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Maelstrom Obscura: Conspiracies, Myths and Legends

Uncover what you believe to be the truth beneath the misty veils!

Maelstrom Obscura: Conspiracies, Myths and Legends

Uncover what you believe to be the truth beneath the misty veils!

£953
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12days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, November 27 2019 10:01 PM UTC +00:00.

About

"Discover the legend of the Lochness monster (in this demo for Windows) and help us develop the next 5 cases."

 http://www.mediafire.com/file/5b1xx091wnmisxi/Maelstrom_Obscura_Case_1.7z 

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My name is Leslie Mayers and I  began game developing in 2006 and soon found I had a passion for making games.  In 2017 I was awarded the prestigious 'Lifetime achievement' award by the AGS community and created fourteen consecutive 'Make a game in a month' (MAG) games.

Up until now I had only made freeware games, producing over 50 games.   I knew that with this particular game I would need some special help. Kickstarter was suggested, even though I had never really known much about it.  After reading, talking to people and looking over the site I thought it was the ideal place where people would be able to help me produce the game that I had written and had spent 10 months of time and energy on and was determined to create it.  

I hired a team of people who liked my ideas and were very excited about the project and we seemed to communicate very well.  So I self-funded the first part and managed to make a start on the game's production and everyone had worked very hard. But now I really do need your help to fund the rest of the game so that we can produce a full length, bug free,  exciting, enjoyable game for those that like the mystery and suspense  of conspiracies, myths and legends. We of course want to thank you for your help by giving you rewards and perks from our tiers section as well as stretch goal rewards as they are reached. You will be kept informed of the games progress even after the campaign ends.

The basic game mechanic is that of the classic point-and-click: use the mouse cursor to walk around, explore a scene, interact with items and talk with characters. Furthermore, the developer has introduced some new elements, to make each case unique.

The six cases you will play will be independent and can be played in any order, so you have in fact six games in one! Each case will have multiple endings.

Making this game has been really fun and exciting to make, though at times quite demanding and I really would like you to become involved in its making. There is still a long way to go but we can make it with your help.

Our dedicated Team are:   

  • Concept, Writer and Coding Scripter: Leslie Mayers (Slasher)
  • Background Artist and some character builds and animations: Rocchinator
  • Character builds with animations:  Peter Kellagher
  • Additional Artist: ToxicTuba
  • Video-trailer Editor:  Glenjamin
  • Music: Stelios Kanitsakis (Jojo)
  • Jed Turner Origins Audio Story Teller: Jude Austin (JudasFm)
  • Jed Turner Origins Writer:  George Plank (Headlessstormtrooper)
  • Voice Actors: Durq, Rainer Hall (RaynForce58), Headlessstormtrooper, Rocchinator, Jude Austin (JudasFm), Emma Elizabeth, DuckyLady, Frodo, CaptainD, JuliaVA, Durinde, Paranoid Penguin,  Starwynd3,  c_quint, SepiaAnt8071, Aeroux, Grave Bear, Danica Holmes, Elric Atchison, Slasher.

The team and I (ready and waiting) estimate that the project (which is fully written and mapped out) is around 20% game completed through my own funding and I need your help to finish that last 80%! The game will be for Windows and Linux and will be in English, and we need to finish off the art, characters, animations, music and programming the mechanics of special events for the rest of the game.

With your help and support, we will be looking to release this game before the summer of next year (2020).

Welcome to the mysterious world of Maelstrom Obscura. You play as Jed Turner: Truth Hunter, Investigator of conspiracies, myths and legends.   Uncover what you believe to be the truth. Search your personal database for information about each case by typing in search terms,  write extra notes into your Tablet notebook and talk to people as you investigate cases. What will you discover beneath the misty veils?

* All characters will be voiced by hired, semi-professional voice actors.  I have written dialogs for 90+ characters that will span over 130 scenes.

Just a few of the things we are going to build into the game with your help:

  • Drive a Jeep through a hot desert in New Mexico
  • Cruise on a Speedboat along Loch Ness  in search of the legendary sea monster
  • Ride a Snow bike in the Antarctic, but mind the penguins and albatross!
  • Enter and explore spooky McGrew castle looking for answers
  • Scuba dive into the deep Loch Ness and confront what is down there
  • Venture into the freezing harshness of the Antarctic
  • Navigate through opti-lusional mazes
  • Meet Scourge: a psychopathic, homicidal maniac
  • Talk with Apache chief, Running Water and find some peace-pipe mixture
  • Come face to face with what could be the legendary Yeti!
  • Who are the faces behind the New World Order and what exactly are their intentions?
  • Solve problems and complete tasks along the way
  • Meet many (90+) colorful characters along your journeys
  • We estimate over 130 scenes
  • Many hours of game play

Cases to investigate will be:

  • The Loch Ness monster legend of Scotland
  • The 1947 UFO crash-landing in Roswell, New Mexico conspiracy 
  • Are Cyborg soldiers being used for war by the military?
  • The New World Order conspiracy to control the world
  • The legendary Yeti in the plateaus of Tibet: Does it exist?
  • Alien base discovered at the Antarctic in operation 'Highjump' claimed by an ex Colonel
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Jed Turner entering the Loch Inn at Loch Ness. Will Jed uncover some truth there?

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 Jed Turner leaving the Loch Inn at Loch Ness to look around.

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 Jed starts his search of Loch Ness to look for evidence of the legendary sea monster

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 Jed Turner searching Loch Ness unaware of the dangers!

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Jed Turner searching Loch Ness runs into trouble and has to make a decision!

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 Mysterious McGrew castle 

 Mysterious McGrew castle 

 Screenshot of Roswell UFO Case preparing to be created with your help

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How will your money will be used? To give you an idea of how this money is distributed, we've made the following simple Pie Chart graph.  Exceeding our target will ensure further cases can start being developed.

For your appreciated help in this project we would like to give you some rewards. Our rewards include some/all of the following:

  • Your name will be added to the game credits as a sponsor
  • A personal 'Thank You' from the author
  • Download a DRM-free Digital copy of the full game 
  • Postcards from Jed Turner (sent via mail)
  • Digital Posters
  • Digital Maelstrom Obscura Logo
  • Jed Origins in text format
  • Audio story of how Jed became interested in conspiracies, myths and legends
  • Desktop Wallpaper
  • Write lines of game dialog for Jed
  • Be an  NPC character in the game with your name
  • Digital Album of all the music for Maelstrom Obscura
  • Define your own case for future development
  • Bloopers in the game video
  • Questions put to the author and answered on video

Risks and challenges

As with all games, the biggest challenge will be to complete the project on time and create a fully functional, bug free game. We know that risks and challenges may lay around every corner and we promise to keep you updated regularly even after the end of the fundraising campaign.

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    ☑️ Jed Origins in pdf format
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    ☑️ Download your copy of the full game DRM-Free
    ☑️ Digital Album of all the music for Maelstrom Obscura
    ☑️ Three different Digital Posters
    ☑️ Jed Origins in pdf format
    ☑️ Audio of Jed Turner's origins story
    ☑️ Postcard from Jed Turner (sent via mail)
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    ☑️ A personal 'Thank You' from the author
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    ☑️ Download your copy of the full game DRM-Free
    ☑️ Digital Album of all the music for Maelstrom Obscura
    ☑️ Three different Digital Posters
    ☑️ Jed Origins in pdf format
    ☑️ Audio of Jed Turner's origins story
    ☑️ Postcard from Jed Turner (sent via mail)
    ☑️ Write nine lines of game dialog for Jed the main player
    ☑️ Be an NPC character in the game with your name

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    ☑️ Download your copy of the full game DRM-Free
    ☑️ Digital Album of all the music for Maelstrom Obscura
    ☑️ Three different Digital Posters
    ☑️ Jed Origins in pdf format
    ☑️ Audio of Jed Turner's origins story
    ☑️ Postcard from Jed Turner (sent via mail)
    ☑️ Write nine lines of game dialog for Jed the main player
    ☑️ Be an NPC character in the game with your name
    ☑️ Define your own case for future development
    ☑️ Bloopers in the game video
    ☑️ Questions put to the author and answered on video

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