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Dhruin October 6th, 2012 03:03

Kickstarter - Old School RPG World and Story Details
 
Loot Drop posted a pretty good update for their Old School RPG Kickstarter a day or two back that provides much more detail on the setting and story. A sample:
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SETTING
James Connelly works for Shaker, a Bridge corporation between time and worlds. Depending on the job he - or any of Shaker’s 400 employees - can be anyone you want them to be. Human warrior? Done. Cyborg Psionic, also done. "Remember the 4 F's: Frontier dictates form, function and family" according to the official employee manual.
Officially, Connelly was a resident of the Bridge, but he spent so much time away from it that the concept of residence and permanence had lost its meaning over time. He lived out of a locker at Shaker, storing only his most important mementos there — family heirlooms, a couple of gifts from post-jobs. He slept in rooms usually assigned to other Shaker employees destined for imminent departure. His family, a wife and two kids, residents of Barrow, would visit him when they could.
On July 24, 2526, that would change. His frontier would become his home, his form would become his being, his function and new family possibly his forever. Shaker, it seems, had ceased communicating. The supplies and support he expected - he needed - were no where to be found. His return transport was unknown. He and his three crew were alone.
Antera - a medieval, barely developed planet - was now his home.
Gamasutra also has an interview:
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Hall loves to develop universes, says Brathwaite. "We had just started talking… and seriously, within two days, he had 10 pages of story ideas. He had the name of a janitor in this universe already."

As for her, she has a deep love for systems: "I always have been and continue to be fascinated by game math," she says. "I'm fascinated with the underlying architecture of the game. Tom and I both love being architects, and we love drawing all the plans out… I'm interested in how this thing is going to work, and Tom is interested in laying the story over the top of that world and creating characters."

At least in pre-production, the two will lead a smaller team, with a couple of artists, four or five coders and a sound designer early on ("I think that affects the overall feel of the world," Brathwaite says). From there, they'll scale up the art as Brathwaite and Hall continue to lead the game design.
More information.

Bry72 October 6th, 2012 03:03

Better…still not there for me.

Lucky Day October 6th, 2012 03:10

can we continue the nonsensical arguing then or does this ruin it?

rune_74 October 6th, 2012 03:23

This information is why I decided to back it actually.

azarhal October 6th, 2012 03:36

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Originally Posted by Lucky Day (Post 1061164330)
can we continue the nonsensical arguing then or does this ruin it?

:rotfl:

For some reason I found this post really funny.
Don't mind me.

jhwisner October 6th, 2012 04:04

After reading this, reading a few of her articles, and contrasting her ideas in those with her list of game-credits I'm starting to think Brenda Braithwaite was woefully underutilized by some of the gaming companies she's worked for.

JDR13 October 6th, 2012 04:26

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Originally Posted by jhwisner (Post 1061164338)
After reading this, reading a few of her articles, and contrasting her ideas in those with her list of game-credits I'm starting to think Brenda Braithwaite was woefully underutilized by some of the gaming companies she's worked for.

That seems like a stark contrast to what you wrote about her in the other thread. :)

jhwisner October 6th, 2012 05:09

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Originally Posted by JDR13 (Post 1061164339)
That seems like a stark contrast to what you wrote about her in the other thread. :)

Sort of - the credits she's listed in still don't speak well about her creativity and capacity in the role of a lead designer. After reading some of what she's done outside of what she is credited for or has done within the industry, it seems less likely that the lack of laudable lead design credits represent a lack of talent or capacity on her part. I can only guess at why this might be, but I suspect she may have not received complete credits in some of her earlier works and has likely be underutilized and frustratingly unchallenged by many of her employers. So rather than her lack of credits as a lead designer representing a lack in capability in that regard - her credits themselves may be found lacking as far as being a proper representation of her ability.

Since I had a lot of mixed feelings about Wizardry 8 though, I'll probably want to hear a bit more before I decide. Things like her train game (teaching game - the players are not told anything about the destination or symbolism until they "win") this TED talk though make me more optimistic that it will look a more enticing as details trickle out.

SveNitoR October 6th, 2012 09:42

I get creeped out by their photos. Why do they even include them on the kickstarter page? I want to read about the game not look at the creators.

wolfing October 6th, 2012 14:03

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Originally Posted by Lucky Day (Post 1061164330)
can we continue the nonsensical arguing then or does this ruin it?

setting still has nothing for me. I need actual gameplay information, more than 'party of 4 characters, first person view'

JDR13 October 6th, 2012 15:01

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Originally Posted by wolfing (Post 1061164362)
I need actual gameplay information, more than 'party of 4 characters, first person view'

Have you read the description on the kickstarter page? There's a lot more information than just those two details.


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