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Moebius -- A new adventure game from the creator of Gabriel Knight and Gray Matter.
Moebius -- A new adventure game from the creator of Gabriel Knight and Gray Matter.
5,836 backers pledged $435,316 to help bring this project to life.

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JOIN OUR COUNTDOWN PARTY May 19, 9am EST:

http://forum.pinkertonroad.com/showthread.php?55-Kickstarter-Countdown-Party-Thread 

HELP US REACH OUR STRETCH GOALS IN THESE FINAL DAYS!

If we get to $400K: We’ll add a longer, fully cinematic opening sequence / trailer that will blow you away and help us get people lining up to buy the game, setting the tone for this new Pinkerton Road series. PLUS Moebius on LINUX!

If we get to $450K: All the above, plus an extra 1000 lines of dialogue to flush out the game and we’ll record the main theme with a live orchestra (Bob is drooling over that one).

We Can Do It With Your Help!!

Pour voir les vidéos sous-titrées en français :

http://www.youtube.com/user/PinkertonRoadFrance

http://pinkertonroad.com/join-csg/rejoignez-notre-csg/ 

There is now a paypal option on our website here:

http://www.pinkertonroad.com/join-csg 

Moebius Concept Art piece by Andy Hoyos

The Simple Truths About Our Campaign:

1) This campaign is for two new adventure games from Jane Jensen, the creator behind Gabriel Knight and Gray Matter adventure games (as well as King's Quest VI).

2) Jane and her husband, composer Robert Holmes, are starting a new studio called Pinkerton Road that will be solely focused on story-driven, 3rd person adventure games. The studio is based in Lancaster County, PA.

3) The first game we are creating is Moebius!  See additional details below.  The second game, called "Mystery Game X" is still TBA, but it will be produced as part of this offering.

4) It is a goal of ours as a studio to be able to eventually work on more Gabriel Knight games. Having a successful first year with Moebius is a great step in that direction.

5) We need your help. Pledge your support and spread the word.

Please see our "UPDATES" tab for more cool videos about the design process, our dev team, Moebius, Robert's Music and more!

We pledge to give 5% of the profits back to the Kickstarter community. More information on  http://kickingitforward.org/

Get our first game:  Moebius!

It’s official!  Pinkerton Road’s first adventure game will be Moebius.  So what’s it all about?

Story: Malachi Rector is an antiquities dealer who hunts down artifacts all over the world. After his upscale Manhattan store is destroyed in a fire, he's hired by billionaire Amble Dexter to investigate a series of events and document them in his meticulous way.  

The first event is the death of a young woman in Venice. She was found hanging from a bridge.  As Rector investigates her life, compiling facts for his dossier, he realizes that the beautiful and talented young woman -- and the interrupted path of her life -- had great hidden significance. It appears that Amble Dexter and his associates are playing with the fabric of life in a way Rector never imagined was possible.  Even he, Rector himself, is part of a larger pattern.  He must figure out who is doing what, and whether their intentions are for good or ill, before he can decide if he will play his pre-scripted role -- or try to change the outcome. This is a metaphysical thriller ala Dante’s Equation and Gabriel Knight.

Art Style & Mechanic:  2D, graphic novel look and feel (like an updated GK1).  It will be a 3rd person adventure game with a point-and-click mechanic and lots of sophisticated puzzles.  It will have two modes:  Casual Mode (with hints, a hotspot finder and a simplified interface) and True Adventure (more challenging -- like the Gabriel Knight games).  

Size:  Moebius will be about the size of GK1 – 50 rooms with 10-20 hours of gameplay (depending on your level and gameplay mode).

Moebius -- The Original Concept Art:

What kinds of adventure game will Moebius be?  Hard?  Casual? 

Our plan is to have a "casual" and a "true adventure" option at the start of the game.  This will allow us to provide an easier path through for those who are not hard-core players -- while allowing our 'true adventure' path to be uncompromised (and by uncompromised we mean classic Sierra-style puzzles).  We're looking forward to beta-testing with our studio CSG members and tuning the game.

The pledge tiers talk about “CSG Supporters” or “CSG Members”.  What is that and what do I get for it?

Part of our vision for the studio is to have a direct relationship with our players – the designer communicating directly with the fans. We call that “CSG” or “Community Supported Gaming”.  The idea is that with your pledge you “join” the studio family for one year.  You won't only get the games we produce that year, but you get a virtual seat in the studio.  And the higher you pledge, the greater your access will be!

Our current CSG “year” will run from the present through June of 2013.  

Besides Moebius, what will I get?

CSG supporters ($16) will get:

-- One game -- Moebius -OR-- Mystery Game X, free as PC or Mac download, DRM free and/or on Steam or GOG (depending on which of those platforms accepts Moebius after beta).  English or subtitled version in FIGS or Portuguese.    You'll also get a discount on our iPad version.       

-- Access to one video update per quarter (our choice)·       

-- Access to our CSG member only forum.

CSG supporters ($30) will get the above plus:

-- A/B Testing --  participation in our vote polls (such as voting on two character concepts)·        

-- Monthly CSG wallpaper –a super cool exclusive wallpaper showcasing our latest art.·        

-- “Best of the year” game music soundtrack (composed by Robert Holmes), delivered digitally.

Full CSG members ($50 and up) will get:

A virtual seat in the studio.  We can’t fly you all out to the farm, but we can do the next best thing!  You’ll get all the above plus:

--  All the Games we do this year -- Moebius, Mystery Game X and Lola and Lucy's Big Adventure free as PC or Mac download.  Moebius will be DRM free and/or on Steam or GOG (depending on which of those platforms accepts Moebius after beta).  Mystery Game X is so new, this is still TBD!  English or subtitled version in FIGS or Portuguese.    

--  Friday art updates posted on kickstarter– A little something to look forward to each week!  Short and sweet, showing one work in progress art piece, a cover or ad or sometimes new concepts under development (similar to the pdf we passed out for voting). 

-- Monthly video updates – Jane and Bob and sometimes some team members will show the newest art, over the shoulder glimpses of our games in development and talk about the process of making games (hopefully in an entertaining way).  Or, we might be in the studio recording voice over or at a conference showing the game.  Imagine having been ‘inside’ the making of GK1 or GK2 like that.  Only CSG members will get these video updates.

--  Alpha and Beta test opportunities --  Exclusive opportunities to see the games early (if you choose to).     

-- Pdfs of Jane’s design bibles –This is like the script or screenplay for the game, the original vision, written by and digitally signed by Jane.   

-- Exclusive streaming Launch parties with “Let’s Play!”  -- Shortly after we send the game out to our CSG members, we’ll host a live streaming “Let’s Play” party with Jane, Robert and the team and play through the new release together.·        

-- PLUS -- the GK 1& 2 novels as e-book

$100 level

-- All of the above plus...

-- Moebius in a "big box" edition

-- DVD/jewel case edition of "Mystery Game X" 

-- Your choice of exclusive Moebius -OR- Farm CSG T-shirt

-- "Best of the year" Music CD 

-- pdf of our "Pinkerton Road 2012 Creative Review book"

-- 1 high-res digital art print, 8.5x11, digitally signed, suitable for printing and framing.

-- Please add $10 for shipping outside the U.S.

$200 level

-- Moebius n a "big box" edition and Mystery Game X in a retail box edition, both signed by Robert and Jane.

-- pdf of GK1 design bible, digitally signed by Jane

-- ftp access to all our digital soundtrack music for the year in WAV, AIFF and mp3 formats

-- Please add $10 for shipping outside the U.S. 

The higher tiers include even more neat stuff!  See the rewards tiers to the right.

Tell us more about the GOODIES!

Pinkerton Road "Best of the Season" Soundtrack ($30 and up) -  A selection of the best pieces composed for all our games this CSG season by Robert Holmes, either digitally delivered or on a CD with a specially designed cover. 

Design Bibles ($50 and up)-- See update #5 for a description and sample pages from Jane's design bibles.  The $50 tier will receive the Moebius game bible.  The GK design bibles are also available at higher tiers.

GK1 & 2 novels as e-books ($50 and up)– These novels are out of print and used copies can be expensive.  These versions will be digitally signed by Jane.

CSG annual T-shirt ($100 and up) -- Each season's T-shirt will be unique and only available to CSG members and team.  Designed by one of our artists.

Pinkerton Road 2012 Creative Review ($100 and up for pdf, $1000 and up for hard copy) -- a book that includes a section on all the games we produce, concept art, screen shots, team pics and bios, design bible excerpts, pics and bios of voice actors and behind the scenes stories.  A great keepsake!

The "Big Box" edition ($200 and up) -- Besides being in a 'big box' we will create some other goodies for inside, like a companion booklet with an original short story by Jane, sample sketches and character bios.

Pinkerton Road All Music ftp  ($200 and up) --  All the pieces composed this CSG season by Robert Holmes, digitally delivered via ftp in lossless WAV, AIFF and mp3 formats. 

Pinkerton Road Annual Open House ($250 and up)-- Following the farm model, we plan to hold  an open house at our farm/studio in beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  We'll get to meet fans, you'll get to meet each other, and we'll all stuff ourselves silly with PA Dutch food and listen to a Scarlet Furies concert!  What could be better?  Unfortunately, due to logistics we have to limit the number of attendees so it's offered at upper tiers only.  We'll plan this for just before or after a big game conference like E3 or GDC so those travelling internationally have a better chance to attend.  We are 2 hours from Philadelphia and 3 hours from D.C. and NYC.  The area has lots to see and do  if you want to extend your stay.  http://www.padutchcountry.com/index.asp

And many more!

The Road Starts Here

Thanks for checking out our Kickstarter campaign and, if you've signed up, welcome to the Pinkerton Road family!  We're eager to start our first year of producing  games that are intriguing, unforgettable and incredibly threatening to industry execs.  We hope to make it as fun for you as it is for us.

Jane

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    "CSG SILVER MEMBER": Limited edition CSG member annual T-shirt, Music CD "Best of the year" game music, Packaged DVD versions of all our studio releases for this CSG cycle, pdf of our Pinkerton Road 2012 Creative Review book. All previous reward tiers' goodies. U.S. shipping included. If international please add $10.

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    This has BEEN ADDED to the $100 tier -- 1 high-res digital art print from this year's art, signed by the artist, Jane and Robert. 8.5"x11". Suitable for printing and framing.

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    Everything at the $100 level PLUS you will get BOTH of our CSG T-shirts (Moebius and Farm CSG). Note that the levels above this will still only get ONE T-shirt. Remember to add $10 to your total for shipping outside the U.S.

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    An old school "big box" DVD version of this season's games, pdf of the GK1 design bible, digitally signed by Jane, ftp access to all our digital soundtrack music for the year in WAV, AIFF and mp3 format. All previous reward tiers' incredible goodies!

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    "CSG GOLD MEMBER": Invitiation to annual open house & Scarlet Furies concert at the Pinkerton Road studio/farm for you and 1 guest. Scarlet Furies CD. 1 Game poster from our biggest release. Thanks in the game credits for all games shipped this CSG cycle. All previous reward tiers' incredible goodies! U.S. shipping included. If international please add $10.

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    All tier goodies before this one (with a "Big Box" version of the game). PLUS, one original, one of a kind, GK1 pencil sketch signed by Jane, Robert and John Shroades. See update #9 for details.

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    "STUDIO MEMBER": An original piece of art from each of this season's games signed by the artist, Jane and Robert. A hard copy of our Pinkerton Road 2012 Creative Review book, signed by Jane and Robert. All previous reward tiers' incredible goodies!

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    All previous tier goodies PLUS: Robert Holmes will compose a music piece just for you. Send him a photo of yourself or your special someone along with a brief description of what you want to convey (I love you, You're having my baby, Bad Ass). He'll produce a full soundtrack piece which you'll receive as a signed CD plus lossless digital track. This can be yours exclusively forever OR you can have it appear in one of our games with the title and credit of your choice.

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    "STUDIO SILVER MEMBER": A character design of you as a character in Gabriel Knight or one of our other games (your choice) with a full-color print signed by the artist, Jane and Robert. A hard copy of the GK1 design bible, personalized and signed by Jane and soft bound. All previous reward tiers' incredible goodies!

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    "STUDIO GOLD MEMBER": Lunch with Jane and Robert at the studio in PA or at a game conference they're attending. A private farm/studio tour (in Lancaster County PA) including a hands-on sneak peek of our gaming morsels in production. Your character design (from previous tier) will be a character in one of our games (name and likeness). All previous reward tiers' incredible goodies!

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