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Hero's Realm: Heroic Edition
I always wanted to publish a game based on everything I enjoyed as a kid. This will be the end result.



Lead four heroes and their teams against the evil forces of Mephistocles, the Lord of Demons in this retro-RPG adventure. Switch between the four heroes as you explore dungeons, ascend towers, spelunk caves, save villages and defeat the forces of evil! Reminiscent of classic NES/SNES-era RPGs, Hero's Realm is a fun romp in old-school RPG nostalgia.


  • Play as 4 powerful Heroes and their customizable party throughout a four chapter story, each with their own skillset & battle commands!
  • Come together in the final fifth to adventure with all four parties - switching between them anytime, even in boss battles!
  • Customize your heroes' party by selecting from 21 unique character classes split between the mage, warrior, and rogue specialties, including unlockable elite and master classes!



  • 25 character classes (12 base classes, 4 hero classes, 6 elite classes, 3 master classes)
  • Over 30 hours of game content and sidequests
  • Classic NES-era and SNES-era RPG gameplay
  • Multi-party switching system
  • Multi-party tactical battles
  • Expansive world map





If you like what I do and have done to date, consider being my patron so that I can continue doing it. A remastered game is just the start!
https://www.patreon.com/kentona

Hero's Realm has a TVTropes page.Check it out.
Alternatively, you can donate directly to my PayPal.



Latest Blog

Posting from a Tim Hortons

It would be a remarkable feat if there are still many fans following the development of this remaster. It was suggested that I post an update on the progress (or lack thereof) that I've made in the years since I started.

After a half-decade of hem-hawing about going forward with a lifelong dream of mine to commercially publish an RPG, in 2017, I finally convinced myself that it would be worth remastering my dear pet project Hero's Realm as a commercial endeavour. When it started, I was full of vinegar and hope and naivety that it might be a moderate success. I even envisioned that it'd be released sometime in, say, 2 years!

I reached out for commissions, and was graced with the skills of Avee (for art and sprite work), BigWig (for monster art and sprites)(he has since disappeared from my contacts - I really hope he's okay tbh), visitorsfromdreams for animations, and pianotm and zDS stepped up and offered music composition. I am very gracious for all the help I've received to date, and owe a debt of gratitude to all of you, especially for sticking with me after all this time. The works you have done are amazing.

Here is a rough outline of the progressbar (not to scale):


A brief recap/excuses of the past couple years:
(background: I announced this project in mid-2017. At the end of 2017 I received a shock that my company was closing up and was out of a job. I became an independent contractor and a self-employed. This has been the case until January 3rd, 2023, when I started a new position as an employee).
-so in 2020 the pandemic started. Kids were schooling from home, and everything was greatly disrupted. It's been tough, and I wish I had the wherewithal to have completed this remaster before 2020.
-late 2020 my dad died unexpectedly, so that sucked.
-in 2021 I moved to a new home (we had outgrown our first home of 10 years - the boys were sharing a bedroom and bunkbeds and could benefit from more space). Moving was hella-expensive and time-consuming,
-2020-2022 I was hella-depressed, too.
-the project got corrupted (there was a blog post about it) and I had to restore from a backup. Oh well.
-started a new job Jan 3rd, full-time, with a pension and healthcare and everything, so that's pretty cool.
-in conclusion, here we are.


Anyway, mid-2022 I started putting actual effort into the project again. Avee had invested a TON of time and effort implementing the tilesets for me in-game (wow!), so I had a great basis to work off of.

-I revamped the hero classes, and implemented the 3 new classes
-I imported all the great resources that Avee and visitorsfromdreams made
-I mapped the class graphics to the battlechars and weapons that Avee made
-I recentlyish mapped all 401 monsters to the 389 monster sprites (with over 95 unique sprites and recolours!). It was quite the undertaking.
-I documented all of the monsters, spells, items, weapons, battle scripts and more into my Excel spreadsheet (this will come in handy when I make the guidebooks and manuals)
-I am currently in the process of mapping the battle backgrounds to tiles
-I am also currently in the process of refactoring the battle events - they desperately need a cleanup and the new skills (an better implementations of existing skills) need to be added. It'll be fun redoing all 977 battle troops. I am leaning on the work I have done in Generica. Hero's Realm - being the first project I ever completed - was a prototype in a lot of ways, and it is evident the messiness of the scripts.
-As part of this battle events process, I will be implementing the new battle animations from visitorsfromdreams AND revisiting the skills and their balance/implementation.


These pieces are all required before I can truly embark on the next phase of the project - polishing and playtesting. This will include leaning once again on pianotm and zDS to prepare a finalized version of their amazing tracks. And eventually putting a call out for official play testers.

Then in parallel, I will need to reach out and ask for help with
-creating multimedia (like videos!) for showcasing the game
-signing up for Steam and figuring out publishing (so many of you have done this now - I would love your expertise!)
-signing up for itch.io

I will also be making my planned guide material, like
-monster lists
-equipment lists
-maps
-guidebook/manual
-OST (maybe! if zDS and pianotm are up for it!)
-other cool things

Then finally - publish the damn game.

So yeah. I'm almost done my double-double and my son's soccer practice ends soon. I will wrap this up now with a promise to you that I will post updates more regularly. If you've made it this far, thanks for reading.

Posts

Marrend
Guardian of the Description Thread
20932
If only there was a place for fledgling designers. A place to NETWORK with other RPG MAKERS where one could post their ideas, get feedback on them, and perhaps even get better at things one is bad at...
jokes aside, is there a commercial demo or commercial build available yet? publicly or privately? I kind of wanted to do a fan trailer for this ♥.
kentona
Your mom is a hero
20851
Hahahhahahahahahahha oh god no i am ao lazy
CashmereCat
Self-proclaimed Puzzle Snob
11638
I also have a few ideas for this game since I've been playing it:

- Implement AR and VR like Jungle-themed games like Jurassic World or Five Nights at Freddy's
- Healthcare integrated games like Pokemon Go.
- Implement Teleport to be able to go between locations, any 2 locations in the map you can teleport using Teleport Stone
- Lottery gaming minigame like Jackpocket Lottery at any castle within the world
- Gift card game app like Lucky Scratch at any castle within the world
- Add Choices that Matter within game
- Multiplatform including Switch, PS5, Xbox One
- Allow map editor for Game, especially in maps to be able to give and take stats via Twitch Integration App
- Instanced Loot for each player
- Multiplayer
- Include High-octane immervise open world. This game already has open world but I thought I would suggest it
- Win an E3 Award
- Include 3D cinematic in the style of Final Fantasy XV. You can pay for animator via Fivvver. It can help, it's only $5 and you will be able to get professional animation it's not that hard.
- Full voice dialogue including Hollywood Actors which should be within your budget, after Patreon
- Discord Integration, allow Discord posts to influence actions
- RPG

Hopefully this helps! I'll come back with 1000 more ideas next. Cheers. :)
kentona
Your mom is a hero
20851
Hahahhahahahahahahha oh god no i am ao lazy
unity
You're magical to me.
12577
hahahaha you two are the best XD
author=CashmereCat
I also have a few ideas for this game since I've been playing it:

- Implement AR and VR like Jungle-themed games like Jurassic World or Five Nights at Freddy's
- Healthcare integrated games like Pokemon Go.
- Implement Teleport to be able to go between locations, any 2 locations in the map you can teleport using Teleport Stone
- Lottery gaming minigame like Jackpocket Lottery at any castle within the world
- Gift card game app like Lucky Scratch at any castle within the world
- Add Choices that Matter within game
- Multiplatform including Switch, PS5, Xbox One
- Allow map editor for Game, especially in maps to be able to give and take stats via Twitch Integration App
- Instanced Loot for each player
- Multiplayer
- Include High-octane immervise open world. This game already has open world but I thought I would suggest it
- Win an E3 Award
- Include 3D cinematic in the style of Final Fantasy XV. You can pay for animator via Fivvver. It can help, it's only $5 and you will be able to get professional animation it's not that hard.
- Full voice dialogue including Hollywood Actors which should be within your budget, after Patreon
- Discord Integration, allow Discord posts to influence actions
- RPG

Hopefully this helps! I'll come back with 1000 more ideas next. Cheers. :)


Brilliant ideas. Let's slap this on kickstarter and ask for six figures.
I forgot, who are the heros now.
Holdana, Enobong, . . . , . .. ?
I'm just popping in to say hello and man, this game still isn't out. I want to see those fancy effects I did a thousand years ago in action. :(
kentona
Your mom is a hero
20851
author=visitorsfromdreams
I'm just popping in to say hello and man, this game still isn't out. I want to see those fancy effects I did a thousand years ago in action. :(

you backed the wrong horse my dude sorry

author=Notnosyknowsy
I forgot, who are the heros now.
Holdana, Enobong, . . . , . .. ?

Rana and Otojiro
All jokes about this game's development hell aside, maybe a devlog or blog post on where things are at and what needs to be done might help you steer it back into the right direction???

I was under the impression things were pretty far along; just don't want to see all this work go to waste. And remember that there's no shame in putting out a call for help.
author=Notnosyknowsy
I forgot, who are the heros now.
Holdana, Enobong, . . . , . .. ?
Rana and Otojiro

Thank you
author=Sgt M
All jokes about this game's development hell aside, maybe a devlog or blog post on where things are at and what needs to be done might help you steer it back into the right direction???

I was under the impression things were pretty far along; just don't want to see all this work go to waste. And remember that there's no shame in putting out a call for help.

I actually finished original Hero's Realm for the first time like a month or two ago and it was great! If you need anything (other than music lol) kentona I've got you!!
author=Sgt M
All jokes about this game's development hell aside, maybe a devlog or blog post on where things are at and what needs to be done might help you steer it back into the right direction???

I was under the impression things were pretty far along; just don't want to see all this work go to waste. And remember that there's no shame in putting out a call for help.

+2♥
author=LordBlueRouge
author=Sgt M
All jokes about this game's development hell aside, maybe a devlog or blog post on where things are at and what needs to be done might help you steer it back into the right direction???

I was under the impression things were pretty far along; just don't want to see all this work go to waste. And remember that there's no shame in putting out a call for help.
+2♥


+3♥
kentona
Your mom is a hero
20851
author=Gourd_Clae
author=Sgt M
All jokes about this game's development hell aside, maybe a devlog or blog post on where things are at and what needs to be done might help you steer it back into the right direction???

I was under the impression things were pretty far along; just don't want to see all this work go to waste. And remember that there's no shame in putting out a call for help.
I actually finished original Hero's Realm for the first time like a month or two ago and it was great! If you need anything (other than music lol) kentona I've got you!!

I need music
author=kentona
author=Gourd_Clae
author=Sgt M
All jokes about this game's development hell aside, maybe a devlog or blog post on where things are at and what needs to be done might help you steer it back into the right direction???

I was under the impression things were pretty far along; just don't want to see all this work go to waste. And remember that there's no shame in putting out a call for help.
I actually finished original Hero's Realm for the first time like a month or two ago and it was great! If you need anything (other than music lol) kentona I've got you!!
I need music

I'll bang on a trash can and record it I can make this work lmao
author=kentona
author=Gourd_Clae
author=Sgt M
All jokes about this game's development hell aside, maybe a devlog or blog post on where things are at and what needs to be done might help you steer it back into the right direction???

I was under the impression things were pretty far along; just don't want to see all this work go to waste. And remember that there's no shame in putting out a call for help.
I actually finished original Hero's Realm for the first time like a month or two ago and it was great! If you need anything (other than music lol) kentona I've got you!!
I need music
Look for royalty free music on itch.io. At first I was thinking about recommeding the music in RPG Maker MZ - 8bit Retro Graphic Materials All-in-One Pack ... but you must encrypt your game so nobody yoink the music from the folder and you cannot encrypt a Rpg 2003 game.
kentona
Your mom is a hero
20851
My reply was a bit facetious as piano(tm) and zedDS have been making some killer tracks. I was poking a bit of fun asking for music because that was the only thing Gourd said they couldn't do