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Grail to the Thief is an interactive audio adventure for the blind and visually impaired.

About this project

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UNLOCKED! $10,000 (Mobile Versions)
We can afford to port Grail to the Thief to iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 8, and Windows RT devices. The additional funds raised will cover the costs of licensing add-ons for Unity Pro (iOS Pro, Android Pro), app store developer licenses, and additional programming and quality assurance efforts.

About Grail to the Thief

Grail to the Thief is an interactive audio adventure for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux that can be played using only sound, without the need for visuals. The game has been designed with the needs of the blind and visually impaired in mind but can be enjoyed by everyone. Our goal is to deliver an exciting, immersive experience in which the player will always be fully aware of what is happening through the use of voice-overs, sound effects, ambient sound and music.

In Grail to the Thief, players make their choices through a conversation tree, eliminating the confusion and frustration that comes with traditional text adventure games, which require players to type in commands to progress. The game is a nostalgic throwback to childhood favorites such as Zork, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Day of the Tentacle, and Grim Fandango, and draws inspiration from old BBC radio dramas and the movie Time Bandits.

The game stars Hank Krang, a dirty thief from the near future, who recently had a self-aware time machine called the Time Excursion Digital Interface, or TEDI, fall into his lap after a poker game. He has decided to use this technology to go throughout time, stealing priceless artifacts. On his first adventure, Grail to the Thief, Hank travels to Arthurian times in search of the Holy Grail.

The idea for the game came about when we were conducting research into game design for the visually impaired. During this time, we conducted interviews at Perkins School for the Blind and performed extensive research which led us to discover that few games are available to the blind and visually impaired, and many of the games that are available are severely dated, lack the quality and polish of games for the sighted, and rely on synthesized computer voices such as screen readers in order to play.

Grail to the Thief is designed to address these problems, and the game will be just as accessible and exciting an experience for the blind and visually impaired as it will be for the non-impaired. Your funding will help us deliver an interactive audio adventure with an engaging story, interesting characters, professional voiceovers and sound effects, and accessible controls. The game will be available as a DRM-free download for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux in August 2014.

Play the Prototype!

We developed a browser based prototype of Grail to the Thief. The prototype requires Google Chrome or Opera and is accessible at foralltoplay.com/prototype. The interface and some of the audio in the prototype are placeholder assets and will be replaced in the complete game, which will be a standalone executable and will not require a web browser to play.

Steam Greenlight

Help us bring Grail to the Thief to Steam by voting for us on Steam Greenlight. Those that pledge $5 or more will receive a Steam key for the game upon it being greenlit.

Our Team

Elias Aoude
Business & Production
Elias received his Bachelor of Science in Interactive Media Design from The New England Institute of Art, and is currently obtaining his Master's of Science in Interactive Media & Game Development at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Elias has over five years experience in the Interactive Media industry, and is responsible for business development and overseeing production of Grail to the Thief.

Anthony Russo
Game & Sound Design
Anthony received his Bachelor of Science in Interactive Media & Game Development at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is responsible for the game design, sound design, and writing on Grail to the Thief.

DJ White
Game Programming

DJ received his Bachelor of Science in Interactive Media & Game Development from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. DJ is responsible for all of the tech that makes Grail to the Thief run. He makes sure that controls are responsive, all sounds are implemented and running smoothly, and that the game is free of bugs and game breaking technical issues.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Brian Moriarty and Keith Zizza for advising us during the design, development, and production of the Grail to the Thief prototype. Thanks to Jennifer deWinter, Frank Hoy, and Dean O'Donnell for advising us on our quest to bring the game to market. Thanks to Greg Moore, who's invaluable testing methodologies allowed us to identity and address potential problems early in the production process.

Budget Breakdown

To build this game, we need to reach our fundraising goal of $8,000. Your funding will help cover the costs of software licensing, game development, backer reward fulfillment, and Kickstarter and Amazon credit card processing fees. A complete budget breakdown follows:

Software Licensing ($1,200)

  • Unity Pro
  • Unity Add-Ons
  • Logic Pro X

Game Development ($5,300)

  • Writing & Editing
  • Programming
  • Sound Design
  • Voice Acting
  • Testing

Backer Reward Fulfillment ($700)

  • Manufacturing
  • Shipping

Fees ($800)

  • 5% Kickstarter Fee
  • 5% Amazon Credit Card Processing Fee

Stretch Goals

$10,000 (Mobile Versions)
We can afford to port Grail to the Thief to iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 8, and Windows RT devices. The additional funds raised will cover the costs of licensing add-ons for Unity Pro (iOS Pro, Android Pro), app store developer licenses, and additional programming and quality assurance efforts.

$15,000 (Playable Female Character)
We can afford to add a playable female character to Grail to the Thief. The additional funds raised will cover the costs of writing, editing, voice acting, programming and quality assurance efforts.

$25,000 (Spanish Localization)
We can afford to add Spanish localization support to Grail to the Thief. The additional funds raised will cover the costs of English to Spanish translation of the script, Spanish voice acting, and additional programming and quality assurance efforts.

Pledge Levels

$1.00
Pledgers will receive acknowledgement on the Kickstarter Thank You page on our website.

$5.00
Pledgers will receive a DRM-free digital copy of Grail to the Thief and acknowledgement on the Kickstarter Thank You page on our website.

$25.00
Pledgers will receive a physical copy of Grail to the Thief, a DRM-free digital copy of Grail to the Thief, a Grail to the Thief bumper sticker, and acknowledgement on the Kickstarter Thank You page on our website.

$30.00
Pledgers will receive a personal voice message from Hank and TEDI thanking you for your support. Also includes a physical copy of Grail to the Thief, a DRM-free digital copy of Grail to the Thief, a Grail to the Thief bumper sticker, and acknowledgement on the Kickstarter Thank You page on our website.

$45.00
Pledgers will receive a 12x18 color poster on heavy matte stock. Also includes a personal voice message from Hank and TEDI thanking you for your support, a physical copy of Grail to the Thief, a DRM-free digital copy of Grail to the Thief, a Grail to the Thief bumper sticker, and acknowledgement on the Kickstarter Thank You page on our website.

$50.00
Pledgers will receive a digital copy of the script for Grail to the Thief. Also includes a 12x18 color poster on heavy matte stock, personal voice message from Hank and TEDI thanking you for your support, a physical copy of Grail to the Thief, a DRM-free digital copy of Grail to the Thief, a Grail to the Thief bumper sticker, and acknowledgement on the Kickstarter Thank You page on our website.

$75.00
Pledgers will receive a physical print copy of the script for Grail to the Thief. Also includes a digital copy of the script for Grail to the Thief, a 12x18 color poster on heavy matte stock, a personal voice message from Hank and TEDI thanking you for your support, a physical copy of Grail to the Thief, a DRM-free digital copy of Grail to the Thief, a Grail to the Thief bumper sticker, and acknowledgement on the Kickstarter Thank You page on our website.

$250.00
Pledgers will receive a physical Braille copy of the script for Grail to the Thief. Also includes a digital copy of the script for Grail to the Thief, a 12x18 color poster on heavy matte stock, a personal voice message from Hank and TEDI thanking you for your support, a physical copy of Grail to the Thief, a DRM-free digital copy of Grail to the Thief, a Grail to the Thief bumper sticker, and acknowledgement on the Kickstarter Thank You page on our website.

$500.00
Pledgers will name a minor in-game character (keep it PG please!). Also includes your choice of a physical print or Braille copy of the script for Grail to the Thief, a digital copy of the script for Grail to the Thief, a 12x18 color poster on heavy matte stock, a personal voice message from Hank and TEDI thanking you for your support, a physical copy of Grail to the Thief, a DRM-free digital copy of Grail to the Thief, a Grail to the Thief bumper sticker, and acknowledgement on the Kickstarter Thank You page on our website.

$2,500.00
We will write, record, and develop a 5-minute interactive audio adventure with the pledger serving as a consultant (no racism, sexism, hate speech, explicit sexual content, etc.). Also includes naming a minor in-game character (keep it PG please!), your choice of a physical print or Braille copy of the script for Grail to the Thief, a digital copy of the script for Grail to the Thief, a 12x18 color poster on heavy matte stock, a personal voice message from Hank and TEDI thanking you for your support, a physical copy of Grail to the Thief, a DRM-free digital copy of Grail to the Thief, a Grail to the Thief bumper sticker, and acknowledgement on the Kickstarter Thank You page on our website.

$5,000.00
We will write, record, and develop a 15-minute interactive audio adventure with the pledger serving as a consultant (no racism, sexism, hate speech, explicit sexual content, etc.). Also includes naming a minor in-game character (keep it PG please!), your choice of a physical print or Braille copy of the script for Grail to the Thief, a digital copy of the script for Grail to the Thief, a 12x18 color poster on heavy matte stock, a personal voice message from Hank and TEDI thanking you for your support, a physical copy of Grail to the Thief, a DRM-free digital copy of Grail to the Thief, a Grail to the Thief bumper sticker, and acknowledgement on the Kickstarter Thank You page on our website.

Estimated delivery dates:
Digital copy of Grail to the Thief and other digital rewards  |  August 2014
Physical copy of Grail to the Thief and other physical rewards  |  August 2014
$2,500 5-Minute Personalized Interactive Audio Adventures  |  September 2014
$5,000 15-Minute Personalized Interactive Audio Adventures  |  November 2014

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges involved with this project are low. The script for Grail to the Thief is complete and only requires minor editing, and we've developed a prototype in Unity that will serve as the technological foundation for the final game. With your support, we can cover the costs of software licensing and game development. We are fully committed to this project and will ensure that it is completed on time, on budget, and delivered to all backers by the promised date.

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