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The Black Hound

#1 Post by gekiganwing » Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:59 am

I took a minute to search Kickstarter for "visual novel," and see if any new projects had appeared. Whattaya know, there's one. The Black Hound currently has a $15000 US funding goal with 26 days to go. The creator intends to make a dark fantasy / urban fantasy story. Reading further, I'd say that the KS page makes some interesting promises...

* it will be a commercial game, and will be submitted for Steam Greenlight
* no meaningless choices, vague options, or sudden deaths
* a protagonist who is not wholly good, nor a '90s comics-esque antihero
* influence of tokusatsu and world mythology

The character designs look kind of like 3D polygons, but I might be mistaken.

One last thing... the writer provides some information on how funds will be used.

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#2 Post by merdeamour » Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:59 am

His premise sounds interesting--I especially liked:
It's important to me that every character be a believable human being, and that none of the scenarios are contrived. I need everything to make sense. I'm a huge fan of logical consistency.
He also had me at the mention of Sandman, my all-time favorite visual novel series by Neil Gaiman.

If I had a credit card, I'd donate a few dollars to this. As it is, I'm broke, and can only hope that he gains enough backers for the project.
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#3 Post by papillon » Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:41 pm

This project was roundly savaged on /evn/ and someone suggested that it was a troll listing, iirc...

Also, while this isn't your project, would the rules banning kickstarter links for anything wthout a demo still apply here?

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#4 Post by gekiganwing » Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:31 pm

I double checked the forum rules, which currently state, "Do not link to crowdfunding campaigns (including kickstarter or indiegogo campaigns) for visual novels or games unless those campaigns include a link to a nontrivial playable demo." And as far as I can tell, Einherjar Productions doesn't have a demo yet. I should have noticed this earlier.

As of this writing, there are no comments on the person's Kickstarter. Einherjar Products has a website -- temporarily down at this moment -- as well as recent Facebook and Twitter accounts. I would hope that there are no genuine concerns about whether the creator is ready and able to create a VN. But unfortunately, there have been instances in which fully funded KS projects have not been released.

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#5 Post by Taleweaver » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:37 am

Saw this a little late, and yes, our rules state that there should be no links to KS projects without demos.

However, discussion about this project should be allowed. I'm removing the link from the OP.
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#6 Post by ThisIsNoName » Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:12 pm

papillon wrote:This project was roundly savaged on /evn/ and someone suggested that it was a troll listing, iirc...
Yeah, that was my first thought as well. Honestly, I hope it is a troll listing, otherwise it is getting really depressing what people think professional development should be like. After reading through the whole thing, I still only have an inkling of an idea of what the story is. It seems like any time they try to talk about the story, they either say how it's going to be incredibly awesome, mention some other game or movie that people actually put work into, or just talk in circles. Not to mention that "polish" is a freaking stretch goal... at 35K, over double the original listing.

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#7 Post by gekiganwing » Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:06 am

Kickstarter funding ended after just a few weeks, on August 13 2013.

Einherjar Productions' KS page is still online, and it currently consists of a rant against successful crowdfunding projects. If you ask me, it's an example of bad publicity. Perhaps the group can start over, strive to create a small scale project, and reach out to fellow fans.

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#9 Post by papillon » Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:48 pm

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