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Cyberpunk adventure game for the Mac, PC, Ouya, iOS and Android set in Neo-SF, 2064 starring awesome queer-friendly characters.

Q&A: Inside the social futurism of MidBoss's Read Only Memories
Q&A: Inside the social futurism of MidBoss's Read Only Memories
"Players can expect to solve juicy mysteries and a variety of puzzles in a game influenced by classics like Snatcher"
"Players can expect to solve juicy mysteries and a variety of puzzles in a game influenced by classics like Snatcher"
Cyberpunk adventure 'Read Only Memories' from GaymerX founders
Cyberpunk adventure 'Read Only Memories' from GaymerX founders
  
GaymerX organizers developing cyberpunk adventure game
GaymerX organizers developing cyberpunk adventure game
"One neat feature...is the ability to choose which gender to identify (with a genderqueer option), or simply no labels at all"
"One neat feature...is the ability to choose which gender to identify (with a genderqueer option), or simply no labels at all"

!!A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM GILLIAN SEED FROM SNATCHER!!

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Please PayPal matt@gaymerconnect.com with the amount of the item you'd like before 1/1/14 to get ROM at the presale price!
Please PayPal matt@gaymerconnect.com with the amount of the item you'd like before 1/1/14 to get ROM at the presale price!

Neo-SF, 2064.

You're a young journalist trying to hack it on your own in Neo-San Francisco. It’s a tough city, but you’re a tough nut. One day you receive a package containing a beta version of the latest ROM, an intelligent device that has replaced all personal mobile technology. With the ROM lay a mysterious note from a close friend, saying that he had to leave the country immediately. Weird.

In 2064, ROMs are as common as smartphones in 2014, but you've resisted getting one up to this point. You don’t need fancy technology, and you don’t care if you're old fashioned like that. But now that you have one, your life dramatically changes.

Your friend worked for Parallax, which is the leader in customer-side ROMs since 2045 and a company that you’ve been curious about for some time now.

As you progress through the story, you'll discover and solve dark mysteries surrounding your ROM and the L.I.P.S. OS it runs on, as well as one of the top producers of the machines, Parallax. 

And remember, you will meet many different kinds of people during your journey through the feral San Francisco that has come to exist in 2064. It is up to you to decide who to trust, who to work with and who to challenge in this harrowing journey through Neo-SF.

We’ve designed the gameplay to provide a fun, fast paced mix of adventure and puzzle solving. 

Note: Please keep in mind that text speed and sound effects will be changeable and dialog is quick-skippable.

Be prepared for situations in which you make tough choices as you dive deeper into your investigation of Parallax and its ROMs. The game story consists of a prologue and will have five main acts… that's LOTS of entertainment! 

Gameplay consists of puzzle solving and dialogue choices that will open and close parts of the story. For example (spoiler alert!), when you’re looking for a way into Parallax headquarters, you can choose to talk your way in, steal an ID card to sneak in, or convince a new acquaintance to help you hack through security.

Alpha footage running live in Unity during a Google Hangout on 11/18
Alpha footage running live in Unity during a Google Hangout on 11/18

Outside of the main plot, the game provides side quests and character arcs beyond the main investigation. 

UPDATE: If accepted, a free steam key for ROM will be provided to ALL backers over $20 for free!! Vote here desu~
UPDATE: If accepted, a free steam key for ROM will be provided to ALL backers over $20 for free!! Vote here desu~

Our goal is to provide multiple paths and missed opportunities that will allow the game to be played multiple times as you explore the choices that you and your ROM make, and how they affect the world around you..

We plan to have a playable version of the game for you to experience at GaymerX2 in July 2014, and we're also offering a limited number of discounted badges to the convention, happening in (regular) San Francisco (July 11-13) as part of our reward levels!

We’ve worked with a bevy of musical artists including 2 Mello, Radiofred, Virt, Aethernaut and other amazing musicians, to come up with some really awesome music that matches the game's dystopian future - check out a few preview tracks from the game.

Neo-SF Nightlife

San Francisco Bodega

In Shadows

Follow My Trail of Fog

Future Strut

stardust

We've assembled a team of veteran video game industry folks that are passionate about making this game unforgettable. Our programmers and designers have worked on games that have actually shipped for companies like Zynga, Cerulean Games, and Puppy Punch Productions, our musicians already make kick ass music, and we as a team know what it takes to get things done.

We'll also work with many members of our community to make sure that each game character (queer or non-queer!) is unique and authentic. We started GaymerX as a community-based event, and through it we’ve made many friends who can help us shape realistic characters of every creed. Plus, we love audience feedback and will have hangouts for you to join in on! 

We’re passionate Kickstarter backers ourselves, and get really bothered when Kickstarter projects don't ship their product. As you may have seen with our last project, GaymerX, we deliver on time and take pride in our work! Of course, if something unfortunate does happen, we will provide insight and transparency into the whys and hows of fixing it.

Breaking News! Every dollar that you pledge will be doubled by Ouya, up to the first $62,064!  

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OUYA WILL MATCH YOUR PLEDGE DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR

We're participating in OUYA's #FreeTheGames Fund, created by OUYA to support developers making new and creative console games. OUYA will match your pledge dollar-for-dollar up to your goal amount (and a max of $250,000), so help us get there and make a great game for everyone! To be eligible for this match, we commit that this game will be an OUYA exclusive for a period of time. To learn more about OUYA, go to www.OUYA.tv

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  • Read Only Memories will be available on PC, Mac, Steam and OUYA ON LAUNCH DAY
  • Read Only Memories will be available on iOS and Android devices six months after launch - with improvements specific to mobile.

 If we hit our goal of $62,064, we have some really cool stretch goals that we're super excited to show you!

San Francisco Stretch Goals
$62,064 - GOAL!!! and Reddit AMA (really an AUA)


$82,064 - Linux port will be made and will be included with Mac & PC if you choose that option

$102,064 - Soundtrack OST available FREE to all backers over $20.

$122,064 - Art Book PDF available FREE to all backers over $20.

Thank you for supporting our game and reading this kickstarter! Please consider sharing with your friends! :D

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Making games is a challenging endeavor and we've put considerable thought into mitigating potential risks. Our research shows that delays and unexpected costs hamper many game projects, and we've structured our project to avoid that mess.

We have a core team of passionate developers and designers that are dedicated to building this game. We're a small and lean team, and while we've gotten off to a great start we realize we'll need additional resources to make this game succeed. The core team will be supplemented by quality freelancers, ensuring a responsible and scalable production environment that is also extremely cost-effective and flexible.

We've decided to focus our skills on building out the game content and mechanics, and are using off-the-shelf technology solutions whenever possible. This means using the Unity engine which is a well-established technology platform for games. Unity provides independent developers, such as us, cutting-edge features while minimizing the technology risk.

Behind MidBoss Games, we have the experience of taking the GaymerX convention from a Kickstarter campaign (thanks to YOUR support!) to a reality. Over 2300 queer and straight gamers attended the 2-day convention in San Francisco at the Hotel Kabuki in August 2013. The convention was a huge success, and is coming back as GaymerX2 in July 2014! Putting together a convention and bringing an entire community together with extremely limited resources was an amazing experience, and you can bet that we'll kick ass again.

At the end of the day, we're a community-based organization and it's important for us to maintain clear and open communications with our community of supporters. We've set up reward levels that will help us engage with the audience, and will allow supporters to follow production progress through our social media channels.

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    MAKE IT CANON: Although the main character's name will be up to the player, you can choose the default name of the main character - much like in Zelda where you can name Link anything, you can name our "hero" anything you choose as the default! Something that could work for all genders would be nice, but you're the boss! + All Prior Rewards

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