Harm Other is a narrative comedy game for the PC consisting of five chapters with vastly different locations and themes:
- Chapter I: KNEE DEEP IN THE READ
- Chapter II: THY TEXT CONSUMED
- Chapter III: WORD ME PLENTY
- Chapter IV: BOOKMARKED FOR DEATH
- Chapter V: ASHES TO ASHES, DUST TO DUST JACKET
All five chapters will be included with Harm Other when it launches on Steam and itch.io. The beginning will occur at the start of Chapter I, the middle will be somewhere around Chapter III, and the end will probably be found in the last bit of Chapter V.
In the far flung future the response to every decision in life - no matter how enormous or insignificant - is a formal choice between Harm and Other.
As a DropCo Intergalactic Independent Contractor you are uniquely trained to make such decisions in an official capacity by pressing a pair of brightly colored buttons. Often with very little information. Always with zero clue as to what Harm or Other could possibly mean in the current context. In exchange for your extraordinary talents you earn nearly half of a living wage.
Since the result of every choice is unique and each chapter contains at least one major branching path (not shown in the demo), you will be able to play the game four times before encountering every unfair and ridiculous outcome.
$5 - Harm Other Digital Copy
It's the whole dang game, right there on your computer.
$10 - Papercraft Bundle
A digital download of Harm Other, PLUS an exclusive PDF papercraft of a folded sheet of paper. Simply print document.pdf and fold along the single dotted line to create a realistic replica of a folded sheet of paper!
$15 - VIP Papercraft Bundle
Everything in the Papercraft Bundle plus a very exclusive SECOND papercraft PDF of a folded sheet of paper. Literally a copy + paste of document.pdf, titled document2.pdf
$1,400 - Mysterious Benefactor
Imagine what it would feel like to fully fund a major work of art - without revealing your identity! For years people will wonder whose generosity made this video game possible. Only you will know. (Includes the VIP Papercraft Bundle)
$1,401 - Known Benefactor
Upstage the mysterious benefactor for only one additional dollar. What a chump!
Your name will appear in the game's credits and on the Kickstarter project page in large, bold letters. (Includes the VIP Papercraft Bundle)
$1,400 - Funded!
$2,500 - Mac port! (Covers the cost of an Apple dev license and refurbished laptop.)
$4,000 - Additional branching point in each chapter!
$5,000 - iOS + Android ports! (Work on these would begin after the PC release. Backers would get the game for PC/Mac and the mobile platform of their choice.)
Dennis Farrell has been writing humor about video games for more than ten years at Something Awful. Sorry about that.
Risks and challenges
Harm Other is almost entirely text-based and I have an outline ready to be stuffed with sweaty fistfuls of good words. Accounting for all the branching paths will take some time and effort.
My biggest technical hurdle will be translating my design ideas to the game engine. The html demo above was a quick-and-dirty proof of concept. The final game will be a smoother experience with proper text transitions, sound effects, a save system, and an interface that supports several aspect ratios. There aren't many moving parts, but I want all of them to feel great.
I will post an update on the first of every month to keep everyone looped in on the game's progress.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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