About this project
FUNDED! Now, STRETCH GOALS!
What is Arcana Agency and how did we get here? Read it straight from our author, Paul Gresty, in a series of illustrated interviews: part 5, the great detective novels. Part 4, game mechanics. Part 3, the basement of creativity. Part 2, from app to gamebook. Part 1, the original app. Also a pre-interview commentary roundup.
If Arcana Agency succeeds, one day we may do a sequel. And if we do . . . this is how it will begin!
What Is Happening?
Arcana Agency: The Thief of Memories is a gamebook in which you control three private investigators as they race to unravel the paranormal mysteries of 1930s New York.
This 200-page book (549 game paragraphs) will be printed in full color, featuring dozens of rich illustrations detailing both the fantastic and everyday elements of depression-era America. This is a high-quality hardback publication (perfect-bound hardcover) – yet one that will be printed at costs that would normally allow only lesser-quality paperback works.
When we say "quality," this is what we mean:
Though in some ways similar to classic gamebooks such as the Choose Your Own Adventure or Fighting Fantasy series (which we don't own, by the way), Arcana Agency: The Thief of Memories introduces innovative elements to interactive fiction. It is written in the third person, not the second, which is a departure from most gamebooks. Its expansive non-linear plot (549 game paragraphs means a lot of alternatives) allows the player to control three detectives at once. Game mechanics blend seamlessly with the story, and the book's system of codewords – used to great effect in the Fabled Lands series (mentioned with permission) – allows a precise record of how the player affects the world. As such, the choices you make have real, long-term consequences – in this story, and in future Arcana Agency adventures. Of course, that's only if the book gets funded.
How Did We Get Here?
The story OF the story began in 2009, when Megara Entertainment published Arcana Agency: Prologue, one of the first iOS gamebook-style apps available. Since then, Megara has published iOS adaptations of classic gamebook series – Fabled Lands: The War-Torn Kingdom, Fabled Lands: Cities of Gold and Glory, and The Keep of the Lich-Lord (a Fighting Fantasy title). Megara has also delved into dead-tree publishing – another project in the works is The Way of the Tiger, a roleplaying game adaptation of the hit gamebooks first published in the 1980s. Today, we hope to combine all these threads and produce a print gamebook of Arcana Agency.
At last, Megara is returning to the Arcana Agency setting, and to the gamebook roots that have always inspired the company's mandate of creating excellent, and original, games. The book is written. The artwork is finalized. The printing presses are ready to roll. Your pledges to this Kickstarter project will make the printing and distribution of this book a reality.
Who Are These Masked Men (/Women)?
While the man in charge of the US branch, the Kickstarter project, and all obligations of making the books get from us to you, is Richard S. Hetley. (I'm in the project video! Wave hi!) Both he and our noble leader Mikaël Louys are available to answer your questions here or on Facebook.
And What Do They Want (To Publish)?
Enough Rhetoric - Show Me The Goods!
The rewards you see in the graphics below are cumulative: You get everything up to your pledge level. On the right you'll see some exceptions: "Tech Specialist" (promo codes), "Book and a Bonus" (certain higher-level rewards combined with the hardback), "Bookstore" (extra hardback copies), and "Worldcrafter" (several art commissions) give rewards unique to the levels indicated. Shipping worldwide included where applicable.
Also, see our WORLDCRAFTER levels for a tremendous opportunity for the most creative backers: Pledge $1,500 or $3,000 to commission a 15-illustration or 30-illustration spree! That's right, enough images (one character or one environment at a time) that you could start illustrating your own story!
. . . In The End, What Have We Done?
If this project is funded, Megara Entertainment LLC will get you your rewards, and Arcana Agency: The Thief of Memories will go on sale for the rest of the world. The artists and beloved author will get paid for their tireless work. The company will be able to push forward into yet more projects, including (if you backers want it) the hinted Arcana Agency sequel. And we will thank you many times.
- $20,000 - The book comes to be - FUNDED!
- $22,500 - The Case of the Unghostly Ghost in the gamebook proper - Response to our free demo has been positive. UNIVERSALLY positive. How great would it be to see it in print? If we reach this goal, we will add the 57-section adventure (around 30 full-color pages) to the hardback of The Thief of Memories! This won't change availability of the free download, and with your support it WON'T change the hardback's price!
- $30,000 - Faux leather hardcover option - A full-color hardback is already "deluxe"; but how about screaming "special edition"? If we reach this goal, then all backers at the $60 or greater level will have the option of a faux leather cover on the hardback book!
- And then onward!
Watch this space for updates! Thank you for your pledge!
Fascinated by this kind of game? Want to see more? We're not the only gamebook on Kickstarter . . .
Maelorum has succeeded in their Kickstarter bid! If you have already pledged to Maelorum at a minimum of $30, then you can pledge to Arcana Agency at a minimum of $40 to receive unique rewards from both projects! You will receive three laminated character bookmarks from Arcana Agency, one for each detective, and a separate reward from Maelorum (see its project page). Click here for details!
And from there, we pass on the chain of cross-promotion proudly . . .
As of this writing, YOU ARE THE HERO still needs your pledges to succeed! If you have already pledged to Arcana Agency at a minimum of $40, then you can pledge to YOU ARE THE HERO at a minimum of £30 to receive unique rewards from both projects! You will receive 3 character sheets and 1 codeword sheet printed in color on bristol board from Arcana Agency, and a separate reward from YOU ARE THE HERO (see its project page). Click here for details!
Thanks to you all for making Arcana Agency: The Thief of Memories a success!
Risks and challenges
As stated, we have a complete book, and we also have a printing deal. For other reward levels, we already have printed t-shirts and other materials ready to go. The only "risk" is that the printer's place will explode or the shipped items will get eaten by paranormal beings. With your strength, your spirit, and your pledge, we should be able to overcome any challenge.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
It's handled for basically everyone, everywhere! We are shipping some orders from the USA and some orders from France. The price you see here is all you'll pay.
Yes! Here's how:
Promo codes start at $15. For a higher reward, pledge the amount for the level you REALLY want (e.g., $40 for the hardback and affiliated rewards), but select the relevant Tech Specialist level. (This lets us monitor our limited quantities of promo codes.) If and when the project succeeds, you can tell us on your backer survey what your REAL reward level is. It is particularly important you tell us this if you select one of the $70 rewards (since there are multiple options). Delivery dates will be as stated for your chosen level.
The promo codes are only for iOS; we do not have computer games on other operating systems. That's one reason Arcana Agency is being published as a book; PDF and print books work anywhere (exception: underwater)!
However, the promo codes WILL work for other countries. If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, and happen to be in the UK, go for it!
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