This here is a weird thing which I nonetheless very much enjoy and appreciate. I assume that a lot of people on CL follow a bunch of Youtube Let's Players or Critics. Some of them are part of the NormalBoots website, which is basically a portal/collective outside of Youtube, with its own community and forums as well as some exclusive content.
Now, three girls/women have set up a Kickstarter to create an Otome Game / Dating Sim / Visual Novel based on the NormalBoots Crew!
When things in her life get to be too much to handle, Hana Mizuno transfers to Asagao Academy to start fresh. Once there, she runs into the Normal Boots Club - a group of handsome, competitive gamers, and the most popular guys in school. And they need her to compete in this year's gaming tournament!
Asagao Academy: Normal Boots Club is a free fan-made otome game (romance-oriented visual novel from a female perspective) based on the guys of Normal Boots. It is light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek, affectionately parodying visual novel, anime, and video game tropes, while also incorporating a serious story about a girl's journey through romance and friendship.
This game has been in development since February 2014. The goal of this Kickstarter is to raise enough money to make it feasible to release Asagao Academy for free once it's completed.
Yes, you heard right - a dating sim based on Youtube personalities. Maybe you can recognize some of them on the thread banner, but here's the full list:
- JonTron / Jon
- PeanutButterGamer / PBG
- ProJared / Jared
- SatchBag / Satch
- DidYouKnowGaming / Shane
- The Completionist / Jirard & Greg
- Continue? / Paul, Josh & Nick
More characters have been teased, with one being specifically mentioned in the stretch goals of the Kickstarter - JonTron's robo-bird Jacques!
27 days to go @ $3,987/12,000, with 141 backers.
The GAME ITSELF is supposed to be free if the Kickstarter reaches its goal of $12,000! The money itself goes towards making it happen, and paying artists/composers/licensing, and hopefully, in case of stretch goals, a bit of voice acting.
Promised features are as follows:
- 7 possible routes with 35+ hours of content
- 14 possible endings
- 25 fully illustrated CGs
- Cameos from other YouTubers
- Non-arbitrary choices that affect more than just the ending
- Hidden scenes and subplots
- Original soundtrack
- Beautiful HD artwork
- Characters with personality, including the MC
- A story that is both humorous and sincere
The Kickstarter page gives a LOT of info to potential backers - up to showing a graph on distribution of money, something not enough Kickstarter creators offer:
Stretch goals are as follows:
Personally, I'd like this Kickstarter to crack them all, because I believe there is a lot of potential in this kind of thing - especially as far as promoting the artists involved and partner channels go. Proving you can handle a kickstarter like that and make a tongue-in-cheek dating sim can open nice career options.
And these three girls are who will benefit the most from this kind of exposure:
There's a lot more stuff to be found on the Kickstarter's page, so please check it out!