About this project
You should definitely back this bizarre game on Kickstarter. I love these artists/musicians and their filth brains - Brandon Sheffield, Gamasutra.com
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The £2000 primary target is for the Windows version, iOS version AND Xbox 360 version!!!!!!!!
I have added new rewards for backers who would rather have it on iPhone / iPad / Xbox 360 instead of Windows!
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If you'd like to pledge via paypal please see solution at the bottom on this page!
My name is Leon Michael Sadler and I am a co founder of the UK art collective FAMICON (www.famiconexpress.co.uk). As a group, our current focus is limited run art books. Back in the day we also made a bunch of internet animations including "Bart The General".
Independently I've been commissioned by loads of great companies like Nike, Vice Magazine, and Nieves. With fellow colleagues our first graphic novel "DNA Failure" has just been published by Grammy Award winning publisher Picturebox, and my work has been selected to appear in Kramers Ergot, Frederic Magazine, Nazi Knife and many more publications.
For more examples of my work please visit www.lmsn.eu
What is The Unbreakable Chain?
It's a game with eight stages. Each stage is from the point of view of a different species, with a different gameplay mechanic. The overall experience is intended to be left quite open for personal interpretation. It's pacing/flow takes some cues from the 2004 Grasshopper Manufacture game "Michigan: Report From Hell".
"people talk a lot of this and that about 'art as games', and while i personally feel that this is a case by case issue uniquely specific to each title and the intentions of its creators, i truly believe that every single frame of animation in this game is a true 'work of art', both in terms of illustration and graphic design. you can screengrab any moment of it, and have a 'leon sadler original' ready to print. if you ever wanted to 'play' one of leon sadlers drawings or comics, this is the closest you will ever get." - GHXYK2
Following the logic and scientific ideas such as the food chain and evolution, let's step into this drawing, have a walk around and see what there is to eat. Why are computer games so challenging? Who am I playing against? Why don't I play WITH the game, or just sit back and see what happens? Why am I competing with god?
What's the funding for?
I have a couple of experienced contacts who are willing to work with me to get the game running on iOS for way below the average price a coder would normally charge, so the purpose of this Kickstarter is to raise money for that, and potentially also Flash and Xbox Live ports if I reach stretch goal funding.
I also want to give some money to the musicians who have generously provided the games soundtrack at no cost. As mentioned in the trailer, former Capcom/Takumi composer Yasushi Kaminishi (Mars Matrix, Gigawing) is responsible for the games title theme "Can't Break This".
Even though I do all these projects, I don't really get any money from it. Any profits go straight back into printing costs, consumables etc. Spending £2000 on a coder tomorrow would put me at minus £2000 - it's money I simply don't have. The more funding this gets, the more platforms I can release it on and the more people will be able to play it.
How can you trust me to deliver?
I first started working on this project in 2009. Four years later, the Windows version is finally complete! I'm now in final bug testing phase and expect to be clean within the next few weeks. The guys who will help me with the porting are the same guys who released Kotaku game of the day 'Pig & Bullet' last year on iOS and Xbox Live. They are good friends of mine who I have total confidence not just in their ability but also their speed.
The Windows version will be distributed to everyone who pledges if I reach my minimum target.
Pledge £5 or more
You will receive a digital copy of the completed game to play on your Windows PC.
Pledge £10 or more
You will receive a digital copy of the game soundtrack, featuring full length tracks by GHXYK2, Yasushi Kaminshi & BANKBANK + iOS version of the game to play on your iPhone or iPad.
Pledge £10 or more
You will receive a digital copy of the game soundtrack, featuring full length tracks by GHXYK2, Yasushi Kaminshi & BANKBANK + Windows Version of the game.
Pledge £20 or more
You will receive your choice of 1 of 3 ltd edition signed A3 posters pictured below + Digital Soundtrack + Windows Version of the game.
Pledge £30 or more
You will receive a signed & numbered copy of The Unbreakable Chain Gamer's Handbook ltd edition artist book + Poster of your choice + Digital Soundtrack + Windows Version of the game.
Currently in development, preliminary visuals below, The Unbreakable Chain Gamer's Handbook is a collection of comics, drawings and prose work following the themes and imagery of The Unbreakable Chain. 28-40 pages bound with salvaged dot-matrix paper, with an elaborately hand-printed and adorned cover, making each copy totally unique.
Pledge £40 or moreYou will receive a signed & numbered copy of The Unbreakable Chain Gamer's Handbook ltd edition artist book + All 3 Posters + Soundtrack on a real-life numbered Compact Disk + Windows Version of the game on a real-life numbered CDRom.
Pledge £50 or more
I will create just for you, your own personal A4 sized drawing based on the themes and imagery of The Unbreakable Chain + signed & numbered copy of The Unbreakable Chain Gamer's Handbook + Set of 3 Posters + Soundtrack numbered CD + Windows game on numbered CDRom.
Pledge £100 or more (limit 10)
I will produce for you, a unique A3 sized watercolour painting based on the themes and imagery of The Unbreakable Chain + signed & numbered copy of The Unbreakable Chain Gamer's Handbook + Set of 3 Posters + Soundtrack numbered CD + Windows game on numbered CDRom.
Pledge £200 or more
I will craft by hand your very own stoneware garden ornament based on the themes and imagery of The Unbreakable Chain + signed & numbered copy of The Unbreakable Chain Gamer's Handbook + Set of 3 Posters + Soundtrack numbered CD + Windows game on numbered CDRom.
(concept image will appear here very soon!) For artwork examples, please explore my website, blog, tumblr & flickr.
*Retailers only* Pledge £100 or more (limit 3)
Special wholesale price: you will receive 10 copies of The Unbreakable Chain Gamer's Handbook + 10 Posters of your choice + 10 numbered Soundtrack CDs + 10 numbered Windows games on CDRoms.
**FEED THE EARTH - Special fundraising T-Shirt**
Since you can't do paypal on this, I've made a new idea.
Anyone who buys a Feed The Earth T-shirt from my website www.lmsn.eu will have that money pledged directly to this kickstarter via the Famicon Paypal Proxy.
There is the option to buy it for £20, or if you'd also like a digital download of the the game for Windows, you can go for the £25 pledge.
T-shirts are hand-printed in limited quantity, please visit www.lmsn.eu for more details :o)
A Flash port of The Unbreakable Chain free for everyone. Estimated completion time: August 2013
I can start working on a free update for all builds that adds extra content.
:o) ! PAYPAL UPDATE ! (o:
I have received a lot of response from potential backers who would like to pledge via paypal.
Currently kickstarter doesn't work through paypal (wtf???) so the best solution I can find is:
Send a paypal payment in £GBP to my email address l_m_s_n@ yahoo.com including a message saying which reward you'd like. I will provide a confirmation as soon as possible and a pledge will be placed on your behalf.
If the kickstarter is unsuccessful I PROMISE to refund any paypal backers immediately. If you would like to pledge but are still uncomfortable with this method please email me and I'll do my best to figure something out, I don't want to exclude anyone!!!!! If I don't refund you, you can have my home address and personally chain-whip me!!!!
Risks and challenges
In a worst case scenario, the ports might be delayed a month or two longer than intended but I'm confident based on the experience of everyone involved that we will reach our dates with no setbacks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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