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Sean McGrathBy Sean McGrath
First created
Sean McGrathBy Sean McGrath
First created
AU$ 2,032
pledged of 25 000 AU$ pledged of 25 000 AU$ goal
13
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, September 15 2017 11:05 AM UTC +00:00

About

CLICK HERE to download and PLAY THE FREE DEMO for Microsoft Windows OS!

If demand is high enough, I will also publish a Mac version soon (I just need to get a MacBook). If you cannot play the demo or would prefer to watch it instead, CLICK HERE to view the demo play through on the Mortalaxy YouTube channel.

If you want to contact me, check me out on Twitter, Tumblr or Youtube.  

You can also email me at mortalaxy@gmail.com if you want to report any bugs with the demo or give any feedback.

Mortalaxy is a turn based tactical RPG with exploring and crafting mechanics. The game explores physical, mental and social elements of wellbeing and how they interact through its unique story and gameplay.

Games for Change Award
Games for Change Award

In 2014, my game concept (originally called 'Planet Nutria’) was shortlisted to compete in the Games for Change Europe Awards. Only nine teams were shortlisted from 96 teams around the world (13 countries). Although I didn’t end up winning, that didn’t stop me from making my concept a reality.

What is a Mortalaxy? 

Mortalaxy Factions
Mortalaxy Factions

Basically, it’s a metaphorical galaxy that represents wellbeing. The ‘Mortalaxy’ consists of three planets representing the three core pillars of wellbeing (physical, mental, and social). The first game I wish to develop (Mortalaxy Green) takes place on planet Nutrion, which represents physical wellbeing. The eventual goal is to develop a trilogy of games. The trilogy would explore the planets and the conflict between each of their factions (the next game would be Mortalaxy Blue, then Mortalaxy Red).

What is a Mortaling?

A Mortaling is a being that exists in a Mortalaxy. Each Mortaling personifies something from reality (could be an object, or even a theory). On planet Nutrion, most Mortalings personify food. Mortalings have unique powers based on what they personify. For example Alex the Apple Mortaling has powers such as Vitamin C Comet and Fibre Force Field.

Mortalaxy Green (Game 1) Story Outline  

Defeat Waldon and restore balance to Nutrion!
Defeat Waldon and restore balance to Nutrion!

The main story follows the journey of Alex (Apple Mortaling) and his Natural Allies. Harnessing the power of vitamins (magic) and minerals (weapons), they set out to reclaim the world of Nutrion from the Artificial Faction of Waldon’s World. 

There are three main mechanics to the game; exploration, cooking and battle.  

EXPLORATION

Explore the world of Nutrion and uncover the secrets of Mortalaxy.
Explore the world of Nutrion and uncover the secrets of Mortalaxy.

Whilst exploring you can meet and recruit new party members, buy food and create meals. In the full game, characters from your party can also use their powers to solve puzzles and uncover hidden paths and secrets.

COOKING

Cook meals which can be used to heal and buff your allies.
Cook meals which can be used to heal and buff your allies.

Similar to Minecraft’s crafting mechanic, you can create meals using the food you collect or buy while exploring. Meals are much more effective at restoring health and energy during battle. In the full game, some meals may also provide unique buffs or power up certain abilities during battle.

BATTLE

Battle against the Artificial Faction!
Battle against the Artificial Faction!

The game features a grid based and turn based battle system similar to RPGs like Fire Emblem. Unlike most RPG battle systems, each character can move, attack and use items each turn, making battles much more dynamic.

For most powers, the enemy simply has to be in range to execute it. However there are many other powers each character can unlock which can support and/or combo with other ally powers.

In the full game you can level up and upgrade party members with new powers and unlock Ultimate Powers using Skill Trees unique to each character.

For the demo and the Kickstarter trailer, I decided to use Royalty Free Music from PeriTune - http://peritune.com/. This was mainly due to time constraints. For the full game however, me and my brother will create the soundtrack ourselves. Below is a playlist of original tracks we have created already, and the type of music you should expect to hear in the final game.

 

Sean McGrath  

http://www.seanmcgrath.net/ 

I am the creator of Mortalaxy! I am responsible for pretty much everything besides background art and most of the music. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Games and Interactive Entertainment and worked in the e Learning industry for many years. 

I have a particular interest in creating stories with scientific themes. This is because I personally believe science has a lot more excitement and wonder than myths or fairy tales. Ultimately I want to create games that have a positive influence on culture, and make the world a better place!  

Cody McGrath  

https://codymcgrath.wordpress.com/  

Cody is my twin brother! He is also professional illustrator and animator with a passion for drawing and storytelling. He also enjoys creating music and playing video games. Cody graduated from Griffith University with an honours degree in Animation. He has illustrated for three published children’s books. Cody will mainly help me with background art and music.

The Game  

You will receive a digital copy of the first game (Mortalaxy Green) upon completion in 2019 (DRM free) [Availiable for Windows or Mac].  

Backer Credit  

Your name will be featured in the credits sequence of the final game.

Soundtrack  

You will receive a digital download via email of the Mortalaxy Original Soundtrack upon completion of the game.  

Sticker Sheet

You will be mailed (upon completion of the game) a Sticker Sheet featuring chibi versions of six main characters! [Free shipping]  

Buttons 

You will be mailed (upon completion of the game) four large round pin-back Buttons featuring the Mortalaxy logo and some of the game’s main characters. (designs will be voted on by backers). [Free shipping]  

Art Book

You will receive a Digital Art Book via email in print quality pdf format upon completion of the game. The book will contain character design iterations and high quality environmental and concept art. The book will also feature exclusive insight into Mortalaxy and the world of Nutrion, as well as behind the scenes commentary.    

Cook Book

You will be mailed (upon completion of the game) a hard cover Mortalaxy Cook Book featuring some of the rare recipes from in game. [LIMITED 200] [Free shipping]  

Enemy and NPC Design  

Design both a Good Bacterian villager NPC and a Bad Bactrian enemy that players will battle against throughout the game! [LIMITED 5]  

Mortaling Design

Design one of the main characters players can recruit into their party and fight alongside with! [LIMITED 5]

Because I will be the sole developer of this game, I will need two years to develop the game I envision, with my brother helping me part-time. The money raised will mostly go towards keeping a roof over my head whilst I develop the game for the next two years. 

Below is a breakdown on what the money will be spent on.

 

If the project is over-funded, my brother and potentially others can help me full time. Having the extra help will give me extra time to add additional features and content to the game.

 

Risks and challenges

I am relatively new to game development, so it is understandable to question my ability to publish a full RPG game. However, that is why I set aside the past year of my life to program the core mechanics of the game and develop a playable demo.

Because all the core mechanics have already been implemented, all that’s left to focus on is fleshing out the game with as much content as possible.

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