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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 8 2019
€394
pledged of €30,000pledged of €30,000 goal
30
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 8 2019

About

Following the release of „Curse of the Old Gods“ in 2017 people have been asking if I'm going to make a sequel. With your support we will and you can be the first to play Rick Moreton's brand new adventure! 

„The Jester and the Madman“ continues the story of „Curse of the Old Gods“ an old school point and click adventure. After chasing a crazed museum curator around the world, the FBI agent Rick Moreton finds himself locked up in a cell with no memory. It's up to you to find out who put him there and what really happened with the portal at the Kongo Mesa.
 

The game will feature a self-contained story, classic inventory puzzles without dead-ends or deaths and also include an updated art-style with more harmonic colors while staying true to the original. 

Following in the footsteps of many great adventure games from the 80s TJATM will offer logical inventory puzzles and an engrossing storyline . It will continue the design philosophy of its predecessor:  

  • Puzzles that make sense from the view of the protagonist. 
  • No dead-ends 
  • Time-limited puzzles instead of final death. Failure will automatically set you back a few seconds so you can try again. 
  • Acknowledging good approaches that might not be the correct solution to a puzzle. 
  • Special logic puzzles to loosen up the gameplay. 
  • Puzzle-box narrative to keep you hooked with open questions. 
  • Dramatic events to underline suspense.  

The game is depicted from an outside director-view and features a hot-spot system to find interactable objects quick and easy. It will use an improved version of its predecessor's engine with additional functionality like multiple save-games and better image quality. 

The story will take place over a multitude of locations all around the world and feature a second playable character. Without going too much into spoiler-territory: it will still be heavily inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and feature otherworldly entities and secret societies practicing the occult. There will be two different endings to the story adding replayability. A third secret ending, involving some extra challenging puzzle-solving, might be added when we hit our first stretch-goal. 

When we hit this campaign's basic funding goal we will release the game for Windows and Linux on Steam. When you've pledged the "Can't wait!" tier or higher you will get access to a DRM-free copy on itch.io.

Spoiler Warning: If you want to experience the prequel's story first hand we have the following options for you:  

Now that's out of the way: Here's a short summary of what happened in „Curse of the Old Gods“:

The FBI agent Rick Moreton was working on a case involving a freighter carrying pieces for an Africa exhibition, that came back with the whole crew missing. When the watchman of the museum, that would host said exhibition, was found dead, he was ordered to investigate the case informally. 

After two cloaked figures broke into the museum Moreton discovered that Prof. Clayton, who was working on the Africa exhibition, had disappeared with one of the artifacts. Through a series of staggering events, the pursuit lead him to the Kongo Mesa. There, Clayton tried to summon a being from another dimension but Moreton was able to close the portal at the last minute and prevent the end of the world. 

The stolen artifact was recovered by Chief Officer Sanders from Homeland Security and Moreton was going to return to the United States. At least, so he thought... 


We are a team of 5 experienced game developers with a long track-record of successfully released titles on PC and mobile. We've been working in the industry for more than 50 years total in several gaming studios – big and small. With everyone over the age of 30, we have first-hand experience of retro gaming and old school adventures. We are 100% self-funded, without any investors. 

The game will be written and designed by me - Tim Rachor – the creator of the prequel „Curse of the Old Gods“. The rest of the team will support the development and business side of the project.   

The first game was a real passion project for me, sparked by a Pen&Paper session. We met with the same group last summer and continued playing, which really inspired me to write a story for a sequel. It soon dawned to me that this game will be a lot more effort so I pitched the project to my colleagues and we decided to start a Kickstarter.
 

Thanks for your support, together we can do this! 


Press-Kit available at: https://kickstarter.evilgrog.com

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From a technical standpoint, the game will be very similar to its predecessor, so we don't expect major problems in this regard. We have created a prototype to verify the inner workings and showcase the new art-style in the game. You can see the prototype in the screenshots and clips of the campaign.
The story is roughly laid out, but the exact locations and characters haven't been defined yet. This allows for a certain range of freedom, which is beneficial when designing the puzzles to fit the story, but the uncertainty comes with the risk of a longer development phase.
Finding the right shots for the locations might also pose a challenge to realize the vision of how the game should look like in the end. We are planning with some extra time to get the shots right, if any difficulties come up.
We might face issues if a team member should become sick or become unable to work for any other reason. This could cause delays or the need to find a replacement.

In the end, if anything goes wrong: we will always communicate any problems or changes asap and be transparent with the development process from start to finish.

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