Funded! This project was successfully funded on December 10.

Update #9

Loose Ends - Q&A

8 comments
9 likes
Hi there everyone, time for another update.
 
First off though, we have officially made our first stretch goal! German, Russian and one voted on language supported for release! (We will be sending a post kickstarter survey where everyone will be able to vote for the extra language.) Thanks so much for all of the extra pledging and helping to spread the word to get there.   

Our next stretch goal is only at $65k for the prologue chapter, so keep pushing and we can make it! 

Also, to make this a little easier, we will be extending the campaign through paypal after the kickstarter ends!! ((Which will be on our website as soon as we can.)) Any amounts raised there will go towards the stretch goal, so there is still a great chance we can reach it.  

Anyhow, onto the update!

Since we are nearing the end of the campaign, I thought it would be a great chance to answer some questions that have popped up. 

Q: How long will the game be?  

A: Judging the total game time in the final game is pretty difficult this early and without testing, but I can safely say the final game won’t be a short 2 hour experience or anything like that. In fact, even just the small pre-alpha demo took most people roughly 15-25 minutes to run through… and that was a tiny extra bit added before you even enter the “proper” more open world or have even gained your most basic skills.  

It takes a little time to tell the story and build the experience we want, so we plan to take all the time we need to do it right.

Q: And what is the replayability like?  

A: First off, I expect players to be able to play through the game several times on normal settings and still find it very rewarding. Since one of the biggest features is the ability to approach and handle situations differently, replaying the game and trying something new will definitely give you different experiences.

Beyond that though, we are planning a + mode (after you have beaten the game on normal, for an extra challenge), as well as some more involved ideas (such as the prologue chapter, or other ways to unlock additional content).

Added to all of this is a world filled with secrets and accomplishments…and you have quite a bit of content to keep people busy (as well as a game that might make quite a few completionists happy; what fun is achieving things if you aren't rewarded?).

Q: How does your character grow?

A: Well, the progression of your character depends on how you play and what type of person you are. Instead of more traditional “skill trees”, we like to approach abilities in a more grounded way and provide them through the actions you take (certain challenges, or exploration, or making certain choices).

Of course, there will also be a “core set” of abilities that are needed to make sure everyone is able to finish the game. But we see these more as key story events, instead of real individualistic character progression.

Outside of abilities, you also grow in terms of who you meet and the characters (or items) you have access to which help you on your journey.

Q: Plushy? What does it look like?

A: We are still working on prototyping the plushy, since we want to make sure it is something we can stand behind (well, not literally, it is only 9.5” tall :). 

Our next step is sorting our material and color issues (the ones we have now are simply placeholders, for example, the front is far too dark and the back needs better texture / color), but here is where we currently are to give you an idea of the direction we are headed. 

 ::Note - Very subject to change.

Q: How big is the archival print? And what does it look like?

A: 18 x 24. These are high quality art prints on archival paper. The design still needs to be finished (which when I tackle, I’ll be working on openly and posting concepts or other designs that people can jump in and give feedback on). Keep an eye on our reddit for posts like these. http://www.reddit.com/r/bloommemories/

Anyhow, those are some of the bigger questions. If there is anything else you are curious about, feel free to ask in the comments or on our reddit page.

And, as always, thanks so much for the support! We have a little less than 3 days left, so let’s finish off strong!

- Other Kickstarters Worth a Look -

 ROM: Read Only Memories

Cyberpunk adventure game for the Mac, PC, Ouya, iOS and Android set in Neo-SF, 2064 starring awesome LGBTQ characters.

You're a young journalist trying to hack it on your own in Neo-San Francisco. It’s a tough city, but you’re a tough nut. One day you receive a package containing a beta version of the latest ROM, an intelligent device that has replaced all personal mobile technology. With the ROM lay a mysterious note from a close friend, saying that he had to leave the country immediately. Weird.

 

Hand of Fate, a card game that comes to life

A sublime blend of tabletop card gaming and video game magic, inspired by tarot and fantasy, developed by Defiant Development in Brisbane, Australia. Released DRM-free for PC, Mac, and Linux. In a cabin at the end of the world, the game of life and death is played. Draw your cards, play your hand, and discover your fate.

Comments

    1. Partner-_the_shadow_-_jennifer_2.small

      Creator Jennifer on December 8

      Thanks for collectiong all these questions so they are easy to find! The archival print is very tempting, the art in this game is beautiful.

    2. Oldwoman-001.small

      Creator Studio Fawn on December 8

      @Stavros - lol, I knew I forgot something! :P

      Time doesn't move in terms of game time vs real time scale, instead it moves more in terms of game progression / story (kind of like in the demo, how it took place over several "days" ...but it only moved to the next day when you slept). That way when you finally make it out of the demo area, 5-7 days will have passed, which is just something that needed to happen in story terms to make sure things made sense :)

    3. Fb_profile_picture.small

      Creator Stavros Tsiakalos on December 7

      Now I am confused. Shouldn't the update have started with "Hey there everyone, Dani here" ;)
      Thank you for the update. It is good to have this info collected here. Searching through the comment section for answers is never practical.
      Though now I have a new question: how much time pressure will there be in the game? I like exploring and searching for hidden things, or just fooling around chasing butterflies. Sometimes games don't allow for that though because the world wont wait for you (darn realism). Have you decided how that will be for Bloom?

    4. Akuriko_-_harle_3354873.small

      Creator Shannon on December 7

      I'm really liking the look of that plushy! Too bad I probably won't be able to afford it :(
      Here's hoping we make the 65k stretch goal! I like the idea of how the prologue chapter will unlock after you complete the main story. Game looks beautiful!

    5. Orson_bunny_b.small

      Creator Orson Cream on December 7

      Ohhh, I see! I have to admit I only read slightly more than what you posted here and didn't realise what it actually was doing with itself.

      Hand of Fate... That's actually a very clever title, considering how the game works.

      It's very cool sounding, and if I could afford to I'd totally chuck in for the alpha for the sole reason of getting the alpha(and beta) cards.

      As it stands I'll probably have to pass on this one.

      As cool as it and the star team they have sound, and it being an Aussie project(even if it IS Eastern states, it's still Aussie) I just can't.

      I backed the Location Cards decks, which is the same kind of thing, minus items(which is on the list of decks to be voted on for the next campaign) with a Character Deck thrown in, but a physical deck to shuffle and draw locations from.

      It has a deck for Urban and one for Rural and one for game-changing, region-defining stuff(half of which is Urban, half Rural, though some cards work in either setting). I got the tier that came with all four decks.

      So I can draw cards to create an entire region to play in, scatter some NPCs around, add any favourite/cool things I want to include and get playing just like in Hand of Fate. Minus the 3D imagery on a computer screen.

      Which I consider to be a plus! I have enough things that require a screen and something that lets me play an awesome game of endless replayability any time I want(or just draw out something for fun or for later) without needing a computer/laptop(or my phone) on hand is fantastic! :D

    6. Ks_profile_pic.small

      Creator Jesse Dylan Watson on December 7

      This is reminding me a bit of the old Quest for Glory games in some ways. :) Really exciting.

      Thanks for the shout-out to ROM!! I'm a backer of that one as well. :)

    7. Orson_bunny_b.small

      Creator Orson Cream on December 7

      *a bit on the fence

      Heh, glad that didn't auto-correct to 'butt on the fence'! xD

    8. Orson_bunny_b.small

      Creator Orson Cream on December 7

      We're doing so well now, can't wait to see what happens with the 48-hour rush(hopefully it's a rush!) :D

      Heh, I'm in on ROM but I've been a but on the fence in regards to Hand of Fate because I backed Chromancer. Which is *entirely* different but also involves cards.

      I guess I'll have another look, since it's an Aussie project, but I don't know if I can afford to chuck in for that as well.

2,525
Backers
$61,517
pledged of $40,000 goal
0
seconds to go
  • Pledge $10 or more
    You selected

    1061 backers

    EARLY BACKERS! - - - A DRM-free copy of Bloom for PC, Mac, or Linux! (Or your choice of supported consoles on release! *TBA)

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $15 or more
    You selected

    461 backers

    FULL PACKAGE + EARLY BETA! - - - All previous rewards + the awesome PDF guide / instruction booklet (with plenty of artwork and other great tidbits about the creatures and world of Bloom). ALSO early beta access! Be the first to step into the full world as you help shape the game by giving us early feedback.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $25 or more
    You selected

    539 backers

    COMPANION + CREDITS - - - All previous rewards + an item to summon a unique cute animal companion to keep you company and help you through the game. Feed her, play with her, follow her to secrets... of course, only after you gain her trust. ALSO, your name in the final credits! So future digital archaeologists will know you helped bring Bloom to life.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $40 or more
    You selected

    317 backers

    DIGITAL ART BOOK + OST - - - All previous rewards + an amazing art book filled with all the (tons) of concept art and in-depth looks of the world. Creature bio's, hints, maps, even a glimpse into the very beginnings of Bloom... this isn't just an art book, it is an art tome. Also get the amazing sound track of the game! Beautiful, soothing, epic... it has it all!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $75 or more
    You selected

    21 backers

    KEY + TEE!! - - - All previous rewards + a special Bloom T-Shirt. Perfect for shielding your upper body from the elements while also looking fashionable with a unique Bloom inspired design! ALSO, an additional key for Bloom on the platform of your choice!

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $99 or more
    You selected

    22 backers

    PLUSHY!!! - - - All previous rewards + a 9 and a half inch tall Boulderling plushy! Made with love (well, technically hands, but also love). ~~Note: These will be delivered far early! Already being developed! ~~

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $120 or more
    You selected

    8 backers

    ARCHIVAL PRINT!! - - - All previous rewards + a beautiful hand signed archival art print . Turn your lovely wall into an even more lovely wall. (This is a serious high quality print, it can withstand a lifetime of being looked at!)

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $25 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $185 or more
    You selected

    9 backers

    ART BOOK!! - - - All previous rewards + the softcover, full-color extended art book, packed full of unseen concept art, back story and lore, characters, and tons of other tidbits about the Bloom world to make your game more enjoyable.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $30 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $210 or more
    You selected

    21 backers

    Physical Copy!!! - - - All previous rewards + a special limited run physical copy of the game with manual in a signed game box!!

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $30 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $500 or more
    You selected

    5 backers Limited (5 left of 10)

    PART OF THE GAME!! - - - All previous rewards + your likeness will be incorporated into one of the characters or monsters of Bloom! You will also have some input on the character itself. Will you be a mysterious nomad? Or perhaps a crazy old man who just wants to play a game? The possibilities are endless. Not only that, but you also receive a one of a kind signed 2d print of the characters portrait. Of course, you will be credited in the "Additional Design" section of the game as well.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $30 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $2,000 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    ULTIMATE CREATOR!!! - - - All previous rewards from $185 down + upgrade the last reward into having a MAJOR hand in creating a character for Bloom! You will be working with Dani to create a unique addition to the game. From backstory, to concept art, and finally to sculpting. Working back and forth each step along the way to make sure we create something truly special. At the end, you will receive unique signed prints of each stage (concept art, character sheet, and game portrait) ...culminating in a one of a kind 3d print of the posed model!! All of these are specifically for you, and will be one of a kind. You will also be credited in the "Additional Design" section of the game.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
Funding period

- (35 days)