension and thrills of meticulously planning and executing a perfect prison escape would be fun, no?"

The Escapists has been funded but Chris deserves more love! The game is full of pixelated awesome and I personally cannot wait to play it myself.

Chaos Drift

"Chaos Drift is a nostalgic RPG experience. It features a gripping story and gameplay inspired by classics of yesteryear such as Final Fantasy 6 and Chrono Trigger.

Chaos Drift will allow great freedom to the player in terms of exploration and character growth. As players level, they will be able to allocate stat points to whatever stat they wish, as well as choose which skills to augment their base class with via a system reminiscent of Final Fantasy 7's materia system."

Caleb congratulated me at the end of our campaign and I noticed he had a project of his own, made using the same engine we're using. With 11 days to go, he has more than enough time to make the 4.3k he needs to fund his game!

Reward Tier Breakdowns

Posted by Donn Manalili (Creator)
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Seriously I should have done this earlier. I've compiled a chart of the breakdown of rewards along with special notes for specific tiers that require it.

Notes:

  • If you are using PayPal, anything in blue is available. If it is yellow, please send me a message first!
  • Blue spaces without numbers means you get one of that item.
  • Yellow space indicates a special case.
  • For the $250 Tier, you originally wouldn't be getting the physical boxed copies. If you'd like them, you can pay the shipping and we'll send them to you.
  • Since we have released the demo early, the $25 and $35 tiers have been merged into the $30 tier! Please adjust accordingly. $35 tier members should move down to $30 while the $25 should move down to $15 to keep the same rewards.

Custom Song:

  • If within the main game and chapters, the track must at least blend into the rest of the soundtrack for the game.
  • If within the "Petula Visits the Modern World" extra chapter, the music can be whatever you want, in good taste. This is why you should take the red pill.

Add-Ons:

  • All costs are on the left-hand side, unless there is a special value in the blue fields.
  • If it is Blue for your reward tier then you can add it.
  • If you require international shipping, you'll need to add the amount necessary in the light-blue field.

T-Shirts:

  • We are trying to see if Teelaunch will allow us to sell the same design on different-colored shirts. If it is possible, you can order or change your T-Shirts up to 1 week after the campaign has ended!
  • After the initial T-shirts have been ordered, we will try to offer the T-Shirts and other physical goods during development of the game.
  • Shirt Sizes: Mens S-XL, Womens S-3XL. If your size is not shown, please message me!
  • If you are at the $120 tier or above, your first shirt will be $20. Add $5 for Intl. Shipping.
  • If you want extra shirts after your first shirt on any tier, it will be $30. Add $5 for Intl. Shipping.

SCALE

You didn't think we'd stop cross promoting other campaigns did you!? Seriously this one's pretty freaking amazing, I backed it as soon as I saw it. The possibilities in SCALE are endless!

"You wield a device that can make any item any size. A tree, a wall, an enemy, a passing cloud, even the levels themselves are all "SCALEable". Space is relative in the game so progress is as much conceptual as it is physical. The unique mechanic of SCALEing is inspired by games like Portal and The Swapper. Progression through the game is freeform and open like Mario 64 or early Zelda overworlds. It’s all about exploring and discovering secrets!"

They've got four days left to make their goal of 87k! They need just a little over 10k. If you decide to back them, don't forget to tell them You Are Not The Hero sent you!

The Home Stretch! T-Shirts, Reddit, more art

Posted by Donn Manalili (Creator)
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As I write this, we have 49 hours to go on our Kickstarter campaign! I say it all the time, but it doesn't lessen the impact and the meaning. We couldn't have done this without you, and there's no way we would be able to make YANTH without your support! Thank you, truly and honestly, thank you!

If you've been slacking about spreading the word, now is the time! We have TWO days to go before the campaign ends!

T-Shirts

T-Shirts whaaaaat?? I was skeptical that it would happen, but we actually got our stuff together and we're able to offer you T-Shirts for the Kickstarter campaign! We'll continue to offer it a week after the campaign for the initial order. After that, we'll explore other avenues in offering the T-shirts.

Receive the NPC Life T-Shirt in Black! Mens or Womens sizes are available. Please add $10 for International shipping.

One T-Shirt is already included with the Forest Hermit Tier and Town Mayor Tier. For additional shirts after the initial shirt, please add $30/ea, or $35/ea for international shipping.

T-SHIRT ADD-ONS:

  • $30 - NPC Life T-Shirt in Black! Mens or Womens - Add $10 for International shipping. Additional shirts are $30/ea or $35/ea for international shipping.
  • If your reward tier is $120 or above, the first shirt add-on is $20 or $25 for international. Additional shirts after are $30/ea or $35/ea for international shipping.

REDDIT IAmA

We're holding an IAmA question and answer session over at Reddit! Ask us anything, what I had for breakfast (I juiced), what it's like to be a first time developer getting their dream come true, how the greenlighting process was like, what stuffed animals I have, anything!

Check it out here: IamThe Lead Developer for You Are Not The Hero, AMA!

More Art!

Vagrant and I have been talking environmental artwork and we're working on a style that would work well with the game. He isn't yet hired, but if you like his work go ahead and tell us! Here's a more refined version of the house you saw in the last update:

Paypal donations, Environmental Artist

Posted by Donn Manalili (Creator)
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$70k! Thank you!

Hello ladies and gents! We've broken the $70,000 barrier! This means Petula, the heroes and other recurring characters throughout the game will have collectible outfits! You'll be able to change them whenever you want during the game through the menu. Awesome! We couldn't have done this without you!

I'll also be holding an Ask-Me-Anything session via reddit, on their IAmA subreddit. It'll take place tomorrow, Sunday November 10th, 2013 at 3:00PM EST. Tell your friends, log on and let's chat on there!

Paypal

There have been many people requesting for a way to donate outside of Kickstarter. Although the fulfillment service we wanted to provide the service with is not yet ready, we've gone ahead and created a temporary paypal donation button as an alternative way to pledge to the campaign. We'll keep track of the amount of pledges through Paypal on the front page of the Kickstarter, which will count towards the stretch goals.

Currently, limited rewards are only available to donors that message me ahead of time to reserve their spot. Once the payment has processed, I will decrease the amount from the reward.

Pledge through PayPal here!

Environmental Artist

Ever since the "Revamped graphics" stretch goal was reached, I've been looking to bolster our team with another artist to help us in this department. Here is some example work from one possible team member that likes to call himself "Vagrant". These are rough drafts and not at all indicative of the final product.

 I think they look quite awesome, and I love the art style he's gone with!

As you know, we love helping promote other campaigns that we feel deserve to be funded and recognized. This upcoming game by Perihelion Interactive deserves your attention, so check it out!

The Mandate

The Mandate is a futuristic space sandbox-RPG in which you, as the captain of an intergalactic spaceship, lead a crew through the galaxy in your quest to bring order to the galactic empire! Your crew is an integral part of the operation, and your interactions with the hundreds or so on-board will help to bring this universe to life! They'll grow with you as you lead them through battles, boarding operations and space exploration.

Looking through the campaign, it's difficult to sum up The Mandate in one paragraph. You can do so much in this universe! I particularly love how much emphasis is given on managing the crew and passengers of your ship. With such a high amount of detail, the ship-to-ship battles, ship customizability and universe-wide implications based on your actions are just icing on the cake. I honestly can't wait to try this game out. Check it out here: The Mandate

Three days to go!

Posted by Donn Manalili (Creator)
15 likes

Hello ladies and gents! It's getting to be that time again, on Kickstarter, the final push for the home stretch! We have three days to go until funding for You Are Not The Hero comes to an end on Kickstarter, and we want to make everyone aware!

Make sure all of your friends and family know! Share it on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Reddit, 4Chan, Myspace, Friendster, Asian Avenue, wherever you can and let's get these final stretch goals met!

Pledging outside of Kickstarter

We've been working with another fulfillment service to make it so that our backers and future pledgers will be able to pledge or add funds to their current pledge in the future after the Kickstarter campaign has ended!

We're working to have it available before the end of the campaign, but this may be too much to ask for considering how late we were in submitting it. Sorry guys, but we hope to have it up as soon as possible!

We still want to continue promoting other projects that we feel deserve more attention, and deserve to be funded! We've got two awesome projects for your consideration:

Super Roman Conquest

Developed by former LucasArts developers, Super Roman Conquest is a side scrolling strategy game that allows you command units through a 3D landscape in the setting of ancient Rome. It’s got a classic throwback vibe with a 16-bit pixel art style mixed with modern strategy gameplay yet unseen in the side-scroller genre. Super Roman Combat blends the nostalgia of your favorite older games with more sensible design touches and larger scale meta game features similar to the indie hits of today.

I've always had an affinity for roman legions and giant armies going at each other, this will easily scratch the itch! With just 14 days to go, they've got a good chance to get the game funded!

Lords of Xulima

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.

LoX (awesome acronym) is looking to become a great RPG with stunning graphics and a vast storyline. Considering the amount of talent and passion the team is putting into this project, I have very high expectations of them! With 20 days to go, they've got more than enough time to raise the funds for their stretch goals!