Digital Rhapsody is a turn based strategic role playing game combined with social simulation elements. Players take on the role of Lucas, a college dropout, at he becomes engrossed in a popular online game, Initial Reality Online. The player is able to play in both Initial Reality Online and the real world outside it.
The core gameplay is heavily inspired by both Disgaea and Persona 3/4 where Lucas is able to nurture (or neglect!) relationships and face the consequences while the battle system is turn based on a grid where the player controls various units that are either premade or player-created. The fictional world of Initial Reality Online serves as a faux online game that is a bit satirical of gaming and pop culture in general while also offering a lot of depth to character customization via this theme.
I am a rising senior in the Game Design & Development program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I have several years of experience making games in a variety of languages and want to make a game that I hope can be enjoyed by a lot of people in a style of games I love to play.
As part of my degree program, I am required to have 3 blocks of 3 month long work experiences. For my second of these blocks, I have decided to really dive down and try something rather unique for my department. I'm going to be spending these 3 months almost purely dedicated to working on my game, Digital Rhapsody.
I am starting this Kickstarter now, towards the beginning of development, to generate interest and acquire some income to help support the project. I also hope to respond to input to help ensure this game is as enjoyable as possible.
Where are the funds going?
As of now, all of the tools I am using (Flash, Photoshop, web servers / hosting, etc) have all been out of pocket. With $5,000, I hope to:
Get rewards to the awesome backers!
Buy any necessary software, tools, etc as needed.
Not starve! (Only half-joking ;) )
Right now, I only have a single real piece of concept art, drawn by a special guest artist! There should be a bit more over time, as well.
You said something about rewards?
Of course! I am offering copies of the game, digital representations, collaboration potential, and physical rewards and more!
Going that extra mile.
To show my dedication and be as transparent as possible, I have launched www.digitalrhapsodygame.com to serve as a regularly updated development blog. I will also be taking time lapse videos of my computer screen during development to show the development process.
Right now, I am working on a solid prototype in Flash so I can focus less on rendering, images, etc, and more on the actual system. I have the most experience in AS3, meaning less time looking things up and more time developing.
That said, after a solid prototype has been released, I will re-evaluate using AS3 and see if another language (C++ or C# most likely) could suit my needs better and easier.
Get a digital wallpaper in various sizes for your computer and mobile devices! Also includes a signed physical poster for Digital Rhapsody! Includes all previous rewards. Please add $10 for international shipping.
Get an inside look at the game with a physical DVD showcasing the making of the game! Also includes a signed cover! DVD will include discussions, behind the scenes footage, and digital files used in the creation of Digital Rhapsody. Includes all previous rewards