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Alexandre TourneBy Alexandre Tourne
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Alexandre TourneBy Alexandre Tourne
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About


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Can one man really make a difference? Are you ready to rebel against the laws that educated you?


Update 1: Chōsokabe clan's history  

Update 2 : Add-ons Available  

Update 3 : A tiny update... 

Bushido the Way of Men is a point and click that combines gameplay elements from Japanese-role playing game, with realistic hand drawn style influenced from Japanese movies and comics. 

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture, explore different cities such as Kyoto, Edo…You are confronted with the feudal life in the 17th century, you are a rōnin, an outcast, you have neither privileges nor social class. You must find the person responsible for destroying your clan and avenge it. You will evolve in a world where every action can affect your reputation.

Find a place in this society that rejects you and achieve your goal whatever it takes.  

Each decision you take have a consequence, each battle you face may be the last one.

 

In the streets of Edo follow Oishi Matabei, a rōnin who is trying to survive…  

Our inspiration for Bushido the Way of Men comes from Japanese movies such as Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Ran from Akira Kurosawa, The Sword of Doom from Kihachi Okamoto. Animated serie such as Samurai champloo inspired us regarding their animation, the real event described in the story of the 47 rōnins helped us to shape the scenario of Bushido.

We are also inspired by video games such as the series of Broken Sword for their beautiful 2d scenery, Shenmue for his dialogue system and scenario and the series of Gabriel Knight for his gameplay.

 

Add-ons  

Since we need some help to boost our campaign, we decided to offering add-ons availlable for backers who wish to get extras in addition to their pledges. We have six additional add-ons available (those are available for all existing backers who have pledged at least 13 euros). The last add-on is a new reward created exclusively for this pack (If you are interested in creating a new pledge with this reward just let us know!). To purchase an add-on, just click manage pledge, and then increase your pledge by the amount of your add-on. After the end of the campaign, we will send you a survey to ask you what add-ons you would like. Thank you very much. 

 

Oishi Matabei is the last survivor of the Chōsokabe clan, left for dead, he took refuge in a small village in Kyushu Island (Saikaido, Satsuma province) in southern Japan.  

His desire is to join his daimyo (lord) in death but he wants to find his murderer first. It is a very difficult task: find a job to survive, get some money, then, interrogate, intimidate or bribe the right people to gather information on those responsible for the destruction of the clan, at last, remained anonymous.  

Era of the game

We are in 1603 during the Edo period (1603-1868), a few years after the battle of Sekigahara (1600) which marked the seizure of power of Tokugawa Leyasu, thus becoming the most powerful military leader of Japan. He established a new capital in Edo (Tokyo) and consolidated the supremacy of his shogunate (government).

His reign brought a development of culture as well as a period of peace. However, in order to control the caste of warriors, he enacted new laws.

Samurai were no longer allowed: to change of master, to marry out of their clan, or to have occupations outside the clan without the consent of their former master. As a result, the samurai who lost his lord or fief had no choice but to become a rōnin.

These drastic measures increased the number of rōnins. Having no status, they were excluded from the Japanese hierarchical feudal system. In fact, even if some chose more humble professions, becoming farmers or Buddhist priests, others turned to a mercenary career, bodyguard and even cutthroats.

If you are interested to deepen, you can also read this article about the Chōsokabe clan on indeidb.

 

 The player controls a rōnin (samurai without master), he must find the people responsible for the destruction of his clan in order to avenge his master. To do so the player will have to investigate and get information from the NPC. However, this information is not free; it can be obtained by helping some people or/and by buying them.  

The hero, during conversations with the NPC, should be careful not to draw attention to him at the risk of being discovered and eliminated by assassins.

We have also written a number of articles on indiedb giving you more details and ideas we have for the gameplay:  

Upgrading-your-katana

 

 Multiple choice conversation system, seduce, intimidate, bride or threaten.

 Travel across Japan and discover cities such as Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo).

 Old school Turn-based combat adapted to Samurai technics

 Stance position "Jodan no Kamae"

 

 

 

 Evolve your character by increasing its characteristics such as strength, agility, power...

 

 Find a weaponsmith and upgrade your Katana.

Katana menu

 

 

 Learn more about the traditional Japanese food.

 

Bushido the Way of Men is maybe one of the few games who will bring you deeply in the Japanese culture and based on real events.

 Oishi Matabei was a samurai belonging to the Chōsokabe clan. Despised by his peers, he tries hard to find a place in this society that rejects him. His desire for vengeance gives him the strength to continue living.

Past of the Hero

The following events relate the past of the Oishi family: Mototsugu Matabei, Oishi's father was a samurai and weapon master of Chōsokabe clan. He passed his mastery of the saber on to his son, making him a duelist unrivaled.

In 1586, Oishi accompanied his father during the Kyūshū campaign during the Sengoku period (1467-1603), under the orders of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (lord and regent of Japan). The battle of Hetsugigawa which took place in January 1587 was his first experience of war, but also the last of his father who died in an ambush against the Shimazu clan’s forces. Following the victory of the Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s forces and the Submission of Shimazu, Japan was unified; Oishi Matabei returned to Tosa, the stronghold of his clan where he succeeded to the post of his father.

School of Saber

Oishi studied sword handling at Koryū Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū, one of the oldest Japanese martial arts schools founded in 1447 by Lizasa Ieno, a former samurai.

 

 

 

 • A game system based on the status of rōnin.

  -----> The different NPC of the game react (in quests or conversations) to your social status. 

• A point and click mix with JRPG gameplay  

-----> A conversation system with multiple choices.

-----> A battle system turn inspired from samurai fighting techniques.  

 

• A realistic world

  ------> Exploration of feudal Japan and discovery of cities such as Edo, Kyoto... 

------> Adult topics (poverty, war, crime ...)  

• No FedEx quest 

------> Each quest (main quest and side quests) are unique, well written and related to the historical context. Inspiration comes from the chambara- sword fight movies and real events such as the history of 47 rōnin.  

 

• An illustrated encyclopedia

  ------> An encyclopedia who allows the player to learn more about the era of the game, the Japanese culture including weapons, armors, religion, food and so on.

 Bushido the Way of Men will be released on Steam (GOG if available) for PC and Mac.

If we see enough support and interest in bringing the game to other platforms after the end of the campaign, we may also launch on mobile and tablet.  

A DRM-Free no Steam version will also be available to all the backers who want it.

 

 

 

All arts are hand drawn style influenced from Japanese movies and the photographic work of Felice Beato (1832-1909) and Baron Raimund von Stillfried (1839-1911) on Japan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 We’re VERY PLEASED to announce that the composer of Metal Gear Solid, Norihiiko Hibino will be joining Trimarkesia Studio Audio Composer, Alexandre Tourne on the soundtrack.

 

 

Bushido the Way of Men soundtrack is inspired by traditional Japanese instrument as the Shamisen, Taiko drum, Shakuhachi flute with a combination of desert Oud string instruments and modern synth sounds.

You can have a taste below of a few musical compositions we have created!

 

 

 We need your support to:  

Finish all the scenery background (including Towns, battlefields, landscapes)  

Finish all the character art  

Improve and add new animations (Walk and fighting cycles).  

Introduce new scripts to improve the gameplay.  

Finish programming the game.  

Bring Bushido the Way of Men on new platforms.

If we succeed to achieve our target with the stretch goals we will be able to:

Add more towns and increase the size of each neighborhood.

• More stretch-goals will be revealed if we reached the funding goal.

Bushido the Way of Men is being developed by Trimarkesia Studio. We are a small French indie games studio composed by two persons, based in France. We put all our energy to make Bushido a unique, creative and original game.

 

 Alexandre Tourne (Founder, Programmer and Sound Designer) spent few years in the video game industry (Eversim) as a 3D graphic and music composer(beMYsound). He contacted Jean (an old friend met 15 years ago in art school in Paris nearby the Louvre museum) and proposed him to create their own company…Trimarkesia Studio.

 Jean-Michel Brisset (Co-Founder, Illustrator and Animator) has been working for more than 10 years on various projects such as Role-playing board games (Pantagruel), children’s books (Orep, Eyrolles edition) advertising and the video game industry(battalia).

Current Status: Bushido the Way of Men is situated at its pre-alpha stage of development and all the technical issue we met so far were solved. Most of the main mechanics of the game is already built. It includes the conversation and fight system, abilities of the main character, quest system. Our next step is the World map.

We want to hear your feedback in order to improve ourselves in the development of our game. Creating a game is not just about us, it is also a question of communication and work with the community. Realize, create and shape Bushido the Way of Men with us.

Follow us on Facebook

Or on Twitter

Website : Bushido the way of Men

Youtube

 

 Figurines will be sculpt and paint by hand by Jean-Marc Brisset, a professional well known in the figurine industry. See below some examples of his creations and painting.

           Some examples of figurines painted by Jean-Marc Brisset

           Some examples of figurines sculpted by Jean-Marc Brisset

              Website : http://www.puttyandpaint.com/jeanmarcbrisset

A demo will be available for all our backers, few months (April 2018) after the end of the Kickstarter campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 All physical rewards (The design of the figurine may change from the original picture)

 

 

Risks and challenges

Trimarkesia Studio is a small company composed by Jean-Michel Brisset and Myself (Alexandre Tourne) we know each other for more than 10 years and have been working together for years. We know we have the experience, the maturity and the passion to accomplish our goal: bring you a unique, creative and original indie game.

We are aware that during the development of a video game, things can go wrong. But we know that whatever happens we will go until the end for the simple reason that we believe in our skills to complete this game on time. We put all our energy and resources into this project, besides we are working full-time on it. Of course, the project needs funding to be accomplished, although we are working on it all days, any financial help will allow us to shape the game as we wish to meet your expectations as players.

We promise to be open-minded, communicative and honest during Bushido's development. We will post regular updates on Kickstarter and all our social Medias to allow you to keep in touch with the status of the game.

Thank you for your interest and support. We are very enthusiastic about this project and look forward to work with the community to create Bushido the Way of Men.

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    A demo will be available for all our backers in april 2018.

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    Get an amazing poster drawn by our artist which will be a tribute to the Japanese samurai movies (70s-80s) covers.

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    • Exclusive Map of the game (cities, roads, villages), digital.
    • OST (digital)

    Get an exclusive realistic map of Japan with all the major cities, villages, roads you will cross during you trip in the game.
    Discover our beautiful Soundtrack and art book, featuring concept art, character art, environments and the story-board of all cinematic of the game.

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    • Artbook (digital)
    • Exclusive Map of the game (cities, roads, villages), digital.
    • OST (digital)

    Get an exclusive realistic map of Japan with all the major cities, villages, roads you will cross during you trip in the game.
    Discover our beautiful Soundtrack and art book, featuring concept art, character art, environments and the story-board of all cinematic of the game.

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    • Handcraft Japanese postcard x2 (print)
    • Poster A3 (print)
    • Flyer x2 (Print)

    Get Original Bushido the Way of Men artwork in your hand. The postcard will be a tribute to the old Japanese prints made by artists like Hokusai during the Edo period (1603-1868).

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    • Poster signed by the artist (Print)
    • Artbook A4 (Print)
    • Two copies of the game

    A unique poster for you which will be signed by the artist. Get the hand of the printable version of the art book which will contain all our graphic research from the beginning (illustrations, concept art, storyboard, animations, characters...), plus you will have two copy of the game.

    Approximately: $100 / £75 / ¥11200JPY

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    • Ronin tier +
    • Art book A4 unsigned version (Print)
    • Comic Strip A5(digital)
    • Personal letter to thank you

    Get deeper into the world of Bushido the Way of men and discover a comic strip telling Oishi story when he was still a samurai.

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    • Comic Strip A5(Print)
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    Get deeper into the world of Bushido the Way of men and discover a comic strip telling Oishi story when he was still a samurai.

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    • 4 copies of the game

    Get deeper into the world of Bushido the Way of men and discover a comic strip telling Oishi story when he was still a samurai, beside obtain three copies of the game for your family and friends.

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    • Carved figurine

    An amazing figurine of Oishi sculpted by hand by a professional artist for your desk.

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    • Design with us a sidequest for the game
    • Credited as the creator’s sidequest

    You are passionate about Japanese culture and love history, then this pledge is made for you. You will work with us to create your own unique sidequest and of course will be credited as the creator.

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    • Credited as executive producer
    • Figurine painted by a professional (signed by the artist)

    We'll work with you to add a character, you'll also help us give your character, personality and develop their branching conversation scripts.

    You will own a unique figurine sculpted and painted by a professional artist.

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