About this project
Thank you all so much! You have all been so incredible in your support and have truly made this project possible!
While we are funded, the Kickstarter will continue and there's many more stretch goals to unlock along the way! Check it out:
(The later stretch goals will be revealed as the earlier goals are unlocked!)
We are looking to create an adult visual novel based on the webcomic Starfighter. Visual novels are interactive games in which the player can choose different outcomes to a narrative, sort of like a visual choose-your-own-adventure, but this time, with all the romance, drama, and sci-fi action of the Starfighter universe! You’ll be able to interact with familiar characters (and some new ones, too!), but don’t worry if you’re not caught up on the comic -- this visual novel will be made for both long-time followers and newcomers!
STARFIGHTER ECLIPSE, oh yes, let’s do this.
Maybe you’ve heard of visual novels! I had heard about them online -- mostly about how they were awesome, had sexy art, but were either not available in English or required me to jump through some technical hoops to get working on my computer. They seemed out of my reach for a long while, BUT EVEN SO, I still always wanted to play one!
When I finally got to try a few of them out, I realized visual novels have the whole package: music, art, narrative, and ROMANCE OF YOUR CHOICE (this is kind of the ultimate for me and all I desire in this world). I have longed to make one for a while and now, with Date Nighto’s awesome VNengine, I finally have the chance: what I need is your help!
Here’s what I want to do: make the game easy to pick up and play. You won’t have to be a gamer to know how to navigate (heh) the visual novel and you won’t need any high-tech system requirements: you can play right in your browser on datenighto.com.
I would also like to make the visual novel accessible to both long-time followers of the comic and those who are just being introduced to the world! I want to include something for everyone; nods to the fans and a nice welcome to new players.
And of course, I’m aiming to bring all the personal immersion and interaction of the visual novel format to you combined with the graphic style, drama, and romance of Starfighter!
(To give you an idea of how the visual novel will look - you can play a demo of what I'm envisioning for the visual novel here! This will only work in modern browsers like Chrome or IE11.)
The basics of the game will be as follows: you start out as a Fighter (yes, a brand new one) who joins a crew for a dangerous reconnaissance mission. You are introduced to the world and your new Navigator. The regular cast of Starfighter characters will appear, although this story won’t specifically be set in webcomic timeline (think of it more as a side mission of the current series). There will be lots of character development and new, exclusive art.
We hope to have the game done in early Spring of 2015. I know that seems like a long time, but there’s a ton of hard work that will go into the game and we want to make it really special for you! (Plus, you’ll always have the weekly Starfighter pages to keep you company!)
Starfighter is a webcomic (you can read it here, NSFW) that focuses on character interaction, drama, sci-fi action, and sexual tension: it contains adult material! (And should only be viewed by adults!) It has been in creation since ‘08 and is known for it’s definitive art style, main characters, and explicit content (SO I HEAR!) This is the world the visual novel will be based on, though as I’ve said, having read the comic won’t be a requirement!
Even though Starfighter is very much an amalgamation of my interests and a nod to genres that have influenced me, I have always strived to put my own personal voice into the work, and I intend to carry on this tradition in the Starfighter visual novel. I hope to make a story that’s refreshing, intense, and most of all, unique.
It’s my dream to use the Starfighter visual novel to expand on the Starfighter universe and bring it to you! I am very excited to work on this project -- LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN TOGETHER!
STARFIGHTER KICKSTARTER TREATS
First of all, you get my love and unwavering loyalty, WHICH IS PRICELESS, REALLY. But I also have a bunch of awesome treats for everyone who supports the Kickstarter!
The visual novel is included in all tiers, of course! But in addition to the game, there’s a lot of sweet new exclusive merchandise that you can only get during the Kickstarter. I am really excited about these new additions and hope you’ll like them, too!
As always, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Tier 1: $15.00 Access to the Starfighter visual novel game - what this is all about!
Tier 2: $25.00 Access to the game plus a heartfelt thank you on the website! In addition, a KS backer badge for your Date Nighto profile!
Tier 3: $40.00 You get beta access! (This means you’ll get access to the game as it’s nearing completion) With the beta access, of course you get a beta badge on the Date Night profile (in addition to the Kickstarter badge), access to the game, and a thank you in the credits and on the website!
Tier 4: $60.00 You’ll get Starfighter: Chapter 3 with a Kickstarter exclusive foil cover -- this is a version of Chapter 3 only available through the Kickstarter -- plus the Starfighter visual novel digital art book, official soundtrack, and beta access! Plus, a thank you in the credits and on the website! ***The Chapter 3 with a Kickstarter exclusive foil cover is only available to backers and will be released at approximately the same time as the regular version of Chapter 3 through the Starfighter online shop! You don’t have to back the Kickstarter to get Chapter 3!***
Tier 5: $90.00 (I love this one- because it has a t-shirt and I love t-shirts) So of course, you get the exclusive Kickstarter shirt (which is practically like me hugging you), an exclusive Kickstarter print, the special Chapter 3 with Kickstarter exclusive foil cover, the digital art book, soundtrack, beta access, and Date Nighto profile badges! Plus, a thank you in the credits and on the website! Whew!
Tier 6: $150.00 Starfighter Eclipse Complete Pack: All three Starfighter books with the special Kickstarter exclusive foil covers, the exclusive Kickstarter shirt, an exclusive Kickstarter print, the digital art book, soundtrack, beta access, and Date Nighto profile badges! Plus, a thank you in the credits and on the website!
Tier 7: $250.00 HERE IS THE BEST PART: You get an invitation to the launch party in NYC! Come hang out with me, Date Nighto, and the creative team! IT WILL BE AMAZING! (Invite only, travel and accommodations not included) You’ll also get special thanks in the game credits, plus all the rewards from the Starfighter Eclipse Complete Pack!
Tier 8: $500.00 Your name will appear somewhere in the game! Of course, this comes with the special invitation to the launch party in NYC, special thanks in the game credits, and ALL the rewards from the Starfighter Eclipse Complete Pack!
Tier 9: $1,000.00 Commission time! This is kind of rare for me since I don’t normally take commissions -- so if you have ever wanted a personal drawing PLUS a ton of treats and to help support the game, PLUS my sincere gratitude and thanks, this is for you! I’ll be doing single character commissions of a Starfighter character of your choosing! In addition to the launch party invitation, special thanks in the game credits, and ALL the rewards from the Starfighter Eclipse Complete Pack!
Tier 10: $2,500.00 Name a character! That’s right -- ever wanted a Fighter or Navigator to be given the name of your choosing? This is your chance! PLUS THE COMMISSION! In addition to the launch party invitation (Oh my gosh, let me buy you a drink), special thanks in the game credits, and ALL the rewards from the Starfighter Eclipse Complete Pack! Also, wow.
Tier 11: $5,000.00 You can help design a Starfighter Fighter and Navigator that appear in the game: oh yes, this is real. They’ll actually appear in the game! Everyone will see them. WHO WILL KNOW? What will their task names be?! (The designs will have to fall within certain aesthetic guidelines of the comic, like they have to be human, etc!) PLUS the commission! In addition to the launch party invitation, special thanks in the game credits, and ALL the rewards from the Starfighter Eclipse Complete Pack!
Tier 12: $9,500.00 COMMANDER TIER. You will have an executive producer credit in the game! PLUS the commission! In addition to the launch party invitation, special thanks in the game credits, and ALL the rewards from the Starfighter Eclipse Complete Pack! Also, oh wow, this is amazing.
I’m the creator of Starfighter, HamletMachine, (hello!) and I’ll be doing all the lead artwork, story overview, and art directing.
Date Nighto will be heading up the engineering effort. Made up of Conrad Kreyling and Lindsay Woods, they'll be responsible for shipping the game on datenighto.com, and implementing it in their own, exclusive htmlVN, a visual novel engine that works right in your web browser.
Stella Morgan is super talented and will be doing the writing for the game - I'm a huge fan of her work!
Onorobo is a fantastic artist and a good friend of mine, she’ll be working on art assets.
Emily Elizabeth, who was a part of the Starfighter album, will be working on the music with us!
(Audio in the video thanks to Emily's track, "Gravitation" which you can listen to in full here, and to Rym, who did an awesome job recording the voice over!)
This Kickstarter is assisted by Breadpig: a sidekick-for-hire, offering a variety if handholding services to creators who want to self-publish, make something nice, or take a risk on something crazy. They've helped out with projects like: Bee and PuppyCat, To Be Or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure, Atomic Robo, and multiple Sunday Morning Breakfast Cereal endeavors.
Risks and challenges
Creating a visual novel is a BIG project and there can always be delays - either we make a mistake with a scene and need different artwork or need to rework the user interface - whichever it is, we hope to go into this as prepared as possible to avoid such instances, but I understand they are not always predictable.
Thankfully, the game will be a digital product, so it will be much easier to deliver (as you can play it in your browser!) but delays and technical difficulties are the biggest risks and challenges we face at the moment.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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