View Full Version : Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption, from the Quest for Glory creators

11-10-2012, 01:28 AM

Like role playing but bored of monster slaying and fetch quests? Wish games had more meaningful plots and memorable characters? Join novice thief Shawn O'Conner as he attends the hallowed halls of Hero University (think Hogwarts meets D&D) and navigates the trials of college life. Your choices determine whether he becomes a noble hero, a ruthless villain, or some mix in between. You decide if he will use force or finesse, persuasion or cunning to overcome obstacles and accomplish goals. But remember, all choices inevitably have consequences. And that's just the freshman semester of Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption.

What is Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption?

Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1878147873/hero-u-rogue-to-redemption) is an upcoming fantasy RPG, currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. It's set in a university for adventurers, where you play a thief who was caught and has been sentenced to reform school. If the bullies don't get you, the midterms will, or the extracurriculars in the catacombs below.

Turn-based tactical combat with emphasis on stealth, deception, and traps, oh my

Adventure game style puzzles with multiple solutions

Tough decisions that affect branching storyline

Deep interaction and relationships with NPCs and their hidden agendas

Windows, Mac, and Linux support (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1878147873/hero-u-rogue-to-redemption/posts/344017)!

The game designers have very strong views on adventure game and RPG genre conventions and this game is supposed to tip all these sacred cows over.


Who's making it?

Designers: Lori and Corey Cole, the creators of the classic Sierra Quest for Glory series, adventure/RPG hybrid Shannara (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq2QV8_OGb8), and puzzle game Castle of Dr. Brain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Xd2yBWvnTQ). Basically, they made the games of my childhood.

Developers: Andrew Goulding, founder of Brawsome, developer of the Jolly Rover (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sekWWH8f4zE) and MacGuffin's Curse (http://youtu.be/lTN59fiM7-g) adventure games. Haven't played those games yet myself, but they seem fun from the LP videos.

Art: Among others, Eriq Chang (http://www.agdinteractive.com/games/qfg2/behindscenes/feature1/feature1.html) and John Paul Selwood (http://www.johnpaulselwood.com/finalpaintedlandscapes.htm), who did the artwork in the Quest for Glory II remake, which was done pretty.


What is Quest for Glory?

Quest for Glory (http://www.gog.com/gamecard/quest_for_glory) was a series of adventure-RPG hybrids in the Sierra line (King's Quest, Space Quest, Gabriel Knight etc) that combined RPG elements into the traditional point-and-click adventure genre, with storylines that borrow heavily from folklore and mythology, and a brand of humor that emphasized puns and wordplay.

The games were a lot of fun because they had puzzles with multiple solutions depending on your character class, descriptions and dialogue genuinely worth reading and laughing at, and character import - characters from the 1st game could bring their stats and skills all the way to the 5th game. They even had a secret class (Paladin) that was only available through import if you had played a certain way in the previous games. There were many, many ways to die in the games, and all of them were fun enough to try once before reloading. Here's one of them from QFG4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCSf_Zcqr7o). Some fans loved the series so much, they remade one of the games (http://www.agdinteractive.com/games/qfg2/homepage/homepage.html) (which you can play for free!).

Hero-U is being planned as a similar five-part series, with each game focusing on a different class character.


Tell me more!

I can't do better than to point you to their site and some of the more informative articles about it:

Kotaku interview (http://kotaku.com/5953028/the-creators-of-quest-for-glory-want-to-make-a-western-version-of-persona)

Rock Paper Shotgun interview (http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/10/20/interv-u-lori-and-corey-cole-on-going-rogue/)

RPG Codex interview (http://www.rpgcodex.net/content.php?id=8549)

Adventure Gamers interview (http://www.adventuregamers.com/articles/view/23214)

Game homepage (http://www.hero-u.net)

Kickstarter campaign page (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1878147873/hero-u-rogue-to-redemption)

If you have questions ask away and I'll try my best to point you at the game designers' answers.

11-10-2012, 11:46 AM
Well I'm already backing this, but it's always nice to see the love.

11-12-2012, 10:38 AM
And currently we can use all the help we can get since we're running a bit low at the moment.

11-13-2012, 12:36 PM
Although Space Quest 3 was my first adventure game, I picked up a copy of Hero’s Quest later that year. Hero’s Quest was my first experience in RPGs and my definitive experience in fantasy. I will never forget the cover (http://www.sierragamers.com/uploads/24082/The_Games/Quest_For_Glory_1_Heros_Quest_A_Front.jpg) to that game.
I played the Quest for Glory games for several years and it was always my secret indulgence. I had some friends who played D&D, but I was always afraid to play because of my propagandized ignorance of the game. I was in my school library one day in 1994 when I noticed a paperback novel left on a table. The cover (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/58/DragonsofAutumnTwilight_1984original.jpg) caught my attention. The red dragon in the background looked very similar to the cover of Hero’s Quest. I checked out Dragons of Autumn Twilight and the rest is history. I started reading fantasy novels like crazy, my friends noticed my interest in fantasy and invited me to play D&D, and I remain an avid fan of fantasy and RPG to this day. I even DM a 3.5 edition campaign of Dragonlance which you can read about on our wiki (http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/autumn-dragons)!
For me, Quest for Glory was a catalyst for fun, excitement, and socialization far beyond what the series offered in hours of playtime. I owe a lot to the Cole’s for their creative influence throughout the Quest for Glory series. This Kickstarter is my opportunity to repay the enjoyment they have provided me both monetarily and with zealous support!

Torchino Motorino

"What good is knowledge and wisdom if you can't use it?" -Erasmus

11-14-2012, 09:19 PM
An interesting worldbuilding tidbit from update 17 (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1878147873/hero-u-rogue-to-redemption/posts/348011):

Alexander Freed (a writer on the SW:tOR team) wrote:

I've worked as a fiction writer for about a decade now, largely in the world of video games. I won't say I wouldn't be doing this without Quest for Glory (or Hero's Quest, as my ten-year-old self will always think of it), but those games absolutely shaped my sense of what was possible in an interactive narrative.

Breaking down plots with other writers, I've repeatedly used Trial by Fire as an example of the Right Way to generate player emotional investment in a city setting--not just by giving the player quests involving a place's residents and history, but by creating a large and rich supporting cast with attitudes that evolve slowly and subtly. Other games have tried it, of course, but few have executed it as well.

Shadows of Darkness remains one of my touchstones for how to give a player the chance to make All Things Right--not requiring it, but allowing players who want the happiest ending for everyone to actually achieve it. (Yes, I saved the Rusalka.)

To this day, I'm still comforted by how few "bad guys" the series had (Ad Avis and the Demon Wizard are the only ones who spring to mind)--my bleeding heart wishes there more modern games that didn't insist on having a Guy You Hate and Kill.

11-15-2012, 03:18 AM
And Linux support! Hell yeah :cool:

11-15-2012, 10:53 AM
Unfortunately Amazon is currently down which is making pledging impossible, but hopefully they'll fix the thing soon since that's really screwing up the momentum we gained yesterday.

Edit: Amazon is totally fixed now. Go pledge:)

11-17-2012, 03:24 PM
Update with preview art from Eriq:


11-19-2012, 03:39 AM
So the official website (http://www.hero-u.net/) has been completely revamped. It's well worth a look even just for the new art! I attached a nice one below.

With the campaign coming to a close and still a ways to go, it's now or never folks.

http://www.hero-u.net/images/undergroundlair.jpg (http://www.hero-u.net/)