Hero-U Rogue to Redemption

Aug 20 2015

Creating the Catacombs

Catacombs Section

A Section of the Catacombs

The Catacombs is a huge underground complex where for centuries the dead of Sardonia have been entombed. Once a final resting place for heroes, now the Catacombs is filled with the restless Undead. Only the bravest of explorers or the most foolhardy of tomb raiders dare enter this realm of death.

In the modern world, the Catacombs of Paris are underground warehouses for the storage of bones. In medieval times as cities expanded, old cemeteries were dug up and the bones were stacked in abandoned limestone mining tunnels. These are estimated to hold the remains of six million people. The catacombs of Hero-U are a cross between an ossuary and an underground graveyard. There are tombs, sarcophagi, and crypts throughout the Sardonian Catacombs.

Bring out Your Dead

While Hero-U is an adventure rich with character interactions and story, it is also a turn-based combat role-playing game. The Catacombs provide an eerie setting for exploration and unravelling of mysteries as well as an opportunity to test Shawn’s wits, skills, and equipment against the creatures that defy death.

Slaying the dead is risky business.

But the Catacombs isn’t just a place of doom and gloom. Amidst the blood-craving revenants and the hateful wraiths, there are the ghosts of the heroes.

Memento Mori

School Spirits

School Spirits

In our original Kickstarter, we offered School Spirits and tombstones as reward add-ons. This means they will have epitaphs on tombs and perhaps a free-roaming vapor haunting the Catacombs and the school.

Twenty-six people wanted to be ghosts in the game. Another 28 wanted to have tombstones. This meant we needed to have an extensive Catacomb to contain them all.

The Catacombs consists of twelve different areas to explore, including one major Boss Monster, a Monster Lair, and the Thieves’ Guild Fence. There’s a lot of exploration and excitement buried here.

School Spirits

In our original Kickstarter, we offered School Spirits and tombstones as reward add-ons. This means they will have epitaphs on tombs and perhaps a free-roaming vapor haunting the Catacombs and the school.

Warrior WomanTwenty-six people wanted to be ghosts in the game. Another 28 wanted to have tombstones. This meant we needed to have an extensive Catacomb to contain them all. Thus, the Catacombs consists of twelve different areas to explore, including one major Boss Monster, a Monster Lair, and the Thieves’ Guild Fence.

We’re currently creating the Catacombs, transforming the lush concept art into a 3D environment. Ghosts, ghouls, epitaphs, and Undead have to be carefully arranged to create this moody and dangerous region of the game.

There are secrets as well as dangers hidden in the shadows of the Catacombs. Will Shawn be able to explore and uncover the treasures of lore and wealth without sharing the fate of the catacombs residents? Only you can determine Shawn’s fate when you play Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption.

Shawn in the Catacombs

Shawn in the Catacombs

Aug 04 2015

Mischief Making Meeps

Once upon a time in the quiet countryside of Kriegsland, there sprang a peaceful people known as Meeps. Meeps are cute little bundles of fur perched on hands that serve as feet, and vice versa. The Meeps live in underground villages concealed under rocks in the remote pastoral meadows. They occasionally pop out of their holes to search for food – wild berries, windfall apples, and root vegetables. Theirs is the perfect communal society where everything is share and share alike.

Pleezed to MeetchaMeeps are rather like the hairy-footed, short humanoids of the Shire fame. They like to lead simple, uncomplicated lives, snug in their warm little dens. They like to eat apples. They like to cuddle together while the Chief Meep tells them how lucky they all are to be Meeps.

Meep Menaces

What Meeps do not like are Troublemakers.

Troublemakers are… different. Troublemakers are Meeps who mistakenly believe that there is anything better than living off the land or hiding in a hole in the ground. Troublemakers are the ones ask dangerous questions like why should Meeps go hungry in the wintertime or why must Meeps hide away from everything else. Troublemakers even have the nerve to argue when the Chief Meep says that a good Meep is a quiet Meep.

Thus, any Meep deemed to be a Troublemaker is given a polite kick out of the Meep hole and sent off to make his or her own way far from the serenity of Meepish society.

Good Riddance

Oddly enough, there are now more Troublemakers living away from the Meep villages of Kriegland then there are Meeps.

Equally strange is the fact that most Troublemakers don’t mind being kicked out of the Meep villages. Okay, it’s scary being away from home. Yes, it’s much more dangerous than hiding away in a hole.

However, it’s a lot more fun.

Once Troublemakers are away from other Meeps, they can be something new and different. They don’t have to live in holes in the ground. They don’t have to spend most of their lives scrounging for food. They don’t have to keep their mouths shut when they disagree with someone else.

They can be themselves.

Prates Ahoy

Some Troublemakers stowed away on ships to sail the ocean sea. These Troublemakers call themselves “Prates,” wear fancy hats with feathers on them, and say “Arrr, Matey.”

A Prate's Life for MeMost human sailors believe that Prates are good luck on a ship (at least, that’s what the Prates tell them). Oh, sure, Prates get grumpy and soggy and smell like bilge water when wet. So what if a Prate can’t tell a jib from a mizzen or a spanker from a bowsprit? Prates can always find the best tavern in a port (by the smell of the ale) or when there is a storm brewing over the horizon (by the frizz in their hair). And what sailor doesn’t appreciate that a Prate can sing 300 verses to ‘What do you do with a Drunken Sailor?’

On sailing ships, Prates make great First Mates.

Fuzzy Logic

Some Troublemakers go to live with humans, preferably wealthy humans. These Meeps cultivate their cuteness and cuddliness. They brush their fur. They put bows on their braids. They call themselves the “Fluffies.”

Fluffy Fluffies adopt lonely humans by moving in and befriending them. Feeling melancholy? Stroke a Fluffy. Are you blue? Hug a Fluffy. If you need someone to talk to, a Fluffy is always there to listen and hold your hand.

Fluffies make fine friends when you are feeling fur-lorn.

Mischief Masters

Then there is one group of the people formerly known as Meeps that embrace their inner Troublemaker. They call themselves Kwirks. While Meeps avoid human society and Prates integrate with humans, Kwirks avoid humans and live with them at the same time. They tunnel under towns. They sneak in cities. They creep in castles.

They hide with pride.

Like the Meeps, Kwirks scavenge for food. However, Kwirks equally scavenge anything that isn’t nailed down or too big for a five Kwirk towing team to drag to their burrow. They like to decorate their dens in a style best described as “eclectic”.

Roguish KwirkThey value things by how difficult they are to obtain. They entertain one another with long stories of how they managed to squeeze through an open window, crawl along the walls above a sleeping watchdog, and make off with the dog’s food bowl that now serves as their punch bowl. They brag about climbing to the topmost tower of a castle, slinking through an arrow slit, and fetching a feather pillow from a baron’s bed.

Kwirks work at lurking and looting. They boast about burglary. They bask in being bad.

In short, Kwirks are the Rogues of the Meep peeps. And it goes without saying that Kwirks inhabit the hallowed halls of Hero-U. They fit right in as long as they can avoid the Headmaster, Mr. Terk, and everyone else.

They’ll Never Meep Again

With all these Troublemakers, the best thing that ever happened to them was the worst thing imaginable to them – banishment from home, hearth, and family. Now, they find their own homes, friends, and fun.

The moral of this message
Is not very deep…
Just be yourself
and more than a Meep.

Dare to Be Wicked

What kind of Troublemaker are You?

Meep, Prate, Fuzzy, or Kwirk?

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Jun 28 2015

We Got the Gog Temple!

Gog Temple Added

Thanks to generous donations after our Kickstarter ended, we are adding the Gog Temple back into the game. This is the ruins of an ancient temple now inhabited by the fearsome Gogs. Gogs are humanoid amphibians who would love to have Shawn over for dinner – over the fire pit, that is.

Every good dungeon explorer knows – where there’s an altar, there’s got to be treasure. It’s just a little tricky trying to get the treasure when all the Gogs are looking for Shawn Sashimi and Shawn stew.

Great Stuff

Corey is setting up the spreadsheets for all the backer goodies we offered in our Kickstarter. We’re doing tests to see how best to print the posters and paintings that we’re offering. We’ll be sending out backerkit information as soon as Kickstarter processes our campaign.

That’s in addition to the design, writing, and team leading we do in our copious spare time.

Here’s a photo of a canvas wrap print of a backer portrait and a Hero-Unicorn hoodie from Cafe Press, as modeled by the charming, smiling Corey Cole (who says, “Oops, guess I should have shaved first – I match the canine in the portrait”).

Hero-U Backer Bennies

Jun 20 2015

Another Stretch Goal Reached!

Yes, our second Kickstarter for Hero-U has ended, but you can still contribute to the cause of making Hero-U better. We have just reached the sixth stretch goal of our game thanks to generous backer donations.

Stretch Goal Reached
Deep within the Sea Caves, an Unspeakable Horror will rise from the depths to haunt Shawn’s nightmares. But with guile and skill, Shawn can defeat it.

This is a puzzle area of great danger and even greater rewards. Shawn can retrieve even more than a lost pirate treasure trove – he can earn the respect (and perhaps the love) of one of his roguish peers. Or maybe Shawn would rather keep all of the treasure for himself. Is Chivalry dead? That will be up to you.

Unspeakable Horror

Our next Stretch Goal is the Gog Temple. This is an area too dangerous for simple combat. Shawn will need to use stealth and every trick and skill he has to uncover the secrets hidden in this Temple.

The Gogs worship a malevolent Dark One next to which the Unspeakable Horror seems like a plastic spider. If the Gog prayers are answered, the barrier between worlds will part and a Dark Lord of Chaos will cross into Gloriana. The lands will be flooded and the Gogs will rule the world… or what’s left of it.

Will Shawn stop this terrible cataclysm? First we’ll need to reach the Gog Temple stretch goal to give him the chance. View the stretch goal progress at http://hero-u.com/hero-u-donations/stretch-goals-achievement/.

Shawn might be the one to save the world. Then again, he might be the one who robs the temple of its greatest wealth while someone else saves the world. Who knows? Maybe Shawn can do both.

With your help, we can give Shawn the chance to become a great Hero or a more successful thief. Support Hero-U.

Jun 16 2015

We Did It!

We Did It
Thanks to all of you, we made our goal… and five of our stretch goals!

We’ll have a Master Wraith, Additional Music and Sound effects, more puzzles, and a larger sea cave. If we get a few donations through Paypal, we will have an Unspeakable Horror to haunt all our nightmares. Won’t this be great!

Of course we’re thrilled at all this additional work you are giving us. It will make this game richer.

This Kickstarter has been a wild ride, and a lot of fun. It gave us a chance to really hear you. This will greatly affect how Hero-U is designed.

Please enjoy this Wallpaper as our first official Kickstarter reward now that we’ve made our goal.

Be the Leader Wallpaper

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Jun 15 2015

Stretching Our Goals!

Home Stretch

Thanks to a friend on Paypal, we officially reached our next stretch goal – Additional Music and Sound. This will add so much richness and emotion to the game, it’s well worth the time and effort to add it to the game.

Music Goal Reached

We are reducing the levels on our Stretch Goal list because of this donation. That means it’s only a little farther to reach the Wraith Lair and then the Sea Caves Boss. Both of these monsters will make Shawn very happy – if he can survive his encounter with them. Unfortunately, they are the scariest and most deadly things Shawn will meet in the game.

So thanks for all the support! You’ve given us some great feedback. It’s time to give you something in return.

Thanks to all your votes, you have officially chosen the final Travel Poster for our add-ons – Mordavia. John Paul Selwood rushed to his palette and virtual paint set to create this stunning piece to glow on your computer.

Mordavia Screensaver

We ask you to share this with Facebook and any other social media you can reach. The more people we can reach, the more stretch goals we’ll make.

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Jun 15 2015

The Treasure Chest

Treasure Every Moment

We’ve achieved the first Kickstarter stretch goal to add more animation to Hero-U. Former Sierra animator Al Eufrasio joined the team just in time. He’s cleaned up the walk and the sneak animation already. Al is adding some exciting moves to combat and gestures to make Shawn come to life.

We’re so honored by the support you’ve given Hero-U with your comments and pledges. We’ve learned how much QfG has influenced people’s lives through the years. This is why we are doing everything we can to make Hero-U great. It has to be good enough to be worthy of you.

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let’s get to the treasure.

More Money Matters

Unlike the Hero-U Combat Prototype, money isn’t just sitting around waiting for Shawn to loot it in Rogue to Redemption. He’s going to have to either earn it through hard work or bounty hunting… bounty hunting on Drat parts, that is.

Oh, there is treasure to be found in the game – pirate treasure. Chest you wait and sea, the treasure is first mate rate. Unfortunately, you’ll need to survive Sea Serpents, get past Gogs, and outwit or outfight Zombie Pirates to get to it. Oh, and you’ll need a map. And a little help from a friend. Otherwise, the dead man’s chest might be Shawn’s… with a trident stuck through it.

Then again, maybe Shawn will go the route of grave robbing. It’s kind of a Dead End job. If he isn’t careful, Shawn will get crypt off. It’s a grave error to disturb the dead. It just ghost to show that it is best to let Undead rest in peace lest they take you to pieces.

So today’s Wallpaper is all about treasure – and savoring the moment. The best moments in life are the ones you work to achieve.

Treasure Trove

Please share these on social media and with everyone you know. We’ll stretch this Kickstarter as far as possible, because every stretch goal is a worthy addition to the game.

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Jun 13 2015

What Would You Choose?

What Would You Choose

Thanks to all of you, we made our goal in the Kickstarter! Whether you cheered us on or contributed to the project, we appreciate your support. We can honestly say that Hero-U would not exist without you.

We’ve offered a lot of different rewards for our backers. We’d like to know what you thought was the best reward of all. If you could have any of the rewards we offered, what would you choose? What were the most interesting and fun rewards we offered?

Would you like to have a wing named after you? Your very own painting in the game? Maybe you really want the travel posters to adorn your wall. Perhaps the idea of being a ghost to haunt the game sounds like the best backer reward for you.

Backer Rewards

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The Hero-U game is all about choice. You determine what Shawn does and what happens to him in the game. His fate is in your hands.

Choose Wisely.

Or not… Sometimes the foolish choices have foolish results. This is a game, after all. The whole point of playing a game is to have fun.

Choose Your Fate

Here’s a free wallpaper to remind you that choice is important.

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Jun 13 2015

Seas the Day

Seas the Day

Our Kickstarter Project is very close to success. The best part of this Kickstarter is that we really get to connect and communicate with all our fans and supporters. You inspire us.

You will note that most of the Wallpapers we’ve shared so far have a pithy statement to inspire you, too. We want to encourage you to make the most of your lives.

Today’s theme is a combination of “Just do it,” “Get er done,” and an object warning.

Our free Screensaver Wallpaper today shows off the most fearsome monster of the day – the Sea Serpent. The Sea Serpent Lair is dedicated to Princess Lwelynor and Lord Oelwyn who provide valuable lessons to Shawn on how to deal with serpents.

Sadly, it is clear from the poster that the Zombie Pirate did not pay attention to the Lord and Lady’s advice. Nor did he read the warning label on the map that said, “Here be Sea Serpents.” The Zombie will soon find himself seized and deceased. It was not his day.

He obviously did not Sea the point of this poster.

Seas the Day Poster

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Please share this poster with your friends and on social media. Let’s make some new friends and fans!

Jun 12 2015

Refuse to Give Up

Refuse to Give Up

We’re coming down to the end of our Kickstarter. There’s only three days to go and we still need over 6 thousand dollars to make the goal. This is so close, and yet so far.

But it’s not over yet. We can succeed. We just need to reach a few new backers to join our group.

So many of you are supporting us and not just with money. Some are helping to spread the word to other Kickstarter projects, news sites, and social media. Some of you are active cheerleaders in the forums and comments. We really appreciate all the support and love you have given us and Hero-U.

With your help, I know we can succeed.

Today’s wallpaper is the color comp layout for a section of the Dungeon. It shows the level of detail we provide before re-creating the art in 3D. It’s a very scary and dangerous place, this dungeon. However, with your help and support, Shawn can and will survive the dungeon and pass his classes at Hero-U.

It’s just a matter of refusing to give up on Shawn and Hero-U.

Refuse to Give Up

Please Share with your friends, family, and everyone else you can think of!

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