About this project
What Is "Coming Out On Top"?
"Coming Out On Top", is a video game where you play a college guy who finally comes out to his best friends. The night of your announcement, you meet a mysterious stranger who wants your number. Of course, things aren't so simple, and it's just a matter of time before all hell breaks loose.
The game could be called a dating sim, a visual novel, or an interactive story. By making choices, you affect your relationships and determine the ultimate outcome of the story.
The story is a comedy with a touch of romance, lots of drama, and laced with erotic situations.
You Can Play the Demo. Now.
At the moment, the demo only contains part of one relationship. Nevertheless, it's still a wild, crazy ride! Though the game is at heart a comedic dating sim, the demo does contain erotic content so you must be an adult (18+) to play.
Note: the art is censored in the demo. The full game will not be censored.
Visit here to download the demo. (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Although the demo's gotten great reviews and people love the characters, story, and dialogue, you can see that it YEARNS EVER SO LONGINGLY to be made into a full game, with more dating options.
Why A Kickstarter?
A successful Kickstarter will allow me to make the full, commercial-quality game. I've spent a few thousand dollars on hardware, software, illustrations, and unpaid time off of work to create the demo. I'm hoping for additional funds to take it to the next step. This is the breakdown of where Kickstarter funds will go:
- $1000 programming
- $2000 backgrounds
- $500 music
- $1000 event illustrations
- $500 Kickstarter and Amazon fees
Note: if you're new to Kickstarter, the way it works is that you can donate to the project using your credit card, then pick a corresponding reward(s). Your credit card will only be charged on the last day of the project (January 20th, 2013). Until then, you'll be able to change the amount of your pledge and your reward at any time.
What's In the Full Game?
The full game will feature three new guys to choose from, each with his own gut-wrenching, funny, and suspenseful story.
- a highly unpredictable metal/punk musician
- a young marine being pressured by his politician father
- a religious football quarterback deep in the closet
A concept sketch:
*note: these characters sketches are works-in-progress & will be refined and altered over time. And yes, concept sketches all start off shirtless in my house.
But that's not all. The full game will also have:
- an unforgettable plot line with your buddy Ian (worth the price of admission alone!)
- the continuation of the Alex storyline, with more fun scenes
- a more polished look and interface
- better music, better backgrounds
STRETCH GOAL ABOVE AND BEYOND $18,000 (12/17--NEW!)
It's my dream to bring you this game--and you're helping make it possible. No matter how much is made from this Kickstarter, every cent of it will go back into fulfilling your rewards and developing the game or add-ons. Each new donation above 18K means I can offer more options and features to you, the player: more paths, more storyline, & more delicious surprises. It will also help me pay for more artwork, more programming, and also give me some much needed development time to work on this project and implement all the new features.
I still want to meet the game's deadline though, and not make promises on any new features that might delay the ship date. So as a small but added bonus, if we reach 18K, for every additional $4000 above it, I'll add an additional Brofinder date in a free add-on pack to all backers. So now all backers will be receiving the full game and possibly a harem of new boys and dates, depending what the final number is for this Kickstarter.
Since these guys will largely be suggested by members in the forum (which will open after this Kickstarter's end date of January 20th), there might be a very good chance you'll see your dream hookup--or nightmare, depending--come to life. Remember, these aren't full relationships, but unpredictable one-time dates. They can be sweetly chaste, stunningly awful, or amazingly hot.
(By the way, these add-ons will be staggered after the release of the initial game. The first one will be due 6 months after the ship date...and there are already at least 3 in store for you! Additional dudes will be released in packs of three in the months following, with an estimated ship date of every six months.)
AMOUNT RAISED ---> TOTAL # of BROFINDER DUDES
$22,000 ---> 4 dates UNLOCKED!
$26,000 ---> 5 dates UNLOCKED!
$30,000 ---> 6 dates UNLOCKED!
$34,000 ---> 7 dates UNLOCKED!
$38,000 ---> 8 dates
And after that...OMG. That's a lot of additional boys, people! (*sweats*) I'm cutting off our Brofinder dudes at $42,000 if by some miracle we reach that point, okay? I think we'll hopefully be able to cover a good number of body types, ethnicities and er...'quirks'...this way! And after 9 new boys, I'd think you rather have me either working on a sequel or new game, right? RIGHT? (Just say yes.)
STRETCH GOAL AT $18,000
HIGHER RES-VERSION. For those of you with giant monitors, get a higher res version of the game!
FREE BROFINDER ADD-ON FOR ALL BACKERS. Six months after the release of the full game, I'll release a downloadable add-on pack (free to all backers) with at least three more guys you'll meet via Brofinder for some extra good times. I'll take suggestions for the type of date and kind of guy from the forum. If any of them are popular, and if people are craving more, I'll feature him in a Coming Out On Top sequel so he has his own compelling story line. And possibly star as the main character himself!
STRETCH GOAL AT $13,000 - UNLOCKED!
ILLICIT AFFAIR. Out of the many secondary characters in the game (most of them yet to be introduced), you'll be able to engage in a torrid tryst with one of them. Are you savvy enough to figure out who and how?
MORE OUTFITS. Let's change those clothes. Everyone currently has a single outfit. Let's give the main character and all of his romantic options at least another outfit so you get some variety as you play the game. (Additional outfits will be voted on by those in the developer's forum.)
STRETCH GOAL AT $8,500 - UNLOCKED!
MORE WAYS TO "PLAY". Let's talk versatility, guys! So, you know those intimate scenes? Yes, those. Right now because of our budget, you're restricted to how you roleplay those scenes because they all require more time and money for art, writing, and development. I'd like to add at least another "option" for you in nearly every one of those scenes, that includes a matching scene illustration. Now you'll be able to take control of the situation (or not)!
HAIR MOD. Fans of smooth, fans of hairy, weep no more. Each guy (including Mark) has a "default" level of hairiness. A hair mod will allow you, the player, to make a guy hairier if he's smooth, or less hairy if he isn't. And don't worry, the guy's chosen hairiness level will also show up in the scene illustrations as well, not just the character models, in order to maintain continuity. Nobody wants to see that nice scruffy dude suddenly appear hairless in a kissing scene, or vice versa.
GOOD LORD. HAIR MOD UNLOCKED!
Is This A Yaoi Game?
I'm unfamiliar with yaoi games (gay romance games primarily for the female market in Japan), so I couldn't tell you. I know I don't use the uke/seme dynamics that are common to those games. I also know the men I draw seem a lot burlier. Regardless, I think if you're a fan of yaoi, slash fiction, or gay romance and erotica, there's a good chance you may enjoy this, if not love it. I'm fairly certain our interests intersect. ;-)
*A Note On The Tell-All Digital Book Reward ($30)
Not only will it contain the things mentioned in the description, but also have a personal journal covering the highlights of this Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarting a project is a fascinating process--and running one for a gay dating sim...well, it's pretty amazing. Might be helpful or illuminating (or just plain entertaining) if you're a Kickstarter geek or you're interested in running a campaign yourself.
*A Note On The Brofinder Reward ($40/$80)
Contributors at the 40 dollar tier will get their first name and a headshot in-game, as depicted on the left. This will be shown in-game if you decide to browse the app.
Contributors at the 80 dollar tier will get their photo and a full profile (as shown on the right.) This will be shown in-game if you decide to browse the app.
(You can use a real photo or cartoon or pretty much anything for your headshot or profile picture, as long as its not somebody else's copyrighted material. Names and profiles can also be totally fictional. Have fun with it! It's just a fun, cool thing you and anybody who ever plays this will be able to see in-game.)
Note: And as mentioned in the video, you cannot contact yourself and try to hook up with yourself in the game! (I know, I know...wouldn't it be great though? Maybe this should be a high-tier reward? Hmm.) - edit: now it is!
* NEW TOP-TIER REWARD! Brofinder Hookup ($1500)
Are you super-rich and bored? You can get set up a one-time unforgettable date with the main character and well...yourself if you choose. (Or if you desire, set him up instead with the man of your dreams.) You can even suggest the type of date to me. See the bottom-most reward to the right.
Note: it's up to you if you want the date to be featured in the add-on to all backers or not. If you'd just like a personal copy for yourself, and wish to share it with your close friends, that's totally up to you.
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Boy Howdy Podcast (at hour 3:21:14 of episode 63)
I hope you love these characters as much as I do and want to see them live on. If you decide to back my project, thank you from the depths of my heart! If you want to help but can't provide funding, you can definitely make a difference by publicizing this Kickstarter to your friends and other places on the internet! Thanks for your support!
P.S. If this Kickstarter starts approaching its target, I'll be announcing awesome stretch goals.
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Risks and challenges
One problem I might have is getting enough funds for all the artwork I'd like done, especially if artwork isn't quite "right" for the scene or the scene needs to be rewritten for numerous reasons. When it comes right down to it though, I'll draw it myself (I did all the character art in the game), though it might ultimately take me longer to do than a seasoned artist.
Another problem I might have is losing one of my team. Though this would be difficult, I was able to make the earlier version of this demo on my own (though it was very unpolished.) Thankfully the engine is open source and enough people seem interested enough in the project to want to sign on.
In conclusion, I think everybody who has followed me since the beginning knows exactly how much passion and commitment I have for this game.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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