Over The Hills And Far Away: A Visual Novel
Set during the War of 1812, a soldier takes refuge from the storm in a barn and meets a native girl who will change everything...
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Hey everybody, this is DesertFox the lead developer behind WarGirl Games and this upcoming title of ours - Over The Hills And Far Away. This Kickstarter page is to raise funds for the game's budget, to pay for the artwork, music, launch, advertizing and other miscellaneous costs.
The War of 1812. The Northwest Frontier. William Aubrey, a rogue redcoat of the once-glorious 41st Regiment of Foot, is on the run. Wounded and tired, he seeks shelter during a thunderstorm inside an abandoned barn. But when he gets there, he finds he’s not alone. A young Shawnee girl, named Mai, is hiding from the rain too. Bleeding out and not wanting to brave the fierce winds outside, Aubrey decides to put up with her until the rains let up. Over the course of the story, the two of them get over their general anxiety and indifference for one another, slowly bonding to become friends. But will their friendship outlast the rains; when both return to the bloodshed and the outside world?
William Aubrey - A disgraced British soldier that has deserted his regiment and is on the run from the enemy. Originally pressed into service, it is his intention to escape the war and find his own place to call home. Rough around the edges, often gambling and fighting, he has made several enemies during his service. Despite his crass and rough nature, he is a good person deep down and ultimately does what is right. The protagonist, you play from his perspective.
Mai - A mysterious young Native American Shawnee girl. A quiet, cool character on the surface but with something more going on underneath. Despite being separated from her family by the recent war, she is determined to find them again. Even though she has a serious and somewhat wise atmosphere, she is simply an innocent girl that acts older than she is.
Warin Jackson - An American turncoat and bandit. A thug and a nasty character, he is tracking Aubrey over the course of the story to settle old debts.
The artwork for the game is being produced by Hui Tian (Space Penguin) of Collateral Damage Studios. Beautiful scenery, unique characters and captivating CG art help to tell the story and create the world of Over The Hills.
The soundtrack for this game is being produced by Seycara Music and Arts, using a live orchestra. The use of strings and percussion to create an early 19th century North Frontier atmosphere, we believe, will greatly enhance the experience of the game. Combining music, art and SFX to create a unique world for the player.
Main Menu Track - Preview:
Shelter From The Rain Track - Preview
Original Sprite Artwork - Characters with variations on poses and costume (15%)
Original Background Artwork - Gorgeous landscapes and interiors, to really show the 19th century frontier setting (15%)
Original CG Artwork - Beautifully made CGs that fit the story and show characters' more intimate moments (15%)
Live Orchestral Soundtrack - A wonderful orchestral soundtrack recorded with a live orchestra (10%)
Advertizing/Hosting Fees - Banner ads/Web hosting (5%)
Rewards - T-Shirts, Posters, shipping and other merch (25%)
Miscellaneous Costs - Kickstarter cut, VAT, Sales etc. (15%)
A visual novel is an interactive story adventure with static (usually) graphics, music and transitions. It allows the reader to make decisions to influence the branching storyline and interact with characters. Visual novels heavily influenced RPGs in Japan, and have now come to the West as people realize the potential of this genre. It allows a player to better visualize and understand a text-based story whilst also including interactive elements.
Risks and challenges
The delivery of the game in a completed form is dependent on funding going ahead. If there are any delays or setbacks, these will be communicated to backers in updates both here on Kickstarter and on other social media and sites. The focus is mainly on the characters, atmosphere and storyline, rather than any battle elements or other such things. The development of the artwork, the inclusion of live orchestral music and other things will all depend on this project getting funded.
Due to new VAT MOSS European Union legislation we will be unable to provide digital rewards for any backer within the EU (with the exception of the UK) -i.e. backers in the United Kingdom will still receive digital rewards. EU backers will still receive physical rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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