I’d rather spring a surprise, but Kickstarter says don’t do that.
In aim to launch the crowdfunding campaign for my WIP long form parser game, Andromeda Acolytes, on Kickstarter in a couple of weeks from now, around July 13.
Here’s the super-crammed down summary I had to craft for Kickstarter:
Play four very different heroines drawn into each other’s orbit when an accident awakens a mysterious power on the planet Monarch.
Why Kickstarter? Because of the scope of the project. I am creating a multi-chapter, multi-PC game of significant length in which almost every chapter is set in a new environment. So there’s little repetition or building up of systematic mechanics. The characters have different goals and are in different situations in each chapter.
I’ve spent two and a half years on this game already, part time, which has enabled me to sort out the technical framework and work out that, yes, I can negotiate the conceptual and writing challenges involved. I want to switch to doing it full time (and not spend all my money. Just some!) that’s why the Kickstarter.
Andromeda Acolytes joins the Andromeda sci-fi games universe created by Marco Innocenti, but is as standalone in that context as, say, any Resident Evil game you might grab off the shelf compared to other Resident Evil games.
You can/will obviously learn a bunch more when the Kickstarter commences – though here, writing to not-unlike-minds, I feel I’ve already been able to crunch-sum the basics pretty well.
If you’d like to, please join my pre-launch newsletter mailing list at the following link. I will send a handful (at most) of promo emails before the launch; the link tells you what you’ll achieve by signing up:
“Can this Kickstarter succeed?”
Thank you, anonymous question-asker. I don’t know. I think Zarf and Bob Bates’s campaigns spoke more to old school puzzling fans who may have been out in the world and knew about Zork etc., but weren’t involved in IF now. I am pitching a more new school experience. I don’t think anyone has done that for a parser game on Kickstarter yet, and there may be no critical mass. But I’m gonna make my video and go for it.
I have had trouble identifying any particular outlets I know to have some especial IF smarts, apart from Adventure Gamerz. (e.g. there used to be GameSetWatch, Rock Paper Shotgun, etc. They’re gone.) But I’ve always had good luck with general press releases in the past. In any case, if you have a suggestion for an IF-friendly site you think I could approach for publicity, please let me know!