The Heroes Survival Game is a role-playing game on the Heroes NBC website.
|First mentioned:||July 2, 2009|
The characters created in Heroes: Survival do not directly affect story events, but each character, also called a "hero" in the game, experiences similar storylines similar to that of the iStory. Users are presented 1-2 times each weeks, normally on Tuesdays and Fridays, with an event text message sent to them by their characters and are able to choose their character's response. The choice of response shapes their character's personality between altruistic, aggressive, clever, and ethical. Event messages are often related to the iStory. Users are also sent a few wellness messages daily that increase a character's health by clicking a 'send assistance' button. Characters gain experience whenever their creators answer one of their messages. The sooner a creator answers a character's message, the closer to maximum experience points for that message the character gets.
The heroes in the game are ranked daily at 3AM Pacific time. The rating used to assign rankings is generated using a formula that looks at factors like participation and consistency. When factions are released, there will be new ways for heroes to get special rating, health, or attribute boosts; and eventually, even ways to attack the scores of other factions and their members. The top twenty rankings are listed along with their experience points on the main pages of the Heroes: Survival game.
Users must register an account at myNBC in order to participate. It is recommended that they also register an account at the Heroes 9th Wonders! forum for tips and discussion about the game, and help and support.
Users must initially give their characters nicknames to be used by the system, and can customize them by filling in profile fields for first and last name, avatar image, power name, power description, and a biography. These additional fields are optional and not affect playing the game. However, providing them may increase the odds that the character appears in a chapter of the iStory and/or a graphic novel. There are no concrete rules for how to get a character into the iStory, but some helpful factors may include a unique fact in the character's profile such as an unexplained event in their biography, or an unusual location; flexibility in the biography, such as an unexplained fact or easily described powers; a high ranking; and patience. Rachel Mills and other Heroes characters and events do not need to be mentioned in the biography, and the biography does not need to be long. Thus far, a few Heroes: Survival characters have appeared in "The Civilian" iStory including Cole, Marc, and Mykal.
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