If you have played the adventure games The Longest Journey and/or Dreamfall, chances are that you may be interested in the Kickstarter campaign for Dreamfall Chapters - the concluding adventure in The Longest Journey saga.
Ragnar Tørnquist, the creator of these adventure games and the mind behind behind the story and setting of Anarchy Online and The Secret World, has started a company Red Thread Games. This company includes a number of veterans from Funcom which are working on to make this third installment of this saga. The company is self-funded, so they have launched a Kickstarter campaign to get some additional funding for the game, aiming for a release in 2014.
The Kickstarter campaign has pretty much just started and have a goal of $850000. At the time of writing here they have already reached over $430000, i.e. more than half way to the goal. This is from 7800 backers, so on average that is around $55 per person so far. All tiers from $20 and upwards includes a copy of the game.
I have not played Dreamfall yet and I have not yet completed The Longest Journey, but both of those are certainly on my to-do list. I am a big admirer what Ragnar Tørnquist has accomplished storywise for both Anarchy Online and The Secret World and I loved playing The Longest Journey also. So they will get some $$$ from me as well.
Ever since I started playing MMOs over 10 years ago, that has been almost the only game type I have played. Outside of MMOs I cannot really label myself a gamer, since I rarely play other computer games – although from time to time there has been a bit of playtime on Playstation consoles.
Except for a little bit of play time with The Dream Machine, I have not played any point & click adventure games for perhaps 15-20 years – at least not what I rememeber. A long time ago I bought The Longest Journey and Dreamfall through Steam when there was a sale, but I never got around to play those games except just start them up, pretty much.
But now I have finally decided to jump into it and have started with The Longest Journey. So far I think it is a very nice game, good dialogue and the puzzles seems ok. It is a bit of a warm-up period for me, since it was ages since I played any of these and I have not really played any of these on a PC before. Back in the days when I played those I was using a few Amiga computers.
The Longest Journey is a game that seems to be about 12 years old from what I can tell and shows on the resolution for the graphics – 640×480 is not exactly hi-res. But I think it is doing quite well with what it got though and the interface works fine for me.
While I suppose the stories will not have much to do with each other it stills feels like this will be a good way spend some time before there will be time for The Secret World. So far I am a little bit into Chapter 2 and I am loving it.