Zombie slayers call for start-up funders

Russell Hurley-Jarvis, the co-director, designer, and animator for Other Worlds Software, soon to release a game called Necromancer

Russell Hurley-Jarvis, the co-director, designer, and animator for Other Worlds Software, soon to release a game called Necromancer

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SELF-confessed nerds Carl Benjamin, Russ Jarvis and Giuseppe Constantino are appealing for donations to boost the chances of Swindon spawning its first commercial video game.

Necromancer, a mobile game for touch-screen devices, has been created by Other Worlds Software, which is based out of Carl’s home in Westcott Street.

The trio are seeking donations from the public on Kickstarter, a crowd-funding website, with £8,000 the overall target they are seeking.

The creators had already attracted £905 when the Adver went to press, with 22 days to raise another £7,000, which will go towards covering costly software licences.

Should the target be reached, the game will be released on the Google Play store, Apple’s App Store and Steam for desktop computers.

“We have become a lot more realistic about where we can take this game. We have been developing games for five years now,” said Carl, 34.

“We decided to put our other projects on hold while we stuck at this and put all the resources we had into it. We are not expecting to get rich from this, but we would like for the success of this to fund any future projects we might have.”

Swindon Advertiser:

A screenshot from the game in action

The game, which allows the user to play as a villainous necromancer and destroy the survivors of a zombie apocalypse, will retail for no less than £2.99.

And Carl believes 15,000 sales would be enough to secure the future of the game and Other Worlds as creators moving forward.

Carl said: “We just want to take control of our lives.

“The donations will depend on the press coverage, we are doing what we can to generate interest. Everyone who has seen the Kickstarter page has said it looks good.

“Everyone who donates a minimum of £5 gets a copy of the game, so they should see it as simply buying the game in advance.”

Other incentives for bidders with particularly deep pockets include mugs, t-shirts, your name in the credits of the game and, if you donate £500 or more, having a lead character on the game named after you.

“The first thing people say about the page is that it’s a very realistic goal we set ourselves, which is promising for our chances of meeting the goal,” said Carl.

“A lot of other projects pitching for money on game development seem to be asking for tens of thousands of pounds, so ours might seem a little more welcoming.”

Donating at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/80652106/necromancer.

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9:36am Wed 26 Mar 14

towney says...

Lol, what a joke, as soon as I clicked on the link it came up with "404 oh my goodness We apologize but something's gone wrong — an old link, a bad link, or some little glitch.". That does not fill me with confidence, I think I will take my money else where. Sorry guys but its a NO from me.
Lol, what a joke, as soon as I clicked on the link it came up with "404 oh my goodness We apologize but something's gone wrong — an old link, a bad link, or some little glitch.". That does not fill me with confidence, I think I will take my money else where. Sorry guys but its a NO from me. towney
  • Score: -7

9:49am Wed 26 Mar 14

PaulD says...

an errant space has appeared in the URL.

The correct one is

https://www.kickstar
ter.com/projects/806
52106/necromancer
an errant space has appeared in the URL. The correct one is https://www.kickstar ter.com/projects/806 52106/necromancer PaulD
  • Score: 4

12:29pm Wed 26 Mar 14

mrwoo says...

think they should grow up a bit?
think they should grow up a bit? mrwoo
  • Score: -4

12:41pm Wed 26 Mar 14

CarlBenjamin says...

towney wrote:
Lol, what a joke, as soon as I clicked on the link it came up with "404 oh my goodness We apologize but something's gone wrong — an old link, a bad link, or some little glitch.". That does not fill me with confidence, I think I will take my money else where. Sorry guys but its a NO from me.
Hey there, yeah they've managed to put a space between the last / and the word 'necromancer' which is ruining the link. I'll contact them now to fix it, thanks for pointing that out.

Here's the correct link: https://www.kickstar
ter.com/projects/806
52106/necromancer

Carl Benjamin
[quote][p][bold]towney[/bold] wrote: Lol, what a joke, as soon as I clicked on the link it came up with "404 oh my goodness We apologize but something's gone wrong — an old link, a bad link, or some little glitch.". That does not fill me with confidence, I think I will take my money else where. Sorry guys but its a NO from me.[/p][/quote]Hey there, yeah they've managed to put a space between the last / and the word 'necromancer' which is ruining the link. I'll contact them now to fix it, thanks for pointing that out. Here's the correct link: https://www.kickstar ter.com/projects/806 52106/necromancer Carl Benjamin CarlBenjamin
  • Score: 2

12:44pm Wed 26 Mar 14

CarlBenjamin says...

PaulD wrote:
an errant space has appeared in the URL.

The correct one is

https://www.kickstar

ter.com/projects/806

52106/necromancer
Thanks Paul, I'd like to point out that this was not our mistake...
[quote][p][bold]PaulD[/bold] wrote: an errant space has appeared in the URL. The correct one is https://www.kickstar ter.com/projects/806 52106/necromancer[/p][/quote]Thanks Paul, I'd like to point out that this was not our mistake... CarlBenjamin
  • Score: 2

1:49pm Wed 26 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

mrwoo wrote:
think they should grow up a bit?
So designing and selling something that people want to buy is childish? Just because it isn't something you like or would buy there is no excuse for that sort of abuse. Good luck to anyone who tries to start their own business especially those who clearly like their jobs.
[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: think they should grow up a bit?[/p][/quote]So designing and selling something that people want to buy is childish? Just because it isn't something you like or would buy there is no excuse for that sort of abuse. Good luck to anyone who tries to start their own business especially those who clearly like their jobs. house on the hill
  • Score: 3

2:52pm Wed 26 Mar 14

mrwoo says...

house on the hill wrote:
mrwoo wrote:
think they should grow up a bit?
So designing and selling something that people want to buy is childish? Just because it isn't something you like or would buy there is no excuse for that sort of abuse. Good luck to anyone who tries to start their own business especially those who clearly like their jobs.
hey, where do I say I wouldn't want to buy it? I'd like to by a million copies!
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: think they should grow up a bit?[/p][/quote]So designing and selling something that people want to buy is childish? Just because it isn't something you like or would buy there is no excuse for that sort of abuse. Good luck to anyone who tries to start their own business especially those who clearly like their jobs.[/p][/quote]hey, where do I say I wouldn't want to buy it? I'd like to by a million copies! mrwoo
  • Score: 0

7:39am Mon 31 Mar 14

robl29 says...

Game looks good, good mechanics to it and interesting rewards for donations, they have earned some of my money, look forward to playing this game.
Game looks good, good mechanics to it and interesting rewards for donations, they have earned some of my money, look forward to playing this game. robl29
  • Score: 0

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