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A game about Trinity Bellwoods Park, Hipsters and the Wizards that collect their cans. Become a character in the game as a reward!
A game about Trinity Bellwoods Park, Hipsters and the Wizards that collect their cans. Become a character in the game as a reward!
203 backers pledged CA$ 16,851 to help bring this project to life.

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Let's go Wizards and keep the park clean!

In the great city of Toronto there exists a grand park named Trinity Bellwoods. During the hot summer months, swarms of people -- mostly hipsters -- sprawl across its lush greens. They sip fine brewed beverages, but leave the cans behind. This plague of empty aluminum vessels would threaten the beauty of the park if not for the valour of a few brave souls. They are the Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods, and their magical quest is to banish the scourge of cans from the land.

Play as one of the Wizards (can collectors) waiting for hipsters to finish their drinks and collect their empty cans. Return the cans for money and use that money to improve your home. This will open up more people in the park, following the gentrification curve of the city from 2003 till now.

The Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods uses game play to explore real lives, places, systems and spaces. The game is based on a real park and real life in the city of Toronto. Since the early 2000s Trinity Bellwoods has become one of the city’s busiest urban parks. An entire subculture emerged: weekend hipsters drink, and the Wizards came to collect their cans. The park grew its own unique symbiotic ecosystem.

This game is a way to explore the lives of the can-collecting Wizards of Trinity Bellwood, both as real people and as creatures of urban lore. The game allows you to inhabit their world. Wander the park, looking for hipsters and their trail of empty cans. Don’t get too close or your cans will burst out across the park! Return the cans for money and use it improve your home. As you go, more characters join you in the park, following the gentrification curve of Toronto from 2003 to present day.

click to play the demo!
click to play the demo!

The project is an experiment in narrative, using gameplay mechanics to explore issues that surround our cities: urbanization, gentrification, immigration, urban economies, recycling and public space.

...totally a hipster
...totally a hipster

Become part of the game

We want you to come join us in the park and the best way we figured out is to actually put you in the game as a reward for backing the project. We’ll do a custom design in the style of the game based off of a photo you provide. if you've ever wanted to be in a game, now is your chance.

You'll get a code to share with your friends so they can unlock your character in the game. Help us more and we can make your pet, your friends, or a special gathering. See all the options in the perks, or the rewards section below. Come join us in the park!

Featuring...

-Find hipsters, collect cans, profit.

-Explore Trinity Bellwoods – its history, subculture scene and the life that surrounds an urban park

-Everyone you meet in the park is based off of a real person; Become a character yourself as a reward for backing the game

-Discover the stories behind the Wizards; customize and improve their homes and wardrobe with the money earned collecting cans

-Unlock new people, hipsters, wizards, streets and stores

Download for free and play in the park on your iOS or Android device (PC/Mac in the future)

So I decided to make a game...

I grew up a player and fan of video games; and I spend my career to date telling stories as an animator and special effects artist. I’ve always felt that the medium of games is perfect for storytelling, in that offers the chance to really put someone into the characters’ shoes.

In 2014, the Toronto’s Hand Eye Society – the world's first videogame arts organization – held an open call for its artsy game incubator. I was one of six lucky people to get in, and spent the next six weeks making my first game prototype called The Wizards of Trinity Bell. It debuted at the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) to a positive reception.

I was told repeatedly my demo should be turned into a finished game. With that encouragement, I spent 12 more months learning Unity, meeting Indie game developers, investigating life in the park, and finishing this demo.

photo by Sean Hill
photo by Sean Hill

The Inspiration

I started hanging out in Trinity Bellwoods Park back in 2003, where I spent lazy afternoons, long nights, and met vibrant creative people in the city. The park was our cultural center and our social hangout. After some time, we noticed older Asian immigrants began coming around and collecting cans to recycling rewards. Armed with their large magical bags and wand-like walking stick, they made our empty cans disappear. We lovingly called them the Wizards; the park heroes, as it were.

Over the years the park got busier as more people moved in, and the Wizards got more organized – becoming a bit of a legend in their own right. As my friends started talking to the Wizards, we discovered what an important role this can collecting plays in the economics of their family. One wizard put his daughter through school with the money he made.

Their stories reminded me of my own home life. I was the first born Canadian in an immigrant Asian family. I recognized my grandmother in the wizards; how she cared for me as a little kid while my parents worked 16 hours a day.

I’m excited to share these stories and viewpoints through the medium of games, which I feel is powerful because players experience first-hand the diverse stories, emotions, social politics and life in the big city.

Team Trinbell:

The Wizards of Trinity Bellwood is both a labor of love and the singular creative vision of myself (Chris de Castro), and while it is my first game, it feels as though I’ve been working towards it for years. I moved from Ottawa to Toronto and graduated from Sheridan Classical Animation in 2003. The next decade or more were spent crafting narratives and creating experiences in Film, Animation and Video as a VFX supervisor, Animation Lead and Designer on projects with Drake, David Cronenberg, Much Music / MTV, IMAX and many more leading entertainment brands.

Gavin Whelehan is a music composer, sound designer, engineer and all-round audiophile based in Toronto. He created the luscious soundtrack for the game. For more info, visit: gavinwhelehan.com

Your backing will enable me to enlist the help of other talented artists, animators, designers and composers to bring The Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods to life with increased amounts of features and awesomeness.

Rewards

Since the game is about a real place with real people, most of the rewards are about you -- YOU/your pet, business, ice cream truck can be IN the game as a vital part of shaping the park and city. We’ll custom design your face or entire character or event based off images you share with us. All backers will also get early access to development builds so you can follow along and see the park grow.

Pledge $10 or more Thank you!

You get our heartfelt thanks and your name in the credits for the game you helped to make. Woohoo!

Pledge $15 or more Add to Playlist

Bring those tunes to the park with the digital soundtrack and ringtones from the game

Pledge $25 or more Catch YOU in Trinbell: EARLY BIRD

Get to the park early and grab a deal. Custom face design based off of a photo and a choice between a handful of body presets. You'll get a code to share with your friends so they can unlock your character in the game.

Pledge $40 or more Catch YOU in Trinbell

Custom face design based off of a photo and a choice between a handful of body presets. You'll get a code to share with your friends so they can unlock your character in the game.

Pledge $120 or more I've Got Style: Custom Design

Send me a photo with your best outfit and we'll do a custom full body design for your character. Also get a set of animated GIFs and an unlock code to share with your friends.

Pledge $60 or more Early Bark!: Your Pet in the Park Early Bird Deal

Bring your pet to the park early for a deal!

Woof Woof! Meow! Oink! Your favourite pet can run around the dog bowl and roam free in his favourite park, every day, and you don't even need to take out the leash.

A set of animated GIFs and an unlock code to share with your friends included.

Pledge $120 or more Four Legged BFFs: Your Pet in the Park

Woof Woof! Meow! Oink! Your favourite pet can run around the dog bowl and roam free in his favourite park, every day, and you don't even need to take out the leash.

A set of animated GIFs and an unlock code to share with your friends included.

Pledge $240 or more Park Lyfe: Custom Activity

We know how many amazing things we all share with others in the park- this is your own custom action for your character; ride your bike, slack line between trees, play some drums, dance, do yoga, walk your dog...

A set of animated GIFs and an unlock code to share with your friends included.

Pledge $300 or more Let's Hang Out Guyz: Catch YOU in Trinbell Group Deal
 3 x Characters (add $100 / character)

Hey guyz let's all hang out together! Grab your BFFs and come to the park. In the game you will all show up together, because besties forever.

A set of animated GIFs and unlock codes to share with your friends included.

Pledge $600 or more Whole Team Here: Park Lyfe Group Event
 3 x Characters (add $200 / character)

A whole crew, band or event in the park! Play a show; take the family for a picnic; put some of your baseball team in the diamond or overrun the park with your army of kittens. Each character will have their own custom action and the entire group will show up in the game together.

A set of animated GIFs and an unlock code to share with your friends included.

Pledge $2,000 or more Location Location Location: Your Store in the Game

Let people who have visited your fine establishment on a hot summer's day, continue to do so from the comfort of their own home, forever and always. Choose which street you want your store to be on and the players will be able to visit and buy things for their homes. Imaginary stores are fair game!

A set of animated GIFs and an unlock code to share with your friends included.

Pledge $5,000 or more And... Magic: You become a Wizard

Become a Wizard, the ultimate park reward. We'll work together to create a Wizard that players can play of your own design, with a custom home & personal story.

Magic included.

THANK YOU TO ALL THE BACKERS!
I'LL SEE YOU IN THE PARK, XO -CHRIS

Budget

Our $15,000 minimum goal is just enough for one person (me) to complete all the basic features promised for a Summer 2016 release. Of course, your generous patronage helps us deliver something more robust at a more sane pace.

Timeline

12 months to complete game, summer 2016 
-4 months for design
-4 months for dev
-4 months QA & deployment

Risks and challenges

As a first time developer, there are inherent challenges in bringing a game to market, but I have over a decade of experience bringing complex digital projects to market on time and on budget. I have the support of the Toronto Indie Gamer community, and a network of experienced game producers, designers and developers if I ever need a hand.

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    Four Legged BFFs: Your Pet in the Park

    Woof Woof! Meow! Oink! Your favourite pet can run around the dog bowl and roam free in his favourite park, every day, and you don't even need to take out the leash.

    A set of animated GIFs and an unlock code to share with your friends included.

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    Park Lyfe: Custom Activity

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    A set of animated GIFs and an unlock code to share with your friends included.

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    3 x Characters (add $100 / character)

    Hey guyz let's all hang out together! Grab your BFFs and come to the park. In the game you will all show up together, because besties forever.

    A set of animated GIFs and unlock codes to share with your friends included.

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    3 x Characters (add $200 / character)

    A whole crew, band or event in the park! Play a show; take the family for a picnic; put some of your baseball team in the diamond or overrun the park with your army of kittens. Each character will have their own custom action and the entire group will show up in the game together.

    A set of animated GIFs and an unlock code to share with your friends included.

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    Location Location Location:
    Your Store in the Game

    Let people who have visited your fine establishment on a hot summer's day, continue to do so from the comfort of their own home, forever and always. Choose which street you want your store to be on and the Wizards will be able to visit and buy things for their homes. Imaginary stores are fair game!

    A set of animated GIFs and an unlock code to share with your friends included.

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    And... Magic: You become a Wizard

    Become a Wizard, the ultimate park reward. We'll work together to create a Wizard that players can play of your own design, with a custom home & personal story.

    Magic included.

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