Sinnlos. A vast lake of black water and heavy fog. When night falls a twisted maze of bridges ascends from the depths. With it the monstrous Nixi rise as well, beckoning outsiders to cross. Most who attempt the journey are lost to eternal darkness. And yet, some still try. Such as on this night. Regrettably for these souls, you cannot always triumph over the odds…
Anyone can be saved, but not everyone can be.
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Lake of Voices is free Visual Novel currently in production. It's a choice heavy game where death is simply inevitable. Not everyone is going to make it to the other side. It will be your actions that determine who does and who doesn't.
Developer: GB Patch Games
Rating: Teen (some swearing, violence, death)
Genre: Dark fantasy, horror, adventure, tragedy, romance
Release Frame: August 2018
Systems: Windows, Mac, Linux, Steam, Android (at a later date)
This Kickstarter is exclusively to include full voice acting in the finished project. Other than fees and taxes, all of the funding in the base goal will go to pay voice over artists. If stretch goals are met, we can improve the game with other types of additions!
We've already hit full funding and are on the way to the first stretch goal! As a thank you for getting the project to 100% within 48 hours, every single backer will be getting an additional perk along with the already listed rewards: access to a Kickstarter-exclusive extended demo! It doesn't matter how much you pledge or when you pledge. Thank you again for all the support!
Now that all of the planned stretch goals have been hit, we'll be letting backers decide what is done with any additional funds. Even more new art or music? Hiring another proofreader to speed the process up some? A special opening or ending video? Something else? A question about that will be included in the Kickstarter survey.
- 50,000 words, approximately
- 6 different main endings with variations, plus multiple death endings
- Decide who you'll protect and who will be left behind in the dark
- Timed choices. Make split second actions or determine that standing by is for the best
- The option to develop a close relationship with anyone in your traveling party
- A haunting, piano based soundtrack
- Full voice acting (if the Kickstarter is funded)
- Silly unlockable bonus events
Kikka the Steadfast is a sensitive and empathetic woman who uses a mask of stoicism to protect herself from the harsh world she lives in. Much of everything she’s done has been an attempt to find some semblance of security, including the career path she chose to pursue. Kikka works as an official guard for one of the many tiny villages in the region. Her most recent assignment is to travel with fellow guard Bemelle to an allied town that’s been under siege by raiders.
With an ever-present sense of urgency, the two find themselves on the shore of Sinnlos, a cursed lake of black water that is home to the Nixi; twisted creatures who take joy in drowning humans. The two need the assistance of a nameless guide to even attempt to cross the maze of bridges spanning the dark waters. But they are not the only ones seeking passage that night. The guide agrees to lead them all, whilst also giving a warning that a group this large has no chance of making it across whole. Someone will be lost along the way. None of them volunteer to stay behind, regardless. And so the ill-fated journey over the lake of voices begins.
[The button leads to the game's Steam page. You can also download the demo from Itch.io]
We'll be able to release Lake of Voices with each line for Bemelle, Margret, the guide, and Lu voiced by our talented cast of VAs! It'll add tons more emotion to the overall experience.
The voice acting will be expanded to include the protagonist Kikka. At this goal every line in Lake of Voices will have an actual voice to match with it.
We'll be able to expand how much the game varies based on who is alive and who has died. There will be completely new scenes replacing what was previously only the same scene with alterations. All the new dialog added will be fully voiced.
New full screen images will be added to increase the impact of important moments and the overall aesthetic. The extra CGs will be included in the CG Pack for all backers at the "Fork in the Path" tier and higher.
The soundtrack will be filled out with multiple new haunting tracks. The extra songs will be included in the Soundtrack for all backers at the "Empty Island " tier and higher.
Thank you so much for putting your support into this project! At this tier you'll have access to all of the backer-only updates we make on Kickstarter. The most important news will always be posted there first.
For your contribution we'll place your name (or a username) in the ending credits of Lake of Voices.You'll be listed as a supporter along with fellow backers.
Maze of Bridges
We haven't set an official release date for Lake of Voices yet but, regardless of what day that is, you will receive a download of the project ten days earlier than it. The build will be available through a Google Drive link.
At this tier you'll be sent a digital copy of the Lake of Voice's Soundtrack. There are nine music tracks in total. Most are custom for LoV, though some were originally from the A Foretold Affair soundtrack. If certain stretch goals are met, the amount of brand new music will increase. The songs will have an MP3 format.
Along with that, your early access to LoV will be even greater. Fourteen days early instead of ten. The game build will be available through a Google Drive link.
Fork in the Path
The reward for this tier is both a digital artbook and a CG pack. The artbook will contain unfinished works as well as commentary from us creators. The CG pack will include full resolution copies of all the various CG images found in Lake of Voices.
You and other backers at this tier (or higher) will get to work together with us to create a fun, Kickstarter exclusive event. There will be multiple survey questions that you'll get to vote on and we'll accept direct input through special updates only accessible by this tier (or higher). The event will be made available through a Google Drive link.
This event can't contain any sexually explicit or hateful content.
You will receive two custom voice messages from the voice actor/actress of your choice: a thank you using your name and a note designed completely by you. If you prefer, you can have the first message done by one VA and the second message done by a different VA.
The messages can't contain any sexually explicit or hateful content. The specific voice actor/actress chosen may have special requirements as well. The length of the custom note must be under a few hundred words. Feel free to get in touch before backing to see if what you have in mind would work!
You don't have to decide on this as soon as the Kickstarter ends. You can take as much time as you need to plan your custom note.
The Other Shore
In this final tier you'll be given access to multiple beta-versions of the game as it is all put together. Besides seeing Lake of Voices unfold as early as possible, you'll be able to give feedback and suggest changes/additions.
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Feel free to follow us on any of our various GB Patch pages! We could've made a pun about nixi/prowlers following people, but we thought better of it.
Risks and challenges
Lake of Voices has a solid amount of progress that's been made. Other than anything added by Kickstarter funding, the only piece needed is the remainder of the script. It's currently about 35% of the way there. The base amount of art, music, interface, etc have been fully completed.
Our team has a writer, proofreader, and programmer/event outliner. If anything comes up that stalls one, the work of the other two will be delayed as well. Preparing work further in advance than what the other person on the team actually needs is a way we're trying to avoid such a situation.
The Kickstarter's success would mean that at least full voice acting for most of the characters is going to be added. We're intending to do live directions and finding a time that works may not always be easy. So far that hasn't been an issue.
We've included some extra time in the estimate release to hopefully account for any setbacks that occur. Our company, GB Patch Games, has released two Kickstarter funded projects already. We have a good grasp on overcoming setbacks, finishing games, and keeping promises to backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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