Posts Tagged ‘Quest For Glory’

The RPG Scrollbars: A Quest For Heroes

Heroism is at the core of most fantasy stories, but there’s a difference between being a hero and simply a weapon to be pointed at the world’s biggest threat. When heroes happily loot peasants’ houses and murder their way through problems, do they really deserve their title?

If there’s any developer duo that should know a thing about heroes, it’s Lori and Corey Cole, creators of one of my favourite adventure series of all time – Quest for Glory. (The fourth especially is high on my list of best adventures ever, not least for its villain). In addition to those, they ran a dedicated School for Heroes for a while, and are currently working on the spiritual successor to the original games, Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption – currently in a second Kickstarter after the scope moved from a relatively simple Roguelike on a basic engine into a full-on new adventure. I spoke to them about the complex characters in their games, offering real heroism, and returning to crowdfunding.

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Freeware Garden: Heroine’s Quest

This is what the beginning of a beautiful adventure looks like.

In our year of Quest for Glory (a.k.a. Sierra’s Hero Quest)  revivals, re-imaginings, revisits and remakes, Heroine’s Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok is the adventure-RPG I have unashamedly fallen in love with. A beautiful game about selfless, old-fashioned heroism that brilliantly captures the spirit of Quest for Glory. An adventure, that unlike the saga’s very own final installment, proudly stands up to its progenitors’ lofty standards.

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Wot I Think: Quest For Infamy

Isn’t it just typical? You wait sixteen years for a new game that picks up where the Quest for Glory series left off, and suddenly four of them come along at once… or close enough, anyway. Hot on the trails of Heroine’s Quest, with Mage’s Initiation and the original creators’ Hero-U: Rogue To Redemption still to come, Quest for Infamy wants to take a rather less heroic approach to its mix of RPG and adventure. But do the bad guys really have more fun? Here’s Wot I Think…

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Hero-U Graduates From The Kickstarter Academy

those smiles are now 48% wider

Retro-revival Kickstarters are no longer the sure-fire success they seemed to be a few months ago, it seems. Elite: Dangerous trails a long way behind Star Citizen’s incredible haul, Old-School RPG was cancelled, massively promising Bullfroggy god game Maia sadly may not reach its (frankly too high) target and Quest For Glory creators Corey and Lori Cole went right down to the wire for their adventure game Hero-U: Rogue To Redemption.

Make it they did, though – passing the $400,000 target with just four hours to spare. By the time you read this post there’ll be but half an hour left on the clock. Given the game is now definitely happening (well, as definitely as anything on Kickstarter gets), pledging now will mean you get your rewards, so the time for fence-sitting has at least passed.
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Interv-U: Lori and Corey Cole On Going Rogue

Remember, it's a school full of heroic rogues, not rouges. You don't want rouges trying to be heroes. It'd be a mascara.

Rhyming Quest For Glory designers Lori and Corey Cole are back, bringing one of the Kickstarters that have been demanded ever since the world remembered that adventure gamers have a wonderful mix of nostalgia and money. Their new project is Hero-U: Rogue To Redemption, and while it’s definitely not QFG6, it does share the same family tree. We sent Richard on a quest to interview them, and slay a dragon. He managed half.

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School For Scoundrels: Quest For Glory Devs’ Hero-U

Don't just stand there, come in

2012: most definitely the year that’s all about 30-something gamers having large numbers of their long-held, long-frustrated dreams and fancies fulfilled at last. All these genre and developer resurrections on Kickstarter, XCOM and Half-Life remade, and a bunch of other similar things I could probably put in comma-based list form if only I could concentrate for than twelve seconds. Latest on the neo-nostalgia train are the main brains behind Sierra’s adventure-RPG crossover Quest For Glory series (formerly Hero’s Quest, until Games Workshop did a spot of proto-Bumgardening), Cory and Lori Cole.

They’re working on a new game with a similar ethos – well, I say game, but proving that the 2012 apple doesn’t fall from the early-90s tree, they’ve declared Hero-U will be a five-game series. Hero-U takes fantasy tropes to college, in a vaguely Potterish way, and promises us “turn-based, tactical combat and dungeon exploration with rich character interactions, challenging puzzles, and an immersive story.”
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So I Want To Be A Hero! Quest For Glory I to V On GOG

So, so pretty.

Twas only yesterday I was letting everyone down by wishing for more Space Quest instead of more Quest For Glory. But as if the mighty Horace felt the need to restore balance to the universe, GOG.com have just announced they’ve released all five of the classic Sierra adventure/RPGs for ten bucks. Sure, it’s not a new one, but you try getting the original versions working.

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