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Cecilia BishtonBy Cecilia Bishton
First created
Cecilia BishtonBy Cecilia Bishton
First created
$1,442
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60
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 11 2014 7:59 PM UTC +00:00

About

STORY

GORGE is a story about food, curses, desperation, and... friendship?

A trip to the bakery goes awry when young Etoile finds herself trapped in a dark version of her hometown inhabited by shadowy spirits. She must find out why she is here, and more importantly, how to get out. Solve puzzles, escape from enemies, and avoid deadly situations as you make decisions that will determine the outcome of your fate. Discover the secrets of the gorge and make sense of its curse as you make your way home.

 GAMEPLAY

The gameplay should be around four hours long, estimating. About a quarter of this game is completed (what you see in the trailer. Well, not everything... didn't want to spoil the good parts!) This game is for PC/Windows.

The game consists of dungeons that are themed around food. The first place is a rotting bakery... then a creepy grocer...followed a mazelike bar, and many other creepy eateries. Food is incorporated in a lot of other ways too. But you'll have to play the game to find out!

  • EXPLORE: Explore the gorge and the warped labyrinth within its dark domain. In a world that seems to to shift and change around you, you must keep your wits about you if you hope to move forward and find your way back home. Those with sharp eyes will be rewarded...
  • PUZZLES: The path before Etoile is riddled with trials and deadly challenges. Outsmart the domain and surviving by solving its puzzles and using key items to your advantage. Flee, hide, fight, and do whatever you can to survive.
  • STORY: Unravel the story of a cursed gorge as you travel into its depths, illustrated with character portraits and parallax animated cutscenes. Learn the truth of the domain and your fate with each shocking twist. Make your choices carefully and accept the consequences of your actions.
  • MULTIPLE ENDINGS: While there is one canonical ending, there are four other unlockable endings! The actions you take throughout the game will determine the outcome of your fate.
  • NEW GAME +: This game includes a new game plus mode! Once you beat the game, you can replay on a new and different setting. The story is the same, but you may notice some things are different from your first playthrough...

CHARACTERS

...and a rich variety of side characters you'll meet throughout the game! Some friends, some foes, and others too mysterious to know.

INSPIRATION

Dare I dream?! It might seem a bit pie-in-the-sky, but if we're able to raise even more funds, this is what I would like to do!

PRINTED ART BOOK - Art is an important part of GORGE, and I’d like to share it with you! The art book will contain concept art (such as the very first sketches of Etoile and Satie), character art, environmental art, art used in the game, promotional art, full illustrations, and tons of never-before-seen content. I’ll also try to contact others to contribute to the book as guest artists (but I can’t make any guarantees about that). This stretch goal is for a printed physical copy with extra content. The printed book will be hardcover and about 30 pages color, 5 pages black-and-white. The book will be available as a pdf as well as a hardcover printed copy! All art book illustrations will be high quality (here's a non-GORGE example of my work).

PRINTED STRATEGY GUIDE – It’s a dangerous path through the cursed gorge, and you might need some help! The strategy guide will offer hints to get you thinking in the right direction without giving the answer away, as well as straight up instructions in case you’re really confused. There will also be trivia and information about easter eggs! This stretch goal is to get it printed as a mini booklet. The printed booklet will be about 5x5 inches and in color. The strategy guide will be available as a pdf as well as a printed mini-booklet!

ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK – Right now I’m using royalty free music available online, but with extra funds I could hire someone to make music just for GORGE! A soundtrack created specifically for GORGE will bring a whole new sense of magic to the game.

COMMENTARY – To thank all the donors for their generosity, I’ll record a playthrough of me playing the game! I’ll record my voice and talk as I play for an exclusive look at how I developed the game. I’ll explore the different endings and the hidden secrets, probably while reminiscing about parts that were particularly annoying to develop or fondly remembering all the times I made my friends and family play this game and laughed at their reactions.

Any funds raised beyond the last stretch goal will be used to polishing the game and making it the best possible - extra cutscenes, more art, and more content! I could even use the money to make more merchandise or go to expos.

SINCEREST THANKS! - Hey, it might not seem like much, but I am seriously so thankful for every person who can help contribute! Plus, by contributing you get access to updates I'll make on the game's progress through Kickstarter.

NAME CREDITED ON WEBSITE - Your name will be listed on the official website under a special credits page! You can also include a short message up of to 200 characters. Names will be listed by amount donated. Brag to your friends! Yeah, I helped make this game happen! I'm awesome! Check out how the credits page will look!

POSTCARD AND WALLPAPER SET - You will receive a postcard with a print of GORGE art on one side and a handwritten thank you note on the other! Each postcard is numbered and signed. You'll also receive an HD wallpaper set, just in case you wanted to see spooky spirits every time you visit your desktop.

DIGITAL COPY OF GORGE - Experience the tale of horror, friendship, and snacks with your own copy of GORGE! You will receive your free copy of the game when it is released!

EARLY RELEASE OF GORGE - You'll receive a copy of GORGE during its Beta release! Play the game before anyone else. Share your feedback and maybe even find a bug (or two).

BUTTONS SET AND STRATEGY GUIDE PDF - This game is NOT a cakewalk. Know what would help? Your very own strategy guide! You'll receive a digital copy of the guide to help you navigate the cursed domain. See Stretch Goals for more information on the strategy guide. You'll also receive a super neat set of four buttons, pictured above.

ART BOOK PDF AND OST DOWNLOAD - You will receive a digital copy of the GORGE art book! Enjoy the concept art, game art, illustrations, and more! See Stretch Goals for more information on the art book. You will also receive a digital download of the GORGE original soundtrack! Listen to spooky horror music while you're doing homework, folding laundry, or running from murderous spirits! See Stretch Goals for more information. The OST download is only available if the stretch goal is reached.

PRINTED STRATEGY GUIDE -  Don't bite off more than you can chew! The game will be easy as apple pie with your strategy guide printed out as a mini-booklet! Enjoy the hints and trivia in person as you traverse the game's domain. See Stretch Goals for more information. The strategy guide is only available if the stretch goal is reached.

POSTER - Be as cool as a cucumber with your very own GORGE poster to display proudly on your wall! The poster will be 8.5x11 in size and be signed and numbered on the back.

HARDCOVER ART BOOK - If art is your cup of tea, you'll love having the hardcover art book in your collection! Jam-packed with concept art, game art, illustrations, and more for your enjoyment. See Stretch Goals for more information. The hardcover art book is only available if the stretch goal is reached.

NAME IN CREDITS AND BONUS COPY - Your name will appear in the credits of the actual game! My way of saying thank you for believing in this project. You'll be the toast of the town when you show off your producer credits. Includes a bonus copy of the game to share with a friend (so you can make them play it and then show off to them, of course)!

APPEAR AS A CORPSE IN THE GAME - One particular level happens to have a lot of corpses in it, and YOU can be one of them! A pixel character will be modeled off of you (or a person of your choosing) to lie inert in the background of this stage. You can specify your injuries (your head has fallen off, your arms are missing, etc) if you wish. Please note that your character will NOT have speaking lines (as they will be dead...) or a speaking portrait (since they have no lines). However, your character will appear in an in-game illustration (although maybe with a couple of other dead guys) that comes up when Etoile investigates your corpse. Make your friends play this unpleasant game and then say: hey--see that dead guy? That's ME!!

DESIGN AN ART BOOK ILLUSTRATION - If you have a taste for art, help me create a brand new illustration for the art book based on YOUR idea! It can be something as vague as "Etoile and Satie eating lunch together" to something as specific as "Steampunk AU where Satie is in a mechatank and Etoile is riding a griffon into battle". It's up to you (with certain limitations: no adult content, let's keep it clean folks). If the art book stretch goal isn't reached, I'll send you a print!

HANDCRAFTED POLYMER FIGURINE - To thank you for your support, I will handcraft and handpaint (acrylics) a polymer figurine for you! You can specify the character you want, props, and the pose (to a reasonable extent). The figuirine will be around 6-8 inches tall. (Here's an example of one of my sculpts, although this one is old and my first try with that medium. Your sculpt will be better, more detailed, and more polished work in general!)

APPEAR IN THE GAME AS A TRAVELER - To thank you for your overwhelming generosity, I will put you into the game as a traveler! You will have a pixel character, a speaking portrait (with up to two emotions), and dialogue! Note: the dialogue must fit into the world of the game and will have to be okay-ed by me. You can also choose where your character appears from select locations (walking along the pier?  In the ice cream shop? Or maybe in the grocery looking at the potato selection) You can also work with me to design a mini side quest for your character! Along with this reward, your printed artbook (if that stretch goal is reached) will come with a sketch inside the cover.

I'm developing this game on my own, and it turns out that developing a game takes a mind-boggling amount of hours. The funds raised from Kickstarter will help me to afford the sheer amount of time it'll take me to get it done. With the help of Kickstarter, I can make the game to its full potential without having to cut features. Funding makes features like an original soundtrack and merchandise that I certainly couldn't afford on my own a possibility. Thanks for all your support. Thanks to Kickstarter, I think GORGE can become so much more than a game!

Me as a hot dog. Get it? Because this game is about food? Note: no hot dog people in GORGE

My name is Cecilia Bishton. I'm a university student double majoring in art and computer science for games. All my life I've loved to draw, write stories about made up characters, and play video games, so developing GORGE has been a perfect storm of my passions. I've been developing GORGE by myself. I wrote the story, do the art, and all the implementation. Right now I'm using royalty free music and sound effects. I am VERY excited about GORGE and I hope you are too!

If you have questions, please feel free to send them to questions@gorgegame.com! I will keep the faq on this page updated.

Official Website - GORGE on tumblr

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge ahead for me is time. As a full time university student, I often have a lot on my plate and it can be difficult to find time to work on game development. It was because of this worry that I went ahead and developed the first quarter part of the game. Having developed this much content, I've learned the pipeline and what is most efficient. I confidently feel I can finish this in a year with funding.

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