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Nerd Brigade is a JRPG parody of comic book superheroes through the lens of awkward high school reality. Think of it as what would happen if Freaks and Geeks had been set in Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, run by the shadowy forces behind Clone High.

Nerd Brigade follows a small team of dubiously superpowered high school students over the course of a school-year. Disguised as a typical small town high school, Powerman Jr. Memorial High School is actually a secret government installation for training and controlling the next generation of superheroes. This is a place where your superpower is your social currency. Without obvious and flashy powers like super strength or the ability to fly, the main characters are social outcasts who form a superteam on the basis of shared interest and abilities in science and mathematics. Despite their intelligence, the members of Nerd Brigade still face failing grades due to their lackluster crime fighting skills. It is up to the player to leverage and improve each member’s unique powers as they progress through the school year, and the team uncovers an evil plan. A former super villain who has allegedly turned over a new leaf, Principal Overlord is secretly working with his PTA minions to turn the entire student body into his own private army of super villains. Only the Nerd Brigade can see what he’s up to, gradually catching on to the sinister plot while they stay after class. If the Nerd Brigade can use their powers to unite the school, they could save the world from evil, and even save themselves from failing finals.

On March 11, 2013, Spaceship Villain announced the launch of the Nerd Brigade demo. This early draft of the game features one full chapter from early in the storyline, and is meant to act as a proof of concept for the full game. You can download the demo now at http://www.spaceshipvillain.com/nerd-brigade/ and sample the gameplay in its initial state. It is fully playable, you'll see a wide variety of systems already in place and functioning: battles can be won or lost, experience gained, and your characters level up. Buying and selling items, extensive dialogue and conversation options, and a cutscene editor are all working right now. Undertaking a game of this scope is a daunting challenge for a small studio, and we're tremendously proud of this demo as a representation of we have completed already. 

But there's a lot left to be implemented. We want to make this a full game on par with some of the Super Nintendo greats, and that means adding a lot more content. We've invested the time and effort to build this demo to show you what we're capable of, but now we need you to invest in us. Bringing this project to completion will require an additional eight to ten months of development, which is the funding amount we are asking you for today. Just ten dollars is enough to secure a pre-order of Nerd Brigade, but we also have some great incentives to reward higher donation levels. Please take a look at our rewards and choose to support this project - Nerd Brigade means the world to us at Spaceship Villain, so please help give us the opportunity to complete it for you.

You can read the FAQ for more information or follow us on Facebook to get updates on Nerd Brigade as we continue along into development. And let us know what you think about the project - it's been so personal and private for so long that I would love to hear any feedback now that everything has been made public. I hope you all enjoy this world and its characters as much as we do, and enable us to continue telling their story.

Risks and challenges

The largest foreseeable problem is going to be in the method of distribution. Ideally we would love to be able to release and sell Nerd Brigade on Valve's Steam platform. We know that this is technologically possible, as our software is created in Unity 3D which features support for this outlet on both PC and Mac operating systems. The larger concern is getting our product approved through the channels Steam makes available for indie developers. Currently this is accomplished through Greenlight, and if everyone who funds this project also supports Nerd Brigade on Greenlight, we should be able to clear this hurdle successfully. But there is speculation the entire Greenlight system may be subject to change before our game reaches completion, and if that happens we are unable to predict what new system might take its place, or how that might affect our desired release via Steam.

We already have contingency plans in mind for this possibility, including alternate distribution services or even setting up our own storefront with Amazon Payments if necessary. Self-publishing has become a viable option for indie games through numerous different methods, so we remain confident that one way or another we will be able to deliver the final game to consumers.

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