#05. Peeps' Relationship - NEW
“The World is your Sandbox”
With TGL you become ‘God’ of a virtual world and help the Peeps living in it to realize their dreams through both direct intervention and indirect persuasion.
Peeps possess their own free will and are capable of actively resisting your guidance. Your relationship with the Peeps of this virtual world will dictate whether you can make their dreams come true in this life-based sandbox simulation game.
A.I. Dreams – Helping the Peeps of the virtual world achieve their hopes and dreams is the primary objective of TGL. Their dreams are varied by difficulties of achievement. With over 100 dreams, how many can you make come true?
God Power – The player is granted a variety of ‘God Powers’ to provide influence over TGL’s Peeps. You choose whether to lead the Peeps towards living a good life or leave their lives in shambles by destroying all that they hold dear. However, be careful as too much direct intervention will distort the way the Peeps perceive you.
Good or Evil – How you decide to use your powers will lead you to the side of Good or Evil. ‘God Powers’ are divided into Good & Evil and can be used to acquire corresponding soul points. As you choose a side your form will begin to change to match your personality. Acquire soul points to grow your ‘God Powers’ to further impose your benevolent or malicious will!
TGL was inspired by the universal fantasy of playing ‘God’ and we wanted to do so in a world that mirrors real life. Movies including The Thirteenth Floor and Bruce Almighty play with this very concept. Our inspiration for a real-world simulation came from the Sims series and we wanted to have the whimsical and sandbox feel of Roller Coaster Tycoon. We are also huge fans of Black & White and thought it would be awesome to grant the user ‘God-like attributes and powers.’ Starting from a meld of these concepts, we ran with the basic premise to make TGL a totally unique gaming experience.
Humans play a secondary role in Black & White to the beasts you control, but in TGL the Peeps are the primary subjects of your game interaction. We find everyday human routines and interactions so diverse and fascinating that we felt no need to delve into fantasy and therefore focused on mirroring real life. In Sims, the A.I. tend to follow standard daily routines but in TGL the Peep’s free will is more apparent. Each Peep has his or her own unique personality, motivations and relationship with you, their ‘God!’ Your objective in TGL is to make your Peep’s dreams come true! Whether you will and how you achieve this objective is for YOU to decide!
In TGL, the process by which you aid or block the Peeps from attaining their dreams is up to you. The Peeps are constantly watching you to see what sort of ‘God’ you will become but they have a mind of their own. All of the Peeps of TGL possess free will and their own unique personalities. When they feel needs or desires, they immediately begin to act towards fulfilling them.
For example, if they are hungry, they will spend money to obtain food. But what if they don’t have any money?
While some Peeps will work hard for their salary, there are those who will take more extreme measures to obtain food. Because each Peep is motivated strongly by their personality and current circumstances, they will often resist and sometimes downright oppose your will.
Peeps live out their own lives. Even when you are not playing, Peeps are going about their day in the TGL world.
Peeps don’t just have a relationship with you. They also have relationships with each other. Not limited to simple relationships such as on good terms or bad terms, Peeps relate to each other in the same nuanced ways that humans do. Lovers, Rivals, Frenemies: Why can’t Peeps be friends!??
As much as TGL is about helping Peeps realize their dreams, it’s also about exploring and tinkering within the vast TGL World. Like the world we live the TGL has day cycles and weather patterns: Night & Day, Rain & Snow etc. These changes have a psychological impact on the Peeps and influences their actions.
Peeps also have their own economy within which they’ve got to find a way to make a living. Some Peeps have so much money in the bank that they can live off the interest, others are forced to take out loans and live paycheck to paycheck. The things money can by are as various as in the real world. Peeps with the fancy houses, cars and even boats become the envy of the TGL world.
Through a variety of ‘God Powers’ you can be a profound influence in the Peep’s lives. Pick Peeps up and move them around, act as their conscience, make them fall in love, set fire to their homes: You control the TGL world. Additional ‘God Powers’ are currently in development and will continually be added via updates.
Every time you use your ‘God Powers’ to influence the Peeps, your choice will be judged as Good, Evil or Neutral. You attain corresponding Soul Points based on the nature of your influence. Gather Soul Points to increase the strength of your ‘God Powers.’Your form will change to match your nature based on your recent trend of decisions. Holy or Devilish: This decision is not just superficial. Your ‘God Powers’ will also grow or be restricted based on your choice. Choose wisely what sort of ‘God’ you will be!
TGL with your friends. There’s no difference in gameplay between single player or multi-player. The various Peeps that your friend was influencing in his TGL World will be imported into your game and begin to interact with the Peeps in your World.
During a friends’ absence, a user can intervene with their Peeps.
When you are offline, your friend can influence your Peeps (User and the user’s friend cannot simultaneously play one Peep). You can later replay everything that your friend has done to your Peeps and decide whether to continue playing the game the way it is or turn back to the time before your friend began playing the game. No need to worry if your friend sets fire to all of your Peep’s houses!
Bring a positive or negative effect on a friend’s Peep whom you meet in your World.
A Peep that your friend is currently playing or has played in the past can show up in your World and interact with your Peeps. Your friend’s Peeps can appear as your Peep’s boss or as a lover. Changes that occur in your game will have an impact on your friend’s game.
Play the game in the same virtual reality as your friend
Games can be synchronized to allow users to play with their friends and operate within the same timeframe and the same virtual reality. We would like to allow as many users as possible to play in the same virtual reality, but initially we will begin with just two users maximum linking up in a single virtual reality. If our Kickstarter is successful, there is no limit to the amount of content we can develop. Your backing will go direclty into developing TGL and we will share development and updates will be shared with our backers on Kickstarter and our Facebook!
TGL will operate on an independent server and not be dependent on any one platform. Our goal is to allow users to upload their user information from any platform at anytime, anywhere and have it saved on our DDT Server Platform development is in process and once completed, users will be able to login from a variety of different platforms.
15% will be used to cover our percentage obligations to Kickstarter, Stripe and our crowdfunding consulting company, Kseed. 30% will be used to pay taxes and cover backer rewards. 5% will go towards TGL’s software license. 10% of the funding will be left as a reserve for any future risk that may arise. Every penny of the remaining 40% of the funding will be used to enhance the quality of our art resources and overall development.
Risks and challenges
1.More Resources for TGL Development:
Thus far, TGL has been developed using the TGL team’s personal funds. Every member of the team has a second job through which we are earning development funds. Under these circumstances, we cannot focus as much on TGL as we would like. TGL is our baby and we have so many dreams about what it can become that we’re not satisfied with its current state. We promise all of your backing will go into making new and exciting content. Some of our planned and in-development can be seen below: We want to make the Peeps even more life-like with aging processes, body types, facial expressions and more animations.
1.1.Background Environments We want to create more & more environments for the Peeps to live out their lives.
1.2. Transportation Vehicles We want to make a variety of transportation vehicles for Peeps to buy and ride around in.
2.More Ideas for TGL Development:
To make the Peeps as fun and interesting as possible we know there is a limitation to what we can dream up. Imagine the possibilities if we open up the input to the entire world?. A development forum where backer inputs can be collected will greatly influence future content for TGL. All developmental updates will be shared with the backers and we will do our best to make your suggestions a reality in the TGL world.
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