Idol Manager [business sim, dark comedy]

Discussion in 'Game Development' started by SadamBober, May 3, 2016.

  1. SadamBober

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    TL;DR: Hi! I'm shilling our game Idol Manager that offers a more realistic, "grimbright" take on the genre. Coming 2017 for PC, Mac and Linux.

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    The premise:

    You take on the role of manager at a small (but growing!) talent agency. As you cultivate and train the newest generation of young pop stars, you'll have to decide who to hire and who to fire, who gets promoted when things go well and who gets reprimanded when things get sour. The personal lives of these young celebrities are a part of your business, and the life of a pop star isn't always a happy one.

    Their crowning personal achievements can be your greatest commercial successes, but their emotional meltdowns and PR nightmares can spell financial disaster for your company.


    Features:
    • Idol Manager is a more realistic take on the Japanese pop idol industry, with a strong focus on the controversial issues that real producers have to deal with.
    • Decide how to deal with crises including gossip, vandalism, stalkers, or threats directed at your agency and the pop idols you manage.
    • Manage relationships between the different pop idols in your group, as you deal with cliques, internal feuds, and bullying.
    • Grow your fanbase by varying your tactics and appealing to a wide variety of demographics.
    • Produce singles, hold concerts, and organize overseas tours to capitalize on your group's popularity and bring in revenue.
    • Hire staffers to help deal with logistics and keep your agency running smoothly.

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    How will your idols spend their time? Plan activities to increase their performance potential — and their earning potential

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    Not every fan has the same tastes. Cater to different demographics to expand your fanbase and increase revenue.

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    Sometimes, the business decisions you make can have personal implications

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    Idols aren't the only employees you need to manage. Customize your agency and build the ultimate staff team to support your stars.

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    Scandal is sometimes unavoidable. You can use the press as a tool for damage control to save careers — or sabotage them.

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    Run events to promote your idols and their latest releases. Advertising is key to commercial success — you have to spend money to make money.


    Keep up with the project:

    Website
    @idolmanagergame
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    @sadambober - designer, programmer
    @kuiperdesu - co-designer, writer
    @ai_wa_ - artist
    Cover art by @Ninamo_lcr
     
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2016
  2. Dendro Batidae

    Dendro Batidae Quite the Cynic

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    Can I make loans with the Yakuza and be forced to sell my girls to underground rape porn publishers to pay my debts?
     
  3. Gorse

    Gorse SHIT HOUND

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    HOW MUCH OF THIS GAME IS FACELESS OLD MAN RAPE
     
  4. Dendro Batidae

    Dendro Batidae Quite the Cynic

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    Yes, how much rape there is? This is important...
     
  5. Voiced

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    Looks interesting so far. How will you be distributing the game?
     
  6. Angelus

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    Looks pretty good, but not really into PC games.

    No chance at a Vita release?
     
  7. Minuteworld_92

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    can you choose your gender? can you date and fuck the idols? if so, can you do what huniepop did and make it an optional patch to get through steam?

    also, the more dialouge options, the better.
     
  8. Dendro Batidae

    Dendro Batidae Quite the Cynic

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    >Using his own products

    What kind of animal are you?
     
  9. Minuteworld_92

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    I'll only sex them if they want me to sex them. I'm a gentleman.
     
  10. SadamBober

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    Depends on your definition of rape tbh

    Steam, if we can get on it

    If the game will be popular enough, sure. I love my Vita

    Yes

    You can, but it's only implied right now. It's more of a funding issue, I just can't pay for all the art needed for this.
    We will most likely try to run a kickstarter at some point to fund more art and features, so it'll depend on its success.
     
  11. DeepShitAboutWings

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    Oh wow I can't believe you're still working on this

    You commission all your art?


    If it's coming in late 2016 I assume there's a demo soon? or at least a video? I haven't seen this really advertised around much. It shouldn't hurt to try to contact some indie or niche websites to feature your game.
     
  12. Minuteworld_92

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    can you consider gog? if you make the game available to a wider audience that refuses to use steam, you'd get more money.
     
  13. Angelus

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    ftfy
     
  14. SadamBober

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    Yeah

    The video will be ready in like a month or so. I did send out a bunch of emails a few months ago, but everyone ignored them. The game looked worse back then though, so it's understandable
    Also, 2016 release date is super optimistic and I mostly set it to motivate myself

    Sure, I'm not anal about drm or whatever
     
    Last edited: May 3, 2016
  15. Nonscpo

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    Will there be any Android/IOS stretch goals?

    P.S. Should we expect to see you on Prefundia?

    P.S.S. Will OSX and Linux be a part of the base goal, or will they be stretch goals?
     
  16. Minuteworld_92

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    one more question, if a faggot vandalizes your waifu's shit (calling them a whore, etc), can you add an option about quietly beating the faggot up once you get info on who done it? I feel like that would add to the gameplay.
     
  17. Mea_K

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    This looks really fleshed out. I'm impressed!

    Will the idol hopefuls be randomly generated (name, personality, stats) or will there be a group of predefined girls?

    How will music be handled? A game about idols has to have music, right?
     
  18. SadamBober

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    No. There will be a Vita stretch goal, and if we somehow hit it I might make a mobile port too later

    Yeah, probably

    All three are coming out anyway, the KS is only to add more features

    Sure, why not. If we'll do it, I'll credit you with the idea lmao

    This. You can hire like a 100 of them if you want and can afford. You can give them nicknames too.

    Nothing concrete so far, but I hope to show something soon. It'll mostly be licensed from various cool producers I found through soundcloud
     
  19. Dendro Batidae

    Dendro Batidae Quite the Cynic

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    But seriously now... can I make deals with the Yakuza and sell my girls to underground porn rings?
     
  20. SadamBober

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    ..kinda