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I'm Edward Grampp, I'm 29 years old, and I have Brain Cancer.  It has been my life dream to make a video game, and I need your help!
I'm Edward Grampp, I'm 29 years old, and I have Brain Cancer. It has been my life dream to make a video game, and I need your help!
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GENRE:  Traditional Turn-based RPG, similar in fashion to the Shin Megami Tensei:  Persona series.

PLATFORMS:  PC/MAC (Will be available through Steam) http://store.steampowered.com/

ESTIMATED DELIVERY:  The first 1/3 of the game should be complete by the holiday season, with the following parts complete next year.

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I am a professional CG Artist and I currently work for Nickelodeon Animation studios.  My work has been featured on the Emmy Award Winning Penguins of Madagascar, and I have also worked on Kung Fu Panda and am currently working on another Dreamworks based Television show as the lead of my department.  I have also worked for such studios as Disney Feature Animation and Disney Interactive Studios.  With the amount of experience that I have learned both on the job and from my talented co-workers, I am passionately creating my first video game called "Dream Benders".  You can view my work here:

The Story of Dream Benders:  When everybody goes to sleep, their conciousness travels to the Dream World.  Some people have realized that in the Dream World, they can control certain elements of it and Bend it to their will.  You and your friends are some of these people, and you are using your powers to help others.  There is another Dream Bender who is using his powers to create Nightmarish monsters, and it is up to you to stop him!

This is a short reel of animations for one of the monsters in the game which I call a "Peeper".

One of the characters being created (colors not final).
One of the characters being created (colors not final).
One of the female Characters (not final product).
One of the female Characters (not final product).
The test level
The test level

Dream Benders is a traditional yet quirky RPG set in modern times that I have developed story-wise over the past 8 years.  With my recent Diagnosis of a Brain Tumor, I have decided to go full-fledged into production and this game will be released in 3 different episodes on the PC/Mac, with the first part scheduled for this Holiday Season through Steam.  I believe that I have come up with the perfect RPG formula for this game and am excited to release it to the world!  I have eliminated many of the frustrating aspects that traditional RPGs introduce to gamers without hurting the integrity of the genre.  One such example is I found a way to make every party member useful in every battle without having to be on the front lines!

I am seeking your charitable contribution to help me raise the $4000 I need for a license of Autodesk Maya so that I can legitimately make the game.  I would also like a copy of Adobe Flash, which retails at $699 for a standalone or even better would be to get it bundled with Photoshop, Illustrator, and other programs in the CS6 suite which retails at $1899.  This software will be used to create the User Interface for the game.  I have found a work around solution to not needing Flash, so that is why it isn't included in the total but it would make my life a lot easier to have a copy of that Software.  So while my project is set at $4000, the actual amount that I would like to raise is $7000-$10,000 dollars for additional software licenses that would make the project run smoother.

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