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$5,822
pledged of $45,000pledged of $45,000 goal
150
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, June 18 2015 2:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

HotterKeys is a game for Mac and PC that teaches you keyboard shortcuts on an adventure through spacetime as Olivia, an otter who's trying to protect Otterspace from its slow menu driven destruction.

It'll be a bit like Mavis Beacon meets Katamari Damacy.

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 I don't have time to read all this stuff you wrote, so can you just give me a quick rundown?

Sure.

  • HotterKeys is a game for Mac and PC 
  • Learn the keyboard shortcuts for popular applications and games.
  • Backers at $25+ get to help us select the applications to include
  • We'll do our best to make it fun.
  • We're making music for it, and you can check that out here.
  • You can check out early sound effects here.
  • We've started on design and development.
  • The story is in its early stages, but the characters have names and current drawings. They will get a bit better, and more developed. 
  • You'll get faster at the applications you learn
  • We're targeting a launch date of November 2015 with a beta about a month before that. 
  • This is being made by Motel 

Cool, now I'm interested. Can you tell me more things?

Yep!

If you remember Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, you will probably have a decent idea of where we're coming from with HotterKeys. HotterKeys is a pretty simple game with the intention of teaching you keyboard shortcuts, but we're trying to make it fun. Mostly with a storyline. Mavis Beacon had a series of different games and ways to teach you typing, but at least initially HotterKeys will be mostly a flash card type system with story spliced throughout. So where Mavis Beacon didn't have a story, we will. Including Otterspace, villains, friends, and spaceships.

Characters

There are 5 main characters to check out right now and they are pretty neat.
There are 5 main characters to check out right now and they are pretty neat.

Olivia: Our protagonist otter on a mission to save Otterspace.

Earl: A pigeon that thinks he's an eagle and that Kanye glasses help with his vision.

Carl: A coyote with a deviated septum. He's quite the mouth breather. 

Betty: A lovable bear who has a slight obsession with pyrotechnics.

Gary: A shark who is very into bureaucracy and convoluted systems development. 

The Story

On release HotterKeys will have one core story, with a core group of characters. We're planning on creating a few different stories based on these characters later to try to keep things interesting, but out the gate, there will be one storyline.

We don't want to give too much away just yet, and the story is still very much in its early phases. A lot needs to be settled. The majority of our time has been spent in character design, game design and development so far. Here's what we know for sure...

Otterspace is in jeopardy, and Olivia (the otter played by you) is the only one who can save it. Gary (the shark) is trying to destroy it with convoluted and hard to discover systems. But luckily for you there are 3 other nice creatures in the universe that want to help you save Otterspace.

We're creating HotterKeys in a way that will allow us to create multiple stories that will work with different applications. So you won't have to play the same story for every application you may want to learn.

Gameplay

What's it going to look like when you select an application you ask? Like this probably!
What's it going to look like when you select an application you ask? Like this probably!
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Sounds & Music 

Our one and only Jason Grote is creating some sweet music bits as well as sound parts. They're ready for you to check out on Soundcloud.

Just a few of the sweet, sweet rewards for backers.
Just a few of the sweet, sweet rewards for backers.

Not drawn all sketch, but also available for our backers...

  • HotterKeys the Game
  • Early Access to the HotterKeys Beta
  • Patches
  • An invitation to the HotterKeys Slack
  • A Space Jacket from Betabrand with more HotterKeys Patches
  • A Character named in your honor
  • A Motel team get together at a location of your choosing including a U-Haul trailer filled with 90s nostalgia and some Final Fantasy VII action.


We're Motel. A full-service design and development agency. We <3 the Internet. Big time. We started noodling on this idea because we found learning hotkeys to be pretty annoying. There are some applications out there that are useful, and more power to them, but we want to make it fun to learn and get better at the applications we use all the time. Also someone on the team may have crushed a friend in Age of Empires II and wants them to get better so they can destroy them on an even playing field.

We're also very much into learning, games, music, and application design and development so this is pretty much a dream project for us. Everyone gets to work on it, and add a bit of their own goodness to it. Everyone at Motel is excited, and eager to get going on this puppy.

Why we need the funding

HotterKeys v.1 is more or less finished. Except it lacks the rad animations and storylines that will make gameplay more compelling and therefore more interesting as an educational tool.

If our project is fully-funded, we'll have the resources to take the game to a whole new level. Literally. 

We're planning on launching with 25 applications and games you'll be able to learn, but funny thing...We have no idea which ones you want. This campaign makes it much easier for us to make exactly the stuff you want to learn instead of the stuff we think you'll want.


We've been chatting with a few fantastic folks who have helped us out by getting us lists of keyboard shortcuts for their applications. If you're working on an application you think should be included and would like to get in touch shoot a note to mark@motel.is

Risks and challenges

As with any software development there are always risks involved, but we've got a more than competent team on our side, so as long as no one throws a bunch of cats in our laps while we work, things should go okay on that front.

The release date we set to deliver HotterKeys is very realistic. We're confident we can deliver on time, but there's is a possibility that we deliver later than we've projected. The way we've built things so far does not point to that being a likely outcome. It would be more likely that we want to add something cool (out of scope/additional) and that won't make it into the actual release.

An application you might want to learn, may not be supported at launch. That's certainly a risk. We're trying to make it easy to make the introductions of new application into the HotterKeys game structure easy, but we're more interested in creating a quality gaming and learning experience than allowing you to learn every application on Earth in a terrible way. Ideally we'll get the apps you want in there, and hopefully we're meeting the majority of your hopes and dreams here.

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    We’ll invite you to our HotterKeys Slack channel where you can peer in and see what we’re working on, leave feedback, and help us make some decisions along the way.

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    TYPING GLOVES

    These gloves will have you typing in hotkeys so fast you might just set your computer on fire. Seriously though, these things might be made out of cloth, so watch out for static. Ground yourself before going full wizard.

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    3 lucky backers will get a character named in their honor and get a sneak peak of the characters being developed within the HotterKeys storyline.

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    Yeah, almost a real one! It looks pretty for real. You're going to look boss with a sweet space Jacket from our friends at Betabrand. Not only will it be as great as it already looks, but it'll come with some exclusive HotterKeys Patches and Packaging.

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    You just can’t wait for HotterKeys to come out. How much can’t you wait? Enough that you want to fly the entire Motel team to a single city to hang out and work for a few days. But it doesn't stop there. We have a really weird(bad?) idea that you could make possible...

    We want to rent a U-Haul truck, fill it with 90s nostalgia and play Final Fantasy VII in there. There would be Surge, a terrible sofa, ugly rug, poor quality TV. We can take turns playing and try to beat the game while we're out there. This may be the worst idea ever, but it could also be...the best idea ever.

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