Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption, from the Quest for Glory team!

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Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption, from the Quest for Glory team!

Postby oasis789 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:26 am

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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 is an upcoming fantasy adventure-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!

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.

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Who's making it?

Designers: Lori and Corey Cole, the creators of the classic Sierra Quest for Glory series, adventure/RPG hybrid Shannara, and puzzle game Castle of Dr. Brain. Basically, they made the games of my childhood.

Developers: Andrew Goulding, founder of Brawsome, developer of the Jolly Rover and MacGuffin's Curse adventure games. Haven't played those games yet myself, but they seem fun from the LP videos.

Art: Among others, Eriq Chang and John Paul Selwood, who did the artwork in the Quest for Glory II remake, which was done pretty.

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What is Quest for Glory?

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. Some fans loved the series so much, they remade one of the games (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.

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Tell me more!

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


If you have questions ask away and I'll try my best to point you at the game designers' answers.
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Postby boa13 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:33 am

So many enticing kickstarters these days, so few hours in my days... :roll:
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Postby oasis789 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:25 am

An interesting worldbuilding tidbit from update 17:

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.
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Re: Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption, from the Quest for Glory te

Postby s_d » Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:08 am

Awesome!! On board, dude! Loved QFG, totally love RPGs and I'm really enjoying all the interactivity with Lori Ann and Corey. They really love their fans and want to bring something awesome, you can just tell by how they interact with everyone.
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Re: Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption, from the Quest for Glory te

Postby oasis789 » Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:24 pm

Update with preview art from Eriq:

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Re: Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption, from the Quest for Glory te

Postby oasis789 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:06 am

So the official website 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.

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Postby boa13 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:51 pm

90 % of the goal reached, but only 24 hours left... Ouch. :|
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Re: Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption, from the Quest for Glory te

Postby Darkelve » Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:14 am

IT is funded! :D

I am a big fan of the series myself. Actually in my opinion Quest For Glory III "Wages of War" was the best, even though I know many players do not agree (preferring either QFGII or QFGIV). The original QFGIII was riddled with bugs though, I guess I was lucky that I picked it up later, when most of the bugs were squashed.
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Postby boa13 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:34 pm

Impressive, that's part of the excitement of Kickstarter. :)
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Re: Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption, from the Quest for Glory te

Postby Darkelve » Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:49 pm

Yeah, we get to play another Quest For Glory-like game.

And it's even coming for Linux! I use Ubuntu 12.10 at home, so that is double the fun :D

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