Okay, click-bait, I’m not sure yet. For anyone who doesn’t know, I have written an updated version of my game The Price of Freedom: Innocence lost, which is over twice as long as the original, and I was originally planning on publishing it under the Hosted Gams label at choiceofgames.com.
I’m talking it over with the staff at the minute, and I think we’re both leaning towards the idea that Hosted Games isn’t the best platform for The Price of Freedom (at least not the sequels) and so I’m looking into other ways to get the game published while still earning some shiny pennies. Right now, I’m thinking of opening a patreon page and publishing the games for free over here. (This hopefully wouldn’t take long because the only thing I really need to change is the coding.)
Anyways, to anyone who is interested in this series, I’ve got to say that I’m actually really excited about this! (Only took me 5 years, but I finally made some progress!)
Also, to anyone who has already played the game, I’d like to share with you guys the ABSOLUTELY Unofficial playlist. (I own the rights to nothing. These are just songs that I like to listen to when I think of certain scenes in the game.)
Here are the list of scenes and the songs that go with them:
Goodbye to Mother: Anna’s Theme, The Red Violin
Father’s Betrayal: Deceit and Betrayal, Audiomachine
Hell on Earth (The Hull): Protectors of the Earth, Two Steps From Hell
A Ray of Hope (Meeting Lula): Convergence, Audiomachine
The Market: El Dorado, Two Steps From Hell
Your New Life (Entering the Arena): Can’t Go Back, Audiomachine
All Hope is Lost (First Night at the Academy): Prevail, Auidomachine
Caecilia’s Theme: The Hospital Room, Dreamfall
One Good Day (Feriae Latinae): Flight of the Silverbird, Two Steps From Hell
The Whip: They Will Break You, Really Slow Motion
Preparing to Die (Before the Battle): Diem ex Dei, Globus
The Battle: Sons of War, Two Steps From Hell
Aftermath (Epilogue): Manifest, Audiomachine
A lot of the music is very similar, and it gets WAY too dramatic in places, but I’m very happy with it. I particularly like Diem ex Dei (aka Preparing to Die). To this music, I picture Alexius and the protagonist holding hands as they wait for the arena gates to open.
I also love the contrast with some of the songs, especially Flight of the Silverbird (One Good Day) followed immediately by They Will Break You (The Whip) because personally, it gives me all those tingly feelings of hope and fun and genuine happiness, an then… You know… The Whip.
Let me know what you guys think! ^_^
Welcome back Briar
Well, I haven't decided 100% on anything yet, but we'll wait and see. ^_^
Sorry about your COG career, I'm sure fans will follow over to your patreon. Price of Freedom was one of the first storygames I read on here and I've always wanted an extended version, because there aren't many good stories with that setting around and I really liked the characters.
I'm also twice as happy for this post because the only thread I've ever created here was about story soundtracks/playlists, and it's something that can help one understand the game's atmosphere.
Awh! I never saw that thread. Show me ^_^
Well, that was a lot easier than I expected. Would've thought it would've taken ages. (Well it probably would have if I'd actually done it properly.) Is the link actually working for you guys?
Signed up for the 1 dollar option. Sorry it's not much, but I'll keep giving until my cash card runs out of money.
Yey! My very first patreon! Thank you!!!
Wait... Are you the one who signed up for $20 a month?
Oh, wow! That's amazing! I was actually kind of in shock when I saw it. Thank you so much!
But... Dude, are you sure? $20 a month is a LOT of money.
OMG, that's so unbelievably generous! Thank you! As soon as I've gotten POF transferred onto CYS, I'm going to start putting together a proper patreon, which actual decent rewards for everybody, and I have a really good idea for th $20 tier, that I'm pretty sure you're going to love. ^_^
Awh, nobody wants my nudes.
Not sure you have this whole crowdfunding thing figured out just yet if you're borderline trying to talk people out of subscribing, haha. You probably could have put up the beta version of The Lawless Ones as a backer reward too. 'Backers get the exclusive opportunity to be the first to read new content before it's published!' I'm definitely not trying to be critical of you for being generous, but it might be something to consider going forward.
Non-gamified short stories, worldbuilding material, or sketches might be good incentives too, if they're things that wouldn't take too much time away from what you actually want to be writing. Just an idea.
Yes! Sketches, definitely (since I do all my own artwork anyway.) I'm coming up with other ideas too... But I think I'm going to concentrate on getting Innocence Lost ready to publish... Then fix patreon. Then put a link to the patreon in the blurb of the game. Then publish it. ^_^
Nah, I've already put the original Lawless Ones up for everyone to see. I'm going to offer the whole "exclusive access to new content" thingy, but that would only apply to new content, and the original TLO is old content, so... Yeah, freebie.
The whole thing's here if anyone wants to read it. ^_^
Well, all I can say is that I really should've gotten some sleep before I put this thing up, because my brain is literally comprehending nothing right now. Important thing is that it exists, and I can always edit it later.
Will get started on the update of Innocence Lost as soon as I get the okay from CoG I mean, I did sign the contract with HG, but since they're unable to publish it anyway, I assume I can get the game back.
Oh, you are going to LOVE the sequels. Just for you, I'm adding a scene where the main character and Lula are having a conversation about the colosseum, and it goes more or less like this:
MC: Well, it can't be any worse than it is here.
Lula: Of course it can! Haven't you heard the rumours? I hear they have these giant see-saws, and they sit the prisoners on them, tied up... Then they let a bunch of lions and tigers out and the prisoners have to jump as high as they can on the see-saws to get away from them. Oh, and they tied up another bunch of prisoners and lay them all on the ground... Then they brought in this elephant, and the elephant stomped on their heads and crushed them one by one! You know, I even heard that one time, they threw this naked woman into the arena, and then she got raped by a giraffe!"
MC: Are you serious? Lula, that's crazy! There's no way that can be true.
Lula: *Shrugs* It's what I heard...