It's 1925, New York City. An era of gangsters, flappers, bootleggers and jazz. Will you rise to the top of the mafia or bring it down? Read more
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About this project
- Update #1 - Welcome
- Update #2 - Indie Megabooth at PAX East 2013
- Update #3 - Poker, Voice Actors, Demo & Barrel USB drives
- Update #4 - Kickstarter Avatars
- Update #5 - 3D Modeling of Vince
- Update #6 - Playing Cards, PAX East Prep & Poker Demo Update
- Update #7 - Poker Gameplay Video
- Update #8 - PAX, Press, Updated Video, Updated FAQ
- Update #9 - The 10 Best Indie Games of PAX East 2013!!!
- Update #10 - Adding support for Wii U and OUYA!
- Update #12 - We're a Staff Pick!!!
It's 1925. Prohibition is in full swing, alcohol is forbidden and business is booming for the mafia. Speakeasies and jazz clubs are packed every night.
Step into a world that dances between glitz and guns, glamour and danger. Are you going to make your mark by working your way to the top of the mafia or by bringing it down?
Your journey begins at the end of a dark alley where the only thing that stands between you and the path to glory is a knock and a password.
Lords of New York is an adventure RPG game where you follow the story of one of three high stakes poker players as they pursue their life's ambitions and become one of New York's elite.
Each character has unique gameplay, end goals and poker style (cheating, intuition or statistics) all designed to support a compelling story arc. While the paths of their stories may cross, they are completely different, increasing the game's replayability.
Lunchtime Studios is a small team dedicated to quality stories and superior gameplay.
While we may not be packed with people (or peanuts) we are packed with talent (and nutrition). We also have a lot of experience working with tight schedules, tight budgets and shooing pesky kids off of the lawn (no easy feat). Some of the AAA games our people have worked on in the past include: Empire Earth, Empires: Dawn of the Modern World, Sim City series, Dungeons & Dragons Online and others.
Sometimes we're a little goofy but we work hard and are 100% dedicated to bringing you games that resonate and stick with you long after you've played them.
*All in-game contributions require a signed release and we will approve all names
We have a lot of ideas for stretch goals and would love to get some feedback from you about what's most important. Some of the ideas we have are: Android, extra playable characters, campaign editor, multiplayer, player housing, extra playable locations, Xbox live and Linux.
Leave us comments on here or on our forums to let us know which rewards interest you the most. There's no point in us offering goals that people don't want.
Also, please note that stretch goals that add complexity to the game, like multiplayer, will change the date that the game is ready.
In preparation for launching our own Kickstarter project and also wanting to have a complete understanding of the whole process, I started backing several projects. I definitely learned a lot. What I didn't expect to learn was that what started out as a logical/business idea has turned into a real joy for supporting projects that are about something you care about or believe in.
We have backed almost 60 projects on here because once you start, it's really hard to stop. So, even if you don't end up backing our project, go back something, even if it's a small amount. It feels really great and you can make a difference. Thank you. - Courtney, Owner Lunchtime Studios
Risks and challenges
Scheduling is always a challenge. It's never possible to get it exactly right, but with experience, you can make a good estimate that includes time for things that you don't expect. Our team has over 30 years of combined experience working on games and projects with tight schedules. We are confident that our estimates are solid. We will also be posting regular updates about the progress of the project either on our website, in our forums or on the Kickstarter site.
This has been one of the toughest parts for us. Sure we're nerds and we have some math skills, but one of us (could be me, I'm not saying) is totally obsessive about getting the numbers right. It is extremely important to us to make sure that we chose a goal that once all of the fees and reward costs have been accounted for that we're still left with an amount that allows us to finish the game on-time and on budget. The reward tiers have been worked, re-worked, re-re-worked, and worked some more. Even up to the last minute. We, including the nutty one (yes, it is in fact me), are very confident that all costs and expenses have been accounted for.
We are game makers not warehouse operators, so shipping massive quantities of stuff is not really one of our strengths. We will ship the rewards in advance of the game, once we have all of the items received. We will send everything out in manageable batches so that there is less of an opportunity for error.
Communication is the key to everything. If you don't have good communication, you're going to have a lot of unhappy people. So, we will be in constant communication with our backers. Not creepy 24/7, stalkery contact, just "here's what's going on this week if you'd like to know" type contact.
As your character levels, you can choose talents/powers from a talent tree (sort of like World of Warcraft) and these talents give you benefits while playing poker and, to a lesser degree, when you're out and about in the world.
For example, If you're Vince, you can get "Ace up your sleeve" which is a special power that allows you to use your moxie (mana) to change one of the cards in your hand to another card. Vince is the only character that can "cheat" in this way. The other talents/powers might be something that might boost your ability to get into higher end poker venues.
The biggest part of an adventure game, to us, is the story and the fact that you're using your mind to complete the game vs mashing a ton of buttons and killing everything you run into. It also means having an inventory of items that you use to solve a bunch of puzzles.
In Lords of New York, story is a huge part of the game. It's kind of like Boardwalk Empire meets Rounders. We want the game to be playable several times with a different experience for each character. Each character is presented with numerous choices that will shape the outcome of their story. So, it's possible to have multiple "endings" for each character depending on the decisions that they make during the game.
Even though you get special abilities to help in poker, you still have to win and there will be bosses to beat also who have their own special abilities. In addition to the poker, there are quests that have to be completed where the NPC has not explicitly stated what they want and the player has to figure it out. So, the challenge in this game is more about "puzzles" and strategy than dexterity. In LONY, poker has replaced RPG turn-based combat.
The ability to play the game mechanically won't be difficult, but the game has a lot of depth to it and is not just a superficial poker game with a fancy UI.
There is a master storyline that connects all of the characters but each of them has their own perspective on it and some elements of the story are only known when played as a certain character.
Each character has their own little sub story as well as unique goals to complete the game. For example, Veronica, the reporter, spends her time investigating leads/stories in the hopes of uncovering enough information to write a story, from the inside, on the mafia that will earn her the respect of her peers. Vince, on the other hand, controls a bunch of thugs and he suspects there is a mole (Veronica/Tony) and is trying to find out who it is.
This is not the type of game where you can wander all over the world doing whatever you want. There is a story path to follow, but you have choices that alter the story. Also, you will be able to travel around NYC to find quests and play poker. The map and travel mechanism is not written yet, so I don't have very specific information about it right now. There will be a variety of speakeasies you can get into and different types of poker to play as well.
We get asked this a lot and so I thought I would list some of the expenses. A game of this size requires a lot of assets so that you aren't always playing against the same three NPCs in the same speakeasy/location and with the same male and female voices.
At this point, we have already spent between 20 and 30K of our own money on this project.
Expenses include: programming, art, writing, music, sound, software, hardware, Kickstarter fees, Amazon fees, backer rewards, audio & video equipment, PAX booth, PAX signage, PAX handouts, business cards, accountant, lawyer, web hosting, business license, business taxes, employer taxes (social security, medicare, unemployment), registered agent (LLC expense), books, and research materials.
"Lords of New York" for PC/Mac, DRM free ● Associate level forum badgeEstimated delivery:
48 backers All gone!
Closed Beta Tester ● Exclusive Character Talent ● Digital Artbook ● In-game Credits ● Wallpaper Pack ● Digital Soundtrack ● Wiseguy level forum badge
INCLUDES "ASSOCIATE" REWARDSEstimated delivery:
Digital copy of game on Wii U or OUYA (this is added to the older Wiseguy tier also) in allowed countries ● Closed Beta Tester ● Exclusive Character Talent ● Digital Artbook ● In-game Credits ● Wallpaper Pack ● Digital Soundtrack ● Wiseguy level forum badge
INCLUDES "ASSOCIATE" REWARDSEstimated delivery:
Name a Poker NPC ● Alpha Tester ● Custom Playing Cards ● Special character items (Tony, Veronica, Vince) ● Game Guide section added to the Digital Artbook ● Postcard Set #1 (3 cards) ● 1" Button Set (5 buttons) ● Enforcer level forum badge
ALL "WISEGUY" REWARDSEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Name a Speakeasy ● Signed Character Print ● Postcard Set #2 (4 cards) ● Goodfella level forum badge
ALL "ENFORCER" REWARDSEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Name a Quest NPC (in addition to Poker NPC) ● Branded Wooden Barrel USB Drive ● +1 Deck of Cards ● Made Man level forum badge
ALL "GOODFELLA" REWARDSEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Branded Whiskey Glasses (Set of 4) ● Name 4 Additional Poker Players ● Name 4 additional Speakeasies ● Capo level forum badge
ALL "MADE MAN" REWARDSEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Poker NPC Created in Your Likeness (upgrades poker NPC) ● T-shirt with your NPC ● High Roller Credits, in-game and on the website ● Engraved Metal Boxes for Cards ● Underboss level forum badge
ALL "CAPO" REWARDSEstimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
3 backers Limited (97 left of 100)
Your NPC Likeness is a Quest NPC (upgrades previous level) ● Printed, Signed Artbook + Game Guide ● Print of Your NPC on Fine Art Paper (archival quality) ● Your NPC will appear in the Artbook ● Consigliere level forum badge
ALL "UNDERBOSS" REWARDSEstimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
2 backers Limited (13 left of 15)
Your NPC Likeness is a Boss (upgrades previous level) ● Uncut Card Proof Sheet ● Cards will be in an Engraved Wooden Box with Dice and Poker Chips ● Boss level forum badge
ALL "CONSIGLIERE" REWARDSEstimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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