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"How did my life come to this?" A Comedic Choose-Your-Doom RPG Adventure
"How did my life come to this?" A Comedic Choose-Your-Doom RPG Adventure
funded by our amazing backers!
"How did my life come to this?" A Comedic Choose-Your-Doom RPG Adventure funded by our amazing backers!
121 backers pledged $1,171 to help bring this project to life.

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Thank You to all of our wonderful backers out there in Kickstarter for Backing us! It has been a wonderful run, we hit our stretch goals, and you've made things awesome. Thanks!

If you're here after the party, welcome to the Kickstarter Preserved(tm) Ominous! Kickstarter. Here you can see all the crazy stuff we had up. It'll paint a good picture of the game. You can check out more information about us and Ominous! at www.dustytomestudios.com. And ask us on the forums!

You know, when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed chained to a hexagram? It happens to everyone, right? Well, it’s happening to Murphy. The problem is he doesn’t know how he got there.  Or who might want to put him in such a predicament.  Or if those orbs are really blood red or just a mildly unsettling shade of vermilion.

This is where you come in. You see, Murphy needs help recalling all the signs and portends that may have led him to where he is now. After all, it’s not like he’s one of those heroes he may have heard about.  No. Just an unpaid intern, and not necessarily the brightest of the bunch, even. It could be that he MAY have done something. Then again, things just have a habit of HAPPENING around Murphy. Regardless, you’ll guide him through his village, through creepy back rooms of shady establishments, and through his own faulty memory to find the truth in this Adventure/RPG. Just try not to get him killed too much along the way. (Actually, we won’t fault you, if you do. That boy CAN DIE.)

OMINOUS! is a little comedic Choose-Your-Doom Adventure. You'll be guiding poor Murphy around as he tries to remember what happened to him (Not through any spell or anything, just bad memory). As you're guiding him around the absurd town that he lives in, uncover the many ways Murphy can die in a flashback (bad memory, remember?). It's what you do in Choose-Your-Doom. 

Margoe is asking nicely!
Margoe is asking nicely!

Przes start at $1, which gives you a DRM-free copy of the game. $1 – The Game. That’s it. That’s one fortune at your local mall’s Zoltarg the Fortune Teller booth.

(Note: Last time we gave old Zoltar money, he took it, insulted us, and didn't even give us a fortune.  Zoltar isn't to be trusted.)
(Note: Last time we gave old Zoltar money, he took it, insulted us, and didn't even give us a fortune. Zoltar isn't to be trusted.)

Trust us: your dollar would be better served as an opportunity to guide Murphy to his death…I mean, to the resolution of his story.

If this Kickstarter even mildly entertains you (and we plan on providing amusements all throughout the campaign), please consider contributing at least a dollar.  We promise, there's more funny in Ominous!

Here's a breakdown of the prizes:

Physical tiers are $20, $40, $250 and above. Int'l Shipping Extra.
Physical tiers are $20, $40, $250 and above. Int'l Shipping Extra.

Remember, for EVERY pledge $5 and up, you get a download copy of the game, your name on the website wall, and Kale will read your name in a thank you video.

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Of course, there IS more we can do with Ominous!

$500 is the minimum. It gets us to where we need to be, gets you all some nice stuff, and we get to put out the game.

IF we are able to exceed our goal, we can go much further! You saw a hint of that in the video with the limited voice overs.  The current game has no voice over, but we'd love the opportunity to add some hilarious (and optional) voice acting.

$750 – New Game+, Additional Dungeon, Original Soundtrack - CLEAR! THANK YOU!!

$1000 – Voice Overs

We are Dusty Tome! We’re a small team who believes that games with stories are just as valid as games that involve more dakka or more crops. To that end, we want to make sure that our games have a strong story element that you can follow…or stories you can laugh at.

We created YEA RPG. It’s our previous mini-game that we think you’ll enjoy (or at least get a chuckle out of).

Download YEA RPG here!
Download YEA RPG here!

THE DUSTY TOME TEAM!

Here are our team members! (Keep track of which one you may want to make your greeting video.)

For a bit more on our team, check out our website!

We also have two excellent artists (sadly, not a part of Dusty Tome...yet) that we are working with on this project:

Wonderful work by Desi!
Wonderful work by Desi!

Desi – Desi is responsible for our Title Screen and will be providing some Chibis for the rewards. You can check out her work at www.desi-designs.deviantart.com. Please support her.

More Desi Art!
More Desi Art!

Christina – Provides some of the other art for us, including volunteering for the painting. www.summerthunderstorms.deviantart.com

Painting by Christina!
Painting by Christina!

We thank you all for considering us. Check us out on your favorite social medias:

Please check us out on www.dustytomestudios.com and sign up for the forum. We’re all friendly folk and would enjoy the company. We hope we get the opportunity to create for you, the coolest people in the world.

We pledge to give 5% of the profits back to the Kickstarter community. More information on Kicking it Forward.

Risks and challenges

There are always risks to everything. There are risks to life. Obviously, if our intern was kidnapped and chained to a hexagram, we’d be out our spriter. If a freak experiment causes physics to fail, it would certainly delay us. If one of us experiences spontaneous existence failure…well, that would just be rude.

The most likely risk we face is delays. Software development is notoriously fickle. One moment you’re cruising along, the next, one change you made has destroyed everything and nothing works anymore.

That said, we have experience working on games and working with each other. We have put out a game before, so we’ll know what to expect with this. We have a determination that is actually quite foolish. We have a story to tell and we won’t stop until we tell it. We promise you, if you pledge, you will get your game.

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    RED SKY Level: CRACK Level + 30 second video greeting from a
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    button, and a thank you note from the creators. (Physical Tier)

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    BLACK CLOUDS Level: SKY Level + Your own sprite as an NPC, and you help with your character's dialog (subject to approval).

    If you add $5 more we'll give your sprite a
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    GYPSY CURSE Level: SKY Level + You get to design your own death for Murphy! We'll work with you to kill poor Murphy in an interesting way. (Subject to approval, be creative)

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    DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER Level: Ultimate Physical Edition:
    Signed Copy of the Game + Multiple Buttons +
    a Thank you card we made ourselves + an oil color painting of one
    of the scenes from the game.

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    RIVERS AND SEAS BOILING: Executive Producer Credit + Signed Copy of the Game + Buttons + Thank you card + Video Package (Yours will be a full minute!) + Your revered photo/likeness will be prominent on the Ominous! site, and will be included in the instruction manual + You will get a character in the game AND get a say in how he's used. (We still reserve the right to have final say, respectfully)

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    A CURSED PROPHECY FROM THE MOUTH OF A HANGED MAN’S BLACKENED SKULL: The Ultimate Reward! Get any and all rewards from the list that you want, supercharged! You will be listed on the Title Screen as the
    sponsor for this game. The Town will be named in your honor complete
    with statue. We will handcraft a one-of-a-kind game box for you (in
    addition to copies you get from the other levels). You will get a full
    commission from our artist. Vinni will write a ballad to your awesomeness. Ethan will sprite that awesomeness, and the sprites will be used to make hand puppets. Kale will then use the hand puppets in a video which Hobbes will
    narrate in his Radio Announcer Voice in English OR
    Chinese! You will be a special guest at Dusty Tome Panels during
    conventions (you have to get there yourself).

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