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Aurora's Nightmare - Visual Novel

A Japanese style visual novel game by Josiah Lebowitz and Pen and Sword Games

Aurora's Nightmare - Visual Novel

A Japanese style visual novel game by Josiah Lebowitz and Pen and Sword Games

$1,044
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
26
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, October 1 2019 4:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 1, 2019

About

Welcome to the campaign for Aurora’s Nightmare, the visual novel game by Josiah Lebowitz and Pen and Sword Games. Read more below and download the free demo at www.PenAndSwordGames.com

Aurora’s Nightmare is a visual novel game written and designed by myself, Josiah Lebowitz, Professor of Game Writing at George Mason University and primary author of the internationally acclaimed book Interactive Storytelling for Video Games.

Aurora’s Nightmare came from my love of Japanese visual novels with deep storylines and fascinating characters such as Fate/Stay Night and Higurashi: When They Cry. When I started working on Aurora’s Nightmare, visual novels were just starting to become known outside of Japan. It’s been exciting to see their rapid rise in popularity and I hope Aurora’s Nightmare will help lead more western developers to try their hand at such a fun and engaging genre.

Aurora’s Nightmare is the story of Ars, Tia, and Aurora, three friends who grew up together in the idyllic world of Lucerna. However, many mysteries lurk beneath Lucerna’s surface including its inexplicable lost history and the menacing Nightmares. A close encounter with one of these deadly creatures sets Ars on dangerous journey of discovery that threatens to bring to light dark secrets about not only his friends, but the entire world.

Ars is both intelligent and competent but his complete and utter devotion to his fiancé, Tia, causes him to stay in her shadow both personally and professionally. He rarely ever disagrees with her and would do anything to make her happy. Though a skilled scientist in his own right, he prefers helping Tia with her projects rather than starting his own. To him, she is the most amazing person in the world and, as her partner, he’s the luckiest.

Growing up with Ars and Aurora, Tia was the unofficial leader of their little group, a role that has persisted into the present. She has a reputation of being the best at whatever she tries and is something of a natural born leader. Her intellectual curiosity led her to a job as a research scientist where she is determined to solve Lucerna’s greatest mysteries. But such a task may be more than even she can handle…

The third member of the trio, Aurora is bright, cheerful, and fun-loving. Though her personality and habit of referring to herself in third-person can make her seem rather odd and childlike, she possesses a keen insight and understands her friends better than they do themselves. All she wants is for the three of them to stay together forever but, with Ars and Tia’s approaching wedding, she worries they may be leaving her behind.

A seemingly ordinary black cat that appears at a fateful moment and follows Ars home. But there’s far more to this feline than meets the eye…

Aurora’s Nightmare is a story driven visual novel game following a branching path structure, allowing players to make numerous choices so they can explore all sides of Ars, Tia, and Aurora’s adventures. It features three main routes, six full endings, dozens of bad endings, and more than a hundred different decision points. You can download the free demo at www.PenAndSwordGames.com

I’m currently funding Aurora’s Nightmare out of my own pocket and development is well underway. As such, the main game will be completed regardless of the success or failure of this Kickstarter. But there’s a lot of additional content and features I would love to add to Aurora’s Nightmare if I can afford them. The initial goal will go towards paying back the current costs to allow me to devote more time and energy to development. Everything beyond that will go towards making Aurora’s Nightmare even better.

EARLY MORNING SPECIAL! For the first week of the campaign, you can choose the special Early Morning Angellus or Early Morning Nightmare levels to receive their respective reward tiers at a discounted rate.

Additional rewards such as posters and physical artbooks may be made available as add-ons depending on backer interest.

When will Aurora’s Nightmare be released?

We’re currently aiming to release the full game in late 2020 or early 2021. However, all backers at the Angellus level and above will receive special early access builds at several points throughout development. Please note that some of the stretch goals will require additional development time and, as such, will be patched into the game or released as DLC (free for all backers at Angellus level and above) after the main launch.

What platforms will Aurora’s Nightmare release on?

It will initially be released for PC and Mac. An Android release will likely follow at a later date. Ports for iOS, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One are also possible depending on interest and funding.

How will the money be used?

How will rewards be distributed?

Fulfillment for digital and physical rewards will be handled by BackerKit.

Are there any major risks or challenges?

Game development always has risks and challenges but, as the main content for Aurora’s Nightmare is already funded, and it’s far along in the development process, it is unlikely that there will be any major issues. However, I’ll do my best to be transparent and keep you up to date with the latest news throughout the process.

Design and Writing

Josiah Lebowitz
Roles:
Design, Story Writing, Production, Art Cleanup and Coloring
Josiah is a writer and game designer with a passion for creating interesting stories. He currently works as a Professor of Game Writing at George Mason University.  His past projects include the game Car Washer: Summer of the Ninja, tie-in novellas for EverQuest Next, the book Interactive Storytelling for Video Games, The Verities Silexfantasy trilogy, and the long running webcomic Pebble Version.

Elizabeth Siebold
Roles:
Editor, Junior Designer
Elizabeth was one of Josiah’s students, studying English and game design, and worked on Aurora’s Nightmare as an internship.

Art

Hanbee Lee
Role:
Character Art
Hanbee is an aspiring manga artist from Tokyo, Japan.  Aurora’s Nightmare is her first professional project.

Brian Morris
Role:
Character Shading
Brian is an old friend of Josiah’s and a big fan of visual novels and everything Japan.

Katja Swann
Role: Character Shading
Katja was one of Josiah’s students, studying game art and design.

Badriel
Role:
Background Art and CGs
Badriel is a talented environmental artist who has worked on a number of visual novels and other titles.

Ye Sun Kim
Role:
Additional Artwork
Ye Sun was one of Josiah’s students, studying game art and design.

Music and Sound

Nick Pfisterer
Role:
Music
Nick is an indie game designer and composer, and a friend of Josiah’s from their university days.

Melvin Reyes
Role:
Character Shading, Sound Effects
Melvin was one of Josiah’s game design students and started working on Aurora’s Nightmare as an internship.

Jacob Sirotta
Role:
Sound Effects
Jacob was one of Josiah’s students, studying game programming and design.

Pen and Sword Games

Pen and Sword Games on Facebook

Aurora's Nightmare Dev Blog

Risks and challenges

Game development always has risks and challenges but, as the main content for Aurora’s Nightmare is already funded, and it’s far along in the development process, it is unlikely that there will be any major issues. However, I’ll do my best to be transparent and keep you up to date with the latest news throughout the process.

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