Cynical 7 - The Misadventures of Tris
A Charming Comical Action RPG about Facing your Inner Turmoil, and Finding Your Place in the World.
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Cynical 7 is a Narrative Action RPG that tells the story of Tris, a cynical and anti-social failing game developer who has no direction in his life. It all starts when Tris decides to make the very bad decision to attend a party full of people he doesn't know at the request of a friend... This game is all about the comical misadventures that befall him and on a more serious note it also showcases the anxiety and depression I went through during my time as a game dev and confronting your inner demons. The game has often been compared to Undertale in terms of charm and style.
Fights over pizza, social awkwardness, and even party crashing await you in Cynical 7!
Cynical 7 allows you to:
- Flirt excessively (or poorly)
- Combat the mental anguish of mid life and impeding male pattern baldness
- Try to pick up pizza without getting into a fight (spoiler there will be fights)
- Embrace the fears of public anxiety at social gatherings
- Have self deprecating monologues with your own brain at inconvenient junctions
- Visit overhyped international coffee chains
- Put jerks in their place via a fast paced real time battle system
- Ruin Friendships
- Make new friendships in place of your ruined friendships
- Face your inner turmoil
What makes the game unique?
Well, so many people have already told me they can relate to the story and the main character, and yet, we don't see many characters like Tris in video games. My goal is to depict a "real" imperfect protagonist who is trying to do the best he can with the hand he's been given.
I'm also proud to say that even though this is an RPG that takes place in a city there will be NO duplicate NPC's and all of the NPC's in the game will have unique/quality interactions. Each enemy in the game also has a set of unique attack sprites.
Beware: This game also dedicates itself to the appreciation of iconic video game influences of the 90's
The game is a Narrative action RPG. This means the game focuses on story telling and character development more than anything else, but you will often unexpectedly find yourself battling against a colorful cast of characters. The game features an original real time combat system in which your performance will directly affect the flow of battle! You'll also be able to explore lots and lots of places and make some friends along the way that you can visit at their places!
I actually modeled this subway based on the Trains back home in NYC!
2 1/2 years ago I went through a severe period of depression. After moving across the country a year and a half prior, I was closing in on 30 and failed so far in my dream to become a game dev, I also couldn't seem to find any industry job that could open doors for me. I started to feel like the world viewed my talent as subpar and I began to feel ashamed to be around others because of my failures. This is when I began to work on Cynical 7 and I was determined to channel these feelings into it.
Even if I'd only drawn 1 sprite in the day, it was for me, a way of moving forward, and convincing myself that the fight to not completely give up on myself wasn't over. As I continued to move forward and own my existence, it slowly evolved into a charming tale of finding your place in the world with strong tones of the realities of insecurity, anxiety, and facing your inner demons based on my own experiences.
I'm really surprised at how many people who have played the game tell me how much they can relate to Tris and I hope my tale can touch many more people!
The goal set for the project goes 100% to the coding. I only wanted to ask for what I needed to finish the game. Music, art, and covert art responsibilities will all fall on me like they have so far, not taking any of the funds for myself will also allow me to stay focused and motivate me toward finishing the game, hooah!
In order to finish this game in 2018, this is the amount Jarnik will need to stay afloat while we finish it, otherwise, this game could be doomed to years of development and long periods of limbo.
With your help, I can push for a 2018 release and see my vision become a reality. More importantly, maybe Tris will get his chance to find his place in the world :)
Risks and challenges
I've failed at Kickstarter in the past working on my game Subterrestial - To Challenge a God, however I made a lot of mistakes, most importantly, the horrible decision choosing to outsource the graphics and code relying on others to create my vision for me. I've learned from that experience and this time around the game has been design and created completely by me from the ground up, and it's going to stay that way.
I started working on Cynical 7 2 1/2 years ago during a period of heavy depression, and I'm so serious about it, even that wasn't enough to deter me from moving forward with it.
Since the start of this year I have prioritized this game more than any other aspect of my life, the demo has the blue print for essentially everything that will be in the game. Since I am in charge of the design, writing and art, all of these things falling on me means I am fairly confident I can hold myself accountable for finishing the game.
I'm also intentionally only asking for the funds to continue working with the programmer who has helped me on this project so far, so if I don't finish the game, it never becomes profitable for me, this is obviously a huge motivator.
The only real risk is if me or Jarnik becomes heavily ill which would result in a delay, which of course I don't hope or expect to happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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