An interesting philisophical question
Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I'm working on a board game. I'm studying video game design, which has it's roots in board games, so that's where I'm working at the moment. I've already done a Serenity game, so now I'm working on one based in the DC universe. Anyway, my question.

What is the purpose of a hero's life? Most of what they do is reactionary, which means that there is no goal other than to stop other people's goals. They exist simply to endure. I actually had the same problem with the Serenity game I made. Mal has no clear goal, so I had no clear ending for the game. In this case, though, there's not even a way for different superheroes to compete with each other. At least in the Firefly 'verse, there's money to be made.

My ultimate goal here is to come up with an ending for the game, but the underlying question is still the same. What do heroes strive for?


Friday, August 8, 2008 5:09 AM


A hero exists simply as a never ending warrior against evils in this world that normal human beings cannot (supposedly) overcome.
If I had to guess at what a hero strives for it would be this...to eliminate the evils of this world so that he or she can simply retire to a normal life...there is nothing grand about this but a worthy cause all the same.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 1:07 PM


generally most heros live to die for their cause ,like jesus,neo ,v in v for vendetta,and countless other examples in literature and film.not sure how that helps for a board game ,i'd probably try for the accumulation of wealth,hope this helps all the best miike

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 6:19 PM


You may want to look up the works of Joseph Campbell, "The Hero With a Thousand Faces". Bill Moyers did an intervies with him years ago that summed up your question perfectly.


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