I sent Alice the trailer for folkloric adventure, The Edgelands [official site], earlier with the note “AT 45 SECONDS THERE IS A GOOD BATCAVE.” It’s true. At 45 seconds there is a good batcave. Read the rest of this entry »
Astronaut: The Best [official site] is a game about training a bunch of people who definitely do not seem to have “the right stuff”, in preparation for a trip into space. There are four days left in its Kickstarter campaign and it’s only half way to its $26,000 goal. There’s still enough time to make up the difference, I reckon, even if the odds are against developers Universal Happymaker. Astronaut: The Best, you may remember, is one of the first titles to be backed by Fundbetter. That means Failbetter, the studio behind Sunless Sea, will match the $26k if the Kickstarter succeeds.
Edit: Three games are coming to PC, not two as originally reported.
The elegantly named Fundbetter is a new initiative from the wordy types at Failbetter, home of Sunless Sea and Fallen London. Launched in February, Fundbetter will provide the financial necessaries “for small narrative games and interactive fiction”, and the first five have been announced today. Three are destined for PC so we’ll concentrate on those. First up is The Edgelands, out this Autumn. It’s “an atmospheric adventure game set in the present day, based on real and imagined folklore”. Then there’s “narrative strategy game” Astronaut: The Best, heading to PC, Mac and Linux with a Kickstarter for funding (to be matched by Fundbetter) later this year, and Big Mike Lunchtime’s Business Training ‘95 – “Jumanji, but with businessmen”.
Failbetter Games have found fame and fortune with Fallen London and Sunless Sea, and now they’ve started helping other folks in the narrative games lark. For fun and profit! They’ve already helped fund Harry Tuffs’s A House of Many Doors, but today formally announced Fundbetter. It’s a funding initiative for folks who want to make small narrative games and interactive fiction, fronting them cash in return for a cut of profits. You know, it’s funding. Money stuff. Like Dragon’s Den but without the gits.