Do you remember Final Fantasy IX? Well, if you played it, chances are you went to a house and looted 10 gil. Unfortunately, it was the life savings of an individual’s grandmother, and can’t be returned. But if you think about it, how many games do you know of that give players the option to return an individual’s valuables? Everyone who plays a game takes items that aren’t theirs but, since we play the heroes, it’s not like it’s a bad thing, right?
You Are Not The Hero explores the RPG element through the eyes of a bystander; a non-heroic individual who is involved in a hero’s journey. Originally, involvement with minor characters would be brief, but not this time.
Title: You Are Not The Hero
Genre: 2D Action Platform RPG
Campaign End: November 12, 2013
Goal: $12,001 USD
Players take on the role of Petula, an emotional, unemployed, and rather average young woman who confronts some heroes for stealing her pendant. The heroes depart and return to their quest, leaving Petula to start her very own quest to retrieve the her lost jewelry. Side-quests and minigames will also be included in the game, such as running a bakery or being a waitress, and, depending on the player’s actions, the game’s outcome may change.
You Are Not The Hero looks to be an interesting take on the traditional RPG. Since players take on the role of a bystander, battle conventions will not apply. Instead, players will have to outwit their opponents in this cynical yet darkly humorous world.
Funding is going quite well for You Are Not The Hero. More than 1,900 backers pledged over $50,500 to the project, which only had an initial goal of $12,001. Three stretch goals have been reached, including revamped graphics, Mac and Linux support, and an extra chapter that involves the main character visiting the modern world. The final stretch goal, which will feature Petula in a horror game, needs roughly $500 to be reached.
Thirteen days remain until November 12, the closing date of the funding period. If this project looks interesting, you might consider supporting it and helping to build a better game. I wish it the best, and can’t wait to see what becomes of it.