Heroes Must Die

Heroic Games

Heroes Must Die by Heroic Games combines an indie video game RPG and an interactive theater production.

Heroic Games

Heroes Must Die is produced by Heroic Games, LLC. Founded and based in San Antonio, TX, Heroic Games is committed to multimedia and transmedia projects for education and entertainment. If it's never been done before, Heroic Games will make it happen.

In addition to Heroes Must Die, Heroic Games has created art for San Antonio venues such as Luminaria and the TriCentennial, creates online learning content for the City of San Antonio and various national hospitals, and continues to produce plays.

Rick Stemm

Rick Stemm is a playwright, game designer, and teaching artist who explores interactive, transmedia stories in all of his work. As a Dramatists Guild playwright, SAY Sí Teaching Artist, and small business owner, Rick has explored told branching, non-linear, or otherwise nontraditional narratives through games, web, performance art, and traditional theater. Heroes Must Die was the first transmedia project to produce a narrative across a video game and theater show. As an instructor at the world-renowned creative youth development program SAY Sí, Rick empowers young artists with the creative and entrepreneurial skills needed to be a working artist. Rick also fosters communities through his work with city arts programs, and he founded and runs San Antonio’s indie game developer groups.

Apart from Heroes Must Die, Rick co-wrote the Sherlockian choose-your-own-adventure You've Ruined a Perfectly Good Mystery, which played at the New York International Film Festival and venues around the country. His Bollywood action musical Open Sesame! broke box office records at San Antonio's perennial favorite Overtime Theater. He has produced interactive, multimedia shows several times for San Antonio's art festival Luminaria. He was chosen as a featured artist to represent 300 years of culture for San Antonio's TriCentennial anniversary, making a machine-learning poetry kiosk called Word Salsa.

He was lead writer and designer at the former startup Twist Education, the creative vision behind science learning games. Rick continues to produce online learning content for some of the country's top hospitals, as well as local clients such as the San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture.

Rick's community work includes founding and running the Greater Gaming Society of San Antonio, co-chairing the local IGDA chapter, and teaching game design and new media at SAY Sí.