Have you ever played an RPG? Then you know that the main character is a very big deal. He or she is destined to save the world, assisted by a group of equally heroic, strong companions. You travel vast landscapes, defeating monsters and enemies with evil intent, earning money, becoming stronger, buying or finding legendary equipment to help you on your super epic quest. Aren't you tired of that? In You Are Not The Hero, you play as Petula, a simple minded girl who lives in her little shack in Hearth Village. She's content with living her life the same dull way she has for a while now. Unfortunately for her, the heroes and villains of this world have different plans! YANTH is a parody on RPGs and games in general. You'll find tons of video game references, cliche satirical events and fourth wall breaking throughout your journey as Petula. You'll tackle obstacles, puzzles, chase sequences, and more unique events as you run after the Heroes who have stolen your precious pendant.

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4 comments by seita on Oct 12th, 2013

The Kickstarter Campaign has begun!

You Are Not The Hero Kickstarter

You Are Not The Hero is a new action platform RPG for the PC, inspired by all the people the heroes always ended up screwing over. We ditch the battle system to focus on richer RPG gameplay elements. Instead of playing a traditional hero that saves the world, you're instead playing a bystander swept into the affairs of the heroes and villains alike.

You play as Petula, an unemployed, emotionally charged, ill-tempered, otherwise average young woman. With the royal army hot on their heels, the heroes have made their way to your village where they resume scavenging for supplies in everyone's homes. After confronting them for stealing your pendant, they rush off to continue their quest, giving you a quest of your own to retrieve it.

From now until November 12th 2013 we will be raising funds to complete You Are Not The Hero. As a backer of the project, you'll be able to influence varying styles of gameplay to be added and refined in the game. Rewards are anywhere from getting a digital copy of the game, a digital soundtrack and artbook, joining the game as an NPC with a custom bust and sprite, all the way up to designing your own town, becoming the mayor and creating your own specific quests and adventures, with up to 10 other people you specify!

As an RPG Maker game, we can show the world that the engine isn't just for half-baked games with little production value, but a powerful game creation tool that should command more respect than it has. Thank you all for your support! If you can spare a second, please share the Kickstarter link to your family and friends, or to other forums and communities that you frequent. Any and all support is greatly appreciated!

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You Are Not The Hero Chapter 1 & 2 Demo

You Are Not The Hero Chapter 1 & 2 Demo

Sep 3, 2013 Demo 0 comments

Here's an alpha 1.0 released demo of You Are Not The Hero, first published on May 5th 2013. The graphics are not up to date and most systems are still...

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brosjd Oct 31 2013, 12:46pm says:

Not sure if it would fit with this game, but I've always wondered what it would be like trying to find a hero to do a task for you, or coincidentally ALWAYS having a task needing to be done whenever a hero interacts with you.

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seita Oct 18 2013, 5:40pm replied:

Actually, you can.... check out the Kickstarter ;x

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Otter. Sep 27 2013, 10:32pm says:

I played the demo. Really fun so far, I enjoyed that the mini-game mechanics were actually playable and just the right amount of length, not frustrating, hard or really slow like I seen elsewhere. :P
The only few problems I found were small graphical tearing on some background objects, but that's probably due to the engine. And one bug I found was when the blacksmith opens the door he goes ahead, but further down there in the dark in front of those boxes I could talk to him despite him being invisible since he wasn't suppose to be there probably and got the key from him early.

But other than that great job so far. Not sure how much it will cost when it's finished, but I will buy it.

Also I have a scene idea/suggestion: You know how in some Rpgs like Skyrim you get a sudden power and the people around you know you are the Dragonborn. How about a scene where our (not the) hero gets some kind of magical power no one seen before and everyone thinks she is the chosen one of legends!...But then it turns out she isn't, and it's a pretty common power, just the villagers are so disconnected from the rest of the Empire they have no clue about it.
I think it would fit well in the game's theme. :)

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seita Sep 29 2013, 1:35am replied:

Hey Otter! Thanks so much for trying out the demo.

If you've already seen the gameplay video I recently posted you may have noticed it's not quite the same quality, as the playable demo was released back in May. A lot of work has been put into the game since then, mainly polishing up gameplay, such as modifying jump height and distance to make the jumping mechanic more friendly. The respawn after falling has been modified as well to teleport you further from the edge. It's little things like these that I hope people will notice in the end.

Thanks for the bug! I believe I fixed that after releasing the demo, but I'll check it out when I get the chance.

Finally, thanks so much for the suggestion, they're always welcome! I had a similar scene in mind for the game, where the player gets empowered but just as equally gets dis-empowered. I'll make sure to give you credit in case we use that suggestion.
If you've got time please look us up on Facebook and twitter. Thanks!

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Otter. Sep 29 2013, 1:13pm replied:

Thanks. :)
Yeah, I seen the video and it already looks better in the small details. One more thing I would like is a bit more subtlety on the forth-wall breaking jokes. Mainly on the "it's in the script\" ones, but the pizza-cake joke should be heard once only too. But they can be really fun with the right pacing.

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Otter. Sep 18 2013, 6:18pm says:

Well this looks pretty fun and funny. Glad I checked it. I hope you throw in and twist every cliché from the usual "RPG maker" games :D

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