Mini Update: Meet The Team - Nana Louise Nielsen
Hi guys! We have just four days to go and are getting close to our next Stretch Goal at $650,000! This includes both our Kickstarter and our PayPal pledges - if you would like to see the total, please visit this page: http://revolution.co.uk/kickstarter/paypal
While we are preparing for our video update tomorrow, today we have another member of our team to introduce: Nana Nielsen, one of our designers!
Could you introduce yourself to us?
Hi I’m Nana Louise Nielsen and I am one of the designers on Broken Sword – the Serpent’s Curse.
I create puzzles and gameplay, help write the dialogue and define all the assets we need for each location – backgrounds, props, animations, sounds etc. Then I implement my sections and test the game. There is a lot of tweaking as we discover what works and what doesn’t.
Sometimes the answer to one of my puzzles is obvious to me, but others are baffled. We have to make sure the players always knows what they are supposed to being doing at any point in the game, even if they don’t know how just yet.
When did you discover Broken Sword?
Both my parents used to be programmers and my dad in particular was mad about games, so that’s where I got the bug from.
My sister, a friend, and I used to save up for new adventure games. We’d buy the game together and then play all weekend, being extremely thorough, making sure we saw every bit of the game and made it last as long as possible.
When we saw Broken Sword for the first time we were amazed at the lovely graphics: The flags outside the hotel gently blowing in the breeze, the cafe and the explosion, the fantastic perspective of George on the window ledge. I’ve been hooked ever since.
In fact it’s one of the reasons I chose game design as my career.
How did you get into the industry?
I studied Interactive Media in Denmark, which is where I’m from, but the university frowned upon games and comics and wanted us to make movies and arty interactive installations instead. While doing my Masters I decided I needed a break and that’s when I wrote to Revolution.
This was in 2000 and Charles gave me my first real break into the industry. We were making In Cold Blood back then. I’ve been making games since and loving every minute.
What are you looking forward to the most in Broken Sword - the Serpent's Curse?
I am so thrilled that Tori is our Art Director on this game. She has already created some absolutely stunning backgrounds, and when I see them go into the game for the first time I get goose bumps and am transported right back to those early days playing with my sister.
Have you joined the Order of the Goat?
I have, yes. Man, at first we hated that goat and were stuck for hours, but it’s funny now!
Anything else you'd like to add?
The reaction of the fans is just fantastic. I’ve been told so many times over the last decade that point and click is dead, and to see this much support for one is so heart warming. Lots of kindred spirits out there! I hope we live up to most of your expectations with the new game. I am sure we will.
seconds to go
Pledge $15 or moreYou selected
BROKEN SWORD SUPPORTER: • Download of 'Broken Sword - the Serpent's Curse' - PC & Mac • Regular Developer Diaries, Ideas Exchange Forum & Video Updates • Access to Exclusive Digital Content: Game Artwork (inc. posters and wallpaper); and Director's commentary on previous Broken Sword games & Archive VideosEstimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or moreYou selected
BROKEN SWORD MEMBER: All above rewards plus: • High Resolution digital Comic Books of 'Broken Sword - the Serpent's Curse', 'Broken Sword: Director's Cut', and 'Broken Sword - the Smoking Mirror: Remastered' • History of Broken Sword eBook • 'Broken Sword - the Serpent's Curse' digital Concept Art - character sheets, layouts etc. • Game's digital Soundtrack • Copy of any one previous Revolution game on GOG.com (Broken Sword or otherwise - PC only)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or moreYou selected
BROKEN SWORD SILVER MEMBER: All above rewards plus: • Exclusive digital game design content: Scripts of 'Broken Sword:Director's Cut', 'Broken Sword - the Smoking Mirror: Remastered', and 'Broken Sword - the Serpent's Curse' • Game Design Document for 'Broken Sword - the Serpent's Curse' • Archive of Game Design Documents for previous games • All Revolution Games titles on GOG.com: 'Broken Sword 1 - 4', 'In Cold Blood', 'Lure of the Temptress' & 'Beneath a Steel Sky' (PC only) • ‘Broken Sword Silver Member’ Credit in the game!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or moreYou selected
BROKEN SWORD GOLD MEMBER - All above rewards plus: • Boxed Kickstarter special edition of the Game, includes: CD / DVD game with full packaging; printed Comic of 'Broken Sword - the Serpent's Curse', 'Broken Sword: Director's Cut' & 'Broken Sword - the Smoking Mirror: Remastered'; Large game Poster; CD of soundtrack; & Kickstarter Backer T-Shirt (shipping in US, EU and UK included) • Early access to digital Music Soundtrack • ‘Broken Sword Gold Member’ Credit in the game!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $175 or moreYou selected
BROKEN SWORD PLATINUM MEMBER - All above rewards plus: • Your box signed by key team members and Rolf Saxon • Printed copy of the Game Design Document • ‘Broken Sword Platinum Member’ Credit in the game!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or moreYou selected
BROKEN SWORD KNIGHT - All above rewards plus: • Printed copy of Game Design Document signed by the Director • Signed 'History of Broken Sword' color Book • Templar Keyring Pendant • Signed Comic Book of 'Broken Sword: the Serpent’s Curse' • Private invite to Code Jam once per month – ask questions and get live answers! • 'Knight of the Broken Sword' credit in the game!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or moreYou selected
137 backers Limited (863 left of 1000)
BROKEN SWORD KNIGHT COMMANDER - All above rewards plus: • Signed limited edition Kickstarter Backer Certificate • Signed Poster • Nico's "La Liberte" Reporter's Notebook! • Signed limited edition George and Nico Print • 'Broken Sword: Knight Commander' Credit in the game!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or moreYou selected
26 backers Limited (974 left of 1000)
BROKEN SWORD KNIGHT SENESCHAL - All above rewards plus: • Personal written message from Charles Cecil • Early backers' access to game assets • Special Kickstarter Broken Sword Hoodie – wrap around color, fantastic! • Broken Sword baseball cap • ‘Broken Sword: Knight Seneschal’ Credit in the game!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $5,000 or moreYou selected
2 backers Limited (48 left of 50)
BROKEN SWORD KNIGHT MASTER - All above rewards plus: • Personal Voicemail Message from George or Nico • Invitation to Launch Party in UK (excludes travel and accommodation) • A unique Drawing of you, in a suitable pose, with either George or Nico (your choice) • Broken Sword Knight Master Jacket – wrap around color, ultra high quality! • 'Broken Sword: Knight Master' Credit in the game!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $10,000 or moreYou selected
0 backers Limited (8 left of 8)
BROKEN SWORD GRAND MASTER - All above rewards plus: • Broken Sword Grandmaster Jacket (replaces 'Knight Master' jacket) – wrap around color as above, best quality – the ultimate! • Original pencil Storyboard Sheets (option to be signed) • Exclusive high quality Aluminum-printed Poster • Lunch and Studio Tour plus hands-on sneak peek of game in development (includes accommodation but not travel) • Invitation to the Wrap Party in exotic game location with key team members (includes accommodation but not travel) • All Broken Sword Grandmasters are drawn into the game in a group photo, that George and Nico can get a close up of and comment on! • 'Broken Sword: Grand Master' Credit in the game!Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)