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    Other Promising Crowd Funded Projects

    Folks, it seems that Kickstarter (and IndieGoGo) are here to stay... to that end, and to keep Off-Topic from becoming a Dead State of Double Fine Wastelands, where our SpaceVenture is Skyjacked from the Kinetic Void... I thought it would be good to consolidate all crowd-funded game projects to a single thread that can grow forever, rather than dozens upon dozens.

    It would also help prevent it from feeling like our community is being spammed by well-meaning but overzealous fans (much as we were when we were out promoting Xenonauts during the tougher early days of the campaign).

    The threads that have already been made can probably be left alone. Moderators could choose to merge future threads into this one before they grow too large. If a project is so captivating that it threatens to take over this generic thread, a mod can split it off (i.e., it earned the right to stand alone).

    Also, this opens the doors to non-game projects, such as films, gadgets, etc. See something interesting? Want to share with the rest of the squad? Here's the place to do it.

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    In the grand tradition of replying to one's own posts, I'll kick off the generic crowd-funded project thread with a couple of picks that I've chosen to back; Quest for Infamy and Jack Houston and the Necronauts. Both are small independant studios building retro-styled point-and-click 2D adventure games, both have a twist (more than one, actually). Here's the pitch...

    Jack Houston and the Necronauts

    This "fantastic adventures/amazing stories" homage to the style of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Venus series is a pulp sci-fi inspired adventure game where you portray Captain Jack Houston Jackís journey on our neighboring planet of Venus. But this isnít the lifeless planet we know today; this Venus is a sweltering vine jungle teaming with strange beasts of horn, tooth and claws, as imagined by science fiction authors and artists in the first half of the century (the legacies of whom include John Carter of Mars, Carson of Venus, Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, etc). The backgrounds & animated sprites are going to be based on real stop-motion animation footage. This technique is pretty expensive, though, and so the project needs at least $56K, which I'm a bit worried about him raising. However, he's put together a hell of a pitch video, which is definitely worth a peek, and the reward tiers look fantastic.

    Quest for Infamy

    Remember playing and enjoying Sierra's Quest for Glory series? Or, if not, are you a fan of point-and-click adventure games, but felt a bit restricted and wished they would include a touch of an RPG twist? This game delivers that in spades, as a loving tribute to the QFG series, along with three character-class based "braided" storylines (that is, the puzzles branch based on class, but probably merge based on the overarching plot). There is a light combat system, and all of the classic adventure gaming elements. In addition to the RPG twist, and this is my favorite part, they've turned the QFG morality play on it's head, and turned the player character into a villain! Yeah, you play the badass on a quest for power and money, something I've always wanted to do in QFG

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    I hear Nexus 2 might be up on kickstarter soon, aka the sequel to Nexus The Jupiter Incident.

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    Shadowrun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace View Post
    I hear Nexus 2 might be up on kickstarter soon, aka the sequel to Nexus The Jupiter Incident.
    Interesting; that would surprise me. HD Interactive (and the franchise) seem to follow the traditional publisher-funded route, and (IIRC) the intellectual property is owned by Activision, who tend not to be all about developers acquiring their own funding. Though, that was a gorgeous looking game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoodGuyEddy View Post
    Shadowrun!
    Yep! Backed. But now, their PayPal is closed, so nobody can do anything to help that game until it's released (and then... go buy it!!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace View Post
    I hear Nexus 2 might be up on kickstarter soon, aka the sequel to Nexus The Jupiter Incident.
    Yeah, I know of this one, but am dying for it to happen. I emailed MWE (Most wanted Entertainment) about it, and they promised a Kickstarter in Late May or June....

    Given that today is a the 2nd of July, I'm a tad miffed that I've not seen anything yet. I got £200 in my account waiting for this game!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobbyDylan View Post
    Yeah, I know of this one, but am dying for it to happen. I emailed MWE (Most wanted Entertainment) about it, and they promised a Kickstarter in Late May or June....

    Given that today is a the 2nd of July, I'm a tad miffed that I've not seen anything yet. I got £200 in my account waiting for this game!
    BTW, Nexus 2 is up on KS now...

    Looks like they need a metric asston of money though

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    There is a whole thread about the Nexus 2 Kickstarter...
    "What are you gonna do, talk the alien to death?"
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    I thought I'd mention another, albeit very different, action/adventure game project with RPG elements, whose art direction is endearing and quite unique. It's nothing to do with Xenonauts, nor sci-fi in general, but it's a neat looking cross-platform project (Win/Lin/Mac). Lots of copy/paste following here...


    Papier is a game that takes place in a world of paper, sketches and ink. Where imagination and adventure are everything!

    The game immerses you and your character, a boy named Papier, into a world made of paper that combines the latest of game technology with the aesthetic of hand drawn surfaces. The outdoor scene at the end of the project video demonstrates the unique look and feel of the game world.


    While Papier's powers will be essential to success in this world, it is the choices you make that will have far reaching consequences for Papier, the characters he meets, and the unfolding of the world of paper.

    The world and story of Papier is for those who really dig worlds of imagination and fantasy. We're super excited about the story, characters, visual style, and entertaining touches that will make this a special game to experience, and we can't wait to share it with you. If we were to mention influences to give you an idea of what to expect, they would be the work of Tim Burton, the whimsically portrayed Hans Christian Andersen (you know the one with Danny Kaye?), and Roald Dahl. You get the idea. All aboard the escapism express!

    Here's a great interview with the project creators

    Reddit AMA

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