I’ve decided to try this crowdsourced funding thing for the first time and to that end I’ve signed up with IndieGoGo and have created a campaign for my game ImagiNation.
ImagiNation tackles the subjects of creativity and mental illness and their co-mingling in a near-future and post-apocalyptic Britain, ravaged by a psychic virus, a world-changing disruption that causes dreams and nightmares to become reality.
People with pre-existing mental illness issues or the creatively ‘unhinged’ are somewhat immune and able to manipulate this newly fluid reality via their own perceptions of reality.
It will be derived from the system used in Neverwhere, which uses descriptive texts and paragraphs in place of character sheets and statistics. Characters will be able to manipulate the world – and the descriptions – through their mental issues or their creativity. For example, a writer might be able to change adjectives in a description while an artist may be able to draw something and make it ‘real’.
I want to give this game away for free, and to sell the hardcopy at cost (via PoD). I want it to help people in the way that gaming has helped me. I want this to be a vehicle to be open with others who have these issues and to let them know they’re not alone. I also want it, hopefully, to be useful as a way for people to broach this topic with their friends and family and help understanding.