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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Home Free Game


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

You are a dog, lost in a sprawling and unfamiliar city. You wander the streets, searching for scraps, for shelter, for a friendly face. Slowly, you overcome some of your fears. You learn where you can snag a meaty bone, where you can sleep warm and safe at night. Strange streets become familiar territory. One by one, the streets become yours. You find friends. Eventually, maybe, home.  Home Free is an open-world action-RPG starring a dog lost in a sprawling, randomly generated city. Use your canine abilities to explore this strange, sometimes hostile environment and find your place in the world.

They have been working on Home Free for about two years now, and they are very excited to show you where they have taken it so far. This project is the culmination of a lot of work and a bunch of crazy interests: procedural content, urbanism, quadrupedal locomotion, and dogs — how they play, the stories they tell about them, and what makes them tick.  Here are the features.

  • Be a dog in an unexplored city!
  • Play as any of over a dozen breeds (plus many more color and marking variations). Maybe even more, depending on stretch goals and rewards!
  • Explore a dense, procedurally-generated city unique to your game. Every street, alleyway, building, nook and cranny was generated just for your game. No one has been here before, so you better start marking your territory.
  • Player-driven narrative. Shape the story of one dog’s survival through your choices and actions. Experience the the world from the perspective a creature who will never quite understand why that world acts the way it does.
  • Wrestle, wriggle, and pounce. Home Free features a full range of canine moves to master, whether you’re playing with friendly dogs in a local park or escaping the aggressions of territorial dogs in a dark alley.
  • Learn the unique rhythms of your city. Which neighborhood has the tastiest garbage just after sunset? What park empties at mid-day so you and your dog friends can have a fun romp when no one’s around?
  • Decide how to survive. Will you be a bandit, stealing food from unsuspecting humans when you can? A performer, trying to earn treats and sympathy from dog-friendly citizens? Or a scavenger, sticking to the margins and following your nose?
  • Dog it up with your friends in real life! Home Free comes bundled with my local multiplayer dog wrasslin’ game, Dog Park, included at all backer levels!

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As of October 4th, this project has raised around $45,000 of their $50,000 goal. This project only has 26 days left to raise the $50,000 or it will not be funded! For a pledge of $15, you will get a digital copy of the game.  For a pledge of $25, you will get a digital copy of the game and soundtrack!  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/143870832/home-free-0

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