Hi everyone! I’m interrupting my “50 Cool Things” posts to let you know, after years of incubation and months of planning, I’m officially doing a Kickstarter campaign from Monday, March 31 – Wednesday, April 30, 2014 to launch my latest project:
I’m producing it alongside a group of industry veterans who bring a whole lot of knowledge and experience to the table. One of the main people who first approached me to develop this video game is Vince Clarke.
Above is an interview he did a number of years back. (I love it because of the interviewer’s 80′s hair!) Vince was named the most popular musician of the 80′s by Classic Pop Magazine for his work as the founder of Depeche Mode, Yaz, and Erasure. He recently released “Snow Globe,” a well-received Christmas album last year with Erasure. Below is the video for the first single, “Gaudete.” (I know Christmas is over, but wouldn’t it be nice if it were year round.)
Vince and I first worked together on an 80′s flashback episode of Johnny Bravo called, “The Time Of My Life.” In the episode, we wrote a song that was performed by Richard Butler of The Psychedelic Furs. You can hear the song on this link…
Vince is going to be doing all the music for our upcoming game, so you can be sure that it’s going to be the most dancingest game EVER!
Another person who is joining me on this crazy ride is an old college buddy of mine, Scott Eaton. Scott is a key person in the production and development of this game because he brings the know-how and experience of a real game developer having worked on two of the biggest game franchises in history: “Medal Of Honor” and “Call Of Duty.”
“Okay, your pitch sounds interesting, but…whaaaaat…?”
Oh yeah. It would probably help if you knew what the game was about…
In DANCERS OF WAR, you play a hardcore marine in a world where dance has been weaponized with the invention of a leotard/exoskeleton called the Exo-Tard 3000. The problem is, even though you know twenty-seven ways to kill a man with a toothpick, your dance skills are weak and awkward. Your mission is to dance battle past a population of zombie-like dance soldiers to free a group of kidnapped dance masters. With each dance soldier you defeat, you deactivate their mind control device and absorb their “Wow Factor” which strengthens your moves. With each dance master you save, you collect a new piece of armor filled with all-new dance moves to add to your skill set. Once you’re fully armored, a final battle awaits you with the renegade dance master and his Voltron-ic Dancing Machine.
We plan on creating this satirical, third person action video game for the PC (and hopefully beyond!).
Honestly, we’re taking a leap of faith here. We’re counting on people who love my brand of storytelling and Vince’s brand of music-making to follow and support us as we develop a video game! But we believe that the game is worth making and we’re dedicated to finding the audience to create this movement.
This is where you come in.
Just click on the following, https://www.facebook.com/dancersofwar, and when you get to the Facebook event hit the blue button that says “Join.” That way, you’ll be sure to get a message from us when we launch. We promise not to spam you! Plus, while you’re there, you can learn more about the project and keep up to date on the latest news from the front lines.
We need people to know about this campaign and spread the word. We need to build a following and prove to developers that everything out there doesn’t need to be familiar and formulaic to be embraced by audiences.
So whether you’re in Malaysia (the heaviest users of social network sites according to Time magazine), the Philippines (Salamat!), Poland (interestingly, I get a lot of fan mail from there) or any other country that uses the word “football” to describe soccer, we want to hear from you. Log on to Kickstarter on March 30th and help us go global!
And please share this with as many people as you can. Especially those who you think would love to see this game brought into existence.
I look forward to connecting with you! :-)Read More