WHO ARE WE AND WHAT DO WE WANT TO MAKE?
The Lawless Online is a free, online, Role-Playing Strategy game set in the Old West. Players compete with each other head-to-head, free-for-all or as Gangs to become the most notorious players around.
The Lawless Online combines the accessibility of new world gaming like you would find on facebook but with the depth of gameplay that you can only find in published standalone games.
The Lawless Online is in two parts - The website and the game client. The game client is where you go to play the game and join / host matches and from the website you manage your character, make friends and start gangs.
We have used re-invented technology to provide a fast and completely accessible game that can work on anyone's computer and can be downloaded for free!
For more information of the gameplay, here's a link to a post on our blog that goes into more detail about it!
We are a small group of game nerds who really want to take game development back to it's roots when all it was about was making something awesome for everyone to enjoy. We don't want to make you pay for things that should be in the game already and we actively want people to share the game around and it's our way of giving something back to the world of gaming!
Unfortunately though, money gets things done! And no matter how many times we try to persuade people that being paid in hugs and flowers is a good idea - they just won't take it. So we need some money to get us off the ground, online and in full production!
WHAT DO WE NEED MONIES FOR?
Projects on this scale just can't be completed without a little bit of dollar to get things online. We have a very small team that consists of an Artist that models, textures, animates and graphic designs all the elements of the game. A Programmer that is building and coding all of the game engine from scratch and all the tooling, a musician who is consistantly cracking out quality tunes and a graphic designer who helps create all the nice little buttons and helps composite all the game assets.
Here's a post that goes into a bit more detail about all the members of our team!
But we are missing an essential part of the team - A strong, consistant Web Developer. We have been through several web developers in the last few months but none have been able to commit the time and effort required to get this bad boy up and running. Most have full-time jobs and can't sacrifice the time without any payment.
A large chunk will go to paying off the Web Developer, but we also need money to help pay for server costs to host this project, and as we want to make this game free, forever, getting an income with be a slow process and we therefore need help paying for all the hosting costs for the foreseeable future.
Along with all those, we also need additional funds to help outsource some work from musicians, sound artists and animators.
PERKS AND REWARDS
Being an entirely digital project, it means we can offer some really cool rewards for you lovely creatures that decide to help fund us. For the slightly less well-off funders we will be offering you free access to our developer tools such as our map editor a few months before release of the game so you can start getting prepared for it's release with a set of awesome user-created maps. Along with the editor we will be offering all the classics like Character Page tags, wallpapers and soundtracks etc.
For those with a little bit more of a buldge in their trousers (I'm talking about wallets here!) we can put digitally painted versions of your lovely faces (or lovely faces of your design) in our games as selectable appearances for everyone to chose. We'll slice your face up into a variety of different segments - noses, eyes, mouths and so on, and players can mix and match between them all. We will also be offering custom character pages so you can really show off how amazing and generous you are to all the other players, unique tags and keys for beta testing!
HOW WILL THE $9000 BE SPENT?
Most of the $9000 will go towards the development of our website-side of the project, but below is a breakdown of how the funds will be spent:
- Goes towards the development of The Lawless Online website. The website is a database heavy, social-orientated, player-management site that takes a lot of work (A lot of ridiculous words just to say its a big website).
- Goes to hosting costs. This is the cost of server rental for just over 6 months until it can keep itself afloat. Our server will have to handle the traffic on the website and every game that is hosted playing The Lawless Online.
- Goes towards outsourced coding, animation and art assets. These will include things such as animation rigs.
- Goes towards paying our Musician Joseph Burns, his commissions and future works towards The Lawless Online.
- Goes towards the costs of sound recording equipment hire.
- IndieGoGo has a commission of 4% plus 3% transfer fees if we reach our goal, so in order to raise enough to get this project completed, we also need to cover the commission fees :)
WHY GET INVOLVED?
We Lawless Developers as a group of people, are all completely wound up in the idea of free gaming. But by free gaming we don't mean throw-away games about snails and flowers. We want well-developed, deep games to be accessible to everyone like they were in years gone.
Development studios of old would make games and then continue making these games more and more awesome - for free, for the sake of the game and not for the weight of their wallets.
We also want players to get involved in the game together. How many times have you wanted to play a game with your mates but you can't because they've not got enough money, or they don't know if they'll like it so they don't want to spend the money? It has happened quite a lot with us and it's frustrating. That's why we have made this game free and optimised to work on ANY machine, no matter how low-spec.
We're not the first to offer such a game, but we're definitely one of the few and we want The Lawless Online to be another example of a great game that is free to everyone!
Be sure to check out our blog regularly. On there we will be talking more about our design ethos and how this game can be a great success without having to resort to paid-DLC and expensive costs!
HOW ELSE CAN I GET INVOLVED?
It's very important for us to be able to raise enough capital to pay for the essentials in development costs, but more importantly we need to know that you want this game, and we need you to show everyone else that you want this game! Subscribe to our blog, our YouTube, find us on facebook, follow us on twitter and join our forums! The more noise you make, the better the game will be!
For a selection of useful links all about The Lawless Online:
Thank you so much for reading / watching / contributing and be sure to check back regularly for updates on our development!