Bandits and Bounties: Spaghetti Western Action-RPG
Spaghetti Western inspired Action-RPG where you play as a bounty hunter in the untamed west.
Video Update: Dialogue System Demonstration
UPDATE: Play the Combat Demo
What is Bandits and Bounties?
Bandits and Bounties is a top-down Action-RPG inspired by classic Spaghetti Westerns such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, Death Rides a Horse, Sartana, and so on...
You play as a wandering bounty hunter. Through a series of self-contained scenarios, you will enter into a troubled region of the west filled with warring factions and dangerous outlaws. Do you choose to offer your services to the highest bidder, to those most in need, or do you serve only yourself?
The gameplay is inspired by by tabletop role playing games and classic computer RPGs as well as arcade-style action games. There will be an in-depth character creation system, scenarios that can play out differently depending on how you interact with them, fast paced combat, and high-tension dialogue.
"I love that kind of stuff: telling me I can end fights by talking my way out of them is basically my Manchurian Candidate code phrase." - Destructoid
The game is currently planned for PC, Mac and Linux.
Arcade Action Meets Traditional RPG
One of the biggest focuses of the game is to combine the accessibility and feel of an arcadey action game with the freedom and depth of a classic cRPG. You can go in guns a'blazing, carefully aim your shots for critical hits, disarm your opponents and go in for melee, sneak your way through situations, or even talk your way out of fights.
Customize your character's appearance, stats and abilities. The character creation system is inspired by those of pen-and-paper RPGs. In addition to numerical stats such as strength, accuracy and charisma, you can also give your character various attributes, both positive and negative. Want to play as an expert gunslinger who's on the run from the law? Want to play as a skilled brawler who never uses guns? Want to play as a suave gentleman with a penchant for bizarre gadgets? The choice is yours.
UPDATE: Character Creation Demonstration Video:
Dynamic Dialogue System
One of the most important things for me in designing this game is to make sure that dialogue can flow directly into combat, and combat can flow directly into dialogue. Rather than relying purely on branching dialogue trees, the dialogue system in this game more closely resembles the diplomacy system from a strategy game. You can negotiate, threaten, and ally with characters in the game. Much of the dialogue also happens in real-time, so if the conversation starts going sour, drawing your gun or throwing a punch is an option, and you'll also be able to move freely during dialogue. And if you have an opponent dead-to-rights, you can make demands of them through dialogue in exchange for their lives.
You can use the dialogue system to get information at the local saloon, to avoid a fight, to start a fight, to escape a standoff, to get a job, or to make demands at gunpoint.
The world of Bandits and Bounties is not static. Many of the characters have their own agendas which will play out over the course of the scenario. Outlaws will rob, Sheriffs will hunt outlaws, and those who have been wronged will seek revenge. Each scenario will play out differently depending on how you interact with the various characters and factions. Pick sides in conflicts between characters, or play those sides against each other for your own personal gain.
Information is King
Sometimes knowledge can be as valuable as gold. Especially when that knowledge is the location of gold. Part of the world simulation is who knows what. Information can tell you the location of treasure or the perpetrator of a crime. Spreading false information could send an enemy on a wild goose chase, or spark a conflict between factions.
The music of the game will be a mix of instrumental music and songs with lyrics. For the instrumental music, I want to evoke the feeling of the classic Spaghetti Western soundtracks of Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai without directly aping them. I want the game to have it's own distinctive sound.
The lyrical music will play in saloons where in-game musicians will perform. Some characters in the game will also have their own theme songs which will play if you wind up in a fight with them.
The money raised by the Kickstarter will primarily go to supporting us as we continue to work on the game so that we are able to give the project our full attention.
We don't want to put the cart before the horse, so we will not be detailing stretch goals until we've reached our funding goal. However, I will say that we'd like to see this game come to consoles, and that would be one of our primary goals should we receive enough extra funding.
Vote for the game on Steam Greenlight
Tier #1: A Fistful of Game - $7
You get a digital copy of the game upon release. You also get access to backer-only updates.
Tier #2: A Few Games More - $15
You get the Tier #1 rewards + a bundle of games. This bundle includes:
Ninja Outbreak - A survival horror game where you must survive in a laboratory overrun by ninjas. The game has a focus on non-linear level design and scarcity of resources. The game is not yet released, but will go for $10. The game is currently on Steam Greenlight: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=355603149
Emo McGothington: Sad Candy Shooter - A side-scrolling run-n-gun platformer I made in collaboration with Jared Cohen. The people of the Candy Kingdom made a deal with the devil. They asked for infinite candy, but what they got was an infinite candy army. Now they are calling Emo McGothington out of exile to save the day. The game normally costs $8.
Flight of the Datathief: A low-poly railshoter where you pilot a ship which has just stolen data from an interplanetary corporation. Now you must escape across an alien world to reach your mothership with the data. The game normally costs $1.
Venusian Vengeance: A top-down Run 'n' Gun action game. In an alternate history where the soviets won the space race and colonized Venus, you play as an American sent to Venus to discover the secret weapon they are creating in their Venusian Science Facility. You get the downloadable version, which normally costs $3.99. Note that the game is also available as a series of free in-browser episodes here: http://renegadesector.com/games/
Kings of the Desert: In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, 4 kings wield 4 guns and rule over the desert. From the desert comes a nameless wanderer with a 5th gun to challenge the kings. Features procedural generated guns and experimental storytelling. Originally only available as a backer reward for the IndieStatik kickstarter.
untitled: A short 3D run 'n' gun game featuring an original song. Originally only available as a backer reward for the LIONESS Kickstarter.
Tier #3: The Fighting Fist - $25
You get all previous tiers + The soundtrack of the game upon release, and a set of desktop wallpapers. Note: The soundtrack will contain all of the instrumental music from the game, as well as a number of the lyrical songs. However, certain songs in the game are hidden and won't be included in the soundtrack so as to not spoil the experience of the game.
Tier #4: Light the Fuse - $40
You get all previous tiers + A digital art and map book. It will contain concept art, sprite art, and full-color maps of locations in the game.
Tier #5: Trade Your Guns for a T-Shirt - $70
You get all previous tiers + A Bandits and Bounties T-Shirt.
Tier #6: It Can Be Done - $120
You get all previous tiers + A signed physical copy of the art and map book.
Tier #7: Once Upon a Time - $200
You get tiers #1-#6 + You can work with us to design an in-game townsperson with your name or a name of your choosing (within reason).
Tier #8: The Good - $500
You get tiers #1-#6 + You can work with us to design an in-game sheriff with your name or a name of your choosing (within reason).
Tier #9: The Bad- $500
You get tiers #1-#6 + You can work with us to design an in-game outlaw with your name or a name of your choosing (within reason).
Tier #10: The Ugly- $500
You get tiers #1-#6 + You can work with us to design an in-game bounty hunter with your name or a name of your choosing (within reason).
Alec Stamos is an independent game developer who has made games including the Tales of the Renegade Sector episodic series, Venusian Vengeance, and Ninja the Explorer. You can find his games on his website here: http://renegadesector.com/games/
Ben K Evans
Portrait Art, Concept Art
Risks and challenges
As with any game project, especially of this scale, there are always unexpected hurdles that come along during development. At this point, I have been designing this game for over a year now, so I have a pretty good idea of the path development will take, but game design is by nature an iterative process. Elements of the game will have to be constantly tested, tweaked, reworked and retested before the game is complete. I can say that I know what it takes to finish a project, and am determined to see it through to the end.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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