Biweekly Update #1: 7/23/12
Happy Monday, LSL1 backers. Josh Mandel here to cover the current events. I’ve committed to writing updates for you on a biweekly basis at a minimum, even if there’s nothing dramatic to report.Speaking of drama, let’s address the elephant in the room: our switch from Adventure Mob to N-Fusion. I won’t revisit the details, nor address arguments that’ve been made in forums and message boards around the gaming community, but I want to mention that the decisions not to go with Adventure Mob and to go, instead, with N-Fusion were made independently weeks apart. This was not a case of N-Fusion offering a better deal and an abrupt abandonment of one for the other. Paul Trowe, Al Lowe, and I agreed unanimously in both cases, and we agreed on the need to separate from Adventure Mob well before we agreed that N-Fusion was very well suited to accomplish our goals for the game. That’s all I feel comfortable talking about publicly, at least for the time being.
Al and I have finished the redesign of the game. This includes the new locations and the new female character (her name, it can now be told, is Jasmine, and that name is not merely incidental). But we’ve also redesigned many of the other puzzles. In some cases, Al identified puzzle sequences that he had always felt could use improvement; in other cases, we agreed together that there would be ways to handle a given puzzle sequence either more logically, more entertainingly, or both. We were careful not to stray too far from the source material because we still want the game to feel like the game you’ve played before. But we also didn’t want original players to be able to blow through the game effortlessly.
Another thing we’ve done is worked in a couple parodies of popular games. It’s always been one of Al’s trademarks to include in his games sly tips-of-the-hat to other games. For instance, the Larry games have always included references to other Sierra game series (a problem for us now, given the rights issues), and those of you who remember our last co-design, Freddy Pharkas, Frontier Pharmacist, will recall the parody of Lemmings as envisioned with snails. We’ve done the same with the LSL1 redesign, but even though the game takes place in the ‘80s, we’ve updated the games we’re parodying for modern audiences. (Don’t worry, there are no arcade sequences in our LSL1 redesign. The original LSL1 didn’t have them, and neither will this remake.)
For my part, I’ve been spending copious amounts of time writing in-game messages related to the inventory items in the game. That’s something I can do independent of artwork. So I have my immense spreadsheet of inventory items (there are far more items in the remake than in the original) and have been doing what I love to do most of all: rewarding exploration. There’s an interesting article related to this on the Adventure Gamers website; read it at http://www.adventuregamers.com/articles/view/21824.
On the topic of artwork, I’ve asked the artists at N-Fusion to plan now to create what I refer to as “Skirvins.” Bil Skirvin was one of the artists on many of the Larry games (and Art Director on the LSL1-VGA remake), and he occasionally worked into the backgrounds shapes that are, perhaps, best described as “subtly lewd.” I want the new Larry to maintain this tradition and, if possible, improve on it; gamers these days are very used to finding hidden objects, so I think that kind of exploration also deserves reward, even if it’s as passive part of your gaming experience (no, you won’t be able to click on them and get twinkly particle effects and a note in your mystery-keeper’s journal).
By the time another two weeks rolls around, I think I’ll have a lot more to talk about and show you. For now, N-Fusion is simply getting their minds wrapped around our perverse little project here, and I do plan to ask them to start joining in on the conversations on the Replay Games forum as well.
My name is Josh Mandel, and I approve this message.
pledged of $500,000 goal
seconds to go
Apr 2, 2012 - May 2, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $5 or more
A 5-pack of full HD wallpapers in 1920x1080 resolution of "the girls of Leisure Suit Larry" (plus one of Larry himself). We're using final art for these so that's why we're estimating delivery in August BUT that date might be earlier or later depending on when the final art is available. Enjoy!!!!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $15 or more
Digital Copy of Game: For a pledge of $15, when Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded is finished, we’ll send you an incredibly personal, deeply heartfelt download link (via Steam or DRM free version) so that you can get the game instantly. It’s the same way you probably get ALL your games…only this time, it’s legal!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Game plus: For a $25 pledge, when the game ships, you’ll receive a handcrafted download link to the complete digital musical soundtrack. Warning: we are not responsible for the theme music getting stuck in your head. But we do sympathize. Plus, you’ll get the $15 reward tier as well: a digital copy of the game.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $40 or more
Game, Music, and a Shirt: A $40 dollar pledge gets you digital copies of the game and soundtrack plus a specially designed t-shirt, exclusive to Kickstarter backers. We’ve all visited Lefty’s Bar in the past, and now we’ll have the t-shirt to prove it. (Please add $15 dollars for international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Game premium: A $50 pledge gets you a PDF file, suitable for printing (or wrapping fish), of “The Art of Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded,” a book of production drawings, concept art, and high-res game art used to re-erect Leisure Suit Larry for the new millennium. The usual adjectives are “lavish,” “fine art quality,” and “gorgeous,” we just weren’t sure where to stick them. Plus you’ll get all previous reward tiers!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $75 or more
Alpha & Beta testing: At the $75 pledge level, this is where you start to become actually involved in the game’s development. You’ll have access to the beta versions of the game, so that you can respond to us with praise, suggestions, praise, compliments, complaints, praise, bug reports, and great joy and gratitude. Plus you’ll get all previous reward tiers: the digital copy of the (finished) game, the digital edition of the soundtrack, and the PDF of “The Art of Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded.”Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $100 or more
Collector’s Edition: For a pledge of $100, we start to add to our careful selection of premiums with mindless gibbering gratitude. We’ll custom-mail you (whatever that means) an actual physical game and game box, PLUS an actual CD of the soundtrack of the game, PLUS a softcover version of the Art of Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded art book, PLUS something Sierra would NEVER have put in the box: an actual Leisure Suit Larry™ Brand Condom. Don’t scream, it’s still in its wrapper. Plus you’ll get all the previous reward tiers, too! (please add $15 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $150 or more
Lefty's Bar Pack: For $150 dollars, you'll get all the items necessary to survive inside Lefty's. We're including one shot glass from Lefty's, and four matching coasters to go with it. In addition, we're giving you some spicy cinnamon breath spray to ensure you're in a fresh state to woo the ladies. And in case you strike out, we've included a one of a kind "reveal" pen featuring a lovely lady from the reloaded version of the game. This plus all previous reward tiers! (Please add $15 for international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $250 or more
Collector’s Premium Edition: A pledge of $250 gets you all these special collectibles: A deck of Leisure Suit Larry playing cards featuring the characters from the game instead of the usual nameless royalty, and 3 gorgeous, ceramic Leisure Suit Larry Casino Chips (guaranteed to get you thrown out of any casino in Vegas). PLUS you’ll get all the previous reward tiers, including the Larry Condom, the softcover Art Book, the physical game, box, and soundtrack CD, access to the beta version, and on and on and on. What are we, crazy? (please add $15 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $500 or more
Signed Edition: Our $500 pledge “Signed Edition” should really be called our “Descent Into Madness Edition.” You will get a limited HARDCOVER edition of “The Art of Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded,” SIGNED by Al Lowe (with his OTHER hand!). AND you will get “Special Thanks” in the actual game credit. That’s right, your name will be right up there in pixels! AND you will get a sheet of 20 authentic, collectible Leisure Suit Larry 1st Class postage stamps. These are actual, legal, US gubbmint-approved stamps which you can use to send letters. Hey, remember letters? They were things you sent in the mail. Hey, remember mail? Plus, you’ll get all the previous reward tiers! (please add $15 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $750 or more
20 backers All gone!
Larrywood's Walk of Shame Edition: For each of our 20 $750 pledgers, we're creating a Larrywood Walk of Shame. We'll be putting your name into the game -- not just in the credits, but engraved on its own individual star set into the sidewalk somewhere in beautiful Lost Wages! (We reserve the right to let Larry or the Narrator make some kind of comment about it when he finds it, just in case your name itself isn't very funny.) And, of course, you'll get everything from the lower tiers as well. Note: these stars will ONLY be available at this tier, not at any of the higher tiers! So grab 'em while we've got 'em!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
42 backers Limited (8 of 50 left)
Limited Edition: There is no possible way to set a price on all the collectibles you get at the $1000 pledge level. (Oops, we just did.) We are striking 50, and only 50, signed and numbered lithographs of custom Larry artwork. For a $1000 pledge, you will receive one of these 50 signed/numbered lithographs, PLUS one of a limited edition (again, only 50) “Girls of Leisure Suit Larry” calendars, again with custom artwork, and again numbered and signed by Al Lowe. The calendars and lithographs are available at this tier only, not in any of the other tiers! You’ll also receive all the premiums from all the previous reward tiers! What a bonanza! (please add $15 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $1,100 or more
2 backers All gone!
Lizard’s Edition: At the $1,100 pledge level, you’ll get one of two gigantic, durable, limousine-sized Leisure Suit Larry banners. Two is all we have, and we’re not making any more, so don’t even ask. These banners are signed by Al Lowe, and each contains an exclusive typo that makes it highly unlikely that anybody can (or would ever want to) duplicate them! These banners will not be available at any other tier! Plus, of course, you’ll also receive all the premiums from the Signed Edition tier and below…because we care. (please add $20 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $1,250 or more
4 backers Limited (1 of 5 left)
Pervert’s Edition: So let’s say you want to pledge $2,500, but you can’t see yourself ever setting foot in a disco, real or virtual. We can’t blame you for that, but we’ll still make you famous. One of Larry’s most memorable scenes is when he attempts to buy a “lubber” at a convenience store, and the customers jump out from behind the aisles and scream “Pervert!” at poor, demented Larry. We’ll make YOUR face into one of those pervert-yelling patrons! You’ll also receive all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $2,500 or more
1 backer All gone!
Doggie Style Edition: Here’s another hypothetical: you’d love to be in the game, but you’re really more of a dog person than a disco-dweller or a pervert-shouter. We’ve got you covered! For a $5,000 pledge, we’ll immortalize your dog in the game. Whenever Larry gets…uh…refreshed by the dog outside, that’ll be YOUR dog! (Please, oh please, let it be a Shih Tzu!) You’ll also receive all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below, because why should your dog have all the fun? (please add $15 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $2,500 or more
2 backers All gone!
Drunk's Edition: Here is another option for the $5,000 pledge. There are two featured drunks in Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, and you can be one of them! We’ll use your name and image to recreate you as a down-on-your-luck, staggering, sloppy drunk…and knowing you, that’ll be a cinch for our artists. You’ll also receive all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below. Maybe you could sell some of those collectibles and get a fresh start?Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
4 backers All gone!
Lefty's Bar Edition: For a pledge of $5,000, you can be a patron at the bar that Destructoid called the #1 bar in all video game history! We’ll use your name and image as one of the drinkers at Lefty’s, sitting right there on your very own stool, an “honor” previously reserved for Sierra employees only. You’ll not only become a part of Sierra history, you’ll also receive all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below. (please add $15 for international shipping)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
2 backers Limited (4 of 6 left)
Disco Edition: For a $5,000 pledge, we’ll make you part of gaming history…by putting you into the game itself!!!! (So if you haven’t hidden the kids yet, now’s the time.) We will feature your name and likeness as one of the people in the Lost Wages disco. We are only going to turn 6 of the disco patrons into Kickstarter pledgers, so this is a VERY limited offer and will not be available in any other pledge reward tier. You will also receive all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
1 backer All gone!
Naked Edition: Another alternative reward for a $5,000 pledge, and this is truly one-of-a-kind; only one pledger will be able to claim this reward. You can be the broke gambler wandering the streets of Lost Wages wearing nothing but a barrel! We will use your name and image as the Barrel Man (or Woman), and we promise not to show any of the naughty bits (“unless,” as Kathy Bates always says, “the script really calls for it organically”). You will also get all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
Age Verification Edition: Here’s our last unique pledge, and then we’ll shut up about the unique pledges and start talking real money. At the beginning of the game, we have famously used a bank of random questions called the “Age Verification” quiz to keep out players too young -- or too tasteful -- to play. We will use YOUR NAME in the bank of quiz questions. You will end up in every walk-through in every gaming website across the world! This is a one-of-a-kind offer; only one person will be able to claim this reward. Plus, you will get all the premiums from the Signed Edition reward tier and below!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $10,000 or more
1 backer Limited (1 of 2 left)
No Free Lunch Edition: For $10,000, we’ll create a memory that will last a lunchtime. You will be flown (domestic airfare only) to Seattle to enjoy lunch, dinner, or a morning-after breakfast with Leisure Suit Larry’s Mommy’s Baby Daddy, Mr. Al Lowe himself. He’ll sign whatever you want him to sign (except IRS forms and blank checks), answer all your questions about life, tell you some dirty jokes, and, best of all, he’ll do something that he’s never done before in the history of the world: he’ll pick up the check! We’ll put you up overnight and send you back home happy, fed, and loaded down with all the goodies from the Signed Edition reward tier and below. We’ll even give you the entire chocolate factory for your very own…oh, wait a minute, that’s a whole different licensed property.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012