The Hero-U Holiday Special
As I write this, Thanksgiving has passed, Chanukah has started, and Christmas and New Year’s are altogether too close. It’s a time of celebration, but also of recovery and preparation... Read more
Spooky Fun at Hero-U
In honor of the Nights of the Dead, Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption is on a 3-day sale on Steam at 40% off! https://store.steampowered.com/app/375440/HeroU_Rogue_to_Redemption/.
There is also one week... Read more
Super Steam Sale!
If you have friends who have been on the fence about buying Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption, now is a great time to have them check out the game on Steam.... Read more
Patch 2 Live. Upcoming games and projects.
Patch 2 has passed testing, and we released it a couple of weeks ago. We're already working on another very small patch that fixes some issues with the game launcher... Read more
Rogue to Redemption Publicity and Patch 2
They Like Us!
Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption is off to a great start including some nice press coverage. I’m occasionally updating https://steamcommunity.com/games/375440/announcements/detail/1715194885562614837 with new coverage.
Some review quotes:
- PC Gamer:... Read more
Patch 1 Ready for Testing
We've pushed a beta test version of "Patch 1" to Steam. If your game key includes Beta Test access, and you want to help us verify that it's ok to... Read more
Fulfilling Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption
The response to Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption has been great so far! We have a Positive rating on Steam, 4.5/5 stars on GOG.com, and an excellent 7.9 user rating so... Read more
Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption Is Live!
It's been a hectic two days with a few "teething problems," but we Have A Launch!
Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption is now available on Steam at:
and... Read more
Game Keys Coming Soon
We have a slight delay in providing game keys to non-Beta (under $50) backers for a few reasons:
- I'm giving people more time to answer the Steam vs. GOG key... Read more
Let's Put On A Show!
Official Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption Game Trailer
Putting On A Show
Mickey Rooney was famous (yes, before even *my* time) for starring in a series of movies in... Read more
Bursting Into Beta
The time has come! Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption is completely playable and ready to enter Beta testing. Alpha testing was challenging, but wonderful - we have never previously had the... Read more
It's About Time
What would you do if you had all the time in the world?
At first, it would seem incredible, a boon that allows you to do everything you want to... Read more
So Close We Can Taste It
The Pareto Principle says that 80% of results come from 20% of causes. I’ve often parodied that with my “90-90 rule of software development” - “90% of the project takes... Read more
Hero-U in the Final Alpha Stages
Game Development Progress
We’ve completed the first Alpha test stages, and I will soon be inviting every backer entitled to the Alpha and Beta Test perk. We’re currently polishing the... Read more
Happy Holidays from Hero-U
First, and most importantly, we wish all our backers and fans a wonderful holiday season. Have a great Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. Lori and I are... Read more
Finding the Balance in Hero-U
Balancing the Testing Process
So far we’ve proceeded very cautiously with pre-Alpha testing of Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption. Sierra never sent unfinished games out “into the wild” until they had... Read more
Mysterious Events in Hero-U
There are mysterious forces behind Hero-U. It is not obvious who is actually financing the school, or why. As for the greater society of Sardonia, we don't spell it out... Read more
Sprinting Towards Alpha Testing
"Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least... Read more
Lights, Camera, Action!
What’s New at Hero-U?
The University is preparing to open its doors for the Fall Semester! But first we need to have the Campus Visit (Alpha Testing), Entry Examinations (Targeted... Read more
Our Funny Valentine - Hero-U February 2017 Update
Lori and I cannot express how much we appreciate both the initial support and continuing patience (or at least acceptance) from all of our dedicated Hero-U backers. Making this game... Read more
Happy Hero-U Holidays
Lori and I, and the entire Hero-U development team, wish all our loyal backers and friends a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. (You can check out last year’s holiday card... Read more
Risk and Reward
I learned a lesson in improbability many years ago while playing Risk. My 12 armies were about to eliminate a player’s last two defenders. When the dust cleared... Read more
Showing the Story
How do you tell a story in an interactive medium? How do you give players agency while giving them a good story and keeping the game size manageable?
How can... Read more
The Hero-U Olympics
As I write this, the top athletes in the world are striving - questing, even - for glory in Rio de Janeiro. Our fantasy heroes have been in the questing... Read more
A Tale of Two Castles
The university for Heroes is located in an ancient and foreboding castle with a long and storied history. Here you will explore the mysteries of the past and how they... Read more
Around the World in 80 Ways
Each game in our Quest for Glory series took players into a new land with a unique society. We based these lands on real-world locations to give players a taste... Read more
Newest Names and Numbers
Three years and three months ago, Lori and I set out to make a modest computer role-playing game with some adventure-game-like story. I thought we could get it done in... Read more
Happy Holidays from Hero-U
The Hero-U team wishes all of our backers, friends, and fans a very merry Christmas, a happy new year, and a fabulous Winter.
We hope you’re all having a wonderful... Read more
Behind the Scenes - from Story to Sardonia
This is a guest article by Judy Feng with additional material from Corey. Judy has been helping us add new features to our Composer story editor and will be working... Read more
The Hero-U User "In-Yer-Face"
Last Chance for BackerKit Add-On Survey
I extended the BackerKit lockdown date to Oct. 5 to make time after this update. If you have not completed your survey, please get... Read more
More on BackerKit Surveys
BackerKit sent the surveys out (under my name - Corey Cole) yesterday, and you should have received yours by now. Please answer the survey both to make sure we have... Read more
BackerKit Re-Survey and August Update
It’s been about two months since the second Hero-U Kickstarter campaign closed, and we’re making great progress in every area of the game. The current focus is on the thousands... Read more
Supplemental Hero-U Funding Campaign Succeeded!
Amid some controversy and a lot of heart-warming support, we returned to Kickstarter for supplemental funding for Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption. The project was successful, ensuring that we can finish... Read more
Last Day for Hero-U Stretch Goal Pledges
Down to the Wire
It's our final day on the supplemental Hero-U Kickstarter campaign - 30 hours to go as I write this. The funding campaign ends Monday night (midnight... Read more
Your Own Personal Story
One of the things that makes adventure games special is the emphasis on story. You aren’t just running around solving puzzles, you’re participating in a shared-storytelling experience. Obviously story and... Read more
Talking Out Loud and In Hero-U
We'll be doing a live radio show on Little Rock 96.5 FM at 1:30 pm CDT Saturday, May 6. The show will be streamed live at http://965fmtheanswer.com and will be available... Read more
Hero-U Project Progress and Plans
New Kickstarter Status
The supplementary Kickstarter project is going very well thanks to some dedicated backers. We have over 1,200 backers so far and have received pledges for almost $73,000... Read more
Hero-U vs. Quest for Glory
When we created Quest for Glory, we set out to tell a story with the best features of both adventure games and RPGs. We didn’t set out to change the... Read more
Hero-U Financial Report
Most of this post originally appeared as an update to our supplementary Kickstarter funding campaign. Several backers requested I repeat it here. I've expanded portions and added more links to... Read more
Moving On Up
I’ve received messages from a number of people who backed our first Kickstarter campaign and want to move up to higher tiers in the new one. Yes, there is a... Read more
Hero-U 2015 - It's Alive!
Our second-round funding campaign is now live at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/transolargames/hero-u-adventure-role-playing-game. We hope many of you will join us there to learn more about the game. Most posts will be public, open... Read more
The Eirish Connection
We’re coming up on St. Patrick’s Day. We’ll be having the traditional corned beef and cabbage because corned beef goes on sale this time of year, and we like it.... Read more
Who Do You Love?
We are still on target for release on Oct. 15 thanks to our talented new programming team members (see Update 60). They are rapidly filling out the game... Read more
Happy Heroic Holidays!
Merry Christmas, happy Chanukah, and a joyous season of rebirth as we pass through the Winter Solstice.
As a time of birth and renewal, we are delighted to announce the... Read more
Friends, Feasting, Gaming, and Gifts
Next week is Thanksgiving. In America, this is a time to sit down together with family or friends to indulge in serious feasting. Turkey with dressing and cranberry sauce, spiral... Read more
Hero-U October Update
Why We Update
I put some thought this morning as to the purpose of these updates. I think an update:
- Reassures you, our backers, that we are still... Read more
Project Progress and Game Industry News
August was a very exciting month for the Hero-U project. We made significant progress in art, programming, writing, and design. We also made some important decisions that will affect the... Read more
Truth and Consequences
Truth and Consequences in Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption
In the long-running game show “Truth or Consequences”, Bob Barker and the other moderators asked guests to answer difficult questions in two... Read more
We continue to make good progress on Hero-U, particularly on the art front. I talked a few months ago about the issues we were having getting 2D character animation to... Read more
Hero-U Art Process and Progress
Several backers commented on my previous update that they would have liked to read more about our progress with Hero-U. That reminded me that many of you might not know... Read more
Many Kinds of Heroes
Today was “Memorial Day” in the United States, a holiday devoted to remembering Americans who have died in war. We often extend this to remembering all armed forces veterans. My... Read more
Teaming With Talent
Tobiah Marks recently asked me to do a podcast for his “Be Indie Now” web series. For some insight into the indie development side of the Hero-U project, check out... Read more
Projects Worth Supporting
I haven't done many shout-outs in the last few Updates, so this one is mainly about sharing a few projects that I think our backers will enjoy.
But first... You... Read more
Irish You Were Here At Hero-U
Next Monday is St. Patrick's Day. People celebrate it in the U.S. by eating corned beef and cabbage, wearing something green, drinking green beer, and singing Irish songs. We celebrate... Read more
Further Fulfillment Fun
Well, it's been an exciting couple of weeks here at Hero-U HQ. With some serious help from Ken and Sue at Pugsly's Trading Post, I managed to mail out about... Read more
A Hero-U Holiday
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... Read more
Adding A Dimension to Hero-U
Let's Go To the Movies
I shared our new teaser trailer video to backers last month, and our playable demo last week. Now it's time to share the video with... Read more
The Hero-U Report
One year has passed since we posted the Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption Kickstarter project. Ten months since we received the proceeds. Originally we listed Oct. 2013 as the Estimated Delivery... Read more
Hat and T-Shirt designs
In the last update, I gave backers at the $250 tier the choice to get a baseball cap or a t-shirt. So naturally the question arose, "What do they look... Read more
The Meeps Are Coming! The Meeps Are Coming!
Kickstarter as a Subversive Activity
Is Kickstarter Dead?
Kickstarter and other crowd-funding sites such as IndieGoGo have created amazing opportunities for creative developers in many media, especially games. They are also very different from previous... Read more
Breaking In Is So Hard to Do
Last Chance to Pledge on the Hero-U.net Site
We are closing the KS store on June 30. This will be the last chance for you and your friends to contribute... Read more
Evolution in Action
Once long ago, in that bygone era we now call 2012, we set out to create a simple game. It would involve turn-based combat in a dungeon-like setting with a... Read more
Extending the Supporter Page
Our "Kickstarter-like" PayPal support page at http://www.hero-u.net/KS-store added slightly over $2,000 to the project budget during March. Originally we planned to close it at the end... Read more
March Meeping Madness!
A month has gone by since the last Update, and we have lots of news. Shawn O'Conner wishes all of you a Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Chris and I have... Read more
From the Heart
Happy Valentine's Day! We hope you had a great one. When Lori and I could dodge the Meeps, ours was good. We spent the morning improving my eyesight, which will... Read more
Story and Art Progress, and Some New Challenges
Two months have passed since we completed our Kickstarter. We have accomplished quite a bit, although much of it is behind the scenes. I've sent out keys to Quest for... Read more
2013: The Year of the Rogue
Happy New Year, everyone! With the holidays behind us, we're ramping up the development of Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption. Lori and I have been brainstorming game and story ideas,the artists... Read more
Well, it appears that most of us have survived the Apocalypse supposedly predicted by the Mayans. It's a funny thing - When one of my calendars runs out... Read more
Kickstarter Results and New Team Members
Some of you may have managed to relax a little since our "photo finish." I managed to sneak away for a few days to play bridge in San Francisco ("Relax?... Read more
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... Read more
Looks Like We Made It! Thank You, Everyone!
That was so close! And what that means is that every single one of you, every effort large or small, every interview, post, link, and share was essential to Hero-U... Read more
T Minus 14 and Counting
In the previous post, just six hours ago, I asked, "What can we accomplish in 20 hours?" Part of the answer is now in. In the last six hours, we... Read more
What Can We Accomplish In 20 Hours?
What can we accomplish in just 20 hours? The fast answer is, "a lot!" We have 20 hours in which to bring in $33,000 in additional pledges. We've already gained... Read more
Monday Appearances and Risk vs. Reward
As I post this at 4 a.m. (sleep is for the weak!), we're up to 5,160 backers and almost $352,000 (that's $48,000 more to reach the project goal) with 32... Read more
New Add-Ons and How Hero-U Is Different from Other Games
For those interested in Katherine Owens's testimonial in last night's Update, Katherine has posted a longer version with more of her story at http://digitalspiritguide.com/gaming-and-heroism-how-video-games-changed-my-life-for-the-better/.
One of our fans made a... Read more
A World Full of Heroes
Loyal Backers and Other Readers,
I am excerpting a second of my Quest Log article ("A World Full of Heroes - The Power of We") because, first, I think it's... Read more
New Web Site With More Information and Art
Eriq Chang has completely revised the Hero-U web site. It now has a lot more information about the game and the process of making it. It also has a lot... Read more
Baby Meep Stretch Goal and "Why A Rogue?"
Just when we were getting nervous, 260 new backers joined the team today and kicked us up to almost $302,000. $98,000 to go in a little under four days. We... Read more
Brawsome Speaks About Unity and Hero-U Programming
I'm getting this update in the mail a little earlier than usual - I have this strange idea that just once during the Hero-U Kickstarter I might get to bed... Read more
Fireside Chat and Another Amazing Day
Wow, what a day! With close to 300 new backers and almost $23,000 added to the till, this was our best day since Day 2 of the campaign. We now... Read more
The Real Heroes of Hero-U
We are now in the final week of the Hero-U Kickstarter project, and it's a nailbiter. As I write this, we're about to reach 3,800 backers and we're just short... Read more
A Vote of Confidence
First, the news. Two new interviews came online yesterday, and more are on the way.
New interview in Alternative Magazine Online: http://alternativemagazineonline.co.uk/2012/11/12/interview-in-conversation-with-corey-lori-cole-hero-u-rogue-to-redemption-kickstarter/
Interview by Liam Dawe in Gaming On Linux: http://www.gamingonlinux.com/index.php?threads/q-a-with-hero-us-corey-lori-cole.1153/... Read more
Funny You Should Ask
We're at 3,560 backers and over $225,000 as I write this, 8-1/2 days to go. This was a very good weekend for the project, adding over $18,000 and 270 backers.... Read more
It Takes a Thief - Adventure Game Play in Hero-U
The Hero-U: Rogue to Redemptionproject continues to pick up speed! By morning (in some time zone), we should hit 3,500 backers and $220,000 (55% of the goal). That's great... Read more
Why Your Pledge Matters - and New Rewards
Great going today, everyone. We added almost 100 new backers and are very close to 3,400 backers and $212,000 - 53% of our goal. We're all getting the word out... Read more
How We Role - the RPG Side of Hero-U
There's a nice article by Tracey Lien about us on www.polygon.com: http://www.polygon.com/2012/11/8/3612618/quest-for-glory-developers-bring-back-old-school-adventures-with-hero.
We are doing very well, rapidly approaching 3,300 backers and $208,000 (52% of our goal) as I write... Read more
New Video and What Makes Hero-U Different
Just a quick update tonight to share some very important news:
First, Lori has completely redone the project video. Please check out the new version and tell your friends. Perhaps... Read more
Our new add-ons are proving very popular. We had an excellent day on Tuesday with about $8,000 in pledges and upgrades.
It's either that or that "a watched pot never... Read more
Add-Ons and Art Love
Lots of news today!
First, Lori and I have cleaned up the main Hero-U project page. It now does a better job of explaining what Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption is,... Read more
Real Role-Playing - Chatting It Up
TAHR and Lori followed up on the discussion of adventure vs. role-playing games we started in Update #8, and we thought many of you would be interesting in the conversation.... Read more
Puzzling Problems and Mighty Meeps
We're making great progress, with over 3,000 backers and $170,000 pledged so far. That's right on track for making our goal! Thank you everyone for keeping Hero-U one of the... Read more
Remembering Those Who Came Before - Our First Add-Ons
Our First Hero-U "Add-Ons"
By popular request, and in the spirit of the Day of the Dead, we are pleased to provide our first two "add-ons" for the Hero-U Kickstarter.... Read more
Spooky Halloween News
Celebrating All-Hallow's Eve at Hero-U
It's Halloween. The scent of pumpkin, spices, and falling leaves fills the air. We've redecorated Hero-U for the season with new headers in the project... Read more
Story Paths, Relationships, New Rewards, and More
Story Paths and Relationships in Hero-U
We're doing very well so far - Thank you everyone for your support! We're rapidly approaching the 1/3 mark towards Hero-U's goal. We're now in the "accumulation period" where we... Read more
Hero-U Update #3 - Adventure, Meet RPG!
We are making good progress – we now have over 2,100 backers and are rapidly approaching $120,000 in pledges. We also have a slew of new publicity coming online in... Read more
Word of the Web
We've had a fabulous first weekend, and again need to thank all our loyal supporters - Thank you! Over 1,600 supporters and $100,000 – a quarter of the way to... Read more
Hero-U Update #1 - Our Backers Rock!
First of all, you guys rock! Over 800 backers and $60,000 in pledges on our first day, in about 9 hours! We really appreciate your support and vote of confidence... Read more