The immediate goal, and the actual deliverable, is something we’re calling AbbeyCraft – a build of Redwall Abbey inside Minecraft and, at the lowest funding goal, distributed as an adventure map.
To be crystal clear: AbbeyCraft is NOT the adventure game we’ve been talking about. It’s just a small step along the way…but a way fun one.
As we mentioned in the previous post, the various descriptions of the abbey across 22 books cannot be reconciled in 3D space. One way or the other a few tweaks, bumps, and cuts will need to be made as we ramp up for an explorable space and we feel like Minecraft is an ideal tool for that work.
But more than just a middle-ware tool, we came to realize something that Minecraft and Redwall had in common – demographics.
We love video games – we really, really do. But it would be foolish to loose sight of the fact that Redwall is first and foremost a series of books. The experience isn’t only a story, it’s a well-written story and Brian Jacques wielded his pen with mad ninja skills.
So what if we could let a bunch of Minecraft junkies, who may not have ever heard of Redwall, get introduced to a whole world that they are bound to love in Redwall? What if we could introduce a bunch of bookworms to the open world of Minecraft and video games in general? It’d be like one of those old-school Reeses commercials!
But Wait! There’s More!
Something else we realized about a Miecraft game, and more specifically a Redwall Minecraft server, was the opportunity to create a custom, and reasonably limited, channel by which we could easily communicate with the people most interested in the larger project, and in a way that reflected the ethos of both worlds. Inside a Minecraft server we will seed hints and clues, we’ll leak assets and announcements, and we’ll have the chance to solicit input from the hard-core fans who make the bridge between both worlds. It’ll be awesome!
A Note on Stretch Goals
We hope it’ll be obvious that the $11k Kickstarter will not be a budget reflective of the adventure game – this is just for a mean-time middleware project and frankly to gather some eyeballs.
That said, there is the outside chance that we’ll blow way past our goal and overfund by some ridonculous level. That kind of thing would undoubtedly make our jobs easier, save us a bunch of time, and insulate us from having to make unwelcome concessions to unreasonable publishers. The idea of raising 7 figures on Kickstarter is in no way out of the question, just ask Veronica Mars, but we always knew it’d be a longshot.
I’ve been totally blown away by the level of engagement coming from the Redwall fan base. You people are awesome! So I can’t help but feel like if any group could make a long shot it’d be the men and women of this tribe so we may all just be surprised.
So when we hit our initial goal, don’t slow down. Redwallers can beat out Marsmellows any day of the week!