Hey everyone! I just got greenlit for a CoG game titled Heroes on Hold and I was so excited to share it with you all that I made a forum post here! I don’t have a demo available yet (it just got approved yesterday!) but I’d love to offer you the premise and some of the characters that you’ll be meeting in the game, along with a quick, spoiler-free summary of their personalities:
All your life, you’ve hidden your powers because of the stigma behind using them due to the Awful Event thirty years ago. Then one day, everything changes—you’re attacked by an assailant, you find yourself in dealings with the law enforcement, and you’re eventually leading a team of other powered individuals into saving the world. It’s not quite what you expected. You learn of the existence of Pallor, a nefarious syndicate led by the perfectionist Ivory, who plans to bring about another doomsday by stripping away emotions from everyone in the world. It’s your job to stop that from happening.
I’m a huge fan of superhero fantasies and daydream often about having my own powers and what they would be—I read the Heroes Rise series avidly a few years back when they came out and they (along with classic Marvel heroes) were a huge source of inspiration for Heroes on Hold. I wanted to twist the standard plot a bit though, and make the PC’s main goal, aside from defeating the Big Bad, redeeming how heroes are viewed by a society that’s turned against them.
No spoilers here! I wanted to offer you all a glimpse into the team that you’ll be working with throughout the entirety of the story without revealing too much into their personalities or personal lives. As a queer POC, I worked hard to make sure this team was diverse and offered many options with whom people who belong to marginalized groups could identify.
Taylor Garcia [sample codename: Aftershock] – the sample PC. Her power is earth and crystallization based.
Lilac An [codename: Chill] – a calculating and self-appointed vigilante who doles out justice as she sees fit. Her power is ice.
Aaron Styles [codename: Styles] – a strong, kind-hearted hero wannabe who seeks to help others. His power is time manipulation.
Carmen Moore [codename: Queen] – a scatterbrained but well-meaning woman with a heart of gold. Her power is magic.
Electra – a reclusive, nonbinary, techno-power expert. Their power is techkinesis.
Ilya Grievas [codename: Chiron] – a confident and seasoned healer with a knack for getting into trouble. His power is energy.
Agni Varma [codename: Egret] – a professional, transgender dancer with an eye for success. Her power is fire.
(Some of) The Villains
You and the rest of the Heroes on Hold will be fighting the evil syndicate Pallor throughout the course of the game. There are several more villains than the two I’ve summarized here, but I wanted to keep some of them secret (for at least a while, anyway). There are no spoilers in this section either!
Ivory – the beauty- and perfection-obsessed leader of Pallor. Her power is light.
Evelyn [codename: Venus] – a flirtatious and deeply intelligent young woman. Her power is charm.
You’ll also meet other characters during your time on the Heroes on Hold, including officers of and workers in law enforcement and others that are important to your team members. There will also be side stories that you can complete to learn about your team.
- (3/10) Forum topic created.
- (4/30) Chapter 1 draft completed.
Thanks for checking this out!
I’ll be around the forums here if you have any questions! It might take a while before the demo comes up, especially since I’m slowly learning how to use ChoiceScript, but I wanted to create this post because I wanted to share my excitement with you all and just couldn’t contain it. I’d love to hear your reactions, so please let me know!
You can play a draft of the first chapter using this link. Please let me know what you all think!