Welcome to our brand new blogging system!
From here you'll get all of the latest, greatest and best news about the happenings of Handwritten Games. We've got some big news coming up soon, and the eagle-eyed may even spot a couple of clues around the site.
We've been heads-down for so long working on this project, we almost forgot to come back up and show it to you. The very first teaser for Grand City has gone live.
This illustration is a panel from our digital comic - the very first panel, in fact! It's the start of a very bad evening someone...
We'll be keeping the updates coming over the next few months as we roll out more of the project. If you want to keep up with the latest goings-on in Grand City, you should subscribe to our blog!
This means, starting on December 12th, we will be running a crowdfunding campaign on Pozible to raise money for the second season of Grand City. As part of the 3 to 1 program, we are competing with over 20 other projects to try and reach our (fairly modest!) funding goal and take part in the ScreenWest 3:1 funds pool - that is, if we get to our funding goal before anyone else, we will be awarded $3 for every $1 we've raised.
That's a good deal!
We're going to have a whole range of exciting rewards and perks that you'll only see on this Pozible campaign, including signed concept art prints, limited edition behind-the-scenes pdfs, and our backer-exclusive Allegiance collector cards.
We'll have a crowdfunding guide ready for any folks who aren't familiar with Pozible, and more details about rewards and what we'll be doing in season two over the coming weeks. In the meantime, please spread the word and prepare for December 12th with us!
Our crowdfunding campaign goes live in FIVE DAYS, and we've been hard at it not only doing all of the usual bits of panicking and aimless tail-chasing that precedes any crowdfunding attempt, but also getting the hard yards done on our first season of the Grand City comic.
A crucial part of any crowdfunding campaign is the video. Above is the excellent video crafted by Ben Hammersley for our Grand City Pozible page, which features me talking about Grand City, crowdfunding and what we'd like to do in our next season. You'll also see some previews of the amazing artwork from Anthony Carriero on the comic. We'll have more of that for you soon!
In the meantime, check out the video, and make sure to come find us on Pozible on the 12th when we go live.
We've been hard at work getting this project together, and it's about time to show off some of the amazing work being done by the team. Here is the first sneak peek preview of the art of Grand City!
This is the first layout page of the comic. In it's digital format, it'll be cut in half and massaged into the right shape for your browsing device of choice. Anthony has done an amazing job at bringing the world and characters of Grand City to life with his artwork, and we're doubly keen to make sure you can easily enjoy it on any screen.
Story-wise, this page is the start of a bad couple of days for Matthew Scarpaglio and his little group. It's not easy living in the shadow of your mobster boss father, especially when you think you could be doing a better job. When the old man starts to go soft, Matthew sees an opportunity to score big and discredit his dad in one hit - all it will take is one successful shot at the biggest, most secure bank vault in the city. If Matt can pull this heist off, it'll be the biggest payday his little group has ever seen. But if they stumble...
In related Grand City news, our 3 to 1 Pozible drive goes live tomorrow! If you like what you see here, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out our Pozible page once it goes live at midday tomorrow.
As part of ScreenWest's 3 to 1 Initiative, Grand City launched it's crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday. Unfortunately we are no longer in the running with the initiative, but we are continuing our crowdfunding!
We're looking to raise $6,500 to make the Grand City Prologue, a hybrid animated comic all about the most dangerous man in Grand City: Donny Hallaran.
We're very excited about the opportunity to tell this story, and work with some great people doing so. Please help us however you can; even a retweet can help!
For more details about the Grand City Prologue and our crowdfunding campaign, visit us on Pozible. There's some great rewards on offer, including exclusive limited edition A3 prints, and the opportunity to write yourself into the story!
There's three sleeps until Santa finds his way to Grand City, and we'd love to hit the 50% milestone before Christmas. It would mean holiday happies and cheering all 'round!
So here's what we're going to do: if Grand City hits the 50% funded mark by 12:01am Christmas morning (WAST time), EVERY backer of our Pozible drive as of December 25th will get to name a street in Grand City. Their street names will be used on our map, and potentially even throughout the website, stories or comic.
But that's not all! We're currently stuck for a significant street name to feature in issue two of the season one comic. Anthony and I will choose one of our favourite Christmas-backer street names to fill this gaping void in our worldbuilding, and your street name will get centre spotlight right in the comic!
See that sketch of the street sign in the top left? THAT COULD BE YOUR NAME. You could have your legacy forever emblazoned in the (fictional) historic timeline of the most violent (fictional) city of 1946!
If you haven't quite yet depleted your spirit of giving, consider helping us out with our campaign. Every pledge, retweet and shout-out helps!
Just a quick note that I'll be at Ghengiscon this Sunday, hosting a game design workshop with Ross Howell from Shark Punch Studios (designer of the Awesome System rpg) and Wesley Lamont. The workshop starts at 11am, and we'll be going for a few hours on where to start with concepting, designing and prototyping your game idea.
For more details about Ghengiscon, including the wheres and hows and ticket purchases, visit their site.
After a few weeks wrestling with deadlines and schedules, I finally closed the crowdfunding campaign earlier than it's end date, accompanied with the following update on the campaign page:
I wanted let everyone know that we will be closing the Grand City Pozible campaign prematurely. Despite our strong position in the run-up to the final stretch, and the amazing support we've had over the last few months, the team and I are agreed that it would be better for the project to close it early. We've still got a lot of work to do for season one of Grand City Tales, and we feel it would be best to focus on producing the best possible first season for Grand City before getting started on the next phase.
I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone that pledged, supported, tweeted, blogged and Facebooked about our campaign. The support has been amazing! To show my appreciation, I would like to follow through with a couple of our intended rewards for the supporters, including limited edition small prints for our Card Sharks and higher, and full-issue previews for everyone that pledged.
And good news - I have the first issue preview sitting right here! Backers should expect another message with the download details soon.
So thank you all once again for your support and encouragement. The team and I are working hard to have the best possible crime fiction ready for you by March. In the meantime, please keep in contact via Facebook or Twitter, follow the Handwritten Games blog and keep an eye out for the Grand City Tales launch next month.
This is a positive move for Grand City, as it means I am no longer diverting my focus from making a great project to babysit a premature marketing campaign.
I wanted to make sure we didn't let anyone down, and am incredibly grateful for all of the time, effort and support we've recieved from our community.
Any questions, you know where to hit me up. Otherwise, chin up; this is good news! It means we'll be spending more time to make our March launch as awesome as possible, with more content and great looking comic pages.
It's time to finally give everyone a look at some Grand City action!
Right here is the issue one preview: six pages of comic goodness for your 1940s crime-loving eyes.
The file is a PDF, and best viewed in Single Page mode. If you're going to be reading on your iPhone, I recommend you check out Tim Oliver's iComics app for a smooth comics reading experience.
We'll be offering the full three-issue comic at launch both as PDF and natively in our specially made web comics reader. There'll be some more details about the full issues coming in March.
In the meantime, check out the preview, and tell us what you think!