Fund Alum So I Can Play It, KThx

I co-own a very popular website about PC games with a large audience of excellent PC gamers, and there’s a PC game I want to play that doesn’t have enough funding yet. Alum.

Quickly, there’s only just over two days left! I don’t know if the adventure-cum-RPG will be any good, but I fancy finding out, and if I don’t abuse my position to demand other people give it the money it needs, how will I ever find out?

Um – maybe stop watching this video after the game bit is over, because the two guys arsing about and acting like they’re not taking it seriously did rather put me off. So don’t watch that bit, or my plan might not work.


  1. Cognitive Mailorder says:

    “Deceit. Betrayal. Love. Hur hur hur.”

  2. Teddy Leach says:

    At least you’re being more honest about it than Satellite Reign.

    • John Walker says:

      Sorry, did you have an accusation you wanted to make?

      • jrodman says:

        Why yes.

        I believe you intentionally over-steeped my tea.

        • nindustrial says:

          Did he leave the bag in too?!?!

          • jrodman says:

            Of course, a man like me with fine tastes; the use of teabags over loose-leaf is an affront, let alone the shock of actually seeing it.

        • The Ultimate Clone of The Ultimate Warrior says:

          Poor man. Walker, you should be ashamed of yourself! This poor man probably had to drink Coffee! Oh the humanity! Don’t worry mate you can cry on my shoulder. Walker, to the naughty corner with you! Face the wall and think about what you’ve done before I get in character and start rambling at you in full Warrior mode.

      • mouton says:

        white knight_[ ]
        clickbaiter___[ ]
        columnist____[ ]

      • RProxyOnly says:

        I wouldn’t be too offended, John. According to this quote on his site, this is his usual level of writing,

        “WARNINGS: AU, Very Dark Fic Chapters may contain any of the following – M/M Slash, M/F Slash, Mpreg, M/M Rape, Graphic Violence, Child Sexual Abuse (Non-graphic), Incest, Bondage, Implied Bestiality, Character Death, Cross Dressing, Foul Language.”

        So it would seem his offside comment is actually a step up.. maybe he is trying to mend his ways.. Baby steps.

        • Haplo says:

          I kind of like how it starts off with rape and graphic violence in the first line and then ends on foul language.

          • blunderx says:

            Also Cross dressing is really horrible! I mean, how can you even wear a cross? In what body cavity do you keep it? I mean, what kind of sexual pervertion from the burning hells is that?

        • The Random One says:

          I don’t think you can tell a person’s level of writing ability from the warnings on their work, but my mind is right now having difficulty getting around what ‘implied bestiality’ might look like.

          • RProxyOnly says:

            I’m pretty sure you can. If someone has to issue a warning over their writings then it’s pretty easy to conclude where their head is at and therefore their preferred level of writing. Someone who’s bag of cookies is thoroughly sealed wouldn’t feel the need to expunge in that particular manner.

            As for ‘implied bestiality’, maybe it’s the equivalent of giving a llama the eye?

          • analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

            You calling Tenzin Gyatso an animal, maybe in previous lives!

        • magos says:

          It looks like he does deconstructions of shitty fanfics, rather than writing this stuff himself. But hey, don’t let me stop your character assassination of anyone who dares contest the great high RPS overlords.

          BTW, I completely disagree with his initial comment.

      • Lars Westergren says:

        For the heinous crime of being enthusiastic about a game, the court finds you guilty. May the forums have mercy on you.

        • analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

          I think the crime IS getting enthusiatic about this game. There must bee some hidden gems in that video that elude me.

          Still as a privately owned business John is within his rights to promote any game as long as he is open about it and does not stand to benefit. His family and friends can benefit, that’s fine, the Tory Party was built on such practices!

          Edit: Impartiality has gone out of the window mind but these days the trade of a journalist is normally a means to an end , be that political or financial.

      • analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

        There’s only one way to settle this, Fight!

        Or a bout of multiplayer Sir, …………..

  3. Dharoum says:

    The end didn’t putt me off at all. Finally some lay-back guys not trying to force the issue of selling there idea. Just keep it plain and honest, I liked that a lot.

  4. Tukuturi says:

    “Each day that drifts by seems like a vacuum, drinking the color from my life.” Drinking, drifting vacuums? Slow down on the metaphors there.

  5. Tukuturi says:

    Here’s what I don’t get about this kickstarter thing. If these guys don’t have the resources to make an adventure game with musicians and voice actors and teams of artists and such, why can’t they just make an adventure game without those things?

    • pegolius says:

      Because that would be like the cake without the icing, the Burger without ham…oh well, I tried.

    • Shazbut says:

      Speaking as an actor who’s done voice work, I am amazed that games ever have bad voice acting. There are so many actors with great voicereels sitting there who would take barely any money just to be working. Do people just not know where to look?

      EDIT: – Damn, only semi-relevant. Sorry

      • Tukuturi says:

        That is something I have wondered about. There are a lot of audio dramas around the internet with great voice acting, better than you get in a lot of video games, and they are made by people for free in their spare time as a hobby.

      • ThTa says:

        Poor (or non-existant) direction and shoddy scripts come to mind.
        Those audio reels sound good because it’s the VAs calling the shots, doing whatever they like with little to no comparison and no limit on retakes.

        Commission one of them to read a few lines of “gruff Scottish mineworker Steve” without giving them any more context (the other side of the dialogue, proper character description, cues, etc.) or even providing any sort of feedback beyond “do more takes” and see what happens when it’s implemented in the final product.

        • Bhazor says:

          The real problem is that the voice work is done one line at a time. So there’s no real dialog its just prerecorded lines put one after the other. So that means there’s no back and forth between actors and they often have to record speeches as multiple parts (so they can be skipped). Imagine reading a soliloquy but after every full stop you need to take a one minute break.

          When was the last time you heard characters talking over each other or interrupting each other without a half second of dead air?

          In an audio drama it’s usually recorded “live” or at the very least the actors in a dialog will actually be talking to each other.

          • Shazbut says:

            Good point

          • FriendlyFire says:

            A few games did it well. Uncoincidentally, they also had the actors act together. Uncharted even had the actors motion capture at the same time as they recorded the lines, which explains why the dialogue felt a whole lot more vivid and lifelike than 99% of the games out there.

      • Don Reba says:

        Just in case they really don’t know, where should they be looking?

        • Shazbut says:

          One thing would be to approach the major drama schools – in Britain this would be RADA, Bristol, Central, Guildhall, etc. – and just directly say that you’re looking for really good voice actors. People who are just leaving drama school can be phenomenally talented straight from the get go, and voice acting – sight reading – is more of a gift and not one of those skills that improve dramatically with experience. Recent graduates are desperate to work and will take anything, for the experience and for their voice reels, and will be keen to do their best.

          It’s also easy for an actor to record lines in a studio and may only take a few hours. It’s comfortable and easy and quick, so money isn’t much of a factor – £20 an hour is better than working in McDonald’s.

          Regarding older female characters, just contact an actress or their agent and say “Someone has actually written a role for an older woman. When can you get here?”. Then if they say “Would I just be playing someone’s mother?”, you can lie and say no.

    • Ultra Superior says:

      I think it’s better to have money, rather than have not.

  6. Crashable says:

    Thanks John! Sorry for arsing around in our video.. We were in a tree fort! We couldn’t help ourselves!

    • RProxyOnly says:

      In a tree fort?

      You are excused, as silliness will always prevail halfway up a tree.

  7. faelnor says:

    Thanks to tracking websites, such a post is an excellent way to see whether blindly asking RPS readers for money on a random Kickstarter project will have an effect on its funding.

    • The Random One says:

      And thus began the tale of John Walker, Undercover Socioeconomist.

      • analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

        John Walker Operating Thetan………oh! misread that!

        • DrScuttles says:

          Rock, Paper, Sea Org: fearing Xenu and psychiatrists since 75 billion BC.

    • faelnor says:

      BTW the answer is yes and it’s statistically significant, but I’ll wait for the end of the KS campaign.

  8. Rikard Peterson says:

    You forgot to mention why you want to play it.

  9. Greggh says:

    how bout no?


    nah, srsly. no tho. kisskiss

  10. FriendlyNeighbourhoodMurderer says:

    I’m sorry, but this just doesn’t look good enough for me to pay in advance. I helped kickstart both Quest for Infamy and Mage’s initiation, because I love adventure games (especially Quest for Glory-ish games). But this looks graphics-wise and novelty-wise like pretty much most of the games on the forums of link to – which people pretty much mostly develop for free, and some of the ones on the forum are even better looking, so I can’t really see what it is that’s special about this one.

    I know it’s someone’s dream to make this game, and I’ve also tried to make an adventure game with a friend, so I know that the things in the video have taken a long time to make, and that there are probably unique ideas. I’m mostly looking at the graphics, but for me to give money towards it, it just has to look better than something I’d expect to find for free. Sorry.

  11. daphne says:

    This is one of the most random posts I’ve ever seen on RPS. I was expecting to read about some late-discovered, monumentally exciting prospect that catapulted John Walker into soliciting patronage in the middle of a Saturday evening against all principles. I got a completely ordinary Kickstarter project instead.

    Maybe it’s just the hivemind’s guilt surfacing after two weeks of missed Kickstarter Katchups. Burn! Nah, I jest. But this was indeed most random.

  12. Crashable says:

    The video makes the graphics look worse (maybe the format we used, we tried like 8 of them) and the Alum kickstarter video is not representing the final product. All the backgrounds will be more detailed and also animating, the characters and sprites will be finely shaded and light to match the environments along with having more frames for smoother animations. The music will all be professionally mixed and mastered. Plus it will be a full length game. We plan on having Alum on a LOT higher level of quality then the free games at AGS.

    • FriendlyNeighbourhoodMurderer says:

      I guess that was an answer to me?

      Thanks for replying. And I really appreciate your enthusiasm. I’ve pledged 20$ now. But I swear! If I play the final product and I’m really disappointed, then I will open my email client, and consider start writing a semi-angry email, then decide not to do it because that would really be pointless and silly.

      I wish you good luck, and I hope the game gets funded, and I look forward to having to eat my own words from the first post :)

  13. Ninja Foodstuff says:

    I co-own a very popular website about PC games with a large audience of excellent PC gamers, and there’s a PC game I want to play that doesn’t have enough funding yet.

    Sell website, fund game. Simples.

  14. veivel says:

    i don’t mind the arsing around in the video, but as far as I can tell they clearly are unprepared for this kind of project and do in fact not take it seriously enough. Their first Kickstarter for Alum failed and they immediately started this almost identical second one, instead of improving their pitch or – god forbid- develop a small game or a demo for free, like thousands of other hobbyists do.
    So far they have shown little to convince me they can do more than talk the talk.

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we see a third Kickstarter for Alum in a couple of days, should this attempt fail, too.

  15. mwoody says:

    Et cetera. Etc.

  16. orient says:

    As a fan of AGS and the games that use it, Alum doesn’t stand out to me at all. Pass.

  17. Orija says:

    “Were using the same “old-school” resolution as those games to give it that retro feel. ”

    Fuck off.

  18. DrManhatten says:

    Don’t waste your money on another mediocre Point & Click adventure invest it better in a innovative and rather solid project like this:

    link to

    • cpt_freakout says:

      That looks pretty cool, actually.

      • Spoon Of Doom says:

        Indeed, I’m considering backing this. They might need a bit of help though, according to Kicktraq it’s stagnated for quite a while now.

        Also, the title image had me expecting some kind of ‘me too’ gritty shooter, which almost caused me to close the tab before looking at anything else.

  19. Wonkyth says:

    Hmm, looks interesting. :)

  20. Deano2099 says:

    Have any of the hive mind backed this themselves? Didn’t see any familiar names on the backers list though wondering if it was a conflict of interest policy…

  21. blunderx says:

    It just got funded so now you can play it. You’re welcome. :D