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A new action platform RPG, inspired by all the people the heroes always ended up screwing over. Stupid heroes...

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Tiers available on PayPal:

  • $5 - Village Lunatic Tier!
  • $15 - Pub Patron Tier!
  • $30 - Sneaky Mechanic Tier!
  • $45 - Opera Singer Tier!
  • $60 - Local Merchant Tier! Add $10 for international shipping.
  • $60 Local Militia Tier! Add $10 for international shipping.
  • Make sure to include the tier and any add-ons you'd like in the message. For ALL Limited tiers, please message me first!

Add-Ons

  • $30 - Custom Physical Box, Game and Manual - Add $10 for International shipping.
  • $15 - Extra DRM-Free copy or Steam key of You Are Not The Hero
  • $15 - Digital Soundtrack plus bonus backer-only tracks
  • $15 - Digital Illustrated art-book
  • $25 - Digital Soundtrack plus art-book
  • $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.

SPECIAL T-SHIRT ADD-ONS:

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.

Extra Chapter: Petula visits the modern world!

Our third stretch goal will have Petula leave the confines of her universe. She will literally break the fourth wall, exit stage left and go back home into the real world! Her real apartment, her real life. Have you ever watched Sword Art Online? Think of the gaming universe as the main game, and this extra chapter exiting that universe. Will she confront the dev team to give them a piece of her mind? Will she potentially meet our backers face to face? We'll find out if we meet this stretch goal!

Extra Chapter: Petula in a horror game!

We know Petula isn't the hero, and scary games normally have non-hero protagonists. How about we marry our favorite character to an awesome genre! In this special chapter, we break away from the normal action and story of YANTH, to star Petula in her very own horror game. Think Slender, Amnesia, and for all of you RPG Maker fans out there, Ib.

New Tiers!!

Receive the NPC Life T-Shirt in Black! Mens or Womens sizes are available. This tier does NOT include the physical box, manual and game. 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.

 Get your very own gravestone! Death has never been so fulfilling.

Take the red pill and get your very own side quest, either in the original chapters or in the Modern World extra chapter! Have DesperateMeasurez create your own custom track in the game!

 Replaces the Sneaky Informant and Master Mechanic Tier!

 All tiers above the Local Merchant Tier will receive the physical box automatically! Check here for details!

 Replace petula in her original poster and you become the Not a Hero! Fully illustrated, signed and mailed directly to you!

 When was the last time you played a game, any game really, where you walked into someone's home, nonchalantly opened drawers, cabinets, picked locks, upturned a bed and talked to the freaking homeowner in hopes of finding something you could loot? Oh, right before this game? Yeah I thought so. Aside from more humble games like Skyrim, where you had to steal items instead of taking them, every game that has item management lets you play the bad guy without being the bad guy.

Let me tell you something: NPCs hate your guts, they just can't say it to your face! Just cleared a forest of roving bandits? Well they were the only ones keeping a population of meerkats in check. The local farms can't keep them at bay and you've just triggered the worst national food shortage in the past decade. Good job, hero! I think it's time for some payback.

You Are Not The Hero is a 2D Action Platform RPG that ditches the battle system to focus on richer RPG gameplay elements. Instead of playing a traditional hero that saves the world, you're playing a bystander swept into the affairs of heroes and villains alike.

You play as Petula, an unemployed, emotionally charged, ill-tempered, otherwise average young woman. With the royal army hot on their heels, the heroes have made their way to your village where they begin scavenging for supplies in everyone's homes. After you confront them for stealing your pendant, they rush off to continue their quest, giving you a quest of your own to retrieve it.

Minigames, Sidequests, Endgame?

Of course, this is only the main storyline of the game. Aside from that, there will be side quests, minigames and more to keep you entertained for a long time.

The neighboring towns are worried about the increased sightings of Kobolds near town. What will you do? Persuade the militia to wipe them out, or figure out what's wrong and perhaps get their help? Wait what, you wanna be the Kobold Queen? I wonder how that will affect the ending...

What about sustainable minigames? Have you ever wanted to run a bakery in an RPG? What about an Inn? Do you think you can survive being a waitress? You are an NPC after all. Everyone loves fishing. Now go buy a stall and sell fish at the local market! Hire someone to fish for you and reap all the rewards! Buy that dream home in the capital, expand it and fill it with awesome stuff! Every single minigame will be fully fleshed out with YOUR help as a backer!

This game was in the making years for before development began. It began when I looted 10gil from a random house in Final Fantasy IX, playing as Vivi. I wanted to return it after finding out it was some grandmother's life savings. Unfortunately, there was no way to do this, no 'come clean' mechanic in place. I imagined what life would have been like afterwards; how the grandmother could no longer pay her mortgage and was evicted, forced to beg in the streets.

I wanted to explore the RPG world through the eyes of a bystander, a regular person in someone else's world. I also wanted to make sure it was fun to play, a truly memorable experience. I wanted to create a world that looked and felt alive. Too many RPGs get caught up in size and scope that the tiny details that bring the game to life are forgotten. I wanted to avoid that.

Traditional RPGs are usually well remembered for their unique battle systems, level grinding and vibrantly epic story. Naturally, being a bystander to said story doesn't lend itself to these conventions. On the other hand, freeing ourselves from these crutches allows us to focus on unique experiences that keep the gameplay fresh and fun.

  • Pixel based movement, no more tile-restrictive movement!
  • Deal with enemies using your brain; distract them, run away, hide, render them unconscious or use your environment to your advantage. Sure, you can try fighting them with your trusty shovel. Good luck with that!
  • Explore a beautifully crafted world full of hidden secrets and cynical people. Visit impoverished towns, deep caverns, lush forests and mysterious ruins. Jump, climb, and platform your way through hazardous environments. Obligatory awesome train sequence included!
  • Tackle unique, fast-paced gameplay that'll keep you on your toes! Save villagers from annihilation, evade a landslide, vanquish a giant freaking ghost (without 'fighting'!)
  • Traverse intricate mazes while solving IQ-zapping puzzles. Form bridges to continue your journey or collapse them to save a village from a foreign army. Switches, Levers and Pulleys oh my! You like those, right?
  • Change the outcome of the game with the decisions you make throughout your journey. You may not be the hero, but you can still make a big, big impact. What kind of impact is completely up to you.
  • Experience the lives of other NPCs by getting part time jobs, or through a side story of their own! Find out how it's like to run an INN, sell items to heroes and raise cute chicken-ostriches!
  • Establish yourself as a shopkeeper! Rent a shop and find suppliers to keep your stock full. Sell your wares and open branches in other cities!
  • Buy a new home! Upgrade when you've got more money, furnish your house with rare items!
  • Enter "The Library" Where you can replay finished storyline chapters, review high scores, view unlocked hidden scenes and access more hidden content!

YANTH Original Soundtrack

The soundtrack of YANTH will be masterfully done by DesperateMeasurez. He approached me out of the blue after I introduced the pre-pre-pre-alpha build of the game (the same one floating around online) to the development community. After hearing some of his work I absolutely knew I had to have him create the soundtrack.

The Guards!

Knowledge Applied is Power

Sneaky Investigation

Backer Involvement

Backers have a unique opportunity to heavily influence gameplay. Because of the nature of YANTH, I will be spending the majority of my time crafting unique quests, minigames and stories to provide an enjoyable experience to the player. As a backer, you'll be able to help me with the details of these unique events.

What kind of duties do you think running an INN would entail? Should the player be able to haggle prices with travelers? Would hiring janitors be fun? What if you hire the wrong kind of janitor and they end up missing a days of work due to their drinking problem? Should you have to clean up the rooms in their place? The possibilities are endless. The format for helping with the mechanics are like so:

  • Decide what types of minigames to work on.
  • Brainstorm duties that would be fun to simulate.
  • Vote on the best functions for the minigames to weed out unnecessary or un-fun mechanics.
  • ??? Voodoo magic to make everything work.
  • Awesome minigame you could spend hours, days, weeks, months playing!

Working on this project as a labor of love will only get me so far. With the help of Kickstarter, I'll be able to devote my full attention to completing the game in a timely manner. Through Kickstarter, I'll have the resources and manpower necessary to fully realize the world of the heroes through the eyes of NPCs. The funds will be distributed approximately for the following:

- 20% Artwork (Illustrations, Concept Art, Ingame Assets)

- 10% Audio (Music & SFX. Voice Acting *1)

- 10% Programming, debugging.

- 30% Level design, dialogue, mechanics and events.

- 10% Kickstarter & Amazon fees, Licensing fees.

- 20% Reward Fulfillment (Creation & Shipping)

*1 Voice Acting will be a possible addition to the game, assuming funding is surpassed.

Scroll to the bottom for explanations of the Design tiers! Here's a rewards breakdown.

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.

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.

 Custom Bust & Sprite Art for the Fancy Noble Tier and above!

Stuck In A Cave Tier Details

You have the opportunity to work with me on creating a special side quest of your own! Though the player won't be able to play as you, they will interact with you throughout the quest along with other NPCs you've designated! Make it as personal as you want. Do you want to propose to someone in real life? What better way to propose than through a side quest!! What about a divorce? Whatever floats your boat!

If you want custom sprite and bust art for each NPC other than yours, please add $20.00 per NPC to your pledge without changing reward tiers.

Took The Red Pill Tier Details

This is identical to the Stuck In A Cave Tier. The only difference is that you will be able to work with DesperateMeasurez to create a custom track to be used within your personal side quest. If the side quest is within the "Petula Visits the Modern World" extra chapter, the track can be anything you want. If it's within the normal world of the game, it must

If you want custom sprite and bust art for each NPC other than yours, please add $20.00 per NPC to your pledge without changing reward tiers.

Not A Hero Tier Details

The Not A Hero Tier is a special limited edition tier in which you will be illustrated in the same style as Petula, replacing her on the poster! This will be beautifully crafted by the very talented artist Gretchen Graham. She prefers to draw on paper, and scan it to finish the digital painting. If you also want the original illustration autographed by her, simply add $100 to your pledge without changing the tier.

Forest Hermit Tier Details

* To design a quest area, we'll send you a copy of the game engine via Steam and send you the resources to make a map. I'll personally teach you the basics and we'll design a map or series of maps together. For gameplay reasons, I will put the finishing touches to the maps and show them to you for approval. For the actual quest or mini game, reference the Stuck in a Cave Tier above.

If you want custom sprite and bust art for each NPC other than yours, please add $20.00 per NPC to your pledge without changing reward tiers.

Town Mayor Tier Details

** To design a town, we'll be using the same method as above. However, it will be a series of maps, both interior and exterior. You decide the roles of everyone you design. You can even choose someone else as mayor while you run the local militia, or operate a local tavern. You'll also be able to decide a quest, or a minigame or two.

If you want custom sprite and bust art for each NPC other than yours, please add $20.00 per NPC to your pledge without changing reward tiers.

To keep things flowing, development time for the Design tiers will be as follows:

  • Stuck In A Cave Tier - One week.
  • Took The Red Pill Tier - One week.
  • Forest Hermit Tier - Two weeks.
  • Town Mayor Tier - Three weeks.

Please try to be reasonable with the choices being made during the design. I will be as flexible as I can be, though I reserve the right to veto any decisions if it deviates too much from the overall feel of the game. Also realize that I cannot devote 100% of my attention to you during this development time, though I will certainly do my best to keep in contact. If things don't run smoothly, I will extend the development time as necessary.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

No project is free of obstacles to overcome, and ours is no different. Unforeseen circumstances may result in development delays. Nevertheless the key to a successful project is planning and perseverance.

Months of planning and testing have led us to a point where we are comfortable in our ability to finish this project that we have powerful emotional attachments to. We're all intimately familiar with our game engine of choice, which helps us mitigate risks due to unfamiliar development practice.

I believe the largest challenge would be maintaining a healthy balance of backer involvement and game development. As you know, the people who decide to back YANTH will have a lot of say in what types of gameplay everyone will be able to experience. As a sole developer commissioning the rest of the team, I will most likely have to delegate other tasks to them.

Although we may not be seasoned professionals in the game development industry, our overwhelming passion will overcome any obstacle that lies before us in order to bring You Are Not The Hero to the masses.

FAQ

  • The current funding goal is a barebones amount to get the game finished for the PC. If we're able to surpass it, we may be able to extend the functionality to other platforms. We don't want to promise anything we can't keep though, so until this happens, assume it will only be out for the PC.

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  • The difference between the Annoying Follower and Fancy Noble tiers is your ability to customize.
    With the Annoying Follower tier, we'll have a bust and sprite generator that we want to make available to backers so you can customize your character.
    For the Fancy Noble tier, eDeus and Amicable will be illustrating your character directly according to references, whether its by picture (preferred), description or a combination of both. It doesn't have to be you yourself, it can be a character of your choice providing it doesn't require someone elses permission to use (we don't want to get sued to high hell for using a character we don't own).

    For the role of your NPC, you can suggest what you would like them to do in the game. As development of the game progresses, we will contact everyone while making the NPCs in the game to offer roles as they open up. So for example, we have a town occupied by soldiers, we will ask backers in order if they would like that role, or not.

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    Red Barrels Do Explode Tier! ============================ Have your own personal gravestone! Include a special line for those you've left behind. In good taste, of course... All previous rewards minus limited rewards included.

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    Annoying Follower Tier! Become an NPC in the game! Create your own lines, we'll make a sprite and bust with your general likeness. All previous rewards included.

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    Local Militia Tier! ============================ Receive the NPC Life T-Shirt in Black! Available in mens or womens sizes. All previous rewards minus limited rewards included. This reward is only included in this tier, the Forest Hermit Tier, and the Town Mayor Tier. Please see add-ons if you want a shirt without changing tiers!

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    Fancy Noble Tier! Become an NPC with a custom sprite and bust art designed after you! Receive 2 digital copies or keys of the game. All previous rewards minus limited rewards included.

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    Stuck in a Cave Tier! Star in your very own side quest! Be an NPC with a custom sprite, bust and short storyline! Name up to 3 other NPCs with general likeness. Receive 3 copies of the game. All previous rewards minus limited rewards included.

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    Took The Red Pill Tier! ============================ Star in your very own side quest! Be an NPC with a custom sprite, bust and short storyline! Name up to 3 other NPCs with general likeness. Have your own custom track composed by DesperateMeasurez! Receive 2 physical copies and 1 digital copy of the game. All previous rewards minus limited rewards included.

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    Not A Hero Tier! ============================ Receive a High-Quality Illustrated Poster of yourself!* Add $100 for the original illustration on paper, autographed! Includes a custom NPC sprite and bust art designed after you! Receive 3 physical copies of the game. All previous rewards minus limited rewards included.

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    Forest Hermit Tier! Design a quest area! We'll send you a copy of the game engine via Steam and send you the resources to make a map. I'll teach you the basics and we'll design a map together, including a custom NPC sprite and bust art designed after you! Name up to 5 other NPCs with general likeness. Details to the left. Receive 5 digital copies or keys of the game. All previous rewards minus limited rewards included. Please message me for details first~

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    Town Mayor Tier! ============================ Design a town and become a mayor! We'll send you a copy of the game engine via Steam and send you the resources to make a town. I'll teach you the basics and we'll design a map together, including a custom NPC sprite and bust art designed after you! Get up to 5 NPCs with name, custom sprites and busts, and another 5 NPCs with name and general likeness. Details to the left. Receive 7 physical copies and 3 digital copies or keys of the game, Intl. shipping included! All previous rewards PLUS limited rewards included. Please message me for details first~

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