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Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

Posted By: BrownEyedTigre

Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/01/14 06:30 PM

The #unspeakableadventure not only has a name, H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, but it's the start of some exciting adventures for adventure gamers and followers of H. P. Lovecraft!

View the screenshots here.

Please vote to get the game Greenlit here.

Check out the Kickstarter here.

Check out the video of S. T. Joshi talks about The Case of Charles Dexter Ward here.

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SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS — October 1, 2014.

Brothers and Sisters in Almousin-Metraton:—

I this day heard that Senscape got the license for H. P. L. This is a firste in that accurs’d video game industrie; for Players shall be able to delve into Spheres beyond of the sort that Abdool Al-Hazred describ’d in his VII. Booke of ye Necronomicon. I am fearfull, as these Things are Dangerous. I also hear there’s one of those newfangl’d Kickstart’rs involv’d, and Senscape is promis’g the most faithful H. P. L. game ever — crucially a Third-Person Adventure (whatever that meanes) that will throwe Players back to a Golden Age of gaming. You can read about it here:

Check out the Kickstarter here.

They say renowned scholar and H. P. L. authority S. T. Joshi is assist’g the project, and a rigorous documentary about the making of the game and H. P. L.’s life in Prouidence shall be produced too. It is welle knowne that The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is the only novel H. P. L. wrote, and one of His more popular. The booke tells of ye Adventures of the foolish and naïve Charles as he becomes obsess’d with Witchcrafte and Occult Arts across vintage Prouidence and Salem to calle up Flesh from dead Saltes. Senscape says it is a perfect storie for an Adventure Game adaptation. They are even hint’g at more H. P. L. games if the Kickstart’r Endeavour proves successful enough!

Check out the reveal trailer here.

This can not be. I shall arrange for my returne to Prouidence — this news demands my attention, and I must continue in Gett’g at Olde Matters in my Way. In one monthe it shall be Hallow’s Eue and ye Thing is breed’g in ye Outside Spheres. I was tolde many times that One shou’d not call up Any that One can not put downe; but under these circumstances we have no option but to call up Him; the Beyond-One that commandes in Yuggoth; and which ye vaporous brains know by ye untranslatable Sign… and bringe back ye Crawling Shadows to human-kinde. Do keep the Guards in Shape and Talk often with Those Outside; and waite for my com’g Backe as an Other.

Yogg-Sothoth Neblod Zin
Josephus Curwen

About Senscape

Founded by Agustín Cordes — designer of the cult adventure game Scratches — Senscape has positioned itself as one of the leading independent game companies from Argentina, with international recognition. The team is currently working on Asylum, a highly anticipated and ambitious horror adventure that was successfully Kickstarted in 2013. In early 2014 Senscape released Serena, a short free mystery game that was praised both by critics and fans, and achieved over 160,000 downloads on Steam.

Asylum builds upon the success of Scratches, which has sold over 250,000 units to date, across a dozen different countries, and is widely considered a modern adventure game classic.

About Yog-Sothoth

Yog-Sothoth (archaic spelling Yogge-Sothothe) is a fabulous congeries of iridescent globes, stupendous in its malign suggestiveness, who knows all and sees all. He was first mentioned in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, written by H. P. Lovecraft in 1927 but only published posthumously in 1941.

Son of the Nameless Mist and grandchild of Azathoth, Yog-Sothoth was romantically involved with Shub-Niggurath aeons ago, a relationship that ended badly following His affair with Lavinia Whateley. He was last called up by a certain Robert Blake in 1935 — apparently unsuccessfully — and His whereabouts remain unknown at present.


GameBoomers was able to get an answer to some burning questions we had:

Why would Joseph Curwen be afraid that adventure gamers delve in the world of Lovecraft?
Would he not be happy that he – Curwen be brought back alive and continue his mass murdering?
Or is he afraid that we adventure gamers uncover his nefarious acts and stop his experiments?

Answer: My reasoning was that adventurers might be able to learn the primordial secrets uncovered by Curwen while playing the adventure, and thus gain more power than him over time. laugh

FACT SHEET:

Title: H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
Developer: Senscape
Publisher: Senscape
Plot: Travel back to vintage Providence and face horrors lurking underneath in the first official game based on the legendary works of H. P. Lovecraft. From the minds behind Scratches, Serena, and Asylum.
Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Language: English
Est. gameplay length: 8-10 hours
Est. release date: December 2015

Let the adventure begin....

Ana wave
Posted By: MaG

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/01/14 07:00 PM

Thanks, Ana!

Creepy devil
Posted By: Marian

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/01/14 08:37 PM

Thanks, Ana. wave
Posted By: BrownEyedTigre

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/01/14 09:18 PM

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And now, in modern English
There's not much else to add to the words of the nefarious Joseph Curwen. This really is a dream come true — I believe that I first read The Case of Charles Dexter Ward when I was around ten years old. It's one of the stories by H. P. Lovecraft that impacted me the most, in particular the shocking moments beneath Pawtuxet farm. Lovecraft was already my favorite writer by then, and Charles Dexter Ward cemented my relationship with the master of the supernatural horror.
If you're fans of Scratches, Serena or Asylum, surely you're already dancing spasmodically and screaming guttural sounds. Hardcore fans of Lovecraft will notice loads of neat details all over this Kickstarter campaign, as I went to great lengths to try and capture the mood of this writing. I want to say special thanks to Simo Sakari Aaltonen — one of the writers in Serena — for double checking my shpelling and even introducing rewrites whenever necessary. This process of re-reading Lovecraft and paying extra attention to his prose and choice of words for the past months has been of tremendous help for the writing in Asylum as well.
And speaking of Asylum, you may notice new footage of the game in our new Kickstarter video. I know this feels like we're throwing a few crumbs to you, but we're preparing a long video full of new vistas of dread and decay in Asylum for later this month. We're all super-grateful for your patience and support!
I've said this plenty of times before, but I'm not expecting that any of you will jump right in to support the new campaign. I'll absolutely understand if you have mixed feelings about it and would rather wait until Asylum is finished. However, if you want to participate in the insanity of the comments section and receive exclusive updates from us, I have created a bare-minimum $1 tier to join the fun.
I'd appreciate if you could share this news (and horror) in your social network of choice. We couldn't be more excited about the games that we're creating at Senscape — whether you support or not the new campaign: thank you so very much! There's a whole world of nightmarish terrors and adventure game goodness ahead of us!
All the best,
—Agustín
Posted By: Mad

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/01/14 09:33 PM

Thanks for that info, BrownEyedTigre happydance
Posted By: Agustin Cordes

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/02/14 02:06 AM

Thank you for sharing the news, Ana. We're very, very excited about this project! smile
Posted By: BrownEyedTigre

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/02/14 02:52 AM

You have every reason to be Agustin! It's very exciting!

Ana wave
Posted By: Kaki's Sister

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/02/14 09:26 AM

bravo Thanks for the news Ana! I am also looking forward to Asylum! bravo
Posted By: Volkana

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/02/14 09:33 AM

Wonderful!!! bravo bravo

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is one of my favorite Lovecraft stories! I read it again a few weeks ago

Can't wait to play that one! happydance


Thanks Ana!!!
Posted By: BrownEyedTigre

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/03/14 04:45 PM

Added a link to help get the game Greenlit here.

Ana wave
Posted By: GBC

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/03/14 05:43 PM

Can't wait! woot
Posted By: smulan

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/04/14 11:31 PM

Pledged on this one of course, as I did with Asylum. But I have some doubts about the game getting all the money this time, the goal is set very high. But good luck to Agustin and his fellow argentinian team! Hope they make it.
Posted By: Agustin Cordes

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/06/14 01:36 PM

Thank you so much for the wonderful reception, Boomers! Everybody seem to love the game, so we're going to make it happen one way or another. The goal is high, yes, but game development is becoming more and more expensive and this time we have to pay for the license. It's going to be rough but I'm sure we can make it.

In any case, the excitement and heartwarming comments following this announcement has made Charles Dexter Ward a huge success. Keeping my fingers crossed smile
Posted By: Volkana

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/06/14 02:57 PM

bravo bravo happydance
Posted By: lynthorpe

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/10/14 10:58 AM

This looks really good tho I do like a much longer games. 8-10hrs is only just above casual level in my book!
Posted By: Agustin Cordes

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/10/14 02:34 PM

We think 8-10 hours is a reasonable length for an adventure game these days. Asylum, which will last about 15 hours or more, is taking us a huge deal of time to complete, so I'm afraid that we must keep our ambitions lower with our future projects. The situation in the industry is quite adverse for lengthy adventure games with rich quality and content.
Posted By: connie

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/10/14 04:00 PM

Just pledged, Good Luck.
Posted By: BrownEyedTigre

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/10/14 05:42 PM

I'm in no matter what Agustin!
Posted By: lynthorpe

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/16/14 09:52 AM

Originally Posted By: Agustin Cordes
We think 8-10 hours is a reasonable length for an adventure game these days. Asylum, which will last about 15 hours or more, is taking us a huge deal of time to complete, so I'm afraid that we must keep our ambitions lower with our future projects. The situation in the industry is quite adverse for lengthy adventure games with rich quality and content.

Sorry wasn't criticising. Looking forward to it. Looks really good.
Posted By: BrownEyedTigre

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/22/14 03:35 AM

9 more days left....praying for a big surge!
Posted By: oldbroad

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/22/14 03:39 AM

Really big surge unfortunately!
Posted By: Agustin Cordes

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/22/14 01:57 PM

Thank you for the support, dear boomers! It's hard to explain what happened. This campaign was off to a stunning start after the announcement of the game went viral, but then it came to a sudden and baffling stop. We'll see what happens, the last few days of any campaign can be miraculous smile
Posted By: BrownEyedTigre

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/22/14 03:04 PM

I believe in miracles, let's think positively!
Posted By: Imari

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/25/14 08:44 PM

I'm hoping for a last minute surge for this game during the last few days of the Kickstarter campaign. It looks like there is already so much effort put into it, it would be a shame to see the project shelved.

I pledged too.
Posted By: BrownEyedTigre

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/25/14 09:15 PM

I agree Imari!
Posted By: Imari

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/26/14 03:58 PM

There's a promise of more Lovecraftian tales to come, if this can get off the ground. I think Agustin Cordes and his Senscape team are the people who will do it right. So, it's not just this game, but future ones on the line.
Posted By: BrownEyedTigre

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/26/14 05:13 PM

I can up my pledge if it gets closer but sadly I can't fund it. I always wonder why some can get a huge amount and others can't.
Posted By: Imari

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/28/14 10:47 PM

I upped my pledge, but we're entering the last few days now and it's not looking good. Lovecraft's stories are a perfect fit for Agustin, but he says the series will be shelved if this Kickstarter does not fund. :(

I'm hoping for a Halloween surge. razz
Posted By: kjos

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/28/14 11:44 PM

I was going to pledge but they said that the Email has already been taken. How can that be. I don't remember pledging.
Richard
Posted By: Jenny100

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/29/14 12:12 AM

Originally Posted By: kjos
I was going to pledge but they said that the Email has already been taken. How can that be. I don't remember pledging.
Richard

If you're talking about logging into Kickstarter, maybe you pledged to some other game a while back. If you've lost your password, you can have it reset
https://www.kickstarter.com/help/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&term=password
Posted By: kjos

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/29/14 12:19 AM

Thanks Jenny I got my password. You are now an official backer of H. P. Lovecraft: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.
Richard
Posted By: Imari

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/30/14 08:50 PM

23 hours to go.... argh, this is tough.
Posted By: BrownEyedTigre

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/30/14 09:11 PM

It's not as tough as it is sad. sad I wish I understood what makes things take off like a rocket and get funded much more than it's worth. I wish this would have gone through.

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The time has come to bid farewell. It’s been a memorable month, to say the least, and this final update will be a recap and analysis of a campaign that has many still wondering why in Azathoth’s name it wasn’t funded. As we’re going to see, there’s no easy answer, but first things first:

THANK YOU. Those of you who are here have been extremely kind and supportive. You were as passionate about the project as we were, as can be attested by the sheer amount of shares, likes, and comments. This level of involvement isn’t seen even with campaigns with well over 6,000 backers, and as of this writing you number 1,800. The game has been extremely well received, with overwhelmingly positive comments on its look and feel, character design, and music. The average pledge per backer is an astounding (by today’s standards) $50. In this regard, the campaign has been a resounding success.

Unfortunately, we have to move on. We’re disbanding part of our team as we focus solely on completing Asylum, which is coming along great. Let me clarify that in spite of this disastrous and shameful conclusion, Senscape is in no way at risk, and we have money to deliver an amazing horror game that will stay in your memory for aeons to come. It would have been great to work on two projects at the same time, especially as they share the same roots, but there’s nothing left to do; this was our best shot. As I will explain next, this project required a monumental effort and the launch of the campaign was carefully orchestrated. We can’t easily reproduce that, not without taking more time away from Asylum, which isn’t an option. The same goes for talking to investors and publishers: these things demand time and effort. The whole idea was to produce an amazing game based on Lovecraft’s novel, with a generous budget and no constraints. I don’t want to develop this game under other conditions, and risk not doing justice to the source material. Thus, I’m afraid The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is being put on hold for the time being.
Posted By: Mad

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/31/14 01:40 AM

Very sad, I agree, BrownEyedTigre rolleyes
Posted By: Marian

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/31/14 02:22 AM

I too am sorry that this project isn't getting funded. I'm sure it would have been a great game.
Posted By: Laurette

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/31/14 04:54 PM

Question: If a person makes a pledge, and not enough funds are available to proceed, do people get refunds? (sounds like a selfish question, but am curious). Thanks.
Posted By: Marian

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/31/14 04:58 PM

Laurette, pledges aren't actually cashed until such time as a project has met its funding goal.
Posted By: BrownEyedTigre

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/31/14 05:18 PM

No money is ever taken until the kickstarter funding is successful. It's an all or nothing transaction and if the KS falls short of it's goal no money is collected by them.
Posted By: Jenny100

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/31/14 05:31 PM

I wonder if it didn't just need more time.
The funding level is still going up -- went from ~ $83,000 to $99,000 in a fairly short time.
I don't think it will get there by 3PM EDT today (Oct 31) though.

edit -- for some reason the total dropped to $98,000 since I last posted.
Guess someone changed their mind -- or mistakenly thought they'd be charged if the Kickstarter failed.

I hope Agustin tries to fund this again -- maybe after Asylum comes out.
The fact that it hasn't might have discouraged some potential donors.
Posted By: Laurette

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/31/14 10:03 PM

Thanks everyone. Thought that was probably the way it worked; just wanted to make sure.
Posted By: oldman

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/31/14 10:18 PM

I was also hoping this would get off the ground. I've always liked games based on Lovecraft's works. I've always wished that someone would do a remake of Shadow of the Comet and/or Prisoner of Ice.
Posted By: Draclvr

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 10/31/14 10:29 PM

I wondered the same thing, Jenny - if they might have had better luck after Asylum was released. Hopefully, they will try again.
Posted By: Agustin Cordes

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 11/01/14 12:31 AM

Thank you all for the amazing support, boomers! It was quite a ride and we're already looking forward to new adventures smile

About giving more time to the campaign, it doesn't work like that way. The funding progress is always shaped like a bell curve and you're going to see plenty of activity during the final days, but having more days in the campaign will only extend the "dead zone" in between. As a rule of thumb, you don't want to run any campaign for over 30 days.

Anyway, time to celebrate Halloween! laugh
Posted By: BrownEyedTigre

Re: Announcing H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - 11/01/14 01:11 AM

I'm very sorry it was not successful Agustin, I hope that it will be able to come to light down the road a bit.

Ana wave
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