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Funding Unsuccessful
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About

Star-Bored is a dark-comedy, strategy-rpg set in the distant future.

 Main Features:

  • Enjoy a dark and disturbing comedy full of classic sci-fi parody and absurd acronyms,
  • Explore an infinite and dynamic universe.
  • Engage in tactical turn based battles (both on ground and in space) or let your AI programmes fight them for you.
  • Use advanced propaganda to control planets.
  • Upgrade your ship and your fighting mechs.
  • Seek out the Progenitors, an ancient alien species.
  • Blow up planets.
  • Hire bounty hunters to hunt down rebels or assassins to help you up the career ladder.
  • Hide credits in secret locations on your ship to keep them out of the empires hands, especially those of Lord Voider.
  • Make decisions that affect the fate of the universe.
  • Take on the role of Bureaucratic Officer and hunt down rebels.

Updates:

Update 1: The Propaganda Machine - More information on how propaganda works!

Storyline:

In the wake of the First Galactic War a vast and ponderous bureaucracy was established to maintain peace by enforcing strict codes of behaviour across a million worlds. The organisation quickly became a breeding ground for officious, power-hungry bureaucrats who sought to increase their own influence through ever more strict and complicated laws. In less than a thousand years one such person had gained so much influence that he took the title Emperor and renamed the Universal Government to the Bureaucratic Imperium.

It has been 26 years since the founding of the Bureaucratic Imperium, and you have finally completed the three hundredth and seventh exam required to gain your Command status in the Bureaucratic Navy. Your graduation could not have come at a more fortuitous time. Even as the Emperor wraps the galaxy in red tape, rebel terrorists are mustering across a thousand worlds, and the Navy is expanding like never before. As a top graduate you have been given command of a new type of battleship equipped with the very latest in rebel-hunting technology and powered by the experimental PIE, Planetary Incendiary Engine.

It is your job to hunt down and destroy rebels throughout the empire, while causing minimum damage to infrastructure and to loyal Bureaucratic Citizens. As you visit each world you must assess the rebel threat by taking over the planet's satellites, wipe out any rebel bases through missile strikes or by sending in your fully upgradeable mechanised infantry, and, by using advanced propaganda techniques, to turn any wayward citizens back to supporting the Imperium. Some responses take time and others take credits but if you are unable to reduce the rebels to acceptable levels within the allotted time then only one decision remains: whether or not to destroy the planet, and potentially upset further planets in the sector, or leave them, and let the rebel threat fester and grow.

Fighting rebels is not your only concern however. The Bureaucratic Imperium does little to support its commanders in the field. It is possible to request re-supply but clause 22 states that re-supply forms can only be supplied to commanders during a supply run. Therefore it is up to you to keep your ship well supplied by trading on the black market, plundering rebel bases, and by seeking out ancient, alien ruins… all things considered illegal by the Bureaucratic Imperium. Though you must do these things, it is vital you keep them secret from the most feared bureaucrats of all: the Emperor's Auditors, who travel the galaxy assessing the loyalty of Bureaucratic Navy commanders. You may even find yourself visited by Emperor’s right-hand auditor, Lord Voider, who is famous for rooting out even the slightest hint of illegal activity.

Once you master the delicate art of keeping the Bureaucratic Imperium content you can see the galaxy as never before as you burn and plunder your way across it. Seek out the secrets behind the Progenitors, a long dead species whose relics still litter the universe. Fight tactical, turn-based battles against rebels, aliens, and space-monsters. Search for unique strains of DNA to augment you and your crew, and for new technologies to enhance your ship and your mechs. Hire bounty hunters and assassins to help take out rebel commanders and government officials. Compete against other captains for medals, and fight in epic space battles.

Detailed Features:

Visit thousands of unique planets: Each planet is generated with over twenty unique statistics including: 

  • Cardinal industry: dictates annual income.
  • Race
  • Government type: affects propaganda success.
  • Personality: affects military strength and propaganda success.
  • Religion: Affects religious propaganda success and reaction to incursions.
  • Rebel activity, rebel support, and rebel bases.
  • Ancient progenitor sites: for archaeological digs.
  • Unique DNA strains.
  • Bounty hunters available for hire.

Fight in tactical, turn-based battles, or let the POD’s AI do the fighting for you.

Please note that the video below is from our Alpha and you can expect significant changes and upgrades before the release!

  • Fully customise your ship’s mechs from hundreds of different weapons, armours, modules and AI programmes.
  • Fight against rebel troops, mechs, and armed forces, fight against ancient aliens, and even against huge space-monsters that try to invade your vessel.
  • Fight on land or in the skies using the POD and its range of upgradeable fighters.

Wage propaganda campaigns to convert planet populations. 

  • As each planet is generated so differently, waging successful propaganda campaigns can be tricky so the POD is equipped with the latest IMP, Imperium Mesmotic Propaganda, machines that allow you to wage different types of propaganda depending on the situation. 

All good bureaucrats are corrupt: but keep your illegal activities secret from the Bureaucratic Imperium.

  • Alter your ship's logs to hide interesting detours.
  • Stash supplies in secret compartments that you can build into your ship.
  • Root out Bureaucratic Imperium spies placed aboard your ship.
  • Keep cool under intense questioning from Bureaucratic Imperium auditors and try not to get intimidated by the officious Lord Voider.

Dark Comedy Undertones: yes, death and destruction are everywhere but why shouldn't they be fun?

  • Play a game full of ridiculous acronyms.
  • With current trends in government surveillance of the populace, the idea of a dystopian bureaucracy has never been more relevant.
  • See classic sci-fi tropes parodied in dark and disturbing ways.

Star-Bored is due to be released for Windows in December 2015!

I'm Michael Flynn the lead designer of Star-Bored – Adventures in a Bureaucratic Dystopia. I'm part of a small team working out of Swansea, Wales. This is our second Kickstarter campaign. Our first was for Fortune’s Tavern – The Fantasy Tavern Simulator! For that one we passed our funding goal and we were able to release the project ahead of schedule with extra features. Having such a positive experience here we have decided to come back. We are seeking a modest £4000 to finish our next project. With that money we hope to develop a system for more advanced space combat, re-skin nearly all our ‘computer panel’ textures with HD variants, create custom sci-fi sound effects, and a few other small things. 

Thank you all for your time in reading this far.

Risks and challenges

As our second project we are fully confident in our ability to bring a product to launch. In our first project we had some launch issues due to our game not working on certain computer set-ups. Fortunately we have been able to fix this issue and have applied our knowledge to making sure no such launch hiccups happen on this release.

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    THEME SHIP:

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    MECH NO MISTAKE:

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    VISIT THE P.O.D.

    Name and design the back-story for one of twenty unique visiting dignitaries who will be used in random events, who will visit the ship, and who will be written into the news feed. Each dignitary will have special skills decided upon by you and will provide special bonuses when aboard the POD. Also get all the benefits from the £30 reward.

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    BECOME AN ASSASSIN:

    Name one of the twelve assassins in game and create a back-story for them. See your character come to life as he takes the life of others. Also get all the benefits from the £30 reward.

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    PROPHET FROM YOUR SUPPORT:

    Help create a religion for the game with you as the religious leader, and help us to design a religious troop type. Religions play a vital role in how well populations resist different forms of propaganda. Also get all the benefits from the £30 reward.

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    Have one of only 5 rebel generals named after you, and help develop their back-story. Create a character that will be the enemy of Star-Bored players everywhere. Also get all the benefits from the £30 reward.

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    Name, and design the back-story, for the leader of the Rebels. Your creation will be the main antagonist to every Star-Bored player. They will curse your name as you character chases them across the galaxy thwarting their attempts to wipe out the rebellion. Also get all the benefits from the £30 reward.

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    BE THE FIRST

    Littered throughout the galaxy are the remnants of the ancient progenitor race… but are they all really dead? Help design the leader of the few remaining progenitors by giving them a name and helping to write their backstory. Your character will play a major role in the shaping of the galaxy. Also get all the benefits from the £30 reward.

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    Name, and design the back-story, for the leader of the Bureaucratic Imperium.. Create the back-story and name of the person who controls the entire universe. Help in creating a set of dystopian laws, and have your name forever written in the stars as the greatest dictator of all time. Also get all the benefits from the £30 reward.

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