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Design characters, powers & environments w/ a real T-Rex in this claw-drawn, action-adventure platformer—Scary fun w/ twisted humor
Design characters, powers & environments w/ a real T-Rex in this claw-drawn, action-adventure platformer—Scary fun w/ twisted humor
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Hello, my name is RELENTLESS REX, and I'm a game-developing T-Rex looking for humans who want to help create a real video game about my life as an insatiable, rage-fueled devastator...

RAYMAN made sweet, sweet love with RAMPAGE, nine months later their baby was raised by BIT.TRIP RUNNER (the family butler), and that unholy monstrosity grew up to become RELENTLESS REX: THE VIDEO GAME!! It's a hand-drawn, action-adventure platformer mashup in which you help an assortment of characters explore and race through dangerous locations, using your environment, special power-ups, weapons, and the help of others to try and escape my bloodthirsty jaws. But just when you think you're safe and chillin' at the local tavern, I come storming back again and again, destroying everything in my path and stopping at nothing to catch my next meal (you).  Fun with a dark sense of humor, the game alternates between racing for your life, interacting with the game's colorful characters, and going on bite-sized adventure quests. Your ever-changing roster of victims will be subjected to all manner of twisted tortures—and even if you successfully navigate each perilous land, you still may not make it out alive! (Hint: A dinosaur's gotta eat.)

The first few "jungle" stages are near completion, and I want YOUR help to determine what comes next! Subsequent levels are going to be community crowdsourced, and Kickstarter backers are getting a massive say in the design of the game's future characters, powers, and environments. Want a radioactive Rexzilla that spits out fiery meteors at the likeness of Justin Bieber while inside a giant monkey's guts?—Let's get nuts! Want an Alien Queen Rex (complete with chest-bursting parasite) chasing a transforming robot out through a space ship's air lock?—Let's rock! The POINT is that the rest of the game is giving YOU the agency to create whatever comes next and to take this thing in any crazy direction YOU want !!!  


HERE'S HOW THE CROWDSOURCING WORKS...

Everyone that contributes at the $15 level and above submits ideas for what gets added to the game—enemies, weapons, music, side quests, etc. I throw in some ideas of my own, you vote on these choices in EXCLUSIVE BACKER POLLS, and I get to work creating and adding the "winners" of these polls into the game! And the first thing you get to submit ideas for and vote on is the NEXT PLAYABLE CHARACTER !! —Don't think too much about what this means for the first one :-)

BUT if you're the type of human that likes to say "screw democracy," you can bypass all the polls and create EXACTLY what you want! Higher-level contributors work directly with the Big Dino on Campus to design backgrounds, powers, Rex-mutations, NPCs, adventure quests, and so on.  You THINK it, and I MAKE it !!  While backer polls will always be available, "Create You Own" Rewards are limited, so scoop those up before they're consumed!  Also note that any unclaimed "Create Your Own" Rewards will revert to Backer Polls, ensuring that the creation of this game is being driven by its supporters.

STRETCH GOALS DIRECTLY TIE INTO THE SIZE OF THE GAME...

You want RELENTLESS REX: THE GAME to be as epic and fully-realized as possible—something fitting for the KING of the DINOSAURS, right? Me too! And so the base-level funding is just the beginning... This campaign is designed in such a way that stretch goals will add significant content to the game, giving you even more stunning HD levels in which to explore, interact, and run for your pitiful human lives. Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One ports will be developed when support reaches the corresponding tiers.

DON'T FORGET TO LOOK THROUGH ALL THE BACKER REWARDS...

There's some pretty cool stuff in there if I do say so myself—Original artwork used in the game, exclusive promotional posters with your name and face, and a fresh pair of Relentless Rex undies (trust me, you're gonna need them after all the jump scares) just to name a few.

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE SAYING—"CONVINCE ME TO BACK THIS GAME USING ONLY BULLET POINTS..."

OK, I LIKE A HUMAN THAT PLAYS "HARD TO GET."  HERE GOES...

  • Designed to be the first ever action-adventure, running-platformer mashup (first one created by a T-Rex anyway)— When you want to explore & interact with characters, you're ADVENTURE PLATFORMING. But when there's a T-Rex on your @&%$#, YOU RUN !!!

  • Created by a T-Rex and YOU— co-design characters, powers, Rex-mutations, backgrounds, and more! Kickstarter supporters vote for future content or submit their own, unique ideas! The variety and insanity of this game is only limited by the size of your tiny human brains!

  • Sitting comfortably between Full HD & 4K resolution, Relentless Rex is filled with beautifully-detailed, hand-drawn... er, CLAW-drawn illustrations and animations. (Anything else is like rubbing dirt in your eyes.)

  • With your support, I'm gonna "go through" A LOT of runners in my game—which means more characters for you to help create and play!

  • Every three levels will be drawn and animated in different styles by amazing, new game artists, keeping your experience visually fresh!

  • Marvel at my lightning-fast, death-defying "Rex Mutations" as you desperately race to find power-ups and radical weapons to help you "prolong the inevitable" ... I mean "escape certain death."

  • This is a game with SPEED— "How fast?" Why don't you ask the last five runners I chased down during the action parts? Oh, that's right... THEY DIDN'T MAKE IT !!!

  • Challenging, carefully-crafted levels and bold, graphic characters with personality—designed with FUN and DIAGNOSABLE GAME ADDICTION in mind! :-)

  • Compatible with many game controllers.

  • Relentless Rex balances action, style, and humor with a dark streak—SO ENGAGING it will attract your kids, SO TWISTED it will send YOU to therapy.

  • And lastly, please always remember— I'm RELENTLESS! I will hunt you down if you don't support my game... DON'T TEST ME HUMAN!!!

WHY KICKSTARTER?
Kickstarter funds will be used to bring in additional artists and animators to help complete this game in a timely manner.  Additional developers will also be brought in as needed to help optimize the game and create specific console ports. And bringing in composers for original music (that you can vote on) would be great too, right?  Last but not least, I'm a giant, carnivorous dinosaur that eats 500 pounds of meat a day—and have you seen the price of ground beef lately?  No but seriously folks—wouldn't you sleep better at night knowing I'm feeding on legally-bought cow, not questionably-caught human? :-)

Risks and challenges

This campaign is designed for scalability. The degree to which the project is funded will determine the size of the game and in turn the ultimate delivery date. A larger project will most likely result in a later delivery date of the final game. Winter 2018 delivery date is based on the minimum amount being funded without any stretch goals.

NOW FOR SOME LEGALESE:
• Please note that while backers contributing game ideas will have direct involvement in the design and direction of the game, final decisions on these items is at the discretion of Relentless Rex. There is a high degree of polish and integrity required of art assets so Rex isn't going to scan your napkin doodle while you were drunk at the bar and put it in the game. Relentless Rex reserves the right to refuse ideas and content that he deems objectionable, controversial, political, religious, stupid, etc. Again, he's a big, red dinosaur that you don't want to mess with, so these final decisions are at his discretion.
• Example illustrations shown in campaign may not represent the final artwork that will be provided. Some illustrations may not be complete scenes or characters, but rather parts of a whole.
• "Create Your Own" Rewards are limited but are replenished with each new stretch goal that's reached. So make sure to check back in every so often.
• Final designs on clothing items may vary from images shown in this campaign.
• Any beta testing / early access provided to the game does not represent the final, polished product. Any bugs or issues present in these early versions will be addressed as they arise.
• Backer polls listed in campaign are examples and may vary in their final form.

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    "DO NO EAT” Pledge

    • As a sign of my gratitude for your support, I will add you to my "DO NOT EAT" LIST. (Please note I don't typically carry this list around with me.)

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    THE GAME—VOTE ON CONTENT—NAME IN CREDITS

    • One digital copy of Relentless Rex: HD Edition on your platform of choice—STEAM, PC, Mac (Nintendo Switch, PS4, XBox One as corresponding stretch goals are met).

    • Your name included in the "thank you" credits of RELENTLESS REX: THE GAME.

    • VOTE in exclusive backer polls to decide on content that gets added to the game. The first thing you vote for is the NEXT PLAYABLE CHARACTER !

    • Digital DO NOT EAT "card" to put on your phone and carry with you at all times (in case we ever meet in person).

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    + EARLY ACCESS & CUSTOM DIGITAL POSTER

    • Get early access to and give feedback about Relentless Rex before the final game is released.

    • CUSTOM high-resolution digital copy of the 40" x 60" large-format Relentless Rex Promotional Poster—I put a photo of your head inside my mouth (where it rightly belongs) AND your name listed in the "creators" credits at the bottom !!—Print it out to impress your friends or use it as a wallpaper on your phone!

    • All rewards from previous tier (the game, vote on content, name in credits, DO NOT EAT card)

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    + "I MADE A GAME w/ a T-REX" T-SHIRT

    • Brag to your friends with this exclusive "I Made a Video Game with a T-Rex" T-Shirt. (S, M, L, or XL)

    • The following rewards from previous tiers (the game, vote on content, name in credits, DO NOT EAT card, early access, custom digital poster)

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    + FRESH "REPLACEMENT UNDIES"

    • Ok, technically these Relentless Rex-branded undergarments are "boxer briefs." (S, M, L, or XL)— Use these as "replacement" undies after all the jump scares in my game... or to show your significant other that you're "RELENTLESS." (subject to interpretation).

    • The following rewards from previous tiers (the game, vote on content, name in credits, DO NOT EAT card, early access, custom digital poster)

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    + PRINTED and SIGNED PROMO POSTER

    • CUSTOM Promo Poster (w/ your head & name) PRINTED & SIGNED by REX. Frame it in your gaming room or tape it to the ceiling above your bed (I don't know what kind of kinky stuff you humans are into, but knock yourselves out). Approx. 20" x 30"

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    + PICK 2—POSTER, UNDIES, T-SHIRT

    • Can't decide among the T-Shirt, undies, or custom printed poster? Choose two.

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    ***Create Your Own MUSIC***

    • Collaborate with a composer & Rex to create an original track for a level. Produce a retro Simon Belmont theme, something dark & dissonant a la There Will Be Blood, a Tribe Called Quest-inspired hip hop beat, etc... YOU DECIDE !!! (Limited quantity—more added with each stretch goal reached.)

    • The following rewards from previous tiers (two copies of the game, vote on content, name in credits, DO NOT EAT card, early access, custom digital poster)

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    + ORIGINAL SKETCH / DRAWING

    • Get an original Relentless Rex sketch or illustration used in the development of the game—First come, first serve regarding the piece you receive.

    • TWO digital copies of Relentless Rex: HD Edition on your platforms of choice—STEAM, PC, Mac (Nintendo Switch, PS4, XBox One as corresponding stretch goals are met).

    • The following rewards from previous tiers (vote on content, name in credits, DO NOT EAT card, early access, custom digital poster)

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    ***Create Your Own WEAPON / POWER-UP***

    • Collaborate with Rex to create a unique "power-up" or weapon to be used by the player in the game—Sword of Foreboding, Clone Launcher, Time Travel, Squirrel Mind-Control, etc... YOU DECIDE !! (Limited quantity—more added with each stretch goal reached.)

    • The following rewards from previous tiers (two copies of the game, original sketch or inked illustration, vote on content, name in credits, DO NOT EAT card, early access, custom digital poster)

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    ***Create Your Own ENVIRONMENT SP***

    • Collaborate with Rex to create a "Background Environment" for the game—aboard a spaceship, inside the belly of a beast, Uranus, etc... YOU DECIDE !! (Limited quantity—more added with each stretch goal reached.)

    • The following rewards from previous tiers (two copies of the game, vote on content, name in credits, DO NOT EAT card, early access, custom digital poster)
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    *Create Your Own NON-PLAYABLE CHARACTER*

    • Collaborate with Rex to create an NPC for the game, whether it be friend, enemy, or frenemy. YOU DECIDE !! (Limited quantity—more added with each stretch goal reached.)

    • The following rewards from previous tiers (two copies of the game, vote on content, name in credits, DO NOT EAT card, early access, custom digital poster)
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    ***Create Your Own REX MUTATION***

    • Collaboration with Rex to create a unique "Mutation" that brings Rex back from certain death or grants him special abilities. Reveal a "terminating" skeleton under Rex's melted flesh, have Rex explode into 100 little mini-Rexes, evolve a pair of normal-sized arms... YOU DECIDE !! (Limited quantity—more added with each stretch goal reached.)

    • The following rewards from previous tiers (two copies of the game, original sketch or inked illustration, vote on content, name in credits, DO NOT EAT card, early access, custom digital poster)

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    **Create Your Own SIDE QUEST (SPECIAL)**

    • Life can't be all about running in terror! Collaborate with Rex to design a short quest or storyline—Help a friend find a missing egg, build a time machine, relax at a pub, get hired to take scandalous photos of a cheating spouse, etc... YOU DECIDE !! Can include 2 animated or 3 static art assets. (Limited quantity—more added with each stretch goal reached.)

    • The following rewards from previous tiers (two copies of the game, vote on content, name in credits, DO NOT EAT card, early access, custom digital poster)
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    + PREMIUM INKED ILLUSTRATION

    • Get an original inked illustration used in the final game—These are going to be hard to give up :-) —First come, first serve regarding the piece you receive.

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    + Create Your Own ENVIRONMENT

    • Collaborate with Rex to create a "Background Environment" for the game—aboard a spaceship, inside the belly of a beast, Uranus, etc... YOU DECIDE !! (Limited quantity—more added with each stretch goal reached.)

    • The following rewards from previous tiers (two copies of the game, original sketch or inked illustration, vote on content, name in credits, DO NOT EAT card, early access, custom digital poster)

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    + Create Your Own NON-PLAYABLE CHARACTER

    • Collaborate with Rex to create an NPC for the game, whether it be friend, enemy, or frenemy. YOU DECIDE !! (Limited quantity—more added with each stretch goal reached.)

    • The following rewards from previous tiers (two copies of the game, original sketch or inked illustration, vote on content, name in credits, DO NOT EAT card, early access, custom digital poster)

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    *** Create Your Own QUEST ***

    • Life can't be all about running in terror! Collaborate with Rex to design a short quest or storyline—Help a friend find a missing egg, build a time machine, relax at a pub, get hired to take scandalous photos of a cheating spouse, etc... YOU DECIDE !! Can include 2 animated or 3 static art assets. (Limited quantity—more added with each stretch goal reached.)

    • The following rewards from previous tiers (two copies of the game, original sketch or inked illustration, vote on content, name in credits, DO NOT EAT card, early access, custom digital poster)

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Funding period

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