Driftwood is a fictional bi-shoujo visual novel (in short, a text-based ‘dating sim’ game) that follows the life of adolescent Marcus Feick, who lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
In his junior year, (2020-21) after asking the girl of his dreams out on a date, he finds himself caught in a catastrophic accident that leaves him physically and emotionally wounded and scarred.
Because of the incident, as well as complications with his newly formed relationship, his overprotective parents decide to transfer him to a fictional high school south of Boston and nearly a hundred miles away on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, relegating his old life to nothing but sour memories and broken promises.
At the new fictional boarding school on Martha’s Vineyard, Marcus is introduced to a variety of cultures and personalities.
The game and story focus primarily on four main female characters that can affect Marcus’s life positively or negatively based on the player’s choices. Each character is designed to teach Marcus deep life lessons, helping him understand the world and aiding him in the customarily difficult process of becoming an adult.
(If the images aren't showing up than it's a bug with the image hosting site. check back in later or refresh a few times, that might help :\)The Protagonist
Marcus Feick, the protagonist of the story, is a 17-year-old going into his senior year of high school. He has dark brown hair, green eyes, a calm demeanor, and a multitude of interests ranging from anime to history.
Marcus is the son of a successful game designer and a stay-at-home mom. His personality is mostly fashioned by the reader’s choices.Main Characters Taryn Rivard Age: 16
Likes : critiquing movies, browsing the deep-net, and getting into fights.
Taryn Rivard is a short, hotheaded, tsundere (a character who is initially unfriendly but reveals a nicer side over time) who feels she has a hard time fitting into society. She never had many friends as a young child, and after her mother perished due to sickness, Taryn became very upset and frustrated with the world, blaming other people and other things for her problems.
Afterwards, Taryn’s father, the only role model she had left, turned to drinking, which caused him to become very distant and thus remove the guidance figure of a father in Taryn’s life.
Taryn’s route revolves around depression, drug abuse, and the fragileness of childhood. Yuko Beaumont Age: 17
Likes : coffee, foreign languages and cultures and shopping.
Yuko Beaumont is the only child of the multi-million dollar Beaumont family, owners of the Beaumont hotel franchise as well as a less popular Korean clothing brand. Because of her family, she has become somewhat spoiled and generally expects to get what she wants. Nevertheless, she is sweet, caring, and hard working.
Yuko is a constant A+ student who makes it look effortless. Her well-groomed looks and style cause many of the students at the school to ogle at her, but she either doesn’t pay any attention or doesn’t even notice.
Yuko’s route revolves around becoming one’s own person and learning how to resist the mindset he or she may have had imprinted by his or her parents (e.g., thinking he or she has to go down a certain career path or hold a certain opinion). Ellen Saroya
Likes : piano and rain/snowy days.
Ellen Saroya is one of the school’s most timid students. She appears to lack the social skills to carry on a conversation for more then a few seconds without looking away or becoming uncontrollably nervous. She has an enthusiastic interest in music and is very talented at playing the piano.
Ellen’s musical talent is overshadowed, however, by her shyness. Despite this, Kyrie was able to befriend Ellen because of the former’s passive and easygoing attitude.
Ellen’s route revolves around the beauty of music and learning to love what’s on the inside instead of the out. Kyrie An'durel Age: 17
Likes: gaming, RPing, writing.
Kyrie An’durel is one of the exceptions of the common stereotype of “girls don’t play video games.” She spends nearly all her time using a computer or doing something related to computers. She isn’t a social butterfly, but she has a relaxed, sarcastic, and dry humored attitude towards life.
Kyrie dislikes crowds and tends to keep to herself. Because of her accepting attitude and easygoing personality, she has become a very close friend of Ellen.
Kyrie’s route revolves around the confusion of being a teenager, sexuality, and online relationships in addition to the frustration of finding something one is good at and passionate about.Other/Alternate Characters : Matt Age: 18
Matt is Marcus’s dorm neighbor living across the hall. He is an eccentric, loud, and slightly obnoxious goofball who was unable to graduate due to his bad attendance record and so must spend another year as a senior. However, it may be more of a punishment to the teachers who decided to fail him.May Age: 15
May is simply what you would call a clueless teenage girl who is just pushing through high school so
that she can graduate and later on get a crappy job that she can complain about, she doesn't spend much time thinking
about her future, or of the future of the area she lives. She dyes her hair pink for what ever reason, and usually she wears
ditzy summer cloths even if its cold out, and of course complains about it. Elric Oliviara Age: 17
Elric Oliviara is one of the school’s many students that Marcus ends up befriending. He has a laid back and “chill” personality, and he is fond of wiseass remarks. He also tends to be a slob while eating—unintentionally, of course—and spaces out quite a bit in class. At first glance, he appears to dress like a mix between a ‘gangsta’ and a surfer, always wearing something over his scruffy blonde hair. He also has a firm interest in music production.J DenzelAge: 17
J Denzel is a quiet and stoic type, usually hanging out around Elric and just living life day by day. He doesn’t say much, but when he does speak, it’s usually of pure kindness or wisdom. J dresses in baggy clothing, making him appear rather casual and relaxed. J and Elric are known to work together on music tracks. -More Characters will be given outlines once their art is completed.-
People working on this project:
Wakagana - Team Lead - (Programmer, Writer, Producer, Developer)
Malta - Visual Art - (Sprite and CG's)
Izu - Visual Art - (CG and Main Menu Art)
100puro - Visual - Art (CG art)
Saso - Visual Art - (Concept Drawings)
D - Visual Art - (GUI Designer)
Turel - Audio Art - (Music/SFX)
Alec Richman - Audio Art (Music/SFX)
Izze Rose - Audio Art (Music/SFX)
Alice Greene - Lyricist
Zac Smalley - Audio Art (Music/SFK)
Story - 100%
Script - 45% (Act 1 is complete) 650 Pages. 130,000 + Words.
Audio/Music - 5%
Sprite Art/CG Art - 5%
Programming - 0% (No need to program because we don't have our assets yet ... >_> - A demo should be out by Spring of 2013)
If you have any questions, or would like to donate, please email me at [email protected]
Big Changes to the storyline - Most of the comments below this post are in response to the older storyline we had set up for the game, after a good deal of critical thinking and criticism, we've decided that the setting of the game should take place in a more modern time period, and with less conflict. (This conflict of course is still the main reason for Marcus leaving his home and going to the island.)
Another Note :
As simple as some of the characters may seem, their is quite a lot more to them than what is shown on this forum post. There would be no point of wanting to play the game if I spoil what the character's stories are truly based around/on. So, I do hope that with that knowledge in hand, you watch this game grow and develop as time progresses.
It's been a long 8 months. 12/16/2012. And I'd like to thank everyone on the forums, my co-workers, and my (mostly-non existent) fans and onlookers for all the help you've been able to give me and my goal is that I will be able to pay you all back with an enjoyable story.
Thank you! - WakaganaOur recruitment/members list forum post - viewtopic.php?f=38&t=15311