A cyberpunk short story set in the world of Neofeud.
(caution: extreme language)
2033 - We create AI. Sentient robots arrive, but not as our Terminator overlords or our Singularity saviors -- conscious machines are humanity's unwanted bastard children. A few are geniuses who design flying cars, beat cancer, invent teleportation, but millions of defective prototypes roll out of factories -- mentally challenged, motivationally-challenged, criminally-inclined. Legally conscious, but unhirable, these "Defectives" are shuffled through public housing and welfare assistance, straining the already overburdened back of the meager social safety net. The robots who don't end up in prison are dumped, as a last resort, into a massive landfill known as "The Pile".
Humans engage in perfection of their species -- or at least the powerful and well-connected -- genetically engineering children with the human and animal DNA. The failed eugenics experiment "Frankenpeople" are discarded into "The Pile" as well. The new dynasties, 'Neofeudal Lords', live in towering neon glass castles, shuttle around in pristine nanotech-enabled pods, minds and bodies full of cyberware, spending most of their time taking selfies and "optimizing their monetization schemes". A race of supermen concerned only with their own status, their prestige, their success. Where machines have become all too flawed and human, people have become flawless, perfect, cold machines.
Karl Carbon is an ex-cop, dishonorably discharged from Coastlandia PD for disobeying an order to shoot an unarmed sentient humanoid. Karl is exiled to "The Pile" as a lowly social worker. There he counsels gangbanging foster-kid robots and confiscates chimera-children from deadbeat half-wolf parents. Till one day a case goes horribly sideways and and Karl is drawn into a sordid conspiracy that could threaten the strained fabric of Human-Robot-Hybrid civilization -- or save it.
- Merger of adventure and shooter game genres.
- Tricky yet satisfying, point-n-click detective work, interspersed with fast-paced action shootouts.
- Handpainted, uber-gritty, noir futureland. Makes Mad Max and Rick Deckard crap their pants.
- Endless bombardment of witty one-liners from hardboiled cyberpunk.
- An original world and story that will (hopefully) make you question some of your core beliefs. Or at least my sanity
We're a little volunteer army working out of Section 8 and plumbing-free microhomes, so please consider a little donation! You'll receive the shoutout as an official "Neofeud" patron and receive the backstage-pass to our latest material.
Big, huge thank you to our patrons thus far. Neofeudal Lords and Ladies:
Bill Meikle, Ian Ruotsala AKA 'Xenophile' and 'Minxilla'. Portraits pending!
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Full-disclosure: I really need the money to fix my car.
With essentially all backgrounds completed, September has been the month of motion -- specifically, animation. I've been hard at work bringing life to the static world-images, which takes time, but time well spent if it increases immersion.
As was mentioned in the previous post, the Neofeud Alpha version is very nearly finished, and, schedule permitting, I hope to have that out to game testers by November (crossing pneumatic robot fingers).
I've had a bit extra on the plate, as our five and two year old have just started preschool, and the wife and I are currently seeking out a potential new home we can afford. (I don't know what your area is like, but Honolulu's rents are going through the roof!) The Big Island of Hawaii, with its community-oriented, free-spirited/thinking culture seems like just our place. Rest assured though, that work on Neofeud continues at maximum humanly-possible speed, and I intend to have this thing finished before the big move.
At any rate, here is some more progress!
Neofeud: now with 200% more star wars and coup d'etats than your average point-n-click adventure game!
This particular scene took a while to coordinate and animate in the AGS engine, but well worth the effort.
Thanks also to our new Neofeud patron, Benjamin Penney (@benjaminpenney) who is also a long-time member of the AGS community and supporter of the game dev community.
Thanks again to Minxilla, Noirjyre, and Xenophile for your continued patronage! You've all already earned free copies of the game and any future graphic novel / comic / video version -- which will be out ASAP, promise!
Neofeud has an awesome new Patreon site! Help support us to ensure the game gets finished and not permanently shelved due to financial constraints!
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