Where Poppies Grow is a visual novel developed by an independent studio and published by DEVGRU-P, the team behind games such as Panzermadels: Tank Dating Simulator, Stay! Stay! Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and Bunka no Kenkyu.
- Over 220,000 words - Where Poppies Grow was originally written as a novel, then adapted into a kinetic visual novel.
- Character sprites whose appearances change over the course of the conflict, as well as over 40 planned backgrounds.
- Over 20 planned event scenes to accurately depict both the hardships and camaraderie found in war.
- An original soundtrack with over 25 planned songs!
(All images are from the developer's alpha, and may change before release)
War has erupted once again between the countries of Elestrea and Schusenfrasse, two small countries who both fight for their survival in the global arena. Though they share the same tongue and relative culture - rampant nationalism and expansionism has driven both to war time and time again.
Conley Booker, a student and citizen of Elestrea, is drafted for the conflict. He sees this as an opportunity for adventure and to gain an identity similar to the characters in his cherished novels. Leaving his safe but monotonous life behind, he is funneled towards the front lines.
During his time at war, he grasps the ropes of responsibility as he is thrust into a leadership position despite his inexperience. After a pivotal and devastating loss, he wakes up on the battlefield to fine that his comrades are nowhere to be seen. Desperate to reunite with his friends and return home, he travels through enemy territory in hopes to find the new front line. This is a story about growth, adventure, and one man’s journey through war.
A Moment of Respite
Character/CG Art 60% - The largest expense is artwork, all of which is used to bring the world that Conley Booker travels through to life. All items are commissioned, with both artists, Ryuu and Konett, being veterans of the visual novel community.
Music 10% - Andres, our composer, has been hard at work in developing a unique soundtrack for the game, and has lent his musical talent and training to the project. He has worked on many other visual novels such as Karmasutra and Absolutely Haunting. In addition, vocalist and lyricist, Sagi and Theo, have worked to develop original vocal tracks and themes for the game.
Programming 10% - We will be utilizing the Ren’Py engine for this visual novel, and we welcome the talent that our programmer brings to our team. DS-Sans has worked on his own games such as Chemically Bonded and Sounds of Her Love.
Writing 0% - With over 220,000 words, Where Poppies Grow started as a novel, before being picked up by DEVGRU-P as a visual novel. While the script is complete, final editing and grammatical checks will be done to ensure a well polished product.
Backer Rewards 10% - Getting the backer rewards made and shipped across the country will take up the cost here; we want to make sure it’s all high quality content that readers will truly cherish!
Kickstarter Fees 10% - This will cover what Kickstarter and Payment Processor takes from the total raised.
$5.00 - (Draftee) A high resolution desktop wallpaper of one of our backgrounds!
$10.00 - (Cadet, First Class) Early bird price! One copy of Where Poppies Grow upon release (25 backers)
$12.00 - (Cadet, Second Class) Second rotation of the early bird price. (30 backers)
$15.00 - (Private) One copy of Where Poppies Grows (Digital Download)
$25.00 - (Lance Corporal) Download + access to Beta, as well as exclusive updates and concept art.
$45.00 - (Corporal) Previous tier’s reward, with boxed game (50 backers)
$120.00 - (Sergeant) Appear in the game as one of the background soldiers (Lore Friendly, 5 Backers)
$300.00 - (Lieutenant) Have spoken lines and interaction with the characters! (Lore Friendly, 4 Backers)
Risks and challenges
The team is dedicated to bringing an enjoyable and fulfilling adventure game to the English language Visual Novel market. While most of the team has gone through the throes of development and production, there are still risks involved in such an involved project.
With proper funding in place, we are scheduled to complete our product within a year of the end this Kickstarter. We promise to notify our backers of any delays or major project scope changes during this process.
The last two games by DEVGRU-P have received very positive marks on Steam (96% and 91% respectively for Stay! Stay! Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea and Panzermadels), so you can be sure that the content will be vetted and constantly polished before final release.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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