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29 October, 2010

Support The Fae’s Wyrd
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In the continuing saga of developers pursuing the insane dream of making an RPG in a month....

It's looking like we won't make the end of the month deadline, unfortunately. But, we're going to do what any good game designer does when the rules are against them... cheat!

As I wrote last time, things were conspiring to work against us finishing the game on time. Mostly Dave getting some last minute sales of his personal game. So, while he was making a few hundred dollars, our game was being ignored by him. :( That's what you get for working with a French Canadian, I guess. ;) Okay, seriously, his game is very cool and rather original, it's unfortunate that people can't enjoy it without pointing out that obviously the graphics aren't cutting edge.

So, we're going to cheat. The rules are that you have to sell the game, so we're going to take donations. Okay, this isn't my idea, I'm pretty blatantly stealing it from Juuso over at GameProducer.net. But, hey, a good idea is a good idea; at least I'm giving a hint of attribution here! (So, throw some money at Juuso if you have any left over after donating.)

For those who haven't read the previous entries, The Fae's Wyrd is a single-player RPG in Flash. Since the orignial goal was to finish the game in a month, it's not the largest or most expansive RPG ever. It relies heavily on randomly generated features, such as mazes. So, don't expect Dragon Age level storytelling or level layout here. The game might best be considered a cross between the original Final Fantasy with a bit of Rogue-like level generation and items. The game absolutely will be finished sometime in November, probably early. The game is almost done, but still needs some tweaks and some sort of semi-intelligent enemy A.I.

Here's the simple backstory for this first episode:

Many potential champions were visited by ambassadors of the fae realm that night. The little ones told a story of an eternal battle against the endless forces of evil. Only the champions that dared enter the darker realm could safeguard not only the fae but the entire world. But to do so would require them to abandon their old life, never to return.

To each person visited a pact was offered: they could leave their life behind and take up this fight against the forces of evil. But, they would never again see their loved ones, only ever fighting eternally to protect those they left behind. Many turned down the offer, not wanting to leave their friends and families behind. Some, however, saw the nobility of the sacrifice. To those that agreed to the words of the fae, a rare and precious elemental shard was given to seal the pact. Now it is time for the champions to face the Fae's Wyrd.

What do you get with your money besides that warm glow of giving money to deserving independent game developers? Especially since the game is in Flash and going to be added to some portals in the future anyway? Oh, fine, you'll get some rewards for each level of donation. Each level also gets the features of the previous levels.

  • Thanks! $1.00 You'll get our thanks in the form of your name on a special screen in the game. First come, first served.
  • Extra Thanks! $2.00 You'll be giving us over $1 after PayPal takes their cut, so your name will be highlighted in the list.
  • Early Access $5.00 Once we're done with the game and fairly sure it won't corrupt your hard drive or blow up your monitor, we'll email you with access to try out the game early. This will be limited before we find sponsorship.
  • Hints and Tricks $10.00 You'll get an email with some tricks and cheat codes we've put into the game.
  • Personal Thanks $25.00 You'll get a direct email from one of us thanking you for your generous donation in an effort to keep us fed. Edit: and you'll also get some digital artwork of some of the characters in the game.
  • Wiki read access $100.00 Want to see how the sausages are made? You'll get read access to our Wiki for this game and perhaps for the sequel.
  • Help design the sequel $250.00 Want to design games, but can't afford tuition for a degree in Game Design? Suggest a feature and if it's not too crazy we'll put it in.

All donations go through PayPal, which takes a 2.9% + $0.30 cut of each donation. If you don't want to donate in one of the pre-set limits, feel free to send a PayPal payment to psychochild@gmail.com. If you hate PayPal but still want to give us money some other way, contact me at that email address to arrange another option. Or, if you're a Flash portal and want to sponsor the game, contact me and we can talk.

So, please, support indie game development. Or, if it softens your heart a bit, my birthday is this Monday, so consider it gift to the team.

Choose a support level below and click on the "Support The Fae's Wyrd" image below. Make sure you use a valid email address so we can reach you with any bonuses

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  1. I think this is seriously the coolest idea ever. To add to it, what about a tier of support where we can get an NPC named after us? I'd fork over some cash for that (and I probably will anyway).

    Comment by Shawn — 29 October, 2010 @ 9:36 PM

  2. I think you have a typo there. I'm fairly certain it should be:

    "So, throw some money to us if you have any left over after pre-ordering Juuso's game."

    (P.S. Extra-Thanks for the plug;))

    Comment by Juuso — 29 October, 2010 @ 11:22 PM

  3. You Are No Good Developer If You Aren’t a Thief

    [...] They stole my* idea, and made it even better. [...]

    Pingback by Game Producer Blog — 29 October, 2010 @ 11:27 PM

  4. Juuso wrote:
    I think you have a typo there.

    No, no, that's working as intended. ;)

    Comment by Psychochild — 30 October, 2010 @ 12:19 AM

  5. Round numbers are so boring. ;) Keep making cool stuff!

    Comment by Andrew — 30 October, 2010 @ 5:26 AM

  6. Spam spam spam spam spam and articles

    [...] Final aside, since it’s the weekend and I have things to do and people to see. Brian “Psychochild” Green & Co have been doing a game-design challenge this last month. If you don’t already read his blog, you should. Here’s a link to get you started. [...]

    Pingback by Stylish Corpse — 30 October, 2010 @ 7:45 AM

  7. Support our RPG project The Fae’s Wyrd

    [...] Brian came up with this idea of offering our supporters a way to help the project. To be fair it was inspired by Juuso another indie developer and we “stole” the idea. [...]

    Pingback by Over00 — 30 October, 2010 @ 8:20 AM

  8. And here's the link to the cool game responsible for the slight delay ;) http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/551290

    Now if you enjoy this small game just imagine what can do as a team! And by supporting The Fae's Wyrd that will prevent Brian from diving up to Canada in a ninja suit and do bad things to me! Just imagine the terror of me opening the door to some kids for Halloween and see in the back some dangerous indie game dev ninja!

    Comment by Dave Toulouse — 30 October, 2010 @ 8:27 AM

  9. $250?.... that's crazy.... but good luck anyway

    Comment by mc — 30 October, 2010 @ 8:57 AM

  10. Shawn wrote:
    To add to it, what about a tier of support where we can get an NPC named after us?

    There are no real NPCs this time around, otherwise I would have added that option.

    mc wrote:
    $250?.... that's crazy.... but good luck anyway

    You need to read up on anchor pricing. I don't expect anyone to throw $100 or $250 our way, but the options are there for a reason.

    Thanks to all who have donated so far, and to those who have helped get the word out. :)

    Comment by Psychochild — 30 October, 2010 @ 1:03 PM

  11. Are you going to release the total donations received at some point, or will the info be kept confidential?

    Comment by Andrew — 31 October, 2010 @ 1:42 PM

  12. Happy Birthday!

    Comment by Enno — 1 November, 2010 @ 7:39 PM

  13. Fascinating article on Anchor Pricing. Thanks, Brian! Must... ponder... further...

    Comment by Tesh — 2 November, 2010 @ 12:16 PM

  14. So far, donations have been:

    Four $2 donations.
    Four $5 donations.
    Two $10 donations.
    One $16.87 donation.
    One $25 donation.
    One $100 donation.
    One $250 donation (!!!)

    Keep in mind there are four people on the team, so this isn't all lining my pocket. But, many thanks to all who donated. I'll be getting information out soon to all who donated. :)

    Comment by Psychochild — 2 November, 2010 @ 11:44 PM

  15. Wow. Gaming is mad money. It has taken the four of you a month to get the kind of cash I make in 15 hours of less appealing programming.
    Er.
    Hopefully worth more when it has actual game.

    Comment by silver — 3 November, 2010 @ 11:45 AM

  16. Looking forward to seeing the final product. Good luck!

    Comment by Syncaine — 4 November, 2010 @ 12:16 PM

  17. Golemizer v2.0 … What I would do differently

    [...] Some can relate to that and some are just annoyed by it. The day I’ll get exciting news (like the release of some Flash game) I’ll also post about it too! Don’t [...]

    Pingback by Over00 — 2 December, 2010 @ 3:35 PM

  18. Late to the (birthday) party, I guess, but better late than never! Good luck on your quest for a sponsor!

    Comment by Kumar "Destral" Daryanani — 10 December, 2010 @ 12:59 AM

  19. Golemizer 2.0 … Combat

    [...] recent game from Psychoavatar Games, The Fae’s Wyrd, use such combat screen and it offers a combat experience much more interesting than Golemizer. But [...]

    Pingback by Over00 — 12 December, 2010 @ 10:33 AM

  20. Twelve Games of Christmas #12 – The Fae’s Wyrd

    [...] If you’d like to know more, or donate to an indie cause, or get in on early play while they try and rustle up a sponsor, you can head over to the donation page for more info here: Support The Fae’s Wyrd[...]

    Pingback by Tales of the Rampant Coyote — 24 December, 2010 @ 2:01 AM

  21. In 2011 I will …

    [...] 1. Release The Fae’s Wyrd with Psychoavatar Games [...]

    Pingback by Over00 — 24 December, 2010 @ 9:24 AM

  22. Happy Holidays

    [...] is that the economics don't look good. Some hundred dollars from generous donors is nice, but as someone pointed out in a comment, this isn't exactly a replacement for a day job. We'll see how well sponsorships go in the new [...]

    Pingback by Psychochild's Blog — 24 December, 2010 @ 8:10 PM

  23. Looks like the Girl Genius folk are trying something in the same vein, albeit a different sort of game:

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1704679348/machination-a-game-of-evil-genius

    Did you guys consider the KickStarter site? That's the first I've seen of it.

    Comment by Tesh — 8 February, 2011 @ 11:18 PM

  24. Tesh wrote:
    Did you guys consider the KickStarter site? That's the first I've seen of it.

    Yes. For this project, we were focusing on making an interesting game for the original month-long competition. I think if we wanted to continue to develop single-player Flash games, Kickstarter would be a better business model than the sad sponsorship offers we've seen so far. But, I'm not sure we'd really see enough sustained interest from a playerbase to keep us fed. It's one thing to charge people for an existing game, another to keep taking money for possible projects.

    In related news, we have a trailer for The Fae's Wyrd online now. :)

    Comment by Psychochild — 9 February, 2011 @ 1:13 AM

  25. Startup money – My plan A just got killed

    [...] so I can make it and I’m really not sure I can get that huge crowd. While we did see some impressive donations for The Fae’s Wyrd most funds from players will probably range from $5 to $20. Do the math and you realize that if I [...]

    Pingback by Over00 — 4 July, 2011 @ 9:07 PM

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