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PITCH:
Seven days before his death, Edgar Allan Poe makes contact with an elemental/demon. A deal is made that if Poe offers up his body for those seven days, the demon will unite Poe with his wife Virginia in the afterlife. Upon possession, Poe blacks out awakening in a hellish nightmare world where Poe’s epic characters are now very much real. You must guide Poe through the nightmarish landscape across the hill, through the town, into the forbidden forest, up to the abandoned castle, to conquer over the false god to regain possession of your soul. Your main weapon would be a scythe and you would gain other skills as you meet characters and conquer over more and more of your mind.
Originally going to be a sequential project. But I thought it would love to see it realized as a video game. But I have no experience in video game design. I wanted to know if there was anywhere to offer game pitches to designers??? Is this the place???

Comments? Ideas? Would love to hear them…

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  • Sounds like something that would work well with American McGee (in the vein of Alice). I like the idea of using Poe's works to inspire a game, be it adventure, action, or a mix. I am not so sure about the storyline so far, but it has potential to develop into something interesting.

  • @cheady20 said: I wanted to know if there was anywhere to offer game pitches to designers???

    Read this site. It might just have everything you're looking for...

  • @Squinky said: Read this site. It might just have everything you're looking for...

    Or Alternatively TellTale could run a contest to see who can come up with the best game idea/script/dialogue/design. With the winner getting their game made into reality. hehe.

  • Like PCGamer's Design Lab Contest from many years back. Whatever happened with the winner, anyway?

  • @Derwin said: Like PCGamer's Design Lab Contest from many years back. Whatever happened with the winner, anyway?

    They locked him up in the lab, conducting experiments. :eek:

    --Erwin

  • @Jokieman said: Or Alternatively TellTale could run a contest to see who can come up with the best game idea/script/dialogue/design. With the winner getting their game made into reality. hehe.

    I take it you didn't even read the link I provided?

  • The chances of someone making your game is slim to nothing. Sorry. Maybe you could get some friends together and make a mod? Something like the HL2 engine could be good. Only thing is that for you to make any decent game, it'll take a long time to even figure out how everything works. But, if you're willing to put some time and effort into it you could make a really nice job. And if you make a decent job of it and it becomes popular, some developers like Valve have a record of buying really popular mods and employing their team...

    Although I have to point out these mods have to be really, REALLY good. And you'll have to work on other projects before you get good enough to even begin making your game. But it seems to me to be the only real way of doing it.

    As for your idea, Edgar Allen Poe... Hmm... something about the whole premise of Edgar fighting demons for his soul seems kind of off. No offense meant. and American McGee sucks. There is a hand full of people who deserve to have their names plastered on the front of game boxes and he is not one of them. I mean, come on... "How about Alice in wonderland, right? Only everything's all sort of twisty and gothy". Oh yeah. Fantastic. And Bad Day LA? "Be good sheeple". See what he's done there? Oh man, zing! Now thats political satire.

  • Though Alice was a fictional character in a fictional setting, Edgar Allen Poe was a real person. Taking creative license with fiction is usually not an issue, but doing so with real people is a little more questionable.

    Usually historical world figures are exempt--Caesar, Washington, Napoleon etc. because of such a huge role they played in shaping the world, but I would be a little wary of basing it around an author/artist. Imagine after a famous game creator's death, someone created a game about the deceased game creator fighting all the monsters and villains he created so that he can rest in peace.

  • @Squinky said: Read this site. It might just have everything you're looking for...

    I thank you profusely for posting that. It's so comforting to hear from someone inside the industry recommending finishing a four year Bachelor program (I'm in that right now, Professional Writing to be exact), and presenting a bunch of design documents. If that's what it takes, I'll be well-equipped to gain employment after I get out of school. Now I just need to get good. :p

  • You're very welcome, Oilers99. And good luck to you on your journey in becoming a game designer. I'm on that road myself, albeit taking a computer science route.

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