Metal Heroes and the Fate of Rock: A Rock/Comedy Gamebook

Created by Swen Harder

Bring the world's loudest gamebook on air! [ENGLISH HARDCOVER EDITION]

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Reason to Believe - After Show Update #16
about 2 months ago – Wed, Jun 22, 2022 at 02:19:54 PM

Hey-ho Metal Heroes Backers!

After a long search for the perfect paper and a tricky approval process (an error had crept into the cover PDF which we weren’t able to find and eliminate so quickly) the time has finally come!

We have green-lit the printing of 500 Metal Heroes game books. Thus, a huge hurdle for this complex project has been cleared and a big weight is taken off my mind!

So, what's next?

The special Metal Heroes dice are currently in customs clearance while the Metal Heroes Poker Decks are still being printed.

Fufu is painting the last strokes on the alternative dust cover. I've already seen a preview and I’m looking forward to seeing that hot off the press as well (but this shouldn't cause as much drama as there was with the 'original' cover).

Once everything is here—and should take no longer than a few more weeks—I can start putting together all the stuff for the first Special Editions and checking that everything fits into the collection box as planned.

Please understand that only then can I unlock the Pledge Manager, so that I don't have to retroactively change anything in case of problems.

Rock on! Swen

It's a long way to the top – After Show Update #15
3 months ago – Sun, May 01, 2022 at 05:50:47 AM

Hello Metal Heroes Supporters!

Welcome to this update! We are actually getting close to the printing of the gamebook you are all waiting for, which is scheduled for mid/end May!

So what's been happening lately?

The book has passed a further check and correction process. Thanks to the valuable input of our ROADIE supporters the text, linking and rules were improved. Especially the new Kickstarter parts!

Fufu did an expanded version of the cover (a hardcover image needs to be bigger) and he also finalized the Hall of Fame artwork; I’m pretty sure all the backers represented personally on the book’s final pages will like how they are portrayed.

To wrap it up, I need to know which name (or two names for all ROCKIN' COUPLE backers) you want to have printed there to complete those last six pages! Therefore, you’ll receive an email from Kickstarter soon with the Metal Heroes survey. It’s important to respond to this survey as quickly as you can.

As backer of the original campaign, you’ll also receive a link to the BackerKit Pledge Manager soon.

Please fill in your address there as well. This is even more important to get the fulfillment and shipping started.

Rock on!


...and justice for all! - After Show Update #14
5 months ago – Tue, Mar 15, 2022 at 03:19:52 PM

Hello Metal Heroes supporters!

Things have been coming along well In the past few weeks! My shelves keep filling up with stuff! The DVD box inlays came from the printer, as did the foldable Metal Journals. The soundtrack CDs and the dice for the bonus game "Raise your Horns!" were produced.

Unfortunately I had to drop the original manufacturer as they were unable to provide me with blank sided dice (which they had actually been able to supply in the past.) But thanks to the great support of my Italian game book friends at Raven, that problem is solved now!

In addition, the new box layout for the poker cards and the four dice is finished and will now also be printed. By the way, if you want to check the rules for "Raise your Horns!", please feel free to download the PDF and send me your feedback in the next two weeks.

Also, I finally finished the Metal Heroes PRE layout! I will send it to the Roadie backers in the next few days. Thus, the project is entering the last major phase before printing. And I very much hope that there will be no further major delays.

Unfortunately, that cannot be ruled out... While we didn’t plan to print the book in Ukraine, there are a number of printers there that usually handle many projects from the EU. The horrific situation there will likely have a massive impact on the availability of printers in Poland, where it is supposed to be printed.

But that's a rather trivial matter compared to the terrible humanitarian tragedy currently happening in Eastern Europe. It‘s a reminder that there are for more important things than some Kickstarter project.

Peace! Swen and FuFu

Rock ‘n Roll is a Vicious Game – After Show Update #13
6 months ago – Tue, Feb 01, 2022 at 03:13:52 AM

Good evening Hard Backers and Premiere Supporters alike!

Welcome to the – technically – January update! I know, many of you are waiting for the grand announcement that our book is done and ready to ship. Well, things are developing slower than expected. I had to deal with some health issues this month and had a lot to do with my day job.

So, I wasn’t able to push the layout far enough to send out the pre-PDF to the ROADIE backers. And for me this is key to guarantee a good product quality. Additionally, while doing the layout, I became aware of some minor issues with the translation (some overlooked gaps need to be filled and some additional info boxes are missing). I guess in a gamebook with nearly 1,400 sections such things are bound to happen. Be that as it may, these issues will be tackled by Carol in the next few weeks. Poor Carol, she actually thought she was done with it!

One of FuFu's new illustrations (uncolored).

As you can see, we are still behind schedule, and I am truly sorry. There is nobody else to blame for this than me. To be honest, while I am very determined to really push the project forward in the next month (trust me, my wife would love to get back all the apartment space currently occupied by dozens of card boxes), it’s not quite possible right now to give you, dear backers, a reliable shipping date right now.

To end this update on a high note: Fufu’s done with all the new illustrations and is now working on the Hall of Fame portraits! I’m really keen to see this special part of the book will look like in the end.

Finally, I would like to thank all backers who gave me feedback about the rules and thus helped make them more player-friendly and weed out a few mistakes.

Thanks for listening,


Breaking the Rules – After Show Update #12
9 months ago – Thu, Nov 25, 2021 at 04:59:33 PM

Hey-ho folks!

The days are getting shorter—at least in the northern hemisphere—and the time I spend on the PC completing Metal Heroes is getting longer, because we got news from our translator: Carol actually did it!

A few days ago she handed in her last missing pages. She translated 808 German gamebook pages into English, including all the linguistic nonsense that I fabricated! I can't thank her enough! This was by far the most difficult and ungrateful part of fulfilling this Kickstarter!

Please check the rules

In the meantime, the very first part of the book I finished are the rules, which I would like to share with y’all via this download:

METAL HEROES PRE RULES (file: pdf 1.94 MB)

Why the rules? Why download? Fair questions. Well, I would love to receive feedback from you guys, about whether it is understandable and theoretically playable for you. Because at this point it would be quite easy to change some glossary terms and adapt corresponding text passages in the book, later on that would be quite a fiddle.

While at it, I designed a little icon which will always appear on the page number if this page has actually benefited from you, the backers. In other words, if some kind of bonus content, such as new sections, songs, or illustrations was included. (You can find the icon on the very last page of the rules.)

The next step is the pre-print PDF for the nine ROADIE backers. I hope that I can finish at least part of it in December and send it out to you. More on that in the next update!

Rock on!