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William TillerBy William Tiller
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William TillerBy William Tiller
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Duke isn't a sexist game, but his idiotic crew of boors probably is.

Posted by William Tiller (Creator)
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Hi AVS:Y1 Backers,

I have quick followup to my last update. I heard some concerns from some potential backers that the game is about seducing three pirate woman and is thus sexist and just like Leisure Suit Larry. I just wanted to clarify and say nothing can be further from the truth and to apologize for it not being clearer. Duke’s crew is indeed a bunch of sexist boors and they are the ones who send Duke out on this essentially sexist quest, to prove he is a ‘lady’s man.’ They tell him in order to be captain of the ship Duke must be a true swashbuckler, not just a lowly pirate. And one of the traits of true swashbuckler is to be a 'lady's man'. Duke thinks about and does recall the last captain having a lot of female friends around him when they are in port. So his slow brain buys this story, for now.

It’s really just a wild goose chase. The crew just want him off the ship so they can leave as soon as possible because Duke is so strong and so angry all the time that they are literally afraid of him all the time. only their last captain could control Duke, but now that he is gone, they are all in trouble.

 Duke is dim witted and a bit slow, so he leaves the ship for the island, but still, he is not sure about this whole idea. He ultimately decides he is no 'lady’s man', but still wants desperately to be accepted as the new captain of his ship, so he tries to fulfill the dumb quest anyway. Ultimately he never does seduce anyone, but he does help three woman out by just being a generally good guy. I don’t want to spoil the plot too much but I did want to make it clear, his crew are the villains in this game, tricking Duke off the ship and sending him on sexist quest, a quest they know this dumb oaf is doomed to fail. But they underestimate his good heartedness, perseverance and determination and live to regret tricking him.

 Hopefully that clears everything up. So if you had any reservations about backing Duke Grabowski: Mighty Swashbuckler because you thought it would be a sexist game about picking up women, have no fear, it isn't. The game is really about the dangers of giving in to peer pressure, trying to boost one’s self esteem by following the crowd, and it’s a story about watching a character mature.  Plus if you knew Alyssa Clark, the writer from Teen Wolf,  you would know she would never work on sexist game. She'd kick my butt if it were.

Thanks,  

Bill Tiller

P.S. I'm joking. Alyssa would never kick my butt.

P.P.S. Yes she would.

Lucas Arts Vets Join the Duke Team, -Last 12 Days to Become a Backer!

Posted by William Tiller (Creator)
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Hi A Vampyure Story: Year One Backers,

       As you know by now AVS:Y1 was unavoidably put on hold for a good reason, which I can't talk about at the moment due to my signing an NDA. I know many of you are disappointed and I have been giving you in progress looks at the game to hopefully make up for it. And here is another one. It is a previously closed of section of the castle that is now used as a bathing room. After Mona learns she can transform into a bat she and Froderick are then able to explore other parts of her sealed off tower that she couldn't before. Shrowdy has purposely left Mona in the dark about her vampire powers, worried that she may use them to one day escape. His fears, as we all know, were well founded.

Mona is very annoyed to find out there was a bathing room in her tower all the time. Shrowdy is going to be in hot water when he gets back from his nightly 'wine' hunt.
Mona is very annoyed to find out there was a bathing room in her tower all the time. Shrowdy is going to be in hot water when he gets back from his nightly 'wine' hunt.

Gene Mocsy, Jeremiah Grant and I didn't want to postpone working on all games and this is why we came up with a short pirate adventure game, Duke Grabowski Mighty Swashbuckler. It is a short 12-14 location adventure game that spoofs and pays homage to The Secret of Monkey Island, but done in The Curse of Monkey Island style. Here is a drawing from that game.

The fruit stand is infested with animals because the island sanitation workers are on strike and the scavengers on the island are all starting to pick through the grabage. Do I smell a puzzle?
The fruit stand is infested with animals because the island sanitation workers are on strike and the scavengers on the island are all starting to pick through the grabage. Do I smell a puzzle?
This is a work inprogress render of the Ben Plunder Inn, an inn that might have gone a bit overboard trying lure in pirates with all their pirate themed decorations. Should not have gone with pink. Blood red or snot green maybe?
This is a work inprogress render of the Ben Plunder Inn, an inn that might have gone a bit overboard trying lure in pirates with all their pirate themed decorations. Should not have gone with pink. Blood red or snot green maybe?

We were even lucky enough to get Dave Grossman, one of the original writers on Monkey Island 1 & 2, and Tales of Monkey Island to help me and gene design the game play and puzzles. 

Dave loves beaches, so he is the perfect person to help design a game set in the tropics.
Dave loves beaches, so he is the perfect person to help design a game set in the tropics.

And we hope soon to have Larry Ahern, the lead animator on Monkey Island 2, Day of the Tentacle and Full Throttle, on the project to write dialog as well. You may remember Larry was also the co project leader on Curse of Monkey Island, and that experience we hope to harness on Duke. We are waiting on a decision from the House of Mouse to give Larry approval to work on it. So stay tuned!  We are really looking forward to both Larry and Dave's contributions.

Larry Ahern will even be in the game along with Dave Grossman, but we may have to scar him up a bit. He looks too dashing here to be a pirate, don't you think?
Larry Ahern will even be in the game along with Dave Grossman, but we may have to scar him up a bit. He looks too dashing here to be a pirate, don't you think?

 And just for fun they will  both appear as 3D models dressed as pirates in the game, sitting at a table at the Ben Plunder Inn. You can get Duke to go over and even chat with them, and Larry and Dave will even voice their characters. Their Pirate names TBD.

In addition to Dave, and possibly Larry’s creative input, we invited Alyssa Clark to help write the dialog as well. When I first met Alyssa she was a struggling zombie filmmaker who worked at Lucas Arts to help make ends meet. Now she is a very successful TV developer and writes for the very popular MTV show Teen Wolf, which is a great show and I highly recommend it. 

Alyssas, on the left,  makes up words for the actress on the right, to say on TV. but the actress gets all the credit from the fans. That just isn't fair.
Alyssas, on the left, makes up words for the actress on the right, to say on TV. but the actress gets all the credit from the fans. That just isn't fair.

Alyssa and I share a love of writing, horror, skepticism and Lucas Arts Softball. We almost won the championship way back when. Go Bats!  

With Duke Grabowski I think we have all our base covered: we have a good team, tried and true engine, good art, experince designers and writers, and an overall good game idea. And we hope you think so too. So please seriously consider becoming a backer. We are down to the last 12 days and are well past sixty percent on our funding, but we are not here yet. And also please take a look at some of our updates and you can learn a lot more about the game if you are still on the fence. 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/venture-moon/duke-grabowski-mighty-swashbuckler-point-and-click

 Thanks for your time and support! :)

 Sincerely,

 Bill Tiller

The Pipe Room

Posted by William Tiller (Creator)
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Hi All,

I just wanted to share with you one more sketch from A Vampyre Story: Year One, and invite you once again to look at our Duke Grabowski: Mighty Swashbuckler Kickstarter page and seriously consider becoming a backer.

This location is home to the spider Arachnea Rose whose meal Mona inadvertently let lose. Mona now needs to manipulate the pipes to appease Arachnea.
This location is home to the spider Arachnea Rose whose meal Mona inadvertently let lose. Mona now needs to manipulate the pipes to appease Arachnea.

And here is a color rough from our current game Duke Grabowski: Mighty Swashbuckler.

This is color script is of a background that depicts the dock for the vicious and macbre Ogu Raiders. Duke needs to help rescue two captives trapped at their home base, a very creepy Vooju Temple
This is color script is of a background that depicts the dock for the vicious and macbre Ogu Raiders. Duke needs to help rescue two captives trapped at their home base, a very creepy Vooju Temple

 And this sketch is a simple jungle path on San Pendejo Island, a short cut to the other side of the port of Bodacious Bay.

These seems like a nice safe walk, but someone has recently loosed a dangerous predator one the isle, one who likes to ambush potential meals right at this spot.
These seems like a nice safe walk, but someone has recently loosed a dangerous predator one the isle, one who likes to ambush potential meals right at this spot.

 So if you like cartoons, pirates, humor and adventure games, please go check out Duke Grabowski: Mighty Swashbuckler.

Use this banner where you wnat, just link it to our Kickstarter page please. :) Thanks!
Use this banner where you wnat, just link it to our Kickstarter page please. :) Thanks!

  That is it for this week. thanks for your time!

Sincerely,

Bill Tiller

Busted Link

Posted by William Tiller (Creator)
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Hi All,

Not sure why but the last post's link to our Duke Grabowski: Mighty Swashbuckler game is broken. Here is the correct one:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/venture-moon/duke-grabowski-mighty-swashbuckler-point-and-click

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Sincerely,

Bill Tiller

AVS Year 1 Status, Duke Grabowski & Kaptain Brawe 2!

Posted by William Tiller (Creator)
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Hello A Vampyre Story: Year One Fans,  

     As I mentioned in the last update AVS:Y1 was put on hold as part of a business deal, so it isn't cancelled at all, we just have to wait a period time before we can finish the work on it. To show that we did make some progress on it I wanted to share with you a finished background. It is the rooftop of the tower Mona is imprisoned in at the start of the game. She needs to get the weather vane at the top of the tower, but every time she gets close it gets struck by lightning, blasting her back. The challenge is how does she get it without being electrocuted.

Vlad's Landing, the city featured in the first A Vampyre Story is the city in the background.
Vlad's Landing, the city featured in the first A Vampyre Story is the city in the background.

     So while we have AVS Y1 on hold we are not sitting idle. We are working on another short game I mentioned before called Duke Grabowski: Mighty Swashbuckler. The campaign is halfway along and a little past halfway to our goal. So if you haven't become a backer yet please go over to the Duke page and become a backer at least at the $1 level. That way you can receive the latest project updates automatically.

 This project will be run by not just me this time, but also by Gene Mocsy, who will be doing producing, game design and writing, and Jeremiah Grant who will run the business and do the technical work. I’ll focus on the story, game design and art.

    Here is a sketch of one of the locations that will be in the game. It is Sheriff Nancy Steele's office. Here Duke will meet with characters in the game that Nancy thinks can help Duke in his quest to prove he can be a true swashbuckling pirate captain.

Why does Sheriff Nancy Steele love skulls and flower so much? Find out by backing then playing the game!
Why does Sheriff Nancy Steele love skulls and flower so much? Find out by backing then playing the game!
Its a truism that all good pirate graphic adventures have a Gorilla in them, and we didn't want to be left out.
Its a truism that all good pirate graphic adventures have a Gorilla in them, and we didn't want to be left out.

      Also if you like adventure games you will love Kaptain Brawe 2 which is in the last few days of it's Kickstarter campaign. Here is an image I did for the game: the ruins of a space base covered in ice.

You'll never guess what Kaptain Brawe discovers about that machine with the green glowing light! It will blow you away....probably.
You'll never guess what Kaptain Brawe discovers about that machine with the green glowing light! It will blow you away....probably.

This is going to be a fun sci-fi comedy adventure game written by industry vet Steve Ince. If you haven't back it yet head over to the Kickstarter page and check it out. 

Thanks!

Bill Tiller