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Dwindle - A Psychological Survival Video Game

What is survival worth if you can't live with what you've done? What are you willing to sacrifice to survive the mine?

Dwindle - A Psychological Survival Video Game

What is survival worth if you can't live with what you've done? What are you willing to sacrifice to survive the mine?

$11,934
pledged of $35,000pledged of $35,000 goal
161
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, July 10 2016 6:02 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 10, 2016

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Dwindle is a psychological survival game set in an old 1902 American mine. A collapse has just occurred, trapping you and your crew of 23 other miners underground with limited food and supplies! You play as Bud Rook, the foreman of the mine. Your task is to guide your mining crew through the dangers and horrors of being trapped in a mine, and get them to safety. You’ll face external threats like additional collapses, poisonous gas, injuries, the darkness of the mine, and more in addition to the internal threats of ever increasing stress and psychological conditions that will drive you and your miners to the brink! Through extensive and dynamic dialogue trees that change based on the situation of the mine and miner, you will be able to learn about the history of the mine, and get to know your fellow miners as relatable people that you will want to save and hate to lose. You can speak to miners to lower (or increase) stress, and each miner will have their own personality traits and quirks that can be uncovered through dialogue, and these traits and quirks will have to be taken into consideration when designating miners to tasks throughout the mine, as they will determine how effective each miner will perform each task. Your morality and strategies will be tested in the depths of these mines as the stress rises and the supplies begin to dwindle.


  • Lead your miners to either safety or despair: As the foreman, you must lead the diverse cast of 24 unique and relatable miners through this disaster.
  • A memorable cast: Every miner has deep and impactful dialogue and their own personality and characteristics that will determine how they react in different situations.
  • Dynamic Dialogue System: A true intertwining of gameplay and dialogue! The situation in the mines and a miner's status will determine how they react in dialogue, and your actions in dialogue will help determine their status in the game!
  • Thousands of Lines of Dialogue: Thousands of lines of dialogue in total ensures that no matter what path you take will always have rich and impacting dialogue.
  • A tension rich atmosphere: Injuries, disease, lost miners, mine collapses, ever increasing stress, and more will hound you and your large group of miners. Can you get everyone out alive?
  • Never the same story twice: Dynamically generated 3D mines and a unique AI system that changes based on player actions and world events means that no mine will have the same story.
  • Moral dilemmas: What are you willing to do to ensure the survival of you and/or the group?

 

As Bud Rook, the foreman of the mine, you will be primarily ordering your miners around the mine, in an attempt to locate food, supplies, additional tools, and possibly even an undiscovered exit to the mine. In addition, you will also have to speak with your fellow miners to get to know them, gain usable information about them, and attempt to calm them down through extensive dialogue trees that react dynamically to the world around them. But be wary as the mines are a dangerous and terrifying place. Your miners will become exhausted, injured, and stressed as you send them out. Unprepared miners could become lost in the darkness of the mines, and may even die while performing tasks. It is up to you to lead your group, and when dire situations arise, it is up to you to make the difficult choices that will affect the miners physically and mentally.

Bud Rook can also perform any tasks in the mine himself. With the player manually controlling him, he can explore the mines, scavenge for supplies, and any other task the other miners can perform. However, this is not without its risks, as once the foreman dies or becomes trapped, the game is over. The rest of the miners will be simulated on whether or not they survive, but without a leader, the odds are slim.

 

 Every miner is different.  Each character is uniquely designed to provide the most memorable experience for the player.  You must learn the miners' quirks, personality, strengths, and weaknesses if you want them to survive.  Their lives are on the line, and every choice you make can either save or end their lives.

 

Dwindle's music theme is Blues and melodic guitars. The soundtrack will be composed by Andrew Day and Tyler Dressler. You can sample one of their works down below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Rewards and Fees: The Kickstarter fees and costs of the rewards (creation and shipping). This number is if all major, limited rewards are purchased. Any excess money will go into Feature Development, Art, and Sound.
  • Feature Development: The costs for the development of this game, including design and programming.
  • Marketing: small advertisements and keeping you entertained and in-the-loop throughout development.
  • Art: Creation of the art for Dwindle.
  • Sound: The creation of sound effects and the soundtrack.

We are a group of 14 dedicated gamers and game developers. We are led by Jason Marquez (who has already successfully created and sold a server hosting business) and using art and animation by Dan Taylor (Animator for the Freedom Planet 2 trailer). Brought together by our love of game development and our work in the UCCS Game Design and Development program, all of us have developed multiple week long and semester long projects. We have come together and formed this studio as we feel that we now have the experience and knowledge necessary to develop full commercial games.

 

As a way to keep you informed and to get your input on our game, we will be having Livestreams every week which we will show our game design discussions, developers' work, and lounge discussions. We want our game to be the best it can be and we will want your input so we can go above and beyond for our supporters.

 

We have already been working on this game for the past 5 months and most of the systems are already in place. Unfortunately, in order to not just continue work on this game over the summer, but fully dedicate ourselves to this project, we will require the funding to support us. This money will allow us to work on Dwindle full time for the rest of the summer and release not just a final product eventually, but a quality and polished product by the end of September.

Risks and challenges

Game design is a difficult, iterative, and lengthy process and this is our first major commercial release. We have all created many different video game projects in the past of varying lengths and difficulties, but commercial release is still a major step, though we are confident that we can make this.

Of course, being a game design project still in progress, it is always possible that changes in design, release dates, and features will occur. Rest assured, we will ensure that you are informed for every change that occurs and milestone we meet.

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