Russell Collins and Robot Claw Design are funding mecha-drama The Tears of a Machine SC edition on Kickstarter, and there’s an impressive amount of accessibility built-in. There’s even an audiobook version of the free quickstart.
The game itself is about young adult melodrama plus giant robot combat. You know, the usual stuff. The funding goal is $17,000, and there’s more than $3,000 pledged after the opening day or so. You can check out the latest total or join in at the pledge page.
I spent too long on Google to try and work out what “SC” stood for in “SC Edition”. I was beginning to think it was the Sensitivity Consultant edition when finally someone asked in the public questions section and got an answer.
SC stands for Second Chance edition, like second edition, but cryptic.
Here’s the game’s plot;
In an alternate future, visitors from beyond the stars came to Earth to “save us from ourselves.” When we did not agree to upload our minds into their computer network, they decided to take them by force. Now the survivors live under the threat of attack by demonic robots and our best defense are the mecha we’ve built with their stolen technology. The Saints! Giant androids piloted by young recruits fight back to restore the safety of the world. But borrowed monsters carry dangers of their own.
A pledge of $15 will get you the digital audiobook epub of the game, and at $25, that becomes a PDF, epub and MP3.
Shipping anywhere in the world, The Tears of a Machine campaign ads a print-on-demand 6×9 physical book at $30, but as a coupon still leaves you the printing costs and shipping to pay.
A traditional print copy is swapped in at $40 but is restricted only to the United States.
Higher pledges exist, and these buy community copies of the digital version for distribution on Itch, which supports the concept.
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