I posted this to my tumblr and my own discord, so i guess its time to share it here (and I will put it on the narrat discord too at some point i guess lol). Some of this summary comes from my existing posts but I will expand on the actual concept more on this thread!
Considering this is only a month long jam, its unlikely i will finish an entire game in that time, but I will make a “narrat jam” release once it ends, and continue to work on it after to make a full release.
This game will be considered an introduction to my world “Penrose” as a short game called “Dawning”. Apologies if my summary remains vague, trying to keep some level of mystery.
The story takes place around a fake town called Penrose in Nevada. It is a small, irrelevant town that the main character Mick had previously called home until she left at age 18. She is in her 30s now, and returns when realizing her utter lack of memories triggered by online blogs that had taken interest in the little place. A strange drive to uncover what was lost from her mind, urges her to do so. Through the town and past the old church sits an expanse of a campground- or so it seems, from all that can be assumed. Static does nothing to clear up what Mick cannot see.
She finds that her old friend Eden never left their hometown, and asks her to come along in piecing things together.
Considering i see this as a short “intro” game, you probably wont get all the answers you want about the world in front of you.
This game aims to be simple- while future games based around this universe may become more complex, this one will have a smaller goal.
Dawning will focus on branching dialogue, above all else (which means likely unfinished scenes/drawings lol). I intend to do this far more than anything else, hoping that there will be big enough trees to make unique play-throughs for at least a couple and create interest in lore. Even if i cant manage that during the jam its what i hope to do with some full finished version!
Dawning will not have any skills (unless i have time for it/can figure out what?)
Dawning might have two endings.
Dawning will hopefully have original music lol. (i will probably re-work music i made. i dont make music a lot but i want my own ost in my games so ill just do it this way for the jam. hopefully…)
The world “Penrose” has existed for quite a while (2015) under different names and worlds and designs… For fun, you can look at this toyhouse page if youre curious about loads of old art of Mick (and some old comics). just know theyre not “canon” or even remotely related to this story!
I have technically concluded loads of research, and have a loose outline. Start, Middle, End. Plans are to make flow charts for dialogue and also locations- and will probably work on art first as i dont want to over do it with the backgrounds/scenes and just solidify myself w what i manage. I love writing though, I feel like I may get caried away haha… so we will see how much I get done.
also! while i will be posting every minor piece of progress on my discord, i will try to give larger summaries here ^^