New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One

Posted by: Carla

New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/10/12 04:56 PM

Pendulo Games and Gamesplanet Lab announced "Day One", a dark comedic adventure from one of Spain's oldest and most successful game studios, developers of the Runaway saga, The Last Big Thing and Yesterday.

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Welcome to a story about a man weary of world and tired of its broken promises. A bitter young columnist learns from his doctor that he’s less than a day to live. But back home, he finds a capsule and a note: “This will keep you alive 24 extra hours. Come to Paris for more. We’ll find you.”

The hero takes Ambrose Bierce as his model, and "The Devil's Dictionary" as his bible – the world, like his body, is rotting more each day. Now he gets to see what really matters. Sometimes you need a few clouds in order to see something in the proper light.

About Pendulo Studios:
For the last two decades, Pendulo has focused its energies on traditional 'graphic adventures', selling more than a million copies of their games worldwide, and having continued success even as the genre's became a little unfashionable. The "Runaway" saga has become a classic, and their most recent games, "The Next Big Thing" and "Yesterday", were released to critical acclaim. Pendulo is comprised of ten developers who have raised families together and stay tightly knit, cherishing their independence as they rely on each other for inspiration and support. They make the games they do because they love them and will keep on doing it - market forces be damned.

What is Gamesplanet Lab?
Born from the union of Gamesplanet, an independent digital distribution platform for video games and Ulule, the European leader in crowdfunding, Gamesplanet Lab is not just a funding platform for independent studios like Pendulo. It wants to be the support network that small developers can rely on.

Gamesplanet Lab gives creators the necessary tools to develop and distribute the games they believe in. Each project will have a quality guarantee, because Gamesplanet Lab selects every project carefully. Quality control on delivery is then assured by a panel of testers chosen from the backers themselves – who can then report on what they've seen. Gamers who contribute to a project's funding will play a very important role in ensuring customer satisfaction, and will be rewarded with early game access, bonus content like art books, access to VIP forums and much more.

Developers retain full copyright over their creations, and the crowdfunding model guarantees payment to the development team. Gamesplanet Lab and all partner developers have made a formal pledge to backers to uphold the Gamesplanet Lab Charter of 10 commitments shared by all project holders.

What Gamesplanet Lab is not
The success of Kickstarter has spawned a number of other crowdfunding options. It's important to emphasize how Gamesplanet Lab is different.
Gamesplanet Lab is not:
· Just another crowdfunding platform: it is a partnership between an independent digital distribution platform (Gamesplanet), a dedicated crowdfunding specialist (Ulule.com) and those project holders who wish to benefit from a wide range of tools, from marketing to logistics.
· Claiming to turn gamers into investors who can grow rich with the success of selected projects. We leave that to banks or capital-risk firms; Gamesplanet Lab just offers gamers an opportunity to pre-order games they wish to support and, with that pre-order, engage in a close relationship with the creators while enjoying some exclusive advantages.
This is just the beginning...
Next, Gamesplanet Lab will present many other projects in progress with independent studios and publishers.
Don’t just game, be the game changer!



Click HERE to discover and support Day One smile
Posted by: thehood

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/10/12 05:12 PM

Hello, it's not Kickstarter but it's very similar, better, they guarantee that the game will be done and at least ranked 7/10 by players.
I paid myself 50 euros for Day One of Pendulo and I really wish they get enough backers for their game.
Posted by: BrownEyedTigre

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/10/12 05:18 PM

That is great news Carla! I love anything that Pendulo puts out.

Ana wave
Posted by: Becky

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/10/12 05:47 PM

Wow, they list DRMs right up there with death and politics! lol
Posted by: HandsFree

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/10/12 06:12 PM

Originally Posted By: Becky
Wow, they list DRMs right up there with death and politics! lol
I'm confused. This is the company that made the games with the harshest form of drm, even on the disks which is still uncommon!
After my mistake of buying the Next Big Thing on disk I feel uneasy supporting this.
Posted by: BrownEyedTigre

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/10/12 06:17 PM

Handsfree, they were the developers of The Next Big Thing but they did not put the DRM on it, that is the publisher.

Ana wave
Posted by: HandsFree

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/10/12 06:27 PM

Yes, I know. But I'm just not buying (no pun) that all those developers that dislike drm so much never have any influence on what happens with their game.
If you spend a year or more making a game, you then just throw it over the fence and say that the publishers tread it badly?
It doesn't make sense to me.
Posted by: BrownEyedTigre

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/10/12 07:01 PM

You have no idea how much the developers sacrifice to the hands of a publisher to get a game out there.

You are free to do as you choose, but as they stated, this is a DRM free game you would be getting if you contribute.I am certain they would not even consider to not honor that if you pledge.

Ana
Posted by: oldbroad

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/10/12 09:17 PM

The trouble with these fund raising things (in my opinion of course) is all the extra junk (they call them rewards). I just want a game on a disc. I don't need all that other stuff - have no use for it! This one's priced too steep for the disc. Some of them don't seem to have it on disc no matter how much you pledge.

Sorry, I'm out!
Posted by: thehood

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/11/12 08:50 AM

@oldbroad, well that's good news, you can get the game without any useless junk like a box, a printed manual, a jewel case and some posters and more. And you can burn the game on one DVD after downloading it as it is DRM free, or 20 DVDs or 1000 DVDs smile

Backing developers is a way to have games, waiting for some random publishers to sell a box will end up more and more like this: http://www.frogwares.com/blog/sherlock-holmes-5-adventure-game-collection-public-notice/

I don't want to sound like a bird of ill omen, but publishers won't carry the games you want anymore and there are a lot of positive things into those backing campaign, you can participate to the development, games can be created, and you are ending paying actually less than before and give the money to the right people.
Posted by: venus

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/11/12 10:08 AM

Thanks for the official notice, Carla! The story of the game looks very interesting, and I like the concept of Gamesplanet.

Also, the lower priced tiers may not have a disk version, but they are DRM free, which convinced me. thumbsup
Posted by: BrownEyedTigre

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/11/12 10:57 AM

Thanks thehood. If more understood what you all have to go through I believe they would be more felxible in their thinking. I am happy to back you and other developers any way I can.

Ana wave
Posted by: traveler

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/11/12 02:08 PM

Originally Posted By: thehood

Backing developers is a way to have games, waiting for some random publishers to sell a box will end up more and more like this: http://www.frogwares.com/blog/sherlock-holmes-5-adventure-game-collection-public-notice/


I'd like to put it a little stronger but I'll settle for saying that is really the pits, thehood.. You make great games and I hate it that this happened to you guys.


Gil.
Posted by: thehood

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/11/12 04:55 PM

Thanks for your kind words, but it happened with every and single publisher in the US since we began in 2002: "Edited companies name" : all thieves.
Frogwares is not getting any royalties for the all the titles in "an online store"; we are helping the american economy smile
No worries for us in this particular case, we are far more sorry for the players who spend their cash for a game they can't play and got into this scam organized by a US citizen, some get reimbursed and some not...
At least if you give cash to a well established developer, you have more chance to see your game on your shelf one day. and in the case of the backing amount is not fully financed your money is not charged.
Posted by: BrownEyedTigre

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/11/12 06:19 PM

Thanks thehood. That is sad news but not surprising. Other developers have the same story to tell. I am hopin for a better future for all of you with the Kickstarter and others like them.
Posted by: Karsten

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/12/12 07:07 PM

As others have said, publishers fund the developers. And the story is that if developers want to have their games published they would do well to abide by their suggestions e.g to accept drm on their games.

Kickstarter or the European similarity to Kickstarter makes developers free of these bonds -
or, as we say in Denmark, dance to the publisher's tune...
Posted by: oldbroad

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/13/12 11:42 PM

I don't mind at all to help the developers at all. I just like a disc. No downloads for me.
Posted by: Karsten

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/14/12 08:37 AM

I think you can burn the download to disc? If I remember correctly?
Posted by: venus

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/14/12 09:07 AM

Yes, you can burn the download to a disk. And they're also offering it DRM free, which means you actually own the game. No having to be connected to the internet to to activate and no limited activations. thumbsup
Posted by: Space Quest Fan

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/14/12 11:15 PM

thanks Carla. I am a fan of Pendulo so this looks good to me. thumbsup
Posted by: vic

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/15/12 04:16 AM

Thanks Carla. I am glad another adventure game may see the light of day.

I have checked out the gamesplanet lab page and am not sure which method to choose for the payment - normally I'd go for Pay pal but it says no amount and 'fture paymentS' which worries me a little as it is not clear from the paypal page that this will be for the amount I want to pledge and only once. What do you guys think?
Posted by: Becky

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/15/12 10:03 AM

Hi vic -- I've used paypal in order to back this game, and so far there have been no charges to my paypal account. I think it would maybe help if they explained the process a bit better, though.
Posted by: BrownEyedTigre

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/15/12 10:22 AM

THe charges should not hit unless the game is completely funded, I thought?
Posted by: Wincey

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/15/12 10:34 AM

I can't stand Pendulo games but I actually thought Runaway 1 was rather entertaining. Every game they put out I cross my fingers that they go back to whatever they did to make that game, but always in vain. I'd probably be tempted to give a few dollars too. But as this will no doubt turn out like The Next Big Thing, I'll pass.
Posted by: Becky

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/15/12 10:44 AM

This is the info I received from Gamesplanet Lab via Ulule:

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You have supported the project Pendulo’s New Adventure: Day One, thank you!

Your [payment] will be given to the owner only if the project reaches its goal.

If you have chosen to pay using a credit card, you will be refunded without any charges if the project misses its goal.


I also got info from something called Semio:

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You've signed up for preapproved payments plan with Semio .

To view the details, log in on the PayPal homepage, go to your Profile, and click Preapproved Payments.


I haven't managed to find the "preapproved payments" section on Paypal, but in the "all activity" section, there are no withdrawals shown.

I must say, Payal is not a particularly user-friendly site. lol

Posted by: vic

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/15/12 11:15 AM

I think it is down to the site to give Paypal the info - I just made a pledge for another game trying to raise funds, and it was also using Paypal and the process was very straightforward and the amount I was pledging was clearly stated and it was clear it was a one time payment and the amount of money was displayed. I am going to pass on pledging on this one.

re the game, I have to agree with wincey and say I too did not think the next big thing was that good and I have blanked that one out of mind.

I do realise they are doing this to raise money so they can make games like the runaway series they say, but I do wonder what the game might end up like.

Also I might have given them a few quid if they could have set up the payment info for Paypal in a clear way that meant I knew what I was signing up for - if the other sites can manage it with Paypal in a clear way this issue is down to this developer/gamesplanet lab setup.
Posted by: thehood

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/16/12 09:40 AM

@Vic,

you can trust the site, they are not here to overcharge people but to get the game funded.
We have been working with gamesplanet for many years and they wouldn't play with taking money out of players.

However I agree that the sum should be present on Paypal page, I sent them the link to this topic and asked them if they can correct this for more transparency.
Posted by: Becky

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/16/12 11:45 AM

Hi thehood -- thanks for checking into the process for us! wave
Posted by: Becky

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/20/12 11:24 AM

So this is what programmers do. grin

Is it as glamorous as it sounds?
Posted by: BrownEyedTigre

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/20/12 12:56 PM

lol That's great!

Ana wave
Posted by: vic

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/21/12 02:59 PM

@thehood I checked out the payment site and the amount you are signing up for paypal still is not up there.

It still just says

Your preapproved payment summary

Details
Name Ulule
Start date Sep 7, 2012
End date Oct 7, 2012

Hope they sort it out.
Posted by: venus

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/21/12 08:57 PM

I really hope they succeed, it's going slower than I would have expected. frown I really would like to play this game, it looks intriguing.
Posted by: Cathy1

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/21/12 09:14 PM

You would think with all the success of the Pendulo Studio games that they would be able to afford a new game. Whether it frightens the kids or not.
Posted by: BrownEyedTigre

Re: New Dark Comedy from Pendulo Studios:Day One - 07/21/12 09:29 PM

Developers make very little Cathy, it's the publishers that rake it in.