Venture Tales: A Business Simulator Video Game to Change Society.

A business simulator video game that aims to educate people about the real world of business in a fun way.
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Christian Ibarra
Gaming
Capital Federal
Argentina
5 Team Members

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What is "Venture Tales":

It's a business simulator & strategy video game (for Windows, Mac + Linux) about setting up your own start-up; this game aims to entertain and inform players about the real world of business in a fun way.

A business simulator is a unique subject that is not seen often in video games. Plus it's also unique in that it will inform about how the real world of business works, therefore it will be a great oportunity to learn about the subject to actual beginning entrepeneurs and curious people, while they are having fun playing it.

Also since knowledge is power, it will be a great way to give more power to people so that they can have more freedom to add value to society in a positive way.



Why crowdfunding?:

I need to raise money to get together a team of programmers to work full time to complete a playable alpha version in about 5 months, for that I need to raise 20,000USD. The team that will work on the intial months will be 3 experienced programmers working on it including me. This game will be DRM-free for PC, Mac, Linux , Android and iOS mobile devices (Possibly OUYA too). Once this playable version has been released, we will use community feedback and metrics to mold the game to reach it's greatest potential, and we will continue to develop it with a target of having a final version of the game in a maximum of 2 years.


Details on the game:

Here is more info on the subjects the game will tackle, each part would be a detailed mechanic which will have an effect on the overall simulation of the in-game-world.

  1. You'll be playing a game of life, where you have your own in-game character, living with his family, you need to manage your time, and organize your life, your stress levels, your education, and your effectiveness in your business with the help of your in-game schedule and calendar.

  2. You'll be able to take care of your relationships with your family, friends, co-workers, society, etc. If you spend too much time at work, you won't have time for family life.

  3. You can choose how to live your private life, where and how to spend your money.

  4. You can contact people, consultants, services, distributors, marketing, partners, negotiate and makes deals with them to work together.

  5. Manage and make contracts with services, other people, employees, etc.

  6. Keep track and work on legal and law matters.

  7. Evaluate and choose employees, and assign them to whatever job you choose in your company. Create the company hierarchy.


  8. Organize, control, and manage employees. 

  9. Create and manage all the inner workings of your business from the inside out using an innovative visual representation that shows all the processes and activities in your business at the same time.

  10. You will be able to analize maps that shows different data of the context of where you live and relating to how your businesses influence society.

  11. Control of spending, finances, earnings, flow of money, etc.

  12. Manage different variables of your business, money, times of processes, quality of production or service, client satisfaction, etc.

  13. Study of the market to obtain and maintain clients and other purposes. 

  14. Get financing, create business plans, get help from incubators, accelerators, investors, get loans from banks or other mediums, etc. 

  15. Research and development of business ideas and products. 

  16. Buy and sell of real state using a world and city map. 

  17. Manage transport times. 

  18. React to events and news that affect the world and your business.


Why make a business simulator?:

To spread knowledge about how to create and lead a succesful business. This game will try to educate and inform people in order to give them the confidence to start-up their own real-world company, and trough it affect their society in a positive way, while reaping the personal benefits a succesful business might bring. It is meant to inspire and be fun too!


How will we do it?:

I have been doing research on how to start a business for a couple of years and I also have experience trying to setup my businesses as a graphic designer, illustrator, coach, and also as a indie game developer. Altought my research and experience has helped a lot into the fundamental design of this game, this is not enough to make this game a great and really useful informative medium, this is why I need to hire business consultants.

We need the money to get the help of business consultants in order to make the game as informative and educational as possible about how the real world of businesses works. If we get help from business experts we will be able to make a game that will serve as an introduction for any person who wants to understand how to create and maintain a succesful business. Getting professional business input at the start of this proyect is very important. We need their help from the very beginning of the project in order to set the foundations of the game and give it the right direction, if we hire them later we may have to modify big portions of the game that do not contribute to it's educational purposes, and that would cost us time and money, meaning you won't be able to play it as soon as possible.

We also need the money to pay our programmers in order to create a playable proof of concept, a pre alpha version in 5 months, with only the most important parts of the game, and be able to realease it as soon as possible before 5 months, so we can develop it with the input and feedback from it's players. That way we can change and mould the game according to the feedback of our community of players. This model is called Alphafunding, and is a model that was succesfuly applied by many other games including Minecraft and Prison Architect.

We will also need to invest in a web page that will serve as our own crowdfunding site, and from where we will be able to keep accepting pledges, colaborations, and donations, in exchange for rewards, including the playable pre alpha version of the game. This is a very important part of this proyect, since this ongoing crowdfunding model will allow us to keep developing the game beyond the initial 5 months. This model was done succesfully by games like Star Citizen and Prison Architect too.

We also need to hire a better artist and graphic designer, a musician and sound designer.

We also need the money to set up a legal entity in order to receive the funds.


Who will do this?:

I am Christian Ibarra, you may know me from flash games such as “Zombie Home Run” (Click here to play Zombie Home Run) and “TwitchPack” (Click here to play Twitchpack), and also an old downloadable game called “Happier than you”. I'm a programmer, graphic designer, illustrator (Click here to access Christian Ibarra's Art Gallery), game designer and coach. 

I have almost 20 years of experience developing games as a hobby, programming, designing and making the art for them myself. Now my dream is to form a group of talented developers to be able to create video games that are not only fun and innovative, but also have a positive impact on society.

The team I want to put together are:

Pablo Fuente Salas, a very experienced programmer with more than 21 years of profesional experience, he worked for many companies including video game companies.

Kevin Seligman, has worked on various game projects, for various companies, his roles included beign a lead programer.

Karla Circe Consolacion, a great artist that can add personality and charm to the game. (Click here to access her Art Portfolio

A great Musician soon to be announced!.

We will also get the help of various business consultants.

Sarah BurroughPre-campaign advisor - I’ve also stolen the services of Nelly Cootalot’s Campaign Manager Sarah. Continuing her world domination strategies she has helped sort the tiers and has been on-hand with the set-up on this crowd funder.


Art from our artist:


When will we do this?:

Once the target amount is raised we will complete a playable alpha version in about 5 months. Then using our own web-site we can maintain an ongoing crowdfunding campaign while we use the pre-alpha version of this game to get input from the community of players, until we develop the final version of the game. We plan to reach the final version of the game in a maximum of 2 years.

So, when people help us reach our target goal of 20,000usd  they are actually helping us to complete a playable demo to start an ongoing crowdfunding campaign through our own web site like many other projects did, like Star citizen, The Pit, Prison Architect, and others. And of course they will also get all future updates of the game until reaching the final version, plus all the rewards they have bought.


Stretch Goals:

All stretch goals includes better and more music and art made by our hired artists, plus more hours with our business experts to secure a great educative game.

20,000usd Our first goal, A playable pre-alpha version of the game in 5 months.

31,000usd 9 total months of secure programming work to complete the game. 

42,000usd 13 total months of secure programming work to complete the game. 

53,000usd 17 total months of secure programming work to complete the game. 

64,000usd 21 total months of secure programming work to complete the game.

75,000usd 24 total months of secure programming work to complete the game, wich means, the complete development of the game!. We can also buy a few hardware devices to port and test this game to, like a Mac, an android device for mobile phone versions, a tablet, and an iphone.


We need your Help:

To raise the money the team need your pledges, in exchange for this we will provide you with an assortment of returns both digital and physical and all of them amazing and unique. Please see below tier matrix or read the descriptions on the side to see what you can get when you help our cause.

Other support would be to share this campaign on your social media feeds, friends and family.

Thank you for your time.


Perks:

Applicant: $2.

Thank you for your application! Please take a seat and someone will e-mail you with a nice personalized "thank you" shortly.


Intern: $5.

All previous + Appear on the credits section on our upcoming website.


Apprentice: $10.

All previous + Pre-alpha version of the game + All future patches and updates (not including dlc) + Exclusive access to "backers only" forums + VIP badge in forums + Appear in the credits in the game, in the Apprentices section + Digital game manual.


Post Room: $20.

All previous + Digital soundtrack of the game + Digital strategy guide + A digital guide to create businesses in real life made with the help of our profesional consultants + Digital wall papers + Avatar images + Ringtone.


Tea Maid: $30.

All previous + 1 copy of the game + comic/graphic novel on the theme of business + Digital book of concept art, design docs, making-of, mockups, development ideas, etc.


Technician: $50.

All previous + 1 copy of the game + Limited edition Mouse pad + Limited edition poster 40x60 (signed by our game programmers is optional).


Code Monkey: $75.

All previous + Limited Edition Physical soundtrack CD (signed by the team of programmers is optional).


Administrator: $95.

All previous + 1 copy of the game + exclusive videos of development trough google hangouts + Your name in the random character generator to appear in game + Write a few words to appear in the real time news feed in the game + Appear in the Administrators section of the in-game credits.


Analyst: $150.

All previous (Except "Only digital" tiers) + Limited Edition Boxed version of the game + Printed manual + acces to game design documents + A special place in the credits section on our website + Your name in the intro screen + Name 2 cities and 2 countries in the in game map + A 20x15 signed pencil drawing by Christian Ibarra (you decide what you want drawn, except no porn or violence).


Only Digitals #1: $150.

All of the 30$ tier + 1 copy of the game + Exclusive videos of development trough google hangouts + Your name in the random character generator to appear in game + Write a few words to appear in the real time news feed of the game + Exclusive acces to design documents + A place in the Administrator section of the in game credits + Name 1 cities and 1 country.


Executive: $200.

All previous (Except "Only digital" tiers) + A small Perler Bead keychain of a character of the game + A special plastic ID card with your photo, the name of your fantasy company, your name, and position on your fantasy company + Special edition T-Shirt + Name 3 cities and 3 country.


Supervisor: $250.

All previous (Except "Only digital" tiers) + Our artist will convert a photo of you in a special character to be used in the game + You character gets to be part of a small mini story in the game (you help us create that mini story) + Your name on a special credits section on the boxed edition of the game + Special exclusive Supervisors section inside the game credits + name 4 in game city and 4 country + An exclusive special game edition Pen.


Only Digitals #2: $250.

All of the Only Digital #1 tier + Our artist will convert a photo of you in a special character to be used in the game + You character gets to be part of a small mini story in the game (you help us create that mini story) + A place inside the Supervisors section of the game credits + Name 4 in game cities and 4 countries + Your name in the intro screen.


Only Digitals #3: $350.

All of the only Digital #2 tier + You get to design a unique business and it's logo to include it in the game as an in-game business (or include your real business logo) + Talk to the dev team over skype + Add a special message next to your name in the ingame credits for all to see + Name 6 in game cities and 6 countries.


Team Leader: $360.

All previous (Except "Digitals Only" tiers) + You get to design a unique business and it's logo to include it in the game as an in-game business (or include your real business logo in the game) + A bigger 20x20 Perler Bead 2d model made of your character + Talk to the dev team over skype + Add a special message next to your name in the ingame credits for all to see + Name 6 in game cities and 6 countries.


Head of department: $560.

All previous (Except "Digitals Only" tiers) + Original signed acrylic painting 30x20 of your in game character or anything you want (except porn and violence) made and signed by Christian Ibarra + Exclusive special VIP T-shirt + Special thanks in the printed boxed version + Name 12 cities, 12 countries.


Director: $1000.

All previous (Except "Digitals Only" tiers) + You can talk to the team once per month in the course of development to talk about the game or anything you want + You get to create part of the story for our comic/graphic novel we give in lower tiers (with our supervision) + We put The logo of your business in the intro screen + Super special mention in the Directors section of the game's credits.


The BOSS: $3000.

All previous (Except "Digitals Only" tiers) + Be part of our team to make 1 small game in 1 month, you can supply ideas, or even design characters, we will work together as a team to make a good small game + Super duper special mention in the Boss section of the game's credits.


The Great Master: $5000.

All previous (Except "Digitals Only" tiers) + Be the ingame mentor that teaches players how to play the game, our artist will you use your photo to create the mentor character, and we will use it to fill the mentor role in the game + 10 online drawing and painting classes by Christian Ibarra (1hour each) + Ultra special mention in the game's credits.


Risks:

If our initial crowdfunding campaign does not generate enough revenue in order to continue development after our first financing money runs out, we will do a second crowdfunding campaign in order to be able to complete its development.

If we don't achieve our crowd-funding goals, I will seek for other funding options in government, business organizations, educational organizations, and others. If that doesn't work, I will raise money by my own after a few of years of work in other areas.

But this last resort option will delay the development of the game several years.


Frequent Asked Questions:

Q: Will backers get their rewards if we don't reach our goal?.

A: Yes!, they will get their rewards. Have in mind that for some rewards, we will only be able to complete them after we get far enough into development, so if we don't get enough money, we might take longer than expected to develop and deliver that reward. For example, you won't be able to see your name in the game until we reach that phase in the development where we are creating characters, and that will take us a couple of months, and each month costs us money.


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  • $2USD
    Applicant

    Thank you for your application! Please take a seat and someone will e-mail you with a nice personalized "thank you" shortly.

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $5USD
    Intern

    All previous + Appear on the credits section on our upcoming website.

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $10USD
    Apprentice

    All previous + Pre-alpha version of the game + All future patches and updates (not including dlc) + Exclusive access to "backers only" forums + VIP badge in forums + Appear in the credits in the game, in the Apprentices section + Digital game manual

    4 claimed

    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $20USD
    Post room

    All previous + Digital soundtrack of the game + Digital strategy guide + A digital guide to create businesses in real life made with the help of our profesional consultants + Digital wall papers + Avatar images + Ringtone

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $30USD
    Tea Maid

    All previous + 1 copy of the game + digital comic/graphic novel on the theme of business + Digital book of concept art, design docs, making-of, mockups, development ideas, etc.

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $50USD
    Technician

    All previous + 1 copy of the game + Limited edition Mouse pad + Limited edition poster 40x60 (signed by our game programmers is optional)

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $75USD
    Code Monkey

    All previous + Limited Edition Physical soundtrack CD (signed by the team of programmers is optional)

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    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $95USD
    Administrator

    All previous + 1 copy of the game + exclusive videos of development trough google hangouts + Your name in the random character generator to appear in game + Write a few words to appear in the real time news feed in the game + Appear in the Administrators section of the in-game credits

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  • $150USD
    Analyst

    All previous + Limited Edition Boxed version of the game + Printed manual + acces to game design documents + A special place in the credits section on our website + Your name in the intro screen + Name 2 cities and 2 countries in the in game map + A 20x15 signed pencil drawing by Christian Ibarra (you decide what you want drawn, except no porn or violence)

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $150USD
    Only Digitals #1:

    All of the 30$ tier + 1 copy of the game + Exclusive videos of development trough google hangouts + Your name in the random character generator to appear in game + Write a few words to appear in the real time news feed of the game + Exclusive acces to design documents + A place in the Administrator section of the in game credits + Name 1 cities and 1 country

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    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $200USD
    Executive

    All previous (Except "Only digital" tiers) + A small Perler Bead keychain of a character of the game + A special plastic ID card with your photo, the name of your fantasy company, your name, and position on your fantasy company + Special edition T-Shirt + Name 3 cities and 3 country

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    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $250USD
    Supervisor

    All previous + Our artist will convert a photo of you in a special character to be used in the game + You character gets to be part of a small mini story in the game (you help us create that mini story) + Your name on a special credits section on the boxed edition of the game + Special exclusive Supervisors section inside the game credits + name 4 in game city and 4 country + An exclusive special game edition Pen

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $250USD
    Only Digitals #2:

    All of the Only Digital #1 tier + Our artist will convert a photo of you in a special character to be used in the game + You character gets to be part of a small mini story in the game (you help us create that mini story) + A place inside the Supervisors section of the game credits + Name 4 in game cities and 4 countries + Your name in the intro screen

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    Estimated delivery: July 2015
  • $350USD
    Only Digitals #3:

    All of the only Digital #2 tier + You get to design a unique business and it's logo to include it in the game as an in-game business (or include your real business logo) + Talk to the dev team over skype + Add a special message next to your name in the ingame credits for all to see + Name 6 in game cities and 6 countries

    0 out of 100 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2015
  • $360USD
    Team Leader

    All previous (Except "Digitals Only" tiers) + You get to design a unique business and it's logo to include it in the game as an in-game business (or include your real business logo in the game) + A bigger 20x20 Perler Bead 2d model made of your character + Talk to the dev team over skype + Add a special message next to your name in the ingame credits for all to see + Name 6 in game cities and 6 countries

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    Estimated delivery: July 2015
  • $560USD
    Head of department

    All previous (Except "Digitals Only" tiers) + Original signed acrylic painting 30x20 of your in game character or anything you want (except porn and violence) made and signed by Christian Ibarra + Exclusive special VIP T-shirt + Special thanks in the printed boxed version + Name 12 cities, 12 countries.

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    Estimated delivery: July 2015
  • $1,000USD
    Director

    All previous (Except "Digitals Only" tiers) + You can talk to the team once per month in the course of development to talk about the game or anything you want + You get to create part of the story for our comic/graphic novel we give in lower tiers (with our supervision) + We put The logo of your business in the intro screen + Super special mention in the Directors section of the game's credits.

    0 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2015
  • $3,000USD
    The BOSS

    All previous (Except "Digitals Only" tiers) + Be part of our team to make 1 small game in 1 month, you can supply ideas, or even design characters, we will work together as a team to make a good small game + Super duper special mention in the Boss section of the game's credits

    0 out of 6 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2015
  • $5,000USD
    The Great Master

    All previous (Except "Digitals Only" tiers) + Be the ingame mentor that teaches players how to play the game, our artist will you use your photo to create the mentor character, and we will use it to fill the mentor role in the game + 10 online drawing and painting classes by Christian Ibarra (1hour each) + Ultra special mention in the game's credits

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