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A Paranormal First-Person Shooter, based on the story, "The Rather Extraordinary Circumstances of 'Half-Rats'" It is a story-driven, cinematic first-person shooter, taking place in America in 1887. It will feature light RPG elements. It will follow the tale of “Half-Rats”, a cynical, bitter protagonist who’s led a rough and tumble life, and has a history rife with traumatic events - along with a drinking problem. After a falling-out - relating to their father's death, his estranged brother has gone missing, and Half-Rats is compelled by familial love, and the promise of one last chance at a decent life, to find him and rekindle their relationship. Little does Half-Rats know, the truth he’s about to uncover is an ugly one, and that the otherworldly agency behind it all is far uglier, and more insidious than anything he could have imagined - and it’s got big plans.
Half-Rats' rough turn is about to take him to the edge of perdition and beyond. His very fortitude will be put to the test before his journey is through; his very view of the world and of humanity will be upset indefinitely as he learns the truth. Unbeknownst to him, he'll soon bear witness to and take great a great part in things no mortal should! Will he and his companions rise to the occasion? Or let it eat them alive?
- Meet important characters along the way with their own backstories and crosses to bear.
- Inventory, trade and theft/sneaking system.
- Weapon mechanics that won't wrack your brain and cause nervous derangement.
- Brutal Glory Kills.
- Develop your skills and abilities!
- Historically accurate dialogue, architecture, dress and weaponry.
- Collect "essence" and combine it with others to create powerful enchantments and spells.
- Semi-Open world - explore post civil-war Detroit, meet and greet with your chuckaboos, irritate your landlord! Go and run errands or complete "Missions" (Side stories)
- The game is divided into sections which evolve the story-line at your own pace. From Adventure, to Thriller, to outright Horror!
- Taunt and "Drunk" taunt system (A combat multiplier...or a hilarity generator?) that can make NPCs faint, become enraged, flee, or shrug off the player.
- Enemy tactics that change based on the situation.
AND MUCH MORE!
“Half-Rats”; (Richard K. Nelson) born on April 27th 1859 was always the black sheep of the family. His brother, not so much. His brother fought in the civil war as a west point officer, and his father was an iron monger who was involved in the railroad boom during that time. A family friend, Mr. Forsythe - who was an advisor to HR's father and secretly courted his mother has basically taken HR's brother under his wing and has been grooming him; as he has been destined to inherit his father’s company, “Nelson Rail”.
Half-Rats’ turn was a little more rough. Though he showed academic promise early on, and into his young teens – in the areas of literature, art, and athletic pursuits, he was always apt to get into trouble. When he was young, he loved playing tricks on his governess – whose care he was placed into in his father and mother’s stead. He showed a general contempt for authority figures and was frequently found fraternizing with boys who his governess and parents would deem of “low breeding”. His jealousy and resentment of his brother’s preferential treatment, in addition to his parents’ borderline indifference to him, bred a strange desire in him. On one hand, he hated the company and Mr. Forsythe, and resented his family, but on the other, strove to gain their attention and admiration through his own achievements – though always running afoul in that regard and falling victim to his own devices in the end – further widening the gulf. The last straw was when he was kicked out of secondary school for frequent fighting with other students, stealing wine from the headmaster, declining grades, and what one teacher stated as “perilous behavior”. He was turned out of his family manor, and he went on to join a travelling vaudeville act.
Traveling, he was able to pursue his passions for adventure. He learned trick riding and shooting, he sang and played guitar, and was introduced to spiritualism and the occult. Unfortunately, the converse of this, was that his taste for alcohol was fully cultivated.
All this lasted for too short of a time until the act was dissolved after two unsuccessful years. The leader of the act allowed Half-Rats to keep a Colt Single-Action Army revolver; in hopes of parting ways cordially and partly as an apology for the meager compensation Half-Rats received while performing over the years. Feeling less than optimistic, Half-Rats made his return home. His presence was tolerated, and his family was civil, and sometimes even accommodating towards him. It had seemed that, despite past transgressions, his family had indeed missed him to a certain extent. He regaled them with tales of his travels, and his brother even gave him his cavalry saber as a homecoming gift. Now an adult, Half-Rats had made up his mind at this time to attempt to clean up his act, despite still being aggravated by and distrustful of Forsythe, he even agrees to become more involved with business.
Things, for a short time had seemed to be looking up – until his mother died of a strange illness, which was thought to be cholera by the family physician. After a while, life returned to being somewhat normal, though Half-Rats began drinking more than before and began to once again fall into old habits – forgetting at times, his new pledges. One day, Mr. Forsythe invites Half-Rats and his father to join him and Half-Rats’ brother at the Forsythe residence for a ball. Half-Rats’ father attempts to encourage him to come along, and he agrees – Half-Rats’ father is hoping to introduce him to a future wife. Much to his father’s chagrin. Half-Rats decides to take his flask filled with Whiskey and knock back a long draught in response. His father’s chagrin mostly coming from the fact that he didn’t offer a drink. And they are off with their trusted driver.
On the way to a ball, HR's father is shot when their carriage is attacked by a group of bandits en route. HR manages to live because he drunkenly falls out of the carriage as a hail of gunfire kills the driver, the horse, and his father. HR manages to kill one of the assailants with his Colt, and escapes into the brush - this is a defining moment for HR because he has killed his first human being and watched his father be killed himself. Fast forward, his brother blames HR for how things went down, cuts him out of the will, out of any stock in the company, and he and Mr. Forsythe continue on with Nelson Rail. Fast forward again to years after, HR is living above a general store in a run-down, dangerous section of town, feeling survivor's guilt, and remorse for running away that night. He does odd jobs, is drunk frequently, and is quite cynical – even sardonic. He frequently puts himself in dangerous situations for lack of caring for his own mortality. He had contempt for authority before, but now, he has extended this courtesy to others as well. His prized possessions are his colt and saber. And his drink.
What's better than a forum? A Discord channel...that's what's up! It's live, it's raw, it's in your face. You want instantaneous updates from Heath Games staff and associates themselves? You wanna' tell us how much you hate us right to our faces while we completely ignore your triflin' ass to take hot dog/bathroom/whiskey breaks? Well, then this is the shit for you!
Do you like the thought of befriending us, gaining our trust, and then requesting that we become your personal bodyguards? To which we will say "YES!" but are not able to fulfill your expectations 100% - resulting in you training hard every day to become stronger? Then look no further...Here's the never-ending invite link to the server - see you there, chief!
Not only that, but I'm hosting the "Design-A-Demon" contest...I JUST made that up as I was sitting here writing this, but that's a good idea, so I'm gonna' roll with it! Let me just make a quick graphic for that...Aw, Hell, my Adobe Creative Cloud membership has been terminated! ...Hang on...okay...here you go...
Basically, the rules are thus: You design a new demon, and if it doesn't look like complete shit, and it fits the narrative, we'll stick it in one of our upcoming titles...I'll even make a special channel for submissions in our Discord so you don't clutter things up and ruin peoples' lives in your quest for affirmation. God, I love the smell of paint.
Now that that is out of the way...Don't end up like Mr. Whitaker...if you're a true Half-Rats fan, join this server!
Moving on...I do have a bit of news on the Parasomnia front...If you're savvy and in-the-know, you might have realized we released the FGD, and I was able to dig up the Parasomnia Beta RMF's for you to play around with. You can get those...
Almost forgot, here's the link to the Parasomnia source code, too...for all you whizkidz out there...
The original RMF's for "Half-Rats: A Fever Dream" have been lost, or else I would have released those, too...But don't worry, I got some forensic software to recover them...when I fuckin' feel like it!
Handsome for a man...That's some powerful skin lotion...
Though the Parasomnia 1.1 update has been nixed...there's still SOME fixes we were able to perform...For one thing, the weapons are more accurate, responsive, and they do more damage - the stupid wrist lantern lasts longer, and Bernard will no longer be a bullet sponge. He'll live up to the potential that he was originally designed to. Also...Thanos came back! His story is one for another day...in fact, if you join the Heath Games Community server, or "HGC", you'll be able to ask him about it personally. He's still going to finish the RMF's on his own time once he finishes his PC...that's a guy who's been to hell and back!
In other news, Half-Cat's brother, "Larson" has a girlfriend, named "Minikin", and we have reason to believe she may be pregnant! If Half-Cat were alive still, that'd make him an uncle, surely!
Last but not least...Ague, the musical project what has been supplying the soundtracks for the Half-Rats series cordially invites you to his Soundcloud. He wishes to share his progress on Ague's 5th studio album to date, so if I were you, I'd follow Ague and be the first to hear the new material!
Well, lemme' just leave you with a pic of the day, and make this a quick goodbye, since I'm SURE I'll see you on the HGC server!
Heath Games' first standalone title is coming to life! A little paranormal, first person shooter taking place in the 1880's by the name of "Half-Rats...
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