SF VN "The Next World" seeks Writers

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SF VN "The Next World" seeks Writers

#1 Post by Winterslice » Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:44 am

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The Next World is a science-fiction visual novel with strategy elements, similar to The Banner Saga with less of an emphasis on combat and more on colony management, adventure choices, and rich dialogue.

Check out our website and our page on IndieDB, which has our alpha gameplay demo.

We are currently seeking:

People to write and script random story events using the systems I've created -- Ren'Py or other programming experience a must! Work requires a good understanding of code and/or the ability to closely match existing examples.

Terms and payment are based on position. Please message for further details. This project is already approved for sale on Steam.


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The game centres around the survivors of a colony ship which crashes on a strange new world, struggling to salvage the wreckage and turn it into a liveable colony. This becomes especially important after watching the ship’s message log, which reveals that a massive nuclear attack has left Earth uninhabitable, essentially wiping out the human race apart from these few hundred colonists.

Gameplay involves keeping as many colonists alive as possible by making tough decision, which will include building colony structures, salvaging wreckage, resolving problems with multiple branching outcomes, sending out exploratory missions, and managing supplies/rationing; all while playing through an intense story of political intrigue, sabotage, desperation and survival.

Intended playtime: 8-10 hours

Art style: Relatively hard SF inspired by the style of the late-70s/early-80s (such as the human technology of Aliens) with slightly Western-leaning character designs

Market: Published on Steam through AAD Productions

Content: No sexual themes or nudity

Work communication will take place on Skype. Anyone wanting to express their interest, please send me a private message.
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Re: Seeking Artists - SF project "The Next World"

#2 Post by Winterslice » Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:36 pm

Concept art of the game's opening sequence:

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Re: Seeking Artists - SF project "The Next World"

#3 Post by Winterslice » Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:57 pm

Firmed up the OP, added publisher information and art requirements.
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Re: Seeking Artists - SF project "The Next World"

#4 Post by Winterslice » Sun Oct 04, 2015 2:42 am

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Re: Seeking Artists - SF project "The Next World"

#5 Post by Kia » Sun Oct 04, 2015 3:00 am

the GUI looks good, that outer glow though, don't fit the theme. I suggest you change it to blue or better remove it.

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Re: Seeking Artists - SF project "The Next World"

#6 Post by Winterslice » Sun Oct 04, 2015 3:20 am

Kia wrote:the GUI looks good, that outer glow though, don't fit the theme. I suggest you change it to blue or better remove it.
Oh, they're only rough assets, far from final. Fortunately imagebutton graphics swap out super easily.

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Re: Seeking UI Artist/Coder - SF VN "The Next World"

#7 Post by Winterslice » Wed Oct 21, 2015 5:06 pm

The game is proceeding apace. Still would like to find a dedicated UI artist, but in the meantime the roughs aren't too bad.

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Re: Seeking UI Artist/Coder - SF VN "The Next World"

#8 Post by Winterslice » Thu Oct 22, 2015 4:56 pm

And I should really post some shots of the actual visual novel portion as well. :P

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Re: SF VN "The Next World" Expanding: 1 Writer, 1 SFX Artist

#9 Post by Winterslice » Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:00 am

Updated OP with new openings. Please message if interested!
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Re: SF VN "The Next World" Expanding: 1 Writer, 1 SFX Artist

#10 Post by Jiro Horikoshi » Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:40 pm

Hi.
Is there upfront pay available? If so, how much?

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#11 Post by Winterslice » Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:35 pm

Hi Jiro, thanks for inquiring! To answer your question, there's no up-front advances as payment will be based on the amount of work actually delivered to an acceptable standard.
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Re: SF VN "The Next World" Expanding: 1 Writer, 1 SFX Artist

#12 Post by Jiro Horikoshi » Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:36 am

May I ask what your rates are per word? (standard fiction writers charge about 15 cents a word.)

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#13 Post by Winterslice » Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:38 am

15 cpw as standard? What do you base that on? I've been a freelance writer for over 10 years, I'm pretty familiar with per-word pricing, and I know that SFWA-classified professional market rates are 6 cpw. If there are markets paying 15, point me over there, I'd love to work with them.
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Re: SF VN "The Next World" Expanding: 1 Writer, 1 SFX Artist

#14 Post by Taleweaver » Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:40 am

Winterslice wrote:15 cpw as standard? What do you base that on? I've been a freelance writer for over 10 years, I'm pretty familiar with per-word pricing, and I know that SFWA-classified professional market rates are 6 cpw. If there are markets paying 15, point me over there, I'd love to work with them.
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Re: SF VN "The Next World" Expanding: 1 Writer, 1 SFX Artist

#15 Post by Winterslice » Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:05 am

Too true. I know award-winning authors who'd love to be making 15 cpw.
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