The seventh and most terrifying game yet in the Parsely series. The goal? Help your sister escape Z-Ward...or die trying.
*** UPDATE 11-29-11 ***
Hey everyone. My estimated delivery date turned out to be... ambitious. Because of time spent printing, shipping to Skull Mountain, organization and shipping out, it's going to take up to a month more to get things moving. I should have the PDF ready as soon as I input all the names in the "special thanks" section.
$7000: Sprint goal (because Jared has OCD and likes round numbers)
$6500: An additional, brand-new Parsely game (name/theme TBD)
$5000: $50+ pledges get shirt, buttons and patch. $25 gets patch (images at bottom of page).
$3000: 1-page PDF/print expansion to Z-Ward.
$2000: "Thank you" donations to Kevin MacLeod and Brian Mayer.
Z-Ward: a survival-horror Parsely game.
Your sister was sent away to a mental hospital nine weeks ago. But then something terrible happened...or so she says.
Is she crazy? Or have the End Times finally come to Z-Ward?
What is a Parsely Game?
“Very rarely do new game concepts come along which impress me, but this one stands out as being something truly revolutionary. And yet, like many of the most brilliant ideas, it’s so fiendishly simply that you say, ‘Why hasn’t anybody thought of this before?’” - Andrew Looney, designer of Fluxx
Parsely games are massively multiplayer, live-action text adventure games inspired by Ye Olde Text Parsers from days of yore. Instead of a computer program, a real live human interprets the player's input and responds to those commands, literally and (often) ironically. It's like roleplay-meets-karaoke.
Listen to what the Library Gamer has to say:
The best thing about Parsely games (besides price) is that they can be played anywhere with any number of people! My smallest games were with a friend or two. My largest game ever was with 400+ people at Pax East in Boston.
If you're a nerd, you'll love Parsely games.
Z-Ward will be published in the same format as the other Parsely games (like Action Castle and Pumpkin Town): a z-fold pamphlet printed on 11″ x 17″ high quality, glossy color stock. The kickstarter pledges will cover the art budget, a print run of 1,000 copies and shipping costs.
The rest will go towards therapy.
Learn more at www.memento-mori.com
Here are images of the special rewards (shirt, buttons, patch):
Shipping is included in the pledge prices. When I put up a t-shirt reward, it will also include shipping (for that one I might do an international pledge and a US-only pledge).
Besides the extra books/PDFs, the first backers to pledge $100+ get characters in the game named after them. For $50, your name will appear in the "special thanks" section of the Z-Ward game.
Nope! I have great support from longtime Parsely contributor Tony Dowler (the dude who drew most of the Parsely game maps) and from friends who contribute to the project by playtesting the game with me—enduring the inevitable broken logic or impenetrable puzzles of early drafts.
Oh, and all of you! You guys are helping this project too by supporting it! So thanks. :)
I'm probably going to expand the print run to 1000 copies. The extra expense isn't too much higher than a 500-copy run so the price per unit drops considerably.
Because I hit 200% of my goal I'm donating some money to a gaming blog I like and also some money to the musician who made the royalty-free music I use in the trailer.
At 300% I'm going to write a little expansion to Z-Ward, free to all my backers.
I have some more ideas:
• Print up some Parsely T-shirts (>YOU NOW HAVE A SHIRT)
• Design and print another Parsely game (genre TBD)
• Gather funds to attend Fastaval 2012 in Denmark (travel and con registration)
• Gather funds to attend GenCon 2012 in Indianapolis as an exhibitor (pay for booth space)
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You get Z-Ward as a PDF. Keen! This is an advance copy — any errata or post-publication changes (like thank you's) will be added to future versions, which you'll totally get.Estimated delivery:
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This is the same as the $2 reward but I'll throw in the Action Castle PDF (which contains all the basic rules to Parsely, as well as the kick-ass game that started all this insanity)! Plus: a Parsely PDF micro-green (a mini-game, yay).Estimated delivery:
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32 backers Limited (168 left of 200)
You get both the print version of Z-Ward (shipping included) and a free PDF version of the game (as soon as it's available in November), plus your name recorded on the Z-Ward web page's "Board of Trustees."Estimated delivery:
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94 backers Limited (106 left of 200)
This level nets you the $10 reward plus PDFs of all of the other Parsely games—that's more than a half-dozen games! You'll also get a big wet virtual kiss on the Z-Ward web page.Estimated delivery:
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9 backers Limited (191 left of 200)
Imagine the $15 reward but with a second copy of Z-Ward. Can you do that? THAT'S WHAT THIS IS! All of the Parsely PDFs and two printed versions of Z-Ward—give one to a friend who beats the game!Estimated delivery:
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17 backers Limited (183 left of 200)
You'll receive the print and PDF versions of Z-Ward (shipping included) and your name recorded on the Z-Ward web page's Board of Trustees. We'll also send you a Parsely starter pack featuring print versions of Action Castle 1 and 2!Estimated delivery:
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This is one of the big ones. Donate 50 clams and you'll receive the entire Parsely series (a total of 8 games in both print and PDF) and your name in the game (listed in the "in-patient roster"). I know, right? Madness!Estimated delivery:
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For a solid Benjamin, you'll get everything from the $50 reward, plus signed copies of my RPG books: Lacuna and InSpectres. Be one of the first five $100+ pledges and you'll get a Z-Ward NPC named after you! Right now, they don't have names. Sad panda.Estimated delivery:
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1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)
What can you get for $250? Plenty. Get all the rewards mentioned thus far and I'll get on the train to anywhere within NY, CT, NJ or PA and run through some Parsely games with you and your friends. A great deal for local convention organizers.Estimated delivery:
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0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)
A generous albeit ridiculous pledge of $500 gets you the above-mentioned goodies plus I will hand-deliver these suckers to anywhere within the East Coast of the US and we'll play some Z-Ward and other games. That means a plane ride, kids...and I hate flyin'.Estimated delivery:
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This is crazy-town. You've been warned! For 750 simoleons you'll get all the stuff listed above but I'll travel to anywhere within the continental United States — ugh, more planes.Estimated delivery:
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The Pledge-pocalyse is here. For $1500, I will rock the house. YOUR HOUSE. Not only will I bring copies of all my games to your domicile/convention, but I'll design and publish a custom Parsely game based on a theme and genre of your choosing! Of course, you'll get your name in the credits, creative input and a big thank you for supporting my Parsely games. To top it off, you'll receive 30 copies of the finished product to pass on to friends and family members. There is no way anyone is going to do this but what the hell? I'm insane...!Estimated delivery:
- (40 days)