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Ron Paul: the Road to Revolution Video Game

Hey guys,

I'm a programmer and artist, and a huge gamer, particularly a fan of classic 8bit and arcade. I recently started developing a Ron Paul video game and could use your help.

First, some info about the game:

The Road to REVOLution is a sidescrolling platformer action/adventure game, reminiscent of console classics like Super Mario Brothers and Sonic the Hedgehog.

You play Ron, and make your way across all 50 states collecting Gold (sound money) and Delegates.

The game has all original artwork, by me.

I built the game in HTML5, and hope to convert it into apps for i* and android platforms.

You'll collect Delegates to ensure your seat as the President, collect Gold Coins to unlock branches of the Federal Reserve where you defeat bosses and progress your quest to end the Federal Reserve.

More info and a video with gameplay footage at my kickstarter page:

http://kck.st/HDOfqr

Summary:

100% free to play in your web browser
50+ Levels designed around each of the United States
13 Boss Fights representing each branch of the Federal Reserve
Challenging puzzle-platformer element. There's no 'beating up monsters until they're dead' aspect. You must guide the baddies through each level.
original soundtrack
bonus unlockable characters (surprises)
Continuable, level-based adventure - think Super Mario World

I could really use some help spreading the word about the game. My sincere hope is that this excites you and those that you tell about it. This game is my gift to the revolution.

I'm trying to raise some money to help with development, but I'm offering some pretty rad prizes (in my opinion) for pledges.

$20 gets you beta access, so you can play the game a month or so before it officially launches
$30 gets you an exclusive poster
$50 gets you an exclusive T-Shirt and the poster
$150 gets you the poster, T-shirt and a hand-drawn cartoony sketch of Ron Paul, signed by me

I'm really just looking for excitement. I appreciate whatever can be done to help me get the word out about the game.

Thanks a lot, guys,
Daniel

UPDATE:

The project has been funded! So awesome, a huge thanks to everyone who contributed and have helped to spread the word about the game.

The full pledge goal was reached within 48 hours of launching. So awesome.

The pressure is definitely on.



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HOW TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

I know Daniel, and I'm aware of how much work goes into this stuff. This is no small project. If we all really want it to happen we have to do 2 things:

1) Bump it on DP and have all of our friends bump it
2) Contribute SOMETHING on kickstarter and have all our friends contribute. Cool thing about kickstarter, is that it's not a donation, you get something. I personally am going for the poster and T-Shirt!

Trey Stinnett

Cool idea. I agree with

Cool idea. I agree with Danz177. I like the bill of rights idea. Also spread the constitution around the map to act as a power up like the Mario Bros mushroom or one-up. At the end of each level RP should face a different freedom hating boss (Frothy face, Newtinator, Mittens, ect.) Each boss attempting to jam a different law into their 8-bit paper shredder. Defeat boss, retrieve said law and gain a special power (like in Megaman game). After defeating all of the asstableshment minions and gaining all of the powers RP will move on to his final showdown with the Obamatron.

Just a thought. Can't wait to play this game.

Law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge.

James Wilson

...retrieve said law and gain

...retrieve said law and gain a special power (like in a Mega Man game). Nice.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

What about his message? THE CONSTITUTION!!

I see some folks giving there 2 cents, so... so will I. The Idea and feel are awesome, however it seems to be missing the most important aspect of anything Ron Paul, it's not Gold and it's definitely not the Federal Reserve, it's the Constitution.

I'm a designer and an ideas guy so I'll give you these free of charge. Couldn't he be on the search for the constitution, an empty scroll that collects all the laws of the constitution and as it gets more of them it becomes a more powerful weapon to use to defeat the 13 branches of the Federal Reserve. The first Amendment once collected could provide the power of a sonic boom. The 2nd amendment well, maybe that one could be the hardest to find, you shouldn't have to find them in order just importance, with the 2nd Amendment the FED could be toast.

Maybe he breaks into Constitution mode or something when he collects the various laws attributed to the Constitution, they could be represented by cool looking icons. The laws could be simplified to help educated the masses. The founding fathers could appear and give advice to Ron on his quest.

Once the constitution is complete, he could become powerful enough to defeat the bosses, maybe he collects pieces after he defeats each branch of the FED. The ultimate Goal in defeating the last boss could be finding the Golden "BILL OF RIGHTS", which would be fully reinstated for "We the people".

Just ideas to help keep it interesting and educational. I think even Ron would like the idea of promoting and giving the Constitution its due. Great idea by the way it could become an epic game.

Thanks for the advice - I'm

Thanks for the advice - I'm actually close to being on the same page as it is. Each of the boss fights will focus on a mechanic specific to the constitution.

I plan on putting as much educational content in the game as possible while keeping the game fun - nobody will play it to 'get educated' if it's not fun, so there's a tricky balance of saturation I'm trying to work out.

But thanks to everyone for your suggestions. Keep them coming

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I'd agree that a message of principles

would have broader and more long-lasting appeal than short-term delegates. And many people don't yet understand the relationship of gold to liberty.

Good luck on Kickstarter!

What a great idea!

Man, that is fucking genius. Everything about what you said is amazing. Powering up the Constitution, the advice from the founding fathers, it reminds me of Mega-Man X all the way. I would be one happy man if he uses these ideas, because that sounds like one fucking awesome game bro!

AWESOME!

Dude, I will totally play that game inside and out when it comes out! I am a huge gamer (and Ron Paul supporter obviously :P) so to me, this is an amazing idea. I will most assuredly be spreading the word about this to my friends bro, so keep up the hard work, because I know how tedious programming is. Good luck man!

Video Game Name

The Road to rEVOLution. Hmmm. Did the revolution start or will it start? If it didn't start, does what happens before the rEVOLution not matter, and what do you have in mind that kicks off the rEVOLution? If it did start, how about rEVOLution Road?

The Road to rEVOLution: Something-happened-but-it's-inconsequential-up-to-a-second-ago-and-now *rEVOL starts*

rEVOLution Road: *rEVOL started and is going and going and....*

I'd go with rEVOLution Road, because it started in 2007 and is occuring, an acknowledgement that the past happened and that what is going on is the rEVOLution.

And you're right, 8, 16 and 32/arcade bit games are fun. I love 'em! Many of today's games lack or are absent fun. :( They're caught up in graphics and story telling so intricate that it can induce a headache. It's a delight to know someone out there with the skills to make a video game cares about fun in games. Whatever the outcome of your game, thank you for your effort and I can't wait to play it!

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

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That sounds too close to that movie "Revolutionary Road". I wouldn't go for that. Just let the man be creative and name it what he wants. I play guitar and am also a song writer, and I hate it when people tell me to change the name of something I wrote.

Hi, Devon, I'm unfamiliar

Hi, Devon,

I'm unfamiliar with the movie you cited, but I recommended what I did to be grammatically correct, therefore correspondent to reality.

What's in-hand through the use of his proposed title is this issue: The rEVOLution is what? Because of that question, "when" comes into play.

Revolution, whatever the sense, is a process, and because it is, usually it is the crescendoing activity whose result is a significant change in substance and after reaching its climax, the environment usually is calm, is settled, as dust settles onto the ground after it's kicked up. Keeping in mind this dynamic, thinking about his title The Road to rEVOLution conveys a few ideas:

1. the rEVOLution hasn't started
2. When will it start, how will it start and who says it has started?
3. What about all things that occured and are occuring, are they inconsequential?
4. Because a revolution is a crescendo of events, the person making the game must have something in mind when the rEVOLution starts, which to my view must be that he thinks activities concerning change in our country will have to escalate, but to what -- to violence, the opposition to what the rEVOLution is, a peaceful, educational process because violence would do only one thing, feed the state? If not escalate, then he's missed the point, whereby refering to the calmness that arrives after the revolution happens. So, if the game maker doesn't have in mind when the rEVOL starts -- that is, what the contents of rEVOL are -- then, well, he doesn't, showing he's not thought through his game's title. You see, the game maker has Ron Paul doing things: RP is collecting gold coins, acquiring delegates and so on. Collecting gold coins and Ron Paul's collecting delegates are revolutionary, they are changes altering our country. Those changes are what you, I, our dear DP game maker and many more people are d-o-i-n-g. The rEVOLution is happening. :)

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

Nothing of any worth gets created in a vacuum.

Suggestions should always be welcomed, he doesn't have to do anything he doesn't want. But some ideas may help him creatively overcome some creative road blocks, and at the end of the day he will benefit.

As a song writer it's a personal expression of your innermost thoughts and ideas. As a gamer developer input could always be appreciated, a lot of people have to play and enjoy the gaming experience.

Way to go!

Just in case you don't have it already or are up for suggestions I'd like to see the MSM playing a role, going through the stages of ignore, ridicule, fight and win in correlation with progressive levels of game play.

If men are good, you don't need government; if men are evil or ambivalent, you don't dare have one.

THERE IS NO APOSTROPHE IN THE POSSESSIVE ITS!

And the playfield looks uncomfortable going from right to left.

Otherwise, K'Plaugh!

Freedom is my Worship Word!

It's is the contraction for

It's is the contraction for it is..

I've been thinking we need a game with viral and incentive

aspects to them.

Check out all the games they have on mobile devises that all the game to permeate through user play.

An incentive system where you are somehow able to contribute to the cause of liberty by playing the game would be awesome even if it is as basic as getting people to sign up for things to expidite game play.

Check out some of the games that educate and promote charities that are out there and the systems they use.

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Bump!

Bump bump bump it up

This is just great

I very much like this idea, fits with the whole youth aspect as well IMO.

I used to make ROM hacks of SNES games back when but I sort of lost my mojo...

Anyway, I'll see what I can do as far as financial support...should have some extra work coming along soon...(I've donated/invested enough this week, gotta be careful not to overdo it, lol)

However, I may be able to help spread the word, since I used to help run a large emulation site and still frequent there. I'll see what I can do, if anything.

A signature used to be here!

Dude, awesome. SNES Roms have

Dude, awesome. SNES Roms have played a huge role in my life...

Nice!

I know a guy who does some great work with the all-too-common Mario hacks, and helped design SMILE (Super Metroid Integrated Level Editor-- good tool BTW), so same here. (I don't play games often anymore, though...=/) I had Zelda and Chrono Trigger hacks out...but I never updated them, lol.

May I ask which language you used to make this game?

A signature used to be here!

It's written in javascript,

It's written in javascript, html5 canvas

Ah

Seems a lot of games are being written in Javascript as of late...never could get used to it.

Anyway, I hope you're able to finish the game, as I've seen many give up when they were so close to finishing what would've been a great product.

A signature used to be here!

Good idea for cell phone users....

That way the many delegates can get their message across in all the different formats. Genius idea.

I officially backed this as

I officially backed this as of 3 minutes ago, lol. Would you be open to suggestions for your game too?

Thank you so much Yes, I'm

Thank you so much

Yes, I'm open to suggestions, but please don't be offended if they don't become reality as I'm getting massive amounts of suggestions from all sides thus far, and I fully mapped out the game before I started coding it

completely understandable.

completely understandable. Well here's my idea: Since all of us have had our eyes opened by Dr. Paul on so many subjects, I think the game should continue that. Assuming a player doesn't know about Ron Paul, I think it would be a great opportunity for he/she to have their eyes opened to Dr. Paul's message. I was thinking this could be done in 2 ways.

1) Quotes - when advancing to a new level or upon a level's completion, perhaps a small "cut-scene" could be shown that simply states in text form a famous quote by Dr. Paul. Something like: "Truth is treason in an empire of lies." and then have the citation underneath it. "Ron Paul in The Revolution: A Manifesto, 2008" Something to show where this quote came from since the point of this is to educate the player would be important. Maybe these quotes could be "unlockable achievements" that can be reviewed later on as well.

2) Soundbites - Just small one or several word phrases from the doctor himself. I think to hear Dr. Paul say his famous "no" if he gets killed, or something about medical marijuana if he gets a power up, lol. I know seeing the doctor will be a treat for all of us diehard fans, but to hear him as well would be twice as good.

That's all I really wanted to contribute. I don't know if cut-scenes or soundbites would be too much of a hassle with the game being already mapped out, but if not then let me know because I would like to help. I'm more than willing to look for quotes with citations (I already have a bunch) and I could probably get some sound bites as well. I'm sure the DailyPaul has subscribers that are computer savvy enough to help out in this area as well if you just ask.

Sound bites and quotes with citations. If it's doable then let me know.

I love the idea

Be sure that whoever owns the copyrights to the original games is cool with yours being so close to it. Maybe try swapping some of the graphics that resemble SMB & Sonic to have a more original theme appearance. When he jumps onto the floating platforms, have them be dollar bills or something in a political genre.

That's really cool!

Every time an establishment bad guy is wiped out, it should show them get handcuffed and thrown in prison. At the end it can show how many were put behind bars!

Nice

And then at the end, they all get hung for treason!