We have smashed the £10,000 target and now - with less that 10 hours to go(at time of writing) I hope that we can push on just that little more to make it to my stretch goal of achieving £11,600 which would mean that I could afford to but something I've always dreamed of - a Cintiq 22HD. It will mean that my animations will be that much smoother and no doubt improve my artwork 10x as I'll be able to work directly onto the screen in a much more natural way (if drawing on a screen is indeed natural).
Thank you all so much for your generosity and kind words in comments and messages, please help me to push on through this last leg of what has been an amazing campaign!
Live final hours!
For the final two hours of the campaign I will be making the next area for Jason The Greek but rather than just bolt it on I thought I would start it from scratch to show any and all of you how I make adventure games with Visionaire.
Please feel free to head over any time in the last two hours and make sure you comment and ask questions as we go along as any and all feedback is most welcome!
I’ll set up a facebook feed on the Jason page here:https://www.facebook.com/jasonthegreekgame (201 likes, whoop!)
The ‘event’ itself can be found here starting at 7pm GMT:https://plus.google.com/events/cmpnjilcc3v8a145afv0ah2v15o
Hope to see all you budding game makers there!
Jason The Greek: The Ladies of Lemnos is a new take on the old-school point and click adventure games inspired by titles like Monkey Island, Sam and Max Hit the Road, Discworld and the awesome Hector Badge of Carnage series. It’s a 2D extravaganza with you taking charge as Jason The Greek in a world of myths, legends, demi-Gods and puns galore.
- Explore a unique take on the classic Greek myth in it's own cartoon style!
- Interact with characters, objects, items and crabs!
- Solve mysteries and uncover a dark secret (oooo)!
- Romance a princess!
- Escape from a princesses bedroom before she wakes up.
- And basically steal any item that isn't nailed to the floor...
Inspired by my love of Greek legends and an almost greater love of sci-fi spoofery it's Jason and The Argonauts meets Captain Kirk and crew. It's hard to believe I'm married, I know.
Right now I've got the PC demo completed (available here) to a level I'm pretty happy with but its taken a loooong while in lunch times and late nights. From here I'm onto the main event of new locations, characters and items as well as the full story.
I'm hoping to have the game completed by summer 2014 but there's no way I can do that without your help here on Kickstarter. I'd love to be able to work on my game full time as working on something you know is the very best of your skills and passion is an awesome feeling. I am hoping that with the feedback given throughout the campaign I will get the demo 100% right as once thats done its onto the next stop: The Docks of Lemnos…
With regards to language options, In the first launch I will be prioritising English as the language of choice but (hopefully very soon) after if not with this launch you will have the option play with subtitles in German, French, Spanish and Greek (of course)! I will make sure this is updated throughout the development.
These are the crew of the great ship Argo. Our Quest: to sail to new lands and locations, to seek out and return with the Golden Fleece. For these are the Argonauts and I… am Jason. Jason The Greek.
Denied his kingdom by the mad King Pelias, Jason and his mighty crew will sail the seven seas in search of the Golden Fleece aboard the legendary vessel – The Argo.
In this, the first chapter of our quest, Jason and his crew set sail for the fabled Isle of Lemnos - in search of news of the Golden Fleece. It is said that the island is a land of only women. I’m sure that had nothing to do with this being the crew’s first port of call…
Jason The Greek will have a suitably weird and wonderful cast of characters mixed between Greek Myths and Sci-fi spoofing. Jason himself is a blend of the Argonauts Captain and James T. Kirk (queue up the manly monologues...):
Unusual suspects such as:
- Orpheus - Jason's Egyptian second in command and logical to a fault.
- Philoctetes - Our Irish drummer on the Argo, giving it everything he's got.
- Peleus - Interested in the bones, the ship's doctor, dammit!
- Princess Hippsalottia - Sweet and stupid or an evil genius? Only time will tell.
- Lady Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan - One of possibly few women you'll encounter who's seemingly immune to Jason's charms.
- Red Skirts - Every Trekkie knows: red shirt + away mission = you're on the menu for the alien space cabbage. Ourred skirts will be an homage to this legacy as well as a useful tip tool as they attempt to help their Captain out with their dying breath.
- Paddlecrab - Oh, that poor paddlecrab...
I know what many of you will be thinking: "£10,000 is a lot of money". You're right, it is - course, if you don't think that then you're JUST the person I want on my page, please feel free to pledge away!
Well £10,000 is what I think is the bare minimum to make the game to the level of quality I think we all deserve. Compared to a lot of 'professional' titles, this is a bargain.
A percentage of the money will go onto reward fulfilment which will eat from the Pie budget but this has been taken into account.
For my international cousins, current exchange rates as I understand them are (approx.):
- USD Exchange Rate: $1.61 approx £1
- CAD Exchange: $1.66 approx £1
Should we breach the £10k ceiling then I can get to adding in extras including fully animated cut scenes, additional character quests, translations and similar ideas but we've got to make the first goal before we start getting TOO excited!
Kris Fosh - in charge of Design, Development and awful puns, I'm the man behind Jason The Greek and would very much like it to be my full time job to doodle, animate and take Jason from his humble beginnings right through to discovering the Golden Fleece.
I am a user experience designer and project manager for hire and a Father and Husband with a piece of my soul sold to gaming. I've worked on titles such as MMORPG RuneScape, casual titles like Arcanists and Zombie Dawn for Jagex Ltd as well as my own titles such as Shlumpf, FaceAche and Aaarghmageddon.
Chris Jolley - Audio Guru
An experienced audio lead, audio designer and sometimes composer, with plenty of titles (including AAA) on all current platforms under his belt. Titles worked on include Blood Forge, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Ziggy's Lazy Town Challenge.
Heres what you could be adding into your inventory in exchange for your hard earned cash! For all you chart lovers that my pie chart can't satisfy, click on the link below for a breakdown of the rewards up for grabs. As the campaign draws on I'll be adding some detail about each tier through a more picturey* approach although if you have any questions please get in touch!
*Picturey is now a word. Fact.
**UPDATE: Due to an overwhelming majority vote the game will open with a 'Thank you for joining the crew' message as I don't future players to feel as if they've missed out or been robbed! Hope this is clear, feel free to message me if not! Thanks for your support! Kris
MAYBE YOU CAN'T PLEDGE BUT YOU STILL WANT TO HELP?
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Thank you for checking out my campaign!
Risks and challenges
A quest like this is bound to come with its fair share of dangers, challenges and risks but - as a captain and crew - we shall face these dangers together! Taking on a large title like this is hard work but - to be honest - I love it. I will do my best to see this through and, acts of the Gods aside I will do my best to have this game out by the beginning of Summer 2014.
Its a lot of work - I'm not shy to that - I know that its a lot to take on but I've never been so motivated as I hope this page shows. I have the tools, the idea and the plan - all I need now is the time that these funds can buy.
Thanks for reading through the page - if you have any concerns please do drop me a message and I'll be happy to chat!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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