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A game about moral dilemmas, hardships and the end of democracy. Will you sacrifice your principles in order to survive?
A game about moral dilemmas, hardships and the end of democracy. Will you sacrifice your principles in order to survive?
A game about moral dilemmas, hardships and the end of democracy. Will you sacrifice your principles in order to survive?
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The Man Came Around - A Thought-Provoking Survival Adventure

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Committed and unforgiving, The Man Came Around is a survival game filled with though choices in a time of crisis. A political fable about exile, hardships and the collapse of democracy.   

Occida, one of the most powerful nation of the world, is shaken by mass protests met by brutal repression. As the fight between The Many -an activist organisation- and the government intensifies, the country is rapidly falling into dictatorship.

Play five citizens trying to leave this mess.

Your only hope is to cross the Northern Border, a heavily guarded fence lost in the middle of the mountains. 

You’ll face grave dangers during your trip, between the deadly elements and the corrupt cops. Manage your scarce resources, take tough decisions and make the best of your group abilities to escape this lethal maze. 

But remember: sometimes staying alive is not the same as doing the right thing… Will you sacrifice your principles in order to survive? 

Features :

 
  • Political fable: The story explores how a democratic system can fall, ruined by special interests. And asks the crucial question: How could it happen?
  • Moral Choices: Sacrificing a member, making shady deals or letting innocents die in order to survive ... Those choices will impact the story.
  • Group Survival: Permadeath for the characters! It’s up to you to finish the game with five or only one survivor.
  • Trauma System: Stress and guilt will impact your characters’ psyche.
  • Interactive Narration: Let your choices change the story. Replay to discover all possibilities.
  • Lost in a Maze: Explore a labyrinthine world full of secrets.

  • Unique Graphic Style: 2D handcrafted speed painting.

The game will be available on PC and Mac. Website - Facebook - Twitter

 

 

    

 

 

 

 


  • Exploration  

Located in the harshest mountain range of the country, the Northern Border is full of dangers, natural or man-made. Accidents, wild beasts and governmental agencies will stand in your way.

The downfall of Occida, the mysterious organisation known as "The Many", the shady dealings at the border...

Discover all those hidden truths and dark secrets as you search the best way to reach the border. 

Or should I say the best ways. Because some paths are clearly not for everyone...  

 
  • Don’t play one character but five!

Each has its own reason to flee the country, moral compass and abilities. They’ll be great in some fields, and suck in others. 

In a classic survival way, you’ll have to manage their stamina, warmth and health with the equipment you’ll find. 

  • They can die at anytime.

Buried in avalanche, frozen by the wind, or beaten to death by the special forces. It’s up to you to finish the game with the whole group alive, or just a sole survivor. 

  • Risks 

There are usually two ways to deal with the various obstacles on your path. Take the risk as a group and hope for the best or endager only one of your member. 

Will you sneak behind the guards as a group or send someone to get their attention -and a possible bullet in the chest- first? 

But wounded characters will slow you down and you probably won’t have enough food at some point... Will you try to save everyone or leave the weak behind? 

  • Moral choices 

Managing a group sure is hard, but you’re not the center of the world. Meet various characters and face some intense moral dilemmas! 

Will you sacrifice a member to save the group? Make deals with crooked individuals? Steal ? Hurt people? Or just do nothing when facing evil?

  • Trauma 

Intense stress and guilt will impact your heroes. 

No one knows how they will react when pushed to the edge. Bursts of anger, depressions or betrayals: everything is possible. Try to keep them alive and sane...

  • Replay value

Depending on the choices you make, some situations will or will not happen further in the game. Play it several times to discover them.

Plus, an additional Story + mode will make the adventure even more unpredictable. 

 

 

My name is Thierry and I’m an independent gamedev from Brussels, Belgium.   

After my studies in Corporate Communications -Yes, I know. Please don’t judge me- I decided to follow my dreams and start creating games. I learned to program and to draw -or at least I pretend I have- and started working full time on The Man Came Around.  

So, instead of telling you to buy useless stuff, I’m telling you to buy entertaining stuff made by my tiny hands. Hooray!  

I’m also an incorrigible leftist.

One year and a half ago, as I started working on this game - a simple plane crash story then called To the Sky- I asked myself what I could to do to make the world a better place. 

I decided to use my games to relay progressive values and express some of my frustrations about the system. 

Don't get me wrong, I like explosions and stuff in games, but more variety cannot be a bad thing. All movies are not action movies, are they ? And if a game talking about politics and social issues can impact only one person positively, it’s definitely worth a shot. 

Since I made that decision, a lot of things happened. 2015 and 2016 were pretty f****d up.  Scandals, protests, bombings - sometimes close to home -, elections… Some made the game looks more like a documentary than a dystopian fiction.

So Pipette Inc., my studio, will only produce games containing a meaningful critique of society.  It’s not just about The Man Came Around, but the entire studio’s philosophy. So here's my whislist for our poor world and the values that Pipette Inc will defend and promote : 

  • Let’s stop discriminating people based on their race, gender or sexuality. And I’m a cis white male, so to all my counterparts around the world : stop being douchebags.

  • Society should work for all of us, not just a greedy minority. Life is not about productivity and money. You also need to have the time to play games.

  • I don’t want polar bears to die. Oh, and no climate wars, droughts, floods, massive pollution and the end of the world either. Climate change is real. Deal with it! 

  • We should always fight fascists. Insert a whiny « Aren’t you a fascist because you want to beat fascists, you fascist ? » comment here. Well, sorry alt-right nazis, but “We don’t like your kind here.” 


 

 

I've been working full time on The Man Came Around for a year and a half now. I learned a lot in the process, and I’m finally sure to have all the tools and abilities I need to finish the game. Which is why I dare bring this project to kickstarter.

As you know, an artist doesn’t live from just love and fresh water. We also need some dry bread, a cardboard house and a wifi connection. I’m currently financing the game with my savings and the support of my family, but I need a little help in order to make the game better and replenish my pasta stock. 

And since The Man Came Around criticizes a lot the political corruption and the neoliberal greed, chances I’ll get money from a bank or my right-winged government are … hem… pretty slim. 

So I prefer to ask progressives from around the world to back the project, if the idea of a studio producing entertaining and committed games appeals to them. Call me a crazy socialist, an anarchist or a fool, but that’s the way I roll! 

I’m asking for ten thousand euros. It’s a lot, and at the same time, it’s not. To be honest, making games cost a lot of money, especially if you want to pay talented people to work and eat pastas with you.

The developmental cost of the game is much higher than what I ask here. The budget of an independent game can vary a lot, but it varies between 50 and 100K. So, I’ll combine the Kickstarter money with my own savings to make it work.

The initial ten thousand will serve to pay :

  • The sound and music of the game 
  • My food and my rent (let’s be honest)  
  • Another starving 2D/3D artist to help me

Any stretch goals attained will help me make the game better and finish it faster. Mainly be hiring talented people to help me improve some parts of the game.

Here are some graphics to explain the whole thing. Everybody loves graphics! (Damn you, marketing :'( )

 

 

Some concepts and production processes from The Man Came Around. Thank you to Mary for her work on the HUD and some levels of the game, and to Noé for the concepts!

 

 

 

 

 Poster, Artbook and T Shirt etc.

I don't need to really explain those ones, so FEAST YOUR EYES ON THE MAGIC.

The Artbook, Poster and T Shirt. Also known as THE DREAM, people!
The Artbook, Poster and T Shirt. Also known as THE DREAM, people!

The Many's Manual for Revolution vol. I

A booklet wrote by the activist organization known as "The Many" to oppose their corrupt government and greedy corporations. The manual is filled with good advices to protest and challenge the oligarchy. And also with dank memes.

 

The Man Came Around Boardgame prototype

Play The Man Came Around with friends with this experimental and yet highly promising version of the boardgame. Playable from 3 to 6 players, TMCA the Boardgame is a semi-cooperative adventure where your group has find a way trough the murderous borders and face multiples dangers.

By taking all those decisions almost democratically.

Indeed, players can use card to influence votes, steal objects or just send someone else to a probable death...So, what will you do when the food runs scarce and Walt spent the whole game backstabing you?

Sometimes, you need to save your own ass. No hard feelings, Walt!

 

 

Tables of rewards

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

- Create a game

Creating a game alone is quite the hurdle. So, how can I be sure I’m gonna make it?

Well, first of all, I’m passionate and motivated. It sounds like a bad cover letter, but it’s true!

Second, I’m not truly alone. I have the chance of having great friends helping me on the project. And to be part of small-but-thriving belgian indie game scene, with a lot of great artists and coders always ready to share their knowledge

Third, I spent a lot of time on the pre-production phase to be ABSOLUTELY certain I would be able to finish the game. Now it’s just a question of time, and ability to live afterwards without being super-hyper-mega broke.

Don't hate monday folks, hate capitalism.

- Create a political game

Doing anything political is risky, especially in video games. The internet is vast and full of trolls. But I don’t really mind what alt-right nazis will think of me, so if you don’t like the project, too bad!

And If you do like it, then thank you. You’re an awesome human being. Keep up the good fight!

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    There Is Something Rotten In Occida

    GRATITUDE

    Thank you for your help! Every effort counts and it's great to know I'm not alone in this one! Let's work to make the world a better place!

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    But An Idea Catches Fire...

    THE GAME

    Get your tiny hands on the game. Well, not literally since it's a digital version, but you get the idea.

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    And Ignites Our Hearts

    THE GAME + BE IN THE CREDITS

    Not only will you get the game but you'll be in the credits as well! And one day, you'll be able to tell your friends "Yeah, I was there".

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    So We Won't Be Silent Anymore

    DIGITAL SOUNDTRACK + DIGITAL BOOKLET

    First, get the game's soundtrack in digital format.

    Second, obtain the digital booklet "The Many's Manual for Revolution Vol. I", a practical guide full of tips and techniques.
    Learn how to fight a fascist government and push a progressive agenda.

    Every protester and revolutionary in Occida got one!

    (Approximately $27)

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    We're Gonna Organize

    DIGITAL ARTBOOK + DIGITAL "Do it Yourself" BOARDGAME PROTOTYPE

    Go full digital with this set of rewards!

    Get the Artbook, filled with awesome drawings made with my fingers and explanations on how to draw a game when you suck at it.

    Also get the DIY Boardgame Prototype!

    Print it and play the TMCA Boardgame with 2 to 5 friends before anyone else!

    The boardgame is a semi-cooperative type of game, where you try to save your group AND stay alive. Sometimes the two won't be compatible...

    (Approximately $49)

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    • Be listed in the credits as a Hacker
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    We're Gonna Fight Back

    T SHIRT, STICKERS AND BADGES

    Be a super stylish revolutionary and fight the system with class with this awesome T-Shirt. Or wear it during protests to avoid bloodstains on your favorite one!

    (Approximately $81)

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    • Be Listed in the Credits as a Rioter
    • Digital Copy of the Game
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    And We Won't Be Pushed Around

    PRINTED ARTBOOK + PRINTED BOOKLET

    Knowledge is power!

    Get signed version of the Artbook and Booklet. You can use them to cultivate yourself or throw them at corrupt politicians. They unfortunately won't stop bullets, so be careful.

    (Approximately $108)

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    • Digital Copy of the Game
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    • Digital Soundtrack
    • Digital Artbook
    • Digital "Do It Yourself" version of the TMCA Boardgame Prototype
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    Cause We Are The Many

    COLLECTOR POSTER + BE AN INSIDER

    Get a beautiful HANDSIGNED A2 POSTER, limited edition! It's gonna be a special edition, backers only.

    Be A STUDIO INSIDER! Get the opportunity to test the game before anyone else, to have google hangouts with me, and be super close to the development of the game and the boardgame prototype.

    Also, help us put on a list of progressive organizations that will be listed in one of the game menu!

    (Approximately $161)

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    • Be Listed in the Credits as a The Many's Cell Member
    • Digital Copy of the Game
    • Digital Booklet "The Many's Manual for Revolution Vol.I"
    • Digital Soundtrack
    • Digital Artbook
    • Digital "Do It Yourself" version of the TMCA Boardgame Prototype
    • Stickers and Badges
    • "The Many" T-Shirt
    • Printed Artbook
    • Printed "The Many's Manual for Revolution Vol. I"
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    And They Are The Few

    PHYSICAL BOARDGAME PROTOTYPE

    Get the physical TMCA Boardgame Prototype!

    Play the TMCA Boardgame with 2 to 5 friends before anyone else!

    The boardgame is a semi-cooperative type of game, where you try to save your group AND stay alive. Sometimes the two won't be compatible...

    (Approximately $215)

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    • Digital Copy of the Game
    • Digital Booklet "The Many's Manual for Revolution Vol.I"
    • Digital Soundtrack
    • Digital Artbook
    • Stickers and Badges
    • "The Many" T-Shirt
    • Printed Artbook
    • Printed "The Many's Manual for Revolution Vol. I"
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    Writing On The Wall

    DESIGN A GRAFFITI + "And They Are The Few"

    Design or write a graffiti that will be present in the game, in a cinematic or on an in-game building! Be like Banksy, without the fame!

    Plus get all 200€ tier rewards!

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    Don't Forget Us

    WRITE YOUR OWN TEXT + "And They Are The Few"

    Write a text that will be present in the game. As a journal article, a letter or something else! A cooking recipe? Hmm. Yeah. Sure!

    Plus get all 200€ tier rewards!

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    Face of the Revolution

    YOUR FACE DRAWN IN THE GAME + "And They Are The Few"

    Be drawn in one of the cinematics of the game! Time to put your game face on!

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    Secret Area

    DESIGN A SECRET AREA + "And They Are The Few"

    Design a secret Area that will be present in the game. Be it a safe house, a secret cave or a hidden temple of the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

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    Be The Revolution

    BE A NON PLAYABLE CHARACTER + "And They Are The Few"

    A NPC will be based on you! Corrupt cop, occidan mobster, member of The Many or unfortunate exile, you'll have your place in one of the moral choices of the game!

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    1000

    UNIQUE POSTER + VISIT THE STUDIO + "And They Are The Few"

    Get a UNIQUE POSTER OF YOU I'll draw it print it, frame it and send it to you.

    Visit the studio and the belgian gaming scene with me!

    Plus get all 200€ tier rewards!

    (Approximately $1075)

    (You must be able to pay for travel and accommodations.)

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    Oh So You Think You're The Man ?

    CHOOSE THE DESIGN OF THE MAN + ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS

    Help me design The Man, the super douchebag Occida got as president.

    It can even be you, Or, more precisely, a douchebag version of you.

    Plus, you'll get all the rewards, limited ones included. ALL. OF. THEM.

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- (30 days)