Heroes Must Die

Heroic Games

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

FactSheet

Developer:

Heroic Games

Project:

Heroes Must Die

Website:

www.hmd-game.com

Contact:

Rick Stemm

rickstemm@gmail.com

Social:

@HeroesMustDie

facebook.com/HeroesMustDie

Game:

Download

Show:

Contact for details

 

 

Heroic Games

Heroic Games is a San Antonio game design and media company founded in 2015 by Rick Stemm. Actively involved in San Antonio's art and startup scene, Rick is a playwright, game designer, arts educator, and kungfu instructor.

Heroes Must Die

Heroic Games' first project is Heroes Must Die, a transmedia epic combining a video game and theatrical performance. 

The Game

Heroes Must Die is the story of a young hero forcibly conscripted into the villain's army, and facing classic RPG trials from this perspective. Faced with the daunting task of dealing with the world's evilest boss, stupidest minions, mos daring freedom fighters, and troublesome-est posers, how do you survive a world of all sides in conflict? Hilariously, that's how. Battle through hours of challenging combat (even we have to work hard to beat our own game), laugh out loud dialogue (but like, for real, not a half-assed 'lol'), and surprising story turns (seriously, a professional playwright wrote this game).

Heroes Must Die is an action-RPG with aesthetics inspired by the best roleplaying games of the 16 bit era, with the sophisticated story and design of modern epics. Follow a grand and hilarious story of trying to break the world and then save it. Combat is easy to learn and difficult to master.

The game is available on Steam for free.

The Show

The sequel to the Heroes Must Die game, Heroes Must Die is also a live theatrical performance that the audience can interact with like a video game, controlling characters and changing the plot. Audience interactions, puppetry, and stagecraft will bring the world of video games to life!

The show picks up where the game leaves off and follows the travails of the remaining heroes after the world has been saved. When PVP is introduced into the world and hero turns against hero, can they still survive? That's up to you - the audience controls the action. See interactive dialogue, battle scenes, monsters, magic, and platformers created on stage!

Rick Stemm, playwright, is known for his interactive works, including the Sherlock Holmes choose-your-own-adventure You've Ruined a Perfectly Good Mystery and the Bollywood panto Open Sesame!. He collaborated with Northwest Vista's Palmetto Theater to create this unique experience.

Show currently available to rent on Steam. Contact for details about the rights to produce the show.

Streaming, Playtesting, Articles

We welcome streamers to play the game and share on Twitch, Youtube, and more. Please send people to our site!

Contact Rick Stemm for inquiries, info, articles, reviews, and more. See contact info on the left.

Our soundtrack is also available!

Videos

Game Trailer

Show trailer

Images

Tactical, hex-based combat.

Tactical, hex-based combat.

Dialogue sample screenshot. Speaking with General Taxes , Minister of Finance, in Skullcrusher Mountain.

Dialogue sample screenshot. Speaking with General Taxes , Minister of Finance, in Skullcrusher Mountain.

The sophisticated dialogue of Heroes Must Die.

The sophisticated dialogue of Heroes Must Die.

Memorize attack patterns in Defense mode.

Memorize attack patterns in Defense mode.

Storm, from game to show, and Mercy, our new hero.

Storm, from game to show, and Mercy, our new hero.

Grim and Angelica brought to life.

Grim and Angelica brought to life.

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