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A game being made in a month for RMN's Summer Games event - 2011.

Theme: Surrealism.

So... The event theme gave me a great excuse to make the pretentious and surreal game I've always wanted to. It's hard to say what this game's about without ruining it but it's mainly a patchwork of inspiration from songs and music and what those meant to me. Gameplay will be non-traditional to non-existent but at least it'll look kinda pretty :)

You take on the role of a masked protagonist in a surreal journey through a strange world. What else do you need to know?

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Does this count as concept art? Maybe some history at least, clues perhaps.

So I was flicking through my book o' notes where I jot down my game ideas, game-flows, put annoying evented systems with conditional branches into flow-charts etc etc and I came across this sketch I did ages ago, way before I even started on this game, which may be a somewhat familiar scene to those who've played the current version of Novella:



The line is from a Taking Back Sunday song called "...slowdance on the inside" and is one of my favorites.

Here's where I ramble about nothing of importance for a while:

As I've mentioned before, this whole game is pretty much a patchwork of bits and pieces from songs and albums but they're all tied together, in a patchwork-ey way into distinct scenes in the game's unfolding because the idea I had for this game was to try to tell a story without much storytelling, trying to tell a big story in a short space of time by using what's implicit in every scene to the fullest extent I could: Music seems to do this a lot and very well (at least to me) so I tried to put that into a game.

Another thing I tried to do with this game was to ensure that the references I used weren't "standalone lines" by which I mean; if a player decided to research some of the lines I'd used in this game and read the lyrics or listened to the songs from which those lines came then they'd actually end up with a fuller understanding of what's happening in the "story". In a way I'm using other media as secondary material or a "companion work" even though that material pre-dates this game. This inclination of mine sort of comes from reading House of Leaves and once having a little thing for ARGs - I've always been somewhat enamoured with the idea of entertainment media that invites you into a collaborative breaking the fourth wall and points you toward other aspects of reality or other media in order to deepen the meaning and experience of the work. So I guess my inclination to do that a little bit here was a nod to those.

Anyway that's all I got. :>

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Yellow Magic
I'll never regain the bones I lost from my loneliness and sorrow
2993
Yeah.....yeah, this is surreal alright. *suscribes, smokes Dali painting*
I sure do love me a cherry patch. Good use of it by the way. Really good.
Creation
An avid lover of Heartache 101
1386
I just watched the little video and I quite simply loved it. I applaud your creativity, it's nice to integrate gaming elements in such a different way.

This is the first game I am subscribing to.
author=Creation
I just watched the little video and I quite simply loved it. I applaud your creativity, it's nice to integrate gaming elements in such a different way.

This is the first game I am subscribing to.


Thanks Creation :) I appreciate that, especially considering what you're used to seeing over at Oninoromancie (sorry if I've butchered the name).

This project is definitely more arty than gamey, though. and I'm running out of time! :|
Adon237
if i had an allowance, i would give it to rmn
1813
This looks pretty fancy so far.
To my 17 subscribers (thanks for subscribing by the way :>) I'm just posting this to announce that I'm very uncertain about finishing this in time for the event deadline :< Which is pretty upsetting to me because I've put a lot of work into this one. It will get finished but I'll be a little gutted if I can't get it done for the event it was very specifically designed for.

Currently considering what could be cut out of the planned timeline in order to get it done quicker. So also my apologies in advance if the game suddenly changes pace because I had to start rushing things a lot more than earlier on in the month.
Adon237
if i had an allowance, i would give it to rmn
1813
author=NewBlack
To my 17 subscribers (thanks for subscribing by the way :>) I'm just posting this to announce that I'm very uncertain about finishing this in time for the event deadline :< Which is pretty upsetting to me because I've put a lot of work into this one. It will get finished but I'll be a little gutted if I can't get it done for the event it was very specifically designed for.

Currently considering what could be cut out of the planned timeline in order to get it done quicker. So also my apologies in advance if the game suddenly changes pace because I had to start rushing things a lot more than earlier on in the month.

Well still, I will play and review this game even if it is not finished!
I'm stuck on the part before getting onto the train theres a piano and I don't know what to do now
This was a lot of fun. I have no problems with the length, or any of the rest of it, really. Any longer and I might've been bored, but I think the format fit very nicely with how long the game took.


author=supremewarrior
I'm stuck on the part before getting onto the train theres a piano and I don't know what to do now

Don't forget the ocean.
Oblic
Once a member of RMN, always a member of RMN!
1752
author=psy_wombats
Don't forget the ocean.

Holy hell that was EXTREMELY obscure... I just tried something because it was the only thing that I thought was even close...

EDIT: The sad thing is, I got the "play it by ear" one in about 2 seconds...
She did tell you not to forget. :P


---never mind, it didn't happen the second time
Weird Cal. First time I've seen that or heard about it from anybody who's played the game. Hope everything's fine now.
Yes, I finished the game.
*writes secret notes with evil grim*
Max McGee
with sorrow down past the fence
9219
DID YOU JUST FUCKING SAY HOUSE OF LEAVES?
author=Max McGee
DID YOU JUST FUCKING SAY HOUSE OF LEAVES?

I think you mean House of Leaves :P

Yes I did. I've not finished it though actually, I'm half way through. Hardback full-colour edition for the win ;)

Edit: Wow, ninja edit.
Max McGee
with sorrow down past the fence
9219
I am stuck on the piano puzzle. Please help urgently. Like a ninja.
chana
(Socrates would certainly not contadict me!)
1584
Max McGee
with sorrow down past the fence
9219
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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