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Boot Hill Heroes is a 4-player retro RPG set in the American Wild West with influence from spaghetti western film and SNES fantasy RPGs Read more

Chicago, IL Video Games
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Boot Hill Heroes is a 4-player retro RPG set in the American Wild West with influence from spaghetti western film and SNES fantasy RPGs

Chicago, IL Video Games
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After an alleged attack by the Chepakwik Indians, the people of Bronco County are on the brink of war.  Only a farm boy who knows the truth that can stop it.  Together with his three friends  - a gunslinging desperado, an Indian princess, and a calamity jane - he must expose a conspiracy by bringing to justice the six outlaws of the notorious Saints-Little gang.   Their journey will take them through cowtowns, Indian villages, ranches, gold mines, prisons, and into the very heart and soul of the American Wild West.  But on their epic adventure to right the wrongs of the past, will they see justice done or discover an even darker secret lying in wait behind the scenes?

Take one part Final Fantasy, one part Earthbound, and one part Chrono Trigger  - then dip the whole thing in spicy Wild West sauce!  Boot Hill Heroes is a true retro RPG set in the American Wild West.  You'll find all the trappings of a spaghetti western - gunslingers, saloons, Indians, ranches, spittoons,  Mexican standoffs, heroism, villainy, and everything in between.  Boot Hill Heroes has adventure, drama, and a fair helping of humor.  It's just like the classic RPGs you remember from yesteryear but with an inventive new spin! 

  • Genre:  Retro RPG, Spaghetti Western
  • Players:  1-4 Local Co-op
  • Full Release Target: October 2012
  • Platform:  Windows / Xbox 360 - Xbox Live Indie Games
  • Spaghetti Western story with adventure, drama, and humor
  • 4-Player Cooperative combat inspired by Final Fantasy III/VI
  • Use Power Points in combat to attack as well as defend
  • Wear Job Hats, learn new abilities
  • Charming graphics inspired by Earthbound

Hello!  We're Dave and Ben, two lifelong video game fans from Chicago who got together to create our game development studio, Experimental Gamer.  Boot Hill Heroes is our first game.  We've worked tirelessly for months, learned a bunch of new skills, and sacrificed a lot to get to this point.  But we're proud to finally have a playable demo version of Boot Hill Heroes finished!  Now we just need your help to take it to the next level.

It's pretty simple.  Dave quit his job to work on Boot Hill Heroes full time and eventually used up all our budget.  That's okay.  Since he can survive on wood shavings and Play-Doh, he'll be just fine.  But now we don't have any money left for things like music and sound effects for Boot Hill Heroes.  And if you got a chance to play our alpha demo, you can see that we're pretty serious about high quality music.

Update:  Thanks to everyone who helped us reach our goal by donating!  While it wouldn’t be right to ask for more money when we have what we need, backers are continuing to donate in support of this project.  We thought the best thing to do would be to make this graph to show everyone exactly where your money is going.  However, this is a tentative budget and not set in stone or accounting for associated taxes and fees.  If there are any changes we will keep everyone apprised.

Say what?  A Four-Player coop turn-based RPG?  That sounds like crazy talk.

Not really.  The game has four characters, so we thought - Why not make it four players?  The game features a team of four characters – Kid, Doc, Moon, and Rosy.  A single player can control the entire party, or friends can play cooperatively by taking controlling of certain characters.  Players can seamlessly drop-in and drop-out just by picking up an Xbox controller (or an input device for the Windows version).  The menu system is designed so that four players can simultaneously manage their characters’ equipment and abilities.

Is this game made with RPGMaker?

No.  Boot Hill Heroes is made in XNA with C#.  RPGMaker is a great software tool, but in order to have all the features we wanted in the game it was easier to just to start from scratch.

What do you still need to add?

The hard part is over.  We started this project not knowing much about game programming and design.  But after a year of fumbling our way through code we have a complete game engine.  It works.  It plays.  All the features we want are in there.  I can't believe I can truly say this, but it is done!  Now we just have to create the rest of the art, music, and sound content and work on balancing out the game play. 



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    Oh how thoughtful! We'll add your name to the game credits and give you a shout out on our website as our way of saying thanks!

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    Congratulations! You've just pre-ordered your Windows version of Boot Hill Heroes. You'll be one of the first to actually hold the finished game in your hands! Well, not really, since it is digital download. (Plus previous reward tiers)

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    So generous! Every little bit helps, and we are serious about thanking people. If you'll allow us, we will call you up and thank you personally over the phone. (Sorry, continental US calls only - Plus previous reward tier)

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    Can you hear that? That nothing you are hearing is the sound of the Boot Hill Heroes nonexistent soundtrack. But thanks to your $30 donation we are one step closer to affording game music. It's only fair that you get a free copy of the soundtrack once it exists. (Plus previous reward tiers)

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    You look kinda pixelated, you NPC! There are a lot of cowtown folk in this game and we'd love for you to be one of them. $50 gets your likeness rendered to a character sprite and plopped into one of the seven towns in the game. You can even have your own name and write your own dialogue - just watch the potty mouth please! You'll also get a color printed copy and digital file (8.5x11) of your NPC so you can show everyone what you'd look like as a 16-bit wild west fella. (Plus previous reward tiers)

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    Want to play Boot Hill Heroes now? For $100 you'll be one of the exclusive few to receive beta access to early versions of Boot Hill Heroes so you can try out this four-player Wild West RPG adventure early. As part of our beta team, we'll be asking you for feedback so you'll have an opportunity to shape the gameplay and make sure it is perfect. (Plus previous reward tiers)

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    NEW! Having your own NPC is good, but where’s he going to live? We’re adding a new town just for our backers called Kickstart Creek, and real estate is available! You will get your own one-room house that you can design based on the different designs and objects we have available. Choose the structure, interior design, and furnishings. We’ll create up to five original objects for you to decorate your house that you request as long as they are appropriate for the setting. Note that Kickstart Creek is not guaranteed to be in the game, in which case you can relocate your house to one of six other towns of your choice. (Plus previous reward tiers – including an NPC in the game who can live at this house)

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    Cake. Yes, cake. As a very special token of our thanks, we will bake you a cake that features characters from Boot Hill Heroes. No kidding. We really will bake you a real, edible cake and ship it to you. Just try us. (Domestic Only) (Plus previous reward tiers)

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    Choose your side: the brave heroes of the Boot Hill Posse or the merciless villains of the Saints-Little gang. A pledge of $250 allows you to design a character to join either group. Your character will play a significant role in the game as either a former member of the original Boot Hill Posse or a member of the Saints-Little gang who just escaped from prison. This is no small reward and we are limiting this one to 20 people (10 for each side). We'll work with you to design your character how you want him or her. You may have quests to assign the player, give them a valuable item, or reveal part of the story. If you're lucky, you might even be a boss fight. (Plus previous reward tiers)

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    Only one very generous backer will be granted the title of Mayor of Kickstart Creek and play city planner to help design the town! You’ll be able to choose the buildings and layout and have influence over the kinds of shops and saloons that will be in your town. Want a statue of yourself adorning your city hall? Or a gambling hall to entertain the locals? How about your own boot hill cemetery at the edge of town? We’ll give you plenty of choices so you can design the Wild West town of your imagination! (This includes all previous reward tiers except the $250 reward tier. Your NPC will be the mayor)

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