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:

Very last Hardcover Update, After Show Update #6
about 1 year ago – Mon, May 31, 2021 at 05:30:26 PM

Hi Metal Heroes Supporters!

This is another update about the upcoming Hardcover campaign. I know, last time I said it’s the “final update” about it, but in the recent couple of weeks a few (positive) developments forced us to change the settings of the campaign, and I want to inform you about it.

First, Kickstarter allowed us to offer Add-ons! (A new Kickstarter feature we didn’t have access to in the original campaign.) This is great because we won’t need a pledge manager this time.

Secondly, we decided to get some help from PR professionals in England to make the campaign more visible on social media. But I have to admit, I didn’t take the difficulties of Brexit for real. The materials the supporting company needs to make their videos got stuck at the border for several days now...

Bottom line is, we need a bit more time to get it all set done. Therefore, we’ll postpone the campaign by a few days (yes, no fixed date this time – I learned my lesson). Sorry for this letdown, but in the end, I’m sure the changes will help to make the new campaign more successful, which we hope is in everybody’s interest.


"Hard" Shaped Box, After Show Update #5
over 1 year ago – Sun, May 02, 2021 at 03:10:53 AM

It’s been coming for long time, and here it is:

Final Hardcover Update!

The most important fact right up front: The Kickstarter support campaign for the Metal Heroes Hardcover edition will blast off on June 1st!

To be clear: It will be completely voluntary. There is no obligation for you to participate, and no one has to give any extra money. Feel free to ignore it! BUT!

…IF you want Metal Heroes and the Fate of Rock to become a glorious hardcover edition, ruling as a crown achievement of the gamebook world, THEN you should consider to support us again.

If you’re reading this and are completely NEW to Metal Heroes, don’t worry, please jump right to the new campaign (preview) site here.

Okay, okay, cut to the chase, how can I support the hardcover campaign?

Well, anyone who already pledged in the first Metal Heroes campaign can help us by pledging at least as HARD ROCKER (adding just 3 Euros to your pledge from the first campaign). The funding goal to upgrade ALL books to hardcover is 1,800 Euros.

But keep in mind: If the second campaign isn’t successful, the gamebook will remain a softcover, and you won’t be giving any extra money at all.

We worked hard to make everything as fair and transparent as possible, but due to the numerous variants, it may happen that someone feels disadvantaged. If so, please get in touch with us, we’ll try to find a solution!

ACH JA… Everyone supporting us as a LINECUTTER (7 Euro) in the first week of the new campaign, will receive FuFu’s memory card game Zombory as an extra goodie!

If you would like to spread the word about the new campaign, please do so, using the following link:

Even if the most of it will sound familiar to you, FuFu put a lot of effort into giving the campaign a fresh new look.

And please remember not to confuse new backers too much about the hardcover metamorphosis… Many people will hear about it for the first time and from their perspective it’s their first chance to get a Metal Heroes gamebook.

That’s it for now. C’mon, let’s make Metal Heroes even HARDER!

Swen + FuFu

Hard Cover Paradox, After Show Update #4
over 1 year ago – Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 11:22:20 PM

Finally, Metal Heroes supporters

here we are with the latest news for all people waiting for a (possible) hardcover edition of Metal Heroes and the Fate of Rock.

We know there are many people out there hoping for a hardcover edition. (The result of the small survey we did two months ago… 106 persons replied, 76 of which said “yay!” to a hardcover. While this is a strong majority of people who answered, it may not represent the majority of all backers pledging for this campaign.) We've had long discussions about this issue, and you can believe us, we want such an edition, too.

Unfortunately, after contemplating all our options it looks like there’s no easy or perfect solution for this matter. For one, the total number of books is far too little to produce both versions, a soft and a hardcover (besides, we would have to design and proof two different 740+ pages books). Additionally, making a hardcover will result in a thicker book and different dimensions for the Special Edition boxes (which are already produced).

So what can we do? Well, bringing a hardcover to life will only work if we upgrade ALL books to hardcover and print ALL boxes anew. This would result in extra costs of approximately 3-4 Euros per book. But of course, we can't force our backers to spend any extra money. Y'all have backed a successful campaign and you will get your Metal Heroes stuff as promised!

Help making Metal Heroes even HARDER! (Hardcover Edition)

So how can we still handle it fair and transparent?
The only way to do it is to run another 21-days-quick'n'dirty-campaign to upgrade ALL books to hardcover! The funding goal for this purpose is 1,800 Euros (including fees and taxes). This way we also give new backers the chance to chip in (maybe circumstances are better for the the project now than they were in November) and thus help us fund our hardcover edition.

For you, the original backers, it means you will have two options:

1. I want to help make this gamebook even harder!
>> Wait until the new campaign is set-up and pledge there at least as HARD ROCKER* (3 Euros).

2. Sorry, I don’t care about the hard cover!
>> Just ignore the new campaign.

In the end, if the new campaign is successful, the backers who pledged in it are charged with the bit of extra money, and all backers get their books as hardcover editions. And in case the campaign fails, well, everything stays as it is and nobody gets hurt.

Alrighty then, when does the new campaign start?
Currently we're in the process of preparing this second campaign. We will let you know when the time has come to kick it off!

We hope you can agree this solution is the best for everyone!

 Swen + FuFu

*) Minimum pledge level. Of course it will be possible to pledge more, if you wish to.

Here I Write Again, After Show Update #3
over 1 year ago – Sun, Feb 14, 2021 at 11:01:28 AM

Hey Metal Heroes supporters!

Just a small update, what’s going on behind the stage…

Right now, I’m working on the implementation of the bonus songs and the extra sections. As you can imagine, it’s not easy to work these new elements into the structure of a finished gamebook, but it’s so exciting and enjoyable to revisit the Metal Heroes and their adventures again! Thank you all for giving me this opportunity.

To all you die-hard hardcover fans: FuFu and I are still working for a fair solution! I can’t go too much into detail now, but I’m sure everyone should be satisfied if our idea works out. (This is the reason why the Pledge Manager hasn’t opened for backers yet, just in case you were wondering.)

That’s enough for today. Rock on!


Hit Us With Your Best Shot, After Show Update #2
over 1 year ago – Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 11:27:05 PM

Welcome to the first Metal Heroes update of 2021!

First of all, happy new year to all of you. I hope you are well! Okay, without further ado, here is the latest from the Metal Heroes project.


As promised, I prepared the wallpapers with the Metal Heroes cover art in different resolutions for all 246 backers (and the rest of the rockin’ world). You may download it for your desktops, tablets and smartphones.

Get your "Metal Heroes" and "Rider of the Black Sun" desktop wallpaper in different ratios and resolutions!

As a little extra goodie, I did the same with the cover art of my first gamebook Rider of the Black Sun.

Hall of Fame Portraits

I have sent a message to all backers, who are qualified to be portrayed in the Hall of Fame of the book. Please provide FuFu an appropriate metal photo of yourself in high resolution.

UK and the Pledge Manager

With New Year’s Eve the United Kingdom has left the building of the European Union. Besides all the discussions and fears, most importantly for us the DHL fixed their shipping prices to the independent island!

The costs are now in between EU and non-EU countries (they are the same as for Switzerland). I’ve added a new Shipping Region to the Pledge Manager to take the new circumstance into account and to make it as fair as possible.

Talking of the Pledge Manager: Before going live, it will have to undergo some more days of preparation and testing. Please stay patient.

New Illustrations

I prepared a wish list of new illustrations for FuFu. The new panel sequences will show action scenes, mystical moments and fools alike. And I’m pretty excited how the new stuff will fit in the existing art work! FuFu will give you progress reports concerning the illustrations in future updates.

Rock on and take care,