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CA$ 1,680
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 3 2019 9:05 PM UTC +00:00.

Toby's Island

Farming, Monster Collecting, Village Sim RPG for PC

Toby's Island

Farming, Monster Collecting, Village Sim RPG for PC

CA$ 1,680
pledged of CA$ 12,000pledged of CA$ 12,000 goal
80
backers
12days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 3 2019 9:05 PM UTC +00:00.

About

-Gather, build and grow supplies.

-Repair and upgrade structures to increase their functionality and beauty scores.

-Attract new villagers to your town who add to the functionality of your town.

 -Villagers will come to your town because it meets their beauty scores.

-They will come to your town because you've helped them out in the wilderness.

-Sometimes they will come to your town because they hear it has good orange juice...

-Your starting creature can be any one of the above.  

-Three are gaurenteed chooseable.

-Want one of the others? You can gamble on a random egg or find them in the wild.

-Find Blueprints and build furniture

-Find rare furniture in the collection of traveling salesman that pass by in carriages

This is basically where I live.  This meter and a half wide motorized sit stand desk is where I do all of my development. (get a sit stand desk...if you are at a desk all day it will change your life.)

A little bit about myself:

I'm currently 30 years old.  I'm just as passionate about everything gaming today as I was when I was going into highschool.  I'm also really into digital art and music.  I've worked as a free lance graphics artist for business logos, websites, and other peoples games.

I was a dedicated musican for many years, I've been in two bands, all of which did some reasonably big shows and live performances and I spent most of my highschool years recording music and honestly before I found game development I thought that's what I might want to do.

I never really got into programming, I didnt know where to start and I hadn't had a natural moment of exposure to it.  When I started Toby's Island I started the project with an old friend of mine.  Absolutely amazing person, but life happened and we parted ways.  He was the programmer for the project and I had to completely learn all of the back end of our game, reverse engineer his work to expand on it and so programming was finally thrust upon me.

Through this random assortment of skills, I have primarily been the only developer on Toby's Island.  While I've been working on the game for 5 years, 4 of those years have been on my own, part time while I maintain paying full time work elsewhere. I find talented people here and there and commission them to chip in some work.  I've never had a huge budget so thats only a few times a year and mostly only when I feel like im falling behind in a month or getting really creatively blocked.

I've been resourceful though.  I HAVE purchased some graphical asset bundles and song bundles, some from humble, some from royalty free sites, I've also reached out to old friends whome I've made music with and asked to use some of their work.  I've also had fans of the game enter contests and have their work put in (im going to post updates to feature their work here).  I even paid one of those contest winners to continue working with me for a while and it was a wonderful experience.

So while I have been going it alone, the project has been touched by so many people and I've been so lucky to have all of them.  In many ways, the project still has been a team effort.

I'm looking forward to hearing from everyone, and if any of you are working on your own personal projects, I'd love to see them.

Risks and challenges

There is always the risk that something goes horribly wrong, I am a solo dev. If I were hospitalized, or something to that effect, that would delay things. Life happens, I've seen that first hand. I've battled a lot of really dark times while developing this game alone. Sometimes I need to take breaks.

I always hate talking about money but money is always a barrier to entry in game development. Bills have to be paid, and the money used, has to be earned. Games don't tend to earn money until they are done, and that doesn't help them get made. That's why I am here.

I have shown consistancy, though. Regular updates and steady progression. The game has grown over many years with no signs of stopping and I'd like to bring this chapter to a close. The last leg of the race is infront of me. I have to take a few more risks. All aboard.

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    Comes with a digital copy of the game, the soundtrack, a official digital creature guide/Artbook, and an official digital strategy guide/walk through. (Warning: strategy guide will contain many spoilers.)

    You will get the get the game and sound track April 1st (not a fools joke) you will get the guides 2 months later.
    The reason for this is that as I patch bugs and make changes after release, the contents of the guides will change.

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    Design an NPC and add it into the game. It could be a trash mob, a shop keeper, an aquaintence, the floor is yours. Work with me one on one, to make sure it fits seemlessly into the game.

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    The Hatchery

    Work with me one on one to design one stage of a new creatures evolution that will be in game for you to use in your part AND get a one of a kind hand made holographic physical trading card with your creature on it. I can do concept sketches with you live on discord, or if you're the silent type i can send you sketches, or you can send me sketches and we can go from there. Then let me surprise you with the rest of your creatures evolution tree.

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