I have added a Paypal button for my international friends!
Its been a pretty long road to get this far, but by working as much as I can in my off hours I am making great progress on Luna! I have reached a point where I need funding to enhance Audio, build a website, and bring it to the widest possible audience. As my main incentive for all backers I am providing free access to Luna Closed Beta. I am also going to provide my business email address to all backers so I can receive valuable feedback to make this game as polished as possible before I release to the public. $10 and up Tiers will also be receiving access to the game when it is released on GillisGames.com. (Currently tested on PC)
What is Luna?
Luna - Shattered Hearts - Episode 1 is the first chapter of an Epic Fantasy Legacy! Without ruining the whole plot,itcenters around two main characters, Lithien and Dez. They have both done terrible things. Over the course of the game you see them both go through a metamorphosis from being self centered disasters into the heroes that can confront adversity, help others, and change the world! Along the way they form a sort-of... "family of rejects."
I have spent a lot of time throughout my life making Retro games and they follow a similar pattern. Most retro style 2D games reuse tiled images or tile-sets. When I started working on Luna 6 years ago, I decided that I was going to do something unique. I was going to make a retro game that used entirely hand-drawn backgrounds while still keeping the levels big where you can scroll around in them. This does create a steeper system requirement for Luna but in time I found that the world was amazing to explore. In nature you don't see straight lines or 45 degree slopes like in Mario, but instead you see variances like in the Fibonacci Sequence. This gives the gamer so much more to experience and feels more natural. Instead of looking a repeating tiles. "The user sees a truly unique world that they can explore."
What exactly will the funds be used for?
Create an Amazing Soundtrack for Luna (Dan Reynolds)
Hire Voice Actors to Enhance the Drama.
Create all Original Sound Effects (Dan Reynolds)
Purchase a Full Construct 2 Commercial License
Purchase 3 additional Commercial Construct 2 Licenses (See Kicking It Forward Below)
Cover Kickstarter Reward Incentives Program.
Add Salamander Sword (This is to make it fun!)
A full featured website will be designed as a primary Luna portal
Create a purchasing Portal with the protected and embedded Game.
Create a forum for people to chat in.
Do our best attempt at "Player Leaderboards" showcasing rare items
Add a Developer Blog for me to share progress reports and news.
Step up our efforts with more voice actors and live players
This will help cover the website hosting costs.
If we don't hit this goal we will still be making Gillisgames.com but it will take Chris and I a lot longer to create the website without funding.
If we hit the 15k goal Dan R. and I will be making a seamless/layered audio engine that is more dynamic.
Add Elf Blade (This is to make it fun!)
Expand Luna Landing Zone to be twice as big.
Develop a prototyping map editor so it is easier to plan out levels before committing so much time and effort to them in the mock up phase.
New Windows test rig (my current rig is Dated)
New Apple test rig (non-existent)
Iphone Developer License
1 year subscription to "Adobe Creative Cloud."
ZBRUSH for rapid posing / prototyping rock structures and backgrounds
Repair Cintiq 12WX (Need new 12WX Video control unit PLB03, PLB-03)
I will also be using the funds for advertising through Google Ads, iAds, Deviant art Shiny Ads, etc.
I would also like to hire an accountant.
Potential for adding another artist.
Add Fox Sword (This is to make it fun!)
100k and Beyond?
Potential for full time work on Luna! (The world will grow a lot faster!) It
would certainly be a dream to work on Luna full time. I have so many ideas for this game. If I could work on it full time it could
become something more. It could reach its
full potential. This is a long shot but
I thought I would at least list it.
Major Game Engine Overhaul
I want to make this game epicly huge. The only way I can do this is if I can work on it full time for a few years.
How far into development is Luna Episode 1 and when is the expected release date?
Luna is well underway but it is not done. At this point the beta is an advanced tech demo with a lot going on. I haven't done much testing outside of PC so I am anxious to get feedback from a wide range of architectures. I still need to add in story and audio. If I can raise enough money I would like to add side quests and additional maps to Episode 1. The audio is only stand in sounds at this point. It is hard to say when Luna will be completed. I work on it nearly every second of my 'off time' but refuse to release it until it is done, polished, and the code is optimized. If I can work on it full-time it will get done a lot quicker obviously. I hope to complete the game in 2013, with your help.
What Can I expect from the beta?
Beta will allow people to play along as I develop Luna. These early supporters will be there to watch it grow. You will be given a log in for the beta. The beta version of Luna will be played in your browser. We will be releasing different versions as time progresses and Luna grows. There will be bugs, struggles, ups-and-downs. hurdles, small triumphs, and friendships forged! I'm hoping you will take this adventure with me! Aside from a small group of family and friends, Kickstarter backers will be the only ones allowed in the beta.
System Specs Needed To Play Luna:
Most hi-mid range machines will run the game fine at 30fps / 60fps. I will be lowering the specs as the engine becomes more optimized and makes better use of resources.
Minimum System Requirements:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4800+ 2.40 Ghz
NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT
of System RAM (3GB is better!)
Recommended System Specs:
An i5 level processor.
An ATI 6850 or equivalent GPU
4GB of System RAM
What OS/Platforms will be supported?
The game is playable in any Chrome, Safari, or Firefox browser that has WebGL enabled. (This is standard on Windows and MAC but not yet on Iphone and Android).
Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, MAC OSX
Please Note: I have currently only tested on Windows XP and Windows 7
Windows 7 Users! - The
recently released hotfixes KB2735855 and KB2750841 have been confirmed to cause
data corruption during the download when a 3rd party driver working at Windows
Filtering Platform layer intervenes in the communication. 3rd Party vendors
have demonstrated it using a sample driver from Windows Development Kit and
will contact Microsoft to address the issue with as highest priority as
possible. In the mean time we strongly recommend removing this hotfix until
Microsoft comes up with a solution.
These hotfixes are currently affecting Luna and other HTML5 projects on Windows 7 Machines
running Intel CPUs. The Workaround is to
uninstall KB2735855 and KB2750841 from Add Remove Programs while we wait for
Microsoft to respond.
I would like to add support for Android, iPhone, iPad, but I have not been able to test on theses platforms to see if they can handle the resource intensive Luna game. If we hit the 25k tier I will purchasing additional hardware to test on.
WebGL is needed to run Luna smoothly and this is currently disabled on Iphone 5 and Android. It looks like they are moving to turn this on inside their built in browser but this is yet to be seen.
Shipping Outside the USA for Rewards?
No Problem! Just make sure to read this!
I defiantly want to open up Luna to the World. Some of my biggest fans are in Brazil and Canada and I think this is just awesome! You know who you are! ;P
International Shipping is a broad realm. For instance shipping a Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box to China costs 50 dollars while shipping the same box to Canada is 32 dollar. Please calculate your Medium Flat Rate shipping from the US to your country using the following website, Add a note in your Paypal donation note to the entitled items you are applying the shipping towards, and then just add that amount to your donation amount. Use Medium Flat Rate Boxes for the estimate. Your total should fall somewhere between 32 and 50 dollars. I will gather T-Shirt sizes for Kickstarter.com contributors after successful funding but Paypal donors need to put the size they want in the note details when checking out in Paypal. Don't hesitate to ask if you have questions!
Risks and challenges
Challenges abound, but rest assured I will do everything in my power to make this game the best it can be!
With your help I am going to make Luna a spectacular game.
There will be struggles, ups-and-downs. hurdles, small triumphs, and friendships forged! I'm hoping you will take this adventure with me!
Thanks for looking and helping to make Luna possible!
Double Trouble! - $5 gets you into the Beta and your name in the credits as a Backer. You will receive my Wallpaper Pack too. You will also get my undying gratitude! Truly incredible. Thank you! The Lunaverse is stirring.
Level Headed Warrior! - This gets you into Beta and gets you access to Luna Shattered Hearts Episode 1 when it is released on Gillisgames.com! This is what you want! All subsequent rewards get this one, too!
Future's Song! - You get the Beta. You get the Finished Game on GillisGames.com, You get access to Future Episodes (Ep 2 and Ep 3), and you get a downloadable version of the soundtrack composed by Dan Reynolds (Rough Estimate is June 2013). Enjoy Luna in your Mp3 Player on the go! All subsequent rewards get this one, too!
Patron Package (Updated to also include OS X!!)- All of the above and Downloadable Versions of each Episode that is released. (Playable on PC and OS X) Please note Current Beta is Web only! All subsequent rewards get this one, too!
Team Sound Track! - You're going to get all of the above plus a physical version of the soundtrack signed by Dan Reynolds! Enjoy Luna on your drive to work, long walks on the beach, or anywhere you go! This is going to be worth the wait and highly collectible! All subsequent rewards get this one, too!
GILLIS T-Shirt Squad! - This is where the coolest of the cool hang out. Get all of the above and a Gillis T-shirt (Please note my design is only conceptual at this point) I will be sending out a survey later to get sizes. You only need to specify size on purchase if you are doing the Paypal option. All subsequent rewards get this one, too!
Native Heart! - All of the above and one of my hand made arrowheads. This is my other hobby but it fits nicely with Luna because you can find arrowheads in Luna the game too. Mine are replicas I made of local material. I have 12 that I am setting aside for Luna. Some of them are large and some of them are small but all have their own unique characteristics. One lucky person will be getting a rare fluted Clovis point that I made! Luna is all about adventure!
Designer Pro - Everyone in this group gets to create a rare drop treasure item that will be randomly dropped by various creatures throughout the game and can be sold in the Shop for big bucks. Put on your thinking cap... These items are going to be the most sought after treasures in all of the Lunaverse! I will let you decide what creature or boss. A few examples of innate items could be a black opal gemstone, intricate coral phylactery, pink-white diamond core, Jasper Heart necklace, or whatever you dream up!
Order of the Raven - You get it all! You will receive all of the above plus a you will be receiving a high quality original Luna print that I will personally be signing and writing mushy letters on. You will appear in the credits under "Order of the Raven Backers". If you would rather remain anonymous that's OK too just let me know. Thank you guys!!!
The Raven - Wow. I am too speechless to speak. You will receive all of the above and you will be able to name the main city the characters are heading to in Episode 1. If you want we can hang out or chat on the phone. (Denver Area only For Hang Out) You will have first dibs on your desired user name on the forums once the GillisGames.com website is built. I really want to talk to you. You are the salt of the Earth. A million Thanks!!. :)