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Scavenge. Build. Fight. Survive. Introducing ROAM, an online co-op action game set in a procedurally generated world.
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3,526 backers pledged $102,518 to help bring this project to life.

Video update #3 - Brief overview of the NPC system

--STRETCH GOAL UPDATE --

I'm posting this just as we hit $70k!! Awesome!

We are extremely happy with the results for the campaign so far and we still have 2 weeks left! After careful review of the future business and development plan for ROAM, we decided we do not need a $85K stretch goal. Everything we want to add is going to be in the game! Keep in mind the game is already extremely feature packed and any money after this $70k stretch will go towards improving and enhancing the current features. This is really exciting and we can't wait to see what the future holds for ROAM.

The stretch goal change will not affect updates. We will continue to release updates until the campaign ends.

As a thanks from us for the AWESOME support everyone has shown -  All keys obtained through Kickstarter and PayPal will automatically receive in-game flair to show you supported ROAM in its earliest stages of development! We haven't decided what it is yet, but we will make sure you all stand out from the rest!

Video update #3 - Brief overview of the NPC system

Introducing a new narrator for this video, ROAM forum mod Sarah (ariasarah). This video update briefly covers the NPC system and how you can expect your encounters with them to play out in ROAM.

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    1. Creator ThomasN on February 11, 2013

      Man, I'd love Sarah to say "self destruct sequence initiated" :-)

    2. Creator Kyle John Wheeler-Adams on February 11, 2013

      This game is looking better and better every time I see it.

      I am sooooo looking forward to it coming to Steam. I've made my pledge to get my copy and as soon as it hits Steam I am installing and playing the hell out of it....

      The goals are keeping getting stretched but so far so good. It has made it way past the 40K needed so we all know the game is going to be made. Well done.

      Hurry up and roll a beta out to Steam and let me know when it goes to Greenlight :D

    3. Creator Steven Scibetta on February 11, 2013

      Morale*

      Regardless, this looks very promising! I'm impressed that you all aren't giving in to the gimmicky "super stretch goal" style of earning money; I'm really impressed and I'm certain that this will make the final version of the game infinitely better.

    4. Creator Manny on February 11, 2013

      The announcement to NOT do an 85k stretch goal is STONE COLD AWESOME.

      It demonstrates incredible maturity to resist the urge to keep selling promises and just focus on what is necessary - I hope this is a sign that Kickstarter is finally growing up! Thank you so much Ryan & Co. for respecting your backers and not going for the money-grab option.

      Keep up the good work, can't wait to see the first playable alpha/beta!

    5. Creator Jack T. on February 11, 2013

      +1 for an NPC with Sarah's look and voice!!!! This voice is amazing! :)

    6. Creator ROAM on February 11, 2013

      Your wish is my command. From now on only Sarah is going to talk to you all.

    7. Creator Ryan Burke on February 11, 2013

      Question, since exhaustion is a factor in survival, will there bed set ups so our npcs, and also ourselves, can gain sleep. You show a day night cycle, and bar mentioned stamina being a game factor, so I am just curious.

    8. Creator Goatee on February 11, 2013

      lol im with the others on the voice. :)

      Excited for the upcoming vids!

    9. Creator Damian Charles on February 11, 2013

      "Sarah"? I think you mean Microsoft Mary.

    10. Creator Matt Smith on February 11, 2013

      If you get Sarah to do ALL your futures videos ill back you by another $25 her voice is mesmerizing.

    11. Creator Conor Pollom on February 10, 2013

      In game flair! Sweet ass sweet. I'm hoping it's a pair of aviators so everyone knows that even though we are fighting for our lives against the living dead we still have time to look cool. Yeah or some mix of chainsaw and sword. I'm good either way.

    12. Creator ROAM on February 10, 2013

      i did it again...MORALE MORALE MORALE

    13. Creator ROAM on February 10, 2013

      @Robert- The NPC "hero vs outlaw" dynamic is entirely up to you and your teammates. Recruiting differently aligned NPCs and housing them in the same area will reduce their moral among other things.

      NPCs will have different stats and will consume resources depending on their needs. The easiest way to visualize these stats that we have thought of is through UI elements that pop up on mouseover as well as the communication example you mentioned - "I needs food!"

      NPC management will ultimately come down to being aware of your resources. Bringing too many into your camp will have a negative effect on everyone in the party and is up to the players to choose who stays and who goes. Some NPCs may be okay with your decision to let them go, others may not!

    14. Creator Sidney on February 10, 2013

      @awakeneddragon If you want her number, ask it simply

    15. Creator InGame on February 10, 2013

      Sarah needs to be the tutorial voice if one is implemented in-game. If you give the menus a voice, recruit her to that task as well.

    16. Creator ROAM on February 10, 2013

      supposed.........Sorry for my fat fingers

    17. Creator ROAM on February 10, 2013

      Guys guys guys, its suppose to say morale, I suck

    18. Creator Robert Moore on February 10, 2013

      I'm also curious about implementation of this system with the co-op group dynamic. If I'm a Hero & my friend is an Outlaw, do we have a group alignment system that neutralizes us? Or do we each recruit NPCs separately? Do we manage NPCs as a group or separately?

      I tend to agree with those below: it does seem like NPCs should be more likely to join you (especially if they're in bad shape), but Outlaws much more likely to mutiny against you as a Hero and, likewise, Heroes against your Outlaw.

      I don't like the idea of automated turrets. Fixed defensive positions (like a machine gun nest) that you or an NPC could go to would be fine, but I wouldn't like seeing manufacturing turn into a tower defense of building unmanned MG towers that fire at any enemy within range.

      But, I do totally agree with Max that NPCs having multiple stats (which seemed to be implied by the video) would be great. Not sure if I would rather we were able to access it as a character sheet to see these stats or have them just talk to us periodically to say, "Hey, we're low on food." or whatever.

    19. Creator Robb Boswell (deleted) on February 10, 2013

      oh.. and cool update too.. thanks! :-)

    20. Creator Robb Boswell (deleted) on February 10, 2013

      I have to see a picture of that voice... :D

    21. Creator Greg Chierchia on February 10, 2013

      Quick question....will there be different flair for each donation level?

    22. Creator Adam Sjöborg on February 10, 2013

      I know that voice...hmmm... oh shit, THE CAKE IS A LIE!

    23. Creator Gareth Evans on February 10, 2013

      Expanding on Max's idea, I think it would be a good idea that the NPCs follow the party as a whole rather than individual, because the dynamic could change if one member of the group is an outlaw and the rest are heroes and then the NPC would react differently if the outlaw is talking to them. And if the outlaw went out on a mission the NPC might be reluctant to follow him/her in case things go south and the outlaw would leave the NPC behind or something like that.

    24. Creator David "DaveAzoicer" Linder on February 10, 2013

      @Nick - According to the video you can.
      @ROAM - Thanks! Looking forward to testing this!

    25. Creator Max Aller on February 10, 2013

      Some other thoughts.
      I'd be a little surprised if in a real-life survival situation people wouldn't team up because they didn't "like" each other; it seems like either they'd try first and then split, and/or whatever incentive that person needed to stay with the party would be significantly higher.
      I wonder what the maximum party size is. Should be fairly small. Maybe 5?
      Since this is a co-op game, will NPCs you've teamed up with be available to everyone? Or will it be like "this is my 4 NPCs, and that's your 4 NPCs"?
      When sending NPCs off on missions (which is awesome btw), it'd be great if you could send them in groups, e.g. two combat units and a healing unit, to increase survival odds.
      I forget if I saw this, but automated defense systems would be neat. Having NPCs to help you /and/ turrets and whatnot might be overkill, though -- maybe just stationary guns that NPCs could man? Automated from a player perspective :)
      Lastly, I'd love to see some attributes other than HP, especially for NPCs, like Hunger, Fear, and Loneliness, so long as it doesn't get micromanage-y. (Anyone here played The Movies and get to higher levels? oy, stupid actors) But there should be ramifications for some units if you leave them at your camp alone for days.

    26. Creator IronSpike on February 10, 2013

      I think managing to avoid the temptation of "feature creep" Is a wise move! And the NPC implementation looks completely spot-on.

    27. Creator Ray Reloj on February 10, 2013

      I got some ideas for the NPC Extra requirement- like-

      1. Always have (x) amount of med kits/ twinkies readily available (decrease moral standing/ morale?) or

      2. How about chat with an intellectual npc and gives you trivia/logic question or 'shudders' math problems, and you have answer at least 3/5 correctly (or decrease in moral/ morale each given every other day, maybe

      3. A grunt-ish type npc demands a steady supply of shotgun ammo or they defect?

      4. or maybe just something silly like "get me some Archie comics every (x) time span for me to read, or i go mutiny on you."

      -Though all this might make it more appealing to just to go solo, les you have your buddies in co-op, too many cooks and all that, just do what ya gots to do ;) -- just my 2¢

      Anyways, a big 'Kudos' on what looks to be an outstanding crowdfunding guys!

    28. Creator Max Aller on February 10, 2013

      This does look pretty sweet :) Looking forward to having a small NPC army to do my bidding.

      BTW, it's actually *morale that you're speaking of, not "moral".

    29. Creator Kyle on February 10, 2013

      NPC interactions is looking good. Will NPCs vary in their capacities? For instance will some NPCs be better and scavenging and some more likely to get eaten by zombies when sent out to scavenge supplies?

      Also, while managing your NPC's moral behavior would be interesting, I think what you are getting at in the video is managing your NPCs Morale.

    30. Creator Nick Kleyner on February 10, 2013

      Will you be able to use your NPCs as bait and distraction?

    31. Creator Cody Heim on February 10, 2013

      Thanks for another informational video! When you try to recruit NPCs, is it strictly based on the outlaw vs renegade system or are there other factors. And if you fail at first, are you able to try again later?

      Also, will NPCs "grow" over time, getting better or worse at their jobs?

    32. Creator ROAM on February 10, 2013

      @David - NPCs will have their moral affected by the number of NPCs in an area. Meaning if you have a lot of NPCs in a small area they will become upset. The way a player can manage this is by spacing out the "shelter" structures. A really simple structure that could count as "shelter" is a tent.

    33. Creator Jamie Forkner on February 10, 2013

      Really excited to see this game take shape. Thanks for the update :)

    34. Creator David "DaveAzoicer" Linder on February 10, 2013

      Awesome!
      So, can you build houses in your base? Or does the base itself count as shelter?

    35. Creator ROAM on February 10, 2013

      @Josh - This is the last of the "informative" videos. We plan to cover some game play mechanics with in-game footage in the next video update

      @Michael - Blame Canada, she's Canadian!

    36. Creator Kordanor on February 10, 2013

      What a weird pronounciation on the end of each sentence. Not meant as an offense, it's just extremely conspicuous.

      Grats on reaching 70k! :)

    37. Creator Joshua Johnson on February 10, 2013

      Thanks for the update, would love to see some gameplay vids in the future showing what combat with some NPC's would look like.

      Also, aside from defensive structures (walls, towers, barricades etc) is there anything else you can build in your base? like beds, kitchens etc? or are bases supposed to be purely defensive?