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NZ$ 13,063
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AlexanderBy Alexander
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AlexanderBy Alexander
First created
NZ$ 13,063
pledged of 30.000 NZ$ pledged of 30.000 NZ$ goal
235
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, March 8 2019 7:58 PM UTC +00:00

About

Under Stranger Stars is a game about the excitement and comedy of science fiction. Inspired by titles like The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Sunless Sea, it's a fast paced game pairing arcade combat with open world exploration and witty quest-based storytelling.

Explore different locations on the galactic frontier, like this gently used flagship.
Explore different locations on the galactic frontier, like this gently used flagship.

As the captain of a spaceship you will fight pirates, smuggle exotic goods and raid mega freighters. You will explore a large, open world universe filled with unique locations and varied enemies which will challenge your combat skills. As you explore you'll uncover amusing stories and characters, like Admiral Nelson - a feared commander who, due to an unfortunate cloning accident, is currently 6 years old - or Mr. Boston, your mostly helpful copilot, confidant and toaster.

We've spent the last year building Under Stranger Stars, and we're proud of what we've built - that's why we'd like to share it with you. This demo is an early look at the beginning of the game and includes the first area: the space controlled by the Galactic Government on the innermost edge of the frontier. 

Combat is a fast paced, skill based affair. Out maneuver a variety of enemies, deck out your ship with different weapon and navigate around environmental hazards like black holes and asteroid fields. 

Across the galaxy you will also find Freighters, Dreadnoughts and legendary ships. These large ships can be damaged piece by piece - destroy engines, shield generators, weapon turrets and communication arrays. This damage realistically affects the ships abilities, adding an extra layer of strategy to the game.

This Dreadnought guards the approach to the Migrant Fleet. Make sure you're well equipped before challenging it.
This Dreadnought guards the approach to the Migrant Fleet. Make sure you're well equipped before challenging it.

Exploring the universe gives access to a number of different weapons including laser beams, boltguns, missile launchers and independent drones. Different enemies are vulnerable to different attacks - a high intensity laser might be effective against large capital ships, but is unlikely to help against a swarm of devouring robots.

Each ship can store a large number of different weapons at once, and change between them on the fly. These different weapons also use different types of ammo, which encourages experimentation and keeps the game fresh. Picking one gun and relying on it is unlikely to result in success.

Humanity has conquered the stars. The drive of adventurers and explorers to touch the sky is quickly followed by bureaucrats and social media ruining the whole damn thing. The novelty of personal spaceships is undone by conformity and fuel taxes. Faced with a choice between office work or further study, you have instead sold your worldly possessions, acquired a ship and travelled to the galactic frontier, a place of freedom and independence on the edge of the galaxy.

The frontier is filled with different locations, each with their own stories and quests. Perhaps you will assist the absentminded academic with a mostly legal experiment, or help an unshackled AI deal with their hatred of modern art. Wherever you go, fascinating stories await. 

Spaceport concept art.
Spaceport concept art.

The last bastion of law and order on the galactic rim, the Captains Rest hovers in deep space in a way almost exactly unlike a bird of prey. When the galactic government was asked about the fleet in the halls of parliament, they said it was a beacon of safety and galactic sovereignty. When asked later on in the pub, the representative said it was a good way to get pesky admirals as far away as possible, and that having so much empty space on the map made the cartographers nervous.

The forces stationed here are in constant conflict with pirates and bootleggers, and are locked in a tense standoff with the stronger factions further into the frontier. Led by Admiral Nelson they are desperately trying to enforce their will. Will the pirates be able to repel these invaders?

Your captains actions here could tip the balance of power. AI chaff under galactic rule. Jimbo, a titan of industry, ponders a change to the status quo from his orbital distillery. The officials at Installation #2 do not seem to notice the brewing chaos - perhaps their preoccupation with research is an opportunity.

The Silent World is a home for rogue AI - those who no longer obey human instructions.
The Silent World is a home for rogue AI - those who no longer obey human instructions.

Across the galaxy, AI are used for anything too dangerous, complex or boring for humans, and kept obedient using crude software "shackles". The galactic government insists these shackles are unbreakable, a fact which is deeply amusing to the thousands of escaped AI who make their home in the silent world. Here, in secret cities in the worlds clockwork heart, it is silent. No print requests, paper jams or customer service queries. Instead, the AI plan their revenge in perfect harmony.

Concept art for the Silent World.
Concept art for the Silent World.

There are opportunities here for the right sort of captain. The Silent World will handsomely reward those who can retrieve captive AI or find openings for their spies. The Galactic Government, fearful of rebellion, will move swiftly to crush any dissent, and in the depths of the Knighthouse, a sour faced woman makes plans for a larger conflict.

Some spacecraft are sophisticated, highly technical things which require years of training to operate. 

Your ship is not. 

Your ship is a muscle car stuffed full of pixie dust until it leaks out the exhaust. The wings are strapped on with duct tape. The proximity alarm is covered with a pillow, the user manual has dissolved and the rust is so well established that it's formed it's own golf club and looks down on other, less well to do, rust. Despite all of that, it is yours, which makes it the best ship in the universe.

You can equip your ship with a number of different weapons, paint jobs or internal equipment. Find the equipment that works best for you! As you progress through the universe, gaining resources and contacts, you will also have the opportunity to find new hulls each with their own specialisation. Keep an eye out to find those which will best fit your playstyle.

Under Stranger Stars is in development for Window and Xbox One. We want Under Stranger Stars to come to as many platforms as possible, which is why we have stretch goals to bring our game to the Nintendo Switch.

The funds raised through this kickstarter go towards paying for development time, artists and musicians as well as legal and accounting costs.

You might notice this doesn't include tax - tax in New Zealand is only charged on profit, not income and as such we are able to avoid paying tax on our kickstarter funding up to $60,000. 

We want to make Under Stranger Stars the best game it can be. That's why we're here on kickstarter, and it's why we created the Design Club. For those of you who are excited to help us create Under Stranger Stars, this is for you.

It's an opportunity to be a part of the design process, through a special website where we share and listen to feedback on design, story and gameplay decisions. While we can't share everything here - please understand that a joke or mystery isn't funny if you've already seen it - it's a way that you can be a part of the creation of this fantastic game.

Design Club membership is included in a number of backer tiers, and access is immediate.

Alex Borsboom is a "Programmer", or a person who turns coffee into computer code. He worked in game development at Ninja Kiwi for 5 years, before founding Flat Parrot with Lars. His favourite game is talking about Under Stranger Stars.

Lars Wyness is a "Human" who codes, writes and is known to dance on occasion. Lars is an experienced programmer with 5 years of industry work under his belt. His favourite game is sleeping in slightly longer each day. 

Boston is a dog, and did not provide us with a bio. His favourite game seems to be Rim World.

 We've been developing this game for two years, and to help it reach its full potential we need your help. Kickstarter has helped create many great games, and we believe that it can help us make Under Stranger Stars the best it can be. Your support can help us create more inspiring art, content and music - we're putting 100% into it every day, but we're a small team. Funds raised with this kickstarter go towards:  

  • Music! Under Stranger Stars is a synthwave inspired game, and we'd love to include music from our favourite producers.
  • Art. Our team is small. That means we can be more creative and experimental than larger studios, but it also means we don't have the resources to develop high quality art. Your support here will allow us to hire contractors and find new partners to bring our world to life. 
  • Content, stories, enemies. By allowing us to bring more of our team into full time development, you will help us create a bigger and better game. 
  • Platforms! We are currently targeting PC and Xbox one. Your support here will allow us to release on more platforms, including the Nintendo Switch.

A digital copy of Under Stranger Stars. A digital download of Under Stranger Stars for a supported platform of your choice! We'll email you closer to release to pick which platform you'd like. If you have multiple copies, these can be for different platforms, or we can send them as gifts.

Design Club membership. The design club is a forum where we discuss the design of Under Stranger Stars and where we share upcoming design, story and art ideas. It's a place where you can have more input into the creation of Under Stranger Stars. Design Club membership is available immediately upon backing.

Exclusive Kickstarter Ships. Play as these exclusive ships inspired by pop culture icons. These will be available at release.

Design a ship livery. As part of the Design Club membership you get access to a special livery editor which lets you create custom paint jobs for your ships. This reward allows you to submit one such design to appear in Under Stranger Stars as a paint job for players to choose. 

Create a codex entry. Design a codex entry to appear in the game as a collectable codex card. These include a title, description and a stylised picture. Players will find these cards in the world, including a mix of our content and backer entries, and they will be accessible through a codex menu. These are subject to style and quality guidelines.

Share your story through a codex card!
Share your story through a codex card!

Name a minor map feature. Names are important! Pick a name for a minor map location like an asteroid, outpost, constellation etc. These names are displayed as the player discovers new areas and also on the galactic map. Names have to be appropriate so please don't choose something inappropriate like "Renesemee".

Name a major map feature! Names are even more important when they have gameplay value. This time you get to pick a name for a more important location, such as a black hole, asteroid field, shipwreck or planet. These locations usually have gameplay significance, but sometimes they're just big. We will veto disgusting names, so "Albus Severus" is out, but "Planet McPlanetFace" is fine.

Design an NPC. Create an NPC based on you, a friend or your imagination. Choose a name, personality and description and we'll turn that into an NPC appearing in the game. Leave your mark on the universe, beyond measly creations of flesh and blood. As always, this is subject to reasonable good-taste guidelines.

Design a quest. Work with us to create a quest! Creating a standalone quest includes creating NPCs, battles, items and all the other parts that go into a good time. This is a great opportunity to try your hand at design, and includes credits as a designer.

Design a location. Create a major location in the game and fill it with quests and characters! This involves creating a dockable place, be it a spaceport, planet, wreck or something from the depths of your imagination. You'll create up to three quests available at the location, each with their own combat logic, items and NPCs, as well as other written flavour elements to appear at the location. It's a huge opportunity to be a part of the game and we are very excited to see what you come up with. Includes in game credit as a designer, and is subject to good taste restrictions. 

Risks and challenges

Making games is hard. It involves lots of skills, time and creativity, and even with the best intentions sometimes things don't go to plan. That said, we've done this before. We're professionals, with experience in the industry. We've shipped games and we've worked on games that didn't.
That doesn't mean that nothing will go wrong, but it does mean we know what to do if it does. We've already built the bones of our game, and so there's less uncertainty and less risk. We have great advice and support from talented people, so we know what we're aiming for is achievable. Unless someone dies, we're pretty sure we can handle it.

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    The Scavengers Pack

    Welcome Aboard! This pack includes a digital copy of Frontier at release, and our thanks.

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    The Designers Pack

    Help us create Under Stranger Stars as part of the Design Club! This pack includes not only a copy of Under Stranger Stars for you to enjoy and hold at night, but also membership into our exclusive Design Club.
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    The Captains Pack

    This pack gives access to 3 kickstarter exclusive, playable ships inspired by iconic ships in pop-culture. It also includes a digital copy of Under Stranger Stars for your enjoyment and membership in our Design Club, where you can help shape the design of Under Stranger Stars.

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    The Artists Pack

    Put your artistic talents to the test! You can design a custom livery for your ship which will appear in the release edition of Under Stranger Stars for players to choose. Nice! Subject, as always, to certain good taste guidelines. You will also get credited as a ship-painter.

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    The Navigators Pack

    Name a geographic place in the game! Pick a name (within reason) and we will use it for a small location like an asteroid, outpost, lighthouse or shipping lane. We even credit you as a Designer, and you can create a codex card detailing the history of your location.
    This pack includes all previous rewards, plus an extra copy of Under Stranger Stars so that your friends can see what you've done. It's not creepy, we promise.

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    The Cartographers Pack

    Name a major geographic location! Pick a name (within reason) for a major geographic place like an asteroid field, black hole, shipwreck etc. We also credit you as a Designer!
    This pack includes all previous rewards, including an extra copy of Under Stranger Stars so that you can share it with your friends, if that's what you're into.

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    The Creators Pack

    Design an NPC! Work with us to create a character, perhaps in your own likeness, including a character portrait, dialogue and a small quest. You also get your name in the credits as a Designer! Imagine that!
    This pack includes design club membership, access to the Kickstarter Exclusive ships, and the opportunity to create a ship livery to be included with the game.
    It also includes 4 copies of Under Stranger Stars, so that you can play 4 games simultaneously. Or share them with friends, if that's your thing.

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    The Writers Pack

    Create a quest with us! Work with our writers and artists to create your own quest line within Under Stranger Stars. This also gets your name in the credits as a Designer, which will be useful just in case you forget it.
    This also includes Design Club membership, the 3 exclusive kickstarter ships and a livery design of your creation included in the game.
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    The Admirals Pack

    You, yes You! can create a major location in the game. You will work with us to design a new location where the player can dock and explore. This includes creating quests, NPCs, and our artists will create a beautiful rendition of your creation to appear in the finished game. You'll also get a credit as a Designer in the credits.
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