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Friday, March 8, 2013

Kickstarter Campaign for Torment

This has been a busy week with posts, but I can't pass up the chance to talk about my good friend, critique partner, and apparently AWESOME GAMER WRITER Adam Heine's involvement in an amazing Kickstarter campaign for the RPG game Torment, which is "a story-driven CRPG crafted in the tradition of Planescape: Torment and set in the world of Monte Cook's Numenera."

Now I'm not a gamer, I'm a writer. But Torment just might lure me into being a gamer, because it's really like a novel brought to life, and you're in it. It has a depth of character and worldbuilding that poses the kind of complex ethical questions that really turn my gears.

And the concept is killer.
What does one life matter? 
"We're going to help you tell a story, and in the end you’ll have explored your answer to this question. You might decide that one life is the most important thing in the world, if it’s the right life. You might decide that a life means nothing, though Life itself has meaning. You might decide that Life has no value at all. We won’t force you toward a specific answer in your search. But we will force you to think."

What? This is a GAME? Holy fantasy fun, kittens. 

You should watch this just for the kid who says "Months? For Writing?"

So, the game is cool. The art is gorgeous. My friend Adam is involved, so you know it will be awesome. The  Kickstarter was open less than a day when they EXCEEDED their goal of almost a million dollars raised. 

Holy cats.

But exceeding the goal is good, because then my friend Adam gets a paying gig out of this that will support his family, so I'm all excited about that too.

The idea of using Kickstarter to fund something like this, something fan-driven, also excites the heck out of me. Indie authors of course have used Kickstarter before too, usually for smaller scale projects, like funding a hard-cover edition. But I'm in awe of the size of the project these folks are pulling together. And I'm wondering what other ways that indie authors can use this. To fund, say, artwork for a steampunk story. Or a graphic novel. Or perhaps even an indie-produced movie version of your favorite indie series about mindreaders and mindjackers. :)

But never mind that. For now... GO FUND ADAM'S AWESOME PROJECT.

I'm all about getting the novella prize that Adam is writing, but Torment may make a gamer out of me yet.


  1. My husband and I have funded several Kickstarter projects this year and really enjoy seeing what we've invested in develop. The potential is staggering.

  2. When Adam first mentioned his participation in the production of this game, I was floored. There's so much that goes into it it's ridiculous. I'm super glad the kickstarter is successfully growing with funds and hope Torment comes out kicking arse when it's available. WOOT!

  3. It seems kind of amazing. I'm thinking about a kickstarter project for some new bionic limbs. All I need is to find the right mad scientist.

  4. Have you seen some of the stretch goals? They're adding a bunch more novellas.

    1. I did! But I think they're by the other people (not that they're not awesome, too, but you know - they're not Adam). Fortunately, I think the package I signed up for gets ALL the novellas, including the stretch ones! #sweet

  5. Sounds like a great project and a wonderful game. I wish there were more hours in the day to play:)

  6. Almost a million dollars? In less than a day? This sounds like the heady days at the start of the dot com industry. I wonder if it can last.

  7. Oh very cool. I love a good role playing fantasy game!